2010 News/ Match Report Archive

Membership Database - Unauthorised Access


13/12/2010

Important information regarding the GAA membership database

The following information is being circulated to the members of the GAA as there was an unauthorised access to the GAA membership database. The following email has been sent to all the clubs in the GAA, it reads as follows:

We are writing to advise you that Servasport Ltd., has informed the GAA that there has been unauthorised access to the GAA membership database.

Servasport  Ltd., a Belfast based company that develops and maintains the GAA membership database, has  issued an unreserved apology to the GAA and to our members.

The GAA became aware of the data breach when it was informed on the 19th November 2010 that disks containing the database had been received by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner and the GPA, who immediately passed the disk to the GAA. The Information Commissioners Office in Belfast also received a disk.

An investigation is being carried out by the Police Service of Northern Irelandand in order to facilitate this investigation the GAA has been unable to inform members until today.

The database contains names and addresses of 501,786 members. 

In relation to these members the database holds: 

  • 288,511 dates of birth
  • 107,212 mobile numbers
  • 63,695 landline numbers
  • 30,171 email addresses

In the case of 544 members, the database contains a reference to a medical condition and the GAA is writing directly to each of these members setting out the information recorded about them. 

167,157 of the members on the database are under 18 years of age. It is GAA policy that mobile phone or email details of persons under 18 years of age should not be stored on any database. The policy states that any such communication should be via the mobile phone or email address of their parent or guardian.

No other GAA IT system is affected by this incident. The database does not contain financial or any other information.
 

This matter is being taken very seriously by the GAA:

  • The GAA is working closely with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, the Information Commissioners Office and the Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • Deloitte has been engaged to undertake an independent review of Servasport  and other suppliers of IT to the GAA
  • All clubs have been sent this email
  • The GAA has set up an Information Line

Any member or any parent/guardian with any questions, or who wishes to establish whether data relating to them has been affected by this incident, should contact the Information Line on Lo Call Number : 1890 987 807 or 0800 0114787 (from Six Counties) 8am to 8pm daily.  

The compilation of the GAA database is the result of enormous effort by our volunteers across the country. The GAA greatly regrets that this incident has occurred. We would ask for your help by informing your members of the contents of this email

 

 

Raheens Capture First Adult Championship In Many Years


21/11/2010

Economical Raheens Close out the final and land the cup 21/10/10

Raheens staged a "circle the wagons" second half performance to close out the U-21 final, with some great spirited peformance particularly from the half back line.

see below for full report.


Raheens Under 21's - 'B' Championship Winners 2010

Back row: Shane O'Driscoll, Michael Byrne, Eoghan Winders, Stephen Riordan (capt.), Charlie Kings, Paddy O'Brien, Andrew Earley, Darren Earley, Mark Concannon, Shane Taaffe, Alan Igoe.
Front row: Mark O'Brien, Graham Waters, John Fox, Cian Conlon, Sean Browne, Daithi Ivers, John Jennings, David Dolly, Gareth Malone, Mark Power. Missing: Eoin O'Donnell, Owen Daly.
Selectors: John Delmer, Ross McMahon, Thomas Mahon, Denis O'Brien.

U-21 B Football Championship Final

Raheens 0-10 Castledermot 0-8

What a nice feeling it was to see a Raheens captain lift a championship cup again, a great day. Ok, reality first we didn’t storm home but when the match was in the balance in the last 15 mins we upped our game and won most of the important balls around the middle and in our own half back line, and played with good purpose, throwing bodies in the way. But the final whistle was welcome!

The game opened with Raheens playing well but missing a few chances, Castledermot were not really threatening but then on 10 mins a 3 minute burst yielded them a 3 point lead. Raheens man marking was a little loose at this stage, but the industrious John Jennings opened the scoring for Raheens, then Alan Igoe pointed a free before Eoghan Winders punched a clever score to level it up on 16 mins. Mark Concannon followed with a lovely point from play to put Raheens in front. Alan Igoe landed a 52 yard point from a free on 18 mins to keep the momentum. Stephen Riordan added one of the scores of the day with a lovely long range point, with the outside of the boot from the right to make it 6-3 on 20 mins and we were flying. Castledermot replied with a wide and a point and Alan Igoe landed a 45 on 26 minutes to crown a good half from Raheens. Job deffo well half done at 7-4.

