2007 News/ Match Report Archive

Suncroft 1-7 Raheens 0-7


27/08/2007
Those in attendance at Sarsfields on Sunday afternoon that believe that Kildare football is not being best served by the current ‘‘round robin’’ group format of Championship will have come away with their views very much intact, as this was a poor game played for the most part at a pace and a level of intensity that one would not associate with Championship football.

The result was academic for Raheens as they had already qualified and perhaps their play reflected this. Suncroft on the other hand needed at least a point to be sure of progression to the knock out stages and to be fair to them there was a greater urgency about their play. They worked that bit harder than Raheens and seemed to be a step quicker to most of the breaking ball in the middle of the field.

Although Tim Dunleavy opened the scoring for Raheens with a point from 35 yards in the fourth minute, Mick Harnett replied with a free a minute later. The play that ensued for he next ten minutes was error strewn and largely forgettable until a short 45 involving Trevor Moran and Mick Stynes set up Liam Harnett for a lovely point.

The key score of the game came shortly afterwards. A weak cross cum shot by Alan Middleton in the left corner was fluffed by Raheens goalie Kevin Higgins and Micheál Conneely had the easy job of palming the ball to the net. Reddy Coffey reduced the margin for Raheens with a free from the right corner following a foul on Declan O’Toole, who was causing the Suncroft rearguard some problems.

Wing back John Browne replied immediately for Suncroft though with what was probably the score of the game. He collected the ball on the right wing and made 50 yards along that side before kicking an excellent point. The final ten minutes of the half belonged to Raheens but they got scant reward for their pressure. Cathal Carr did kick a point for them following a good interchange between Keelan Noone and Declan O’Toole, but they then kicked four successive wides in as many minutes.

Raheens’ only goal chance of the game came in the final minute of the half when ball kicked into the square popped up for Ross McMahon. With Suncroft’s goalie, Paul Sinnott out of position McMahon’s palmed effort looked destined for the net. However, John Phillips appeared from nowhere to clear off the line, injuring himself in the process as he collided with the goalpost.

Twice early in the second half Ross McMahon brought Raheens back to within two points but Suncroft’s reply was instantaneous on both occasions, Mick Stynes and Mick Harnett keeping the Croft’s advantage. Liam Harnett extended that lead to four with his second point before Declan O’Toole’s fine play was rewarded with a point.

The pace increased in the final ten minutes but for all the huff and puff both sides could only manage a thirteen metre pointed free each. Although this game won’t live long in the memory Suncroft were fully deserving of their win; John Browne, Martin Brennan, Mick Harnett and Mick Stynes to the fore for them. For Raheens John Lawler, Declan Curran and Declan O’Toole were best. Both sides will point to the fact that they are safely through to the business end of things but if either of them are to be considered serious contenders they will need to make significant improvement.

As for the detractors of the current “group format” structure; they will have gone home with more ammunition as to why we should be returning to a straight knock-out system or maybe employing the system used by Bord na nÓg for their u/16 Championship, which is knock-out with a back door. Having seen a number of Championship games over the weekend it would be hard to argue against change. Certainly the present format is not conducive to seeing good quality football played.

Suncroft: Paul Sinnott, John Corr, Anthony Toft, John Phillips, Maurice Moran, Anthony Rainbow, John Browne (0-1), Martin Brennan, Trevor Moran, Alan Middleton, Mick Harnett (0-3; 2f), Liam Harnett (0-2), Micheál Conneely (1-0), Mick Stynes (0-1), David Dillon.

Raheens: Kevin Higgins, Colm McLoughlin, Alan Sharpe, John Lawler, Declan Curran, Eddie Coffey, Gareth Byrne, Tim Dunleavy (0-1), Robbie Coffey, Noel Byrne, Ross McMahon (0-3; 2f), Cathal Carr (0-1), Keelan Noone, Redmond Coffey (0-1; 1f), Declan O’Toole (0-1). Subs – T. J. Malone for Robbie Coffey (45th min.), John Taaffe for Keelan Noone (53rd min.), Aonghus Rooney for Declan Curran (53rd min.), Stephen Riordan for Noel Byrne (57th min.).

 

Under 14 Div. 3 League Final Raheens 4-3 Suncroft 2-4


25/06/2007
Under 14 Div. 3 League Final Raheens 4-3 Suncroft 2-4

In a very close encounter Raheens prevailed to claim the spoils in the u/14 Div. 3 final held at St. Conleth's Park on Saturday afternoon. Suncroft had the better of the opening exchanges and were causing Raheens problems around the midfield area but were unable to translate this dominance into scores. Raheens first meaninful attack in the 5th minute was a swift break from defence and when Garry Johnson put Barry Winder in on goal he seemed destined to rattle the net. However, Blair Gannon advanced quickly from the Suncroft goal and caused Winder to fluff the chance. The ball was not cleared adequately though and Winder made up for his miss with a high centre from the right corner that sailed across the square and nestled in the back of the net.

