2008 News/ Match Report Archive

Results of Raheens Christmas Draw


20/12/2008

Christmas Draw Results

First Prize (€500) - Brendan Delmer, Castlekealy, Caragh.

Second Prize (€200) - Pat Goggin, c/o Padraic Ryan.

Third Prize (€100) - John Campbell, Caragh, Naas.

Fourth Prize (Turkey) - Meg & Niall, c/o Declan O''Toole.

Fifth Prize (Ham) - Phil Ryan, Castlekealy, Caragh.

Sixth Prize (Brandy) - Tricia Courtney, Gingerstown Park.

Seventh Prize (Wine) - Ollie Campbell, Churchview, Caragh.

Eighth Prize (Wine) - Mary Crowley, Santry, Dublin 9.

Nineth Prize (Wine) - Harry Gannon, c/o Ger Gannon

 

 

Under 21's Bow Out


08/11/2008

Under 21 'B' Championship

Raheens 0-4  St. Edwards 3-7

Raheens u/21's were comprehensively beaten by St. Edwards in the quarter final of the Championship on Saturday afternoon. Conditions in Clane were atrocious particularly in the 10 mins before half-time, when it was difficult to make out the players as the rain came down in sheets.

Edwards started the brighter and were 0-3 to 0-0 up after 15 mins., two of their scores coming from placed balls. Raheens were winning little at midfield and consequently the supply to the forwards was limited. Despite this their backs were doing well with Sean Browne, Paddy O'Brien and Brian O'Donnell to the fore.

Then disaster struck as a line ball on the right wing kicked across the Raheens goalmouth found its way to the Edwards corner forward, who duly despatched to the back of the net. Raheens responded with points from Daithi Ivers and Alan Igoe but they were to trail 1-6 to 0-2 at the break.

Although Raheens had the wind at their backs for the second half and introduced Stephen Riordan at full forward little changed. Raheens did increase their possession initially and a point from Riordan reduced the margin to six, but then Edwards struck for a second goal.

Raheens never looked like getting back into the game and were largely ineffective from midfield up. A third goal for the winners in the final minutes sealed a decisive victory for them as they advanced to the semi-final. For Raheens it was yet another disappointing year at u/21 level. One of the positives that can be taken though is that all 19 players used are eligible for this grade again next year.

Best for Raheens were the afore mentioned backs, Niall Rooney and Shane Power. The scorers were Daithi Ivers (0-1), Alan Igoe (0-1), Stephen Riordan (0-1), and Tomas Nolan (0-1).

 

U-21 Fixture Change


06/11/2008
The u/21's quarter final v St. Edwards, originally fixed for Sallins, will now be played in Clane on Saturday, 8th November 2008. Throw in will be at 3.00 pm

 

Under 21's Defeat Kilcullen After Extra Time


01/11/2008

Under 21 'B' Championship

Raheens 1-8  Kilcullen 0-9 (AET)

Raheens needed extra time to get over the first round of the Championship on Saturday afternoon when defeating Kilcullen in Milltown. Marty Lynch put Raheens in front early on with a fine point from an acute angle and Patrick Percival doubled their advantage with a long range effort after 12 mins.

Raheens were well on top at this stage but spurned a number of scoring chances. Kilcullen kicked their first point in the 21st min. after a free in the middle of the field was brought up for discent. Spurred on by this Kilcullen added another three points in quick succession to lead 0-4 to 0-2 at half-time.

Although Patrick Percival reduced the margin shortly after the restart, Kilcullen would enjoy their best spell of possession for the next 15 mins. Unfortunately for them they too squandered a number of chances including one attack which saw their corner forward strike the crossbar and both posts without reward.

Mark Concannon levelled the scores with a good point at the midpoint of the half. The sides then exchanged frees on two occassions to leave the full-time score 0-6 apiece. Kilcullen were the happier of the two sides at this stage having had a player dismissed with 10 mins. remaining.

Restored to the full compliment Kilcullen looked to have scored the first point in extra-time only for it to be waved wide by the umpire. Darren Earley then put daylight between the sides with the games only goal, swivelling in the goalmouth to fire to the corner of the net. Although Kilcullen responded with another point from a free, Tom Earley restored Raheens 3 point advantage before the change of ends.

Kilcullen were first on the scoreboard in the final period but Raheens should have sealed matters when Daithi Ivers put Patrick Percival clear, one on one with the Kilcullen goalkeeper. The keeper was not called into action as Percival shot high and wide to leave Raheens with a dangerous 2 point lead. Fears were allayed somewhat when Mark Concannon kicked another point in stoppage time.

Kilcullen had one final attack which resulted in their centre forward kicking his eighth point of the game. Raheens were safely through to the next round but will probably need a better performance the next day if they are to advance further. Best for them were Paddy O'Brien, Sean Dunleavy, Andrew Earley, Tom Earley, Sean Browne & Mark Concannon. The scorers were Darren Earley (1-0), Patrick Percival (0-2), Mark Concannon (0-2), Alan Igoe (0-2, 2f), Marty Lynch (0-1), Tom Earley (0-1).  

 

 

Under 15's Lose To Kilcullen


26/10/2008

Under 15 Division 2A

Kilcullen 5-6  Raheens 1-8

A recurring theme of the Winter league has been the inability of Raheens to field a full-strength side in any of their games and again this trend continued on Sunday morning. The 14 men of Raheens took an early lead through a pointed free from Barry Winder before Kilcullen responded with their first goal, which had a suspicion of a square ball about it.

Although Colm Power added a point from an acute angle, Kilcullen replied with a point of their own before another questionable goal, with their full-forward practically on the goal-line when the ball arrived in the square. Raheens fought back with a couple of points but the game was effectively over when Kilcullen added two more very good goals in as many minutes.

Raheens almost had a goal of their own in the final minutes of the half when a Dylan Hannon effort came back off the crossbar and Colm Power's follow up effort went over off the crossbar. At the break Raheens trailed 4-2 to 0-6.

Despite playing against the strong wind in the second half Raheens played some of their best football after the change of ends. Points from John Jennings and Gary O'Brien together with a goal from a combination of the two was no more than Raheens deserved.

One would have thought that Kilcullen would overrun Raheens in the second period with the elements in their favour but Raheens defended very well. Kilcullen were restricted to just four points in the half until the last kick of the game when a speculative shot from 30 yards dipped just under the crossbar for their fifth goal.

Raheens will play Castledermot (away) on Sunday, 2nd November at 11.00 am in their final game of the year. Best for them against Kilcullen were Gary Woodgate, Ciaran Begley, Jonno Hanbury & Colm Power. The Raheens scorers were John Jennings (1-2, 1f), Barry Winder (0-2, 1f), Colm Power (0-2), David Malone (0-1), Gary O'Brien (0-1).

Under 15's Draw With Confey


23/10/2008

Under 15 Division 2A

Raheens 0-10  Confey 1-7

Raheens gained their first point in the Winter League despite being short a number of players for their encounter with Confey on Thursday night. Confey settled quickest and were 0-3 to 0-1 to the good after 10 minutes. However, Raheens were back on terms after points from the industrious David Malone and Barry Winder (free).

The score of the game came in the 18th minute of the game when Raheens worked the ball forward from Danny Boyle to Niall Connolly, on to Barry Winder, who exchanged passes with David Malone before kicking a fine point that gave Raheens the lead for the first time.

Although Confey responded with two points, Raheens finished the half the stronger and two more points from Winder (free) & Malone gave Raheens a 0-6 to 0-5 half-time lead.

Defences were very much on top early in the second half and it would be 12 minutes after the restart before there was a score. Unfortunately it came in the shape of a Confey goal. Raheens responded with another free from Barry Winder.

Confey extended their lead with another point before Raheens hit a purple patch. A well worked move involving Garry Johnson, Dylan Hannon & Barry Winder ended with the latter kicking a lovely point. John Jennings then rowed in with two points in succession to put Raheens in front once more.

There was to be a sting in the tail however as Confey's full forward found himself one on one with Robert Quirke in the final minute. He fittingly blasted his shot over the bar as the spoils were deservedly shared.

For Raheens Robert Quirke in goals made some fine saves, Richard Dalton excelled in the unfamiliar role of full back and the corner backs of Billy Martin & Gary Woodgate were very solid. Ciaran Begley led a strong half-back line, where Evan Dempsey turned in another good performance and Danny Boyle had his best game in some time. At midfield, Barry Winder & John Jennings worked their socks off, as did David Malone & Jonno Hanbury in the half-forward line. Niall Connolly & Dylan Hannon linked the play up well while Shane Donnellan & Garry Johnson can be happy with their first games in quite some time.

Raheens scorers were Barry Winder (0-5, 3f), John Jennings (0-3), David Malone (0-2).

   

Under 15's In Spirited Display Against Leixlip


09/10/2008

Under 15 Div. 2A

Raheens 1-8  Leixlip 2-10

Raheens u/15's produced a much improved performance on Thursday night despite losing their second league game in succession. Short a number of players, Raheens opted to play with the strong wind in the opening half. Leixlip made light of the conditions to register the opening two points. Although Raheens were to kick the next five points they really needed the cushion of a goal or two. This didn't arrive and when Leixlip finished the half with another two points to reduce their arrears to the minimum the writing was on the wall for Raheens.

Although Leixlip now had the advantage of the conditions Raheens battled bravely and were only 1 point behind with 10 mins. remaining. This could have been different it Ciaran Begley's rasper had found the net. It rebounded off the crossbar and Danny Boyle's follow up was deflected out for a 45. Leixlip added two more points before the killer blow came in the 56th minute. Three minutes later they appeared to be out of sight with their second goal but Raheens finished very strongly.

First Jon Hanbury had what looked like a certain point, as the ball bounced over off the crossbatr, waved wide by the umpire. Then a Dylan Hannon goal effort was pushed over the bar in stoppage time. There was still time for a Raheens goal as Barry Winder found the top corner from a 13 metre free in front of the goal.

In a display where Raheens couldn't be faulted for effort Charlie Kings, John Jennings, Barry Winder, David Malone and Jon Hanbury were best. The scorers were Barry Winder (1-2), John Jennings (0-4), Dylan Hannon (0-2). 

 

Under 15's Lose To Maynooth


05/10/2008

Under 15 Div.2A

Maynooth 5-12  Raheens 2-4

Despite conceding 1-2 in the opening 8 mins. of this opening round fixture of the u/15 League, Raheens battled back to lead 2-1 to 1-2 by the mid-point of the half as Dylan Hannon found the net twice. That was as good as it got for Raheens though as they fell behind once more and trailed by 2-5 to 2-3 at the break.

Maynooth over powered their opponents in the opening 15 mins. of the second half and added 2-4 without reply. Raheens heads went down during this spell but in the final quarter they battled hard. Unfortunately their fine play only yielded two points from Jonathon Hanbury.

Next week Raheens face Leixlip in Gingerstown and they will be hoping for a better result. Best for them were Gary Woodgate, Evan Dempsey, Jonathon Hanbury and Charlie Kings who had an excellent opening half. The scores came from Dylan Hannon (2-0), Barry Winder (0-2), Jonathon Hanbury (0-2).

 

 

Minors Bow Out At Semi Final Stage


05/10/2008

Minor 'B' Championship Semi-Final

Raheens 1-6  Oliver Plunketts 0-12

Raheens Minors were defeated 0-12 to 1-6 on Sunday afternnon by Oliver Plunketts in the semi-final of the 'B' Championship. Despite the concession of an early point, Raheens were back on terms almost immediately courtesy of a Darren Earley point. A goal from David Lynch followed shortlyu thereafter as a ball broke off Earley and into his path.

This was a great start for Raheens who were playing against a stiff breeze in the opening period. Although Plunketts would reel off the next four points Raheens were back on terms by the mid point of the half as Alan Igoe kicked a wonderful point from a sideline fully 50 yards from goal. Igoe had his side back in front 5 minutes later with a long range free. Two more points for either side left the half-time score, Raheens 1-5 Oliver Plunketts 0-7.

With the wind at their back in the second half Raheens had a great opportunity to win this game. In the opening 10 minutes of the half they missed a number of chances and the lead remained the minimum as each side added a point from a free. From here until the finish Oliver Plunketts dominated and but for a combination of some wayward shooting and some fine goal keeping by Charlie Kings they would have gone into the lead.

How it took Plunketts  until the 50th minute to equalise is anyone's guess but from there until the finish they were the stronger team. With a strangle hold on the midfield area Plunketts eventually made their possession pay and added a further 3 points from play. Although Raheens had tenuous claims for a penalty and were denied what looked like a free in front of the goals in the final minute, it's fair to say that Oliver Plunketts were the better team and it would have been an injustice if they didn't advance.

Best for Raheens were Charlie Kings, Mark Power, Graham Waters, Mark O'Brien and Alan Igoe. The Raheens scorers were Alan Igoe (0-5, 3f & 1s), David Lynch (1-0), Darren Earley (0-1).

     

Under 11's Lose to Moorefield


25/09/2008

South Board Under 11 Winter League

 

Moorefield 2-9  Raheens 0-5

  

Raheens u/11's got off to the worst possible start in this match, conceding a goal in the second minute of the game. By the time Raheens got into their stride they had conceded another 6 points to a much physically stronger Moorefield team, having only scored 2 in reply.

 

The second half was a much more even affair with all 20 players used by Raheens giving 100%. Best for Raheens were - Stephen Smyth in goal, Shane Crowley, Declan Campbell, Cathal Duffy Michael Begley and Sean Delaney. Raheens scorers Shaun Lloyd (0-2), Sean Cox, Conor Murphy & Jason Earley (0-1each).

 

 

Minors Advance To Semi Final After Epic Struggle


24/09/2008

Minor 'B' Championship Quarter Final Replay

Raheens 1-12  Kill 1-11 (AET)

Raheens overcame a strong Kill challange in the replay of last weeks drawn quarter-final clash, but only after extra-time. Once again Kill made the early running kicking 1-1 in the opening 5 minutes. Raheens responded well though and Sean Browne was on hand to receive a pass from Darren Earley before shooting to the net after 7 minutes of play.

Kill had the better of the play in the remainder of the first half, winning the vast majority of the aerial challenges around the field, but only managed to extend their lead to 3 points. Raheens replied with two late points in the half and although Kill would also add a pointed free, Raheens could count themselves lucky to only trail by 1-5 to 1-3.

On the resumption Raheens had their best spell. Four successive points including 3 from Alan Igoe put them in front for the first time and Kill were struggling. Kill's firepower was somewhat diminished by the loss of two of their backs. In order to compensate they had withdrawn two of their better forwards into their backline. That said they showed great character in the final 10 minutes and were duly rewarded with an equalising point 2 minutes into stoppage time.

Kill struck first in extra-time but Daithi Ivers replied with a point for Raheens and the teams were all square once more at the change of ends. Both sides gave it everything in the final period and exchanged two points apiece before Eoin O'Donnell was on the end of a sweeping move in the final minute to blast over from close range.

In a game that neither team deserved to lose Raheens were the ones to advance to a semi-final date with Oliver Plunketts. Best for Raheens  were Alan Igoe, Cian Conlon and Graham Waters while Sean Browne, Paddy O'Brien John Fox and Mark Concannon did well at stages.

Scorers: Alan Igoe (0-6), Sean Browne (1-0), Darren Earley (0-2), Eoin O'Donnell (0-2), Daithi Ivers (0-2).

   

Minor Replay Fixed


21/09/2008
The Minor 'B' Championship replay against Kill has been fixed for Wednesday, 24th September 2008 in Naas. Throw in which was fixed for 8.00 pm has been brought forward to 7.15 pm. Last week the sides drew Raheens 0-9, Kill 2-3.