Castledermot started the 2nd half with purpose and reduced the lead to 2 points after 1 min. An excellent run by Graham Waters was well finished by John Jennings 4 mins later. Then Raheens were caught over playing the ball in defense and Castledermot notched another score. Eoghan Winders got a nice score from play to keep Raheens in front on 14 mins to make it 9-6. On 16 mins Paddy O’Brien was involved in a serious collision with the Castledermot full forward, Paddy was helped off by his namesake from the Irish Red Cross, hopefully all is well with him. We feared the worst as Paddy was the glue holding the defense together and had been playing really well up to this, getting a hand in on so many occasions. Just after that the game was nearly turned on it’s head when Castledermot missed a good goal chance.

The next 15 mins were the crucial time in the match with few clear cut chances but the Raheens midfield and backs (half backs in particular) winning the day with honest endevour, tackling and ball winning. Sometimes the passing, shot selection could have been better and an over reliance on handpassing made for nervous watching. Alan Igoe made it 10-6 on 24 mins with a nice score from play. Castled' added 2 further points but Raheens upped their tackling and were not for moving, the final minutes were not without their dodgy moments but finally the ref (who had a solid game) blew for time.

On a day when all players did their bit and many were good, best were Charlie Kings in goals who was solid throughout with good kick-outs, Paddy O’Brien at no. 3 was excellent, Sean Browne tenacious and solid at no. 4, Graham Waters’ hardly put a foot wrong and his forays into the other half were vital to the win. Daithi Ivers won MOTM and showed great appetite for taking the game to the opposition. Andrew and Stephen were solid in the middle. Mark Concannon, Eoghan Winders, Alan Igoe and in particular John Jennings (who was close to MOTM) all of who’s endevour never wavered were the pick up front, landing 9 scores between them. I think as a club and in particular these bunch of guys have earned a wee bit of luck over the last few years, although by no means did luck decide this. Well done to all the panel and selectors on a great win, and hope to see many of this group of players on the first team soon, and giving this level a good crack again next year.

Raheens :

1.       Charlie Kings

2.       Cian Conlon

3.       Paddy O'Brien

4.       Sean Browne

5.       Graham Waters

6.       Daithi Ivers

7.       John Fox

8.       Andrew Earley

9.       Stephen Riordan

10.    Mark Concannon

11.    Alan Igoe

12.    John Jennings

13.    Eoghan Winders

14.    Darren Earley

15.    Shane Taaffe

16.     

17.    Gareth Malone

18.    Mark O’Brien (used)

19.    Michael Byrne (used)

20.    Mark Power

21.    David Dolly

22.    Eoin O'Donnell

23.    Shane O’Driscoll

24.    Owen Daly

 

 

Under 21 Final - Raheens v Castledermot


15/11/2010

Raheens will contest the u21 'B' Championship final this Sunday in St. Conleths Park. Their opponents will be Castledermot who defeated Sallins by 2-7 to 0-9 in their semi-final. Throw in on Sunday will be at 12.45pm, with the 'A' final between Athy and Clane following at 2.30pm.

Raheens have progressed to the final with wins over St. Kevins (0-12 to 1-2), Kill (0-9 to 0-6) and Monasterevin (2-10 to 2-6). They have coped well to the loss of Eoin O'Donnell to a long term injury and to the unavailability of a number of players for various reasons over the past few weeks. Hopefully they can complete the job on Sunday. Best of luck to all the panel and selectors.

Raheens Panel
Sean Browne
Michael Byrne
Mark Concannon
Cian Conlon
Owen Daly
David Dolly
Andrew Earley
Darren Earley
John Fox
Alan Igoe
Daithi Ivers
John Jennings
Charlie Kings
Gareth Malone
Mark O'Brien
Paddy O'Brien
Eoin O'Donnell
Shane O'Driscoll
Mark Power
Stephen Riordan (capt.)
Shane Taaffe
Graham Waters
Eoghan Winders

Selectors
John Delmer
Ross McMahon
Thomas Mahon
Denis O'Brien

Under 21's Reach Championship Decider


14/11/2010

Under 21 'B' Championship Semi-Final

Raheens 2-10  Monasterevin 2-6

 

Raheens and Monasterevin produced a very entertaining game of football in what could best be described as testing underfoot conditions on Saturday afternoon in Round Towers. The Blues got off to a flying start when centre forward Wayne Carter pointed for them in the opening seconds but Raheens settled quickly and after a couple of missed chances their centre forward, Alan Igoe, levelled matters with a lovely point. Raheens took the lead when the same player pointed a free after 5 minutes and they extended that lead a couple of minutes later as Andrew Earley kicked a smashing long range point.

 

Monasterevin had chances too in the opening minutes with Johannes Muller and John Hyland looking lively but it was Carter who scored their second point after 9 minutes to leave the minimum between the sides. On the quarter hour Eoghan Winders kicked a fourth point for Raheens but Monasterevin replied with another point from Wayne Carter, this time from a free.

