2009 News/ Match Report Archive

Successful Year for Raheens


21/12/2009

2009 was a successful year for Raheens on the playing fields with 5 titles captured during the year and a number of other appearances in finals and semi-finals.

Recap of the achievements during the year:

Titles
* SFL Division 5 Winners
* Under 16 'C' Championship Winners
* Under 14 'B' Feile Shield Winners
* Under 12 All-County 'B' Championship Winners
* Under 10 South Board Division 2 Winners

Finalists
* Senior Reserve 'E' Championship runners up
* Minor 'B' Championship runners up
* Under 15 Division 2 runners up
* Under 12 South Board Division 1 Shield runners up

Semi-Finalists
* Intermediate Championship semi-finalists
* Senior Reserve 'B' Championship semi-finalists
* Under 11 South Board Division 1 semi-finalists

 

Christmas Raffle Results


20/12/2009

The results of the Raheens Christmas raffle are as follows:

First Prize (500 euro) - Tom Kitt T.D., Dail Eireann.

Second Prize (200 euro) - Fran Campbell, Caragh.

Third Prize (100 euro) - Richie & Nellie Conlon, Caragh.

Raheens Xmas Social Night


17/12/2009

Raheens GAA Club are holding an end of season Social Night in Caragh Community Centre on Saturday, 19th December 2009.

The event, which will incorporate a presentation to the Intermediate 'B' team who won their League this year, will feature live music and a hot food buffet. The doors will open at 9.00pm and dancing will be until 1.00am.

Tickets are priced at 15 Euros and can be purchased at the door or from David Malone (086-8242177).

Boxing in Johnstownbridge


17/12/2009
On Friday the 18th of December the cream of JTB boxers take on opponents from Raheens; Kilcock; Carbury; St.Kevins; Allenwood; Na Fianna; Clogherinkoe and Longwood starting at 8pm in the Hamlet Court Hotel. A great night guaranteed. For more details see
http://www.johnstownbridgegaa.com/Boxing.htm 

 

Under 15's Come Up Just Short


13/12/2009

Under 15 Division 2 League Final

Raheens 1-6  Clane 1-7

It was bitter disappointment for Raheens on Sunday as they came up just short in the League final. Barry Winder got Raheens off to a good start with a close in free after 3 mins. but Clane fought back strongly with three successive points from Sean O'Rourke, Killian Patchell and Paddy McKenna.

Raheens replied with a point from Dylan Hannon but were then struck a huge blow when Kyle Judge benefitted from a miskick by Christian Smith. The ball fell into Smith's path and he clinically despatched the ball to the net. Raheens responded immediately with a point from David Malone and when Jonathon Hanbury pointed after 18 mins. the margin was two.

Both defences were working extremely hard and chances were few and far between. Clane extended their lead from a Paddy McKenna free after 27 mins. and maintained that lead (1-4 to 0-4) until half-time. On the restart the lively Sean O'Rourke popped up for another point. Clane were five points to the good after 40 mins. when the same player kicked over a free and it looked bad for Raheens.

Raheens went for broke moving Dean Campbell to the middle of the field but within a couple of minutes that plan was scuppered as he was sent to the line for a second bookable offence. Just before the sending off Barry Winder had kicked Raheens' fifth point.

Killian Patchell restored Clane's five point advantage in the 48th min. but as can sometimes happen the team with 14 can be galvanished to play above themselves. This was what appeared to happen as Raheens dominated from here until the end. A shot on the turn from Jonathon Hanbury from 25 yards dipped below the crossbar and Raheens were back within two.

Raheens created a succession of chances in the minutes that followed but couldn't find the target. Then in the 55th min. they were dealt another blow when Jonathon Hanbury deservedly received a straight red, retaliating after having been awarded a free.

Undeterred Raheens pressed on and the 13 men created another six scoreable chances before the end. Unfortunately the only return from those chances was a pointed free from Barry Winder. Extra time looked a certainty in the final min. when Scott Hannon cut in from the right. However his shot for an equaliser dropped short. The final whistle sounded within seconds and a relieved Clane celebrated their win.

Despite the loss Raheens can be very proud of themselves. They've recorded eight successive wins in a competitive division prior to today and showed great character in not giving up when things clearly didn't go their way today. No doubt they will be back and should give a good account of themselves in Div. 1 next year.

Raheens: Liam Power, Billy Martin, Dean Campbell, Gavin Sweetman, Niall Connolly, Ciaran Begley, Gary Woodgate, Richard Dalton, Barry Winder (0-3, 2f), Jonathon Hanbury (1-1), David Malone (0-1), Scott Hannon, Danny Boyle, Dylan Hannon (0-1), Colm Power (Thomas Flanagan 40 mins.) Subs: Mark Waters, Craig Currims, Shane Pender. 

 

 

Under 15 Div. 2 Final


12/12/2009

Raheens take on Clane tomorrow morning in the Division 2 final. As the match will be played in Gingerstown, Raheens will be hoping for strong support.

Raheens have been unbeaten on their run to the final but they only beat Clane by 3 points in a closely contested encounter earlier in the campaign. They will have to produce another big display to finish the job off.

Here's hoping they can pull it off and end the year on a high for the Club, which has already won 5 titles in 2009. Best of luck to all.

Under 15's Reach League Final


06/12/2009

Under 15 Division 2 Semi-Final

Raheens 0-7  Na Fianna 0-6

Raheens qualified for the League final with a sub-par performance but they showed great character in battling back when things weren't going their way to book their place in next week's decider. The match was played on the back pitch in Ballyteague due to Tom Lawler Park being water logged. Na Fianna, playing with the strong wind at their backs, raced into an early lead and were four points to the good after only 8 minutes.

Raheens settled though and had plenty of possession from then on. However, from the middle of the field up they were struggling. Three weeks without a game may have left Raheens a little rusty and the number of passes that went astray would back that theory up. Although the forwards weren't firing on all cylinders the backs were keeping Raheens in the game, Dean Campbell in particular who was like a magnet for the ball.

Raheens' first score came from a free by Barry Winder in the 26th min. and he followed that up with another a minute later. Two minutes into stoppage time he reduced the arrears to just a point with yet another free. At half-time Na Fianna, who hadn't scored for over 20 mins., led by 0-4 to 0-3.

Raheens levelled as early as the 2nd min. of the second half and it looked as if they might now kick on but it never happened. Jon Hanbury was sent to the line for a second yellow card after 40 mins., without ever appearing to have received a first but the ref was adament he had been booked previously. Na Fianna capitalised and went back in front a couple of minutes later. Although Raheens responded with another point from a placed ball it was difficult to determine who was going to come out on top in what was a real battle.

Raheens found themselves behind again in the 50th min. but responded again with another free. The games only goal chance fell Raheens' way but Barry Winder saw his shot brilliantly saved by Eoin Swords in the Na Fianna goal. Raheens finally hit the front with 6 mins. remaining, again from a Barry Winder free and Na Fianna were then reduced to 14 as well with the loss of Donal Dempsey to a second yellow.

Na Fianna who have made a habit of getting late scores in their games fought back and had a couple of chances from frees. However those efforts dropped short and were cleared by the Raheens backs, Ciaran Begley making a crucial block on one occasion. Raheens were relieved to hear the final whistle and will now be looking forward to next weeks final against Clane.

That final is due to be played at Tom Lawler Park after Raheens won the toss for venue. However, they will need to improve on this display if they are to finish the season with their 100% record intact. Clane were impressive in their six point win over Round Towers and will provide a strong challenge.

Raheens: Liam Power, Evan Dempsey, Dean Campbell, Gavin Sweetman, Niall Connolly, Ciaran Begley, Gary Woodgate, Richard Dalton, Barry Winder (0-7, 7f), Jonathon Hanbury, David Malone, Scott Hannon, Billy Martin (Colm Power 48 mins.), Dylan Hannon, Danny Boyle.

 

Under 15 Venue Change


05/12/2009
The u/15 semi-final between Raheens and Na Fianna has been moved to Ballyteague tomorrow morning due to the Raheens pitch being unplayable. Throw-in is still timed for 10.00am.

 

Raheens End of Year Social Night


02/12/2009

Raheens GAA Club are holding an end of season Social Night in Caragh Community Centre on Saturday, 19th December 2009.

The event, which will incorporate a presentation to the Intermediate 'B' team who won their League this year, will feature live music and a hot food buffet. The doors will open at 9.00pm and dancing will be until 1.00am.

Tickets are priced at 15 Euros and can be purchased from David Malone 086-8242177

Under 15 Semi-Final Postponed


29/11/2009
The u/15 semi-final between Raheens and Na Fianna has been postponed until Sunday, 6th December 2009 due to the bad weather this weekend. Throw-in at Tom Lawler Park will be at 10.00am.

 

Under 15 Semi-Final : Raheens v Na Fianna (Throw-in now at 3.00pm)


27/11/2009
Raheens' opponents for Sunday's league semi-final will be Na Fianna. The game will be played at Tom Lawler Park on November 29th with throw-in now timed for 3.00pm.

 

Under 15 Div. 2 League Table


22/11/2009

Under 15 Division 2 League Table as at 22nd November 2009 

 

Team

Pl

W

L

D

P+

P-

Diff

Pts

Raheens 

7

7

0

0

134

67

67

14

Clane 

7

5

2

0

118

87

31

10

Round Towers

7

5

2

0

122

108

14

10

Na Fianna 

7

4

3

0

112

98

14

8

Suncroft

7

3

4

0

93

88

5

6

Two Mile House

6

2

4

0

119

106

13

4

Confey

6

1

5

0

55

107

-52

2

Balyna 

7

0

7

0

57

149

-92

0

  

Under 21's Bow Out


15/11/2009

Under 21 'B' Championship Quarter-Final

Raheens 0-11  Kill 1-9

Raheens bowed out of the u/21 Championship in disappointing fashion on Sunday afternoon, losing a 5 point second half lead. That said all the goal chances fell Kill's way and but for some excellent saves by Niall Rooney the winning margin would have been greater. Indeed Kill could have had a goal in the opening seconds but the crossbar came to Raheens' rescue.

A point from a free in the opening minute gave Kill the early lead but Alan Igoe levelled from a well taken free on the left hand touchline a minute later. Eoin Monahan gave Raheens the lead with a point after 6 mins. and Alan Igoe extended that lead with another free after 9 mins. when the Raheens forwards forced the Kill centre back to over carry.

The sides swapped points over the next 15 mins. and it looked like Raheens would go in with a two point advantage at the break. But then a late surge saw Gareth Malone and Colin Cassidy add to the Raheens tally and they instead enjoyed a 0-7 to 0-3 lead. That lead was in no small part due to the work-rate of Shane Power, Daithi Ivers, Brian O'Donnell and John Fox at the back.

Kill missed another golden opportunity on the restart when their corner forward blazed wide after being put through by Max Bradley. Almost immediately Alan Igoe (free) extended the Raheens lead and it was looking bleak for Kill. The sides swapped points and Raheens were still five to the good with a quarter of an hour to go.

Raheens were still very much dependent on their backs and Alan Igoe's dead ball skills, as their forwards struggled to make an impact. However, a number of players who had been playing well visibly faded and Kill got on a bit of a run kicking three successive points. The decisive score came in the 52nd minute. Dara Challoner burst through the middle before passing to Max Bradley who made no mistake from close range. Kill followed up with another point to go two clear.

Another Alan Igoe free for a foul on Gareth Malone gave Raheens hope and when he added another one two minutes into stoppage time it looked like Raheens would escape with a draw, but Kill came straight back down the field to kick the winning score. Although there was a further 3 mins. of injury time played Raheens couldn't create another chance. It was a disappointing end for Raheens but that said Kill were deserving of their place in the semi-final.

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Tomas Nolan, Paddy O'Brien, Brian O'Donnell, Daithi Ivers, Shane Power, John Fox, Alan Igoe (0-7, 6f), Sean Dunleavy, Gareth Malone (0-1), Eoin Monahan (0-1), Stephen Riordan (0-1), Eoghan Winders, Colin Cassidy (0-1), Darren Earley. Subs - Eoin O'Donnell for Eoghan Winders (17 mins.), Mark Concannon for Stephen Riordan (45 mins.).  

Under 15's Complete League Unbeaten


15/11/2009

Under 15 Division 2

Raheens 2-7  Two Mile House 2-6

Raheens recorded their third win in five days to finish the league series with their 100% record just about intact, as they were pushed all the way by Two Mile House. This was by far Raheens poorest performance to date, although the hectic schedule of the last week and the heavy pitches may have taken their toll.

Raheens were under pressure as early as the 3rd min. when a defensive slip allowed TMH in for a goal. A point a minute later suggested it mightn't be Raheens' day but David Malone's point in the 7th min. was a welcome score. Despite being second best for much of the early play, Raheens were back level after 14 mins. when Scott Hannon collected a cross from the left, rounded his man and forced the ball past the keeper.

The House though were still causing problems and three points from the 20th-25th mins. put them back in front. Raheens playing into the wind battled hard and with the aid of two pointed frees from Barry Winder reduced the half-time deficit to the minimum; TMH 1-4, Raheens 1-3.

Raheens started the second half strongly with Jonathon Hanbury levelling matters with an early point and then Colm Power benefitted from a Scott Hannon pass to score Raheens' second goal. One would have expected Raheens to kick on from here but it didn't happen. Back came TMH with a point from a free and from the resultant kick-out they stormed through for a second goal that gave them back the lead.

A 13 metre free from Barry Winder tied things up again in the 47th min. and the same player gave Raheens back the lead with a free from 40 metres a couple of minutes later. Raheens almost had another goal a minute later but Jon Hanbury's shot was turned over for a point by the keeper. The game was far from over though and TMH replied with a point after 56 mins. Despite their best efforts they couldn't get another score as the Dean Campbell, Evan Dempsey and Ciaran Begley led defense held out for a one point win for Raheens.

Raheens: Liam Power, Evan Dempsey, Dean Campbell, Gavin Sweetman, Niall Connolly, Ciaran Begley, Billy Martin, Barry Winder (0-4, 4f), Danny Boyle, Jonathon Hanbury (0-2), David Malone (0-1), Scott Hannon (1-0), Colm Power (1-0), Dylan Hannon, Thomas Flanagan (Mark Waters 40 mins.).

Under 21 Venue Change


14/11/2009

Raheens' u21 Championship game v Kill due to be played in Sallins on Sunday will be moved elsewhere as the Sallins pitch is unplayable. With the Raheens pitch also currently unplayable the likelihood is that the game will take place in Kill.

Watch this space for confirmation of the venue before you travel tomorrow.

Under 15's Produce Excellent Display In Atrocious Conditions


13/11/2009

Under 15 Division 2

Raheens 5-12  Confey 2-3

Raheens produced a tremendous opening 30 mins. against Confey on Friday night and had the points in the bag by half-time. Given the extremely poor playing conditions this display was all the more impressive. The movement and passing of the Raheens players was a joy to behold as they tore the Confey defence to shreds time and time again.

Barry Winder opened the scoring with a point after 3 mins. and although Cathal Jennings equalised with an 8th min. free it wasn't long before Raheens were back in front. A 10th min. Barry Winder free dropped short but Danny Boyle was on hand to gather and he found the net from close range.

Raheens added another four points before the second goal arrived after 19 mins. Ciaran Begley raced through the middle and gave a long fist pass to the on-rushing Dylan Hannon. The pass was a little on the long side but the Confey goalie took his eye off the ball and fumbled. Hannon reached the ball just before it crossed the line for a tap-in goal.

If Hannon's first goal only required the slightest of touches his second three mins. later nearly burst the net. Hannon was put in following good work down the left wing and while he could have carried the ball further opted to shoot from 20 yards. His strong shot filled the net. Billy Martin scored a very similar goal on the right hand side in the 26th min. after receiving a pass from the unselfish Jon Hanbury. It was a well deserved score for a very prominant player in that opening half.

Scott and Dylan Hannon added points before the break to give Raheens a 4-9 to 0-1 lead. On the restart the same two players added points to extend the lead still further before Confey substitute Conor Burke doubled his sides tally. Burke was the pick of Confey's players in the second half and would add another point for them before the end.

Raheens emptied their bench in order to give all their players game time. The fact that they were so far ahead and the worsening weather conditions didn't help as they took their foot off the gas. Confey were awarded a penalty in the 46th min. after Evan Dempsey fouled Aidan Ryan. Although Andrew Malone struck the ball firmly Liam Power will be disappointed he didn't keep the kick out.

Raheens responded almost immediately with a wonderful goal from Ciaran Begley who had a big influence on the game. Begley raced straight through from the middle of the field before unleashing an unstoppable shot from 25 yards, which found the top left hand corner.

Although Confey added a second goal in the 52nd min. when Andrew Malone's speculative shot dropped into the left corner it was merely a consolation score. Raheens were under no pressure and saw out the remaining mins. to ensure that they would now have a home draw in the semi-finals, with a game to spare. That final game is due to be against Two Mile House on Sunday morning, weather permitting.

Best for Raheens, in what was yet another fine performance, were Ciaran Begley, Billy Martin, Danny Boyle and Dylan Hannon.

Raheens: Liam Power, Evan Dempsey, Dean Campbell, Gavin Sweetman, Niall Connolly, Ciaran Begley (1-0), Gary Woodgate, Barry Winder (0-4, 1f), Richard Dalton (0-1), Jonathon Hanbury (0-1), David Malone (0-1), Scott Hannon (0-2), Billy Martin (1-1), Dylan Hannon (2-2), Danny Boyle (1-0). Subs - Colm Power for Gary Woodgate (38 mins.), Mark Waters for Scott Hannon (38 mins.), Craig Currims for Gavin Sweetman (45 mins.), Thomas Flanagan for Jonathon Hanbury (45 mins.), Shane Pender for Danny Boyle (45 mins.).     

Under 15's Defeat Balyna To Stay Top Of The League


11/11/2009

Under 15 Division 2

Raheens 1-17  Balyna 1-3

Raheens continued their impressive run in Div. 2 with a decisive with over Balyna on Wednesday at Tom Lawler Park on a poor night weatherwise. The skys opened 30 mins. before throw-in and it continued to rain throughout the game making the underfoot conditions, which were already soft, very testing.

The visitors opened the scoring with a point in the second min. but Ciaran Begley equalised a couple of mins. later after making a strong run through the middle. Dylan Hannon gave Raheens the lead a minute later with another point. Despite a number of missed opportunities it was a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Although Raheens were missing some chances the approach work was good and two points in the 10th min. from Danny Boyle & Craig Currims were well deserved.

This was quickly followed up by a goal from Dylan Hannon and Raheens had a six point advantage. Although Raheens continued to dominate possession and the approach work was good they only managed to extend the lead by 3 points by half-time. The score at the break was 1-9 to 0-3.

As in the first half Balyna were first to score on the restart. A poor clearance gifted possession to Balyna and with a man over they stretched the Raheens backline. Liam Power advanced to tackle the spare man but in doing so brought him down for a penalty. The spot kick was expertly despatched for what proved to be Balyna's last score.

Raheens responded with 3 points in quick succession from Dylan Hannon, Colm Power & Barry Winder to restore their 9 point advantage. They then added another 5 points without reply to run out the very comfortable and deserving winners. Given the conditions the players had to endure it was an impressive performance ahead of their final two games this weekend. Another win will guarantee home advantage in the semi-finals.

Raheens: Liam Power, Billy Martin, Dean Campbell, Gavin Sweetman, Niall Connolly, Ciaran Begley (0-1), Gary Woodgate (0-1), Barry Winder (0-3, 1f), Danny Boyle (0-2), Thomas Flanagan, David Malone (0-2), Scott Hannon (0-3), Craig Currims (0-1), Dylan Hannon (1-2), Shane Pender. Subs: Evan Dempsey for Niall Connolly (30 mins.), Jonathon Hanbury for Thomas Flanagan (30 mins.), Mark Waters (0-1) for Craig Currims (30 mins.), Colm Power (0-1) for Shane Pender (30 mins.), Niall Connolly for Danny Boyle (46 mins.)

Under 21's Advance With Win Over Monasterevin


07/11/2009

Under 21 'B' Championship Round 1

Raheens 2-9  Monasterevin 0-12

They say that goals win games and that was true again on Saturday as Raheens took the two opportunities that came their way, while their opponents failed with each of their three chances. Raheens opened the scoring through Gareth Malone in the opening minute but the Blues hit back with an equaliser almost immediately. Monasterevin hit the front in the 5th min. with a point from a free in the right hand corner after Brian O'Donnell was harshly adjudged to have fouled his man.

The games first goal chance fell the way of Monasterevin as their centre forward found himself in an acre of space in the 8th min. He advanced strongly but shot straight at Niall Rooney who saved easily. A minute later Raheens were back in front. The ball broke for Eoghan Winders some 25 yards from goal. He wisely kept the ball on the ground as he advanced, two defenders in close pursuit, and calmly side-footed past the advancing goalie to the corner of the net for the games first goal.

Shortly after Alan Igoe kicked a lovely point from 40 yards out in the middle of the field. The same player fly-kicked another point in the 14th min. from 20 yards to give Raheens a four point advantage. Monasterevin fought back with points in the 20th & 22nd mins. to reduce the arrears to two but two points in a minute from Alan Igoe (1f) restored the Raheens advantage.

Monasterevin finished the half the stronger of the two teams but missed a wonderful goal chance; full forward Kevin Fitzpatrick allowing the ball to run between his legs and harmlessly out wide when he found himself in front of an open goal only a couple of yards out. Undeterred the town side continued to press and kicked four points in as many minutes to go in level at the break; Raheens 1-5 Monasterevin 0-8.

Raheens got off to the better start in the second half and Eoin O'Donnell restored them to the lead with a 14 yard free after Gareth Malone was fouled in the 33rd min. Sean Dunleavy doubled the advantage with a point a minute later. Monasterevin fought back again to level by the 40th min. but then the game entered a dry spell from a scoring point of view. Ten barren minutes ended though with a fabulous score. Daithi Ivers, who had a wonderful game, won possession around midfield, advanced strongly before passing to Stephen Riordan, who in turn passed to Gareth Malone. Malone delivered a wonderful finish, shooting clinically to the bottom right corner for his sides second goal.

Tom Earley followed this up with a cooly taken point after a perceptive pass from Eoin Monahan. When Alan Igoe added another point from a 45 in the 54th min. the game looked to be over. However, Monasterevin responded immediately with a point and then with three mins. remaining Kevin Fitzpatrick was presented with another goal chance. His shot blazed over though to reduce the margin to three. From here until the end, including 3 mins. of stoppage time, Raheens dealt well with Monasterevin's efforts to conjure up an equaliser. The only significant chance came from a free lobbed into the square but Brian O'Donnell who was very steady throughout emerged with the ball.

Although Raheens will be happy with the win and there were some stand out performances there is still room for much improvement and a number of players can do better. For now though they will be pleased to be in the quarter-final against the winners of Caragh & Kill. Best for them were Daithi Ivers, Brian O'Donnell, Alan Igoe and Gareth Malone. Paddy O'Brien was also steady at full-back and it was good to see Eoin Monahan, who gave his all, get through his first competitive game of football in some time.

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Tomas Nolan, Paddy O'Brien, Brian O'Driscoll, Daithi Ivers, Shane Power, Tom Earley (0-1), Alan Igoe (0-5, 1f, 1 45), Sean Dunleavy (0-1), Stephen Riordan, Eoin Monahan, Tim Waters (Darren Earley 20 mins.), Gareth Malone (1-1), Colin Cassidy, Eoghan Winders (1-0, Eoin O'Donnell 30 mins. 0-1, 1f).
Unused subs: Marty Lynch, John Fox, David Dolly, Shane Taaffe, Michael Byrne.

 

2009 Floodlit Blitz To Be Played From 4th - 10th November


02/11/2009

The Floodlit Blitz that was a huge success last year is back again the first week of November.

The u/12 - u/9 Blitzs will take place on Thursday, 5th November & Tuesday, 10th November. Teams and mentors can be viewed at the following link :- u/12 - u/9 Blitz Teams

The u/8 Blitz will take place on Wednesday, 4th November. Teams and mentors can be viewed at the following link :- u/8 Blitz Teams

Fixtures are as follows: 

                                                     PITCH 1

 

                                                    PITCH 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 4th Nov 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 7.00 pm

Chicago Bears

V        

Miami Dolphins

 

Wed 7.00 pm

Dallas Cowboys

V       

New York Giants

Wed 7.20 pm

Dallas Cowboys

V

Chicago Bears

 

Wed 7.20 pm

Miami Dolphins

V

New York Giants

Wed 7.40 pm

Chicago Bears

V

New York Giants

 

Wed 7.40 pm

Miami Dolphins

V

Dallas Cowboys

Wed 8.00 pm

Presentation in Community Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 5th November 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thur 6.30 pm

Bart Bombers

V

Maggies Muppets

 

Thur 6.30 pm

Moe's Mob

V

Homer's Hereos

Thur 6.50 pm

Marge's Maggots

V

Crusty Clowns

 

Thur 6.50 pm

Maggies Muppets

V

Moe's Mob

Thur 7.10 pm

Bart Bombers

V

Marge's Maggots

 

Thur 7.10 pm

Crusty Clowns

V

Homer's Hereos

Thur 7.30 pm

Maggies Muppets

V

Homer's Hereos

 

Thur 7.30 pm

Moe's Mob

V

Bart Bombers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 10th November 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tue 6.30 pm

Marge's Maggots

V

Moe's Mob

Tue 7.00 pm

Crusty Clowns

V

Maggies Muppets

 

Tue 7.00 pm

Maggies Muppets

V

Marge's Maggots

Tue 7.20 pm

Homer's Hereos

V

Bart Bombers

 

Tue 7.20 pm

Moe's Mob

V

Crusty Clowns

Tue 7.40 pm

Bart Bombers

V

Crusty Clowns

 

Tue 7.40 pm

Homer's Hereos

V

Marge's Maggots

Tue 8.00 pm

Presentation in Community Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matches 7 mins per half

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Play (hop or solo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raheens Teams In Action This Weekend


29/10/2009

Raheens u/21's play Monasterevin in the 'B' Championship on Sunday afternoon in Two Mile House. Throw-in will be at 3.00pm. Raheens have had a mixed preparation for the Championship with two challenge games under their belts. A win last week over 'A' Championship side St. Kevins preceded a poor display by a weakened team against Nurney this week where Raheens were defeated by 8 points. If Raheens can play to their potential they will have a good chance to advance to the quarter-finals. Expectations are higher this year more than any in recent memory, given the great form shown by Raheens' teams in Championships so far this year (each team from u/16 up to Intermediate reaching at least the semi-final of their respective Championships). Best of luck to all.

Earlier on Sunday morning the u/15's bring their unbeaten run in Div. 2 to Clogherinkoe where they play Balyna. With wins over Round Towers, Suncroft, Na Fianna & Clane already, another win on Sunday would guarantee Raheens a place in the semi-finals with two games to spare. Throw-in is at 11.00am.

Under 15's Maintain 100% Record At The Expense Of Clane


25/10/2009

Under 15 Division 2

Clane 0-11  Raheens 1-11

Raheens u/15's stayed top of Div. 2 of the League with victory over Clane on Sunday morning, although the home side pushed them all the way. Despite playing with the aid of a strong wind in the opening half Raheens found themselves 0-4 to 0-1 in arrears on the quarter hour.

However, Raheens got themselves going and outscored their opponents by 9 points to 1 in the second quarter, thus opening up a 5 point half-time lead. Barry Winder was instrumental in hauling his team back into contention with a number of excellent scores both from play and from frees.

It was always going to be difficult in the second half, playing into the wind, but a quick point from Barry Winder extended the lead to six. Clane though were far from finished and reeled off five successive points to trail by the minimum after only 40 mins.

It was at this stage that Raheens struck for the games only goal. Ciaran Begley stormed forward from centre back before passing to Thomas Flanagan. Flanagan's shot dropped short but Begley who had continued his run gathered and shot past the goalkeeper. Although a Clane defender cleared the ball it had crossed the line first and Raheens now had a little breathing space.

It looked to had gotten better shortly after when Thomas Flanagan gathered a broken ball in front of the Clane goal and shot to the net between defender and goalkeeper. However, the goal was ruled out when the referee's attention was drawn to the fact that the Raheens attacker had been in the square before the ball.

Clane responded with a point in the 45th min., which proved to be the games final score. In the final quarter both sides had chances to add to their tallies but a combination of good defensive work and poor shooting left the scores unchanged. Raheens were put to the pin of their collar but held on well for what could prove to be an important win.

Best for the winners were Barry Winder, Gavin Sweetman, Dean Campbell, Niall Connolly, Ciaran Begley and Richard Dalton. The Raheens scores came from Barry Winder (0-8, 5f), Ciaran Begley (1-0), Scott Hannon (0-1), Colm Power (0-1), Jonathon Hanbury (0-1). 

Under 15 Div. 2 League Table


20/10/2009

Under 15 Div. 2 League Table as at 20th October 2009

Team

Pl

W

L

D

P+

P-

Diff

Pts

Raheens 

3

3

0

0

60

29

31

6

Clane

3

2

1

0

57

39

18

4

Na Fianna 

3

2

1

0

54

42

12

4

Round Towers 

3

2

1

0

63

57

6

4

Suncroft

3

2

1

0

31

30

1

4

Two Mile House

3

1

2

0

61

69

-8

2

Balyna

3

0

3

0

27

54

-27

0

Confey 

3

0

3

0

20

53

-33

0

 

 

Under 15's In Comprehensive Win Over Na Fianna


18/10/2009

Under 15 Division 2

Na Fianna 1-3  Raheens 5-10

Raheens u/15's remain unbeaten after an impressive display against Na Fianna in Robertstown on Sunday morning. Colm Power got them off to a good start in the 2nd minute with a point that scraped the crossbar and could just as easily have been a goal. Barry Winder then added a marvelous point, winning the ball on his own 45 metre line, before carrying the ball to the opposing 20 metre line under severe pressure and then kicking a fine score.