 

 

Under 12's Produce Wonderful Display In Narrow Defeat


19/09/2008

Under 12 Division 1 Final

Athy 2-6  Raheens 1-7

Raheens lost a thrilling u/12 Final on Saturday, but their effort was top class. Despite conceding 2 goals in the opening 7 mins. to Athy's excellent midfielder, Michael Kelly, Raheens battled back strongly to trail 2-3 to 0-5 at half-time. The work-rate all over the pitch was immense and the number of times Raheens players blocked their opponents was a feature of the game.

Although Athy extended their lead with an early second half point, Raheens were back in the hunt when substitute Sean Delaney found the net a minute later. Athy extended their lead back out to 4 with a couple of points from Kelly but Raheens responded again with points from Eoghan Corkery and Jason Earley.

The game ebbed and flowed for the final 10 mins. with neither side able to add to their tally. In the final minute Mark Waters put a ball across the face of the Athy goal that only needed the faintest of touches for what would have been a winning goal but Athy managed to scramble it clear. The final act saw Robert Thompson lob a free into the Athy square but Athy's man of the match Michael Kelly was on hand to avert the danger.

Best for Raheens in a wonderful team effort were Donal Mongey, Jason Earley, Colm Power, Mathew Bursey, Eoghan Corkery, Robert Thompson and Declan Campbell.

Scorers: Athy - Michael Kelly (2-3), Eddie Roycroft (0-1), John Moran (0-1), Cathal Fennessy (0-1).

             Raheens - Eoghan Corkery (0-4), Sean Delaney (1-0), Colm Power (0-1), Robert Thompson (0-1), Jason Earley (0-1).

    

Back row: James O'Brien, Shaun Lloyd, David Mather, Conor Earley, Jason Earley, Mathew Bursey (capt.), Kyle O'Rourke, Sean Delaney, Declan Campbell, Charlie Byrne, William Jennings.

Front row: Shane Crowley, Robert Thompson, Eoghan Corkery, John Power, John Dunleavy, Colin Malone, Colm Power, Thomas Flanagan, Mark Waters, Nicholas O'Brien, Donal Mongey.

Mentors: Sean Corkery, Patsy Power, Gerry Crowley.  Trainers: Pat Dunleavy, John Cox

Under 11's defeated in Winter League


18/09/2008

U11 Winter League

 

St. Laurences 3-6  Raheens 2-3

 

This was a match where Raheens were slow to start and one where they allowed St. Laurences to build up a lead. Raheens fought back hard to level things in the second half only for St. Laurences to go up the field and score two quick goals. Scorers for Raheens were Paddy Woodgate 2pts, Ruairi Cleary 1pt and a goal each from Sean Cox and Sam Cooke. Overall this was a good team performance with Jason Earley, Shaun Llyod and Conor Kielty all having good games.

 

UNDER 12 DIVISION 1 FINAL


17/09/2008

U12 Div. 1 League Final

 

Please note that the U12 football final against Athy is being played on SATURDAY 20th Sept in St. Conleths Park at 1pm. Please show your support and best of luck to the team and their coaches.

 

 

Minors Deadlocked In Quarter Final Clash With Kill


15/09/2008

Minor 'B' Championship Quarter Final

Raheens 0-9  Kill 2-3

Raheens and Kill served up a very entertaining game in dreadful conditions Monday night. Raheens inspired by the excellent play of Alan Igoe and lively corner forward Eoin O'Donnell had built up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead with the half-time break approaching. Kill then hit then with 2 goals in as many minutes to throw the game wide open.

Another point for Kill early into the second half left Raheens with a small mountain to climb given the conditions. Led by their star man Igoe the deficit was cut to the minimum by the mid-point of the half. Kill responded with a point but Igoe cut the margin again with a super point from a sideline on the community centre side of the pitch.

Despite a number of chances Raheens didn't get back on term until two minutes from time when Daithi Ivers kicked over a point from close range. The relief for the home side was palpable but they then attempted to complete the comeback by finding a late winner. They appeared to have done so when Igoe kicked over in stoppage time. However, following a difference of opinion by the umpires as to whether it was in fact a score the referee decided to wave the ball wide.

The game ended shortly thereafter. Raheens supporters had mixed views as on one hand they were delighted to get back level when it looked for so long that Kill would frustrate them, while on the other hand many felt Igoe's last effort should have been credited as the winning score. In any case Raheens are still in the Championship with a replay due to be fixed for next week.

 

Intermediate 'B' Championship Re-Fixture


15/09/2008
The Quarter Final of the 'B' Championship v Moorefield (3), originally fixed for Milltown on Sunday, 21st Sept.,  has been re-fixed for Saturday, 20th September 2008 in Moorefield at 8.00 pm

 

Minor Championship Quarter-Final


15/09/2008
Raheens face Kill in the Quarter Final of the Minor B Championship tonight in Tom Lawler Park. Throw in is at 8.00 pm

 

Under 13 'B' team defeated by Ardclough


14/09/2008

Under 13 Division 4

Raheens 'B' 0-1  Ardclough 5-5

 

Raheens U13 B team were well beaten by Ardclough on Sunday morning. Most of this Raheens team are playing in an age group well above their age but despite this, they are never found wanting when it comes to courage. They tried their best and kept playing right up to the final whistle. Adam Morrin, William Jennings, James O’Brien, John Power and Josh Nallen did well.

 

 

Intermediate 'B' team to Face Moorefield (3) in Championship


14/09/2008
Raheens' second team have drawn Moorefield (3) in the Quarter Final of the Intermediate 'B' Championship. The game is fixed for Milltown on Sunday, 20th September 2008. Throw-in will be at 12.00 pm

 

Under 16's Bow Out At Semi-Final Stage


12/09/2008

U/16 'B' Championship Semi-Final

Raheens 2-6  Ballykelly 3-8

Raheens u/16's lost out to Ballykelly on Friday evening in their Championship semi-final. Raheens had the better of the opening 5 mins. but despite four separate opportunities failed to register a score. On Ballykelly's first excursion into Raheens territory they found the net in spite of the best efforts of Charlie Kings who saved the initial effort. Matters went from bad to worse as Ballykelly had a second goal within a minute.

If fact the visitors had 2-4 on the board before there was a Raheens response. All through the Championship this Raheens team have been putting in performances full of effort and heart and once again they produced a display full of pride and passion, in spite of the fact that for long periods they were being outplayed by their opponents. By the mid-point of the second half the margin was down to 4 points following a well worked goal finished off by Barry Winder. Raheens' supporters were daring to dream, but then Ballykelly were awarded a penalty, which was duly converted.

Raheens battled on and a late John Jennings goal reduced was no less than they deserved. Best for Raheens were Gareth Malone, Graham Waters, Barry Winder, Eoin O'Donnell & David Malone. 

Intermediates Draw Monasterevin


12/09/2008
Raheens have drawn Monasterevin in the Quarter Final of the Championship. The game has been fixed for Clane on Saturday, 20th September. Throw in is at 5.30 pm

 

Under 10's Defeat Athy in Final Game


11/09/2008

Under 10 Division 1

Raheens 4-6  Athy 2-3

 

Raheens under 10's completed their league campaign with an excellent win over Athy on Thursday on a scoreline of 4-6 to 2-3. This was Raheens best display of football this year, with an excellent display by all players.

 

The team finished a creditable 3rd in Division 1 behind Moorefield and St Laurence’s. The panel through out the league was Paul Waters, James Hogarty, Rory O’Neill, Michael Begley, Cathal Duffy, Sean Kenny, Tadhg Roche, Mathew Bett-Symond, Barry Connolly, Ronan Connolly, Paddy Woodgate, Eoin O’ Brien, James Dolan, Conor Kielty, Colm Malone, Andrew Sweeney, Molly Cassidy, Simon Hore, Dylan Johnston, Kevin Dolly, Ben Martin, Ollie Dunne, and Conor Dalton.

 

 

Under 12 Final Re-Fixed


11/09/2008

U12 Div 1 League Final

Please note there has been a change in dates for the U12 football final against Athy. It is now being played on SATURDAY 20th Sept in St. Conleths Park at 1pm. Please show your support and best of luck to the team and their coaches.

 

Under 14 Lose Semi-Final to Leixlip


10/09/2008

Under 14 'A' Championship Shield Semi-Final

Raheens 2-4  Leixlip 2-12

Raheens u/14's finished the year in disappointing fashion losing out to Leixlip by 2-12 to 2-4 in the semi-final of the 'A' Shield. Raheens played with the wind at their backs in the opening period but found themselves 0-2 to 0-1 in arrears at the mid-point of the half. Although they would go on to lead 2-3 to 0-3 at the change of ends courtesy of two Scott Hannon goals they were not playing at their best.

With the wind increasing to a strong gale the signs were ominous and when Leixlip hit the front with 10 mins. to go there was only going to be one winner. The team from the North of the County kicked 1-5 without reply in that closing spell to claim a well deserved final bearth.

Despite losing two semi-finals this year the u/14's can take solace from the fact that they won Div. 2 of the Leinster Feile earlier this summer. Best for them on a bitterly disappointing evening were Liam Power, Evin Dempsey, Niall Connolly and Scott Hannon. Scorers:- Scott Hannon (2-0), Barry Winder (0-2), Dylan Hannon (0-1), Richard Dalton (0-1).

Raheens Under 16's Qualify for Championship Semi-Final


08/09/2008

Under 16 'B' Championship

Raheens 0-8  Naas 'B' 1-3

Raheens u/16's battled hard to overcome a strong Naas side on Monday night to advance to the semi-final of the 'B' Championship. In a game where both defences were on top Raheens laid the foundations for this win in the opening half. Eoin O'Donnell, Gareth Malone and Dean Heavey kicked points in quick succession to give them the ideal start.

Barry Winder extended that lead in the 17th minute with another point before Naas replied with their first score of the game with a point from their full forward. Raheens had two great opportunities for goals shortly thereafter. First Dylan Hannon had his effort pushed over the bar by the Naas keeper and then Barry Winder elected to take a point when a goal opportunity was on.

A free from Dean Heavey in the 26th minute gave Raheens a 0-7 to 0-1 lead and they appeared to be cruising. However, a physically strong Naas side posed dangers and they capitalised with an excellent goal as half time approached.

With the Raheens lead now down to 3 points the second half was to prove very tense. Naas enjoyed the greater possession but the Raheens rearguard led by Cian Conlon and Gareth Malone were in top form. Naas reduced the margin with points in the 42nd and 53rd minutes despite losing their centre forward to a second yellow card at the mid-point of the half. Raheens were fortunate not to concede a second goal with 10 minutes remaining but Charlie Kings made a wonderful save to keep Naas at bay.

John Jennings gave Raheens some breathing space with a point from an acute angle in the 54th minute but from then until the end it was a backs to the wall job. The closest Naas came to breaching a well marshalled defence was a 30 metre free in the final minute that dropped just below the crossbar. Charlie Kings kept his eye on it however and cleared his lines impressively.

Best for Raheens were Charlie Kings, Cian Conlon, Gareth Malone, Graham Waters, John Fox and Barry Winder. The scorers were Dean Heavey (0-2, 1f), Barry Winder (0-2), Eoin O'Donnell (0-1), Gareth Malone (0-1), Dylan Hannon (0-1), John Jennings (0-1).

Next up for Raheens is a home semi-final against Ballykelly, provisionally fixed for Friday night at 6.30 pm.

 

 

Intermediate B's Qualify for Q-Finals


08/09/2008

Intermediate 'B' Championship

Raheens 0-16  Sallins 2-4

This derby game was played on a rare sunny evening in Prosperous and even though conditions underfoot were bad, both teams did their best to serve up an enjoyable encounter. Sallins opened the scoring with a long range score using the considerable breeze to full advantage. Raheens replied almost immediately with a free from Alan Igoe but even though they dominated possession it was Sallins who pulled ahead through scores from Emmet Travers and Eric Kenaghan.

Daithi Ivers got his and Raheens first from play on the tenth minute. For the next fifteen minutes or so Raheens dominated the game and turned the deficit into a two point lead with further points from Igoe, Ivers and wing back David Towey. The scoring was not done however and just when it looked like Raheens might pull away Travers pounced on a sloppy clearance in the Raheens full back line to finish to the net from twelve yards and take his team to the break with an unlikely lead.

Stung by the late goal Raheens emerged determined to put things right but were twice denied a major by the unbeatable Shay Collins in the Sallins net. Both of these efforts however did yield points and once Raheens got their noses in front they pressed hard and outscored the men in green and white by nine points to one over the following twenty minutes the pick of the points coming from young Ivers who took his total to five on the night. There was to be a sting in the tail from Sallins who netted again with five minutes remaining but any chance of a Cork like comeback was extinguished when Towey restored a six point lead on the sixtieth minute.

Best for the winners were the scorers Ivers (5) and Igoe (4), and in defence Colin Cassidy and Alan Campbell both dominated their areas of the field.

Sallins were best represented by Travers and of course the afore mentioned Collins.

    

Raheens u/10's defeat Round Towers


04/09/2008

Under 10 Football League

Raheens 3-4   Round Towers 1-2

Raheens continued on their winning spree at home against Round Towers. The home team played a very strong first half with excellent contributions from James Dolan (1-3), Eoin O’Brien (1-0) and Conor Kielty (1-0).

 

Round Towers came out fighting in the second half with great individual skill shown by Mark Corey in midfield. Raheens remained solid and converted much needed scores when needed in the second half. Good performances for Raheens were also shown by Cathal Duffy, Michael Begley and Dylan Johnson.

 

Under 14's Qualify for 'A' Shield Semi-Final


03/09/2008

Under 14 'A' Shield Quarter Final

Raheens 7-9  Castledermot 3-3

Raheens u/14's had a comfortable 7-9 to 3-3 win over Castledermot in the Quarter-Final of the 'A' Shield on Wednesday night. Although well on top from the outset it took a while for Raheens to convert their dominance into scores. A goal from Castledermot after 19 mins. against the run of play, which reduced Raheens lead to 1-4 to 1-0, spurred them on and three goals in the next 7 mins. helped them into a 4-5 to 1-0 lead at the change of ends.

Raheens switched off in the opening 15 mins. of the second half and saw their lead reduced to 8 points before they picked things up once more to run out very comfortable winners. A home tie awaits them next week in the semi-final, Leixlip being the opposition. This should be a tight affair with Raheens getting the better of things by 2 points when the sides met in the 'A' Feile Shield earlier in the year.

Best for Raheens against Castledermot were Dean Campbell, Gary Woodgate, Richard Dalton, David Malone, Jonathon Hanbury and Dylan & Scott Hannon. The scorers were Dylan Hannon (3-5), Scott Hannon (2-0), Jonathon Hanbury (1-0), Richard Dalton (1-0), Barry Winder (0-3, 2f), David Malone (0-1).

Junior C's defeated in Championship


02/09/2008

Junior C Championship Round 1

Athgarvan 2-14  Raheens 1-2

Raheens lost their opening fixture in the Junior C Championship to Athgarvan this evening. Raheens were awarded a penalty in the opening minutes but Marty Lynch saw his effort saved by the Athgarvan goalkeeper. Despite playing well Raheens would find themselves 1-5 to 0-1 in arrears at half-time.

The second half belonged to the victors but selector Patsy Power said that their winning margin would have been much greater but for some "astute tactical changes" by the Raheens management team. Minor selector Nollaig Heavey accounted for the Raheens goal.