 

The games first goal chance fell the way of Raheens when a free from Alan Igoe dropped short. John Jennings picked up the break in the large square but his goal bound shot was deflected around the post by Conor Havens. Alan Igoe increased the Raheens lead with a point from the resultant 45 metre kick. The opening goal duly arrived a couple of minutes later when the Raheens' full forward, Darren Earley, shot powerfully from 14 yards out. His shot hit the top of the crossbar, rose high into the air and came down in the muck that was the goal line. Three Monastervin defenders including their kepper Robert White dropped on the ball but in their efforts to clear the ball they appeared to propel it across the line. If there was any doubt about the score Eoghan Winders arrived on the scene to blast the ball home.

 

This score gave Raheens a 1-5 to 0-3 half-time lead and when Shane Taaffe extended that lead with a point early in the second half it appeared as if Raheens would coast to victory. However, Monasterevin had other ideas and Paul Kelly responded with a point almost immediately. From the kick-out Monasterevin won possession on the right hand side and in a great move they worked the ball to Wayne Carter in the middle. Despite the best efforts of Sean Browne who almost blocked Carter's shot the ball flew into the top left corner of the net from 25 yards.

 

Spurred on by this Monasterevin applied the pressure and found themselves within a point a couple of minutes later when Carter converted a close in free. Raheens didn't panic though and were given a great lift in the 38th minute when a long ball in from the right hand sideline fell for John Jennings on the far side of the square. He made no mistake from 8 yards, firing to the roof of the net. Monasterevin responded to the setback with a second point from Paul Kelly but that was as close as they'd come to their opponents for the remainder of the game.

 

With the platform of a very solid backline Raheens retained possession well and patiently worked a number of scoring opportunities. They pulled away with three more points from Alan Igoe (a 45 and 2 frees) and another from their impressive wing back Graham Waters. John Jennings almost had a third goal for the winners with a couple of minutes remaining but his shot was scrambled off the line to safety. In the final seconds Monasterevin were awarded a penalty which their best player, Wayne Carter, despatched expertly. However, it was only a consolation score for the Blues as Raheens move on to contest the decider against Castledermot.

 

Best for Raheens were Alan Igoe, Paddy O'Brien, Cian Conlon, Graham Waters, Stephen Riordan and John Jennings while for Monasterevin Wayne Carter, Kevin Christy, Kevin Dunne, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Paul Kelly tried hard.

 

Raheens: Charlie Kings, Cian Conlon, Paddy O'Brien, Sean Browne, Graham Waters (0-1), Daithi Ivers, John Fox, Andrew Earley (0-1), Stephen Riordan, Mark Concannon, Alan Igoe (0-6, 3f, 2 45s), John Jennings (1-0), Eoghan Winders (1-1), Darren Earley, Shane Taaffe (0-1). Subs: Gareth Malone for A. Earley (42 mins), Mark O'Brien, David Dolly, Mark Power.

 

Monasterevin: Robert White, Patrick Clinton, Kevin Christy, Conor Havens, Niall Christy, Owen Stapleton, Bill Fitzpatrick, Kevin Dunne, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Darren Harrison, Wayne Carter (2-4, 2f, 1pen), Paul Kelly (0-2), Cormac Stapleton, John Hyland, Johannes Muller. Sub: Cian Harrison.    

 

 

 

U-13's Desperately Unlucky in Final


06/11/2010

Lady luck deserted the Raheens u-13s on Friday night at Tom Lawlor Park, as they went down narrowly to Suncroft in the Shield final.

The game started well for Raheens with good running from midfield and 10 mins of solid pressure yielding a 2 point lead with scores from Conor Kielty and Robert Thompson. With Conor Murphy and Jason Earley playing well in the middle Suncroft had very little forays into Raheens half but got a score on 11 mins. Robert followed up with another score from a free, both teams showed some wayward shooting around half way through the first half, slightly more so Raheens. Suncroft started to warm to the task and Stephen Smith made a great save in the Raheens goal, but they followed up with a point and shortly after a goal on 27 mins, Raheens had time for one more wide. The goal really rubbed in the fact that Raheens had dominated the half probably 60-40 and either overplayed the ball up front or shot too many wides. It was amazing we went in 1-2 to 4 down when we were good for at least a 3 point lead, but you must take your chances when they come up.