David Malone, Barry Winder & Scott Hannon added three more to give Raheens a five point advantage after only 10 mins. When Na Fianna did manage to get the ball beyond midfield the Raheens backline of Evan Dempsey, Dean Campbell, Danny Boyle, Niall Connolly, Ciaran Begley & Gary Woodgate were giving nothing away, breaking up attack after attack and putting Raheens on the front foot. Jon Hanbury added a sixth point in the 17th min. leaving a couple of defenders in his wake.

For all their good play Raheens should really have been further ahead at this stage, playing as they were with the wind at their backs. Their first goal did arrive though in the 25th min. when David Malone won a good ball and found Colm Power in behind the defence. Power made no mistake with a cool finish. The same player added another point before the break to leave Raheens in front 1-7 to 0-0 at half-time.

Raheens had a great start to the second half. First David Malone added a point and then Dylan Hannon scored two goals in quick succession, benefitting from a favourable deflection for the second. Na Fianna replied with their first score of the game a minute later when Graham Sullivan got up to punch a high ball to the back of the Raheens net.

Donal Dempsey added a point from a free for the home side but they didn't threaten Raheens greatly. David Malone who was having his best game for some time kicked his third point in the 46th min. and the hard working Billy Martin followed this up with a goal a minute later. Although Oisin O'Brien and Donal Dempsey would add points for Na Fianna, Raheens remained well in control. Dylan Hannon exchanged passes with Mark Waters before kicking yet another point and had the last say with a goal in the final minute after a nice passing move that included Craig Currims.

In what was an excellent team performance, with all 19 players playing their part, Evan Dempsey, Dean Campbell, Ciaran Begley, David Malone and Dylan Hannon were best.

Raheens: Liam Power, Evan Dempsey, Dean Campbell, Danny Boyle, Niall Connolly, Ciaran Begley, Gary Woodgate, Richard Dalton, Barry Winder (0-2, Gavin Sweetman, 36 mins.), Jonathon Hanbury (0-1), David Malone (0-3), Scott Hannon (0-1, Mark Waters, 51 mins.), Colm Power (1-2, Thomas Flanagan, 46 mins.), Dylan Hannon (3-1), Billy Martin (1-0, Craig Currims, 51 mins.).

 

Minors Lose Out in Close Final


17/10/2009

Saturday 17th Oct 2009 in St. Conleth's Park.

Below Par Raheens Minors are Pipped at the post

Minor B Football Championship Final

Raheens 2-6(12) Sallins 1-10(13)

This is probably one of the tougher reports of the year to write from the point of view that having seen the team play a few times most Raheens people would say (and did afterwards) that the lads didn’t play to near their potential in this match – as a team.

The game opened with a Sallins point on 2 mins, Raheens seemed to be quite nervy and unsettled for the first 10 mins and coughed up chances and possession easily to Sallins who were in determined mood. Some good goalkeeping & defense and bad shooting meant Sallins did not capitalize. Raheens steadied things in the 13th min. with a well taken John Jennings goal, Alan Igoe added a free. At that point we thought “ok we’re off and running here” things will calm down, but Sallins replied with 2 points and only a goal line clearance kept them from adding a goal. A fine score from Gareth Malone from play preceded a narrow wide on a goal chance from Daithi Ivers.

One of the early crucial moments came in added time before half time, a long punt into the Raheens goal mouth alluded the full back and goalie and dropped into the onion sack. It could be said there seemed to be a lot of unwarranted added time but that horse had bolted now - half time was 1-2 to 1-4 and Sallins had the boost of the goal.

Raheens started the 2nd half a little pensive again, but an Eoin O’Donnell score got things moving, then Sallins lashed on 3 points to show their intent. Then 2 Alan Igoe free’s were followed again by Sallins points and another free slotted by Alan. With about 4/5 mins left it was beginning to look bleak when a wonderful 40 yard ball from Alan Igoe put John Jennings through on goal, he was fouled and Alan coolly slotted home the peno to leave it all square. Each team tried to work the opening but some good defending kept things as they were. With 2 mins to go the ref deemed (very harshly) that a Raheens defender had fouled the ball and Sallins went one up, the ref then ignored a blatant foul on a Raheens attacker in front of goal and blew the match up.

The contrast with the performance against Monasterevan in the semi was day and night, a lot of the good things on show that day were nowhere to be seen, one can only assume nerves played a part on the big day. Our basic and unforced error count and getting caught in possession were much higher than Sallins'. At vital times there seemed a reluctance to take a chance and make something happen or show for the ball. Other times we tried the difficult pass when an easy one would be better and we just gave the ball away cheaply. A patchy refereeing display aside, Sallins showed more determination as a unit and slightly more hunger and no one could deny they deserved the win on the day.

Best for Raheens were Alan Igoe and John Jennings both of who’s endevour never wavered. Graham Waters also accounted pretty well for himself. Paddy O’Brien , Shane Taaffe, John Fox and Daithi Ivers tried manfully. Well done to all the panel and selectors on getting to the final, this group of players will see better days, rest assured of that.

Raheens:

1. Charlie Kings
2. Dean Campbell
3. Paddy O'Brien
4. Shane Taaffe
5. Cian Conlon
6. Graham Waters
7. John Fox
8. Darren Earley
9. Alan Igoe
10. Barry Winder
11. Daithi Ivers
12. Gareth Malone
13. John Jennings
14. Mark Concannon
15. Eoin O'Donnell
16. David Malone
17. Owen Daly
18. Eoin Dolly
19. John Nelson
20. Mark Power

Minor 'B' Championship Finalists 2009

Back Row: Nollaig Heavey (Selector), Gay Campbell (Selector), Owen Daly, Eoin O'Donnell, Eoin Dolly, Darren Earley, Alan Igoe, Charlie Kings, Cian Conlon, Graham Waters, Barry Winder, Shane Taaffe, Kieran O'Toole (Selector), Denis O'Brien (Selector).
Front Row: Thomas Mahon (Selector), Daithi Ivers, Gareth Malone, John Jennings, Paddy O'Brien (capt.), Mark Concannon, John Fox, Dean Campbell, David Malone, John Nelson.

Minors In Championship Final This Weekend


12/10/2009

Raheens Minors contest the 'B' Championship Final this Saturday in St. Conleth's Park, where their opponents will be Sallins. Throw-in will be at 2.00pm and the game will precede the IFC Final between Maynooth and Kilcullen.

Raheens have shown some great form throughout the Championship defeating Ballykelly, Suncroft, Confey (twice) and Monasterevin en route to the final. Sallins meanwhile just about made the playoffs with a win over Kilcullen and defeats to St. Cocas and Monasterevin. They then defeated Kill and Castledermot by a point on each occasion to reach the final.

Many of Raheens players have been involved with the Intermediate, Intermediate 'B', Junior 'C' and Under 16 teams all who have extended runs in their respective Championships over the past couple of months and these games should stand them in good stead. If they play to their capabilities on Saturday they will have a good chance of bringing home yet another title for the Club in what has been a great year to date. However, it's important to guard against complacency as Sallins have been improving steadily as the competition has progressed and would like nothing better than to put one over on their near neighbours.

Hopefully their will be a big crowd in attendance to cheer the lads on. Best of luck to all involved

Under 15's Dig Deep To Overcome Suncroft


11/10/2009

Under 15 Division 2

Raheens 3-5  Suncroft 2-6

Raheens u/15's made it two wins from two with a come from behind win over Suncroft at Tom Lawler Park on Sunday morning. The visitors got off to a flying start and were 4 points to the good after only 7 mins. A brace of points from Wayne Foy (1 free), and one each from David Nolan and Dylan Connolly were just reward for a lively Suncroft side that were clearly up for it from the word go.

Raheens were well off the pace at this stage but got some respite when Barry Winder kicked over a free in he 12th min. However, Suncroft were four up again when James Delaney pointed after 16 mins. It was at this stage that Raheens began to get to grips with their opponents and although they squandered a couple of chances they were given a great lift when Danny Boyle goaled in the 22nd min. Bolye made a great run through the middle which was spotted by Dylan Hannon, who delivered a lovely pass to Boyle and the finish was perfect.

David Nolan picked up an injury in the build up to that goal and although he lasted until half time he was a big loss to Suncroft. Both sides had chances in the final mins. of the half but failed to add to their tallies, so Suncroft went in with a narrow 0-5 to 1-1 lead.

Raheens had the better of things on the restart and Dylan Hannon was almost in for a goal chance but dropped the pass. He made up for it though with a great point coming in along the left hand endline in the 34th min. Raheens were dealt another set back a couple of mins. later though when a handling error by Ciaran Begley allowed Dylan Connolly in on goals and he made no mistake to give his side a three point advantage.

Raheens responded well and were level on 38 mins. when Barry Winder went on a great solo run from the middle of the field, beat the last man and fired an unstoppable shot to the net. It got better a couple of mins. later when a free on the left hand touchline, taken by Dylan Hannon, went directly to the net. Raheens were now in front for the first time and were playing well.

However, Suncroft's Dylan Connolly was always a threat and his battle with Evan Dempsey who also played very well was a feature of the game. Ciaran Troy picked up a breaking ball from a 45 to kick over a point for Suncroft in the 43rd min. The game flowed from end to end until Scott Hannon pointed for Raheens in the 53rd min.

With Liam Power dealing comfortably with any dangerous balls that dropped into the square, Raheens probably felt they would see out the remainder of the game. However, they came unstuck with another 45 in the 56th min. The ball broke for Dylan Connolly in the square and he shot to the roof of the net to tie it up again.

Then Jonno Hanbury stepped up with a great point to break the deadlock. Owing to the fact that there were a number of stoppages the ref added 4 mins of injury time. In the third of those mins. Jonno added another to ensure Raheens of victory. Suncroft pushed Raheens hard but based on a great second half display Raheens were deserving of their win.

Raheens: Liam Power, Evan Dempsey, Dean Campbell, Billy Martin, Niall Connolly, Ciaran Begley, Gary Woodgate, Danny Boyle (1-0), Barry Winder (1-1, 1f), Jonathon Hanbury (0-2), David Malone, Scott Hannon (0-1), Colm Power, Dylan Hannon (1-1), Thomas Flanagan (Mark Waters, 57th min.)

 

Intermediate 'B' Team Win League Title


10/10/2009

 

SFL Div. 5 Final

Raheens 1-17  St. Kevins 3-5

Raheens overcame the concession of 3 goals in five minutes midway through the first half to win their first adult title in 5 years on Saturday afternoon in Rathcoffey. Raheens were clearly the better team throughout but gave themselves a mountain to climb after some defensive errors allowed St. Kevins to open up a six point lead after 20 mins.

Raheens had much of the early possession and took the lead in the 4th min. when Alan Igoe kicked the opening point from a free after Stephen Riordan was fouled. It got better a couple of mins. later when another Alan Igoe free dropped short. Daithi Ivers broke the ball for Stephen Riordan who drilled the ball to the roof of the net above the goalie's head.

St. Kevins then kicked a couple of points to stay in touch before Alan Campbell kicked a lovely point from the left wing. Although Raheens were well on top in the possession stakes their opponents made the better use of the chances that came their way and a couple of defensive errors allowed Kevins in for goals that would put them six points to the good. First Gareth Byrne allowed the ball to slip from his grasp into the hands of the Kevins centre forward in the 15th min. and the big man made no mistake. Three mins. later Kevin Higgins tried to punch a ball clear that he probably should have caught and it fell for the corner forward. Although Niall Rooney made a good save the ball fell for another Kevins player who finished it off from close range. The 3rd goal came in the 20th min. when a long range free dropped in the square and the Kevins centre forward rose unchallenged to punch to the net.

Raheens didn't panic though and got back into it with two points in succession in the 24th min. First Alan Igoe kicked a nice point before John Sharpe won the resultant kick-out in the middle of the field. He then went on a mazy run, finishing it off with a great score. Another Alan Igoe point (free) in the final min. of normal time got Raheens back to three behind. However, four mins. into injury time St. Kevins went further ahead with a free. There was just enough time for one more Raheens attack and they made the most of it with Keelan Noone kicking a point from an acute angle. Half-time: Raheens 1-7 St. Kevins 3-4.

Raheens got a great start to the second half with points from Alan Igoe (free) and Declan O'Toole in the opening mins. Mark Concannon put the teams back on level terms in the 35th min. and then had Raheens back in front with another fine point 4 mins. later, just after Stephen Riordan had hit the side netting with a goal effort. Declan O'Toole extended that lead after exchanging passes with Martin Sullivan.

Two more points in quick succession from Alan Igoe (free) and John Sharpe opened up a four point advantage before Kevins got their only score of the half from a free in the 47th min. Over the next 10 mins. Raheens owned the ball but couldn't get the scores; Alan Campbell unlucky to see a free go wide off the post, Keelan Noone dragging a goal effort wide and John Sharpe also shooting wide. Although Raheens were well on top the fear was that being only three points in front there could be a sting in the tail from Kevins. Raheens backs were now playing much better though with Shane Power and Gareth Byrne a lot steadier in the full back line.

Alan Igoe kicked the insurance point in the 58th min. from another free after Keelan Noone had been held back. Captain, Kevin Higgins then weighed in with a fine point after racing up the right hand side and Martin Sullivan had the final say with a lovely point 2 mins. into stoppage time, benefitting from the fine play of Declan O'Toole and John Sharpe, who picked up the man of the match award.

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Paddy O'Brien (Mark O'Brien, HT), Shane Power, Gareth Byrne, Tom Earley, Kevin Higgins (0-1), Alan Campbell (0-1), John Sharpe (0-2), Alan Igoe (0-7, 6f), Keelan Noone (0-1), Declan O'Toole (0-2), Stephen Riordan (1-0), Daithi Ivers (James Malone, 34 mins.), Martin Sullivan (0-1), Mark Concannon (0-2).

Back row: Johnny McMahon (Selector), Ted O'Brien, Tomas Nolan, Tom Earley, Patrick Percival, James Malone, Paddy Byrne, Darren Earley, Shane Power, Darren Heavey, Paddy O'Brien, Stephen Riordan, Alan Igoe, Mark Concannon, Colm McLoughlin, John "Charlie" Delmer, Hugh Delmer (Selector), Jonathon Igoe, David Malone (Selector).

Front row: Sean Browne, John Sharpe, Niall Rooney, Alan Campbell, Daithi Ivers, Kevin Higgins (capt.), Gareth Byrne, Martin Sullivan, Sean Dunleavy, Keelan Noone, Declan O'Toole, Mark O'Brien.

 

Intermediate 'B' Team To Contest League Final On Saturday


08/10/2009

Raheens 'B' team will face St. Kevins in the SFL Div. 5 final this Saturday in Rathcoffey at 1.00pm. Raheens were the only team to defeat table toppers St. Kevins in the league although they lost three times themselves (to Castledermot, Allenwood & Kilcullen). That defeat of Kevins occurred way back in Round 3 of the league with Raheens winning by 1-12 to 2-5.

Saturday should be an evenly contested game as both clubs have enjoyed good runs in their respective Championships, St. Kevins losing the Senior Reserve C final to Sarsfields 1-10 to 1-5, while Raheens lost the Senior Reserve B semi-final to Naas 0-11 to 0-9.

This game represents a great chance for the Club to add to the four underage titles already won this year. Selectors Hugh Delmer, Johnny McMahon & David Malone will have a job settling on a starting 15 as they have used 32 players to date this year. Best of luck to all and here's hoping they can become only the second adult team in the Club to bring home silverware this decade, the other being the 'B' team that won their Junior league in 2004.

Under 15's Make A Winning Start


07/10/2009

Under 15 Div. 2

Raheens 3-12  Round Towers 2-5

Raheens got the Winter league off to a winning start on Wednesday night with a good win over Round Towers. Most of the good work was done in the first half when Dylan & Scott Hannon in particular caused the Towers rearguard a lot of problems. Dylan could have had 3 goals in that half but had to settle for 1-2.

Towers scored 2 points in quick succession to trail by only one at the mid-point of the half but the movement of the Raheens forwards was causing Towers a lot of problems and Raheens pulled away to lead 1-6 to 0-2 at the break. In that opening half the Raheens backs also did well but Ciaran Begley stood out at centre back with an all action display.

The play got a little dis-jointed in the second half as Towers threw a lot of players forward. Although they caused Raheens some problems the lead never fell below 6 points. Raheens still managed to create and take some very fine scores, also adding two more goals in the final 10 mins., the second from a retaken penalty after referee Jack O'Connell sent off a Towers player for verbal abuse.

Raheens will next take on Suncroft on Sunday morning at 11.00am in another home fixture. 

Raheens: Liam Power, Evan Dempsey, Dean Campbell, Danny Boyle, Niall Connolly, Ciaran Begley, Gary Woodgate, Richard Dalton, Barry Winder (1-3, 1pen, 2f), Jonathon Hanbury, David Malone (0-2), Scott Hannon (0-1), Colm Power (0-2), Dylan Hannon (2-3), Thomas Flanagan (0-1).

Under 15 League Begins Tonight


07/10/2009

Raheens u/15's begin the Winter league with a home tie against Round Towers tonight, under lights at Tom Lawler Park. Throw-in will be at 7.30pm.

The sides met twice last year, most memorably in the Leinster Feile Div. 2 Final in Clane which Raheens went on to win by 4-5 to 0-5. However, Towers overturned that result a couple of weeks later in the league, defeating Raheens by 4 points.

So tonight's game should be a good one. Please come down and support the lads, who made up the lion's share of the u/16 team that won last weeks 'C' Championship final.

Two More Finals To Look Forward To


06/10/2009

Raheens teams are preparing for yet another two finals over the coming weeks. First up the Intermediate 'B' team will take on St. Kevins in the SFL Div. 5 final this Saturday. The game will take place in Rathcoffey with throw-in timed for 1.00pm. Raheens were the only team to defeat table toppers St. Kevins in the league stage, so it promises to be a very tight affair.

On Saturday week the Minors contest the 'B' Championship final against Sallins. The game will be played in St. Conleths Park as a curtin raiser for the Intermediate final between Kilcullen and Maynooth.

Best of luck to both panels and their mentors. 

Raheens Thirds Brave Effort Comes Up Just Short


04/10/2009

Raheens team that contested the Senior Reserve 'E' Football Championship Final 2009 v Leixlip

Back row: David Malone, Gay Campbell, Eoin O'Donnell, Shane O'Driscoll, Marty Lynch, Vincent Malone, Shane Taaffe, Kieran O'Toole, John Byrne, Adrian Delmer, Eoghan Winders, Tim Waters, Brian Dunne.

Front row: Pauric Heffernan, Daragh O'Conchuir, Eoin Dolly, Dave Towey, John Nelson, Graham Waters, David Dolly, John Fox, Gareth Malone, Hugh Delmer.

 

Senior Reserve 'E' Fooball Championship Final

Leixlip 2-7  Raheens 1-7

 

After the great performance by Raheens in defeating Cappagh in the semi-final last week hopes were high that they could repeat that win this week against a packed Leixlip team that featured a number of Senior hurlers and ex-County footballers. Leixlip set out their stall early when Johnny Mooney pointed with his fist in the opening minute.

 

Raheens though were back on terms when Eoin O'Donnell kicked a long range point from a free following a foul on Tim Waters. O'Donnell had a chance to put Raheens ahead after Gareth Malone was fouled but his free narrowly missed the target. Then Raheens were rocked by a first Leixlip goal. A quick free on the right wing from Mooney found Leo Turley in the middle. His powerful low shot from 25 yards bounced in front of Marty Lynch and finished in the back of the net.

 

A further point by Brian Sheridan extended the Leixlip lead. Raheens didn't panic though and were back in it when Eoin O'Donnell found the net in the 15th min., receiving a pass from Brian Dunne after good work by Eoghan Winders. And Raheens were level once more when O'Donnell pointed another free after another foul on Tim Waters.

 

Then Leixlip struck for a second goal. Peter Corrigan's pass found Johnny Mooney, who exchanged passes with Brian Sheridan, volleying an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net. Leixlip now enjoyed their best spell of the game. Sheridan added a point before Mooney had two more goal chances. The first went wide while his second, a lob, cleared the crossbar.

 

Raheens were working hard though, with the experienced Kieran O'Toole and Brian Dunne pulling the strings. Another free in stoppage time, again converted by Eoin O'Donnell left them 4 points in arrears at the change of ends; Leixlip 2-4, Raheens 1-3.

 

Raheens got the second half off to an encouraging start when Eoghan Winders ran on to a breaking ball from Daragh O'Conchuir to fire over a fine point. Eoin O'Donnell got them back to within two after John Fox was fouled after a strong run, exchanging passes with Gareth Malone.

 

Mick Shaughnessy replied with a point from a free for Leixlip but then Leixlip were hit with a set-back as their centre back saw red in an off the ball incident with Brian Dunne. Raheens were on top now and another point from Eoin O'Donnell after a foul on Gareth Malone reduced the arrears once more. However, the lead was back out to three when Johnny Mooney pointed after the ball came back to him off the left hand upright.

 

Despite the advantage of the extra man Raheens were finding it difficult to create chances, Leixlip funnelling a lot of players behind the ball. However, with 6 mins. remaining O'Donnell took a quick sideline kick and took it back from Brian Dunne, before kicking a great point via the left hand post. Leixlip responded with another Mick Shaughnessy point from a free.

 

In the final 5 mins. Raheens threw everthing at Leixlip in search of the crucial scores that would draw or even win the game. Three wides from Brian Dunne, Shane Taaffe & Eoghan Winders may have gone the right side of the post on another day. Pauric Heffernan was also presented with a couple of chances for goals but the Leixlip defence closed him down on both occassions before he could get his shot off. Daithi Malone, who had been introduced for the final 15 mins., also won a couple of balls but found it impossible to do anything as he was swarmed by Leixlip players who had now packed their goalmouth.

 

With scarcely a minute of stoppage time played Tommy O'Rourke drew a close to proceedings and Leixlip were champions for 2009. However, Raheens can hold their heads up after another performance full of passion, effort and no little skill. Their best players on the day were Graham Waters, Kieran O'Toole, Brian Dunne and Eoin O'Donnell.

 

Raheens: Marty Lynch, Shane Taaffe, Dave Towey, John Fox, John Byrne, Kieran O'Toole, Graham Waters, Vincent Malone, Eoghan Winders (0-1), Eoin O'Donnell (1-6, 5f), Brian Dunne, Tim Waters (Hugh Delmer, 30 mins.), Gareth Malone, Adrian Delmer (Daithi Malone, 45 mins.), Daragh O'Conchuir (Pauric Heffernan, 50 mins.).

 

 

 

 

Raheens Exit Intermediate Championship In Below Par Performance


03/10/2009

Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final

Kilcullen 0-12  Raheens 0-7

Raheens Championship came to a disappointing end on Saturday afternoon when Kilcullen deservedly claimed the spoils in what was a game lacking in quality. After a start littered with poor passing Colm Fox opened the scoring for the winners with a point in the 5th min. Tom Davs doubled that advantage with a great point from 50 yards in the 10th min.

Shane Cooke got Raheens on the board a minute later after receiving a pass from Kevin Thompson. The same player had the game's first goal chance 5 mins. later when he backed himself by side stepping the last defender instead of passing to the unmarked Cathal Carr. Unfortunately, his shot was stopped by Paddy Maher in the Kilcullen goal and Ian Barker then blocked Cathal Carr's follow-up.

Cormac Aspell kicked Kilcullen into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead with a free in the 17th min. following a foul by Declan Curran on the dangerous Shane Lambe. Lambe was causing Raheens a lot of problems and another foul on him resulted in another point from Aspell. Aspell went off injured shortly after and was replaced by John Whyte. Raheens also had to replace the injured Cathal Carr with Noel Byrne.

Kilcullen extended their lead with another point from a free, this time by Colm Fox, after Ross McMahon handled on the ground. Then they had a goal chance but it was well saved by Niall Rooney. Rooney was then fouled but in a moment of madness he reacted, raising his hands in the process. He was fortunate that referee Declan Peppard adjudged it to be a yellow card offence.

The "Rags" moved 5 points clear when Paul Jones benefited from the good work of Shane Lambe, who was also causing John Sharpe (his new marker) problems, to kick their 6th point. A couple of late Shane Cooke points from frees for fouls on Stephen Riordan and Kevin Thompson reduced the arrears for Raheens to three at the break.

Warren Kinsella extended that lead within a minute of the restart before Kevin Thompson kicked his first point a couple of mins. later. The same player reduced the margin to 2 points 5 mins. later but Fergus Aspell replied straight away with another point for Kilcullen. Kevin Thompson kicked his third point in the 42nd min. following good work by Stephen Riordan and Keelan Noone but once again Kilcullen's response was swift, this time John Whyte applying the finish.

That lead was out to 4 when Colm Fox kicked another free for Kilcullen but Shane Power kicked a great point from 50 yards after swapping passes with John Taaffe to keep Raheens in touch. There were now 10 mins. remaining. Raheens pressed hard but couldn't add to their tally and Kilcullen hit them twice in the closing mins. to put the result beyond doubt. In stoppage time Shane Cooke fired a rocket of a shot from a free on the 13 metre line. The ball rebounded off the post and out went out of play for a sideline to Kilcullen.

It was a day that didn't go well for Raheens, as they failed to reach the heights of their quarter final win over JTB. However, disappointing as the performance was, the team has made definite progress this year under Declan O'Toole. With plenty of good young talent coming through the future is bright and hopefully that elusive Championship success is not too far away.

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Alan Campbell, Declan Curran, John Lawler, Shane Power (0-1), Eddie Coffey, John Sharpe, Alan Igoe (Alan Sharpe, 53rd min.), John Taaffe (Tim Dunleavy, 53rd min.), Stephen Riordan, Kevin Thompson (0-3), Ross McMahon (Keelan Noone, 39 mins.), Cathal Carr (Noel Byrne, 20 mins.), Reddy Coffey (Martin Taaffe, 50th min.), Shane Cooke (0-3, 2f

Under 16's Claim 'C' Championship Crown


03/10/2009

Under 16 'C' Football Championship Final Replay

Raheens 0-9  Oliver Plunketts 0-5

Raheens finally overcame Oliver Plunketts to claim the 'C' Championship title at Clane on Saturday in a replay which was far from being a classic. That will not matter greatly to the winners who will have felt that they left the game behind them the last day.

Raheens playing with the wind at their backs began the better and went in front after 3 mins. when Scott Hannon got on the end a sideline from Charlie Kings to kick a fine point. The same player doubled his sides advantage a couple of mins. later, this time benefiting from a pass from Dylan Hannon. Barry Winder increased that lead with another point before Charlie Kings kicked over a sideline from the right hand corner at the town end in the 14th min.

Raheens could and should have been further ahead at this stage but they failed to covert their possession into scores. Cillian Dempsey replied with a point for Plunketts at the mid-point of the half and then kicked over a free for his side a couple of mins. later. The same player reduced the deficit to the minimum with another free in the 23rd min. but within 5 mins. he would go from hero to villain. In a challenge on John Jennings in the middle of the field he raised his leg and referee Eoin Clifford had no hesitation in showing him a red card.

Despite being a man up Raheens were now facing into the wind for the second half with a slender 0-4 to 0-3 lead. Barry Winder extended that lead with a free in the 35th min. It wasn't until the 45th min. before the next score came. It came from the boot of Oliver Plunketts substitute, Lorcan Murphy, who converted a free kick. Raheens responded with their best football of the game and kicked four points over the course of the next 10 mins. to open up a 0-9 to 0-4 lead (Barry Winder 3, incl. 2f and David Malone 1).  

Oliver Plunketts then came with a late rally but only managed a point from another Lorcan Murphy free in the final min. of normal time. Plunketts pressed for the goal they needed in the 3 mins. of stoppage time that were played but Raheens defence held firm as it had done all game long. The final whistle was greeted with joyous scenes as Raheens were deservedly crowned 'C' Championship champions for 2009.

Best for Raheens were John Jennings, Evan Dempsey, Gary Woodgate, Ciaran Begley and Charlie Kings. Scorers: Raheens - Barry Winder (0-5, 3f), Scott Hannon (0-2), Charlie Kings (0-1, sideline), David Malone (0-1). Oliver Plunketts - Cillian Dempsey (0-3, 2f), Lorcan Murphy (0-2, 2f).

Raheens: Under 16 'C' Championship Winners 2009 

Back row: Dean Heavey, Richard Dalton, Dean Campbell, Niall Connolly, Gary O'Brien, Charlie Kings, Barry Winder, Liam Power, Alan Lagrue, Gary Woodgate, David Malone, Darragh Barron.

Front row: Jonathon Hanbury, Danny Boyle, Scott Hannon, Shane Carpenter, Evan Dempsey, John Jennings (capt.), Ciaran Begley, Dylan Hannon, Billy Martin. 

3 Raheens Teams In Championship Action This Weekend


30/09/2009

As Championship season reaches it's business end, Raheens have plenty to shout about. Over the next few days Raheens will have three teams in action.