Raheens will be hoping their run out at the Milltown venue will stand them in good stead as they seek to get the better of Sarsfields at the same venue in Round 2 next Tuesday evening.

For a more detailed report on tonights game check out "Diary of a Junior C Footballer" in the Kildare Nationalist next week where star forward Daragh O'Conchuir will explain where it all went wrong.

Intermediate B team win first Championship game


01/09/2008

Intermediate B Championship

Raheens 1-9  Castledermot 1-6

For the third time in three years Raheens drew Castledermot in the B championship and this familiarity and rivalry was bound to produce a close contest, and so it proved last Monday night in Kilcullen. Castledermot won the toss and elected to use the wind in the first half and they quickly got down to business scoring two points before an Alan Igoe free replied for Raheens.

The South Kildare men enjoyed the majority of possession for the first twenty minutes but failed to convert their chances while Raheens on the other hand living on scraps tacked on two points through Igoe again and Daithi Ivers. At this point Castledermot put the best move of the game together, winning their own kick out and moving the ball through at least four players before the strong full forward finished to the net. The impetus was now with the leaders but Raheens played their best football of the game and scored three unanswered points to edge it at the break 0-6 to 1-2.

Raheens could afford to be confident on the resumption having survived Castledermots best and playing with the wind for the final thirty minutes but nothing is predictable in sport and the game was turned on its head when Martin O'Sullivan was dismissed on a second yellow two minutes into the second half. Castledermot saw their chance and pressed hard for the next fifteen minutes and turned the deficit into a two point lead with ten minutes to go.

The game was in the melting pot and through a combination of dogged defending and an ability to make the most of few chances Raheens held on. Jonny Igoe put the minimum between the teams and a minute later Paddy Byrne fisted to the Castledermot net and in the space of three minutes a two point deficit became a two point lead. It was a lead Raheens refused to give up adding two more points through Ivers and Igoe while the opposition replied with a free kick.

Best for Raheens on the night were Alan Igoe and Daithi Ivers in attack while Alan Campbell and Colin Cassidy were excellent further back the field.

Fixtures for the Coming Week


01/09/2008

Raheens have no less than 8 teams in action this week commencing 1st September 2008

Monday, 1st September 2008

Intermediate 'B' Football Championship - Raheens v Castledermot (Kilcullen 7pm)

Tuesday, 2nd September 2008

Junior 'C' Football Championship - Raheens v Athgarvan (Milltown 7pm)

Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

Under 14 'A' Shield Quarter Final - Raheens v Castledermot (Raheens 6.45pm)

Thursday, 4th September 2008

Under 10 League Div. 1 - Raheens v Round Towers (Raheens 7pm)

Friday, 5th September 2008

Under 16 'B' Championship Quarter Final - Raheens v Naas 'B' (Raheens 6.45pm)

Saturday, 6th September 2008

Intermediate Football Championship Round 3 - Raheens v St. Kevins (Naas 6pm)

Sunday, 7th September 2008

Under 13 League Div. 2 - St. Kevins v Raheens (St. Kevins 11am)

Under 13 League Div. 4 - Athgarvan v Raheens 'B' (Athgarvan 11am)

Under 13 'B' team grab first win


31/08/2008

Under 13 Division 4

Raheens 'B' 2-24  Cappagh 2-1

Raheens u/13 'B' team had a big win over Cappagh at the weekend winning 2-24 to 2-1. The home side were four points to the good after 5 mins. courtesy of scores from Aaron Winders, Robert Thompson, John Power and Joshua Nallen. They should have been a lot further ahead before Cappagh registered their first score with a goal from a free after 10 mins. but a reluctance of players to pass to those better placed told against Raheens time and time again. As a result the half-time score was only 1-5 to 1-0.

Raheens improved their shooting in the second half but a complete capitulation by the opposition contributed to the flattering scoreline at the final whistle. Best for the winners were Jason Earley, James O'Brien, John Dunleavy, John Power, Robert Thompson and Aaron Winders. The scorers were Robert Thompson (1-10), William Jennings (0-4), James O'Brien (1-0), John Power (0-3), Aaron Winder (0-3), Adam O'Brien (0-2), Joshua Nallen (0-1), Paul Quinn-Fay (0-1).  

Under 10's Get First Win In Division 1


28/08/2008

U10  Division 1

Baltinglass 1-4  Raheens 2-6

 

A rare fine evening saw Raheens win through against a resolute Baltinglass side. Raheens got off to a flying start with Simon Hore scoring two early goals in the first half. Simon later added another two points in what was a great display at right half forward.

 

Paul Waters in the Raheens goal was very solid. Raheens centre half back Michael Begley was once more very dependable. In a great come back by Baltinglass they fought back in the second half until Raheens pulled away towards the end of the game with scores from Paddy Woodgate (0-2), Conor Kielty (0-1) and Ronan Connolly (0-1). The key players for Baltinglass were Adam McHugh (1-3) and David Kelly (0-1).

 

Mixed Fortunes for Raheens Teams in Championship Action Tonight


20/08/2008

There was mixed fortunes for the two Raheens sides involved in Championship action this evening as the u/14s defeated Sarsfields in the 'A' Championship and the Minors suffered their first defeat in the 'B' Championship.

The u/14s playing with essentially their first 15 rediscovered the form that led to them claiming a Leinster Feile title earlier in the year, when defeating Sarsfields by 3-13 to 3-7 in the first round of the qualifiers. The win was even more decisive when you factor in that Sarsfields scored a consolation goal in the final minute. At half-time Raheens led 2-5 to 1-3.

Raheens will play Maynooth at home next week in Round 2 of the qualifiers with the winners advancing to the quarter final.

The Minors lost out 2-8 to 0-10 to Oliver Plunketts in their final game of the first stage of the Championship. However, Raheens should advance to the quarter finals on the strength of their two previous wins in the competition.

  

Raheens Record Facile Win In Opening Round Of U/16 Championship


15/08/2008

Under 16 'B' Championship

Raheens 4-16  Ellistown 0-3

Raheens recorded an easy opening round win in the u/16 'B' Championship on Friday night defeating fellow Div. 4 side Ellistown. The losers opened the scoring with a pointed 21 metre free in the 6th min. Raheens replied with points from Dean Heavey, Paul Curran and Gareth Malone, the later being the pick of those as the half-back stormed forward for what was an excellent score.

Ellistown doubled their score at the mid point of the half with another free, before Barry Winder and Eoin O'Donnell (free) kicked points for Raheens to leave them 3 points to the good. Five mins. before half-time Raheens were awarded a penalty which Dean Heavey cooly dispatched to give Raheens some breathing room. A point by the same player from a free gave Raheens a 1-6 to 0-2 half-time advantage.

The second half was all one way traffic as Raheens made sure their superiority was reflected on the scoreboard. By the three quarter point of the contest Raheens had added 1-7 to their tally, Ellistown's only reply coming from another free kick.

Raheens continued their fine play with Eoin O'Donnell adding two late goals. Although the opposition was quite poor Raheens will be encouraged by their fine play. Best for them were Cian Conlon, Gareth Malone, Graham Waters, John Jennings, John Fox, Dean Heavey, Barry Winder and Eoin O'Donnell. The scores came from Eoin O'Donnell (2-2), Dean Heavey (1-4), Paul Curran (1-1), Barry Winder (0-2), John Jennings (0-2), Dylan Hannon (0-2), Gareth Malone (0-1), John Fox (0-1), Cian Conlon (0-1).

  

Under 14's Beaten in First Round of Championship


13/08/2008

Under 14 'A' Championship

Moorefield 6-7  Raheens 2-8

Raheens playing with the aid of a strong wind in the opening half opened the scoring with a point from Barry Winder. However, they were rocked as Moorefield replied with a goal almost immediately penetrating the left hand side of Raheens defence with far too much ease.

Although David Malone restored Raheens to the lead with a goal, Moorefield were back in front with a second goal coming down the same side of the field. Scott Hannon replied with a goal and points from David Malone and Dylan Hannon gave Raheens a 3 point advantage.

The disaster struck as another error in the Raheens full back line allowed Moorefield in for their third goal. Although Raheens went in front again through points from Barry Winder and Dylan Hannon it was going to prove difficult to defend their half-time lead of 2-5 to 3-0 playing into the elements.

On the resumption it took Moorefield less than 1 minute to score their fourth goal. Raheens found it difficult to get out of their half and their oppents had extended their lead with 3 points before Winder and Scott Hannon reduced the margin to 2 points at the mid-point of the half. Four successive points for Moorefield coupled by two great saves by their goal keeper sealed Raheens' faith. Two late Moorefield goals put a gloss on their performance while Raheens finished with another point from Winder.

Best for a Raheens side short a number of regulars were Gavin Sweetman, Dean Campbell, Barry Winder, David Malone, Scott Hannon and Billy Martin. The Raheens scorers were Barry Winder (0-4), David Malone (1-1), Scott Hannon (1-1), Dylan Hannon (0-2).

Raheens Make It Two Wins From Two In IFC


11/08/2008

Intermediate Football Championship Round 2

Raheens 1-15 v Sallins 0-12

Riordan Goal Sinks Sallins - John Roddy (Kildare Nationalist)

A goal from wing forward Stephen Riordan set the men from Caragh on the high road to victory in a poor quality Joe Fox Tool and Plant Hire IFC tie at Newbridge on Monday evening.

Riordan struck at the second bite of the cherry, when rushing the ball home at the town end after Sallins keeper Aaron Smith had saved his initial effort. In the end it was Raheens ability to grab that golden goal that made all the difference, because somehow you got the feeling that if Sallins were there until "Tib's Eve" they were still unlikely to raise a green flag.

For much of the trip there was little to choose between the teams, with the losers actually having their noses in front at the half-way mark on a seven points to six scoreline. The outstanding Cathal Carr was on target for the winners knocking over four of their points, with the remainder coming from Declan O'Toole and Noel Byrne. Eamon 'Jacko' McCormack was in fine shooting form for Sallins, weighing with five of their scores, Damien Behan and young Niall Herbert completing their first half tally.

On the resumption the 'point for point' pattern continued with O'Toole first swapping scores with McCormack and then with Behan, before adding his third point of the second half to level matters on nine points apiece at the three-quarter stage.

Then came Riordan's crucial intervention and from there on in Raheens held the whip hand. While Behan and McCormack responded smartly with a brace of Sallins points, the winners were to shoot an un-interrupted four from the accurate Carr, wing back John Taaffe, Kevin Thompson and Noel Byrne to open up a five point gap with four minutes to play. While Joe Dalton pegged one back for Sallins as the clock ran down, Carr and Taaffe had the last scores of the evening as Raheens coasted home.

RAHEENS: Shane Power, Tomas Nolan, T. J. Malone, John Lawler, John Taaffe (0-2), Eddie Coffey, Tom Earley, Declan Curran, Tim Dunleavy, Stephen Riordan (1-0), Kevin Thompson (0-1), Cathal Carr (0-6), Noel Byrne (0-2), Martin Taaffe, Declan O'Toole (0-4, 3fs). SUB: Alan Sharpe for Dunleavy.

SALLINS: Aaron Smith, Damien Stephens, Patrick Johnson, Peter O'Connell, Damien O'Keeffe, John Boland, Tony Collins, Joe Dalton (0-1), Mick Robotham, Ross Whelan, Eamon McCormack (0-7, 2fs), Tadhg Whelan, Niall Herbert (0-1), Larry McKenna, Damien Behan (0-3). SUBS: Mark Donnelly for T. Whelan, Emmett Travers for Robotham, Derek Walsh for Boland.

 

RAHEENS v SALLINS REFIXED


08/08/2008

The Intermediate Football Championship game between Raheens and Sallins due to be played tonight in Naas has been refixed for Monday, 11th August 2008 in St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge. Throw in will be at 7.00 pm.

 

 

Under 14's draw Moorefield in Championship


05/08/2008

Raheens u/14's have been drawn away to Moorefield in the first round of the 'A' Championship. The game will take place on Wednesday, 13th August.

Moorefield defeated Raheens earlier in the year by 0-13 to 0-8 in the 'A' Feile

Minors play Oliver Plunketts in Round 3


05/08/2008
Raheens will face Oliver Plunketts in Round 3 of the Minor Championship. The game will take place in Kilcullen on Tuesday, 12th August. Throw in will be at 7.30 pm.

 

IFC : Raheens v Sallins


05/08/2008

Raheens Intermediate Football Championship game against Sallins has been fixed for Friday, 8th August in Naas. Throw in is at 7.30 pm. The referee will be Mick Spenser.

Raheens will be trying to build on their opening round encounter with Ballyteague, where they won by 0-14 to 0-9. Sallins on the other hand will be trying to avoid an early exit from the Championship having already been beaten 0-13 to 1-4 by Monasterevin.

 

Under 12's Reach Div. 1 Decider


29/07/2008

U-12 Div. 1 Semi-Final

 

Raheens 1-7   St Laurences 1-3

 

Raheens booked their place in the U-12 South Board Div. 1 final, with a workmanlike display against the Larrys on Tuesday evening. Whilst never playing to their full potential, Raheens always had that bit in reserve to overcome their opponents.

 

The sides turned around at half time all square, 1-2 apiece. Eoghan Corkery scored a splendid goal just before half time, which left Raheens in pole position with the wind at their backs in the second half.

 

St. Laurences started the brightest in the second half and William Jennings pulled off a great save five minutes into the second half. After this scare Raheens gradually took a grip on the game with the half back line of Shaun Lloyd, Alex Dunne and Jason Earley becoming increasingly dominant and the midfield partnership of Colm Power and Matthew Bursey driving home their superiority.

 

John Dunleavy had a tremendous game at left full back. Athy await us in the final and Raheens will have to perform considerably better if they are to test the crack Athy outfit.

 

Scorers: Eoghan Corkery (1-1), Matthew Bursey (0-2), Colm Power (0-2), John Power (0-1), Mark Waters (0-1).

 

Under 12's in Div. 1 Semi-Final


25/07/2008

Raheens Under 12's will face St. Laurences in the Div. 1 League semi-final on Tuesday night, 29th July 2008. The game will be in Tom Lawler Park with throw in at 7.00 pm.

A place in the final against Athy awaits the winners.

 

 

Raheens face Sallins in Round 2


24/07/2008

Raheens have been drawn against Sallins in the 2nd Round of the Intermediate Championship. The draw took place in the Maudlins Hotel, Naas on Thursday, 24th July at 8.00 pm.

The full draw is as follows:-

Nurney  v  Rathangan

Johnstownbridge  v  Kilcullen

St. Kevins  v  Monasterevin

Castledermot  v  Kill

Eadestown  v  Castlemitchell

Raheens  v  Sallins

Ballyteague  v  Ballykelly

Ballymore  v  Grangenolvan

Ties are due to take place from 6th - 10th August 2008.

Minors Win Playing Poorly


16/07/2008

Minor Football 'B' Championship

Raheens 1-13   Kill 0-10

Raheens Minors were less than impressive in the victory over Kill in the second round of the Championship. A point from a free by Alan Igoe in the opening minute followed by a fabulous long range point from the same player a couple of minutes later should have settled Raheens.

However, Kill replied with a brace themselves. Two more pointed frees from Igoe and a point from Eoin O'Donnell gave Raheens the initiative once more but they were not playing with any degree of authority and again allowed Kill back into the game. Raheens had to rely on the trusty boot of their freetaker once more as he added another two points from placed balls to give them a 0-7 to 0-5 half-time lead.