Raheens opened the 2nd with another wide, then Suncroft had a purple patch but recorded 3 wides and Stephen in the Raheens goal made another good save. The teams exchanged points on 14 mins, Robert Thompson getting our one from a free. Raheens had a great chance for a goal from a well worked move but it was well blocked. On 17 mins Jason Earley slotted a fine score and Raheens were 2 up, but Suncroft got the vital score of a well taken penalty after having hit the woodwork earlier. Conor Murphy slotted a lovely score to level it having set up the move from deep, but Suncroft replied with a score to pip it. Raheens had a few efforts at getting the equaliser but to no avail.

Suncroft got a large slice of the luck on the night and the important decisions seemed to go their way in score-able positions. Having said that the ref was fair and at times Raheens were the source of their own undoing in the use of the ball emerging from defence and wastefulness in front of goal. Probably the best outcome for this game would have been extra time as the teams were very evenly matched. The encouraging thing from our perspective was the excellent work ethic, good team work, sensible play and never say die spirit displayed by all the Raheens lads , this gives us great hope for the future, as these are the qualities that will ensure continuous improvement, and it’s what brings people to see matches. The players missing on the night were also a factor but competing in Div 1 is where you want to be, the feeling from the crowd after was we saw very honest endeavour, which on most other nights would have won out, well done to Gerry, John and the lads this team will have good days in the future.

Best for Raheens in a display which had good performances from all, were Stephen Smith who was faultless in goal, in a solid full back line Michael Begley, Sean Lloyd and the tireless Shane Crowley in the half backs, Conor Murphy and Jason Earley worked their socks off in the middle and showed some lovely skills and solo running, the excellent Conor Kielty and Robert Thompson. It will be minor consolation to the team but due to a mix up there was no cup, a certain small boy remarked after “Daddy, it doesn’t matter if we lost as the other team only got an empty bottle of lucosade”.

Raheens: Stephen Smith, Declan Campbell, Matthew Bettsymonds, Michael Begley,Sean Lloyd, Shane Crowley, Cathal Duffy, Conor Murphy, Jason Earley, Athony Thompson, Paddy Woodgate, Conor Kielty, Colin Malone, Robert Thompson, Sean Cox.

Well done Barry & Dean


31/10/2010
Congratulations to Barry Winder & Dean Campbell who were members of the Kildare squad that won the Leinster u/16 title yesterday.

 

 

Minors Win 'C' Championship


23/10/2010

Minor 'C' Championship Final

Raheens 1-14  Rathangan 0-1

Despite the opening score not coming until the 15th minute this game was effectively over at half-time. Raheens supporters must have been getting nervous as despite dominating all the early play they couldn't find the target until John Jennings kicked a lovely point off the outside of his right foot on the quarter hour. Gareth Malone followed this up with another point shortly after to double the advantage.

Although Raheens were finding it difficult to put scores on the board the defence, led by John Fox & Graham Waters, were well on top and giving no cause for concern. A burst of three points in as many minutes, two from John Jennings frees and another from captain Eoin O'Donnell, moved Raheens into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead. Rathangan responded with their sole score, a great point from the right hand side by Shane O'Donnell in the 28th minute.

Any hopes of a comeback were dashed before the break though as Raheens added another three points, two more from John Jennings and one from David Fitzpatrick to open up a 0-8 to 0-1 lead. The hard working Barry Winder kicked a long range point on the restart and followed it up with another a couple of minutes later. Further points followed from Jonno Hanbury and Charlie Kings before David Malone applied the finishing touch to the games only goal.

With the introduction of a number of subs by both teams the game got a little disjointed and Rathangan had much more possession. However, an impressive Raheens backline weren't giving anything away and Rathangan couldn't add to their tally. John Jennings & David Fitzpatrick rounded off the scoring as Raheens strolled to their third win in five years at this level. With 8 of the starting 15 and another 3 of the subs under 16 this is a team for the future and hopefully we'll see them contesting finals at a higher level in the coming years.

Well done to all the panel on a great win today, including selectors Gay Campbell, Hugh Delmer, Glen McLoughlin and Thomas Mahon.

Raheens: Liam Power, Cian Conlon, John Fox, Gary Woodgate, Jonathon Hanbury (0-1), Graham Waters, Dean Campbell, Barry Winder (0-2), Charlie Kings (0-1), David Fitzpatrick (0-2), Gareth Malone (0-1), John Jennings (0-6, 2f), David Malone (1-0), Eoin O'Donnell (0-1), Alan Lagrue. Subs: Danny Boyle for Alan Lagrue (38 mins.), Stephen Kavanagh for Eoin O'Donnell (40 mins.), Philip Murphy for Gareth Malone (52 mins.), Niall Connolly for Gary Woodgate (54 mins.), Adam Murphy for David Malone (54 mins.), Richard Dalton.