On Saturday afternoon the u/16's replay their Championship final against Oliver Plunketts. This match will be played in Clane at 12.30pm, which is a change from what appeared in the papers during the week. The drawn match two weeks ago saw Plunketts get out of jail with an injury time penalty, although if Raheens hadn't kicked as many wides as they did they would have been out of sight at that stage. Hopefully the boys can do the job this time around.

Also on Saturday the Intermediates take on Kilcullen in the IFC semi-final at St. Conleths Park at 3.00pm. Having played their best football to date in the quarter-final win over JTB, Raheens will be keen to replicate that display as they hope to make the final for the first time since being relegated from the Senior ranks. Interestingly the bookies have slashed Raheens odds for the Championship from 16/1 to 5/2 after that win over JTB but that will be of little concern to Kilcullen who will need to be respected if Raheens are to advance.

On Sunday the Junior C's face Leixlip's thirds in the Senior Reserve 'E' Championship final. This game will be played in Rathcoffey at 1.00pm. Raheens enjoyed a great 2-7 to 0-11 win over Cappagh last week while Leixlip had 9 points to spare over Rathcoffey in the other semi-final. Raheens only managed to defeat Rathcoffey by 2 points when they met earlier in the Championship so Leixlip are sure to be favourites for the title. However, if Raheens play with the same determination that has been evident in their other games they will definitely have a chance

Junior C's Reach Championship Final


27/09/2009

Senior Reserve 'E' Football Championship

Raheens 2-7  Cappagh 0-11

Hot on the heels of the Minors great win in Newbridge yesterday the Junior C's were not to be outdone, winning a very entertaining game against Cappagh in Naas. Cappagh made most of the early running but some wayward shooting let them down. They could have had a goal in the 6th min. but for a wonderful save by Gay Campbell. and then Kieran Towey reacting quickly to put the ball out for a 45. From the 45 Anthony Mallon kicked a fine point. 

A second point followed a couple of mins. later before Brian Dunne got Raheens off the mark with a point from the left corner. Noel Mallon added another for Cappagh before they went 0-4 to 0-1 up in the 16th min. Raheens were second best at this stage but were thrown a lifeline shortly after. Marty Lynch kicked a free from the left hand side into the Cappagh square. Adrian Delmer and his marker jumped but it's doubtful if either player got a significant touch. However, the Cappagh goalkeeper misjudged the bounce which squirted by him for a goal.

Cappagh responded with two quick points through their full forward but Gareth Malone and Eoin O'Donnell did likewise for Raheens to put them back on terms. Raheens then hit the lead for the first time when O'Donnell kicked his second point. Cappagh though finished the half strongly and kicked another two points to retake the lead, 0-8 to 1-4.

Raheens were dealt at double blow at the break having to replace the injured Gay Campbell and John Fox. Marty Lynch went back in goal while Michael Byrne and Hugh Delmer came in. Delmer was particularly lively when he came in and kicked Raheens back in front in the 34th min. after Gareth Malone had tied it up with a great point within a min. of the restart.

Eoghan Winders who was largely anonymous here to fore burst through the Cappagh defense in the 42nd min., following some good work by Shane Taaffe, to kick an excellent point. Cappagh responded with their first point of the half 4 mins. later but Raheens were starting to get the upper hand. A second goal arrived in the 53rd min. when Brian Dunne kicked a 45 into the square. Eoghan Winders won the ball, swivelled and shot on the turn. The ball found the net via the bottom of the left hand upright.

Cappagh were not ready to give up though and fought back strongly. Two points, the second in the 60th min., got them back to two behind. The referee gave them every chance to complete their comeback playing 5 mins. of additional time, although in fairness there were a number of lengthy stoppages for injuries in the second half. Raheens however held out and can now look forward to another Championship final in what has been a great year so far.

Best for Raheens included Shane "Spudy" Taaffe at corner back, who never put a foot wrong all day, and John "Pidgeon" Byrne at wing back. Vinny Malone worked hard throughout while in attack the Minors, Gareth Malone and Eoin O'Donnell were always a threat to Cappagh and Brian Dunne and the two Delmers also played well.

Raheens: Gay Campbell (Hugh Delmer h/t, 0-1), Shane Taaffe, Dave Towey, Kieran Towey, John Byrne, Kieran O'Toole, John Fox (Michael Byrne h/t), Eoghan Winders (1-1), Vincent Malone, Eoin O'Donnell (0-2), Brian Dunne (0-1), Gareth Malone (0-2), Marty Lynch (1-0), Adrian Delmer, Daragh O'Conchuir (Padraig Heffernan). Unused subs: John Heffernan, Ollie Campbell, Thomas Mahon.    

Minors Win Exciting Championship Semi-Final


26/09/2009

Minor 'B' Football Championship Semi-Final

Raheens 2-13  Monasterevan 2-8

Raheens qualified for the final of the Minor Championship in a high quality encounter at St.Conleth’s on Saturday afternoon. The standard of play was excellent in a very enjoyable match, well worth the 5 Euro the GAA decided to charge people.

The game opened with a Monasterevan point, Raheens replied with an Alan Igoe point from a free, and 2 good points from Gareth Malone from play. One of the early crucial moments was a super save in a 1 on 1 situation from Charlie Kings in the 7the min. Alan followed with another point from a free, then Gareth Malone fired over a corker from about 35 yards out which said Raheens were up to it. That made it 0-5 to 0-1 and highlighted the importance of the earlier save. Paddy O’Brien was having a stormer at full back and the defense were holding well under the frequent attacks.

Darren Earley added 1 from play and Monasterevan replied with 1. Then John Jennings won a peno for a small pull on him when he was bearing down on goal, which was well spotted by the ref. Alan Igoe expertly slotted home a fine kick on 18mins and Monasterevan replied with 2. Alan added a free, then John Jennings added a well taken goal over the keepers head, following a good pass from John Fox which found him loose inside the cover. Half time and Raheens were 2-7 to 0-5 points up, and you felt if they kept the Monks goal-less in the 2nd half and tagged on a few that would be that, but Monasterevan had other plans !!!

Monasterevan took over for the first 15 mins. of the 2nd half, and scored 2-2 against Raheens 2 points, Alan Igoe a free and John Jennings from play. Raheens seemed to change their play and got more defensive but at times seemed to lose their men, and had dropped the intensity level a bit and especially needing to watch runners from the opposition defense, and not jump into mis-timed tackles. The game was back in the melting pot now at 2-9 to 2-7 in Raheens favour.

Raheens were selecting to shoot from bad positions and had a lot of wides in the first 20 mins of this half, until Daithi Ivers scored a great one to steady the ship. Monasterevan replied with 1 to leave it at 2 again, and some great defense followed to take the clock to about 5 mins left. Raheens needed the next score when sub David Malone made and scored a great point to ensure that Raheens would not be beaten, Raheens 3 up now. Gareth Malone was not to be outdone by his younger sibling and scored a cracker to all but secure the win, Eoin O’Donnell put the icing on the cake with the final point.

This was a game of great endeavour from both sides, with Raheens having a few scares in front of their goals and taking some great scores from distance. Best were Charlie Kings in goal whose save was crucial and kick outs very good, Paddy O’Brien was tremendous at 3 and John Fox at wing back, the midfield was very good up against Kildare minor Kevin Fitzpatrick, Alan Igoe was immense – high fielding, passing, running and kicking good scores and the vital penalty. Daithi Ivers got through a great amount of work and kicked a vital score when Raheens really needed one, Gareth Malone was outstanding - kicking scores and winning frees, Mark Concannon and John Jennings made some vital contributions especially in the last 15 mins.

All told an excellent team performance with everyone knuckling down for a well deserved win, if they can keep their heads and shape the next day they have an excellent chance at silverware. I was impressed with the awareness in taking quick frees, slotting good long range points and generally keeping their heads under pressure and not getting undisciplined. Also many players had the ability to side step the first man and make space for themselves, and give the right pass at the right time, well done to all the panel and selectors, and good luck in the final.

Gallant 2nd Team Pipped At The Post


22/09/2009

Senior Reserve 'B' Football Championship Semi-Final

Naas 0-11  Raheens 0-9

This match opened with 2 points from Naas as an artic wind swept up from the Curragh onto Moorefield. Sean Browne was taken off around the 7th minute after a clash, we subsequently heard he has a broken leg. Best of luck for a speedy recovery to Sean from all at Raheens.

Naas camped in the Raheens half for a time but the Raheens defence were holding solid. Then a break yielded an excellent Pa Percy score which was followed by a Decie O'Toole score and we were right in it. At this point Naas had 2 reasonable chances for goals but luckily spurned them. Naas added 2 points to leave it 0-4 to 0-2. Then Raheens had a purple patch and only a great save denied Raheens a penalty goal but at least a point was secured off Decie's kick. He followed up with another score to leave it 0-4 each at the break.

The 2nd half was nip and tuck with Naas seeming to get scores a little easier but not able to move more than 2 points up. Mayo's Devid Nestor was having a positive influence for Naas scoring twice. Two points from Cha Delmer, 2 from the excellent Decie Toole and a great long ranger from Pa Percival left it 0-9 all with 5 mins. to go.

Unfortunately Naas picked off a point from play and a soft free secured the game. Raheens can hold their heads up high having given nothing soft away and were quite unlucky not to progress against the highly fancied Naas. One has to ask about the fairness of a Senior second team being in the same Championship as Intermediate second teams but I'm sure there is a logic to it - possibly leagues are the basis ? Hopefully next year ours will also be a Senior 2nd string!

Well done to all connected with this team on an excellent Championship campaign giving us lots of good days out during the year. They still have the Div. 5 League final to come which would be a good reward for the years endevours.

Raheens: Ted O'Brien, Sean Dunleavy, Paddy O'Brien, Tomas Nolan, Gareth Byrne, Kevin Higgins, Mark O'Brien, Patrick Percival (0-2), Darren Earley, Paddy Byrne, Declan O'Toole (0-5), Sean Browne, John "Charlie" Delmer (0-2), James "Bugsy" Malone , Mark "Christy" Concannon . Subs used:- Colm McLoughlin, Padraic Ryan, Darren Heavey; unused:- Hugh Delmer, Eoin Monahan.

Under 16's Must Do It All Again


19/09/2009

Under 16 ‘C’ Championship Final

 

Raheens 1-8  Oliver Plunketts 2-5

 

A goal from a penalty for Plunketts in the second minute of stoppage time denied Raheens the ‘C’ Championship title on Saturday afternoon, and the sides must do it all again next week. In what, it has to be said, was a very poor game Raheens probably should have been further ahead at that stage but they failed to score in the last 20 minutes of the game, kicking a succession of chances wide.

 

The first score of the game was also an Oliver Plunketts goal when in the 6th min. Scott Dowd palmed the ball to the net at the back post after a shot from the right wing by Cian O’Neill dropped short in the square. Raheens responded well with three quick points from Dean Heavey (2) and Dylan Hannon to get back on terms and hit the front when Barry Winder pointed a free in the 17th min.

 

Jamie Headon responded immediately with a point for Plunketts and they retook the lead with a pointed free in the 25th min. It was a half littered with handling errors, bad passing, pick ups and over carrying offences. Raheens levelled with another free before the break and both management teams must have been happy to hear the half-time whistle so that they could settle their teams down.

 

Raheens did all the early pressing on the resumption and Jonathon Hanbury chipped in with a couple of points. Although Chris Dean replied with a point for Plunketts Raheens were starting to get on top. Then Dylan Hannon gained possession along the end line and shot a goal from a very acute angle to open up a four point lead for Raheens. A foul on Dean Campbell shortly after allowed Barry Winder to extend that lead to five, but this would be his sides final score.

 

Cillian Dempsey pointed a free for Plunketts at the mid point of the half and did likewise from a similar position 10 mins. later to reduce the margin to 3 points. Raheens had a number of chances to extend their lead over the final 10 mins. but their shooting let them down, leaving them open to the sucker punch that was that penalty.

 

With the game well into stoppage time, Ciaran Begley was pulled by the referee in the middle of the field for what he adjudged to be an illegal hand pass. The free was quickly taken and Plunketts had a player over in the Raheens full back line. David Malone in attempting to snuff out the danger fouled Eoin Lyons and Cillian Dempsey stepped up to save the day for Plunketts.

 

Hopefully the big day nerves that were clearly evident will be gone now and these teams will produce a better game of football the next day. For those that didn’t play to their potential, and that was a large number, it will be a chance to make amends.

 

Raheens: Liam Power, Evan Dempsey, John Jennings, Danny Boyle, Ciaran Begley, Dean Campbell, Gary Woodgate, Charlie Kings, Barry Winder, Richard Dalton, Dean Heavey, Niall Connolly, Jonathon Hanbury, David Malone, Dylan Hannon. Subs: Darragh Barron, Scott Hannon, Alan Lagrue, Gary O’Brien, Shane Carpenter.

      

Rahens Qualify For Final Four Of IFC


19/09/2009

Intermediate Football Championship Quarter Final

 

Raheens 1-10  Johnstownbridge 0-10

 

Raheens confounded the bookies, the media pundits and just about everyone else outside of Caragh by reaching the Championship semi-final with an excellent team performance when defeating a highly fancied JTB on Saturday afternoon. In what was an excellent game of “Championship” football, played at pace with strong tackling, loads of goal chances and plenty of well taken scores, Ross McMahon’s scrambled goal proved to be the winning score.

 

The omens were not great for Raheens in the opening 10 mins. though, as the JTB attack looked as if it would be too strong for their opponents. Paul Cribben kicked a wonderful opening point off his right foot from the right hand side of the field in the first minute and his brother Keith doubled that advantage from a free a min. later when the troublesome Cathal McNally was fouled by Aonghus Rooney.

 

As well as being under pressure at the back Raheens kicked five wides in the opening 8 mins. The best of those chances fell to Alan Sharpe in the 3rd min. when the JTB defence opened up in front of him. However, David Maguire advanced swifty from his goal and Sharpe’s goal effort went just wide. Two scoreable frees also went wide during this spell and there was a feeling that Raheens couldn’t afford to miss many more chances.

 

JTB also had a goal chance in that opening spell when Paul Cribben was unlucky to see his shot rebound off the crossbar after a pass from Declan Curran had gone astray. Cathal McNally did however extend his sides lead with a point from the left corner in the 12th min.

 

Raheens finally got some reward for their hard work when Alan Igoe kicked a point from a free following a foul on Cathal Carr in the 14th min. JTB responded though with points from Shane Flanagan and Padraig Hurley to go 0-5 to 0-1 up. Changes were needed and the Raheens management made two crucial moves. Alan Campbell was brought in to mark McNally and the impressive John Sharpe was switched onto the dangerous Keith Cribben. Both changes had an immediate effect. The Raheens rearguard tightened up significantly but the supply of ball into the JTB forward line also began to dry up as the Raheens midfield and half-forward line chased, harried and blocked down their opponents.

 

In the 18th min. Raheens had a second point from another Alan Igoe free following a push on Kevin Thompson. Raheens were growing in confidence and a Shane Cooke point in the 25th min. reduced the arrears to two. Then there was a big turning point in the game. Keith Cribben raced through the middle and bore down on goal. His shot was well saved by Niall Rooney in the Raheens goal and the ball was cleared out the right wing to John Taaffe. Taaffe gave a long ball into the corner to Cathal Carr who rounded his man and kicked a lovely point. From what could have been an 1-5 to 0-3 deficit, it was now 0-5 to 0-4.

 

And Raheens were back on terms a minute later when Carr kicked a sublime effort from an acute angle with his left foot while going away from goal on the left hand side. It got better for Raheens before the break when Ross McMahon got the game’s key score. Raheens turned over possession in the middle of the field and Alan Igoe shot for a point. His effort came back off the post into the willing arms of McMahon. His initial effort was stopped by David Maguire but McMahon followed up to force the ball home, leaving Raheens to go in at half-time with a 1-5 to 0-5 lead.

 

Shane Cooke extended that lead with a point from a free following another foul on the influencial  Kevin Thompson. Padraig Hurley kicked a bad wide for JTB a minute later following a strong run by Niall Vaughan but atoned for his miss with a point almost immediately.

 

Both sides then created goal chances in quick succession. First Shane Cooke found the unmarked Ross McMahon in front of the JTB goal but his shot was well saved by David Maguire. Then JTB created their own goal chance. It fell for Cathal McNally but a number of Raheens players threw themselves in front of his shot, Eddie Coffey appearing to make the crucial stop.

 

It was enthralling stuff and points from Paul Cribben and McNally reduced the Raheens lead to the minimum before Alan Igoe kicked his third point from a free after the lively Cathal Carr was fouled. Shane Cooke added another a minute later to extend the lead back out to three after Alan Sharpe turned provider when catching a high ball from Alan Igoe.

 

Cooke had another shortly after, following some good work on the right hand side by Ross McMahon and Noel Byrne. Keith Cribben replied with a point from the sideline before Raheens were presented with another goal chance. Martin Sullivan delivered a high ball in which Alan Sharpe caught superbly. The big man turned but Noel Cawley managed to dispossess him before he could get his shot in.

 

Raheens had another couple of chances which they kicked wide before JTB had yet another great goal chance. Niall Vaughan raced through powerfully but his shot was brilliantly saved by Niall Rooney who deflected it out for a 45. The resultant 45 from Keith Cribben dropped short to Cathal McNally who shot wide. From the kick out Barry McNally fielded the ball uncontested and from the ensuing play Paul Cribben kicked another point for his side to leave the score, Raheens 1-9, JTB 0-10.

 

There were now 12 mins. remaining and both sides were giving it everything. Raheens were given a chance to extend their lead but the previously error free Alan Igoe dropped the free short into the goalie’s hands. The ball was cleared over the sideline and Igoe almost made amends when his effort narrowly missed it’s target.

 

Raheens kicked another couple of wides which sandwiched yet another JTB goal chance. Paul Cribben after a strong run from the half-forward line saw his effort blocked, with Eoin O’Donoghue kicking the follow up effort wide. The sides swapped wides again before Alan Igoe kicked the games final score in stoppage time from a sideline. His kick was from a similar position to his previous effort (on the 20 metre line, on the left hand side) and it was a thing of beauty, dissecting the posts.

 

JTB had two further attempts to rescue a draw, kicking a free and a 45 into the Raheens goalmouth in search of the goal that had eluded them all day, but the Raheens rearguard held firm for a well deserved win.

 

Best for Raheens in what was by far their best display in the Championship to date were John Sharpe, Alan Igoe, Kevin Thompson, Cathal Carr, Niall Rooney and Shane Cooke (second half). It’ll be interesting to see how much the bookies cut the 16/1 odds that were on offer about Raheens before the game. With only four teams remaining (the others being Maynooth, Kilcullen & Ballymore) it’s wide open as to which of them will be returning to the Senior ranks next year. If Raheens continue to play like they did against JTB you wouldn’t bet against them.

 

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Aonghus Rooney, Declan Curran, John Lawler, Shane Power, Eddie Coffey, John Sharpe, Alan Igoe (0-4, 3f, 1sideline), John Taaffe, Noel Byrne, Kevin Thompson, Ross McMahon (1-0), Cathal Carr (0-2), Alan Sharpe, Shane Cooke (0-4, 1f). Subs: Alan Campbell for A. Rooney (18 mins.), Martin Sullivan for K. Thompson (40 mins.), Tom Earley for J. Sharpe (62 mins.).

 

Under 12's Play Brilliantly, But Come Up Just Short


18/09/2009

Under 12 Division 1 Shield Final

Athy 2-6  Raheens 0-11 (AET)

Raheens lost a pulsating Div. 1 Shield final to Athy tonight after extra-time. It was a cruel ending for Raheens who fought back from being six points in arrears early in the second half to draw and force the game into extra-time.

The match had started well for Raheens with Conor Murphy pointing in the second min. and Paddy Woodgate doubling the advantage a couple of minutes later. Stephen Smith was doing well in the Raheens goal and along with Colin Malone in front of him they looked rock solid at the back. Then in the 12th min. a long ball dropped in between the pair and an Athy forward got to the ball first punching to the net.

Buoyed by that score Athy came more into it and added another two points to extend their lead to three. Shane Crowley and Jason Earley were winning loads of ball but the inside forwards were struggling and Raheens couldn't seem to convert possession into scores.

Then Athy struck a killer blow just before half-time. A second goal put the town side six up. Raheens to their credit responded immediately with a point from a 45 by Conor Murphy leaving them 2-2 to 0-3 in arrears at the break.

Athy extended that lead with a point on the restart and could have put the game beyond doubt shortly after but for a wonderful save from Stephen Smith. This seemed to galvanise Raheens and slowly but surely they set about eating into the Athy lead. Conor Murphy started the fightback with a couple of points. When two more followed from Paddy Woodgate and Robert Thompson Raheens were right back in it.

All over the field Raheens were winning the little battles; from Michael Begley right up to Shaun Lloyd and substitute Conor Kielty. Conor Murphy and Ruairi Cleary were giving it their all and Murphy reduced the deficit to the minimum with another excellent point. Although Athy added another point with 7 mins. remaining the momentum was with Raheens.

Anthony Thompson replied with a lovely point before Robert Thompson levelled it up a minute from time. You felt that if Raheens could just get their noses in front they'd win but a couple of missed chances meant the game finished tied, Raheens 0-10 Athy 2-4.

Two periods of 5 mins. followed. The first period was very even with opportunities at a premium. Athy snatched the lead with a point just before the change of ends. On the restart Shaun Lloyd levelled it up again with a point. Raheens couldn't get in front though and Athy responded with another point 2 mins. from time.

Raheens had a couple of chances to force a replay, the best of which saw Colin Malone win possession in front of the Athy goal. Closed down he transferred to Paddy Woodgate but unfortunately the ball didn't go to hand and he was forced wide. The ball came to Shane Crowley but his shot from an acute angle just went wide.

Although Raheens came up just short they can be very proud of this performance which was laced with skill, a good workrate and plenty of character. It showed just why they won the u/12 All County Championship earlier in the year. These players have represented the Club with distinction over the course of the year and if they continue to progress there's very bright futures in store for many of them. Well done to Gerry Crowley, John Cox and all their players for the enjoyment they've provided this year.

RAHEENS TEAMS IN TWO FINALS THIS WEEKEND


16/09/2009

Raheens teams will contest two finals this coming weekend with the u/12's and u/16's both in action.

The u/12's kick off an exciting weekend with their game against Athy in the Div. 1 Shield Final on Friday night. This is a home fixture for Raheens (by agreement) and throw-in at Tom Lawler Park will be at 7.45pm. Only a point seperated the sides when they played in Athy earlier in the year, so this should be a cracker.

On Saturday the u/16's take on Oliver Plunketts in the 'C' Championship Final. Raheens have defeated Plunketts twice already this year but on both occasions Plunketts were short a number of players. While Raheens will be favourites for this game they must avoid complacency if they are to win. Please note the change in time for this fixture. It will now throw-in a 12 noon in order to allow supporters to get to Allenwood for the IFC quarter final between Raheens and Johnstownbridge.

Rahens Great Run Of Form In 2009


13/09/2009

2009 has been a great year for the Club so far. The possibility of the Club bringing home a record haul of silverware is very real as a number of teams are still in contention for League and Championship honours.

To date 3 underage titles have been won this year.

Under 14

First to bring home a trophy this year were the u/14's who won the 'B' Feile Shield. Raheens were very impressive in their 3-15 to 5-2 win over Round Towers in St. Conleth's Park earlier this year.

 

Under 12

Hot on their heels were the u/12's who won th All County Division 2 Championship. Wins over Maynooth, Monasterevin and Castledermot preceded a very exciting final that saw Raheens triumph over Eadestown by 2-6 to 1-7

 

Under 10

This week the u/10's claimed the South Board Division 2 League title with a great win (5-6 to 3-5) over Ballykelly (see report in News Section of site).

   

In addition to the above the following teams are still in the shake up for honours:-

   

Intermediate

Raheens are still seen by many as outsiders for the IFC. However, if they can build on their good performace against Eadestown the last day they'll have a chance against Johnstownbridge in the quarter-final next Sunday evening and if they get over that then anything's possible.

 

Intermediate / Junior B

The second team are still going strong on two fronts. They've already qualified for the SFL Div. 5 final where they will meet table toppers, St. Kevins. Raheens were the only team to defeat St. Kevins in the league (1-12 to 2-5), so hopes of a trophy will be high here.

 

The 'B' team are also the the semi-final of the Senior Reserve B Football Championship. Here they have been drawn against favourites for the title, Naas. However, if Raheens repeat their quarter-final display against Allenwood they'll be in with a shout.

  

Junior C 

The third team have been on a great run in the Senior Reserve E Football Championship and have now qualified for the semi-final where they will meet Cappagh. The blend of youth and experience has worked well for this team and they will have a serious chance to go all the way.

 

Minor 

The Minor team have been playing some super football in the 'B' Championship but were pushed all the way the last day by Confey. Drawn against the winners of Monasterevin and St. Cocas in the semi-final hopes are high that this team can claim the Club's third Minor Championship (the previous two being at 'C' level) in four years.

 

Under 16 

The u/16's have been on an impressive run in the 'C' Championship and will now face Oliver Plunketts in the final. Having beaten Plunketts twice already this year Raheens will be favourites for the title but they must guard against complacency and deliver another quality 60 mins. to get the job done.

 

Under 13

The u/13 leagues are currently ongoing. Neither of the Raheens teams are likely to reach the semi-final stages. The first team competing in Div. 1 have beaten St. Laurences but have lost to Leixlip, Moorefield & Athy. The second team having lost their opening fixture to Cappagh have bounced back with a win over Kildangan and a draw against Allenwood (see report in News Section of site).

 

Under 12

Not satisfield with one title the u/12's have also qualified for the South Board Division 1 Shield final where they will take on Athy. Earlier in the year Raheens and Athy met in a curtin raiser to the Senior Football League tie between the sides. On that occassion Athy won a thriller, 2-8 to 1-10. Expect another close encounter this Friday night in Tom Lawler Park. Throw-in 7.45pm.

 

Others

Neither the u/21 Championship or the u/15 winter league have started as yet. Raheens are likely to play in the u/21 'B' Championship while last years Leinster Feile Div. 2 champions will probably ply their trade in Div. 2 of the u/15 league.

 

Under 10's Claim Div. 2 Title


11/09/2009

Under 10 Division 2

Raheens 5-6 Ballykelly 3-5

1.       Paul Waters

2.       Carlos Clarke 

3.       Philip Tierney 

4.       Aidan Dunlea

5.       Jack Duggan

6.       Zak Bursey 

7.       Conan Doyle 

8.       Grace Casey 

9.       Killian Thompson (1-2) 

10.    Sean Gallagher (1-2) 

11.    James Dolan (2-1) 

12.    Jake Dardis 

13.    Sean McNamara (1-0) 

14.    Nicholas Kennedy

15.    Conor Murphy

Subs: Diarmuid Tully (0-1), Zak Hayes, Ruairi Hogarty, Adam Llyod, Adam McLoughlin, Eoin Duffy, Brendan O'Connell, Niall Mullally, Keelin Stout, Shane Morrell.

Raheens began this final game of the season with their destiny in their own hands. A win would see them top of the table and claim the title of South Board Div. 2 winners. Raheens got off to a good start with Grace Casey getting the ball into Sean Gallagher for a quick point and then on the restart James Dolan plucked the ball out of the air and slotted it over the bar. Gallagher added another point before Killian Thompson planted the ball in the back of the net from 30 yards out. 

Ballykelly responded well and only great defensive work by Philip Tierney, Aidan Dunlea, Jack Duggan and Conan Doyle ensured the score was kept down. As the half wore on Ballykelly came more into the game scoring a goal and two points. On the 17th minute just before half time Gallagher set off on another of his trademark runs and buried the ball in the back of the net. At half time the score was Raheens 2-3, Ballykelly 1-2.

At the beginning of the second half Ballykelly moved their big full back out to midfield, but trojan work by Zak Bursey supported by Thompson and Casey ensured Raheens got a good supply of ball into the forwards. Four minutes in Sean McNamara managed to latch onto one of these balls, round the defence and slot into the net. From the kickout Jake Dardis got possession and put the ball back in for Dolan to grab another quick goal. 

If Raheens thought this was the end of the match they were mistaken, as Ballykelly began to pass the ball around and broke down the pitch for a goal. They then tagged on a number of points. Ruairi Hogarty came in to shore up the defence and his workrate along with that of Adam Llyod in the halfback line kept Ballykelly at bay.

As the game wore on the value of the panel came to the fore, with Raheens' subs coming on to add more energy to the team; Adam McLoghlin, Eoin Duffy and Zak Hayes were effective with Diurmuid Tully tagging on another point. Paul Waters and Carlos Clarke were particulary outstanding in defence and not for the first time this season their ability to block shots ensured Raheens stayed on top.

Eventually, after what seemed like an age, the ref blew the fulltime whistle and Raheens ran out winners by 5-6 to Ballykelly's 3-5, claiming a well deserved title and promotion for next year.

Best for Raheens were full back Philip Tierney, centre back the ever dependable and cool Zak Bursey, the tireless Grace Casey and Killian Thompson won the middle well, and Sean Gallagher and James Dolan were great in front of goal. Special mention to Grace Casey who was immense in midfield, her work rate and ball winning, tackling and passing was an example to any footballers watching, every blade of grass was covered. Sean Gallagher was also excellent running with the ball displaying great skill and pace. How his marker did not get dizzy is a mystery. Definitely there are many players to watch for the future on this team. The bench also played it's part with most subs acquitting themselves well.