Suncroft weren't rattled though and retook the iniative. They were on terms after 9 mins. when Dean King found himself in space 30 metres in front of the Raheens goal. He advanced and struck a powerful shot to the net from 20 metres. At this stage Raheens made a decisive move in bringing a third man to midfield, with Dean Campbell detailed to man mark King. This tactic was hugely successful as, although Suncroft were to hit the front with a pointed free from King, Raheens began winning a much greater share of the possession. They retook the lead after 16 mins. when Dean Heavey side footed the ball to the back of an unguarded net after some good work down the left hand side. The sides exchanged points from frees before the next key score arrived. With half-time approaching a speculative ball out of the Suncroft defence reached Dylan Connolly on the 45 metre line. With no one in front of him he kept the ball on the deck and curled a lovely shot to the top corner of the net from 20 metres out. This left Suncroft with a 2-2 to 2-1 half-time lead.

On the restart it was Raheens who took the iniative but failed to score until the 37th min. when a John Jennings shot that was going wide was turned into the net by a Suncroft hand. Raheens failed to capitalise on this good fortune and kicked a number of wides over the next 10 mins. Suncroft rallied and following a Wayne Foy point from play and another Dean King pointed free were level with 10 mins. remaining. However, this would be their final score. Raheens retook the lead when Dean Heavey pointed a very difficult 13 metre free on the right hand side in the 53rd min. The same player added another but with only two points between the sides Suncroft threw everything into getting a winning goal. The Raheens rearguard were playing excellently though and there was no way through for Suncroft. In injury time Colm Power broke away down the Raheens right and crossed to the unmarked Niall Connolly who calmly applied the finish for Raheens' fourth goal. There was still time for one more Suncroft attack which saw a goal bound effort come back off the underside of the crossbar. But it was to be Raheens day. Best for them were Robert Quirke in goals, Charlie Kings, Liam Power, Gary O'Brien, Dean Campbell, David Malone (until injured) and man of the match John Jennings. Suncroft had fine performances from Carrie Sinnott, Jason Kelly, Thomas Dempsey, Chris Stynes, Thomas Farrell and Dylan Connolly.

Raheens: Robert Quirke, Darragh Barron, Charlie Kings, Liam Power, Ciaran Begley, Gary O'Brien, Dean Campbell, Dean Heavey (1-3; 3 frees), John Jennings (1-0), Richard Dalton, David Malone, Barry Winder (1-0), Jonathon Hanbury, Gary Woodgate, Garry Johnson. Subs: Niall Connolly (1-0) for Malone, Billy Martin for Johnson, Colm Power for Hanbury, Kevin Dunne for Dalton.

Suncroft: Blair Gannon, Brendan Kane, Lorcan O'Rourke, Carrie Sinnott, Jason Kelly, Denis Collins, Thomas Dempsey, Dean King (1-2; 2 frees), James Delaney, Ciaran Troy, Chris Stynes (0-1; free), Thomas Farrell, Wayne Foy (0-1), Robert Moore, Dylan Connolly (1-0). Subs: Paul Dempsey, Jack Moriarty, Colin O'Modhrain, Kayleigh McCarthy, Pauric Lawlor, Emma-Jane Vaughan, Ian Hanley.



Photo of Raheens squad also atached. Back row: Noel Connolly (selector), Jimmy Browne (selector), Billy Martin, Jonathon Hanbury, Barry Winder, Dean Heavey, John Jennings, Richard Dalton, David Malone, Gary Woodgate, Garry Johnson, Kevin Dunne, Niall Connolly, Robert Campbell (selector), Shane Malone (selector). Front row: Colm Power, Charlie Kings (capt.), Ciaran Begley, Dean Campbell, Robert Quirke, Gary O'Brien, Liam Power, Darragh Barron

 

Raheens Underage News - 5/6/2007


05/06/2007
Raheens u/14's qualified for the playoffs in Div. 3 with a 1-10 to 1-5 win over Na Fianna last week. A goal in the opening minute by Kevin Dunne gave Raheens an excellent start but they failed to build on this and continued to maintain a 2 or 3 point advantage until the closing minutes of the half. Na Fianna though were causing a lot of problems and deservedly took the lead in first half injury time with a long range goal. Raheens replied straight away with a pointed Dean Heavey point to leave the half-time score 1-4 apiece. If Raheens' first half performance was not up to par they rectified matters with 6 unanswered points in the third quarter. Some of the football during this spell was excellent. Na Fianna didn't give up though and in the final 10 mins. they threw the kitchen sink at Raheens in an effort to get back in the game. The Raheens backline was tested time and time again but was not found wanting as they repelled attack after attack. Best for Raheens in a deserved win were Robert Quirke, Daragh Barron, Ciaran Begley, Gary O'Brien and David Malone. The scorers were Dean Heavey (0-4), Kevin Dunne (1-0), Barry Winder (0-2), John Jennings (0-2), David Malone (0-1), Garry Johnson (0-1).

The u/10 leagues begin this Thursday night. This week the 'A' team are away to Moorefield while the 'B' team are at home to Athgarvan.