On the restart Kill halved the deficit with their sixth point. But then the turning point came when the Kill goalkeeper made a bad mistake dropping the ball at the feet of Darren Earley who had the easy task of shooting to an empty net. Bouyed by this score Raheens added the score of the game a minute later, when Eoin Dore finished off a sweeping move from back to front with a fine point.

Although disheartened Kill responded with a couple of points to bring the margin back down to three. This was the closest they'd get however although they almost scored a goal with their one opportunity; Shane O'Driscoll getting a foot to the shot that was destined for the bottom corner. Points from Darren Earley, Eoin Dore, David Lynch, Gareth Malone and Eoin O'Donnell helped to give the scoreboard a flattering look as Raheens were far from comfortable for long periods of this game. If they are to have a chance of winning out the Championship they will need to improve on this performance.

Best for the winners were Paddy O'Brien, John Fox, Eoin O'Donnell and substitutes Eoin Dore and Gareth Malone. Scorers - Alan Igoe (0-6, 5f), Darren Earley (1-1), Eoin Dore (0-2), Eoin O'Donnell (0-2), David Lynch (0-1), Gareth Malone (0-1).

 

 

Minors face Kill in Round 2


11/07/2008

Raheens Minors will face Kill in Round 2 of the 'B' Championship next Wednesday night following the Draw made in the Maudlins Hotel, Naas last night.

The game will be played in Sallins on Wednesday, 16 July 2008 at 7.30 pm.

 

 

Minors Begin Championship With Comfortable Win


09/07/2008

Minor 'B' Football Championship

Raheens 2-13  Ballykelly 1-4

Raheens Minors had a comfortable 2-13 to 1-4 victory over Ballykelly in the opening round of the Minor 'B' Championship on Wednesday night in Moorefield. Playing down the hill in the opening half Raheens were first on the scoreboard courtesty of an Alan Igoe point. Ballykelly responded with a point but Raheens slowly began to pull away, thanks to points from Igoe, David Lynch, Mark Concannon and Eoin O'Donnell.

Concannon was denied a goal when the Ballykelly goalkeeper deflected his effort onto the crossbar. Despite not finding the net in the opening period Raheens led 0-7 to 0-1 at the break. That lead was extended to 0-10 to 0-3 by the mid point of the second half. Then two goals in quick succession from Mark Power and Darren Earley put the result beyond any doubt.

Ballykelly were awarded a penalty shortly thereafter which they duly converted. Before the resultant kick out Daithi Ivers was sent to the line for apparantly speaking out of turn to the referree. This took the gloss off what was an impressive performance given the fact that 11 of the starting 15 will be eligible for this grade again next year.

Best for Raheens were Paddy O'Brien, John Fox, David Lynch, Mark Concannon and man of the match Alan Igoe.

RAHEENS START CHAMPIONSHIP ON A WINNING NOTE


07/07/2008

IFC Round 1

Raheens 0-14  Ballyteague 0-9

Raheens played the sweeter tune in defeating the Larks as they got their Championship campaign for 2008 off to a winning start in Clane on Saturday evening. Playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the opening period Raheens took the lead when Declan O'Toole pointed a close in free having been fouled in possession himself. Ballyteague had a couple of opportunities to level from frees themselves but Stephen Connelly was unable to convert the chances.

Stephen Riordan kicked Raheens second point before O'Toole added another free. At the midpoint of the half Ballyteague picked out their danger man, Gavin Smullen, who got away from his clearly injured marker Eddie Coffey for the games first goal chance. Shane Power in the Raheens goal made a crucial save though and preserved his teams advantage. Coffey was replaced shortly after with Declan Curran coming in at midfield and T. J. Malone dropping back to mark Smullen.

The Raheens forwards continued to cause the Ballyteague rearguard problems and Noel Byrne kicked a lovely point in between another brace of points from placed balls by O'Toole, as Raheens moved into a six point lead. Ballyteague eventually got off the mark with Connelly obliging at the third attempt from a close in free after 28 mins. Riordan restored the Raheens advantage when he linked up well with Kevin Thompson a minute later but another point from Connelly gave Ballyteague a glimmer of hope as they went for the half-time break. Raheens 0-7 Ballyteague 0-2.

Two quick points on the restart from Connolly and Kildare Minor, Seamus Hanafin put Ballyteague back in the game. Another pointed free from Declan O'Toole was cancelled out by a beautiful 45 yard free from Hanafin as the Larks reduced the margin to three once more. This would be as close as Ballyteague would get however. Although the sides again exchanged scores from frees, Raheens were playing the better football and four successive points in a ten minute spell killed off the Ballyteague challenge.

First Kevin Thompson ran in to kick over from close range off the outside of the boot. O'Toole added another free before wing back Tom Earley got in on the act, tapping over from close range. O'Toole then added his 8th score of the day following a mazy solo run. In the meantime, Ballyteague had chances of their own. Derek Mooney had a goal chance for them that was scrambled away and then Gavin Smullen created his second goal chance of the day with a strong run from 50 yards out. Power again denied Smullen, although the shot was kicked straight at him on this occassion.

Derek Mooney converted a '45 for Ballyteague shortly afterwards but without a goal there would be no way back for them. Noel Byrne kicked Raheens final score and although Connolly and Mooney raised another couple of white flags at the other end they were no more than consolation scores. Raheens fully deserved their win and will be hoping for a favourable opponent in the second round draw that's due to take place after the Kildare v Cavan qualifier game in Newbridge this day forthnight.

Raheens: Shane Power, Tomás Nolan, Paraic Ryan, John Lawler (capt.), John Taaffe, Eddie Coffey, Tom Earley (0-1), Tim Dunleavy, T. J. Malone, Stephen Riordan (0-2), Kevin Thompson (0-1), Cathal Carr, Noel Byrne (0-2), Martin Taaffe, Declan O'Toole (0-8, 7f). Subs - Declan Curran for Eddie Coffey (20 mins.), Reddy Coffey for Stephen Riordan (56 mins.)

Ballyteague: Mark Herbert, Gary Tobin, Tommy Gorman, Stephen Dunne, Michael Hanley, Robbie McCabe, Barry Mullins, Niall Moran, Peter McCabe, Jason Mooney, Gavin Smullen, Sean Dowling, Stephen Connolly (0-5, 3f), Seamus Hanafin (0-2, 1f), Derek Mooney (0-2, 1 45). Subs - Liam Moran for Stephen Dunne (28 mins.), Paul Brennan for Jason Mooney (45 mins.), Ray Smullen for Sean Dowling (54 mins.)

 

 

Minor Championship Fixture


30/06/2008
Raheens will play Ballykelly in the opening round of the Minor 'B' Championship on Wednesday, 9th July at 7.30 pm in Moorefield.

 

VENUE CHANGE FOR INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP


30/06/2008
The venue for the Intermediate Football Championship game between Raheens and Ballyteague has been changed from Sarsfields to CLANE on Saturday, 5th July 2008 at 4.00 pm

 

Under 12's Maintain 100% Record in Division 1


24/06/2008

Raheens A  2-15  Moorefield A 2-3

On a wintery Tuesday evening, Raheens hosted Moorefield in this Div 1 clash. Moorefield decided to play with a strong breeze in the first half and turned around at half time leading 1-3 to 0-5. Mark Wolfe was very impressive for Moorefield ably assisted by Conor McLoughlin in attack.

Raheens started the second half with 4 unanswered points . Moorefield responded with a well taken goal and the stage was set for a grandstand finish. Unfortunately for Moorefield the wind got stronger and Raheens hit a purple patch in the last 15 minutes scoring 2-4. Eight players scored for Raheens which was representative of their fine teamwork on the evening.

 

Others to play well for Moorefield were Sean Healey, Jack Dempsey and Keith Murray. Raheens best players included Conor Earley, Jason Earley, Colm Power, Matthew Bursey and Shane Crowley.

 

Scorers: Colm Power (1-3), Robert Thompson (0-4), Matthew Bursey (0-3), Shane Crowley (1-0), John Power (0-2), Thomas Flanagan (0-1), Eoin Corkery (0-1), Mark Waters (0-1).

 

Raheens Overturn 8 Point Deficit to Defeat Eadestown in the Senior League


21/06/2008

Senior Football League Division 2

Raheens 2-8 Eadestown 0-11

It is often said in GAA circles that the wind will not win a game for either side but in this encounter it certainly played a major factor. Eadestown won the toss and wisely elected to play with the aid of the conditions and it instantly yielded dividends with the visitors reeling off three points before Raheens had even managed to a single foray into the opposition half.

The Eadestown full forward line of the two Smiths and Emmet Bolton were in fine form in the first half and with their half forward line and midfield gaining superiority the scores came thick and fast and by midpoint of the first half Eadestown led 0-6 to 0-1 and looked comfortable. Eadestown extended this advantage with Bolton adding two to take his tally to four and Robbie Smith getting his first. Raheens managed to tag on two points thanks to the dead ball skills of Declan O'Toole.

 

At this point approaching half time Eadestown got the chance to finish the game winning a penalty for a foul on Bolton with the goal at his mercy. Raheens breathed a sigh of relief when the ball rolled inches wide and maybe sensed they had been let off the hook.

 

0-9 to 0-3 it stood at the break and even though the conditions now favoured the home team they would have to work hard to get back into this match. Kevin Thompson got the first point of the second half to give hope and within minutes OToole and Noel Byrne added two more. The visitors were struggling now as the wind and rain worsened. The pressure on the Eadestown full back line was unrelenting at this stage and a mistake was inevitable and so it proved with OToole swooping on a spilled ball to crash to the net and level up the sides with ten minutes to play.

 

Things would get worse for Eadestown within a minute when Keelan Noone just minutes off the bench swept behind the full back to volley past the on rushing Robbie Jameson and give Raheens some breathing room. Eadestown fought manfully to the finish but could only exchange points with the winners from this point on.

Scorers - Raheens: Declan O'Toole (1-4); Keelan Noone (1-0); Kevin Thompson, Noel Byrne, Martin Taaffe, Stephen Riordan (0-1 each).

            - Eadestown: Emmet Bolton (0-5); S. Smith (0-3); R. Smith (0-2); R. O'Neill (0-1).

 

 

Under 10's Two From Two As They Defeat Castledemot In Division 2


19/06/2008

Under 10 Division 2

Castledermot 0-3   Raheens 4 – 10

It was a windy evening in Castledermot, which made conditions difficult for Raheens in the first half. The Raheens u/10 team were victorious again following their great win earlier in the week against Clonmore (Carlow). Both Oliver Dunne and Paddy Woodgate once again dominated the midfield, with Oliver scoring 6 points and Paddy 1 goal and 2 points from play. Colm Malone scored two great goals and Ben Martin nicked a great late goal. Molly Cassidy also contributed with a tidy point in the second half. There was a great display of brave goal keeping by Paul Waters and catching and kicking by Simon Hore, Barry Connolly and Dylan Johnson. This was another great team effort by the complete squad of 22 players.

 

 

Under 12's Have Mixed Fortunes In Week 2


17/06/2008

Under 12 Division 1

Raheens 1-10  Eadestown 0-6

 

Raheens recorded their second successive win in an entertaining game last Tuesday evening. Having been very fortunate to turn around with a 1-2 to 0-4 lead at half time, thanks to a well taken goal by Thomas Flanagan, Raheens overwhelmed Eadestown with a great second half display inspired by Colm Power and Matthew Bursey in the middle of the field. Once again William Jennings was outstanding in goal. Next up Moorefied at home next Tuesday.

Uuner 12 Division 4

Raheens 0-2  Allenwood 3-5

 

Raheens were outclassed in their second game of the season in Donore on Tuesday evening. Best for Raheens were Ben Boland in goal and Sean Delaney at full back. With 6 games remaining all is not lost and no doubt Raheens will bounce back from this minor setback.

 

Junior B's Remain Unbeaten


16/06/2008

Senior Football League Div. 5

Ellistown 0-10  Raheens 3-11

Raheens continued their unbeaten run in Division 5 with another convincing win away from home. Travelling to Ellistown is never easy and so it proved again for this youthful Raheens team. In a hotly contested first half the teams traded points for the first twenty minutes before James Malone put a bit of daylight between the teams with a well taken goal to continue a personal run of at least a goal a game. Ellistown replied immediately with a point through their excellent centre forward but just before the break Raheens seized the initiative with a second goal claimed by Stephen Riordan to leave the scores 2-5 to 0-6 at the change of ends.

Ellistown opened the scoring in the second half and Raheens held a tenuous four point lead for the next ten minutes with Ellistown failing to capitalise on the possession they enjoyed during this period. It became obvious the next score would be crucial and Alan Igoe came up with the goods with fifteen remaining to give Raheens the breathing space they needed and they began to reassert themselves again and eventually took control with Ellistown losing their shape and belief.

Before the finish “impact sub” Charlie Delmer was to add three points and shortly afterwards his name sake killed off any remaining fight in the home team when finishing to the net after good work from midfielder David Lynch.

Best for Raheens on the night were Jonny Igoe and James Malone up front while Paddy O'Brien and Kevin Higgins stood out in defence.

Intermediate Championship Fixture


16/06/2008
The game between Raheens and Ballyteague in the 1st Round of the Intermediate Championship has been fixed for Sarsfields on Sat. 5th July at 4.00 pm

 

Under 10's Get Off To Winning Start


16/06/2008

Raheens 6–8 Clonmore 2-0

 

The U10 Football league kicked of last Monday night with Raheens at home to Clonmore (Carlow). Both Oliver Dunne and Paddy Woodgate had great games with Paddy scoring 1 goal and 4 points and Oliver scoring 2 goals and 2 points. Other star players included Conor Dalton at centre forward and Colm Malone who between them scored 3 goals and 2 points. There was a great display of catching and kicking by both Andrew Sweeney and James Dolan in centre field. This was a great team effort by the complete squad of 20 players.

Next up is Castledermot away on Thursday 19th.

Under 14's Crash Out Of League


15/06/2008

Under 14 Division 2

Round Towers 3-7   Raheens 2-6

Raheens under 14's found themselves odd man out as they missed out on a League semi-final spot on Sunday moning, when going down to Round Towers. Although Raheens and Towers finished the league level on points Towers progressed to the semi-final on the strength of their win over Raheens this morning. In so doing Towers avenged their Leinster Feile final defeat to Raheens 2 weeks ago.

Raheens got off to an ideal start when Scott Hannon goaled after 6 mins. and then Barry Winder and Dylan Hannon added to their advantage with a point apiece. Towers responded with a goal though following some indecisivness in the Raheens defence in the 14th minute. Two further Towers points followed before Barry Winder put Raheens back in front with a point in the final minute of the half.

Raheens began the second half well and added three points to pull four clear but Towers sensed they were still in the game and their greater hunger and workrate began to pay dividends. From the 42nd min. to the 54th min. they scored 2-4 without reply to pull six clear. Although Dylan Hannon found the net for Raheens in a rare well worked move, Towers came back immediately with another point to make the game safe.

Best for Raheens in a disappointing performance were Evan Dempsey, Scott Hannon and Matthew Bursey. The scorers were Scott Hannon (1-2), Dylan Hannon (1-1), Barry Winder (0-3).

  

Raheens Defeat Naas in Senior League


14/06/2008

SFL Div. 2

Raheens 1-13  Naas 1-12

Naas were on the receiving end of a Raheens backlash on Saturday evening. After an embarrassing display against Roberstown the previous Tuesday Raheens needed to resore some pride and they did just that. The opening 20 mins. was very evenly matched with both sides kicking 5 points apiece, which included a brace of frees for both Neal Farragher and Declan O'Toole.