Reflecting on the year this bunch of boys and girls deserved their title, they have worked hard on developing their skills but more importantly in creating a team spirit. The support of all the parents was brilliant throughout the year. The support of all the Raheens Officers particularly Brian Kielty, Mark Murphy, Ben Gilmartin and Shane Malone was also brilliant. We will be holding a small party and presentation night for everybody in the near future to celebrate the achievements of everybody on the panel in 2009.

Please e-mail photo's to bengilmartin1@gmail.com thanks.

Raheens Draw With Allenwood


11/09/2009

Under 13 Division 4B

Raheens 3-10  Allenwood 3-10

Raheens u/13 'B' team put up a great performance on Friday night drawing with unbeaten Allenwood. Robert Thompson gave the home side the lead with a point from a free in the 7th min. Daragh Malone levelled for Allenwood a min. later and put the sky blues a point up with a free in the 12th min. That lead didn't last long as Charlie Byrne finished off the games first goal following a pass from Robert Thompson.

The sides were well matched and exchanged three points each over the next few mins. Allenwood's danger man, Malone, then popped up for his first goal to give the lead back to the visitors. A late flurry of scores extended Allenwood's half-time lead to 2-7 to 1-5.

Raheens were back in the game shortly after the restart when "Gooch" Thompson fired home his sides second goal. Conor Murphy had a great second half and Paddy Woodgate kept Daragh Malone well under wraps. Raheens retook the lead with Conor Murphy's second point in the 52nd min. However a couple of minutes later an attack broke down and Paddy Woodgate for once got caught out of position. Malone took advantage and raced through to score his second goal.

Raheens deservedly retook the lead with 3 mins. remaining when Conor Murphy's free went direct to the net. But victory was denied them when Allenwood levelled with a late point from a free. While a draw was probably the fairest result it was an excellent result for Raheens considering they were playing against Allenwood's first team.

Best for Raheens were Conor Murphy, Paddy Woodgate, John Dunleavy, Cathal Duffy and Robert Thompson.

Minor / Juniors Semi-Final Draws


11/09/2009

The draws for the semi-finals of the Minor and Junior Championships were made last night and are as follows ...

Minor B Football Championship

Raheens  v  Monasterevin / St. Cocas

Castledermot  v  Sallins

 

Senior Reserve B Football Championship

Raheens  v  Naas

Rathangan  v  Moorefield

 

Senior Reserve E Football Championship

Raheens  v  Cappagh

Rathcoffey  v  Leixlip

 

Times & venues to be confirmed

Raheens Look To Claim Third Underage Title Of The Year


10/09/2009
Following on from the successes of the u/12 and u/14 teams Raheens are hoping to capture another underage title this evening when the u/10's take on Ballykelly. The Div. 2 league title is up for grabs. Throw-in at Tom Lawler Park is set for 7.00pm. Please come down and support the lads tonight. 

 

Minors Win Tense Q-Final Clash Against Confey


09/09/2009

Minor B Football Championship Quarter Final

Raheens 1-16  Confey 3-8

Raheens qualified for the semi-final of the Minor Championship with two points to spare over Confey at Rathcoffey on Wednesday evening. Anyone who expected this to be a foregone conclusion, given that Raheens defeated Confey by 23 points only two weeks ago, were sadly mistaken. On this occasion Confey fielded with 9 changes from the last day.

Initially it looked like a repeat of their previous meeting with Raheens kicking 5 unanswered points in as many minutes, the pick of which were two Alan Igoe efforts, the first a free from 55 yards and the second a left footed effort from the left touchline. Raheens extended that lead to 0-7 to 0-0 before Confey registered their first point in the 17th min.

Slowly but surely Confey started to eat into the Raheens lead and had it back to three points as halftime approached. Then they were awarded a penalty. Charlie Kings got a foot to the kick but was unable to keep the ball out, and the sides were level. Raheens retook the lead with Alan Igoe's sixth point of the half but in injury time Confey levelled again when they converted their second 45 metre kick of the half. Half-time score Raheens 0-9, Confey 1-6.

From the restart Raheens gained possession and Igoe kicked another point. Although Confey were back on terms within a minute, Daithi Ivers restored the Caragh lads to the lead. It was a shortlived lead though as Confey replied with their second goal. Another point gave them a 3 point advantage and it was beginning to look a bit ominous for Raheens. Confey were winning the so called "dirty ball" and their work rate appeared to be the greater.

It was important for Raheens to get the next score and this they duly did when Barry Winder shot a very important goal for Raheens. The next few minutes saw great endeavour from both sides, with Raheens having a few scares in front of their goals. But a pointed free from Eoin O'Donnell in the 42nd minute signalled a change in the momentum. For the next 10 mins. it was all Raheens and they opened up a five point lead.

However, with four mins. of normal time remaining Confey were awarded a 13 metre free in front of the Raheens goal. Although the goalline was lined the free was struck powerfully to the roof of the net. Now there were only two between the sides and the momentum switched back to Confey. They threw everything at Raheens in search of what would have been a winning goal but Raheens held firm and were greatly relieved when Tommy O'Rourke blew the final whistle after 4 mins. of stoppage time.

Raheens: Charlie Kings, Shane Taaffe, Paddy O'Brien, Dean Campbell, John Fox, Graham Waters, Cian Conlon, Darren Earley, Alan Igoe (0-8, 3f), Gareth Malone (0-1), Daithi Ivers (0-2), Barry Winder (1-0), Eoin O'Donnell (0-1, 1f), Mark Concannon (0-3), David Malone (John Jennings 0-1).   

5 Raheens Teams Still Standing In Respective Championships


08/09/2009

As Championship action moves into mid-September Raheens, for the first time in a long time if not ever, still have 5 teams involved in their respective Championship competitions. Over the past few weeks these teams have clocked up 15 wins in 16 Championship games between them.

The Intermediate team have drawn JTB in the quarter-final of the IFC.

The Junior 'B' team have advanced to the last 4 in the Senior Reserve B Football Championship.

Likewise the Junior 'C' team have advanced to semi-finals of the Senior Reserve E Football Championship.  

The Minor team are due to meet Confey tomorrow night in the quarter-final of the 'B' Championship.

And the Under 16 team have reached the final of the 'C' Championship, where they will play either Oliver Plunketts or Sarsfields 'B'.

This run of form has given the Club a great lift over the past month. All going well the momentum that has been built up can continue and we'll have plenty to celebrate in the coming weeks. 

Senior Reserve 'B' & 'E' Championships Last Four


08/09/2009

The remaining teams in the Senior Reserve 'B' & 'E' Championships are as follows ....

Senior Reserve B Football Championship

Naas (Div. 4 Senior League), Rathangan (Div. 4 Senior League), Moorefield (Div. 4 Senior League), Raheens (Div. 5 Senior League).

Senior Reserve E Football Championship

Leixlip (????), Rathcoffey (Div. 7 Senior League), Cappagh (Div. 7 Senior League), Raheens (Div. 7 Senior League).

'C' Team Make Semi-Final At Expense Of Allenwood


07/09/2009

Senior Reserve E Football Championship Quarter-Final

Raheens 0-11  Allenwood 0-4

As the scoreline suggests this was never a classic and the swirling wind in Monasterevin played the dominant role in this encounter. Raheens won the toss and elected to take advantage of the stiff breeze in the first half and consequently dominated possession in that first period. Unfortunately the Caragh men failed to reflect their dominance where it counted most; on the scoreboard, and took a full twenty minutes to register a score through the free taking of Marty Lynch.

The wind was proving of little advantage and the wide tally increased on both sides before Lynch added a second and two quick scores from Adrian Delmer and Eoin O'Donnell gave Raheens a 0-4 to 0-0 half time lead.

Allenwood began the second half strongly registering their first score within a minute of the restart but the Raheens reply was swift with a point from Gareth Malone followed quickly by O'Donnell's second. Allenwood then had their purple patch rattling off three points over the next ten minutes to close to within two before a brilliant solo effort from Tim Waters settled nerves. 

Raheens never looked back from there and ran out reasonably comfortable winners in the end though in truth should have probably killed off the contest much earlier. Still all victories, no matter how they are achieved, are welcome and Raheens 'C's march on to their first Championship semi-final to join Raheens 'B' who also advanced against the same opposition this evening. Go n Eiri an tAdh leat go leir.

Raheens 'B's Advance To Championship Semi-Final


07/09/2009

Senior Reserve B Football Championship Quarter Final

Raheens 1-7  Allenwood 0-9

A late venue change from Caragh to Raheens resulted in a late throw-in for this Quarter-Final as players made their way back from Prosperous unaware of the change. This slight disruption didn't detract from what was a very entertaining game. Allenwood played with the strong wind at their backs in the opening half and had two points in the first 3 mins.

Kevin Higgins came forward to get Raheens on the board with a fine point in the 5th min and James Malone tied matters up a minute later after some good approach work from Darren Earley. Although Raheens conceded another point in the 10th min. they were well in the game. The backline of Sean Dunleavy, Paddy O'Brien, Tomas Nolan, Gareth Byrne, Kevin Higgins & Mark O'Brien were playing extremely well, limiting their opponents chances and working the ball forward constructively through Pa Percival and Darren Earley, while Declan O'Toole was pulling the strings up front.

"Charlie" Delmer levelled matters with a point in the 14th min. and then set up James Malone for the games first goal chance 5 mins. later. Bugsy's shot cannoned back off the upright and away to safety for Allenwood. However, Raheens did have the ball in the net a minute later. A long ball in from Mark Concannon was flicked on by Paddy Byrne and "Charlie" Delmer had the simple task of finishing to the empty net.

Raheens could have had a second goal a couple of mins. later but Bugsy's leg appeared to be taken from behind as he was about to pull the trigger. Referee Bernard Conlon waved play on though to Allenwood's relief. The Sky Blue's responded well and added two points before the break. They could also have had a goal but for a great block by Paddy O'Brien in the final minute of the half. Raheens led by 1-3 to 0-5 at the change of ends. 

With the elements in Raheens favour for the second half and the wind stiffening it looked good for Raheens but Allenwood levelled immediately and the introduction of Johnny Wiltshire and John Byrne strengthened their hand. Having lost a number of key players to their first team Raheens didn't have the same stength in depth on their bench. However, the starting fifteen battled on and points from Mark Concannon and Darren Earley gave them a two point lead once more.

Allenwood now had the upper hand though and three points between the 40th and 43rd min. put them back in front. "Charlie" Delmer levelled it once again before Mark Concannon had Raheens back in front with a point 5 mins. from time, having gathered a loose ball in the square after Declan O'Toole's free kick dropped short.

Both sides had chances in the final 5 mins. but Concannon's effort would prove to be the winning score as Raheens held on for a one point win on a night that Raheens Junior teams did the double over Allenwood. Best for them were Paddy O'Brien, Kevin Higgins, Declan O'Toole, Charlie Delmer and Mark Concannon.

Raheens: Ted O'Brien, Sean Dunleavy, Paddy O'Brien, Tomas Nolan, Gareth Byrne, Kevin Higgins (0-1), Mark O'Brien, Patrick Percival, Darren Earley (0-1), Paddy Byrne, Declan O'Toole, Sean Browne, John "Charlie" Delmer (1-2), James "Bugsy" Malone (0-1), Mark "Christy" Concannon (0-2). Subs (unused): Darren Heavey, Hugh Delmer.

Raheens v Allenwood Double Trouble


07/09/2009

Supporters of Raheens and Allenwood have a dilemma tonight with their 'B' and 'C' teams facing off against one another in their respective Championship quarter finals in different venues at the same time.

The 'B' teams will do battle in Caragh, while the 'C's will face off in Monasterevin. Both games are at 6.45pm. Hugh Delmer is in a peculiar position, being a selector with the 'B' team and a player with the 'C' team. He has assured us that he will be in Monasterevin to aid the 'C' teams cause.

John Joe Byrne expects a big crowd in Monasterevin to follow his band of merry men which includes the young, the old, the agile, the infirm and everything in between. This mix of youth and experience has worked well to date and their games have made for very entertaining viewing. Don't be suprised if the 'C's take another scalp as they bid to reach the semi-finals.

The 'B's on the other hand have progressed to this stage of the Championship despite losing 11 eligible players to the Intermediates. This has led to the return of Colm McLoughlin, Declan O'Toole and the Percival brothers from retirement. Those recruits aside this will be a big ask for Daithi Malone, Johnny McMahon & Hugh Delmer's troops, but don't write them off just yet.

Raheens Advance To Intermediate Quarter Final In Style


05/09/2009

IFC Round 3 

Raheens 4-14  Eadestown 1-7

Raheens Intermediates qualified for the quarter-final of the Intermediate Championship with an emphatic win over Eadestown on Saturday evening. Although the opposition were quite poor the manner of the Raheens performance was encouraging and will have given them a welcome lift starting into the business end of the Championship.

Right from the word go Raheens were well on top all over the field and in particular at midfield where the new pairing of Alan Igoe and John Taaffe was a big success. Raheens used the possession garnered in this area as a platform for numerous attacks in the opening mins. The opening score came from a close in free by Alan Igoe in the 2nd min. and Keelan Noone doubled the advantage with a fine point after good work by Alan Sharpe and Cathal Carr in the top left hand corner.

Raheens' first goal arrived as early as the 5th min. when Alan Igoe delivered a long ball into Alan Sharpe who transferred it on to Keelan Noone. His initial effort was well saved by Ciaran Mullan in the Eadestown goal but the ball fell for Martin Sullivan who duly finished it off. Steven Smith got Eadestown on the board with a point in the 7th min. after exchanging passes with Robbie Smith. The Raheens response was instantaneous with another long ball to Alan Sharpe reaping reward. The big full forward deputising for the holidaying Shane Cooke staked his claim for a start on the edge of the square with a faultless display. On this occasion he flicked on for Cathal Carr who expertly fired past Mullan for his sides second goal.

The game was now drifting beyond Eadestown even though only 8 mins. had elapsed. With the exception of Steve Smith at full forward they possessed little or no threat to Raheens and the few chances they did create finished more times than not with a poor effort on goals or a bad wide. Meanwhile Raheens continued to create chances, primarily from quick intelligent ball into the forward line. Points followed from Noel Byrne, Igoe (free), John Taaffe, Cathal Carr and Kevin Thompson as Raheens opened up a 2-7 to 0-2 half-time advantage.  

On the resumption Keelan Noone added to that lead with a point following a strong run from the industrious Alan Igoe. Smith replied with a pointed free for Eadestown but from the resultant kick out Igoe gathered possession and ran straight down the middle of the pitch before kicking a lovely point off his left foot from 35 yards. The same player added another before Eadestown registered their goal. To say it was a fortunate score would be an understatement. Emmet Bolton's free from 50 yards went direct to the net when goalkeeper Niall Rooney, advanced to field the kick but stumbled and fell, leaving the ball to go straight to the unguarded net.

Rooney's blushes were shot-lived though as Raheens reply was once again immediate. This time it was Alan Sharpe who expertly finished his sides third goal. Sharpe was also provider for Raheens' fourth goal when he set up brother John for one of the best scores of the game in a move started by John Sharpe and also involving Reddy Coffey, that left the Eadestown backs chasing shadows. In between these goals Emmet Bolton added three points (2f) for Eadestown while Byrne, Igoe (f) and Noone did likewise for Raheens. Shane Perry kicked a consolation point for the losers in the final minute before Martin Sullivan rounded off the evening with a point in stoppage time.

While Raheens won't be getting carried away with themselves due to the quality of the opposition there were many positives to be taken from the game and it will do their confidence no harm at all as they prepare for a quarter final meeting with Johnstownbridge.

Raheens: (subs in brackets)-Niall Rooney, Aonghus Rooney, Shane Power (Declan Curran), John Lawler, John Sharpe (1-0), Eddie Coffey, Tom Earley (Daithi Ivers), Alan Igoe (0-5, 3f), John Taaffe (0-1) (Tim Dunleavy), Martin Sullivan (1-1), Kevin Thompson (0-1), Noel Byrne (0-2), Keelan Noone (0-3), Alan Sharpe (1-0), Cathal Carr (1-1) (Reddy Coffey).

Under 16's Reach Championship Final With Strong Second Half Display


05/09/2009

Under 16 'C' Championship Semi-Final

Raheens 4-15  Ellistown 4-4

Raheens got off to a good start with a point in the opening seconds from Dean Heavey and it got better when Dylan Hannon goaled in the 3rd min. following good work by David Malone. Barry Winder extended the lead with a point from a free before Ellistown opened their account with a free after 9 mins. A minute later they were back in the game when Liam Power hesitated under a long ball in and Ellistown's full forward, Mark Hickey, punched to the net.

Although Raheens dominated possession for the remainder of the half they failed to convert it into a sufficient number of scores. The indiscipline of Ellistown gave Raheens a number of chances from frees and Barry Winder duly obliged on each occasion. In doing so Raheens opened up a 5 point lead once more, but Ellistown replied with points from Hickey and Craig Butler.

Another pointed free from Winder extended Raheens lead again but within a minute Ellistown had a second goal. Donovan O'Brien and Joe Geraghty were allowed to run from the middle of the field unchallenged and Geraghty finished the chance expertly when it arose. So after spending much of the half on the back foot Ellistown went in at half-time trailing by only a point, 1-7 to 2-3.

Raheens came out a different side after the break, with substitutes Evan Dempsey and Scott Hannon making an impact. Again Raheens scored from the throw-in, Dean Heavey finishing off a slick move. Barry Winder added another point from a free before David Malone left his mark. Two points in quick succession were followed by a poachers goal as he reacted quickest to a spilled ball following a Scott Hannon shot.

Raheens killed off the game with two goals in a minute midway through the half. First came a goal from Dylan Hannon after David Malone forced full back Shane Kenny into giving up possession in front of his own goal and then Dean Heavey drilled to the roof of the net from 25 yards. Ellistown managed their first score of the half in the 48th min. with a point.

Points from Heavey and Jonathon Hanbury extended Raheens lead to 16 points but Ellistown finished strongly as they had done in all their games to date. Two goals in the final minutes were consolation scores but Raheens justifyably earned the spoils and set up a date with the winners of Oliver Plunketts and Sarsfields 'B'. If Raheens can reproduce this second half display in the final they will take all the beating.

Raheens: Liam Power (Daragh Barron), Ciaran Begley (Alan Lagrue), John Jennings, Danny Boyle, Richard Dalton, Dean Campbell, Gary Woodgate, Charlie Kings, Barry Winder (0-8, 7f), Jonathon Hanbury (0-1) (Niall Connolly), Dean Heavey (1-3), Niall Connolly (Evan Dempsey 0-1), Alan Lagrue (Scott Hannon), David Malone (1-2), Dylan Hannon (2-0).

CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL ACTION THIS SATURDAY


04/09/2009

This Saturday both the u/16's and Intermediates are in Championship action.

The u/16's play Ellistown in their Championship semi-final at 2.30pm. This game will be played at Tom Lawler Park and your support would be very much appreciated. While Raheens cruised through the group stages, so too did Ellistown. This should be a cracker of a game. 

You can then take the short trip into Naas to support our Intermediate team as they endeavour to make the last 8 in the Championship with a victory over Eadestown. Currently Eadestown are sitting on the bottom of the table with no points. Raheens have not been firing on all cylinders as yet either and are hoping for a big performance this Saturday to kick start what will hopefully be a prolonged Championship run.

Raheens Fundraiser Draw


04/09/2009

Please open the following link to view details of RAHEENS GAA CLUB ALL-IRELAND HURLING FINAL FUNDRAISER

To book your spot please contact any of the finance committee of the Club prior to 9.00pm on Saturday, 5th Sept. '09.

The Draw for Grid positions will take place at 9.00pm on Saturday, 5th Sept. '09. The completed Grid can then be viewed on the notice board in Coffey's of Caragh and will also be uploaded for viewing here on the web-site as soon as possible after the Draw.

JUNIOR FIXTURES UPDATE


03/09/2009
Both Junior teams will now play their Quarter Final ties against Allenwood on Monday, 7th Sept. The 'B' team will play in Caragh, while the 'C's game is in Monasterevin. Both games throw-in at 6.45pm.

 

THIRD TEAM GAME OFF DUE TO BAD WEATHER


01/09/2009
The Raheens v Allenwood Senior Reserve E Quarter Final due to be played tonight is OFF due to the bad weather. The game has still to be rescheduled

 

RAHEENS v ALLENWOOD POSTPONED


31/08/2009
The Raheens v Allenwood Senior Reserve B Quarter Final due to be played tonight is OFF due to the bad weather. The game has been rescheduled to Thursday night, 3rd September for the same venue and same time.

 

Kildare Nationalist View - Raheens v Ballykelly


26/08/2009

IFC ROUND 2

RAHEENS 1-9 BALLYKELLY 1-7

THE fact that it took seven minutes for either side to score would suggest that this was a hard fought contest lacking in skill but that would be slightly harsh on Raheens.

They were considerably the better side throughout and should have really made their superiority show on the scoreboard. Ballykelly should not be patronised, as they too showed flashes of talent. Still, if they were being honest they will realise that the better team won.

The decisive score happened at the end of a truly awful first half. With the score at 0-3 to 0-1 for the Saffron and Blues we, the watching public, were truly fed up. There wasn’t a single score from play in the first period, nor did there look like there was going to be one.

After 30 a sideline ball caused chaos in the Ballykelly backline and was pounced on by the lively Cathal Carr. With the goal at his mercy he drew back his foot before he was crudely upended. The referee sighed before stretching his arms to award the spot kick, which was scored with laudable coolness by the excellent Noel Byrne.

Ballykelly had toiled all game against the defensive cleverness of their opponents. Placing the corner forward, Kevin Thompson, between the lines paid dividends for the victors as he astutely positioned himself to repel attacks and always used the ball wisely. To counteract this, the southerners strangely adopted the exact same tactic in the second half, with Chris Merlehan playing the role of libero.

The benefits of this move were not immediately apparent as Alan Igoe, with a stunning effort, and Carr stretched the lead. A goal was necessary to ensure a contest and it duly arrived.

An aimless hoof caused undue panic in the Raheens’ backline and eventually found its way to the grateful Alan Hickey. He off-loaded to the unmarked Daryl Cullen and he blasted home to the far corner.

Raheens’ composure began to desert them as boots, mud and elbows began to fly. Cool heads were required and they were provided by free-taker Shane Cooke, but the result was never really in doubt.

RAHEENS: N Rooney; A Rooney, S Power, J Lawlor; T Early, E Coffey, A Campbell; T Dunleavy, J Sharpe; J Taffe, A Igoe (.-.), Noel Byrne (.-.); Kevin Thompson, Shane Cooke (.-.), Cathal Carr (.-.). Subs: A Sharpe for J Sharpe, ..; Keelan Noone for Thompson, ...

BALLYKELLY: J Forde; A Buckley, L Behan, C Merlehan; P Forde, P Muldowney (.-.), D Howard; J Fitzgerald, D Dempsey (.-.); G Byrne (.-.), D McCormack (.-.), A Hickey (.-.); A Kelly, D Cullen (.-.), M Behan. Subs: Jason Dunne for Howard, ..;

REF: T Doyle, Moorefield.

Minors Top Championship Table With Impressive Display


26/08/2009

Minor 'B' Football Championship

Raheens 4-19  Confey 0-8

Raheens Minors produced their best display of the Championship to date with a resounding win over Confey. Right from the off, when Mark Concannon kicked the opening point within 10 seconds, Raheens had the upper hand. They extended that lead to 2-4 to 0-0 after just 9 mins., the goals coming from Alan Igoe and Darren Earley, while corner back Gareth Malone chipped in with two points.

Confey had their best spell over the course of the next 10 mins. when they kicked three successive points. Two of those points were gifted to them though when firstly a quickly taken free went astray and then then a free was awarded against a Raheens player for overplaying the ball.

Confey's comeback was short-lived though as they didn't have enough players with the skills necessary to break down a strong Raheens rearguard led by Paddy O'Brien and Shane Taaffe. Raheens meanwhile tagged on another four points to leave the half-time score 2-8 to 0-4.

Raheens took up where they left off on the resumption when Alan Igoe had a point from a free in the opening minute of the half after good work by Owen Daly, Eoin O'Donnell and Mark Concannon. Daly added his sides third goal a few minutes later after Gareth Malone unselfishly passed the ball in when he could have taken his own score.

Raheens continued their dominance with a relentless succession of scores the highlight of which was a 45 kicked by Alan Igoe following a goal bound effort from Owen Daly that was saved. Daithi Ivers drilled Raheens fourth goal in the closing minutes sealing their qualification for the knock out stages in style.

Raheens - Charlie Kings, Shane Taaffe, Paddy O'Brien, Gareth Malone (0-2, Eoin Dolly 45mins.), Cian Conlon, Graham Waters, John Fox, Alan Igoe (1-6, 2 f, 1 45), Darren Earley (1-4), Eoin O'Donnell (0-2), Daithi Ivers (1-1), John Jennings, Owen Daly (1-0), Mark Concannon (0-1), David Malone (0-3, John Nelson 50 mins.).    

'C' Team Advance To Quarter Finals


25/08/2009

Senior Reserve 'E' Football Championship

Raheens 0-10  Rathcoffey 0-8

Raheens thirds booked their place in the Chamionship Q-finals with a 2 point win over Rathcoffey on Tuesday evening. This team has a nice blend of youth and experience, the young fast legs of Graham Waters, Eoghan Winders, Tim Waters and Eoin O'Donnell matched by the wisdom and cuteness of the likes of Gay Campbell, Dave Towey, Kieran O'Toole and Vinny Malone. We're still not sure if grumpy corner forward Hugh Delmer fits into either category.

Although Raheens were missing a few key players like Brian Dunne, Gareth Malone and Daragh O'Conchuir they had the better of the play throughout. However, the failure to convert possession into scores always left the door open for Rathcoffey. Eoin O'Donnell struck post & crossbar in the opening half and Marty Lynch would have been in on goal if he had gathered a lovely cross from Hugh Delmer at the first attempt.

Raheens held a slender 0-5 to 0-4 lead at half-time. Shane Taaffe and Marty Lynch extended that lead to two points on separate occassions but Rathcoffey replied in kind. Raheens finally saw a little bit of daylight open up when Tim Waters kicked a lovely brace of points midway through the half. Vinny Malone was moved out from the edge of the square after dropping a ball which if caught would have left him one on one with the keeper. The big man made a difference out the field and did well in the air.

However a dogged Rathcoffey stuck to their task well and with a little bit of panic creeping in to the Raheens defence reduced the margin to the minimum once more. They had a couple of opportunities for an equaliser before Adrian Delmer scored the final point, his goal bound effort deflected over by the Rathcoffey netminder.

All-in-all it was another good week for Raheens who now advance to next weeks quarter finals. Best for them were Graham Waters, Kieran O'Toole, Tim Waters, Eoghan Winders and Eoin O'Donnell.

Raheens Defeat Ballykelly In Poor Quality Game


23/08/2009

Intermediate Football Championship

Raheens 1-10  Ballykelly 1-7

Raheens signalled their intent, or more specifically their lack of same, from the off by deploying corner forward Kevin Thompson in front of his full back line. Given that Ballykelly would not exactly be considered one of the stonger teams in the Intermediate Championship it was an extraordinary tactic; one lacking in ambition. Perhaps Raheens feared the threat of ex-Kildare forward Derek McCormack or maybe they were trying to shore up a defence that found itself under severe pressure the last day against Ballyteague due to a malfunctioning midfield. In any event, with all due respect to them, this was Ballykelly and it was an extremely negative tactic.

Raheens had the larger share of the early possession but kicked three wides in the opening minutes. Ballykelly's first opportunity came in the 7th min. when John Fitzgearld disposessed John Sharpe but Derek McCormack kicked the chance wide. The opening score came a minute later when Shane Cooke converted a free following a foul on Cathal Carr. Shortly after Carr, who was causing the Ballykelly rearguard some problems, saw his shot come back off the crossbar, hitting a Ballykelly defender on the knee and rebounding out for a '45. Shane Cooke pointed the '45 to double Raheens' advantage.

Ballykelly bouyed by the possession being gathered by John Fitzgearld and Dean Dempsey at midfield created a number of chances but time and time again they missed the target with shots, and would end the half with eight wides. Their best chance came from a long range shot that came down off the right hand upright but Andrew Kelly somehow missed the target completely with the goal apparently at his mercy. McCormack eventually got Ballykelly off the mark with an 18th min. pointed free.

Another Shane Cooke free restored Raheens two point lead. As the half-time break approached the score of 0-3 to 0-1 reflected what had been a dismal affair. Then in the final minute of the half Alan Campbell played a quick line ball into Shane Cooke who transferred the ball on to Cathal Carr. As Carr advanced on goal he was brought down from behind and Raheens had a penalty. Up stepped Noel Byrne who struck firmly to the bottom left hand corner for the games first goal.

The games first score from play arrived within a minute of the restart when Derek McCormack needed two bites at the cherry. His initial effort from a free came back off the post but Gerard Byrne recovered possession before setting McCormack up for the score. Alan Igoe replied for Raheens with yet another placed ball before Cathal Carr got Raheens' first point from play in the 37th min. Carr should have added a goal as he ran onto a ball broken by Shane Cooke but John Forde in the Ballykelly goal saved well from Carr's close range effort.

Ballykelly came back into it with a well taken goal by Daryl Cullen in the 40th min. and, although Cooke kicked another free for Raheens, Paul Muldowney who was coming more into the game for Ballykelly at centre back raced upfield to kick a lovely point to leave three between the sides once more. Noel Byrne extended Raheens' lead with a fine point before the hard working Dean Dempsey replied in kind for Ballykelly. Alan Hickey at right-half forward was winning an amount of ball for Ballykelly and that coupled with the strong running of Dempsey meant that Raheens supporters would have a nervous final ten minutes.