 

Junior C : Cappagh 1-10 Raheens 2-7


22/05/2007
Cappagh 1-10 Raheens 2 - 7

A high intensity game played on Monday night last in Cappagh, with Raheens storming into the lead, going ahead 2-2 to 0-1, both Raheens goals coming from Patrick Malone, with Nollag Heavey adding the points. Cappagh then stormed back into with game, with their midfield on top, scoring 1-6 without reply leaving a halftime score of Caragh 1-7 to Raheens 2-2. The wily veteran Daragh Ó Conchúir settled Raheens nerves with a towering effort after half time. He quickly followed with another, followed by Heavey with his third of the day. Cappagh went on the attack again, scoring three points while also calling Ollie Campbell into action in the goal, making some excellent saves to keep Raheens in touch. Raheens sideline moved the pack around, giving them the impetus to come back with points from Paddy Byrne and Conor Smith holding his nerve to score a 40 mtr free, gaining Raheens a share of the spoils.

 

Race Night


21/05/2007
Raheens G.A.A. Club will host it's annual Race Night in Coffey's of Caragh on Saturday, 26th May 2007. Come along and support the Club on what promises to be a very entertaining night.

 

SFL Div 2 - CAPPAGH 0-5 RAHEENS 2-12


21/05/2007
SFL DIV 2

CAPPAGH 0-5 RAHEENS 2-12

As the score suggests this was a one sided affair played out on a windy evening at the north Kildare venue. Cappagh won the toss and elected to play wind assisted but for all the possession they enjoyed, it was the Caragh forwards who capitalised on limited service to take a 1-4 to 0-4 lead to the break, the goal a brilliant inter-change between Declan o Toole and Noel Byrne who calmly finished under the keeper to give Raheens a useful lead. Cappagh needed a strong start in the second half but it was Raheens with the aid of the wind who stormed forward and reeled off three quick points through the excellent Cathal Carr (2) and Alan Campbell(free). With Raheens in control, frustration descended on the Cappagh players resulting in the sending off of their big No.8 T.Grogan , effectively ending the game as a contest. To their credit Raheens pressed to the end and Cathal Carr scored a magnificent individual goal to round off a brilliant personal performance and centre back Eddie Coffey strode forward to score the point of the game from all of fifty yards Cappagh added only one point in the second period through their best player on the day Brian Dillon.

Raheens K. Higgins A. Rooney A. Sharpe J. Lawlor A. Campbell (0-2) E. Coffey (0-1) T. Nolan D. Curran T. Dunleavy (0-1) J. Taaffe C. Carr (1-4) K. Thompson D.o.Toole (0-2) N. Byrne (1-2) S. Power.

Cappagh M. Morrin P. Doran M. Nealon P. Kennedy J. Houlihan T. Grogan E. Hopkins B. Dillon (0-3) R. Connolly R. Walsh (0-1) J. Grehan (0-1) M. Nowell A. Convey

 

Raheens Underage News - 21/5/07


21/05/2007
After a couple of disappointing results Raheens u/14's got their league aspirations back on track with a win over Confey and then followed that up with a last gasp draw with Balyna. Raheens played their best football to date against Confey, where after a great start they were 1-3 to 0-0 ahead after 10 mins. Some defensive lapses and a number of missed chances allowed Confey back into the game and they found themselves a point to the good as half-time approached. John Jennings levelled matters with an excellent point before Dean Heavey restored Raheens to the lead with a goal from a penalty in the final minute of the half. The half-time score was 2-4 to 2-1. Confey started the second half the better and reeled off 3 successive points to level affairs once more. However, Raheens regained the iniative and played some lovely football in the final 20 mins. They added an uninterupted 1-7 to seal victory while Confey's only reply was a goal in injury time. The final score was Raheens 3-11, Confey 3-4. Best for Raheens were Dean Campbell and Ciaran Begley in defence, John Jennings and Dean Heavey at midfield and David Malone in attack. The scorers were David Malone (1-3), Barry Winders (1-2), Dean Heavey (1-1), John Jennings (0-3), Jonathon Hanbury (0-1), Ciaran Begley (0-1).

Last Sunday the u/14's faced a stiffer challenge when playing away to Balyna. They got off to a terrible start conceding a goal in the opening minute but held their composure well. Despite playing against the strong wind and Balyna adding a second goal in the 12th min. Raheens were only 2 points in arrears after 20 minutes. They were working hard but the concession of a third goal before half-time gave Balyna some breathing space. Half-time: Balyna 3-2 Raheens 0-5. Although John Jennings scored a point immediately following the restart Raheens lost their way and played some disjointed football. They didn't score again until 5 minutes from the end when a David Malone goal brought them back to within 3 points. Balyna added what looked to be the insurance point before Raheens replied with a Dean Heavey pointed free. Then in the final play of the game Heavey delivered a line ball right into the Balyna square for Gary O'Brien to divert to the corner of the net, enabling Raheens to claim an unlikely draw. Full-time: Raheens 2-7 Balyna 3-4. Best for Raheens were Robert Quirke, Gary Woodgate, Liam Power, Dean Heavey and Richard Dalton. The scorers were Dean Heavey (0-4), David Malone (1-1), Gary O'Brien (1-0), Barry Winder (0-1), John Jennings (0-1).