Raheens took the iniative at this stage and Martin Taaffe kicked two points in quick succession. When Noel Byrne added a further point Raheens had opened up the games biggest lead. It was shortlived however as Tommy McGarr punched a poorly struck free from Eamonn Callaghan to the back of the Raheens net. Bouyed by this score Naas added points from Brochan Cocoman and Farragher before the break.

On the restart McGarr and Callaghan found the range to put Naas four in front. Declan O'Toole kept Raheens in touch with his third point from a free, but Richie Ormsby replied with a point. The turning point came just after this as Martin Taaffe rose higgest in front of the Naas goal to deflect John Taaffe long ball to the roof of the net. Raheens were level when O'Toole added another free but Naas responded again with a point from Pat O'Connor.

The game upped in intensity for the final 10 mins. as both teams pushed for the winning scores. Raheens kicked three points in as many minutes and this put them in the driving seat but Shane Bergin replied for Naas with a 45 in the 61st minute. Referee Denis Lawless played 5 mins. stoppage time and Naas had a number of chances to equalise. In fact they could have snatched the points when Eamonn Callaghan bore down on goal but a great block by John Lawler followed by an equally impressive save by Shane Power prevented what looked like a certain goal.

Raheens held on for a morale boosting result as Championship season approaches while Naas' League aspirations may have taken a knock. Best for Raheens were Eddie Coffey, John Taaffe, T. J. Malone, Cathal Carr and Martin Taaffe, while for Naas Shane Bergin, Neal Higgins, Neal Farragher and Pat O'Connor were best.

Scorers: Raheens - Martin Taaffe (1-3), Declan O'Toole (0-4, 4f), Cathal Carr (0-3), Stephen Riordan (0-1), Noel Byrne (0-1), T. J. Malone (0-1).  Naas - Tommy McGarr (1-1), Neal Farragher (0-3, 3f), Eamonn Callaghan (0-2, 1f), Richie Ormsby (0-2), Kevin Curtis (0-1), Brochan Cocoman (0-1), Pat O'Connor (0-1), Shane Bergin (0-1, 45). 

   

Under 11's Lose Shield Final


14/06/2008

Under 11 Div. 1 Shield Final

Athy 6-5   Raheens 1-5

Raheens under 11's went down 6-5 to 1-5 to Athy in the Div. 1 Shield Final on Saturday, despite a very good effort. Daragh Swift had the Caragh lads in front with a goal after 3 mins. When Ruairi Cleary pointed a minute later the signs looked good. The sides exchanged a couple of points each before Athy got back into the game with a goal after 13 mins. As halftime approached Raheens were only a point in arrears but Athy struck for two late goals to give them a sizeable lead.

Although Robert Thompson kicked a point from a free on the restart Athy had their tails up and a fourth goal put them out of sight. Raheens battled well for the remainder of the game but Athy were just too strong on the day. Two further "soft" goals in the final 5 mins. gave the scoreboard a slightly misleading look.

Best for Raheens were Declan Campbell, Paddy Woodgate and Shaun Lloyd. The scores came from Daragh Swift (1-0), Robert Thompson (0-2), Ruairi Cleary (0-1), Shaun Lloyd (0-1), Sean Cox (0-1).

  

Under 12's Win On The Double


10/06/2008

Under 12 Division 1

Round Towers 0-7  Raheens 1-10

Raheens kicked off their campaign on a balmy evening with a fine away victory over Round Towers. Good teamwork, blocking and tackling laid the foundation for a good performance. William Jennings had a great game in goal, keeping Towers at bay on several occasions. He was ably supported by Conor Earley at full back and Alex Dunne at no.6. Jason Earley also had a tremendous game. Matthew Bursey and Colm Power more than held their own at midfield. Thomas Flanagan, Eoin Corkery and Mark Waters were the pick of the forward line. Raheens are at home to Eadestown next Tuesday.


Scorers: Mark Waters 1-2, Thomas Flanagan 0-4, Colm Power 0-1, Matthew Bursey 0-1, Eoin Corkery 0-2, Robert Thompson 0-2.



Under 12 Division 4

Moorefield 0-2  Raheens 2-4

Raheens recorded a very impressive win away to Moorefield in their opening game of the season. In fact it was the first time that Rahhens A and B teams both recorded wins on the same evening. It was a great team performance with Conor Murphy, Thomas Dore, Paul Quinn Fay and Ben Boland in goals being the most impressive. The blocking and tackling were once again exemplary. Raheens will host Allenwood next Tuesday.

 

 

Under 14's win well in Kilcock


08/06/2008

Under 14 Division 2

St. Coca's 2-13  Raheens 5-12

Despite a poor start to the game Raheens rallied well to maintain the good run they are on, having won a Leinster title the previous week. Coca's were four points to the good after 5 mins. and Raheens looked to be in serious bother. However, a goal from Dylan Hannon and a point from the same player settled Raheens.

Although, St. Coca's kiccked another two points to retake the lead Raheens looked dangerous everytime they got the ball past the middle of the field. With some excellent ball being played into the forwards and some clinical finishing Raheens would kick the next ten scores; in the process moving into a 2-10 to 0-6 lead. Their opponents finished the half well and added two points in stoppage time.

St. Coca's got off to a good start in the second half and had added two points in as many minutes to reduce the margin to six. Their hope of a comeback was short-lived though as Dylan Hannon extended the Raheens lead with his fifth point before Barry Winder scored two close range goals in as many minutes. Although Raheens came under sustained pressure they were able to maintain their advantage until the final 10 mins. In that remaining time their play got disjointed and they allowed Coca's to add 1-3 without reply.

The win ensures that Raheens will be involved in the competition beyond next weeks final round of fixtures but a win over Round Towers would guarantee a semi-final spot. Best for Raheens against St. Coca's were Robert Quirke, Evan Dempsey, Gary Woodgate, Barry Winder, David Malone and Dylan Hannon. The scorers were Dylan Hannon (2-5), Barry Winder (2-5), Scott Hannon (1-1), David Malone (0-1).

 

Fixture change


08/06/2008
Raheens' Senior League fixture with Robertstown, which was due to be played this evening, has been postponed until Tuesday night, 10th June at 7.30 pm (in Robertstown).

 

Under 11's reach Div. 1 Shield Final


04/06/2008

Dsi. 1 Shield Semi-Final

Raheens 5-10  Castledermot 1-9

Raheens qualified for the final of the Div.1 Shield with a comprehensive win over Castledermot on Wednesday night. However, it wasn't until the second half that Raheens got on top, having been on the back foot for much of the first half. The lacklustre display in the opening period may have been down to a touch of complacency, as Raheens had heavily defeated Castledermot when the sides met earlier in the year.

Raheens were therefore fortunate to go in at half-time leading by 1-3 to 0-4. There was a much improved performance in the second half with all 17 Raheens players contributing to a great win. Best of the bunch were Jason Earley & Michael Begley in defence and Shaun Lloyd, Shane Crowley & Robert Thompson in attack.

The Shield finals are due to be played on Saturday, 14th June at St. Laurences. Hopefully the u/11's can follow in the footsteps of the u/14s and u/16s who have already brought titles to the Club in 2008. Throw in time and opponents to be confirmed. 

 

Junior B's maintain unbeaten run


03/06/2008

Senior Football League Div. 5

St. Laurences 0-6  Raheens 0-7

Raheens maintained their unbeaten run in Div. 5 of the Senior League with a narrow 0-7 to 0-6 win over St. Laurences on Monday evening. This was a poor performance compared with some of the displays by this Raheens team in the games here to fore. Perhaps the lack of a game last week had a part to play in this regard.

Despite not playing particularly well Raheens held a 0-4 to 0-3 half-time lead. They then had to rely on an injury time point from Jonny Igoe to hold off a late Laurences surge. Best for Raheens were Kevin Higgins, Martin Sullivan and James Malone.

The scorers were Jonathon Igoe (0-3), Patrick Percival (0-2), James Malone (0-2).

 

 

*** UNDER 14's WIN LEINSTER FEILE TITLE ***


31/05/2008

Raheens captured their first underage Leinster title on Saturday when the u/14's won the Leinster Feile Div. 2, playing some spectacular football along the way.

The day began with a parade through Newbridge from St. Conleth's Park to Scoil Mhuire in Ballymany. All 96 teams participating in the various divisions of the Feile took part in the colourful start to the day. From there the Raheens team were transported to Clane, which hosted the Div. 2 competition.

Round 1 : Raheens 3-5  Tinryland (Carlow) 1-4

Raheens were a little bit sluggish in this their opening fixture of the competition. Despite taking the lead with a Scott Hannon point in the 4th minute Raheens found themselves in arrears when Tinryland goaled a minute later. Two pointed frees from Barry Winder restored parity before the same player kicked Raheens into the lead with another point on the stroke of half-time. Although Raheens had dominated the early possession they failed to translate it into scores and this would leave them vulnerable on the restart.

The Carlow side started the second half the better and two points put them in front once more before Scott Hannon scored Raheens first goal with a strong shot that found its way to the net via the upright. Tinryland weren't giving up and two more points had them level again. Raheens backs were under pressure and it was a relief when Niall Connolly put Raheens back in front with a point in the 13th minute of the half. From the kick-out Raheens won a free in the middle of the pitch. Barry Winder delivered a wonderful ball over the top for Dylan Hannon who cooly finished off his first goal of the day. Within a minute he had his second and the game was over.

Best for Raheens in the opening game were Darragh Barron, Dean Campbell, Barry Winder, Matthew Bursey, Niall Connolly & Dylan Hannon. Scorers: Dylan Hannon (2-0), Scott Hannon (1-1), Barry Winder (0-3), Niall Connolly (0-1). 

Quarter-Final : Raheens 4-7  St. Mary's (Dublin) 0-3

If Raheens opening fixture had proved a tough nut to crack the same couldn't be said for this game against St. Mary's. This game was over by half-time as Raheens raced into a 4-6 to 0-0 lead. Raheens were on fire and David Malone's three points from play stood out.

Raheens emptied their bench in the second half in an effort to give all their players game time. This also gave them the chance to rest players on what was an extremely warm and energy sapping day. With the game effectively over at the break the second half petered out to its inevitable conclusion with Raheens qualifying for the semi-finals at their ease.

Best for them were Liam Power, Gary Woodgate, Danny Boyle, Kevin Dunne and David Malone. Scorers: Barry Winder (2-3), Scott Hannon (1-1), Dylan Hannon (1-0), David Malone (0-3).

Semi-Final : Raheens 6-9  Arklow Geraldines (Wicklow) 2-0

Raheens carried their good form into the semi-final and were 1-3 to 0-0 up after 5 mins. A misunderstanding from a Raheens 45 led to the loss of possession and Geraldines swept upfield for their full forward to half the arrears with a goal. Despite this setback Raheens regained the initiative quickly and 3 goals in the closing minutes of the half including a penalty from Dylan Hannon after Jonathon Hanbury was fouled left Raheens 4-5 to 1-0 in front at the break.

The second half was more of the same with Raheens very much on top. Again they took the opportunity to use the full squad and each player contributed to the best performance of the day, for Geraldines were no pushover having themselves inflicted a heavy defeat on Moynalvey (Meath) in the previous round. 

Best for Raheens were Evan Dempsey, Jonathon Hanbury, Gavin Sweetman, Shane Donnellan, Thomas Flanagan and Colm Power. Scorers: Dylan Hannon (4-0), Barry Winder (0-6), Scott Hannon (1-2), Colm Power (1-0), David Malone (0-1).

Final : Raheens 4-5  Round Towers (Kildare) 0-5

Raheens faced a tough task in the final in the form of Round Towers, who had defeated a fancied Sarsfields side in the semi-final. Both sides were guilty of missing a number of chances before Scott Hannon opened the scoring with a lovely lobbed goal in the after 7 mins. Although Towers reduced the margin with a point Hannon added to his tally with a point in the 10th min. Towers responded in kind and the game was evenly balanced. Robert Quirke in the Raheens goal was ensuring that Raheens maintained their advantage as he was called into action time and time again.

The game swung in the two mins. either side of half-time. Dylan Hannon gave Raheens a 5 point lead at the break with a goal in the final minute of the half and when Jonathon Hanbury did likewise shortly after the restart the title was on its way to Caragh. Although Towers battled bravely they didn't have any answer to the hunger and fitness levels of their opponents. Raheens extended their lead with a fourth goal from Dylan Hannon and ran out the worthy winners.

All 20 members of the squad played valuable parts in this historic day for the club with Robert Quirke, Liam Power, Billy Martin, Dean Campbell, Danny Boyle, David Malone, Dylan Hannon and Scott Hannon to the fore in the final. Scorers: Dylan Hannon (2-0), Scott Hannon (1-3), Jonathon Hanbury (1-1), Niall Connolly (0-1).

Back row: Gavin Sweetman, Gary Woodgate, Danny Boyle, David Malone, Shane Donnellan, Dylan Hannon, Barry Winder, Niall Connolly, Kevin Dunne, Robert Quirke, Scott Hannon. Front row: Matthew Bursey, Jonathon Hanbury, Billy Martin, Evan Dempsey, Dean Campbell (Capt.), Darragh Barron, Thomas Flanagan, Liam Power, Colm Power.

Selectors: Jimmy Browne, Robert Campbell, Noel Connolly, Shane Malone, John Nallen.

First Team Defeated By Castledermot


31/05/2008

Senior Football League Division 2

Raheens 0-10  Castledermot 1-11

On the day that Raheens captured its first underage Leinster title, its first team's indifferent form continued. The good work of last weeks win over Grange was undone by a disappointing display against lowly placed Castledermot.

Two early points from Tom Earley and Stephen Riordan gave Raheens the initiative and four Declan O'Toole points (all from frees) helped Raheens to maintain their two point advantage at the break as they led 0-6 to 0-4. Just before half-time both sides were reduced to 14 players, as referee Jerome Higgins red carded a player from each side following a shamozzal.

Although Castledermot were back on terms with two early second half points, two further Declan O'Toole frees kept Raheens in front as the game entered the final quarter. Castledermot outscored the home team 1-5 to 0-2 during the remainder of the game to record only their third win of the league.

Best for Raheens were Tom Earley, Reddy Coffey, Stephen Riordan and Declan O'Toole. Scorers: D. O'Toole (0-6), T. Earley (0-1), S. Riordan (0-1), C. Carr (0-1), C. Cassidy (0-1).   

Under 14's brought back to earth with a bang


25/05/2008

Raheens 3-5  Oliver Plunketts 5-9

Raheens good run in the Under 14 League was halted abruptly by Oliver Plunketts on Sunday morning as they went down by 5-9 to 3-5. Despite the fact that Raheens were short a number of key players this was a disappointing performance. Although Raheens had plenty of possession in the opening half often times the final ball was of poor quality. In addition to this the backs were caught out of position on a number of occasions. That said Raheens only trailed by 1-4 to 0-3 at the change of ends.

Little changed in the second half, although when Dylan Hannon scored his sides first goal with 15 mins. remaining Raheens were still only four behind. A chance to reduce the margin further was spurned when Danny Boyle's shot hit the side netting and when Plunketts added a goal on the next play heads visibly went down all over the field. Plunketts built on their lead from that point and although Raheens scored two late goals the visitors were worthy 10 point winners.

Raheens scores :- Dylan Hannon (2-1), David Malone (1-2), Niall Connolly (0-2).

Intermediates bounce back with comprehensive win over Grange


23/05/2008

Senior Football League Div. 2

Grange 1-7  Raheens 2-13

With both of these teams hovering around the play off places in division two, maximum points would be crucial if either were to challenge for honours later in this league campaign. Raheens proved up for the task dominating possession early on and scoring the first point through mobile midfielder Alan Sharpe before Reddy Coffey decided to make his mark on the game scoring a goal and two points either side of a free kick from Declan O'Toole.

