May 17th, 2014

Match Reports (football)

Raheny V Fingal Ravens (Group 1)


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

Raheny Green

Report By: Kieran Doherty

Mentors: Kieran Doherty 
Squad: Matthew Dowdall, Joe Bonar, Joseph Doherty, Tiernan O Brien, Sean Quinn, Cathal Shovlin, Finn Brassil and Alan Keane

On a lovely day in St Anne's Park the Raheny Green team took on Fingal Ravens. Again, there were a few players missing so the Greens were ably supplemented by Finn Brassil and Alan Keane. It was a good morning for the Greens as they achieved two well deserved victories over their opponents.

The first match ended 1-7 to 1 goal. It was a reasonably comfortable victory for the home side.  Sean Quinn, Finn Brassil and Alan Keane kept the Ravens' backs busy throughout the match and were in impressive scoring form. 

The scorers were well supported by Matthew Dowdall who came very close to getting a score himself. The Raheny goal minders were relatively untroubled but Tiarnán O'Brien was called on to make one excellent save. At the back, Cathal Shovlin and Joseph Doherty kept the Fingal forwards quiet and made sure the Raheny forwards saw plenty of the ball.

In the second game the Green team welcomed Joe Bonar to their ranks and this time were worthy victors by 1-6 to 2-2. Matthew Dowdall took over in goal and was called upon to make a couple of important saves. Joe Bonar and Tiarnán O'Brien kept trying to disrupt the Fingal backs and, as result of not giving up, Tiarnán scored a well taken opportunist goal. Joseph Doherty and Matthew Dowdall made some fine blocks and clearances and Joseph made some accurate passes to Sean Quinn who was in great scoring form with 6 points. Joseph also took a point of his own. Cathal Shovlin and Alan Keane completed a great team performance by working hard and making some great tackles.

Raheny Red

Report by: Kevin Fitzpatrick.

Mentors:  Kevin Fitzpatrick & Paul Nolan

Squad: Martin Bishop, Adam Robinson, Ordhran Carmody, Ultan Fitzpatrick, Finn Brassil, Se Daly, Dylan Strain and Joe Bonar.

The Raheny Red team were missing a number of their regular players when they took to the field to face a much fancied Fingal Ravens side.  Fingal were very strong in the first match and won the game by a few points.  Raheny defended well and were able to keep the forwards under control for much of the game.  Ultan and Adam worked tirelessly in midfield made some brave blocks to win ball and hold off the Fingal attack.  Martin was very solid in goal  and providing long and accurate kick outs.  Dylan was fouled as he was closing on goal in the first half.  He responded by putting the resulting free over the bar with a strong andaccurate kick.  Se also hit the scoreboard putting a long sideline ball into the back of the net. Joe was the playmaker in a near miss on goal when he won a loose ball and hand-passed it expertly to Ultan. 

For the second match Finn Brassil joined the red team. The Raheny team were very quick to take control of this match with Ordhran and Martin dominating possession in the midfield and supplying Se and Finn in the forwards.  The Raheny team all showed some great skill and quick passes in a very fast game.  The boys were rewarded with 13 points on the score board and a very well deserved win. 

Raheny V St. Peregrines (Group 2)

 Venue:            Blakestown Road
 Throw In: 10:00
 No. of Raheny Teams: 1
 No. of Opponent Teams: 1

Raheny Orange/Blue (combined group 2)

Report By: Padraig Kent 

Mentors:  Padraig Kent, Tony O´Grady, Joanne Kerrisk & Conor Pitts
Team: Adam Roberts, Ryan Kent, Brian Murray, Dan O´Grady, Oscar Thomas, Ciaran Kerrisk, Rian Prizeman, Colin McAweeney, James Pitts & Thomas Reddy.

Saturday saw group B visit Peregrines on their home turf for a most entertaining and competitive encounter.  The Oranges and Blues were down numbers because boys were called away for family communion commitments.  It was decided to combine the two groups and play 2 games with 10 players.  As we had no subs it was a real fitness challenge for our men.  It was a challenge which they relished on this warm sunny morning.   Both of these games were not just about scoring points and goals.  In the first game especially we did just that in abundance.  With 4 points and 2 goals from play to no score from Peregrines.  It was more about how this group of lads worked together for each other.  

Firstly our back line in game one set the bar for defence with Adam, Ryan and Brian guarding their goal like titans.  Whatever ball got passed them was ably mopped up by Dan who although  carrying an injured quad put his best foot forward in goal.  The combination  kept a clean sheet in game one and supported their midfield and forward counterparts as they ran amok in the oppositions end of the park.  What was most encouraging about this game was not the scores or even the tackling but what we did when we won possession.  All our boys are looking up when they get the ball and most are using their steps to get free into space.  However even better was the simple passing combinations were the best I’ve seen this season.  

One combination began with Oscar fielding cleanly an opposition clearance.  What followed was 4 successful passes to Adam, Rian, Thomas and finally to Colin who despite the attention of two very motivated defenders managed to create a good shooting opportunity which was only just wide.  This wasn’t a fluke because every attack was a team effort involving at least 3 of  our players in their half.  As well as the scores we made we also capitalised on Peregrine errors.  An example came in the 2nd half when a good opposition kick was fielded by Colin who gave it straight back but between their posts.  He repeated this when Brian picked him out with a surgical pass to allow him to hand pass in to the goal. His opportunism made him our highest scorer on the day with 3 point scores and 2 goals. Over the two games it was so difficult to pick out individuals as there were so many boys doing the right thing.  

Ciaran, Ryan and Adam  showed great strength in holding onto the ball when they won it despite some hefty challenges and again initiate passing combinations with their team mates.  James had a quiet first game but went into the 2nd with renewed vigour and focused on his tackling.  His efforts paid off in the centre of defence with some fine steals and thwarting the oppositions offence.  There was one young man that must have a special mention and that is Rian.  His running and positional awareness  was awesome.  However his passing and receiving skills were excellent especially as he worked so hard to identify his team mates in threatening positions and get them the ball.  Never satisfied with that, but making himself available for the return pass and literally carving up the Peregrine defence again and again.  

Overall this was a savage effort by the men in maroon!  Well done boys.