The u/11 'B' team had a bad week losing 7-5 to 2-2 to Rheban on Wednesday night before going down 8-6 to 2-1 against Moorefield on Friday. Wednesday nights scorers were Robert Thompson (1-1) and Paddy Woodgate (1-1) while William Jennings, Patrick Morrin, Sean Delaney, Cian Mullally and Stephen Smith all played well. On Friday night the scorers were Adam Morrin (1-0), Robert Tompson (1-0) and Paddy Woodgate (0-1). Despite the scoreline Raheens played particularly well with many good passing moves. Those to play well included Thomas Dore, William McDonald, Kyle O'Rourke, Paul Quinn-Fay and the ever reliable William Jennings.

 

Race Night COming Up


08/05/2007
Raheens G.A.A. Club will host it's annual Race Night in Coffey's of Caragh on Saturday, 19th May 2007. If you haven't already purchased a horse (a snip at just €15) you can do so from any of the committee up until Thursday, 10th May or you can sponsor a race for €65. Even if you haven't purchased a horse please come along and support the Club on what promises to be a very entertaining night.

 

Gaelic Telecom Income


08/05/2007
Raheens G.A.A. Club has received its commission cheque for €1,113.81 from Gaelic Telecom this week for the six months ended 31st December 2006, and we are very grateful to all the members and supporters of the Club who joined Gaelic Telecom and effectively raised this money. Any member or supporter that wishes to help the Club raise money and save money on their home phone calls can call Gaelic Telecom on 1890 929100.

 

Underage News - 8th May 07


08/05/2007
Raheens u/16's restored some pride last week when going down 3-11 to 2-8 to high flying Athy. Despite still being short a couple of key players Raheens played well and with the aid of a Gareth Malone goal midway though the first half only trailed by 0-7 to 1-2 at half-time.
Two early points on the restart had Raheens on terms but Athy scored their first goal almost immediately to regain the lead. Despite conceding another goal 5 mins. later which gave their oppenents a six point advantage, Raheens battled back strongly and were back on terms with 10 mins. remaining. However, Raheens were outscored 1-3 to 0-0 during that final 10 mins. as Athy went on to claim the points and book a semi-final place. Raheens will now have to look forward to the Championship later in the Summer. Best for them were Daithí Ivers, David Lynch, Mark Power and Eoin O'Donnell. The scorers were Gareth Malone (1-1), Shane Taaffe (1-0), Mark Power (0-2), Eoin O'Donnell (0-2), David Lynch (0-1), Cian Conlon (0-1), Darrem Earley (0-1).

On Wednesaday the u/11 'A' team had their first league game in Div. 1 and came up against a very strong Athy side. After a very good opening half Raheens only trailed 1-2 to 0-2 at the break. However, they tired visibly in the second half as Athy got on top and were eventually beaten by 6-5 to 0-3. Conor Earley and Donal Mongey excelled in defence while Mark Waters and Colm Power also played well. Charlie Byrne (0-1), Conor Murphy (0-1) and Shane Crowley (0-1) accounted for the Raheens scores.

Meanwhile the u/11 'B' team remain unbeaten after coming from behind to share the spoils with St. Laurences in a tight low scoring encounter. The Larries held the upper hand in the opening half but with Raheens defence led by Kyle O'Rouke, William Jennings and John Dunleavy in fine form scores were had to come by. At half-time Raheens trailed by 1-1 to 0-1, their point coming from Sean Cox. After the break Raheens did much better around the middle sector as Thomas Dore, Robert Thompson and John Power came more into the game. In attack Paddy Woodgate (0-1), Colm Malone and Laura O'Brien tried hard. That said both defences continued to be on top and Raheens had to work that much harder to conjure up a goal from Adam Morrin which would leave the scores tied 1-2 apiece at the final whistle.

 

Junior C's Beat Rathangan


01/05/2007
Senior League Division 6

Raheens C 2 - 6 Rathangan 1 - 4


Raheens youthful C team took to the pitch against Rathangan also on Monday night, and the first half was a tame and level affair, with the teams finishing the half on 1-2 each. However it was Raheens third team that scored best in the second half, with points from Fergal Tully, Daragh Ó Conchúir, and Michael O'Brien adding to the goals from Brian Shaughnessy and Conor Smith (1-3 in all), added to a fine save from keeper Ollie Campbell, leaving the final tally at Raheens 2- 6 , Rathangan 1 - 4. Best for Raheens on the night were Campbell, Smith, Tully, Michael Byrne and Barry O'Donnell.