Grange were rattled to find themselves seven down with the game only a pup and made some changes to try and turn the tide. G. Brennan got their first point before corner back Tom Nolan (playing around the middle) added a second. Raheens replied with the score of the game, a point finished well by Cathal Carr. Grange replied from a dead ball before Brennan added his second before the break leaving it 1-5 to 0-4 at the change of ends.

Grange needed the flying start to the second half but it was Raheens that got it. Declan O'Toole scored his second and almost from the kick out Martin Taaffe had the ball in the net after good work from Coffey. T. Doyle scored twice in the next five minutes to offer hope but shortly afterwards full back Rowan was dismissed on a second yellow and this effectively ended it as a contest.

Gareth Byrne scored the pick of the remaining scores for Raheens while L. Nolan scored a late goal for the home side. Unfortunately Grange finished with thirteen when M. Brennan was sent off near the end of what was a sporting game and this only served to make the score line a little more flattering to the winners than it might otherwise have been.

Junior B's remain unbeaten after good win over Kilcullen


23/05/2008

Senior Football League Div. 5

Kilcullen 2-5  Raheens 4-12

 

Another good win for Raheens consolidated their position at the top of this division. Raheens started and finished strongly and aside from a period of ten minutes never looked in trouble on this encounter. Playing at a pace Kilcullen could not match Raheens raced into a four point lead, the pick of which came from the boot of James Malone, before the home side replied with a free.

 

Stephen Riordan scored his second soon after before setting up Adrian Delmer for the first goal of the game. Raheens were comfortable at this stage but lost concentration to allow Kilcullen back into the game and they duly scored 1-2 without reply leading up to the break.

 

Given this impetus the home team pressed hard early in the second half and after a period where the teams exchanged points Kilcullen popped up for their second goal and found themselves within just two. Raheens to their credit recognised the danger and upped the tempo and when Riordan finished to the net the Caragh men were on top again and did not ease off from this point to the finish. Martin Sullivan and James Malone both goaled before the end to cap a good day for the forwards in general.

 

Best for the winners on the day were Paddy OBrien at the back, Paddy Byrne in the middle and Malone up front who bagged 1-3 for the second day on the trot.

   

Raheens v Grangenolvan fixture change


23/05/2008

Raheens game against Grange in Div. 2 of the Senior League has been refixed for tonight, Friday 23rd May at 7.00 pm in Grange.

The game was originally fixed for Saturday evening.

 

Kildare host Leinster Feile on Sat., 31st May 2008


22/05/2008

Kildare host the Leinster Feile u/14 competition on Sat., 31st May 2008. The day will commence with a parade through Newbridge at 9.00 am from St. Conleths Park to Chill Mhuire. From there each of the 96 teams taking part will travel to their respective venues for their games.

Raheens will play there games in Clane and will have their first game against St. James' from Longford at 11.30 am. The other teams competing in Div. 2 will be Sarsfields, Round Towers, Clane, Moynalvey (Meath), Arklow Geraldines (Wicklow) and St. Mary's (Dublin).

If Raheens win their opening fixture they will face the losers of Round Towers and St. Mary's in the quarter-final; whereas if they lose to St. James' they will face the winner of the Towers v Mary's game in the quarter-final.

Matches will be 15 mins per half. Extra time if needed will be 5 mins per half, and if scores are still level sudden death will apply. 

Bad night for u/11's as both teams defeated


21/05/2008

Raheens 'A' 1-4   Moorefield 'A' 3-7

Wednesday nights game was a mirror image of Raheens season to date. They have struggled to put two good halves together and as a consequence trailed by 2-3 to 0-0 at half time. Raheens upped their performance considerably in the second half and in scoring terms tied this half. Jason Earley gave a great display at centre half back and although not scoring Sean Lloyd and Sean Cox were the pick of the forwards. Raheens finished a creditable 4th place and now advance into the shield semi-final whose participants include Athy, Castledermot and Round Towers.
Scorers: Ruairi Cleary 1-0; Paddy Woodgate 0-2; Robert Thompson 0-1; Colin Malone 0-1.

 

  

Rheban 4-8   Raheens 'B' 0-0

Although Raheens played some good football at times we were no match for a very skilful and organized Rheban outfit. As with most of the league this young team have met teams that would have players at 11 years of age whereas the Raheens 'B' team are mainly 10 year olds. Great credit has to be given to the attitude of the team who never gave up trying and were very unfortunate not to get a score. This defeat follows on from last weeks 8-6 to 3-3 defeat by St. Laurences, with the only bright spot coming the previous week when Nurney awarded Raheens the points. Roll on the under 10 league which commences in two weeks. Next week is Raheens last match in the league which will be at home to Castlemitchell.

 

 

 

Clane blitzed by Raheens u/14s


18/05/2008

Clane 0-3   Raheens 5-13

On Sunday morning Raheens good form continued in Div. 2 of the u/14 league as they defeated Clane 5-13 to 0-3. Despite playing against a stiff breeze in the opening period Raheens dominated the possession. Some wayward shooting however meant that their lead was only 1-5 to 0-1 at half-time.

 

This was rectified on the restart though as Raheens added 3-1 in the opening 4 mins. of the half. From that point on it was only a matter of how much Raheens would win by. Best for them were Gary Woodgate and Matthew Bursey in defence, Richard Dalton at midfield, and David Malone, Jonathon Hanbury, Dylan and Scott Hannon in attack.

 

The scores came from Dylan Hannon (3-2), Scott Hannon (1-4), Barry Winder (1-3), "Jono" Hanbury (0-1), Kevin Dunne (0-1), Ciaran Begley (0-1), David Malone (0-1).

 

Next up is a home game v Oliver Plunketts on Sunday, 25th May at 11.00 am.

 

The following week the u/14's will be taking part in the Leinster Feile which is being hosted by Kildare. Further news on this event next week. 

 

Clane blitzed by Raheens u/14s


18/05/2008

Clane 0-3   Raheens 5-13

On Sunday morning Raheens good form continued in Div. 2 of the u/14 league as they defeated Clane 5-13 to 0-3. Despite playing against a stiff breeze in the opening period Raheens dominated the possession. Some wayward shooting however meant that their lead was only 1-5 to 0-1 at half-time.

 

This was rectified on the restart though as Raheens added 3-1 in the opening 4 mins. of the half. From that point on it was only a matter of how much Raheens would win by. Best for them were Gary Woodgate and Matthew Bursey in defence, Richard Dalton at midfield, and David Malone, Jonathon Hanbury, Dylan and Scott Hannon in attack.

 

The scores came from Dylan Hannon (3-2), Scott Hannon (1-4), Barry Winder (1-3), "Jono" Hanbury (0-1), Kevin Dunne (0-1), Ciaran Begley (0-1), David Malone (0-1).

 

Next up is a home game v Oliver Plunketts on Sunday, 25th May at 11.00 am.

 

The following week the u/14's will be taking part in the Leinster Feile which is being hosted by Kildare. Further news on this event next week. 

 

Under 14's return to winning ways


15/05/2008

Raheens 6-19  Confey 0-4

Raheens bounced back from their defeat by Sarsfields with a comprehansive win over Confey in Div. 2 of the u/14 league. Although Confey weren't strong enough to mount a serious challange, the manner of the victory was impressive. The workrate was of a high standard from the word go, with every line on the field prepared to put their opposite numbers under pressure.

That pressure told and Raheens scored 6-6 in the opening half, all from play, while Confey managed 0-3 including two frees. Although the scoring rate eased off a little in the second Raheens still dominated and ran out convincing winners. Sunday morning sees them take on Clane (away) at 10.00 am.

Scorers - Dylan Hannon (2-5), Scott Hannon (2-2), Ciaran Begley (1-1), David Malone (0-4), Billy Martin (1-0), Barry Winder (0-3), Kevin Dunne (0-1), Richard Dalton (0-1), Jonathon Hanbury (0-1), Dean Campbell (0-1).

 

 

Under 11's defeat Athy in thriller


15/05/2008

Raheens 3-7  Athy 3-6

This was one of the more entertaining juvenile matches seen in Raheens for a long while. The game ebbed and flowed with Raheens just about desrving their victory. It was a tremendous win for Raheens after a rather tame performance the previous week against Eadestown and puts them back in to the melting pot in their efforts to secure a top 3 play off place.

Jason Earley led the defence with great courage and composure having only just returned from a serious knee injury. Conor Murphy and Ruairi Cleary added a bit of steel to the midfield area. Robert Thompson was the pick of the forward line who have yet to really click into gear this season. All eyes now on Moorefield who visit us next Wednesday in our final game of the league before the knockout stages commence.

Scorers - R. Thompson 1-4, S. Crowley 1-0, S. Lloyd 1-0, S. Smith 0-1, R. Cleary 0-1, C. Murphy 0-1.

 

 

B's remain unbeaten in Senior League Div. 5


12/05/2008

SFL Div. 5
St Kevins 0-8   Raheens 1-12

This was without doubt Raheens second teams best performance in a long time. Played out on a beautiful summer evening at the Staplestown venue Raheens started strongly and save for a ten minute period leading up to half time dominated this game throughout. Alan Igoe started the scoring with a good long range point and this was followed up by points by James Malone (2) and David Towey before Kevins responded with a free.

Unlike in previous weeks Raheens this time pressed home their supremacy and scored some fine points through Pat Percival, Colin Cassidy and Stephen Riordan. They eventually worked up a seven point lead before taking their foot off the gas and allowing Kevins to finish the half strongly by tacking on four more points from dead balls. This left the half time score 0-9 to 0-5.

Any fear Raheens might wilt was quickly quashed when from the throw in Cassidy collected and stormed through the middle to score a fine individual point. Raheens pushed on from there and when James Malone finished a good move to the net to cap a fine personal performance Raheens were home and dry with ten minutes to play.

 

Late surge sees Raheens crowned as u/16 Div. 4 Champions


11/05/2008

U/16 Div. 4 League Final

Raheens 2-7  v  Rathangan 0-8

A brace of goals from Dylan Hannon in the final 10 mins. decided what was a very evenly matched game. Raheens got off to the ideal start when Gareth Malone pointed in the opening minute. Rathangan drew level when Dessie Moloney pointed a free for them from close range and they hit the front for the first time when the lively Jack Hoey kicked a point in the 10th min.

 

Dean Heavey levelled matters with a well taken free almost immediately, but Hoey had Rathangan back in front with his second point. Eoin O’Donnell and Dessie Moloney swapped frees before a second Dean Heavey pointed free tied it up once more. Raheens had a number of chances to take the lead in the final 10 mins. of the half but more times than not the wrong option was taken when chances presented themselves. Deep into first half stoppage time Daniel Richies kicked a lovely point to restore Rathangan’s one point advantage.

 

A Dylan Hannon point early in the second half put the teams level once more at 0-5 apiece. At this stage John Fox sustained an injury to his shoulder, landing heavily on it. Raheens were forced to move him to full forward and Rathangan seized the initiative. Kevin O’Brien, Daniel Richies and Cillian Ring all kicked points from play as Rathangan opened up an 0-8 to 0-5 lead.

 

At this point it didn’t look great for Raheens but they dug deep and two more pointed frees from O’Donnell and Heavey reduced the arrears to the minimum. Then with 10 mins. remaining Hannon pounced for the first of his goals. Put free on the right he made a beeline for the goals and although his chance appeared to be gone as he turned inside a Rathangan defender he managed to steer the ball past Shane Conroy in the Rathangan goal with the outside of his right foot.

 

Five minutes later Rathangan were caught on the break as they were chasing the game. A long ball forward found Eoin O’Donnell in an acre of space. He duly offloaded to the on rushing Hannon and his shot from the left hand side flew across Conroy and into the right hand corner of the net. Rathangan although shocked kept pressing but were unable to unhinge a tight Raheens rearguard.

 

Best for Raheens were Graham Waters, John Fox (who won the man of the match award), Cian Conlon, John Jennings, Gareth Malone, Dylan Hannon and Barry Winder. For Rathangan Mark Tuohy, Kieran O’Toole, Stephen Foley, Daniel O’Keeffe, Daniel Richies and Jack Hoey tried hard.

 

Scorers: Raheens - Dylan Hannon (2-1), Dean Heavey (0-3; 3f), Eoin O’Donnell (0-2; 2f), Gareth Malone (0-1). Rathangan – Dessie Moloney (0-2; 2f), Jack Hoey (0-2), Daniel Richies (0-2), Kevin O’Brien (0-1), Cillian Ring (0-1).

 

 

Change of Fixture


11/05/2008

The u/14's Div. 2 league fixture v Confey due to have been played on Sunday, 11th May has been refixed for Thursday, 15th May at 7.00 pm in Tom Lawler Park due to the u/16 Div. 4 League Final played in Newbridge on Sunday morning. 

 

 

Two Riordan Goals in a Minute Prove Decisive


10/05/2008

SFL Div. 2

Straffan 0-5   Raheens 2-7

The two telling scores of this lack lustre encounter were the opening two scores of the game and came within seconds of one another. However, the early indications were that Straffan would be more than a match for Raheens. Straffan owned the ball in the opening ten minutes but failed to find the range, kicking six wides during this spell.

It was ironic then that the catalyst for Raheens first major came from their first wide of the game after twelve minutes. From the kick out following Declan O'Toole's off target 30 metre free John Taaffe won clean possession, laid the ball off to O'Toole, who gave a wonderful long ball into the path of the on rushing Stephen Riordan and he duly buried the ball in the back of the Straffan net. 

There was no respite for Straffan as Eddie Coffey made a spectacular catch from the resultant kick out, passed to Kevin Thompson who again found Riordan behind the Straffan rearguard. Again Riordan obliged with a cooly taken score. O'Toole and Austin Allen exchanged pointed frees before the next goal opportunity arrived. Following a strong run by Straffan full-forward, Ken Byrne, Austin Allen was put in possession in front of the Raheens goal. John Lawler dived full length to block his goal bound effort. From the rebound Mark Kilgallen gave Straffan their second point.

At the other end Raheens could also have had another goal but the excellent goalkeeping of Anthony Devane; his acrobatics denying Martin Taaffe, as he deflected the goal bound effort of Taaffe over the crossbar. Just before the break Raheens scored the point of the game when Declan Curran finished off a sweeping move from back to front involving nine players.

On the restart Tom Earley added to Raheens tally, kicking over a free from the right corner following a foul on the hard working Stephen Riordan. Straffan were denied a way back into the game when Alan Percival denied Ken Byrne a great goal scoring chance a couple of minutes later. The game deteriorated thereafter. Despite the best efforts of Allen who kicked Straffan's remaining three points (1 free), Raheens were always able to stay far enough ahead to be comfortable, their remaining scores all coming from the boot of Declan O'Toole (3 frees).

Any chance of a Straffan revival ended with the dismissal of their centre back Scott Neville with ten minutes remaining and Raheens held out for a deserved victory. Best for them were Eddie Coffey, John Lawler, Declan O'Toole and Stephen Riordan, while for Straffan Brendan Ashe, John Hanafin, Paul Donovan and Austin Allen did well.

Scorers: Raheens - S. Riordan (2-0), D. O'Toole (0-4; 4f), M. Taaffe (0-1), D. Curran (0-1), T. Earley (0-1; 1f). Straffan - A. Allen (0-4; 2f), M. Kilgallen (0-1).