Try as they might the closest Ballykelly could get in that final spell was to within two points, and this they did on two occassions. However, Raheens were saved what could have been an embarrassing result by three further points from frees, two by Cooke and one by Igoe as they held out for a three point winning margin. With two defeats Ballykelly's aspirations are now at an end, and if Raheens are not to find themselves out of the Championship soon as well, they will have to do better that kick just two points from play in an hour. Perhaps, if they were to play with six forwards the next day it would help their cause. Besides this the problem that is the midfield will need to be addressed, as once again Raheens were totally wiped out in this sector after the opening 10 mins.

Despite the reservations about Raheens' form to date in the Championship they will surely fancy their chances of advancing to the knockout stages as they have been given another favourable draw for Round 3. In Eadestown, who have been seriously depleted this year due to emigration and who have been defeated twice already in the Championship, Raheens have been given an ideal opportunity to make the last eight.

Raheens: (subs in brackets)-Niall Rooney, Aonghus Rooney, Shane Power, John Lawler, Alan Campbell, Eddie Coffey, Tom Earley, Tim Dunleavy (Alan Sharpe), John Sharpe, John Taaffe (Stephen Riordan), Alan Igoe (0-2, 2f), Cathal Carr (0-1), Kevin Thompson, Shane Cooke (0-6, 6f), Noel Byrne (1-1, 1pen) (Keelan Noone).

RAHEENS v BALLYKELLY VENUE CHANGE


23/08/2009
Due to the poor weather forecast the Raheens v Ballykelly IFC tie has been switched from Sarsfields to Ballymore. Throw-in is still at 5.30pm.

 

Under 16's Fail To Impress But Maintain Unbeaten Run


22/08/2009

Under 16 'C' Championship

Oliver Plunketts 3-3  Raheens 2-14

Despite an eight point winning margin Raheens were less than impressive in their victory over Oliver Plunketts on Saturday. After taking an early three point lead Raheens got caught with a goal in the 8th min. Poor defensive play allowed Plunketts in for a second goal 6 mins. later, which gave them a two point lead at that point.

Although Raheens played a lot of sloppy football and passed the ball very poorly in the opening half they gort themselves back in front as half-time approached with four sucessive points. The pick of those points came from David Malone after a mazy run from the middle of the field, where he shielded the ball extremely well, fending off a series of challenges.

Then the Raheens concentration lapsed once more. More sloppy play in the half-forward line allowed Plunketts to break and John Jennings got caught on the wrong side of his man when the high ball came in. The home side had their third goal and added another point after a hand pass between Jon Hanbury and Alan Lagrue went astray. Half-time O.P. 3-2 Raheens 0-8.

Playing with the wind at their backs in the second Raheens play improved and Dean Heavey's 38th min. goal was the perfect tonic. A brace of David Malone points and three more from Heavey gave Raheens a five point advantage before Plunketts scored their only point of the half from a free.

Dylan Hannon rounded off a quiet afternoon with a well taken goal in the final 5 mins. following some good work by Shane Carpenter and Scott Hannon could have done likewise just after Jon Hanbury put him through  but a good save by the Plunketts keeper denied him. There was just enough time for Plunketts to launch a final attack. Their full forward raced onto a through ball in search of his third goal but Liam Power advanced bravely and did enough to put him off.

So although Raheens weren't a patch on their previous two performances they maintain their unbeaten run and advance to the semi-final of the Championship. Another display like this won't be good enough but if Raheens can recapture the form of their earlier games they will take some stopping. Best for them against Plunketts were Gary Woodgate, Dean Campbell, Dean Heavey, David Malone & Niall Connolly.

Raheens: Liam Power, Alan Lagrue, John Jennings (0-1), Danny Boyle, Richard Dalton, Dean Campbell, Gary Woodgate, Charlie Kings, Dean Heavey (1-6), Jonathon Hanbury (0-1), David Malone (0-3), Niall Connolly, Scott Hannon (0-1, Shane Carpenter 10 mins.), Gary O'Brien (0-1, Scott Hannon 38 mins.), Dylan Hannon (1-1).

Under 12's Advance To Final v Athy


20/08/2009

Under 12 Division 1 Shield Semi-Final

Raheens 2-14  Suncroft  2-7

 

Raheens recorded a great victory on Thursday evening against a spirited Suncroft at a windswept Kilcullen. Raheens won the toss and elected to play with the strong wind at their backs. The first 15/20 minutes were nip and tuck as Raheens held a 0-4 to 0-3 lead, however during the last 5 minutes of the half Raheens opened up the Suncroft defence with some very slick movements and turned around at half time with a 0-10 to 0-4 advantage.

   
Raheens were under siege at the beginning of the second half. Stephen Smyth made some outstanding saves to keep Suncroft at bay. Suncroft got as close as two points but goals from Conor Kielty and Declan Campbell came at the right time and Raheens kept their nerve and composure till the end, although a winning margin of 7 points was slightly flattering.

 

Athy await us in the final to be played in early September. This was Raheens' best team performance of the year with Jason Earley and Paddy Woodgate vying for man of the match honours. Others to impress included Colin Malone, Anthony Thompson, Shane Crowley, Conor Murphy and Sean Cox.

 

Minors Record Resounding Win Over Suncroft


20/08/2009

Minor 'B' Championship Round 2

Raheens 3-12  Suncroft 0-4

Raheens Minors moved to the top of the table in the B Championship with a comfortable victory over Suncroft on Thursday evening in Kilcullen. Despite playing against the strong wind in the opening half Raheens were dominant in every area of the field. Mark Concannon got Raheens' first point before Alan Igoe scored a lovely point from the left wing after dodging by two players when it looked like he had nowhere to go.

John Jennings and Eoin O'Donnell added further points before Jennings cooly slotted Raheens' first goal after a good run. Suncroft were reliant on the free taking ability of Fionn Dowling to try and keep them in touch, but Raheens' defence led by Gareth Malone, Dean Campbell & Graham Waters were not in a generous mood and time and time again Suncroft moves broke down and they were immediately on the back foot.

The Raheens forwards were making it extremely difficult for the Suncroft rearguard as they chased and harried their opponents at every opportunity. A case in point was the shoulder by Mark Concannon that put the Suncroft full back on the ground in the 23rd min. When he arose he was challenged again and spilled the ball to Concannon who duly put the ball between the sticks. The work-rate by the Raheens players was a definite step up on the previous week and they led by 1-8 to 0-4 at the break.

Any concerns that Suncroft might mount a challenge in the second half, aided by the wind, were quickly dispelled as Eoin O'Donnell goaled early in the half after a Suncroft defender was blocked down. Not only did Suncroft fail to score in the second half but I think they also failed to register a wide either.

Raheens were able to empty there bench late on and John Fox, back from injury, put in an eye-catching 10 min. cameo. Not only did he get forward from corner back to score a lovely point but he also fielded brilliantly on a couple of occassions. Eoin Dolly & John Nelson who also came off the bench left their mark as well, Dolly goaling in the 58th min. while Nelson was denied a goal in the final minute by an excellent save by the Suncroft net minder.

Best for Raheens were Gareth Malone, Alan Igoe, John Jennings, Eoin O'Donnell & Mark Concannon. Scorers: Alan Igoe (0-5, 3f), John Jennings (1-2), Eoin O'Donnell (1-1), Eoin Dolly (1-0), Mark Concannon (0-3), John Fox (0-1).

Next up is a meeting with high flying Confey on Wednesday, 26th August. The game will be played in Celbridge with throw-in set for 7.00pm. 

Intermediate B Team have good win over JTB (Champ Rd 1)


19/08/2009

Strong Running Raheens Outclass Johstownbridge
17 Aug 2009 7pm at Clane

Raheens 2-10 JTB 1-09

A strong Raheens team were well on top in this game, played on a lovely sunny summers evening in Clane. Raheens started well with good interplay and 2 points from Darren Earley and 1 from Stephen Riordan. All set up by James Malone who was having a stormer at full forward reminiscent of the bomber. Mark Concannon added a well taken goal Raheens now led by 1-4 to 1point. Then a good interception from Gareth Byrne and some nice work on the left led to Johnny Igoe slotting home the 2nd goal Raheens now 2-4 to 3 up and coasting. The half finished with a good save from Ted O’Brien the Raheens net minder Raheens leading 2-4 to 5 at the interval.

Dunno whether the oranges were slightly off but Raheens had a ‘mare in the first 5 mins of the 2nd half. JTB opened with a point and Ted was a little sluggish in getting back to his line from the kick out. The JTB man spotted this and with the sun low in the sky his speculative point caught the Raheens man out and landed in the net. It was now a one point game a 6pt swing from earlier. Stephen Riordain who was excellent throughout steadied the ship with a vital point and a just as vital block by Tom Earley signalled that Raheens were going to fight on. JTB had 2 more scores to draw it up, then Darren Earley and Mark Concannon steadied the Raheens ship. JTB very nearly got a goal but had to settle for a point, then James Malone made it 2-9 to 1-9 and the evergreen Charlie Delmar had the last word with a fine score from the left. Raheens had a few wides at the end and the game concluded with a great dispossetion by Mark O’Brien.

Overall it was a good performance by Raheens and while the lads made life a little anxious for their fans by conceding some soft scores and losing their way at the start of the second half, they will need to up things a bit against the better teams. A feature of the game was the strong effective running from deep with the ball by Raheens and some good accuracy up front and intelligent passing moves. All of the starting 15 acquitted themselves well and there was some enjoyable score taking and interplay. Overall, best for Raheens were Paddy O'Brien who didn't put a  foot wrong at full back, Tom Earley and his namesake Darren and Stephen Riordain who showed great accuracy, and James Malone who turned back the clock to give a sterling performance at full forward. 

Raheens: (subs in brackets)-Ted O’Brien 6, Tomas Nolan 6, Paddy O’Brien 8, Sean Dunleavy 6, Aongus Rooney 7 Gareth Byrne 7, Mark O’Brien 7, Andrew Earley 6 (Colm McLoughlin 7), Tom Earley 8, Stephen Riordain 8, Martin o’Sullivan 7, Mark Concannon 7, Darren Earley 8, James Malone 8, Johnny Igoe 6.(Charlie Delmar)

Scorers:-

Stephen Riordan: 0-3, Darren Earley: 0-3, Mark Concannon: 1-1, James Malone 0-1, Johnny Igoe 1-0, Charlie De

 

Junior C's open account with win


19/08/2009

Strong Raheens easy past Grange
18 Aug 2009 7pm at Nurney

Raheens 1-13 Grangenovlan 0-6

A strong Raheens team were well on top in this game, played on a dull and drizzly ‘soft’ Irish summers evening, at least the rain kept the midges at bay. Raheens started well with points from Gareth Malone, Marty Lynch free and a tasty outside of the left boot number from Brian Dunne. Grange replied with 1pt and Adrian Delmar cracked one against the bar for Raheens 4th. Owen O’Donnell got a peach from distance next and Adrian Delmar followed up again, and a grange point made it 7 -2 in Raheens favour. Owen got another 2 more from frees, Gareth Malone from play and Adrian goaled to leave it 1-9 to 3 at half time. Raheens were well on top with the spine of the team going well, Dave Towey, and Ciaran O’Toole were rock solid at 3 and 6 and midfield were breaking even. Brian Dunne and Adrian Delmar were well on top at 11 and 14.

The second half was a bit of a let down as Raheens front men and midfield started to take the wrong options and go for their own scores from bad positions and not look to pass to loose men, or fed it inside as they did earlier, confident that the win was in the bag. The highlight was a few dummies sold in succession by the grange wing back, VAT and all were paid on them. Raheens got 4 points and Grange 3 in this half to leave it 1-13 to 0-6 at the end. Raheens could rue that sort of play against a better team, lets hope the lesson is learned.

The positives from this outing were the strong spine to the team, good kick outs, good scores taken by Gareth Malone and Owen O’Donnell who look like real prospects and good passing in the first half. We could have won by 20 points had someone noticed the number of times Daragh O’Conchuir was loose inside and passed to the Waterford man ,once the Grange man was sent off. Also we had 10 or 11 subs which shows the strength of this team, if they hold their heads and play for each other this team could go far in this championship. Overall, a good win, with solid performances all over, best for Raheens were Gay Campbell, Dave Towey, Kieran O’Toole, Owen O’Donnell, Brian Dunne, Gareth Malone and Adrian Delmar. We done to all those to turned up to support the team also there was a nice crowd made the trip.

Raheens:- Gay Campbell, Kieran Towey, Dave Towey, Barry O’Donnell, Graham Waters, Kieran O’Toole, John Byrne, Eoin Winders, Tim Waters, Owen O’Donnell, Brian Dunne, Gareth Malone, Marty Lynch, Adrian Delmar, Daragh O’Conchuir.

Subs used Padraic Heffernan, Hughie Delmar, Brian O’Donnell, Shane Taafe, Eoghan Monaghan and Vinnie

Under 16's Drawn away to Oliver Plunketts


17/08/2009
Raheens u/16's have been drawn away to Oliver Plunketts in Round 3 of the Championship. Win two good wins behind them already they will be hopeful of another win before the knock-out stages. This game will be played in Eadestown at 1.00pm on Saturday, 22nd August.

 

Minor championship Win


16/08/2009
Raheens got their minor championship off to a winning start with a 1-13 to 1-04 scoreline against a brave Ballykelly outfit. After a tight opening half hour Raheens led by 6pts to 4pts at the break, this was despite racking up more wides than pts. In true Raheens fashion they upped their performance in the 2nd half, adding a goal and 7pts before Ballykelly goaled in time added on. The highlight of the match was the Raheens goal scored by full back and captain Paddy O Brien after a mazy run the lenght of the field. The campaign continues this Thurs v Suncroft where a victory would put the boys into the knock out stages with a game to spare

 

U-9's Mini Blitz


16/08/2009

U 9’s: On Sat 15 Aug Raheens U-9’s took part in a mini-blitz involving Round Towers and Suncroft. Raheens fielded two 7 a side teams playing 4 games and wining 3. There were some sterling performances from many Raheens players. The players in not particular order were Aidan Dunlea, Michael McGovern, Jamie Heffernan, Zak Hayes, Conor Currims, Craig Haibury, Eoin Duffy, Sean McNamara, Conor Murphy, Keelin Stout, Shane Morrell, Liam Wall, Michael Heneghan, Kian Coyle, Brendan O’Connell.

Next fixtures in Suncroft 22/8 and at home 30/8.

 

INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP-Result and Report


15/08/2009

Smullen Inspired Ballyteague too strong for Raheens

14 Aug 2009 7pm at Clane

Ballyteague 2-13 Raheens 2-10

Ballyteague accounted for Raheens by 3 points in a game where the best one could say for Raheens was they hung in there, had some good performances mostly up front, surviving on crumbs at times there, but were bettered in too many areas around the pitch. Just after Raheens had their purple patches scoring goals, 2 scoring bursts at the end of each half, won it for Ballyteague. As the scoreline would suggest the Raheens defence while good going forward at times seemed to be a bit open and lacked a bit of guile at times in performing the primary duties – defending. Too often Ballyteague were scoring at will and could easily have got another goal but for a good save by Niall Rooney and a decision to take a handy point.

On a dull evening and slippy pitch the game opened with Ballyteague getting two points. Raheens lost midfielder Martin Taaffe to injury in the 3rd minute, Alan Sharpe coming in. After each team exchanged wides, Shane Cooke slotted over two nice scores from the right hand side to bring Raheens level. Alan Campbell and Shane Power were doing well at this stage in defence for Raheens, the game was reasonably balanced but Ballyteague seemed to be edging it in midfield and creating space and finding their forwards better. Then a nice move started by some good work by Eddie Coffey, resulted in Shane Cooke putting Noel Byrne through on goal and he made no mistake finishing well. Ballyteague replied with a very fortuitous free after a Ballyteague player handled the ball on the ground sliding for a yard! Then they got a well taken goal when the Raheens defence seemed to lapse in concentration, followed up by a point which left it 1-6 to 1-2 in their favour at the break.

The start of the second half saw tit for tat scoring and widing, then John Lawler had a good chance to goal for Raheens but shot high and the goalie saved it. Then Ballyteague who were on top in the middle and picking up 80% of the breaking ball sloted a few frees (one of which was a amazing decision against Eddie Coffey when if anything Raheens should have had a free). Another was brought into scoring range for indiscipline by Raheens and the Ballyteague free taker was not missing anything. The game seemed to be up for Raheens with 5 mins to go, 4 points down, but a move down the left resulted in an excellent fly kick cross by Noel Byrne which Shane Cooke intelligently let run on to Keelan Noone and he slotted it home very well low. 1 point in it now. But then Ballyteague played the ball up the left and the Raheens defence got sucked over, a fine pass picked out one of the 2 unmarked Ballyteague runners from deep and Smullen smashed it home hitting the stanchion support in the middle, and flying back out, but the goal was rightly allowed. Ballyteague followed up with a point and Raheens with a Shane Cooke point, while Shane had a great effort from well out on the left for what would have been a smashing goal come back off the inside of the right post.

Raheens were quite laboured at times certainly in the first half and while the subs made definitely injected more bite and pace in the second half, the concession of so many uncontested scores is a worry. Shane Cooke and Noel Byrne aside there was a lack of scores coming from the starting forwards. Some strange refereeing decisions aside at vital times which suited Ballyteague, Raheens were obliterated in the middle and won very few breaking balls or kick-outs so really we can have no quibbles. The finishing line out seemed to work better than the starting one, with some injuries and lads coming back to full match fitness after injury, a fresh approach will be needed the next day, possibly using more of the young guys in key positions, to try to speed up the flow of play and make things happen, it’s win or bust now. Overall, best for Raheens were Niall Rooney, John Lawler, Shane Cooke and Noel Byrne.

Raheens: (subs in brackets)-Niall Rooney, Shane Power, John Sharpe, John Lawler, Declan Curran (Daithi Ivers 40mins), Eddie Coffey, Alan Campbell, Martin Taaffe (Alan Sharpe 2mins), Tim Dunleavy (Reddy Coffey HT) John Taaffe, Ross McMahon (Alan Igoe 28mins 0-2, 1f), Cathal Carr (Keelan Noone 50mins 1-0), Kevin Thompson, Shane Cooke (0-8, 5f), Noel Byrne (1-0).

Minors Drawn Against Suncroft In Round 2


15/08/2009
Raheens have been drawn against Suncroft for Round 2 of the Championship which is due to be played on Thursday, 20th August. Suncroft were defeated 3-12 to 2-8 in the opening round by Oliver Plunketts, while Raheens accounted for Ballykelly on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-4.

Under 16's Get Second Win In Championship


15/08/2009

Under 16 'C' Championship

Raheens 1-14  Nurney 1-8

Raheens got off to an ideal start with a point from a free by Barry Winder in the opening minute. The same player converted another free to double the advantage in the 5th min. before Sean Bracken got Nurney off the mark. The visitors were back on terms when Stefan Dempsey kicked a lovely point on 8 minutes but Barry Winder's first point from play put Raheens back in front.

Nurney levelled again with a fisted point from Ciaran Callan but there was an opportunity of a goal for a moment. Raheens had a couple of goal opportunities of their own. First Barry Winder's goal bound effort was blocked by the foot of Nurney goalkeeper, Aiden Furlong. Then David Malone saw his effort come back off the left hand upright.

The middle third of the half belonged to Raheens, John Jennings in particular picking up a lot of ball around midfield which was the launchpad for many an attack. Two Jonathon Hanbury points helped Raheens into a 0-7 to 0-3 lead. The sides swapped pointed frees before the games first goal. Steven Whelan gathered the ball 50 yards from the Raheens goal and went on a strong run down the middle, holding off the challenge of Dean Campbell before shooting past Darragh Barron in the Raheens goal.

Raheens responded with a Scott Hannon point just before half-time to lead 0-9 to 1-4. A Kevin Conway point on the resumption reduced the margin to the minimum. The home sides nerves were eased when Dean Heavey goaled in the 10th min. of the half. The sides then exchanged frees before Nurney had a man sent off. Down to 14 Nurney found it difficult to get scoring chances but Bracken was unlucky to see his effort come back off the crossbar.

Raheens too were denied a second goal when a punched effort by John Jennings came back off the post. In the final quarter Raheens were the busier and more lively team and that told as they outscored their opponents 0-4 to 0-0. They also kicked a number of wides during this period. All in all it was a good win for Raheens, though the sending off worked against Nurney's chances of getting a result.

Raheens: Darragh Barron (Liam Power 53rd min.), Evan Dempsey, John Jennings, Danny Boyle (Dylan Hannon 7, 35th min 0-1), Richard Dalton, Dean Campbell, Gary Woodgate, Charlie Kings (0-1), Barry Winder (0-7, 6f), Jonathon Hanbury (0-2), Dean Heavey (1-0), Niall Connolly (0-1), David Malone (0-1), Gary O'Brien, Scott Hannon (0-1).    

Minors Win Opening Championship Tie


11/08/2009

Minor 'B' Football Championship

Raheens 1-13  Ballykelly 1-4

Raheens Minors had a comfortable 1-13 to 1-4 win over Ballykelly in the opening round of the Championship, played in Carbury on Tuesday evening. There was little between the sides in the opening half when Ballykelly were aided by a strong breeze.

Alan Igoe kicked Raheens first 3 points all from placed balls but Ballykelly were keeping pace through the accuracy of John Lawler. Both sides were guilty of some bad wides before points from Barry Winder & Daithi Ivers in the final 5 mins. of the half gave Raheens a 0-5 to 0-3 lead, the biggest lead enjoyed by either side to that point.

John Lawler and Alan Igoe exchanged frees in stoppage time to leave Raheens leading by two at the change of ends, 0-6 to 0-4. On the restart Raheens upped the anti and three quick points from Igoe, Ivers and John Jennings opened up a 5 point lead.

Igoe pointed again before the score of the game arrived at the mid-point of the half. Full back Paddy O'Brien received the ball from Alan Igoe 25 yards from his own goal and burst out of defence. He exchanged passes with Daithi Ivers before passing to full forward Mark Concannon. Concannon played the ball back to the advancing O'Brien, who held off a challenge before firing a wonderful shot to the net.

There was no way back for Ballykelly and Raheens tagged on another three points before Ballykelly scored a consolation goal in stoppage time. Best for Raheens were Charlie Kings in goal, Paddy O'Brien and Shane Taaffe in defence, Alan Igoe and Darren Earley at midfield and Daithi Ivers in attack.

Scorers: Alan Igoe (0-7, 4f), Paddy O'Brien (1-0), Daithi Ivers (0-2), Barry Winders (0-1), John Jennings (0-1), Eoin O'Donnell (0-1), Gareth Malone (0-1).

Under 16's Record Emphatic Win In Opening Round Of Championship


07/08/2009

Under 16 'C' Championship Round 1

Raheens 4-23  Grangenolvan 1-3

Raheens recorded an emphatic win over a Grange side that will all be eligible for u/16 football again next year bar one. Scott Hannon got the first point after 3 mins. following good work by Shane Carpenter and Jonathon Hanbury. Incredibly the next two scores came from the full back (John Jennings) and centre back (Dean Campbell).

Grange got off the mark with a 14 yard free in the 12th min. but Raheens reply was instantaneous as Gary O'Brien ran on to an inviting ball from Shane Carpenter to round the keeper an shoot into the empty net. From here until half-time Raheens pressed home their advantage outscoring their opponents by eight points to one; to leave the score 1-11 to 0-2.

Dean Heavey got Raheens off to a great start to the second half with his first of three goals but Ian Costigan replied in kind for Grange capitalising on a quick free from Monsurudeen Mustapha. Undeterred Raheens continued to dominate the game, scores coming from all over the field. There was no let up as Raheens played hard right up until the final whistle.

Although there will be much stiffer challenges ahead this was an encouraging start to the Championship. You couldn't say that any of the 16 players used performed poorly and given that Dylan Hannon, Alan Lagrue, Daithi Malone and Liam Power were all away on holidays there will be real competition for places going forward.    

Raheens team: Daragh Barron, Ciaran Begley (0-1), John Jennings (0-1), Danny Boyle, Richard Dalton (0-1), Dean Campbell (0-1), Gary Woodgate, Charlie Kings, Barry Winder (0-5, 2f), Jonathon Hanbury (0-2), Dean Heavey (3-2), Niall Connolly (0-2), Scott Hannon (0-5), Gary O'Brien (1-1), Shane Carpenter (0-2), Sub - Evan Dempsey. 

Raheens 'B' Team Qualify For League Final


31/07/2009
Raheens Intermediate 'B' team qualified for the Div. 5 League Final without kicking a ball tonight, when opponents Ellistown failed to field a team. The walkover gave Raheens the points necessary to qualify for the League Final where they will meet St. Kevins

 

Raheens Restore Possibility Of Silverware


30/07/2009

Under 10 Division 2

Kilcullen 2-2  Raheens 7-5

Raheens took on a fancied table topping Kilcullen team on Thursday evening. The match began badly with Kilcullen scoring a quick goal. The response from Raheens was immediate. A kickout from keeper Paul Waters was fielded by Zak Bursey who sent the ball up the line to Grace Casey.  An accurate pass into Nicholas Kennedy allowed the full forward to catch, spin and bury the ball to the back of the Kilcullen net. Raheens then tapped over a number of points from Sean Gallagher, Killian Thompson and Jake Dardis before pouncing for another goal just before half time.

The energy of the Raheens team continued in the second half.  Kilcullen began to dominate possession for the early period however the work rate of Philip Tierney, Aidan Dunlea, Zak Bursey, Carlos Clarke, Jack Duggan and Conan Doyle kept the score down. The defenders not only closed down space but also accurately gave ball to the midfield and forward line.

A point of note from the whole game was the athleticism of Killian Thompson and Grace Casey in midfield. The quick skilful forward line of Sean Gallagher, Conor Murphy, Sean McNamara and Brendan O’Connell allowed Kennedy and Thompson to drive through the Kilcullen defense and score a number of goals and points. Diarmuid Tully, Ruairi Hogarty, Evan O’Brein and Zach Hayes all added to the performance.

This group of players continue to progress. Perhaps the most satisfying element of the performance was that every member of the panel was needed in the game and that when called upon were able to deliver skill, determination and team work.

This win puts Raheens in with a chance of winning the league if they win their final league game which is at home to Ballykelly.

 

 

Team Edge Closer To League Final


27/07/2009
Despite not playing last week Raheens are a step closer to the Senior League Div. 5 Final. Raheens game v Ellistown was called off due to a water-logged pitch but nearest rivals Allenwood slipped up with a defeat at the hands of Kilcullen. All of this means that Raheens will qualify for the League Final if they can win one of their last two fixtures, which are against Ellistown (to be re-fixed) and Kilcullen (away).

 

Under 10's Unfortunate In Castledermot


23/07/2009

Under 10 Division 2

Castledermot 1-9  Raheens 2-3

An unbeaten Raheens took the long journey to Castledermot on a wet and
windy Thursday night for this u10 South Board Division 2 game.

Raheens, playing up the steep hill, started well with a goal and a point
from Cillian Thompson and James Dolan who were well supported in the
forward line by Niall Mullally, Evan O'Brien, Zac Hayes and Conor
Murphy.

As the game wore on Castledermot took advantage of playing downhill and
began to take their points.  Brave work by Nicholas Kennedy, Carlos
Clarke and Aidan Dunlea in the fullback line kept the score down.
Raheens scored another goal from a quick break and a nice lob over the
keeper by Sean McCarthy.

At halftime the teams were level at 1-5 to 2-2.  The second half was a
low scoring affair with both teams struggling to handle the soft pitch.
Paul Waters in goals saved a number of point blank shots to keep Raheens
in the game.  Raheens began to take more control, however they could not
get that vital goal with Castledermot's defence clearing a number of balls
off the line and then breaking up the pitch to tack on extra points.
Zac Bursey, Sean Gallagher, Emma Kielty and Ruari Hogarty kept trying
but on the night luck was not with this young Raheens team.

Conan Doyle had his usual strong game but unfortunately Raheens could
not get the vital few scores to win the match. With two games to go
this bunch of lads are still in with a good chance of bringing home some
silverware.


Next match is at home to Ballykelly on Tuesday

Raheens Win With Late Scoring Blitz Against Suncroft


20/07/2009

SFL Division 5

Raheens 0-15  Suncroft 2-5

An unanswered 10 point scoring blitz by Raheens in the final 17 mins. of the game rescued a game they looked very much in danger of losing thanks to a very indifferent display in the 43 mins. that preceded it. Despite being short a number of regulars the first half performance of the home team was disappointing. That said Raheens still managed to take a one point lead into the half-time break (0-4 to 0-3).

Suncroft got off to an ideal start with a point in the opening minute after a slip by full back, Shane Power. Raheens got back on terms through the boot of Tom Earley and although they dominated the possession for the next 15 mins. only added another two points, from Darren Heavey and Daithi Ivers. Both sides were guilty of some poor play for the remainder of the half, so much so that it was hard to believe that they both had aspirations, going into this game, of winning the league.

Daithi Ivers doubled Raheens advantage with a point from a free shortly after the restart but Suncroft replied with a point almost immediately. Another point from a free after 37 mins. tied it up at five points apiece. Then Suncroft's corner forward pounced on a spilled ball by Marty Lynch in the Raheens goal to give them the games biggest lead. Within a minute Suncroft had a second goal when a free dropping in the square was punched to the net.