 

Junior B's Win Again - Raheens B 2 - 5 Maynooth 0 - 10


01/05/2007
Senior League Division 4

Raheens B 2 - 5 Maynooth 0 - 10

The old adage that 'goals win games' was certainly true here on Monday night in Caragh. Raheens led at half time by 1 - 1 to 0 - 3, with Charlie Delmer scorer in chief for Raheens. Maynooth took control in the second half, however they allowed Raheens to steal another goal, in the person of Keelan Noone, leaving the score 2 - 3 to 10 points with 5 minutes left to go. Raheens though finished the stronger and ultimately the victors, with Patrick Percival scoring two frees, both won by Keelan Noone, who played very well on the night. Aonghus Rooney, and Shane Malone with one fine save in particular also stood out for Raheens B's on the night.

 

 

Underage News - 30/5/2007


30/04/2007
Raheens Underage News Raheens u/16's league challenge came unstuck over the past fortnight with defeats to Moorefield (4-12 to 0-6) and Sarsfields (5-14 to 1-7). Both defeats should not overly concern this team who had to field minus a number of players for both games. If they can have a full strength squad available to them when the Championship rolls around in the Summer they are capable of causing an upset or two. Best for them against Moorefield were John Fox, Cian Conlon and Mark Campbell while the scorers were David Lynch (0-3), Mark Concannon (0-1), Gareth Malone (0-1) and Shane Taaffe (0-1). Against Sarsfields David Lynch, Mark Concannon and Shane Taaffe were best while the scorers were Darren Earley (1-3), David Lynch (0-3) and Mark Concannon (0-1).

The u/14's have also suffered a poor start to the league amid an injury crisis that has robbed the team of a number of key players. Struggling to field teams they have been beaten by Suncroft (2-13 to 0-4) and St. Laurences (3-17 to 1-2) in successive weeks. While the effort was good against Suncroft the display against St. Laurences was extremely disappointing. Best in the game against Suncroft were Robert Quirke, Gary Woodgate, Dean Heavey and Garry Johnson. The scorers were Dean Heavey (0-2), Garry Johnson (0-1) and David Malone (0-1). Against St. Laurences Ciaran Begley, Daragh Barron, Dean Campbell and David Malone tried hardest. The scorers were Craig Roche (1-0), Dean Heavey (0-1) and David Malone (0-1).

On a brighter note the u/11 'B' team got off to a winning start with a 6-3 to 3-2 win over Athgarvan. The scoring was done by Sean Cox (2-0), Robert Thompson (1-2), Laura O'Brien (1-0), Emily Aulsberry (1-0), Nicholas O'Brien (1-0) and Thomas Dore (0-1). William Jennings, John Power and Paul Quinn-Fay excelled in what was a very good team performance. This week the 'B's play St. Laurences second team, while our first team will travel to Athy having had a bye in week 1.

 

Kilcock (II) 0-5 Raheens (II) 2-8 JUNIOR'S GET OFF TO A GOOD START


24/04/2007
Kilcock (II) 0-5 Raheens (II) 2-8
Kilcock will surely rue a plethora of missed chances early in this round one match. Dominating the early exchanges Kilcock could have been comfortable but only managed three points while Raheens kept in touch with two of their own before a well struck Johnny Igoe goal before the break set the tone for the remainder of the game. After the break the Malone's, Conor and T.J., gained supremacy in the middle of the field and launched attack after attack yielding some classy points from Larry Malone, Tomás Nolan and Pat Percival. The game ended as a contest when Martin Sullivan rifled a volley to the net from twelve yards with about ten minutes remaining. In defence Shane Power and Tom Earley excelled while Martin Sullivan was the best forward on display.

 

RAHEENS VS JOHNSTOWN BRIDGE --- SFL DIV 2


23/04/2007
Raheens 0-10 Johnstown Bridge 0-7, SFL Div 2

Knowing anything less than victory would mean elimination in the search for league honours for another year, Raheens played this game with a championship intensity that JTB just could not match. Playing with the aid of a stiff breeze in the first half Raheens raced into a four-point lead, the pick of which was scored by Kevin Thompson before JTB replied through their best player on the day Padraig Hurley. Raheens maintained the pressure and deservedly held a four point lead at half time. Scoring the first point in the second half seemed to put the Caragh men into an unassailable position but through a combination of missed chances and a now dominant JTB midfield, a close finish loomed. Hurley and Mahon (2) tagged on some nice points and with two minutes remaining JTB were within two. But Raheens were not to be denied and an inspirational score from the captain Declan Curran ended the scoring. A whole hearted team performance with all forwards scoring ensured victory for Raheens while the midfield pairing of Hurley and Flanagan excelled for JTB.

Raheens: Kevin Higgins, John Lawlor, Alan Sharpe, Tom Earley, Declan Curran(0-1), Eddie Coffey, Alan Campbell(0-1), Tommy Dunleavy, Robbie Coffey, John Taaffe (0-1), Ross Mc Mahon (0-3), Tomás Nolan, Declan O'Toole(0-1), Kevin Thompson(0-2), Keelan Noone(0-1).

JTB: Dixon, Kenny, Stynes, Donnelly, McNally, Donegan, Haslam, Hurley(0-5), Flanagan, Mahon (0-2), O'Keefe, Murphy, Flynn, Earley, Mooney.

