June 28th 2014

Match Reports

Raheny (Group 2) v Setanta - Hurling

 Venue:            Pitch 12A St. Annes
 Throw In: 10:00
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of Opponent Teams: 2
 WeatherWarm and Sunny

Raheny Blue

By: Conor Pitts

Mentors: Tony Lawless, Joanne Kerrisk & Conor Pitts

Squad: Ciaran Kerrisk, Colin McAweeney, Jack Codd, James Pitts, Matt Lawless, John Broderick, Evan Wynne , & Brian Murray.

The blue team faced hurling only club Setanta on Saturday and came out on top in both games emphatically.

Right from the start the boys got stuck in and created plenty of chances.It was a great performance by all the boys who put in a huge effort and got their just rewards with two 7-0 victories.

This match was the last till the end of August and it was great to finish with such a fine display of skill and big strikes.

Star man today was Matt Lawless who scored three, showed some lovely touches and was very effective at tackling. Scorers on the day were John 3, Matt 3 , Ciaran 3, Brian 2 Colin 2 and Jack .

Raheny Orange

Report By: Kevin Fitzpatrick

Mentors:  Kevin Fitzpatrick
TeamJohnny Baldwin, Dan O'Grady, Conor Watters, Ryan Kent, Luke Kelly, Adam Roberts and Rian Prizeman.

The Orange team took on a much hyped Setanta team for their last match before the summer break. The normal management were unable to be there so the boys faced into this hurling match attempting to uphold their unbeaten record with 'substitute' managers. 

The boys had prepared mentally for a very stern test of their hurling skills and awaited their opposition with much anticipation. A few minutes into the first game it was obvious that the Setanta hurling reputation was just hype and they were in reality no challenge to the well drilled and skillful Orange squad. The boys quickly stamped their authority on the game with repeated assaults on the goal by Dan, Johnny and Luke. Johnny found the back of the net 4 times in the game and the other boys added to that total to win out the game comfortably. Adam was unlucky to have one of his efforts disallowed however this observer agreed with Adam that the sliotar had crossed the line. 

In the second match the boys continued to hurl with ruthless efficiency and dominated the match to the extent that the sliotar rarely entered their half. In this match, Ryan really found his form in the forward line and put his name on the score sheet 4 times. Conor worked hard in front of the goal and linked up brilliantly with Ryan for the best score of the day. Having positioned himself well on the edge of the box Conor called for the pass and Ryan delivered it to him. The finish was spectacular but the celebration was even more so as Conor played to the crowd in a scene that would not be out of place in Anfield. Johnny also scored in this match and Luke and Rian in midfield controlled the play feeding the ball to the forward line. Dan was not bothered once in goal as the back line of Johnny and Adam kept the goal safe. There will be tougher matches ahead but the display or hurling skills shown by this squad shows that they will be up to any opposition.

Raheny V Erin Go Bragh (Group 1) - Hurling

 Venue:            Pitch 12A
 Throw In: 11
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of Opponent Teams: 1
 WeatherSunny and warm

Raheny Green & Raheny Red


Report By: Kieran Doherty

Mentors: Kieran Doherty, John Strain, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Paul Nolan
Squad: Max Osborne, Jamie Nolan, Joseph Doherty, Rian Prizeman, Ultan Fitzpatrick, Tiarnan O'Brien and Dylan Strain.

The last week of matches before the summer break saw the Raheny Green and Red teams join forces to play one extended game of hurling against Erin Go Bragh. Both teams fielded nine players in a match that consisted of four periods of eight minutes. The mentors used the additional breaks in play to make plenty of positional changes to which the boys responded well. After some early pressure by the visitors, the Raheny boys warmed to their task and played some excellent hurling. 

One of the stand out performances came from Cathal Shovlin who had two spells as goal minder. He contributed to the Raheny clean sheet and set up a number of attacks with some fine puck outs. The Raheny attack was led in the main by Max Osborne and Jamie Nolan who kept the Erin backs busy with fine strikes and it was Max who opened the scoring for the home side. The midfield was dominated by Ultan Fitzpatrick and Adam Robinson with great tackles and strikes and it was from a wonderful strike by Ultan from half way that doubled the Raheny advantage. Great tackles by Joseph Doherty and Rian Prizeman, who combined well in defence, snuffed out most of the visitor's attacks. Raheny survived one major scare when the sliotar bounced around the Raheny goal line until Dylan Strain made a brilliant block to stop a certain score and then clear the Raheny line. Before the match came to an end, there was time for one more attack by Raheny and after a bit of a scramble Tiarnán O'Brien was in the right place at the right time to fire in the third goal and confirm a 3-0 victory. A great performance from all concerned.