Now trailing by six points it was as if Raheens had been given a wake up call. Players all over the field picked up their game, none moreso than John Sharpe at centre back. Sharpe attacked every ball that came into his area and his energy rubbed off on the likes of Kealen Noone, Daithi Ivers and Martin Sullivan. Raheens started to pick up virtually all the breaking ball and created chance after chance.

Initially it looked like Raheens wouldn't convert that possession into scores as Jonny Igoe spurned a goal chance and then Daithi Ivers left a 14 yard free short. However, points in quick succession from Kealan Noone (2), Jonny Igoe and Martin Sullivan calmed the nerves. Although, Charlie Delmer & Martin Sullivan both missed goal chances and Kealan Noone would hit the crossbar the momentum was with Raheens and they reduced the arrears to a single point with a Kealan Noone point in the 52nd min. Substitute, Gareth Malone, got the levelling point within seconds of coming on the field and two more in quick succession from Delmer and Noone put Raheens back in front.

Delmer added another from a free in the final min. after the lively Malone was fouled. Martin Sullivan kicked the insurance point in stoppage time as the home side maintained their progress towards a league final spot. To reach that goal two more wins (over Ellistown and Kilcullen) are needed. But to win those games the team will need to perform for more than 17 mins. no matter how good that spell was.

Best for Raheens were John Sharpe, Martin Sullivan, Kealan Noone, Tom Earley, Darren Heavey and Daithi Ivers. Scorers: Kealan Noone (0-4, 2f), Martin Sullivan (0-3), Daithi Ivers (0-2), Charlie Delmer (0-2, 1f), Tom Earley (0-1), Darren Heavey (0-1), Jonathon Igoe (0-1), Gareth Malone (0-1). 

Determined Raheens Too Strong For Sallins


16/07/2009

16/07/2009

SFL Division 2 Raheens 1-14 Sallins 0-12

Raheens recorded a well merited home win against Sallins on Thursday evening. John Taaffe opened with a point for Raheens, however as has been the case in other games, for the opening 17 minutes it looked like it would be anything but a win for Raheens. Sallins started much brighter and raced into a 5 points to 1 lead on 17 mins, most from the accuracy of the industrious Jacko McCormack. Then the decisive score of the game arrived from the trusty left boot of Shane Cooke after a good pass from Noel Byrne opened the defence up. 2 points from Jacko was the reply from Sallins but Raheens finished the half strongly with 3 more points. This left it all square 1-4 to 7 at half time.

Raheens were in determined mood and began the 2nd half with 4 points for a lead which they never surrendered. They were getting a grip in defence where everyone was sharp , and were hunting well for the ball all over the pitch. Shane Power was outstanding at full back and Eddie Coffey was motoring well at number 6. Sallins replied with a few scores but Raheens seemed to be finding scores a little easier. Raheens finished off strong with some well taken scores the pick of which was a classic outside of boot job from the right by Sully.

Overall, it was a good win for Raheens. Best in defence were Mark O Brien, Shane Power, Eddie Coffey and Tom Earley. Martin Taaffe, Declan Curran and Alan Sharpe put in some good effort around the middle throughout. Up front Noel Byrne and John Taaffe were lively the later chiped in 3 points from play which was a very good return. Shane Cooke was excellent registering 1-5 (2f) he is poping up with the decisive scores all year.

It was good to see Tim Dunleavy kicking about at half time and all is well with the big man. It was testament to the good displays in the Raheens defence and the good work by subs Reddy Coffey and Sully and Daithi Ivers that Raheens maintained they’re momentum. With competition for places the management will have a nice selection headache come championship time. Raheens finish a very respectable 4th in the table with a record of played 15, won 10, drew 1 and lost 4 – a definite improvement on last year.

Raheens:-Niall Rooney 7, Aongus Rooney 7, Shane Power 9, John Lawlor 6, Mark O’Brien 7, Eddie Coffey 8, Tom Earley 7(1), Declan Curran 7, Martin Taaffe 6, K Thompson 6, Ross McMahon 6(1), John Taaffe 7(3), Noel Byrne 6(1), Shane Cooke 9(1-5) John Sharpe 6, Subs:- Daithi Ivers 7for john Lawlor, Sully 8 (1) for K Thompson, Reddy Coffey 7(2) for Ross McMahon

Raheens Defeat Allenwood in u/10 Div. 2


16/07/2009

Under 10 Division 2

Raheens 2 -9  Allenwood 1-0

 

On Thursday 16th of July Raheens took on a strong Allenwood side who topped their qualifying group. Due to holidays Raheens struggled to field fifteen players and the game did not begin well with Allenwood moving swiftly up the pitch to score a quick goal.  However as Killian Thompson and Grace Casey began to settle and dominate midfield more ball became available to the forward line. Excellent points by James Dolan, Jake Dardis and Conor Murphy brought Raheens back on terms. Then Killian Thompson displaying great skill in punting long balls took a shot from over 30 yards out which lobbed over the keeper and into the back of the net.

At this stage the fullback line of Conan Doyle, Aidan Dunlea and Philip Tierney were displaying excellent fielding, man marking skills and the ability to give accurate ball to their midfielders and half forward line. The first half was very even with play flowing from end to end however Raheens' ability to kick points saw them lead by 1-5 to a goal at half time.

In the second half strong defensive work by Nicholas Murphy, probably the safest pair of hands in the county, Zak Bursey, Ruari Hogarty and Adam Lloyd ensured Allenwood remained scoreless.  In the forward line Jack Duggan came into his own and tapped over another point while the strength of Brendan O’Connell, Zak Hayes and Niall Mullalley and their ability to lay off ball led to a number of points by a powerful James Dolan. A final Raheens goal brought an end to the game as a contest however Raheens continued to attack until the final whistle finishing with a tally of 2-9.

It was notable that the Raheens lads have learned the skills of hand passing and laying off the ball to a better positioned player and the ability to kick points from play. These factors along with the developing team spirit were the key to victory. Raheens are currently top of the table.

Next match is away to Castledermot.

Could all parents text John Farrelly on 087 2889720 with availability for matches

 

St. Kevins Deafeat Allenwood in SFL Div. 5


14/07/2009

Raheens faith is now in their own hands with 3 games remaining in SFL Div. 5, following Allenwood's defeat at the hands of table toppers St. Kevins last night. Kevins 0-10 to 1-4 win leaves Raheens a point clear of Allenwwod in second place. Both teams have three games remaining.

If Raheens can defeat Ellistown (H), Suncroft (H) and Kilcullen (A) they will be guaranteed a place in the league final.

Raheens Have Five Points To Spare Over Caragh


06/07/2009

SFL Division 5

Raheens 1-12  Caragh 2-4

Caragh got off to the ideal start when Philip Casey goaled in the 7th min., shooting underneath Niall Rooney. Raheens responded immediately with an Alan Igoe point. Caragh almost had a second goal 5 mins. later but Mikey Behan's goal bound shot was deflected over by Alan Campbell.

Raheens slowly got on top and points from Daithi Ivers (2f) and Jonny Igoe had them back on terms by the 27th min. In the final minute of the half Darren Heavey was restrained in the square and a penalty was awarded. The kick was "entrusted" to Jonny Igoe who made no mistake to give Raheens the lead for the first time.

The same player added another point in stoppage time to give Raheens a 1-5 to 1-1 lead. This was the score of the game, involving a slick passing movement beginning with Alan Campbell who exchanged passes with Martin Sullivan before moving the ball onto Daithi Ivers who in turn set up Igoe for the score.

Tom Earley extended the Raheens lead with a lovely point early in the second half but Caragh were awarded a dubious penalty within seconds. Mikey Behan duly converted to reduce their arrears to two points. Points from Aonghus Rooney, Martin Sullivan & Darren Heavey restored the Raheens advantage. 

Caragh were unable to get closer than to within 4 points for the remainder of the game as Raheens ran out deserving winners. Best for Raheens were Alan Campbell, Kevin Higgins, Aonghus Rooney and Daithi Ivers. For Caragh, Adrian Moran, Dan Campbell, Jeffrey Dunney and Mikey Behan tried hard.

Mixed On Field Results For Raheens On Wonderful Feile Weekend


04/07/2009

Raheens two u/14 teams may have won only one game each in the National Feile at the weekend but they represented the Club brilliantly and were a credit to the their mentors and families. Off the field the Club played host to both Portlaoise (Laois) and Michael Dwyers (Wicklow), both of whom won out their respective groups in Divisions 3 & 6.

Great credit for what was a very successful and smoothly run weekend goes to the players, mentors, host families and to one man in particular, Feile Officer, Brian Kielty.

Division 6 Round Up

The weekend began on Friday afternoon when Raheens 'B' team took on Michael Dwyers. Robert Thompson got the home side off to a good start with a point from a free in the opening minute. Dwyers responded well and were 1-3 to 0-1 in front before Adam Morrin kicked Raheens second point. Playing into the wind in the second half, Raheens found the going tougher. Michael Dwyers ran out deserving 2-8 to 0-2 winners. Raheens had good performances in defeat from Sean Delaney, John Dunleavy, Thomas Dore, Jason Earley & Shane Crowley.

On Saturday morning Raheens gained a well deserved win over Scottish side, Tir Conaill Harps. A good start had Raheens 1-6 to 0-3 in front at the break. Both sides missed penalties in the game but goals from Paul Quinn Fay and Calvin O'Toole ensured a 2-7 to 1-5 win. Others to play well were Ronan Fox, Adam Morrin and Jason Earley.

In the final game of the group Raheens faced home side Cappagh. Two first half goals from Joshua Nallen had Raheens in touch at halftime as the trailed by 1-7 to 2-0. However, Cappagh pulled away in the second half for a well deserved 4-11 to 2-0 win. Best for Raheens were the afore mentioned Josh Nallen, William Jennings, John Dunleavy, Shane Crowley and Jason Earley.

In the skills competition held in Cappagh, Michael Healion represented Raheens and did very well winning his heat to advance to the semi-final in St. Laurences in the afternoon, where he came third.

Division 3 Round Up

Raheens were up against it in Div. 3 on Friday as their opening game was against the formidable Portlaoise. Despite the efforts of a hard working Raheens rearguard, none moreso than goalie Craig Currims, they trailed 3-10 to 0-0 at half-time. Things improved marginally in the second half with Billy Martin converting a penalty after Eoghan Corkery had been fouled. Points from Niall Connolly and Colm Power from frees didn't make much impact as Portlaoise ran out 5-14 to 1-2 winners. Best for Raheens were Craig Currims, Donal Mongey, Gavin Sweetman, Conor Earley and Mark Waters.

Matters didn't improve much in Raheens next game against St. Patricks on Saturday morning. In the first half it was the backs that were called into service once more and they did a good job in keeping the score down to 1-6 to 0-0, the goal coming in stoppage time. On the restart three goals in five minutes ended the game as a contest. St. Patrick's eventually ran out 4-8 to 0-0 winners. Best for Raheens were Alex Dunne and Donal Mongey.

Desperate to make amends in their final game, Raheens came out all guns blazing against Ballykelly. Despite a number of missed chances they led 0-9 to 0-0 as half-time approached. Then the concession of two quick goals looked like it might prove costly. Playing into the wind on the resumption Raheens upped the pace. Again they kicked a number of wides but on this occasion they didn't allow Ballykelly the opportunities to get back into it. A late goal from Colm Power sealed a very good performance. Raheens won 1-12 to 2-0. Best for Raheens were Niall Connolly (0-4), Matthew Bursey (0-1), Billy Martin (0-1), Alex Dunne (0-2) and Gavin Sweetman. The other scorers were Robert Swift (0-1), Colm Power (1-2) and Paul Mather (0-1).

In the skills competition Conor Earley represented Raheens and finished joint second.

Raheens Defeat High Flying Clane


02/07/2009

SFL Division 2

Raheens 1-10  Clane 0-12

Raheens dealt Clane's league title aspirations a blow on Thursday evening on the back of an excellent first half display. Clane began brightly and Danny Egan kicked them in front with a point in the 2nd min. Cathal Carr replied in kind for Raheens before Shane Cooke scored Raheens' major. Cooke had his goal bound shot brilliantly saved by Ayers in the Clane goal but wasn't to be denied when he deflected the resultant 45 to the roof of the net.

The lively Egan added a second for Clane before Ross McMahon scored from a free for Raheens in the 10th min. Raheens played their best football of the game over the course of the next 20 mins. and with some slick passing added another five unanswered points before Cathal Geoghegan responded with a point for Clane after 25 mins.

Shane Cooke added another point for Raheens with an excellent long range free to give them an eight point advantage at half-time. They now led 1-8 to 0-3. That lead increased on the restart with Cooke kicking his fifth point of the game.

Clane now with Tomas O'Connor at midfield began to win the greater share of the possession and when they ran at the Raheens rearguard they had their opponents in trouble. Four successive points from frees brought Clane back into it; Raheens only reply another point from Shane Cooke.

Egan was the chief tormentor of Raheens and with David Lyons influence growing Clane chipped away at the Raheens lead. That lead was reduced to the minimum as the game entered stoppage time. A draw looked on the cards when Clane were awarded a kickable free but the usually reliable Eddie McCormack was off target on this occassion and Raheens held out for their win.

Best for the winners were Eddie Coffey, Tim Dunleavy, Ross McMahon and Shane Cooke while Danny Egan, Tomas O'Connor, David Lyons and Eddie McCormack were Clane's best.

Scorers: Raheens - Shane Cooke (1-6, 4f), Cathal Carr (0-1), Ross McMahon (0-1, 1f), Noel Byrne (0-1), Kevin Thompson (0-1).

             Clane - Danny Egan (0-8, 3f), Eddie McCormack (0-2, 2f), Cathal Geoghegan (0-2).   

B's Stay In The Hunt With Win Over Ballyteague


25/06/2009

SFL Division 5

Ballyteague 1-7  Raheens 1-10

Raheens Intermediate 'B' team kept their League aspirations alive with a win over Ballyteague on Thursday evening. With the win they've leapfrogged over Allenwood into second spot, albeit with an extra game played.

Ballyteague made the early running and were 3 points to 1 up after 10 mins. Raheens fought back with a couple of Alan Igoe points and despite playing into a strong wind were sharing the possession stakes. Paddy O'Brien and Kevin Higgins were leading a disciplined defence which supported their attack at every opportunity.

Mark Concannon kicked Raheens into a 0-5 to 0-4 half-time lead with a point in the 28th min. after receiving a quick free from Tom Earley in the middle of the field. However, they were dealt a blow shortly after the restart when Ballyteague found the net despite the best efforts of Niall Rooney who saved well from Mark Herbert's initial effort.

Raheens responded immediately with a Martin Sullivan point and with two more points from Alan Igoe were back in front by the 38th min. A James Malone goal a couple of minutes later after a knock down by Daithi Ivers gave Raheens a four point cushion, which they maintained until the closing minutes.

Ballyteague came in search of a goal and created a couple of chances but had to settle for a point in the 60th min. A couple of minutes of injury time made for a nervous ending for Raheens, something that shouldn't have been the case given the amount of possession they had in the second half. 

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Paddy O'Brien, Shane Power, Sean Dunleavy, Aonghus Rooney, Kevin Higgins, Mark O'Brien, Alan Igoe (0-5), Tom Earley, Kealan Noone (0-1), Martin Sullivan (0-1), Daithi Ivers (0-2), Mark Concannon (0-1), James Malone (1-0), Jonathon Igoe. Subs - Alan Campbell for A. Rooney, Darren Heavey for M. Concannon, Sean Browne for M. O'Brien, Tomas Nolan for S. Dunleavy, Eoin O'Donnell for D. Ivers.

Feile Skills Competition Results


19/06/2009

Michael Healion & Conor Earley will represent Raheens in the National Feile Skills Competition in two weeks time after two very competitive qualifiers this evening.

The 'B' squad qualifier was of a very high standard. Robert Thompson set the early pace with 85 out of 100 points followed by a good run from William Jennings with 80. This came under threat when Sean Delaney flew around the course in a very fast 1 min 11.75 sec. With extra points (of 13, 9 and 5) awarded for the three fastest times it was important not just to execute the skills properly but to do so at pace.

With one competitor remaining Robert Thompson looked like being the winner but Michael Healion had other ideas and his time of 1 min 12.19 sec (second fastest) proved crucial in deciding the outcome.

'B' Squad Qualifier Results
First - Michael Healion 89 pts. 
Second - Robert Thompson 85 pts.
Third - Sean Delaney 83 pts.
Fourth - William Jennings 80 pts.
Fifth - Sean Cox 70 pts.

If the 'B' squad qualifier was exciting it wasn't a patch on what was to follow. Conor Earley set the early target with 90 points out of 100. Try as they might the other contestants couldn't match that tally, that was until Eoghan Corkery managed to do just that with an identical score. Neither managed to be in the fastest three so their scores were tied and a run off was required.

It was decided that if the scores were tied the faster time would be the winner. Eoghan Corkery went first this time and scored 70 points in 1 min. 15.81 sec. Conor Earley followed up with a similar run also scoring 70 points. It would now come down to time. Incredibly, Conor's time was identical to Eoghan's (i.e. 1 min. 15.81 sec.). 

A second run off was agreed upon with Conor going first on this occasion. He posted a score of 75 points. This time Eoghan was unable to match Conor's score and we had a final result.

'A' Squad Qualifier Results 
Joint First - Conor Earley 90 pts.
Joint First - Eoghan Corkery 90 pts.
Third - David Mather 79 pts.
Fourth - Mark Waters 73 pts.
Fifth - Donal Mongey 65 pts.

First Run Off
Conor Earley 70 pts. in 1 min. 15.81 sec.
Eoghan Corkery 70 pts. in 1 min. 15.81 sec.

Second Run Off
Conor Earley 75 pts. in 1 min. 16.37 sec.
Eoghan Corkery 65 pts. in 1 min. 20.28 sec.

Best of luck to both Michael & Conor in the National competition. Michael will be competing in Cappagh on Saturday, 4th July while Conor will be in action on home ground (Tom Lawler Park) the same day.

National Feile Skills Qualifier


18/06/2009

Raheens will hold a competition this Friday, 19th June @ 6.30pm to get it's qualifiers for the National Feile Skills Competition. Each squad (A & B) will have one representative in the National Competition on the July bank holiday weekend.

The Raheens qualifier will take place at Tom Lawler Park this Friday and will be over the National Feile Skills course. 

Under 12's Finish On A Losing Note


16/06/2009

Under 12 Division 1

Raheens 1-11  St. Laurence’s 2-12

Raheens final game of the season ended in defeat in a very competitive match against “ The Larries”. Having played against a very strong breeze, Raheens were fortunate to turn around only 3 points behind. Declan Campbell scored a well taken goal and Shaun Lloyd came very close with another effort just before half time. Sean Cox scored a great point from the wing leaving the score line at half time 0-9 to 1-3.

Raheens came out in the second half with all guns blazing and tied up the match after 5 minutes. Everyone expected Raheens to push on from here; however it was the “Larries” who became stronger and hungrier for the ball in the last 20 minutes. Two quick goals in succession broke the resolve of the young Raheens players.

Others to impress for Raheens on the night included, Stephen Smyth, Colin Malone, Shane Crowley and Paddy Woodgate. The loss of Ruairi Cleary with a wrist injury with 10 minutes to go further added to Raheens woes. All in all the season was a little disappointing with only 3 points out of 10. However Raheens were competitive in all of their matches at the top level and with a little luck could have made the play-offs. Several friendlies will be arranged during the course of the summer to ensure the lads remain focused on their skills ahead of U-13 leagues that commence in September.

 

C's Lose To Robertstown


15/06/2009

SFL Div. 7

Raheens 1-5  Robertstown 2-11

The third team lost for a third time in the league on Monday night. Robertstown's seconds were too strong for Raheens and controlled the game for long periods. At half-time the visitors had built up a 1-7 to 1-1 lead.

Robertstown extended their lead on the restart and a second goal wrapped up the game up for them. Raheens best spell came in the final quarter and points from Brian Dunne, Gareth Malone and Eoghan Winders were reward for them.

Best for Raheens were Ciaran Towey, John Byrne, Graham Waters and Brian Dunne.

Raheens Grind Out Another Win In Low Scoring Game


14/06/2009

SFL Division 2

Ballymore 1-4  Raheens 0-9

In a low scoring game with defences well on top Ballymore got off to a good start and with points from Eoin Kavanagh and Tommy Archibald took an early lead. Noel Byrne brought Raheens back into it with a point from the left corner forward position before Keelan Noone levelled matters up with a point in the 7th min.

Raheens got their noses in front in the 11th min. when Shane Cooke converted a long range free following a foul on Mark O'Brien. The same player doubled Raheens' advantage with a fine score after receiving a pass from Kevin Thompson.

Ballymore roared back into contention with a goal in the 22nd min. Mark O'Brien got caught the wrong side of Brian Moore on the halfway line and when the ball was delivered in to Archibald his quick pass to Eoin Kavanagh unlocked the Raheens defence. Kavanagh cooly shot past Kevin Higgins to give Ballymore back the lead.

Raheens didn't panic and responded with two long range pointed frees, one from Ross McMahon, the other from Shane Cooke to give them a 0-6 to 1-2 half-time lead.

Scores were few and far between in the second half. A free from Eoin Kavanagh following a foul on the industrious Stephen Dwyer tied matters up once more. Both sides were then guilty of missing goal opportunities. First Noel Byrne fired high and wide after a strong run put him through on the Ballymore goal. A couple of mins. later Byrne turned provider but Kealan Noone had his shot from 5 yards saved. Ballymore then had a wonderful opportunity themselves but Gareth Clarke saw his shot saved by Kevin Higgins.

Shane Cooke restored Raheens to the lead with a point on 46 mins. after a neat exchange of passes with Kevin Thompson. The same players combined a couple of mins. later from a sideline kick with the same outcome; another Shane Cooke point.

Cooke almost added to his tally with 5 mins. remaining but saw his shot from the left touchline rebound off the crossbar. Ballymore swept downfield and Stephen Dwyer kicked a point to reduce his sides arrears to the minimum. Raheens got their insurance point in the final minute when Ross McMahon kicked yet another free after a foul on Cooke.

Best for Raheens were Tim Dunleavy, Alan Campbell, Shane Power, Ross McMahon and Cathal Carr while for Ballymore Pat Browne, Eoin Kavanagh and Stephen Dwyer tried hard.

Scorers: Raheens - Shane Cooke (0-5, 2f), Ross McMahon (0-2, 2f), Noel Byrne (0-1), Kealan Noone (0-1).         Ballymore - Eoin Kavanagh (1-2, 1f), Tommy Archibald (0-1), Stephen Dwyer (0-1).

  

Under 12's Beaten By Moorefield


09/06/2009

Under 12 Division 1

 

Moorefield 4-7  Raheens 0-11

 

Raheens succumbed to a strong Moorefield outfit on Tuesday evening. This result has in all likelihood eliminated Raheens from the play-off stages. Raheens paid dearly for two ten minute lapses in each half which resulted in Moorefield scoring 1-5 in the first half and 3-2 in the second half to no reply. Raheens had great patches of play, but these two periods of falling asleep at the wheel cost them the match.

 

Some of the basic skills, catching, passing and running off the ball were lacking and these skills will have to be honed during training sessions. Paddy Woodgate had a great game and was ably assisted by Shane Crowley and Cathal Duffy in defence. Next and final game is versus St. Laurence’s at home on Tues 16th June. A result of some description is required to avoid a relegation play-off.

 

 

VHI Cul Camp Raheens 6th - 10th July


08/06/2009

VHI Cul Camp

Venue : Raheens

Date : 6th - 10th July

 

Attendance is open to primary school children aged 7 years to 13 years 

 

Only €60 per child

Family Reductions

€50  2nd child

€40  3rd child 

 

Each Camp starts at 10.00 am and finishes at 2.30 pm each day.

 

Application forms have been distributed to the national school in Caragh last week. Please return completed forms to John Cox, Gingerstown, Caragh, Co. Kildare or at underage training in either Raheens or the Parish Feld on Saturday mornings. If you require an application form please contact John at 087 7408342. You may also book online on the Cul Camps website www.vhiculcamps.gaa.ie site (please note there is a €2 administration fee for credit card bookings).

 

Kind Regards,

John.

087 7408342

 

 

Raheens Register Two Successive Wins


06/06/2009

SFL Division 2

Raheens 1-7  Grangenolvan 1-3

Raheens followed up on their win over Kill with another victory on Saturday evening, this time against Grange. Conditions were not conducive to good football and both sides struggled on a cold, wet & windy evening.

Shane Cooke opened the scoring for the home side with a free from the right hand side in the 3rd min. but Grange levelled only a minute later. Kevin Thompson restored the Raheens lead with a point in the 7th min., having received a pass from Alan Campbell. Grange levelled again with a second point in the 9th min.

The game then went through a scoring drought with both defences well on top. Raheens seemed to find it easier to move the ball out of defence with some slick and assured handpassing but they couldn't seem to register the scores. That was until the 28th min. when a 45 from Shane Cooke dropped short to Kealan Noone; Noone put the ball low across the square and Alan Sharpe finished it off, scoring his second goal in two games.

Noone followed up with a point of his own a minute later to give Raheens their biggest lead of the game (1-3 to 0-2), which they held until the half-time break. The sides swapped pointed frees in the opening 5 mins. of the second half before Grange got back into the game with a goal in the 36th min. A long ball into the Raheens square was punched to the net by the corner forward, reducing the Raheens lead to a solitary point.

Five minutes later Raheens got a steadying score when Eddie Coffey was tripped 25 yards out as he burst through on a strong run. Shane Cooke converted the resultant free kick. A couple of mins. later Noel Byrne kicked a lovely point from the right corner after exchanging passes with John Taaffe.

Raheens were reduced to 14 players shortly after as Stephen Riordan was the third man into a melee that developed after a foul on Kealan Noone. As well as losing a player Raheens also lost a certain score as the free they had been awarded was changed to a hop ball. However, Raheens did get their insurance point when Noone was fouled again and Cooke kicked over the free kick.

Grange failed to score in the final 25 mins. of the game and the Raheens defence can take great credit for that especially as they were down a man for the final quarter. Best for Raheens were Declan Curran, Eddie Coffey, Tim Dunleavy, Kealan Noone & Alan Campbell.

Scorers: - Shane Cooke (0-4, 4f), Alan Sharpe (1-0), Kevin Thompson (0-1), Kealan Noone (0-1), Noel Byrne (0-1).

Bitter Disappointment For Under 10's


04/06/2009

Under 10 Division 1A

Raheens 2-2  Rathangan 2-3

The u/10's were desperately unlucky to lose to Rathangan on Thursday evening. Rathangan had the better start and were 2 points to the good in the opening 10 mins. Then Sean McNamara followed up on a long ball in from Sean Gallagher and duly dispatched it to the back of the net to give Raheens the lead.

That was the half-time score (1-0 to 0-2). Raheens played much better after the break but got caught out when Rathangan goaled after a poor defensive clearance. The Caragh lads battled back and Sean McNamara restored the lead with a second goal.

Rathangan levelled matters with a fine long range point but Raheens were now in the ascendancy. Killian Thompson kicked them back in front with a point and Sean Gallagher extended that lead with another point, following up on a ball cleared by Rathangan that appeared to have crossed the line for a goal but which wasn't awarded.

Raheens looked set for victory but got caught with a sucker punch in the final minute. As Phillip Tierney was clearing his lines the referee stopped play to attend to two Rathangan players who had run into one another. From the resultant hop ball, directly in front of the Raheens goal, the ball fell for a Rathangan player who shot the winning score to the back of the net.

Best for an unfortunate Raheens team were Nicholas Kennedy (in goals), Phillip Tierney, Zak Bursey, Killian Thompson, Grace Casey, Sean Gallagher & Sean McNamara.

Championship Draws


04/06/2009

The draws for the first rounds of the championships that our Minors, Intermediate B's and Junior C's will participate in was made last night, and are as follows:-

Roadstone Minor B Championship

Round 1 - Ballykelly v Raheens

Senior C Football Championship

Round 1 - Johnstownbridge v Raheens (Intermediate B team)

Senior F Football Championship

Round 1 - Grangenolvan v Raheens

Under 12's Defeat Suncroft


02/06/2009

Under 12 Division 1

Suncroft 3-4  Raheens 3-10

In a must win game for Raheens, the u12’s stepped up to plate and recorded a hard fought win. On a scorching evening in Suncroft, Raheens overcame a robust Suncroft outfit. The lads became young men on the night and their discipline was exemplary.

The referee offered them little protection, but our lads took it all in their stride. Having played with a slight breeze and downhill advantage, Raheens were six points to the good at half time. Suncroft’s, centre half forward was causing mayhem and the switch of Jason Earley from midfield to centre half back shored up the defence.

 

This victory keeps Raheens very much in the hunt in a very competitive league, with no one team outstanding. Best for Raheens on the night, were Stephen Smith in goals, Colin Malone, Matthew Betts Symonds, Cathal Duffy (man of the match), Jason Earley in defence, Conor Murphy, Ruairi Cleary in midfield and Shaun Lloyd the pick of the forwards.

 

Next up, away to Moorefield in Ballymany, Tues 9th of June at 7.00 p.m.

Under 10's Defeated In Moorefield


30/05/2009

Under 10 Div. 1A

Moorefield 3-8  Raheens 3-2

Raheens Under 10's played well but were ultimately defeated by Moorefield on Saturday morning. It was the typical game of two halves, as Rahens dominated the opening half, playing with the aid of a strong wind in that period and Moorefield doing likewise in the second half.