 

Raheens 0-12 St Kevin's 0-10 -- SFL Div 2


16/04/2007
With both teams in need of points it came as no surprise that this game was decided in the final few minutes amid great excitement and no little controversy. Raheens started brightly and raced into a 4 point to 0-1 lead; the pick of which came from Cathal Carr. Playing into a stiff breeze things were looking good for Raheens but St Kevin's responded strongly with six unanswered points; three from Kevin's best on the day Brian Dunne. Raheens tagged on two through Byrne and Carr before the break to leave it delicately poised 0-7 to 0-6. With the breeze Raheens had most of the play for twenty minutes of the second half and built up a three point lead. At this point they looked favourites but through Dunne; Kenny and Carew Kevin's fought back and thought they had equalised with two minutes to play but the referee over ruled the umpire. Inevitably this led to frayed tempers and St Kevin's big no.8 was dismissed on a second yellow a minute later. Raheens now seized their chance and Carr finished off the scoring with his fourth of the day .For Raheens Dunleavy, Carr, Byrne, and Lawlor excelled while for Kevin's, Kenny, Dunne and Curran were best.

 

Raheens Underage News


16/04/2007
A depleted Raheens u/16 team were heavily defeated by Leixlip last Friday night. Despite being short a number of players and not playing particulary well Raheens were only 0-2 to 0-1 in arrears after 23 mins. It was at this stage though that Leixlip found their scoring boots as they added another 2-2 to their tally before half-time; Raheens only response being a David lynch pointed free. Raheens improved after the break but lacked any real penitration up front. In addition to that they lost Daithí Ivers and Gary O'Brien to injury en route to a 3-10 to 0-4 defeat. Best for Raheens in what was a poor performance were Charlie Kings, John Fox, Cian Conlon, David Lynch and Derek Walsh. The scorers were David Lynch (0-3) and John Morrin (0-1). Next up for the the u/16's is Moorefield (away) this Friday evening.

The u/14 leagues begin this Sunday morning and Raheens first assignment in Div. 3 is a home fixture against Suncroft.

The South Board's u/11 Spring league begin on Wednesday, 25th April 2007. Raheens first team will compete in Div. 1 and they will have a bye in the first week. The second team, playing in Div. 4, will face Athgarvan at home in the opening round of games.

 

 

Congratualtions to Naas CBS and especially to the 6 Raheens Players on the panel


06/04/2007
Naas CBS who won the Leinster Colleges u/16 B Final last week in Stradbally GAA. They beat Moate (Westmeath) by 1 point after extra time. Raheens had 6 players on the panel (incl 3 subs). Congratualtions to Naas CBS and especially to the 6 Raheens Players on the panel. Naas CBS who won the Leinster Colleges u/16 B Final last week in Stradbally GAA. They beat Moate (Westmeath) by 1 point after extra time. Raheens had 6 players on the panel (incl 3 subs).










 

 

Raheens Senior League game v Castledermot 31/3/07


06/04/2007
Raheens crashed to a disappointing league defeat at the hands of Castledermot on Saturday evening. Raheens took the lead with a Ross McMahon point against the run of play in the 10th min. The home side replied with two points before McMahon levelled matters with an excellent pointed free into the wind. That was the last time that Raheens would be on terms though as Castlederot finished the half the stronger and points from Damian Hendy and David Harmon gave them a 0-5 to 0-2 advantage at the interval. Although Gary Mulhall extended that lead with a point in the opening minute of the second half, points from Keelan Noone and Reddy Coffey suggested Raheens might mount a comeback. This never materialised though and the hungrier and harder working Castledermot side continued to maintain a 3-5 point advantage until Harmon scored the games only goal with 5 minutes remaining. This score ensured Castledermot of a well deserved victory. The final score was Castledermot 1-9, Raheens 0-6. Although Raheens were short a number of players for this game serious improvement will be needed if they are to take the points from their Easter Monday league encounter with Maynooth.

 

U-9's to play in Newbridge at half time


06/04/2007
The u/9's will represent the club in the mini-game at half-time during the Kildare v Laois NFL game on Easter Sunday. Best of luck to all those participating.

 

 

U-9's to play in Newbridge at half time


06/04/2007
The u/9's will represent the club in the mini-game at half-time during the Kildare v Laois NFL game on Easter Sunday. Best of luck to all those participating.

 

Intermediate Win - Grange 1-7 Raheens 3-4


31/03/2007
As the scoreline suggests , this was an extra ordinary game played on a beautiful spring day on the Carlow border . Grange got off to a flier scoring a quick point before further pressure forced Raheens into conceding a penalty. O Doyle stepped up to the plate but Kevin Higgins saved well to his left and managed to set up a quick counter attack which ended with Alan Sharpe finishing to an empty net following good work by Noone. Shellshocked Grange lost concentration and on the resumption Raheens delivered long to the edge of the square , Sharpe fielded well and buried the ball past Miller in the Grange goal. With Grange now all at sea Raheens pounced again through Mc Mahon to leave an odd scoreline of 3-0 to 0-1 after ten minutes. But now it was Raheens turn to switch off, maybe prematurely assuming victory, they would not score again until they found themselves a point down midway through the second half. Grange's revival was down mainly to the Leahy brothers and sterling work in the middle of the field which wrested the initiative from Raheens. The score of the game came in this period when John Leahy finished a brilliant move with a scorcher from 25 yards to the top corner. The second half was a quieter affair and Raheens battled harder to out score their opponents 0-4 to 0-1 and win a surreal game that they really should have tied up in the first half. For Grange the Leahys, Farrell and O'Brien impressed while Raheens best were Dunleavy, Campbell, McMahon and Sharpe.