 

 

Under 11's win 2 of last 3 games


08/05/2008


Saturday 26 April 2008 : Castledermot 2-8  Raheens 6-14
Raheens recorded their first victory of their campaign with an away game to Castledermot. Conor Murphy and Robert Thompson established a firm foothold in the middle of the field from the throw in and this laid the foundation to a strong team performance. Declan Campbell, Jason Earley and Cathal Duffy were outstanding in defence. Paddy Woodgate led the forward line with great aplomb. One of the better features of this match was that both midfielders and all the forwards scored from play.


Wednesday 30 April 2008 : Raheens 3-6 Round Towers 2-3
Raheens recorded back to back victories with a win over Towers. Whilst taking their foot off the pedal in the second half Raheens always had that bit in reserve. Declan Campbell had a great game at number 3, whilst the rest of team played well without excelling themselves. Sean Cox was on hand to score 2 of Raheens goals, other scorers included Paddy Woodgate, Robert Thompson and Ruairi Cleary who scored the point of the match.


Wednesday 7 May 2008 : Raheens 0-8  Eadestown 4-4
In a vital game for both teams, Eadestown got off to a much brighter start. Raheens, unfortunately had only 13 men due to injuries and holidays. Some of the absentees were key individuals and should we meet Eadestown later in the competition there is a feeling we may be able to turn the tables. Goals win matches and the scoreline gives validity to this statement. Both teams scored eight times, unfortunately Eadestown got the goals some of which were fortuitous. Raheens second half performance was more heartening than their slow start and with two regular games left in the league, we hope to see the team improving from here. Scorers Paddy Woodgate 0-2, Robert Thompson 0-2, Shane Crowley 0-2, Colin Malone 0-2.

 

Raheens u/16's contest League Final


05/05/2008

Raheens u/16's will face Rathangan in the Div. 4 League Final on Sunday, 11th May in St. Conleths Park at 11.00 am. When the sides met in Round 2 of the League Rathangan prevailed by 2-7 to 1-5. Gay Campbell's charges will be hoping to reverse that result on Sunday. Here's hoping the u/16's can go one better than the Minors and in the process collect the first piece of silverware for the Club in 2008.

 

Raheens back on track against Milltown


02/05/2008

Milltown 0-6  Raheens 0-12

With Raheens anxious to halt a run of two defeats and Milltown determined to build on a good win over Robertstown a keenly fought contest was expected in Milltown last Wednesday night but unfortunately not delivered. In truth Raheens dominated from start to finish with all their forwards on song and really should have shut out this game earlier than they did.

Milltown did score first but could do nothing to stop a rampant Raheens forward line scoring the next eight points. Cathal Carr stood out claiming four while Kevin Thompson, Noel Byrne, Declan Curran and Stephen Riordan all had one apiece. Milltown replied with a point from a dead ball before the break but Raheens were in control at 0-8 to 0-2. The second half was a more even contest and developed into a free kicking competition between Declan O'Toole and his Milltown counterpart. At no point did the home team get closer than five points and the game petered out to its inevitable conclusion.

 

'B' Team held by Kildangan


02/05/2008

Raheens 1-7 Kildangan 1-7

Raheens will feel that this was a point dropped rather than a point earned but should also count themselves lucky that they left with anything as it was the visiting team that finished much stronger. Playing with the aid of a slight breeze in the first half Raheens dominated possession and scored points through Alan Igoe, James Malone and Stephen Riordan with a free the only reply from Kildangan. Midway through the first half Raheens looked in control but kicked numerous wides while the opposite was the case for Kildangan who scored on almost every visit to the Raheens half and trailed only by the minimum  0-5 to 0-4 at the change of ends.

Raheens needed to improve their average in front of goal in the second half and did so by adding two more points in quick succession before a good move involving Hugh Delmer, Colin Cassidy and James Malone finished with Eoghan Winders rifling to the net. At this stage you could be forgiven for thinking the home team would run out comfortable winners but it was Kildangan who played all the football from here to the end and with a minute left on the clock scored the equalising point to claim a deserved share of the spoils.

 

U/11 'B' team defeat Robertstown


29/04/2008

Raheens 0-12  Robertstown 2-4

 

The under 11 'B' team were home to Robertstown last Wednesday in a very close, entertaining game. Both teams played a good open, entertaining game. Roberstown held a one point lead at half time 4pts to 3pts. Raheens started the  second very well picking off a few points. Raheens were now dominating the game when Roberstown came up the field and scored an excellent goal followed by another a few minutes later.

 

This left Raheens 1 point ahead with only a few minutes to go. Raheens knocked over another point and then held on for the final whistle. Final score Raheens 0-12, Roberstown 2-4. This was a great team display by Raheens. Best for Raheens were the two Connolly brothers and Simon Hore. It was great to see Sean Kenny back from his injury.

 

This week Wed 30th they take on Nurney away while the 'A' team are at home to Monastervin.

 

 

14's lose out in 13 goal thriller


27/04/2008

Raheens u/14's were involved in an extraordinary game of football with Sarsfields on Sunday morning. Despite being 7 points in arrears after 15 mins. following the concession of 3 goals, Raheens found themselves a point to the good only 10 mins. later. However, Sarsfields rallied and a 4th goal gave them a 4-3 to 2-6 half-time lead.

On the resumption Raheens struck first and a brace on goals from Dylan Hannon helped them into a 5 point lead. Sarsfields reduced the margin with another goal. Three further Sars goals between the 20th and 25th minute proved decisive although when Ciaran Begley poked home Raheens 5th goal with a couple of mins. remaining the margin was only two. Two further points gave Sarsfields an 8-5 to 5-10 win in a highly entertaining game.

Best for Raheens were Gary Woodgate, Ciaran Begley, David Malone, Dylan Hannon and Scott Hannon. Raheens scores came from Dylan Hannon (3-4), Scott Hannon (1-0), Ciaran Begley (1-0), Barry Winder (0-3), David Malone (0-2), Jonathon Hanbury (0-1).

 

 

Junior 'B's get campaign off to a winning start


22/04/2008

Senior Football League Div. 5

Ballymore 0-12  Raheens 1-13

 

A game of two halves if there ever was one, played out in Ballymore on a perfect evening for football. The game started very lively, with both teams playing some open flowing football. Raheens had the better of it to start with, reeling off three points to a solitary free from Ballymore.

 

From the tenth minute, Ballymore took control till the break, scoring points from all positions of the field, demonstrating their dominance. Ballymore led at the break 0-10 to 0-4 and Raheens were floundering. Colin Cassidy had to go off at the break due to injury and when Ballymore stretched their lead to 0-11 to 0-4, the Raheens cause looked lost.

 

However a never say die spirit was to emerge in the following twenty minutes that Ballymore just had no answer to. Johnny Igoe pointed and shortly after Hugh Delmer bundled the ball over the line and the lead was reduced to just three points. The tide had turned. From there on Alan Igoe, Stephen. Riordan, Eoghan Winders and Andrew Earley all scored some lovely points, while Patrick Percival took control in the middle of the field and also scored his frees.

 

Ballymore could only add one more point and Raheens ran out surprisingly easy winners in the end after the defence played its part in snuffing out any further Ballymore threat. A great win and hopefully a sign of what is to come.

 

 

Junior 'B's get campaign off to a winning start


22/04/2008

Senior Football League Div. 5

Ballymore 0-12  Raheens 1-13

 

A game of two halves if there ever was one, played out in Ballymore on a perfect evening for football. The game started very lively, with both teams playing some open flowing football. Raheens had the better of it to start with, reeling off three points to a solitary free from Ballymore.

 

From the tenth minute, Ballymore took control till the break, scoring points from all positions of the field, demonstrating their dominance. Ballymore led at the break 0-10 to 0-4 and Raheens were floundering. Colin Cassidy had to go off at the break due to injury and when Ballymore stretched their lead to 0-11 to 0-4, the Raheens cause looked lost.

 

However a never say die spirit was to emerge in the following twenty minutes that Ballymore just had no answer to. Johnny Igoe pointed and shortly after Hugh Delmer bundled the ball over the line and the lead was reduced to just three points. The tide had turned. From there on Alan Igoe, Stephen. Riordan, Eoghan Winders and Andrew Earley all scored some lovely points, while Patrick Percival took control in the middle of the field and also scored his frees.

 

Ballymore could only add one more point and Raheens ran out surprisingly easy winners in the end after the defence played its part in snuffing out any further Ballymore threat. A great win and hopefully a sign of what is to come.

 

 

Sloppy goals cost Raheens dear in Minor League Final


20/04/2008

Three "soft" goals contributed to Raheens defeat in the Div. 2 League Final on Sunday as Clane registered a 3-8 to 0-7 win. Clane were quickest out of the blocks with two early points but two frees from Alan Igoe tied up the scores. Clane were playing the better football and stretched their lead to 0-5 to 0-2. Although Raheens were not at their best they were still very much in the game but then the concession of two poor goals in quick succession was a killer blow.

 

Shane O'Driscoll was punished for dropping a routine catch firstly, and then within a minute John Fox saw his attemped clearance following a fine catch blocked directly into the goal. Alan Igoe responded with his third point to leave the half-time score 2-5 to 0-3.

 

Raheens needed an early second half score but any chances of a comeback were quickly dispelled when Clane added a third goal from the penalty spot shortly after the resumption, as Paddy O'Brien was adjudged to have picked the ball up in the small square. Although Raheens played some of their best football in the final quarter the game was in truth well and truly over at this stage. The final score was Clane 3-8, Raheens 0-7.

 

Best for Raheens were Andrew Earley, Paddy O'Brien, Mark O'Brien and John Fox. The scores came from Alan Igoe (0-5), Mark Campbell (0-1), David Lynch (0-1). 

 

 

Under 14's run riot in win over Sallins


20/04/2008

On Sunday morning the Raheens u/14's had an easy 6-15 to 0-0 win over Sallins in the opening round of the Div. 2 League. Although it took Raheens 6 mins. to register their first score (a Scott Hannon goal) they ran riot thereafter. Further goals from Hannon, Johnny Hanbury and Dylan Hannon left the half-time score 4-10 to 0-0. In truth it could have been a lot worse for Sallins as David Malone hit the crossbar on four separate occassions.

 

Although Raheens rang the changes in the second half they continued to dominate, adding 2-5 to their tally. In an excellent team performance Gavin Sweetman, Barry Winder, Danny Boyle, David Malone, Dylan Hannon and Scott Hannon were best. The scorers were Scott Hannon (3-1), Dylan Hannon (1-6), David Malone (1-2), Jonathon Hanbury (1-1), Thomas Flanagan (0-2), Niall Connolly (0-1), Ciaran Begley (0-1), Barry Winder (0-1).

 

Training this week will be Tuesday night at 6.30 pm.

 

 

Minor Final Venue Change


19/04/2008
Tomorrow's Div. 2 Minor League Final between Raheens and Clane has been moved from Sallins to St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge. Throw in at 12.00 pm.

 

Under 16's Win Again


18/04/2008

Raheens u/16's entertained Sarsfields on friday evening at Tom Lawler Park. Raheens started brightly with the aid of a strong breeze and with 20 mins. gone were up by 2-06 to 0-03. However some defensive errors allowed Sarsfieds reduce the margin to only 1 goal before John Fox added 1-01 to leave the half time score 3-07 to 1-06.

Despite playing the better football Raheens looked in trouble when following a mix up in defence Sarsfields scored another goal to trail by only 2 pts. Raheens rallied however and showed great determination to hold on with Eoin O'Donnell hitting over the final point to add to his two 1st half goals. Best for the home side were John Fox, capt. Graham Waters and David Malone. This result leaves Raheens qualified for the league semi final.

 

Weekend Fixtures


18/04/2008

This weekends fixtures involving Raheens teams are as follows:

Friday, 18th April 2008

Under 16 Div. 4 - Raheens v Sarsfields 'B' at 7.00 pm

Sunday, 20th April 2008

Under 14 Div. 2 - Raheens v Sallins at 10.30 am

Minor League Final Div. 2 - Raheens v Clane at 12.00 pm (venue Sallins)

Senior League Div. 2 - Maynooth v Raheens at 7.00 pm

 

 

Raheens Race Night


18/04/2008
Raheens Race Night takes place tonight in Coffey's of Caragh. First race is at 9.30 pm. Tote Betting and 2 Auction Races ensure a great evenings enjoyment. All welcome. No enrty fee.

 

 

Both Under 11 teams defeated


16/04/2008

Raheens under 11 ‘A’ team commenced their season on Wednesday night with a tough opening encounter away to St. Laurences. Having opted to play with the wind in the first half Raheens turned around at half time on level terms with the scores being Raheens 1-6 St. Laurences 2-3. There were some brilliant passages of football by the Raheens lads in the first half with Paddy Woodgate, Shane Crowley and Ruairi Cleary very prominent.

 

In the second half the Raheens challenge faltered as the elements and a considerably improved performance by St. Laurences left our lads chasing the game. The final score was St. Laurences 6-9, Raheens 1-6. Raheens scorers were S. Crowley 1-2, P. Woodgate 0-2, R. Thompson 0-2.

 

Next Wednesday 23rd April, the ‘A’ team are away to Castledermot.

 

Raheens ‘B’ team played Allenwood at home on Wednesday in a very friendly and sporting match. Allenwood got off to a bright start with an early goal and point. Allenwood lead at half time and despite a better display in the second half by Raheens, Allenwood won the match easily by 5-4 to 1-2. Best for Raheens were Paul Waters, Kevin Dolly and Matthew Bett Symonds.

 

Next Wednesday the 23rd April,  Raheens ‘B’s are at home to Roberstown.

 

Minors advance to Div. 2 Final


13/04/2008

Raheens Minors qualified for the final of the Div. 2 league with a narrow 0-8 to 0-7 win over Castledermot on Sunday evening. Although Raheens had the lions share of the possession they squandered a number of chances and were happy to escape with the victory. In a physical game where both defences were on top chances were at a premium in the opening period. The score was 0-3 apiece at half-time.

It was point for point in the second half until Alan Igoe put two scores together in the final 10 mins. to give Raheens an 0-8 to 0-6 lead. Castledermot responded with a point which left things quite nervy for the final couple of minutes, but Raheens held on for a deserved win. Best for them were John Fox, Michael Byrne, David Lynch and Alan Igoe. 

 

 

Minors advance to Div. 2 Final


13/04/2008

Raheens Minors qualified for the final of the Div. 2 league with a narrow 0-8 to 0-7 win over Castledermot on Sunday evening. Although Raheens had the lions share of the possession they squandered a number of chances and were happy to escape with the victory. In a physical game where both defences were on top chances were at a premium in the opening period. The score was 0-3 apiece at half-time.

It was point for point in the second half until Alan Igoe put two scores together in the final 10 mins. to give Raheens an 0-8 to 0-6 lead. Castledermot responded with a point which left things quite nervy for the final couple of minutes, but Raheens held on for a deserved win. Best for them were John Fox, Michael Byrne, David Lynch and Alan Igoe. 

 

 

Minors advance to Div. 2 Final


13/04/2008

Raheens Minors qualified for the final of the Div. 2 league with a narrow 0-8 to 0-7 win over Castledermot on Sunday evening. Although Raheens had the lions share of the possession they squandered a number of chances and were happy to escape with the victory. In a physical game where both defences were on top chances were at a premium in the opening period. The score was 0-3 apiece at half-time.

It was point for point in the second half until Alan Igoe put two scores together in the final 10 mins. to give Raheens an 0-8 to 0-6 lead. Castledermot responded with a point which left things quite nervy for the final couple of minutes, but Raheens held on for a deserved win. Best for them were John Fox, Michael Byrne, David Lynch and Alan Igoe. 