With Ollie Dunne & James Dolan to the fore in the first half Raheens were 9 points to the good as half-time approached (leading by 3-1 to 0-1). This could have been even greater but for some wayward shooting. Sean McNamara weighed in with two goals and Diarmuid Tully scored the other one.

All the good work was undone though in the 2 mins. before the break when Moorefield managed to score 1-2 to leave them only 4 adrift. With a strong wind behind them on the restart Moorefield took over and although Ollie Dunne kicked a fine point it was only a brief respite.

The backs were under immense pressure but with Carlos Clarke and Muiris Cleary doing well they were still level with 10 mins. remaining. Moorefield added 1-3 in the final quarter without reply to deservedly win but Raheens played well and should improve with more games.  

Under 10's Off To A Winning Start


28/05/2009

Under 10 Division 1A

Raheens 4-7  Eadestown 2-3

Raheens u/10's had a great win over Eadestown in their first game in Div. 1A of the South Board league. Having lost to Eadestown in a challenge game a couple of weeks previously Raheens expected a tough challenge and in the opening half it was very tight.

Killian Thompson's long range effort that hopped over the Eadestown keeper for a goal gave Raheens a good start and Jake Dardis extended their lead with a fine point midway through the half. However, Eadestown finished the half strongly to lead 1-2 to 1-1 at the break.

The sides swapped points on the restart before a Killian Thompson free levelled the scores once more. Raheens were now well on top and goals from the impressive Sean Gallagher and Ollie Dunne helped them into a big lead. A second Killian Thompson goal put the game beyond Eadestown but they didn't give up and were rewarded with a consolation goal in the final minute.

Best for Raheens were Ollie Dunne, Sean Gallagher, James Dolan, Nicholas Kennedy, Grace Casey & Paul Waters. The scorers were Killian Thompson (2-1), Sean Gallagher (1-3), Ollie Dunne (1-0), Jake Dardis (0-2), Sean McNamara (0-1). 

Two Early Second Half Goals See Off Kill Challenge


26/05/2009

SFL Div. 2

Kill 0-8  v  Raheens 2-5

Raheens defeated Kill on Tuesday evening in Round 9 of SFL Div. 2. It was a poor game of football not helped by a very disagreeable wind that made accurate passing and shooting very difficult. Kill playing against the elements but down the hill in the opening period had the greater possession as they were more dominant at midfield.

That dominance coupled with a lively inside forward line yielded the home side four points in the opening half. Raheens replied with an excellent point from Shane Cooke and a pointed free from Ross McMahon to leave the half-time scores Kill 0-4, Raheens 0-2.

Kill extended that lead early in the second half when a wayward pass by Shane Power going forward was punished, Kill transferring the ball quickly downfield to kick a fifth point. The Raheens response though was instantaneous. A swift move down the left flank saw Shane Cooke break free of his marker. He advanced on goal and transferred a pass across the square. Alan Sharpe miscontrolled the pass but the ball struck his leg and finished up in the corner of the net.

Kill's luck got worse a minute later when their centre back was adjudged to have impeded Ross McMahon as he chased a ball in the large parallelogram. A penalty was awarded which McMahon stuck strongly. The ball rebounded off the crossbar and hit the unfortunate goalkeeper on the back, crossing the goalline before it could be cleared.

Raheens were now incredibly three points to the good. They capitalised on their good fortune by adding their two best scores of the game. Firstly Shane Cooke added his second point after a good move involving Tom Earley and Noel Byrne, and then Ross McMahon kicked a lovely point after a strong run, having received a pass from John Sharpe.

Kill regained the upper hand in the final quarter and kicked three points to reduce the margin to two. Raheens were very much on the back foot at this stage and John Sharpe who had a very good second half was instrumental in repelling the Kill attack. The victors were given some respite in the 59th min. when Shane Cooke kicked over a close in free following a foul on Kealan Noone.

Three minutes of stoppage time gave Raheens supporters a few anxious moments but they held out for their fifth win of the league. Best for them were Ross McMahon and Shane Cooke in attack while in defence John Sharpe's second half display stood out.    

Under 12's Lose Out In Opening Round Thriller


19/05/2009

Under 12 Division 1

Raheens 1-10  Athy 2-8

Raheens u/12's, fresh from their great win in the Sean Barber Tournament, were unfortunate to come away from Athy empty handed on Tuesday evening. Raheens gave up home advantage to facilitate the supporters of both clubs anxious to see the Senior league fixture between the clubs fixed for Athy on the same evening.

And what a curtain raiser it proved to be with end to end football and chances galore keeping the attendance highly entertained. The home side led 1-3 to 0-5 at half-time and extended that lead to 2-5 to 0-5 early in the second half.

Raheens responded well with points from Conor Kielty and Robert Thompson. A goal from Shaun Lloyd got them back to within a point but Athy extended their lead again. Raheens threw everthing at Athy but couldn't manage to get level, denied by the woodwork and some good goalkeeping by Athy's no. 1.

Raheens played some lovely football throughout and would have been deserving of at least a draw but it wasn't to be. Best for them were Shane Crowley & Cathal Duffy at the back, Paddy Woodgate in midfield and Robert Thompson & the impressive Shaun Lloyd in attack.

Intermediates Lose Out To Athy


19/05/2009

SFL Division 2

Athy 1-12  Raheens 0-8

Raheens started well but two missed frees from Shane Cooke (one off the post) in the opening three mins. meant they failed to capitalise on that good start. Athy had no such difficulty and converted their opening two frees in the 5th & 8th mins. They had doubled that advantage to four points before Martin Taaffe opened Raheens' account with a 12th min. point.

Alan Campbell added another a minute later benefiting from a pass by Shane Cooke. That was as good as it got though in the opening half as Athy took over. Well on top at midfield their pacy and elusive forward line was causing Raheens no end of problems. Three successive points (1f) gave them a five point advantage by the 20th min.

The opening goal arrived in the 25th min. following a missed goal opportunity by the home side moments earlier. Two more points for Athy put them 10 points to the good and it was beginning to look like Raheens would be taken to the cleaners. Raheens then got their best score of the half when Alan Campbell finished off a move that began with Timmy Dunleavy winning possession in his half-back line. HT score Athy 1-9, Raheens 0-3.

When Raheens conceded another point early in the second half after Declan Curran got caught in possession one feared the worst. However, Raheens much to their credit battled back. Firstly, Ross McMahon converted a long range free following a foul on Shane Cooke. Cooke then added two further frees from closer range to reduce the arrears to seven points.

Niall Rooney then advanced to make a smart save from the Athy full-forward. Ross McMahon and Cathal Carr then added a couple of points to reduce the margin to five. A 20 metre free to Raheens at the mid point of the half looked like it would further aid their comeback but Shane Cooke dropped the ball into the goalkeepers hands. Athy went straight down the field and added a point.

Although substitutes Ross McMahon and Noel Byrne livened up the Raheens attack there were precious few chances for the visitors in the final quarter hour. Raheens did miss another kickable free before Athy had the final say with a point in stoppage time.

On a night where the defence were very much on the back foot John Lawler and Tim Dunleavy tried hard, Alan Campbell was doing allright until his withdrawel and substitutes Ross McMahon and Noel Byrne brought some imputus to the attack. Next up is an away fixture to Kill on Saturday evening where expectations of a win will be greater.

Intermediate B's Win Again


18/05/2009

SFL Division 5

Raheens 2-9  Kill 1-4

Raheens came from behind to defeat Kill tonight in SFL Div. 5 and remain unbeaten. A poor first half display, including a number of missed scoring opportunities meant that Kill led at half-time, 1-2 to 0-4.

An early second half point doubled the visitors advantage before Pa Percival reduced the margin to the minimum after taking a short 45 from Kevin Higgins. Raheens got theirs noses in from at the mid-point of the half when a Kill defender pulled on a loose ball only to see it ricochet off James Malone's shins and into the net.

The highlight of the second half were the two long range points kicked by Kevin Higgins (one 45 & one free). Bugsy's second goal in the closing minutes gave the final scoreline a flattering look as although Raheens won, one could describe it as winning ugly.

Best for the winners were John Sharpe, Darren Heavey, Kevin Higgins and a busy Jonny Igoe in attack.

Under 11's Bow Out


18/05/2009

Under 11 Div. 1 Semi-Final

Moorefield 4-3  Raheens 1-3

Raheens u/11's lost out at the semi-final stage of Div. 1 to Moorefield tonight. The first half was very competitive with both sides enjoying periods of dominance. Raheens held a 1-2 to 1-1 advantage at the break following a goal from Oliver Dunne shortly after a defensive error allowed Moorefield a first goal.

An early second half point by the same player doubled Raheens' lead but Moorefield scored a second goal shortly after to retake the lead. Bouyed by this the Moore's took control around the middle and Raheens were on the back foot for the remainder of the game. When Raheens did manage to get the ball forward a combination of poor shooting and a strong Moorefield rearguard contributed to Raheens being unable to add to their tally.

Moorefield's forwards were that bit more clinical in front of goal and that led to them deserving the win that advances them to the final where they will play St. Laurences. That said it's been a very good year for Raheens, they've improved immensely since last year and a semi-final appearance where they were far from out of their depth bears testament to that.

Best for Raheens were Michael Begley, James Dolan, Barry Connolly, Oliver Dunne & Colin Malone.

New Field Development Update


18/05/2009

Work started on the development of the new pitches in the past week with developer, Clive Richardson moving on site. The process to date has been a lengthy one involving the negotiations for the purchase of the 7 acres of ground, acquiring grants from the National Lottery, Leinster Council & Kildare County Council, countless meetings with the project manager Richard Hayden, and a tendering process that has eventually led to the appointment of Clive Richardson as the chosen developer.

The hard work of the Field Development Committee of Robert Campbell, John Delmer, Johnny McMahon, Patsy Power & Seanie Taaffe is now starting to bear fruit and its hoped that the two new pitches (one adult and one juvenile) will be laid by the end of July. We will endeavour to keep all members / contributers up to date on the development as it progresses.

Johnny McMahon, Robert Campbell, John Delmer, Richard Hayden (Project Manager), Bill Reynolds (Site Foreman), Clive Richardson (Developer), Patsy Power, Seanie Taaffe.

 

 

 

 

 

Determined Raheens Too Strong For Confey


16/05/2009

SFL Div. 2 Round 7

Raheens 2-8  Confey 0-9

Raheens bounced back from the defeat in Naas to record a well merited home win against Confey on Saturday evening. However, for the opening minutes it looked like it would be anything but a win for Raheens. Confey started much brighter and raced into a 4 point lead 8 mins. in, on the back of some industrious play. Two points from Michael McClean and one from Hughie Lynch and a free from full forward Frank Barry doing the damage.

Raheens were in determined mood and began to get a grip in defence and the middle and got moving with an excellent Cathal Carr point 9 mins. in, which was started from good defensive work from John Lawler down the left. Shane Cooke followed that with a point 1 min. later and Raheens were back in business.

Tim Dunleavy was starting to win clean ball in the midfield, and a Ross McMahon free and a brilliant Cathal Carr point from the right brought them level. Another 3 good points from the ever accurate left boot of Shane Cooke, 1 from a free, took it to 0-7 to 0-4 in favour of Raheens with 20 mins. gone.

It was testament to the good displays in the Raheens defence and tireless work of Tim Dunleavy at midfield that Confey failed to register a score from the 8th min. of the game until half time.

The second half saw Confey again start well rattling off 2 points in 4 mins. to leave it 0-7 to 0-6. Then on 8 mins. the games first goal and turning point came when Stephen Riordan controlled a spilled ball in the Confey rear guard and showed great composure to steady himself and find the net low and hard “soccer syle” off the ground to the right corner. Then a great run from Shane Power yielded one of the best scores of the day for Raheens and one which said to all there that they “weren’t for turning”.

Hughie Lynch replied with a point for Confey but a mix up in the Confey defence on 15 mins. saw Keelan Noone strike well for a good opportunist goal which his general work rate well merited. Raheens were now in the driving seat and kept the effort levels high in defending their lead.

Confey had a good chance to get back into the game with a penalty with 5 mins. to go, but Niall Rooney pulled off a fine save and effectively ensured the points for Raheens. Confey to their credit kept plugging away and got the last 2 points of the game to make it 2-8 to 0-9. Best for Confey were no. 6 Mickey Flynn, no. 9 Hughie Lynch and no. 10 Michael McCann.

Overall, it was a good win for Raheens against a team which most people regard as one of the better one’s in Division 2. John Sharpe’s return at centre back and moving Declan Curran to number 3 gave the home defence a much more solid look. Shane Power also gives some good options going forward from the half back line. The ploy of having Kevin Thompson out the middle to grab breaks and as an outlet for the centre fielders worked well. There was much more quality ball being delivered to the inside line.

There were a lot of good performances for Raheens, Kevin Thompson’s accurate foot passing started a lot of good moves and Cathal Carr’s running with the ball stood out, while Niall Rooney, Mark O’Brien and Shane Power did well in defence in which all men were solid and tight. Tim Dunleavy and Keelan Noone got through a wealth of good work. Shane Cooke as always weighs in with the all important scores. But probably the biggest difference was the effort, will to win, team play and endeavour, which were there for all to see. The key is to get that there more of the time and iron out some of the discipline issues.

Raheens:-Niall. Rooney, Mark O’Brien, Declan Curran, John Lawlor, Shane Power(1), John Sharpe, Tom Earley, Alan Sharpe, Timmy Dunleavy, Cathal Carr(2), Ross McMahon(1), Stephen Riordain(1gl), Keelan Noone(1gl), Shane Cooke(4), K Thompson. Subs:- Martin Taaffe for A Sharpe. Pa Percival for Keelan Noone

Confey:-A O’Sullivan, J Quigley, D McClean, C Jennings, R MCMahon, M Flynn, P Keegan, C Quinn, H Lynch (3), M McCann(3),G Donnelly(1), D Walsh, D Donnelly ,F Barry(1),M Lynch. Subs:- D Nolan (1) , C Hendy, F Ryder

Oliver Reilly Tournament Result


10/05/2009

Congratulations to all who participated in the Oliver Reilly Tournament final on Sunday. In keeping with the day that was in it (La na gClub) it turned out to be a very enjoyable and entertaining game.

There were plenty of scores as some of the players of days gone by (e.g. John O'Rourke, Sean Taaffe, Declan O'Toole) laced the boots once more. Even John Joe Byrne got in on the act, taking on the role of player/selector with a telling interception in the closing minutes.

The game was adjudged to be a draw and a penalty shootout decided the outcome. It came down to the final kicks as each side converted three of their first four efforts, the only blemishes coming from Gingerstown natives Noel & John Byrne.

Alan Sharpe then missed the target, which opened the door for David Dolly to make a name for himself. This he duly did firing his penalty below an unlucky Gareth Byrne in the goals. Paddy O'Brien then accepted the trophy on behalf of John Murphy and John Joe Byrnes charges.   

Feile Skills Demonstration


10/05/2009

Raheens u/14s participated in a Feile Skills Demonstration on Sunday afternoon following the final of the Oliver Reilly Tournament. This was essentially a dry run for the u/14s who will participate in a qualifying competition in the coming weeks to see who will represent the Club at the National finals in July.

Those that participated on Sunday were given two runs over the National Feile course, with maximum points on offer of 113. The results of the two runs were as follows:-

Run 1

1st Aaron Winders   -   79 points

2nd John Dunleavy  -   75 points

3rd Niall Connolly    -   73 points

4th Matthew Bursey -   70 points

Run 2

1st Colm Power       -   80 points

2nd Shane Crowley  -   77 points

3rd Niall Connolly    -   73 points

4th Matthew Bursey -   70 points

La na gClub - 125 Year Celebrations


08/05/2009

To mark the 125th anniversary of the GAA, Raheens will hold the Oliver Reilly tournament for it's Junior players on Sunday, 10th May 2009. The games which will be played at Tom Lawler Park will begin at 2.00pm.

Between the semi-finals and finals of the tournament the clubs u/14 players will give a demonstration of the Feile skills competition which will be part of the National Feile when it hits Kildare in the first weekend in July.

C's Keep 100% Record With Win Over Rathcoffey


27/04/2009

Raheens thirds made it two from two with a 2-6 to 0-8 win over Rathcoffey tonight. A goal in the opening half from a young up and comer, Brian Dunne, and one from David Dolly in the second half helped Raheens to victory.

Eoghan Winders contributed handsomely from dead balls while Raheens had the luxury of being able to give Dara O'Conchuir, who had come out of retirement, an early shower (not that there was any choice in the matter though !!!).

Next up for the likely lads is a home game against Ellistown (honest) on Monday, 11th May

'B' Team Make It Three Out Of Three


27/04/2009

SFL Division 5 Round 3

Raheens 1-12  St. Kevins 2-5

Raheens second team laid the foundations for this win with a excellent first half display. Although they conceded an early goal points from Daithi Ivers, Alan Igoe, Kealan Noone and Alan Campbell helped Raheens into the lead. A well worked goal between James Malone & Darren Earley gave Raheens a well deserved 1-9 to 1-2 half-time lead.

On the resumption St. Kevins took the iniative and Raheens were suddenly on the back foot. Although Raheens battled hard Kevins reduced the margin to two points. Alan Igoe steadied the ship with a point before getting the insurance point with a couple of minutes to go.

Best for Raheens were Alan Campbell, Kealan Noone, Martin Sullivan, Daithi Ivers and Alan Igoe. 

JUNIOR C FIXTURE CHANGE ***


27/04/2009
The Junior C team will play RATHCOFFEY tonight instead of Ellistown. The game will take place in Rathcoffey at 7.00pm. Due to a typing error in the fixtures that issued last week it was initially thought that Raheens were playing Ellistown

 

UNDER 14s WIN 'B' FEILE SHIELD FINAL


26/04/2009

Under 14 'B' Feile Shield Final

Raheens 3-15  Round Towers 5-2

Raheens got off to a good start with a lovely point from Niall Connolly in the opening minute after exchanging passes with Evan Dempsey. However, Towers' Matthew Kelly scored a wonderful goal a minute later after Evan Flynn had blocked down a clearance by Raheens' Billy Martin.

Raheens responded with a pointed free from Colm Power and were level in the 5th min. as Connolly kicked another fine point, this time from the left wing. Full-forward Kevin Cleary gave Raheens the lead with his first point in the 8th min. but Towers responded immediately with a point from corner forward Aaron McConville.

Raheens go to forward Evan Dempsey then scored a wonderful goal, winning a line ball from Niall Connolly, beating three men before shooting high to the far corner of the net. The same player added a point shortly after to give Raheens a four point advantage. However, Round Towers' danger man, Matthew Kelly, brought his team back into the game with his second goal, following another block down of a Raheens defender.

Raheens made light of the set back and hit a purple patch between the 23rd and 29th mins. Firstly, Power added his second point from a dead ball after Kevin Clearly was fouled in front of goal and then Dempsey added a second goal, receiving a nice pass from Robert Swift before side stepping his man and driving the ball to the roof of the net.

Points followed from Swift, Mark Waters and Dempsey in quick succession as the winners opened up an 8 point lead. Round Towers captain, Mark Byrne kicked a point from a free in the final minute of the half to leave the score 2-9 to 2-2 at the break.

The Kildare town lads played better at the start of the second half and were rewarded by a third goal from Kelly in the 38th min. Any thoughts of a comeback were quickly quashed though, as Kevin Cleary shot low to left hand corner of the net to restore the Raheens advantage a minute later. Raheens went on to dominate the chances for the next 10 mins. and points from Dempsey, Cleary, Waters, Connolly and Matthew Bursey gave them a 12 point lead.

In fairness to the losers they never gave up and Mark Byrne crashed a 13 metre free to the back of the net with 7 mins. remaining. Substitute Brian Donohoe added another 4 mins. later after a strong run from Matthew Kelly. This reduced the margin to 6 points but Towers couldn't get any closer and Dempsey concluded the scoring with another point for Raheens in the final minute.

Best for the winners were Gavin Sweetman, Conor Earley, Billy Martin, Thomas Flanagan, Niall Connolly, Mark Waters and Evan Dempsey. For Round Towers Ronan O'Connor, Michael Murphy, Matthew Kelly, Evan Flynn and Aaron McConville tried hard.

Scorers: Raheens - Evan Dempsey (2-4), Kevin Cleary (1-2), Niall Connolly (0-3), Colm Power (0-2, 2f), Mark Waters (0-2), Robert Swift (0-1), Matthew Bursey (0-1). Round Towers - Matthew Kelly (3-0), Mark Byrne (1-1), Brian Donohoe (1-0), Aaron McConville (0-1).

Under 14 'B' Feile Shield Winners 2009

Back row: Shane Pender, Eoghan Corkery, Robert Swift, Zach Boland, Niall Connolly, Kevin Cleary, Billy Martin, Evan Dempsey, Conor Earley, James O'Brien, Gavin Sweetman (Capt.).
Front row: Colm Power, Donal Mongey, Matthew Bursey, Mark Waters, Craig Currims, Thomas Flanagan, Jason Earley, Alex Dunne, David Mather.
Selectors: Sean Corkery, Patsy Power, Tom Flanagan.

Minors Need To Win To Reach Semi-Final


26/04/2009

If Rahens defeat Na Fianna on Wednesday night in their final league fixture they will claim the last semi-final place in Division 2. The match will throw-in at 7.00pm in Ballyteague.

Raheens Comprehensively Defeat Eadestown


25/04/2009

SFL Division 2 Round 5

Raheens 4-11  Eadestown 0-6

Raheens bounced back from successive defeats to Rheban and Moorefield (Herbert Cup) to comprehensively defeat Eadestown in Round 5 of the league on Saturday evening. However, for the opening 15 mins. it looked like it would be anything but an easy win for Raheens.

Martin Taaffe had to leave the field with a torn hamstring in the opening minute and with Alan Casey and John Dowling doing well at midfield for Eadestown they created all the early chances. They eventually got off the mark with a Paudie Ryan point in the 10th min. having kicked four bad wides prior to that. An Alan Casey point a minute later doubled the visitors advantage.

Raheens responded with a point from Cathal Carr and when Pa Percival kicked a lovely point from the right corner on the quarter hour Raheens were back on terms. Raheens hit the front a minute later when the same player was fouled and Alan Igoe converted the free kick. Igoe raced onto a clever flick from Kevin Thompson shortly thereafter to kick his second point.

The games first goal came in the 19th minute when Stephen Riordan crossed from the left corner. Percival stretched ahead of goalkeeper and defender to fist the ball to the net. Eadestown responded quickly with a point from John Dowling but Raheens were now in the ascendency. Igoe demonstrated this with a wonderful score in the 23rd min. After taking a pass from Kevin Thompson, the Minor ran his marker into the left corner before turning sharply and kicking his third point from an acute angle with the right boot.

Raheens finished the half strongly with Kevin Thompson adding another white flag, benefiting from a pass from Igoe, and then Cathal Carr added another in the final minute of the half after exchanging passes with Tom Earley. HT score Raheens 1-7, Eadestown 0-3.

The second half saw the home side dominate even more. Within 2 mins. of the resumption Alan Sharpe fielded an Eadestown kick-out and advanced strongly before being brought down on the 20 metre line. Alan Igoe duly obliged from the free-kick. Then the killer blow arrived for Eadestown. A free on the sideline 50 yards from goal was taken by Declan Curran. He found Cathal Carr with his kick and advanced to take a return pass. His looping shot from the right side carried over the Eadestown goalkeeper and dropped below the crossbar for Raheens' second goal.

Despite being outplayed it was now that Eadestown created their two best chances of goals. First Cian Bolton went one on one with Niall Rooney with Rooney making a fine save. A couple of minutes later it was Paudie Ryan's turn but again Rooney came out on top. On both occassions the Raheens full back line of Mark O'Brien, Shane Power and John Lawler were on hand to prevent the follow up attempts of the Eadestown forwards.

After the Ryan effort Raheens swept upfield and Alan Igoe finished off the move with a point from 20 metres out. Within a minute Raheens had their third goal, Ross McMahon reacting quickest to a breaking ball in the Eadestown goalmouth as an Alan Igoe free dropped short.

Eadestown had a mini-revival of sorts at the beginning of the final quarter with Alan Casey kicking a fine point from a 45. Emmet Bolton playing at centre forward sprang to life and kicked a couple of points from play in what was Eadestown's most productive spell. It was a short-lived revival though and Kevin Thompson added two late points for the winners before the final goal, which came from an unlikely source, a cooly finished effort from John Lawler, who must have been as suprised to find himself in such an advanced position as he was to have registered the score.

All in all it was a good win for Raheens although little will have been learned, such was the lack of a credible challenge provided by their opponents. That said there were some good performances, particularly from Eddie Coffey and Alan Igoe, while Niall Rooney, John Lawler, Kevin Thompson and Cathal Carr also did well. For Eadestown, Alan Casey, Willie Casey and John Dowling tried hard and the introduction of Cian Bolton gave their attack a bit more penetration.

Scores: Raheens - Alan Igoe (0-5, 2f), Patrick Percival (1-1), Declan Curran (1-0), Ross McMahon (1-0), John Lawler (1-0), Kevin Thompson (0-3), Cathal Carr (0-2). Eadestown - Alan Casey (0-2, 1 45), Emmet Bolton (0-2), Paudie Ryan (0-1), John Dowling (0-1).

Raheens Draw Ballyteague Yet Again


21/04/2009

Raheens have been drawn against Ballyteague yet again in Round 1 of the Intermediate Football Championship. Raheens were impressive when defeating the same opposition in the opening round last year but have been defeated by the Larks in both the League and Kehoe Cup this year.

Dates and venues for the opening round to be determined

Raheens Fail To Overcome Rheban


18/04/2009

SFL Division 2 Round 4

Rheban 1-12  Raheens 1-10

In what was unquestionably the worst performance of the year to date by Raheens' first team the men from Caragh made the sorry trip home from South Kildare on Saturday evening without collecting the points. 

Despite having the lions share of the possession in the opening 15-20 mins. and being in a 0-5 to 1-1 lead at that point, Raheens fell assunder in the closing 5 mins of the half. Four pointed frees from Ross McMahon and a point from play by Shane Cooke had Raheens in front at that stage but over elaboration by the forwards and a tendency for the full-forward line to drift out the field away from the Rheban goal didn't help the Raheens cause.

Rheban's opening score in the 6th min. came from a poor clearance by goalkeeper, Niall Rooney. The ball was worked back in swiftly for Sean McCann to fire to the roof of the net. Despite the Raheens rearguard, Eddie Coffey excepted, being very much at sea in the opening half they went largely unpunished until the final five minutes of the half. During that spell Rheban tagged on seven points to open up six point half-time lead.

On the resumption, with some good play by John Taaffe, Raheens created a couple of scoring chances from frees. These opportunities were spurned before Declan Curran took a short free to kick a lovely point from 35 metres. Shane Cooke quickly followed suit to give Raheens renewed hope and a free from the same player in the 40th min. reduced the arrears to a single score.

"Pippy" Owens extended the Rheban lead with a free shortly after following a foul by substitute, Daithi Ivers and then again with a point from play a couple of mins. later. Another sub, Alan Igoe, brought the margin back to four with a close in free in the 48th min. However, further messing in the Raheens backline was punished when Alan Harris intercepted a pass to set up fellow midfielder Barry Foy for a nice point from the right hand side.

Raheens were thrown a lifeline by the Rheban goalkeeper Seamus O'Brien, who dropped an Alan Igoe cross at the feet of Stephen Riordan and Daithi Ivers. Ivers forced the ball home to leave two points between the teams. As the game entered stoppage time O'Brien again gave Raheens a helping hand, failing to hold an Alan Igoe shot, and in the process deflecting the ball over the bar.

Five mins. of injury time followed but Raheens were unable to conjure up an equaliser and it fell to the ageless Owens to knock over the final score with the last act of play. In all fairness to the winners this was a very poor game of football and on this showing both sides have much to ponder ahead of their respective Championships.

In a performance where virtually none of the Raheens players played up to their potential, Eddie Coffey was their best player, while Mark O'Brien had a decent second half when moved back into the corner. Raheens scorers were Ross McMahon (0-4, 4f), Daithi Ivers (1-0), Shane Cooke (0-3, 1f), Alan Igoe (0-2, 1f), Declan Curran (0-1).

Under 16's Drawn Against Balyna in League Playoffs


15/04/2009

Raheens have been drawn to play Balyna on next Tuesday in the u/16 league playoffs following the league stage where 4 teams all finished level in third place on 8 pts each. Throw in at Tom Lawler Park will be at 7.00pm.

The winners of the tie will face Celbridge in the semi-final.  

RHEBAN v RAHEENS (FIXTURE CHANGE)


15/04/2009
Raheens' game away to Rheban has been changed to Sat evening (from Sunday) at 6.00pm

 

Under 14's Reach Shield Final


12/04/2009

Under 14 'B' Feile Shield Semi-Final

Raheens 5-10 Sallins 4-1

 

Raheens booked a final date with Round Towers thanks to a solid team performance. Conor Earley, Craig Currims, Thomas Flanagan, Alex Dunne, Matthew Bursey, Eoghan Corkery, Colm Power and Mark Waters shone with Robert Swift and David Mather excelling in the second half.

 

Best of luck to Billy Martin, Gavin Sweetman and Niall Connolly who attend under 14 trials this week.

Raheens Comprehensively Defeat Milltown


10/04/2009

SFL Division 2

Raheens 1-14  Milltown 1-3

 

Raheens recorded their second victory in a row at home to Milltown on Good Friday played under lights at Tom Lawler Park, on a scoreline of Raheens 1-14, Milltown 1-3. Raheens opened the better with corner forward Pa Percival scoring the first of his four pints from play in the first half.