 

Raheens Underage News - 26th March 2006


25/03/2007
Raheens u/16's collected their first league points in a pulsating game against Celbridge last Thursday evening. Raheens started well and were 1-2 to 0-0 ahead after 15 mins. having had another goal disallowed for a square ball infringement. Celbridge who took their time settling into the game replied with four unanswered points to leave the minimum between the sides at half-time.

The second half began in explosive fashion; Raheens adding two quick points before being rocked by a Celbridge goal in the 4th min. of the half. The sides then swapped a couple of points each to leave the score 1-6 apiece by the mid point of the half. Points from Darren Earley and Alan Igoe in quick succession gave Raheens the iniative but Celbridge were level with two points of their own by the 53rd minute. Raheens were now under severe pressure but Mark Power kicked them back into the lead with a point from an acute angle with only a couple of minutes remaining. Celbridge replied almost immediately to tie the scores once again, but in the final minute David Lynch kicked the winning point and score of the game from 30 yards out on the right touchline following a 60 yard run from his own half-back line. The final score was Raheens 1-10, Celbridge 1-9. Best for the winners were Daithí Ivers in goals, John Fox, Graham Waters, Cian Conlon and man of the match David Lynch. The scorers were Alan Igoe (0-4), Eoin Dore (1-0), Darren Earley (0-2), David Lynch (0-2), Mark Concannon (0-1) and Mark Power (0-1).

On Sunday morning the u/14's revived their Féile chances with a comprehensive 5-18 to 0-3 win over Rathangan. Playing with the aid of a very strong wind in the opening period Raheens dominated from the outset and were 3-16 to 0-0 in front by half-time. Although Raheens still controlled matters after the change of ends the scores dried up and Rathangan were able to add some consolation scores. Because of the nature of the game it would be difficult to single out any individual for special mention. All 16 that played performed well and hopefully will do so again next Sunday when they face Leixlip in an away fixture. The scorers were Garry Johnson (2-2), John Jennings (1-5), Barry Winder (1-3), Dean Heavey (1-3), David Malone (0-2), Kevin Dunne (0-1), Liam Power (0-1) and Niall Connolly (0-1).

Saturday morning football training for u/6's, u/8's and u/10's will recommence on 24th March 2007 at 11.00am in Donore. Registration will take place from 10.30am. Juvenilie membership for 2007 will be €20 per child (capped at €40 per family where there are more than two children).

 

Raheens Intermediates Draw against old rivals Naas


20/03/2007
Raheens got off to a good league start after drawing with Naas on a very gusty bank holiday Monday. Final score was Raheens 1-9 Naas 0-12.

More to follow when the new PRO sends it on the report

 

Raheens Underage News - 9 March 2007


20/03/2007
Raheens u/16's collected their first league points in a pulsating game against Celbridge last Thursday evening. Raheens started well and were 1-2 to 0-0 ahead after 15 mins. having had another goal disallowed for a square ball infringement. Celbridge who took their time settling into the game replied with four unanswered points to leave the minimum between the sides at half-time. The second half began in explosive fashion; Raheens adding two quick points before being rocked by a Celbridge goal in the 4th min. of the half. The sides then swapped a couple of points each to leave the score 1-6 apiece by the mid point of the half. Points from Darren Earley and Alan Igoe in quick succession gave Raheens the iniative but Celbridge were level with two points of their own by the 53rd minute. Raheens were now under severe pressure but Mark Power kicked them back into the lead with a point from an acute angle with only a couple of minutes remaining. Celbridge replied almost immediately to tie the scores once again, but in the final minute David Lynch kicked the winning point and score of the game from 30 yards out on the right touchline following a 60 yard run from his own half-back line. The final score was Raheens 1-10, Celbridge 1-9.

Best for the winners were Daithí Ivers in goals, John Fox, Graham Waters, Cian Conlon and man of the match David Lynch. The scorers were Alan Igoe (0-4), Eoin Dore (1-0), Darren Earley (0-2), David Lynch (0-2), Mark Concannon (0-1) and Mark Power (0-1).

On Sunday morning the u/14's revived their Féile chances with a comprehensive 5-18 to 0-3 win over Rathangan. Playing with the aid of a very strong wind in the opening period Raheens dominated from the outset and were 3-16 to 0-0 in front by half-time. Although Raheens still controlled matters after the change of ends the scores dried up and Rathangan were able to add some consolation scores. Because of the nature of the game it would be difficult to single out any individual for special mention. All 16 that played performed well and hopefully will do so again next Sunday when they face Leixlip in an away fixture.