 

 

Underage Weekend Fixtures


01/04/2008

The u/14's are fixed to play Kill in Kill on Sunday morning, 6th April at 11.00 am in the Semi-Final of the 'A' Shield.

The u/16's meanwhile have another game in Div. 4 of the League on Friday night at 6.45 pm away to Caragh.

 

Good Weekend for Raheens Underage Teams


30/03/2008

Under 16 Division 4

Raheens 4-14  Celbridge 1-01

Raheens U/16's travelled to Celbridge on Saturday and came away with a well earned win. Raheens started with the wind at their backs and had the game won by half time after goals from John Jennings, Paul Curran (2) and Eoin O Donnell, along with some well taken points left the halt time score 4-10 to 0-00.

  

Celbridge started brightly in the 2nd half and soon had 1-01 on board however Raheens playing into a strong wind got on top again and added 4 unanswered points before the end. Next up are Caragh away on Friday evening.

 

 

Under 14 'A' Shield Quarter Final

Raheens 2-08  Leixlip 2-06

Raheens u/14's produced a great second half performance to defeat Leixlip on Sunday morning en route to the semi-final of the 'A' Shield on Sunday morning. Playing with the strong wind at their backs in the opening period Raheens started brightly and Scott Hannon kicked their first point in the 3rd minute. The next Raheens score was a pointed free from Barry Winder 6 mins. later but Raheens were unlucky not to have added a goal to their tally at this stage, the woodwork denying them on two occasions.

 

Raheens found themselves behind after a quick free by Leixlip in the 13th min. caught Raheens napping and Leixlip had the first goal of the game. Although Raheens responded well the scores remained level at the change of ends, Raheens 0-6 to Leixlip's 1-3.

 

Despite playing into the strong wind Raheens performed much better in the second half. They got a great start when Kevin Dunne managed to force home a goal in the 35th min. Leixlip fought back but a resilient Raheens rearguard limited their chances. Despite having another goal disallowed, Raheens were still two points to the good with only a couple of minutes remaining. Then Dylan Hannon beat his man in the right corner, came in along the end line and fired a great shot to the back of the Leixlip net. This proved to be a vital score as Leixlip scored a goal of their own with the last kick of the game.

 

Best for Raheens were Liam Power, Dean Campbell, Jonathon Hanbury, David Malone, Scott Hannon and Dylan Hannon. The scorers were Dylan Hannon (1-4), Kevin Dunne (1-0), Scott Hannon (0-2), Barry Winder (0-1), Jonathon Hanbury (0-1).    

 

 

Raheens Make It Two From Two When Defeating Ballymore


29/03/2008

Raheens 1-10 Ballymore 1-5
This game was certainly a game of two halves with the winner always going to be the team who fared best in the awful conditions. Ballymore won the toss and wisely elected to play with the aid of the stiff breeze.The visitors dominated posession throughout the half and managed to build a 5 points to 1 lead by the change of ends but one wondered if that would be enough given the conditions.

 

A largely forgettable first half was to be the springboard for a cracking second. Ballymore perhaps sensing their four point lead would not be enough sprang from the traps and Tommy Archibold had the ball in the Raheens net within two minutes of the restart. One might have thought Balymore would have been comfortable from this position but Raheens dug deep and sensationally were to add 1-9 to their tally without reply from the Wicklow border men.

 

Noel Byrne began the revival with a nice point before Cathal Carr scored a brilliant individual goal and Declan O'Toole claimed two more points from dead balls. With the game tied at 1-5 apiece there would only be one winner; and some beautiful scores from Carr, Byrne and Reddy Coffey added to two more from O'Toole sealed the deal.

 

A very satisfying performance for Ray O'Sullivan and his team makes it hard to pick out individuals but Padraig Ryan in defence Alan Sharpe in the middle while Carr, Byrne and especially Declan OToole up front excelled. Archibold battled hard up front for the visitors as did a determined full back line who did all they could to stem the tide in the second half.

 

 

Fixture changes for this weekend


28/03/2008

Raheens Intermeiate team will now play Ballymore at 5.45 pm on Saturday, 29th March 2008 at Tom Lawler Park instead of the originally advertised time of 6.00 pm on Sunday.

Raheens u/14's are now fixed to play Leixlip at home on Sunday morning, 30th March 2008 at 11.00 am in the quarter final of the 'A' Shield.

 

 

Minors reach semi-final of Div. 2


25/03/2008

Raheens 2-6  St. Cocas 1-3

Raheens produced their best performance to date in the Minor league on Tuesday night when defeating St. Cocas in a winner take all clash to advance to the semi-final. Two first half goals from Gareth Malone and Sean Browne gave Raheens the upper hand as they took a 2-3 to 0-2 half-time lead.

St. Cocas rallied after the break despite going further behind to a David Lynch point. A goal and a point brought them back into it and but for a number of spurned chances they could have been a lot closer. However, spurred on by the excellent Daithi Ivers and the high workrate of Sean Browne, Paddy O'Brien, Eoin O'Donnell, Mark O'Brien and Mark Power Raheens steadied and closed out the win with two further points.

 

 

Minors reach semi-final of Div. 2


25/03/2008

Raheens 2-6  St. Cocas 1-3

Raheens produced their best performance to date in the Minor league on Tuesday night when defeating St. Cocas in a winner take all clash to advance to the semi-final. Two first half goals from Gareth Malone and Sean Browne gave Raheens the upper hand as they took a 2-3 to 0-2 half-time lead.

St. Cocas rallied after the break despite going further behind to a David Lynch point. A goal and a point brought them back into it and but for a number of spurned chances they could have been a lot closer. However, spurred on by the excellent Daithi Ivers and the high workrate of Sean Browne, Paddy O'Brien, Eoin O'Donnell, Mark O'Brien and Mark Power Raheens steadied and closed out the win with two further points.

 

 

Under 14's Perform Well Against Naas in 'A' Féile


16/03/2008

Naas 4-04  Raheens 0-04

Naas ended Raheens slim chances of progression to the knock out stages of the ‘A’ Féile in this final group match. That said it was a much improved peformance from a very under-strength Raheens side. Naas were delighted to take a half-time lead of 2-01 to 0-03 with their goals coming against the run of play. 

Despite playing against a very strong wind in the second half Raheens played much better and were still in with a shout until 2 goals for Naas in the space of a minute with 8 mins. to play sealed victory for them.

Best for Raheens in a very fine display were Mathew Bursey, Richard Dalton, David Malone and Jonathon Hanbury. Raheens scorers were Barry Winder (0-03), Ciaran Begley (0-01).

 

 

Under 16's Get Back To Winning Ways


15/03/2008

Raheens 5-20  Nurney 0-00

Raheens u/16’s ran out convincing winners in their league game on Saturday 15th March against Nurney at Tom Lawler Park. In a good all round team performance Raheens raced into an early lead and had 14 pts on the score board at half time. The Caragh lads put the result beyond doubt with 5 second half goals the pick of which was a long range effort from Paul Curran.

Next up is a trip to Celbridge on 29/03/08 all support welcome.

 

 

Under 16 Defeated by Rathangan


09/03/2008

Following a victory against Ellistown last weekend Raheens made the journey to Rathangan yesterday 9/3/08. In what was a classical game of two halves Raheens went down on a score line of Rathangan 2-07 Raheens 1-05. Raheens travelled with just 15 players, and after losing the toss the Caragh lads faced into a strong gale and driving rain in the first half.

Things soon worsened with midfielder Gary O’Brien having to retire after 5 minutes after becoming ill. Despite all of this the game was close approaching half time, but 2 late goals left Rathangan leading 2-07 to 0-01 at the break.

Although the wind dropped somewhat Raheens got on top, and 15 minutes into the 2nd half the margin was down to 6 pts after a John Jennings goal following good work by Eoin O’Donnell and Jonathon Hanbury. In the final minutes Raheens threw everything at the Rathangan goal and only some inspired goal keeping denied the Caragh lads. In what was, despite the result, a fine team effort it would be wrong to single out any individual

 

 

'A' Féile - Celbridge 5-16 Raheens 1-03


09/03/2008

Raheens under 14’s had a rude awakening in the ‘A’ Féile on Sunday morning when Celbridge gave them a lesson in football. The game was effectively over after 20 minutes when Celbridge led by 2-07 to 0-02, Raheens’ two scores coming from the boot of Barry Winder. With the exception of Dean Campbell’s power house display from centre back the Raheens defence, which had done so well the previous week against Moorefield, were completely at sea.

With the midfield not firing either the forwards were living off scraps. A Jonathon Hanbury goal as half-time approached gave Raheens some respite but Celbridge tagged on another couple of points to lead 2-09 to 1-02 at half-time.

With both teams making a number of changes in the second half the game became more disjointed. However, Celbridge aided by the strong breeze continued to add to their tally and ran out the very comprehensive 5-16 to 1-03 winners; Raheens final score coming from a Jonathon Hanbury free in the dying minutes.

Raheens will now face Naas next Sunday in their final game of what has proved to be a very strong group.

 

 

 

'A' Féile - Raheens v Moorefield


02/03/2008

Raheens  0-8  v  Moorefield  0-13

 

The ‘A’ Féile kicked off with a very entertaining game between Raheens and Moorefield at Tom Lawler Park on Sunday morning. Moorefield enjoyed much of the early possession but were lucky not to find themselves in arrears after 5 mins. when Dylan Hannon’s shot for goal went just the wrong side of the right hand upright. Barry Winder put the home side in front with a pointed free from 30 metres a couple of minutes later but Moorefield were back on terms after 12 mins. when Niall Galvin collected a 45 from Jack Hogan and split the posts with a fine score.

 

The remainder of the half was nip and tuck. Moorefield pressed hard but were finding the Raheens rearguard which included the impressive Liam Power, Dean Campbell and Gary Woodgate a tough nut to crack. At the other end Raheens were more economical with their chances although Scott Hannon did miss another goal opportunity for them. At half-time Raheens led by 0-4 to 0-3.

 

Moorefield signalled their intent immediately on the resumption and two points in as many minutes from Dean Carr and Robert Mullen had them in front. Dylan Hannon responded with his third point for Raheens but then Kelvin McNally gave Moorefield the lead once more at the mid point of the half. The victors now enjoyed their most productive spell of the game and added three further points in quick succession including a wonderful score from the right hand sideline by Robert Mullen.

 

Raheens to their credit came back with points from David Malone & Barry Winder but the growing influence of Ryan Houlihan and Dean Carr led to three more white flags for the Moore’s including a brace for James Murray. Paul Moran and Winder exchanged points in time added on as Moorefield ran out the deserving winners.

 

Best for them were the excellent half back line of Joe Brannigan, Paul Moran and Liam Healy, Robert Mullen, Ryan Houlihan and Dean Carr. For Raheens the backs previously mentioned, Ciaran Begley, Richard Dalton and Dylan Hannon were best.

 

Scorers: Moorefield – Robert Mullen (0-3), James Murray (0-3), Dean Carr (0-2), Kelvin McNally (0-2), Ryan McLoughlin (0-1), Niall Galvin (0-1), Paul Moran (0-1).

              Raheens – Barry Winder (0-4), Dylan Hannon (0-3), David Malone (0-1).

 

 

 

'A' Féile - Raheens v Moorefield


02/03/2008

Raheens  0-8  v  Moorefield  0-13

 

The ‘A’ Féile kicked off with a very entertaining game between Raheens and Moorefield at Tom Lawler Park on Sunday morning. Moorefield enjoyed much of the early possession but were lucky not to find themselves in arrears after 5 mins. when Dylan Hannon’s shot for goal went just the wrong side of the right hand upright. Barry Winder put the home side in front with a pointed free from 30 metres a couple of minutes later but Moorefield were back on terms after 12 mins. when Niall Galvin collected a 45 from Jack Hogan and split the posts with a fine score.

 

The remainder of the half was nip and tuck. Moorefield pressed hard but were finding the Raheens rearguard which included the impressive Liam Power, Dean Campbell and Gary Woodgate a tough nut to crack. At the other end Raheens were more economical with their chances although Scott Hannon did miss another goal opportunity for them. At half-time Raheens led by 0-4 to 0-3.

 

Moorefield signalled their intent immediately on the resumption and two points in as many minutes from Dean Carr and Robert Mullen had them in front. Dylan Hannon responded with his third point for Raheens but then Kelvin McNally gave Moorefield the lead once more at the mid point of the half. The victors now enjoyed their most productive spell of the game and added three further points in quick succession including a wonderful score from the right hand sideline by Robert Mullen.

 

Raheens to their credit came back with points from David Malone & Barry Winder but the growing influence of Ryan Houlihan and Dean Carr led to three more white flags for the Moore’s including a brace for James Murray. Paul Moran and Winder exchanged points in time added on as Moorefield ran out the deserving winners.

 

Best for them were the excellent half back line of Joe Brannigan, Paul Moran and Liam Healy, Robert Mullen, Ryan Houlihan and Dean Carr. For Raheens the backs previously mentioned, Ciaran Begley, Richard Dalton and Dylan Hannon were best.

 

Scorers: Moorefield – Robert Mullen (0-3), James Murray (0-3), Dean Carr (0-2), Kelvin McNally (0-2), Ryan McLoughlin (0-1), Niall Galvin (0-1), Paul Moran (0-1).

              Raheens – Barry Winder (0-4), Dylan Hannon (0-3), David Malone (0-1).

 

 

Raheens Underage News


03/03/2008

Raheens Underage News

It was a mixed weekend on the playing front for Raheens' underage teams as the u/16's got their league campaign off to a winning start with a 2-13 to 4-4 win over Ellistown and the u/14's were defeated in the 'A' Féile, going down 0-13 to 0-8 to Moorefield.

 

The u/16's got off to a slow start and were a couple of points behind before Eoin O'Donnell opened their account with a point in the 10th min. Five successive points including three from Gareth Malone helped them into a healty lead before a goal arrived deep into stoppage time after Eoin O'Donnell finished off the good work of Dylan Hannon. However, Ellistown responded with a goal of their own just before the half-time whistle to leave the scores Raheens 1-7, Ellistown 1-4.

A second goal for Ellistown tied matters up but Raheens pulled away with a succession of scores, including a goal from Owen Daly to lead 2-13 to 2-4 with time running out. Two stoppage time goals from Ellistown left Raheens sweating though and the home side were relieved to hear the final whistle.

Best for Raheens were Graham Waters, John Fox, Gareth Malone, Eoin O'Donnell and Dylan Hannon. The scorers were Eoin O'Donnell (1-3), Gareth Malone (0-5), Owen Daly (1-0), Dylan Hannon (0-2), Paul Curran (0-1), Cian Conlon (0-1), John Fox (0-1).

 

The u/14's were beaten by a very good Moorefield side in the 'A' Féile. Raheens defended extremely well in the opening period and led by 0-4 to 0-3 at half-time. Moorefield made better use of their possession after the break to hit the front but Raheens only trailed by two points with 10 mins to play. However, a number of errors cost Raheens in that final period and Moorefield ran out deserving winners.

Best for Raheens were Liam Power, Dean Campbell, Gary Woodgate, Ciaran Begley, Richard Dalton and Dylan Hannon. Raheens scorers were Barry Winder (0-4), Dylan Hannon (0-3), David Malone (0-1).

 

Saturday morning training for u/6's up to u/12's recommences on Saturday morning, 8th March 2008 at 11.00 am in Donore. Registration for the year will take place in the dressing rooms from 10.30 am. Underage membership fees are €20 per child (with a cap of €40 per family). 

 

 

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.).

 

 

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