 

Ross McMahon  added a free to give Raheens a four point lead but Milltown finished the half stronger with 1-2, the goal being a penalty to leave it 1-02 to 0-05.

 

In the second half Raheens seemed to find another gear, scoring 1-09 to Milltown’s solitary point. The scorers were Alan Campbell with 0-2, John Taaffe 0-1, Ross McMahon 0-1 (free), Kevin Thompson 0-1, Shane Cooke 0-3, Alan Igoe 0-2 and Pa Percival rounding it off with 1-4 from play.

 

Overall it was a good team performance with the full back Shane Power, Mark O’Brien in the corner, half back Alan Campbell , and in the forward line Pa  Percival, John Taaffe and Shane Cooke standing out.

 

That now makes 2 wins out of 3 games in what is a good start to the league. Next game is away to Rheban on Saturday 18th at 6.00pm.

Raheens u/16s Lose to TMH


10/04/2009

Under 16 Division 3

Raheens 1-5  Two Mile House 3-4

Raheens produced another sub-par performance on Friday night when losing to TMH. Although Dylan Hannon gave Raheens the lead with a point in the 5th min. It was a very flat opening half from the home side who were punished by two goals from the opposition before the break. Half-time Raheens 0-3 TMH 2-3.

Raheens replied with a point from a Barry Winder free on the restart. The workrate was much better but the end product was poor and it took another 20 mins. before the next score. A Jonathon Hanbury goal brought the deficit back to two points.

But then TMH were awarded a dubious penalty and restored their lead to five. Although Raheens tried hard in the final minutes they were unable to get back into the game again. They must now rely on other results to determine their future participation in the competition.

Best for Raheens in a disappointing display were John Jennings, Ciaran Begley, Charlie Kings, Jonathon Hanbury and Alan Lagrue. The scorers were Jonathon Hanbury (1-1), Barry Winder (0-2, 2f), Dylan Hannon (0-1), Richard Dalton (0-1).

Intermediates Defeat Castledermot


04/04/2009

Senior Football League Division 2

Castledermot 1-8  Raheens 1-9

Raheens versus Castledermot developed into a shoot out between free takers Shane Cooke and Gary Hendy with the former Laois county player shading the honours. Hendy opened the scoring from a free in the 3rd min. while Cooke replied in kind from 50 yards following a questionable foul on Alan Campbell.

Hendy put Castledermot back in front after receiving a pass from Anthony Redmond after Redmonds initial effort was blocked down by Shane Power. Cooke levelled matters once more in the 15th min. from another placed ball after a foul on Cathal Carr.

Hendy replied with another point from a free following a foul on full back O'Keeffe who had made a 60 yard run down the middle of the field. Cooke tied the scores up again with another long range free in the 22nd min. and Raheens then took the lead with their first point from play, an excellent 35 yard effort from the boot of Alan Igoe.

Hendy bagged his fourth point from a free before his brother Damien ventured forward from centre back to split the posts from 50 yards. The first bit of daylight between the teams arrived in stopage time when Colm Holohan found the net for Castledermot but Raheens goalkeeper appeared to be impeded in his efforts to get to the ball. His subsequent protests earned him a yellow card.

Shane Cooke got the halfs final score in the 4th min. of stoppage time and it proved to be a very important score. He used his strength to power past his marker before shooting past Ken Darcy for a Raheens goal. HT score - Castledermot 1-5 Raheens 1-4.

On the restart Hendy extended the home teams advantage with yet another free but Kevin Thompson kept Raheens in touch with a point. Then Patrick Percival put Raheens level with a fine long range effort. Hendy (free) and Cooke exchanged points before Cooke put Raheens ahead in the 51st min (free) after Tom Earley was pulled down. Cooke extended the lead to two with a free from a similar position after he was fouled himself after releasing the ball.

Hendy brought it back to a single point once more after a free which was outside scoring distance was brought up for back talk to the referee. It wasn't the first time during the game this happened and Raheens are going to have to improve their discipline or it will continue to cost them as the year goes on.

Raheens had a chance to add to their tally but Kevin Thompson had his effort half blocked. Castledermot came down the field in search of an equaliser but Raheens backs held out, ensuring Raheens of their first league points. Best for Raheens were their backs who played very well as a unit while Shane Power and Eddie Coffey stood out. In addition the accurate boot of Shane Cooke has added a new dimension to Raheens play.

Raheens - N. Rooney, K. Higgins, S. Power, M. O'Brien, A. Campbell, E. Coffey, T. Earley, M. Taaffe, T. Dunleavy, K. Thompson, R. McMahon, C. Carr, P. Percival (A. Sharpe), S. Cooke, A. Igoe (M. Sullivan).   

Castledermot - K. Darcy, C. Cosgrove, D. O'Keeffe, K. Cunnen, P. Lawler, D. Hendy, P. Harmon, G. Hendy, M. Kirwan, A. Murphy, M. Deering, A. Lawler, W. Kelly, A. Redmond, C. Holohan.

Scorers - Raheens: S. Cooke (1-6, 5f), A. Igoe (0-1), K. Thompson (0-1), P. Percival (0-1).

              Castledermot: G. Hendy (0-7, 6f), C. Holohan (1-0), D. Hendy (0-1).

 

Under 16s Lose By 1 Point


03/04/2009

Under 16 Divsion 3 League

Confey 3-8  Raheens 2-10

Raheens suffered their first loss in the league at the hands of Confey on Friday evening. Charlie Kings gave Raheens the lead with a point in the 2nd minute, but unfortunately it would be the only time Raheens would lead. A brace of Confey points and a reply by Jonathon Hanbury left the scores level at 0-2 apiece after 12 minutes.

For the next 10 minutes Confey took over and scored 1-2 without reply. However, Raheens had the better of the closing minutes of the half and David Malone, Richard Dalton & Charlie Kings added points for Raheens to reduce the arrears to 3 points. In fact they could have been level if Garry Johnson's effort just before the break had found the net.

Early scond half points from Barry Winder and Jonathon Hanbury suggested a Raheens comeback was on the cards but then they conceded another goal and Confey extended their lead to 5 once more with another point. Raheens reduced the margin to one again with a point from David Malone and a goal from Charlie Kings followed two missed chances by Richard Dalton.

Confey responded with a point and then disaster struck for Raheens when Confey were awarded a penalty. This they duly converted to move out of reach once again. A Garry Johnson goal though with 7 mins. remaining gave Raheens renewed hope. A Richard Dalton point with 3 mins. to go reduced the margin to the minimum.

Then Raheens were the authors of their own downfall when losing the ball through bad handling from a short 45. As Confey moved down the field Raheens players lost possession of the ball on two further occassions resulting in Confey adding the decisive point. Although Alan Lagrue was to add a point in injury time Raheens came up just short.

In a game where many Raheens players failed to play up to their ability Robert Quirke, John Jennings, Charlie Kings, Jonathon Hanbury and David Malone stood out. The Raheens scores came from Charlie Kings (1-2), Garry Johnson (1-0), Jonathon Hanbury (0-2), David Malone (0-2), Richard Dalton (0-2), Barry Winder (0-1), Alan Lagrue (0-1). 

CASTLEDERMOT v RAHEENS (FIXTURE CHANGE)


03/04/2009
Raheens game against Castledermot will now take place tomorrow, Saturday 4th April 2009, instead of Sunday. Throw-in will be at 6.00pm in Castledermot.

 

Under 11's Lose Opening Fixture


01/04/2009

Under 11 Division 1

St. Laurences 5-7  Raheens 5-4

The first game of the U11 league got off to a flying start with St Laurences v Raheens on Wednesday night. Raheens went ahead early on with 2 great goals from Oliver Dunne. Raheens dominated for the first 10 minutes with a further goal from Colin Malone.

 

St. Laurences however, fought back with great individual displays from Eric Doran and Tom Glynn. St. Laurences seemed to dominate the centre field with great display of catching from Adam Stynes and Tom Glynn.

 

Raheens fought back to level the scores with an opportunist goal from Eoin O’Brien and free kicks from Paddy Woodgate late into the second half. St. Laurences scored a late goal, but on balance deserved the win. Other great displays of skill where shown by Andrew Sweeney and Michael Begley.

Intermediates Lose to Ballyteague


30/03/2009

SFL Division 2 - Raheens 2-8  Ballyteague 2-12

The first Senior League Div 2 game of the year was played on a lovely sunny spring day, Saturday last at home to Ballyteague. The visitors were first off the mark with a Gavin Smollen point, but Ross McMahon and 2 from Martin Taaffe reflected well the intensity and good play from Raheens. On 15 mins Shane Cooke took a good pass but still had a man to beat to see the whites of the goalies eyes, a lot of people would have settled for the point, but the Laois man had other ideas, side stepped his man and slotted a very well taken goal into the right hand corner. It was now 1-3 to 2 and we had momentum. A few unforced errors brought the Bally boys back into it, and but for a great save from Niall Rooney it could have been all square at the break. Alan Igoe slotted a good long range free to leave it 1-4 to Raheens 5 pts Ballyteague, in what was a very entertaining first half. Raheens good value for their lead.

We were hoping for more of the same but it turned out to be the proverbial game of 2 halves. Ballyteague started the 2nd half with intent and scored 1-2 in quick succession to turn the game on it’s head. Raheens lost Declan Curran, who had a fine first half, to injury and he was missed from here to the end. Kevin “Feather” Thompson replied with a well taken point, and points from Cathal Carr and Shane Cooke were cancelled with 2 good scores from Ballyteague. It was 1-7 to 1-9 now and the game in the melting pot.  Raheens had lost 2 of the starting 15 to injury and were looking a bit “loose” in the diamond, sensing this Ballyteague scored 2 more points and followed up with a fortunate goal which the Raheens net minder had no luck with, to put the game safe for them. Raheens fought on manfully to the final whistle and scored 1-1 but just ran out of time, the game finishing 2-8 to Raheens 2-12 Ballyteague.

           

The game was played in good spirit, and was lively all the way through, accuracy and a lower error count won the day. Raheens had some chances at the end but poor shooting and decision making meant they came to nothing. Best for Raheens were Kevin Higgins, Alan Campbell who showed some lovely skill up the wing, Eddie Coffey and Timmy Dunleavy who got through a great amount of work, Declan Curran who fielded well and used  the ball well, Shane Cooke who used his possession well and Martin Taaffe who had a great first half. There was a lot of positives for Raheens from this game and there is certainly a feeling that the team are heading the right direction, which aspects of the performance backed up.

Thanks to all who come out in good numbers to roar the lads on. See the fixtures section for next weeks game.Raheens:-N. Rooney, A Campbell, K Higgins, Mark O’Brien, J Taaffe, E Coffey, T Earley, D Curran, T Dunleavy, A Igoe, S Cooke, S Riordain, R McMahon, M Taaffe, K Thompson

 

Minors Lose Once Again


29/03/2009

Minor Football League Division 2

Raheens 0-9  Oliver Plunketts 1-9

Raheens Minors lost out to Oliver Plunketts on Sunday morning. Despite playing with the aid of the strong wind in the opening period Raheens found themselves 0-5 to 0-3 in arrears at half-time.

With the wind increasing all the time one wouldn't have given them much chance of a comeback but that's exactly what happened. Three successive points gave Raheens the lead and the teams exchanged points until the scores were 0-8 apiece with a little over 10 mins. remaining.

Then Plunketts full forward converted the decisive score, fielding a high ball before despatching to the roof of the net, in the process beating Shane Taaffe who had kept out two earlier goal bound efforts.

Raheens never threatened the Plunketts goalkeeper and must now win their remaining two games to have any chance of advancing to the playoffs.

Under 14 'A' Team Advance To Semi Final


29/03/2009

Under 14 'B' Feile Shield Quarter Final

Raheens 7-11  Kilcullen 1-3

Raheens easily accounted for Kilcullen in the quarter final of their Shield competition. Despite starting without the influential Mattew Bursey and Donal Mongey, a Kevin Cleary piledriver set Raheens on their way.

A very confident backline led by Conor Earley and Thomas Flanagan supplied fast ball to an eager Mark Waters and Eoghan Corkery which propelled Raheens into an 8 point half time lead.

Earley second half scores from Niall Connolly and Colm Power put the game beyond their opponents
reach. The introduction of David Mather and Shane Pender further enchanced a very fine performance.

Under 14's Lose Quarter Final To St. Laurences


27/03/2009

Under 14 'D' Feile Shield Quarter Final

Raheens 'B' 2-5  v  St. Laurences 'B' 5-2

Raheens' second u/14 team lost 5-2 to 2-5 to St. Laurences' seconds in the quarter final of the Feile Shield tonight. Laurences were 2-1 to 0-0 to the good before Shane Crowley opened Raheens account with a fine point in the 20th min. Unfortunately, despite some good approach work by James O'Brien and John Dunleavy Raheens failed to add to their tally and St. Laurences finished the half with their third goal to lead 3-1 to 0-1 at the break.

In the second half Raheens did much better and with goals from Aaron Winders & Charlie Byrne reduced the margin to three points in the closing minutes but St. Laurences had the final say with a fifth goal just before the end.

Some of Raheens stars on the night were Ben Boland, William McDonald, William Jennings, Sean Delaney & Jason Earley. 

u/14 Fixture Change


27/03/2009
The second teams fixture with St. Laurences 'B' in the Feile Shield has been moved to tonight at 7.30pm under lights in Tom Lawler Pk. The game was originally fixed for Sunday morning.

 

Raheens Under 16's Defeat Oliver Plunketts


22/03/2009

Under 16 League Division 3

St. Oliver Plunketts 0-6  Raheens 4-11

Raheens finished with a flourish scoring 4-4 in the final 10 mins to defeat Oliver Plunketts in the Under 16 league on Sunday evening. After an indifferent start Raheens found themselves three points in arrears after 10 mins. Despite winning their fair share of possession Raheens were failing to make any great impression, mainly due to a series of poor passes gifting possession back to their opponents.

That said Raheens improved their play in the final 10 mins. of the opening half to get back on terms, 0-4 apiece at the half-time break. Two points on the restart from Dylan Hannon & Barry Winder gave Raheens the lead for the first time but a spirited Plunketts responded with two points to draw level again.

A Dylan Hannon point gave Raheens the lead once more but a succession of misses prevented them from building on that. Then there was a bit of controversy as a Dylan Hannon shot entered the goal and rebounded out off the back stantion. The refereee adjudged the ball to have come back off the post and played on, dismissing the appeals of the Raheens players and umpire.

Hannon made light of the decision though as he went on to score 3 goals in the final 10 mins. It was all Raheens during this spell with David Malone (1-1), Richard Dalton (0-1) and Barry Winder (0-2) completing the scoring for Raheens.

Best for Raheens were John Jennings, Ciaran Begley, Gary Woodgate & Dean Campbell in defence, Richard Dalton at midfield, and David Malone in attack along with Dylan Hannon's second half performance. The scorers were Dylan Hannon (3-2), David Malone (1-2), Barry Winder (0-5, 2f), Jonathon Hanbury (0-1), Richard Dalton (0-1).

Under 16's Draw Once Again


18/03/2009

Under 16 League Div. 3

Raheens 2-8  Balyna 2-8

Balyna opened the scoring with a point in the second minute. John Jennings levelled matters only for Balyna to respond with their opening goal. Scott Hannon levelled it again within a minute with his first goal, but a further 1-1 for Balyna gave then a little bit of breathing room.

Raheens were finding it difficult to cope with the speed of the Balyna forward line but clawed their way back into the game with points from Dean Heavey & Barry Winder (free). Unfortunately, they conceded two late points in the half to go in 2-4 to 1-3 in arrears at the break.

Balyna added two points in the opening 5 mins. of the second half from frees to extend their lead to 6 points. Then the Raheens revival began as a Scott Hannon point was sandwiched by a brace from John Jennings. Scott Hannons point was a follow up to a Dylan Hannon effort that rebounded off the crossbar.

Although Balyna extended their lead to 4 points with a point in the 47th min. Raheens replied with a Barry Winder point that scraped the paint off the crossbar. A pointed free from Winder in the 52nd minute brought the margin back down to 2 points but Balyna came back with another point (also from a free).

Raheens finally got back on level terms when Scott Hannon was on hand to finish from another Dylan Hannon effort that came back off the crossbar. Three minutes remained and now it was all one way traffic. However, despite creating the chances to win Raheens would be frustrated to see three efforts for winning scores go the wrong side of the posts.

Best for Raheens were the excellent Richard Dalton, David Malone, Scott Hannon & Garry Johnson. The scorers were Scott Hannon (2-1), John Jennings (0-3), Barry Winder (0-3, 2f), Dean Heavey (0-1).

Under 14's get first win in 'B' Feile


15/03/2009

Under 14 'B' Feile

Raheens 3-9  Round Towers 2-4

After the narrow defeat to Eadestown on Monday night, Raheens bounced back with a fine display to defeat Round Towers on Sunday morning. Eoghan Corkery got them off the mark with a point in the opening minute. A chance to double that advantage was squandered when a 13 metre free failed to find its mark. Towers responded with two points in uick succession to take the lead.

It was a short lived lead though as David Mather and Shane Pender responded with two well taken points. Colm Power extended Raheens lead with a point before Evan Dempsey scored the games first goal, running onto a loose ball and firing first time beyond the advancing goalie.

Towers didn't give up though and their corner forward goaled for them despite a good effort from Craig Currims to keep the ball out. Currims had made a good save when faced by the same player earlier in the half. At the break Raheens led 1-4 to 1-2.

Round Towers were first off the mark on the restart with a point in the 36th min. but Shane Pender found the net for Raheens a couple of minutes later when the Towers goalie failed to hold an Evan Dempsey effort. Niall Connolly's workrate was rewarded when he kicked a point shortly thereafter.

The final 15 mins. belonged to Raheens although they only outscored their opponents 1-4 to 1-1 during that spell. Colm Power was very prominent now and contributed 1-2 during that period. At the other end Gavin Sweetman made a wonderful goal saving block to keep Towers at bay.

Despite kicking a number of wides in the second half Raheens ran out comfortable winners. Best for them were Craig Currims, Gavin Sweetman, Alex Dunne, Niall Connolly, Colm Power and Shane Pender. The scorers were Colm Power (1-3), Shane Pender (1-1), Evan Dempsey (1-0), Eoghan Corkery (0-1), David Mather (0-1), Niall Connolly (0-1), Billy Martin (0-1), Mark Waters (0-1).

Under 16's hold on for a draw against Monasterevin


11/03/2009

Under 16 League Division 3

Raheens 1-6  Monasterevin 1-6

Raheens got off to a flying start with three points in the opening six minutes. This good work was undone when Monasterevin got a goal against the run of play in the 8th minute. Spurred on by this the visitors came more into the game and but for some wayward shooting would have taken the lead.

The next score didn't come until the 25th minute when Dylan Hannon got in behind the Monasterevin defene and capitalised with a well taken goal. Raheens increased their advantage just before half-time when Jonathon Hanbury added a point from close range.

Although Raheens held a 1-4 to 1-0 lead on the change of ends, Monasterevin now had the strong wind at their backs. Three points from them in the opening 10 mins of the half left Raheens clinging to a slender lead. Barry Winder gave the home side some respite with a point in the 41st minute but Monasterevin soon reduced the margin once more.

Although the Raheens backline were playing exceptionally well, Monasterevin were dominating the midfield area and there was a shortage of ball going into the Raheens forwards. Scott Hannon managed to extend Raheens' advantage with a point in the 46th minute but this would be the home sides final score.

Monasterevin piled on the pressure and reduced their arrears to the minimum once more with a point in the 53rd minute. They could have taken the lead but for two goal line clearances from Liam Power. Monasterevin finally got on terms in the final minute, and earned a deserved share of the spoils, when a misplaced clearance by Raheens was punished.

Best for Raheens were Liam Power, Evan Dempsey, Dean Campbell, Ciaran Begley and Gary Woodgate. The scorers were Dylan Hannon (1-1), Barry Winder (0-2), Richard Dalton (0-1), Jonathan Hanbury (0-1), Scott Hannon (0-1).

Three goals from Evan Dempsey not enough as u/14's lose thriller to Eadestown


09/03/2009

Under 14 'B' Feile

Raheens 3-5  Eadestown 4-4

On a cold, wet and windy night Raheens and Eadestown served up a very entertaining game at Tom Lawler Park. Eadestown opened the scoring with a goal in the 5th minute and added a point before Kevin Cleary got Raheens off the mark with a fine point.

A second Eadestown goal at the mid point of the half was cancelled out almost immediately by an Evan Dempsey goal. The same player added a second goal for Raheens as half time approached to reduce Eadestown's lead to 2-3 to 2-2.

Two goals in as many minutes on the restart gave Eadestown a comfortable lead and for 10 mins. they dominated, Raheens finding it hard to get the ball beyond the half way line. Then Raheens seemed to get a grip around midfield and from there until the end they were well on top.

A missed penalty was a setback but a third Evan Dempsey goal with 10 mins. remaining reduced the arrears to 3 points. Despite a number of chances Raheens couldn't get their noses in front. Niall Connolly could have stole the points for Raheens but his final minute effort was just within the reach of Eadestowns goalie. The sky blues held out for a two point win.

Best for Raheens were Zach Boland, Billy Martin, Niall Connolly, Mark Waters, Colm Power, Kevin Cleary and three goal Evan Dempsey. The scorers were Evan Dempsey (3-1), Kevin Cleary (0-2), Matthew Bursey (0-1), Niall Connolly (0-1). 

U/14's Both Lose Opening Feile Fixtures


01/03/2009

Under 14 'B' Feile
Raheens A 3-3   St.Kevins 6-7
Despite losing to a very strong Kevins outfit Raheens 'A' team can be very pleased with
their first outing. Goals from Colm Power and Evan Dempsey kept Raheens in touch. However,
However,as the game progressed Raheens found it difficult to stay with a physically
stronger opposition. The halfback line of Billy Martin,Zak Boland and Thomas Flanagan
all put in impressive performances. Next fixture is away to Eadstown on Sunday. The
attitude displayed by all is to be commended.                     
Under 14 'D' Feile
Raheens B 1-5 Naas D 6-2
Raheens played the better football throughout but Naas were that bit more clinical in
taking their scores. Excellent combination play from John Power, Shane Crowley and
Robert Thompson resulted in some well taken scores. Despite some great saves from
Adam Morrin and sound defensive work from James O'Brien and William Jennings, Naas
managed to pocket some vital goals. The game remained very competive with Charlie
Byrne, Aaron Winders and Brian Morrison keeping the Naas defence busy. Next fixture
away to Celbridge on Sunday March 15 

Minor League Game Postponed


25/02/2009
Raheens Minor league game against St. Kevins due to be played this Sunday has been postponed due to inter county Minor football and hurling fixtures this weekend. The entire fixture list for this weekends Minor football league has been cancelled. New dates for this round of fixtures has not been announced as yet.

 

Minors Bounce Back With Win Over Towers


24/02/2009

MFL Div. 2

Raheens 1-13  Round Towers 1-9

Raheens put their poor result at the weekend behind them with a good win over Round Towers tonight. Despite having the greater share of the early possession they fouund themselves 0-3 to 0-0 down after 15 mins. This was due in part to an over elaboration in attack and also to a suseptibility to be caught on the break. Towers seemed to work scoring positions with a minimum of effort while Raheens were more laboured in their approach.

Alan Igoe (free) and Eoin Dolly were responsible for Raheens only scores in the opening half as they trailed the visitors by 0-6 to 0-2 at the break. Although Raheens were behind they were playing with a greater intensity than was evident on Sunday against Kill and the resultant second half come back was no great surprise.

Raheens got off to a flyer in the second half and kicked five points from Barry Winder, Darren Earley, Alan Igoe, John Jennings & Eoin O'Donnell within 8 mins. of the restart to take the lead for the first time. Despite a point from the Towers full forward on a swift counter attack (which really should have been a goal), Raheens extended their lead with points from David Malone, Alan Igoe & Mark Concannon.

Raheens were rocked by a Towers goal in the 45th minute, which levelled matters and a minute later the Kildare town lads were in front with an excellent point. David Malone levelled matters once more with his second point only for Towers to hit the front again with another point.

Raheens responded well and in a move that started with goalie Charlie Kings and involved Owen Daly on three occassions, Alan Igoe squared matters once more with a point in the 53rd min. Barely a minute later Raheens were in front once more when Paddy O'Brien found the net from close range after receiving a pass from Darren Earley.

Round Towers almost found an equaliser with a goal effort rebounding off the post. Apart from that chance John Fox was called into action on a couple of occasions to ensure Raheens didn't surrender their advantage. It wasn't until Eoin O'Donnell's injury time point that Raheens were assured of the win, which they fully deserved on the balance of play.

Next up is an away fixture to St. Kevins on Sunday morning.

 

u-16 League Opener Postoned


24/02/2009
Raheens u/16s opening league fixture v Monasterevin due to be played this Saturday has been postponed until Wednesday, 11th March due to a school trip in Monasterevin. The fixture which is a home game for Raheens will now throw in at 7.00pm on 11/03/09. 

 

Minors Lose Opening League Fixture


22/02/2009

Minor League Div. 2

Raheens 1-10  Kill 4-10

Raheens Minors lost their opening league fixture to Kill, on a scoreline of 4-10 to 1-10, on Sunday morning. Both sides were short a number of players and the game was contested as a 13-a-side affair. Raheens started brighly and could have had 3 goals in the opening 5 minutes. However, a combination of an upright and some poor finishing denied Darren Earley (twice) and Mark Concannon.

By the time Eoin O'Donnell opened the home sides account with an excellent point the visitors were 1-1 to the good. Although Barry Winder and Alan Igoe would add points for Raheens, Kill were dominant and they capitalised on poor marking and a failure by Raheens players to track back. In the final 10 mins. of the half they added 3-2 to their tally to lead 4-6 to 0-3.

Raheens were given a glimmer of hope in the opening minutes of the second half when Darren Earley goaled with his most difficult chance of the day. Although Raheens followed up with a point, Kill reasserted themselves with three successive points. Raheens failed to reduce the deficit again until the 51st min. when Clyde Dunne scored a point. 

The game, however, was effectively over and despite Alan Igoe adding five points, some of them wonderful scores, in the final minutes, these were no more than consolation scores and merely put a gloss on the scoreboard from a Raheens point of view.

As this was the Minors first game of the year and because they were short a number of players there will no doubt be improvement as the year goes on. However, a greater work ethic than was on show Sunday morning will need to be adopted if this team are to challenge for honours in 2009.

 

First Team lose to Rathangan in Keogh Cup


18/02/2009
The first team had a useful run-out in the Keogh cup losing 2-12 to 8 points on Tues 17th Feb at home. They were well in the game at half time at 6 pts to 2 down, after a well contested even half in which a bit more clinical finishing could have made it much closer. Rathangan have been training for up to 2 months now for celebrity banisteir and their fitness and sharpness came into play in the second half. Our lads never gave up and there were some very tenacious performances, particularly from some of the younger players who came off the bench. A bit of match practice, training and ball work will cut out a lot of the small errors which made the real difference and helped them along. All in all it was a useful exercise, gave lads some match practice and we saw good reason to be optimistic, while realising that there is a lot of work to do. Due to the bad weather there's been very little time to get organised and work on things but the next game isn't until week after next so 3-4 good training sessions should help greatly.

 

Minor Fixture


02/02/2009
Raheens' first game in Div. 2 of the Minor League is this Sunday morning, 8th February 2008 at 11.30 am, where they have an away fixture versus Round Towers.

 

 

AGM Report


25/01/2009

Click on this link to read a detailed summary of the AGM and recent club notes:-

Click here to view notes.

The following positions were filled at the Raheens AGM held Sun 11 Jan in Caragh Community Centre:-

Patron: Fr. J. O'Connell

Presidents: Mai Campbell, Jimmy Dunne, John 'Spud' Murphy, John Sharpe, Andy Smullen

Chairman: David Malone

Vice Chairman: Mark Murphy

Secretary: Gabriel Campbell

Assistant Secretary: Nollaig Heavey

Registrar: Gerry Crowley

Treasurer: Ian Lawler

Assistant Treasurer: Shane Malone

PRO: Ben Gilmartin

Players Rep.: John Lawler

Executive committee: Kevin Kelly, Brian Dunne, David Towey, Brian Kielty, John Delmer, Sean Taaffe, J. J. Power, Patsy Power, Johnny McMahon, Robert Campbell, Pat O'Driscoll.

Delegate to Co. Board: Patsy Power

Delegates to Co. Convention: Patsy Power, Shane Power, David Malone

Intermediate Selectors - Declan O'Toole (Manager), Sean Taaffe, John O'Rourke

Intermediate 'B' Selectors - David Malone, Johnny McMahon

Junior 'C' Selectors - John Joe Byrne, Pat Lawler

Under 21 Selectors - Denis O'Brien, John Delmer, Thomas Mahon & One of the Intermediate Selectors

Minor Selectors - Denis O'Brien, Nollaig Heavey, Thomas Mahon

The following motions were passed:-

1) Club members who have not paid their annual membership subscriptions are (a) precluded from playing in any and all games for the club until such time as that member has paid his or her outstanding subscriptions; and (b) precluded from acting as a manager, coach or selector of any club team until such time as that member has paid his or her annual subscription.

2) Non club members may only act as a manager, coach or selector of a club team if that person is a member of the association and has paid his/her annual subscription to his/her club.

 

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