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U16 Hurling Championship Final : Raheny 7-10 Liffey Gaels 1-07

posted Nov 7, 2011, 6:22 AM by RahenyGAA Juvenile   [ updated Nov 7, 2011, 11:19 AM by Kevin Brassil ]
U16 Final 2011
U16 Final 2011
U16 Final 2011
U16 Final 2011
After several years of heartbreaking defeats in Semi Finals this great bunch of lads finally got their reward for all the hard work with a well deserved victory over an unlucky Liffey Gaels team in Blakestown last week.
While the scoreline might suggect that this was a relatively comfortable victory, anyone who saw the game will know that the scoreline flatters our lads and that without some heroic defending towards the end of the first half and the middle of the second by Brian Arthur, Luke Bennett and Man of the Match, Danny Reid among others,things may well have turned out differently.
A lightning start saw Raheny open up a 5 point lead within the first few minutes but Liffey Gaels kept going at us for the remainder of the first half and closed the gap to two points before two quick goals,the first an opportunistic strike from Roy Lunney and the second a sweet finish from Cormac O'Flynn, gave us a cushion at the break.
At the start of the second half some lovely scores from Jack Lyons and a crucial goal from Danny Reid pushed us further ahead. Once again Liffey Gaels responded with a good goal of their own and continued to apply the pressure. A goal line block from Luke Bennett and two super saves from Aran Kelly MacRory kept us ahead before goals from Jack Lyons ( with his right foot ) and U14 player,Shane Bell, saw the lads home.
Amid scenes of great hilarity, Danny Reid ( eventually ) collected his deserved Man of the Match of the award from CCC2 Chairman Alan O'Connor and Francis Mullen, Captain of the team accepted the cup on behalf of the lads.
Back in the Clubhouse afterwards, Francis presented the gold medals to all the lads which for the U15 players on the panel ( who had lost their own final by the narrowest of margins two weeks previously ) was particularly rewarding.
On behalf of the manager and all of the mentors we would like to thank the players for all their hard work and commitment during the year, to thank Liffey Gaels for a hard fought and sporting game and to thank everyone who came out to St Peregrines to support the lads.

All photos are in the Hurling Album