The scorers were Garry Johnson (2-2), John Jennings (1-5), Barry Winder (1-3), Dean Heavey (1-3), David Malone (0-2), Kevin Dunne (0-1), Liam Power (0-1) and Niall Connolly (0-1).

Saturday morning football training for u/6's, u/8's and u/10's will recommence on 24th March 2007 at 11.00am in Donore. Registration will take place from 10.30am. Juvenilie membership for 2007 will be €20 per child (capped at €40 per family where there are more than two children

 

Raheens Underage News - 12th March 2007


12/03/2007

Two first half goals in as many minutes by Naas put paid to Raheens chances in their first u/16 league game of the year. Raheens were always playing catch up after that and despite having played with a strong wind at their backs in the opening period they trailed Naas 2-5 to 0-4 at the break. Raheens played a lot better in the second half and had reduced the arrears to 5 points by the mid point of the half. That was as close as they got however as Naas finished the stronger adding 3 points to win on a scoreline of 2-9 to 0-7. Best for Raheens were were David Lynch, Paddy O'Brien, John Fox, Graham Waters, Cian Conlon and Mark Concannon. The scorers were Alan Igoe (0-3), Darren Earley (0-1), Mark Concannon (0-1), Gareth Malone (0-1 and Mark Campbell (0-1).

The u/16's will play their back match with Celbridge this Thursday evening at Tom Lawler Park and will then play St. Laurences at the same venue on St. Patrick's Day at 4.00 p.m.

The u/14's will play their second game in the 'B' Féile on Sunday morning when they are due to face Rathangan in an away fixture.

Saturday morning football training for u/6's, u/8's and u/10's will recommence on 24th March 2007 at 11.00am in Donore. Registration will take place from 10.30am. Juvenilie membership for 2007 will be €20 per child (capped at €40 per family where there are more than two children).

 

Raheens Underage News


06/03/2007
Raheens Underage News

Raheens u/14's were defeated in their first game in the 'B' Féile on a very wet and windy Sunday morning, losing on a scoreline of 3-6 to 1-3 to Ballykelly. Despite playing with the aid of a very strong wind Raheens found themselves in arrears with the concession of a 'soft' goal in the opening minutes. Raheens had to work very hard to get the ball into scoreable positions as a strong Ballykelly team dominated for long periods. That said Raheens fought back to be level 1-3 to 2-0 at half-time.

Ballykelly again dominated much of the second half but only managed to tag on 3 points by the three quarter stage. They scored 1-3 in the final 10 mins. to give the scoreline a fairer reflection of their dominance. Those that tried hardest for Raheens in defeat were David Malone, Liam Power, Dean Campbell, John Jennings and Garry Johnson. The scorers were John Jennings (1-0), Barry Winder (0-2), Garry Johnson (0-2). The u/14's have a bye this week but will play Rathangan next week in their second match in the Féile.

The u/16's were due to play Celbridge last Saturday in Div. 1 of the league but their game was called off because of an unplayable pitch in Celbridge. They should belatedly begin their league campaign this Saturday when they are due to take on Naas in a home fixture at 4.00 pm

Saturday morning football training for u/6's, u/8's and u/10's will recommence on 24th March 2007 at 11.00am in Donore. Registration will take place from 10.30am. Juvenilie membership for 2007 will be €20 per child (capped at €40 per family where there are more than two children).


Raheens Underage News - 26th February 2007


26/02/2007
After winning Div. 2 of the u/15 winter league last year Raheens will begin life in Div. 1 of this years u/16 league with an away assignment to Celbridge on Saturday, 3rd March.

Meanwhile the u/14's will have a home fixture on Sunday morning, 4th March in their first game in the 'B' Féile. They will play Ballykelly first in a group that also includes Leixlip 'B', Rathangan and St. Edwards.

 

Raheens Underage News


11/01/2007
The Underage AGM of Raheens GAA Club will take place on Friday, 19th January 2007 at 8.00 p.m. in Caragh National School. The main purpose of this meeting will be to plan for the coming year and to appoint selectors to the various underage teams from u/6 to u/16.
If you are unable to attend on Friday night but would like to help out, please contact Shane Malone on 087-2334798 prior to the meeting to indicate what area or age group you would like to be involved with. New members as always are especially welcome.

Congratulations to Dean Heavey, John Jennings, Charlie Kings and Gary O'Brien who have been selected to represent the club at the Kildare School of Excellence for u/14's for the coming year

 

Raheens AGM


10/01/2007
Raheens AGM was held on 11th Jan in Caragh Community Centre. The meeting was very well attended with some excellent discussions on the club. Secretary Christy Morrison and Chairman Patsy Power stepped to one side after giving the club great service over many years. Football legend David Malone stepped into the Chairman's position.

The very hard working Shane Malone took on Treasurer for another year while Dave Twohey moved into PRO post after Vincent Malone stepped to one side.

Intermediate selectors included Seanie Taffee, John Murphy (Digbybridge) & John Joe Byrne

Here's to a very successfull year for Raheens

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