 

 

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Minors Reach Championship Decider


19/09/2010

Minor 'C' Championship Semi-Final

Raheens 1-12  Ballykelly 0-8

Raheens reached the final of the Minor Championship with what was their best performance of the year to date, defeating a fancied Ballykelly side quite comfortably it has to be said. The winning margin would have been even greater but for a flurry of late scores by Ballykelly.

The opening five minutes saw both sides finding their feet in what was a difficult morning for football. The rain fell incessently for the opening half and the wind coming accross the Curragh made matters that much tougher. The Raheens backs were on top from the word go and John Fox made a wonderful catch in the square in the opening minutes. At the other end John Jennings opened the scoring from a free in the 7th minute after Gareth Malone was fouled.

Raheens' next two scores also came from frees for fouls on Malone and when David Fitzpatrick fly kicked the ball over the bar in the 15th minute Raheens were four points to the good. A key moment in the game arrived in the 20th minute when the Ballykelly full forward got on the end of a ball over the top. He looked certain to score a goal but Liam Power made a fine save. From the rebound Ballykelly kicked their opening point.

Raheens responded immediately though with a point from David Malone and with John Jennings kicking another brace before the break Raheens were in a commanding position at half-time. Raheens 0-7, Ballykelly 0-1. Cian Conlon and John Jennings extended that lead on the resumption before Ballykelly scored their second point from a free.

Once again the Raheens response was swift as Eoin O'Donnell converted a penalty after David Fitzpatrick had been hauled down on his way through. The lead hovered around the 10 point mark until the final couple of minutes with Eoin O'Donnell popping over the odd free to cancel out any points Ballykelly could manage at the other end. It was only in the last couple of minutes that Ballykelly applied any real pressure as they came in search of a goal. That pressure yielded 3 late points but it wouldn't be enough to deny a very deserving Raheens side.

Raheens: Liam Power, Niall Connolly, John Fox, Cian Conlon (0-1), Jonathon Hanbury, Graham Waters, Gary Woodgate, Barry Winder, Charlie Kings, John Jennings (0-5, 2f), Gareth Malone, David Fitzpatrick (0-1), Alan Lagrue, Eoin O'Donnell (1-4, 1 pen, 4f), David Malone (0-1). Subs: Phillip Murphy for Jon Hanbury (47 mins), Adam Murphy for David Malone (48 mins).   

Raheens Defeat Nurney But Fail To Advance


18/09/2010

Intermediate Football Championship Round 4

Raheens 1-10  Nurney 1-9

This game appeared to be heading for a draw when Brian Cahill equalised for Nurney with a point one minute into stoppage time but Raheens managed to conjure up a winner when Shane Cooke split the posts a couple of minutes later after a strong run from Cathal Carr.

Raheens almost had the ideal start when in the opening minute Carr was on the end of what was probably the move of the match, as Alan Igoe, Shane Cooke, Keelan Noone and Ross McMahon combined to open up the Nurney defence. However, Carr saw his shot well saved by Paul Conway. Nurney opened the scoring when Andrew Behan converted a close in free in the second minute after full forward Darren Byrne was fouled.

For the next ten minutes Raheens were on top in the possession stakes but failed to put scores on the board. Shane Cooke gambled in going for a goal from a 13 metre free on the right hand side but his shot was straight at Paul Conway, who saved comfortably. The game was very much a stop start
affair with plenty of frees and referee Dessie Coyle didn't help matters as he seemed to spend long periods explaining his decisions to players. Eventually there was a second score and again it was Andrew Behan from another free kick in the 13th minute.

From the resultant kick-out Brian Cahill won possession and advanced strongly before firing over another point; Nurney three points, Raheens no score. In the 15th minute Raheens had a shout for a penalty as Keelan Noone appeared to be impeded but his claims went unrewarded. Raheens did get off
the mark moments later though when Ross McMahon kicked a point from a free. This score seemed to kickstart the Raheens challenge and two more points quickly followed from Shane Cooke and Alan Campbell.

Raheens hit the front for the first time in the 20th minute when Cooke added another free. However, the lead was short lived as Nurney replied with a goal almost immediately. Michael Behan shot for a point from the left hand side but his shot came back off the right hand upright into the path of the grateful Patrick Higginbotham who made no mistake from close range. Raheens fought back to parity with points from Shane Cooke (free) and Ross McMahon but a late surge from Nurney saw them open up a 1-5 to 0-6 half-time lead, Darren Byrne putting them in front again in stoppage time before Andrew Behan landed his third free of the half.

Nurney began the second half where they had left off in the first but kicked a couple of wides before Andrew Behan cut in from the left and shot for a goal. Niall Rooney in the Raheens goal got a touch though and the ball went out for a 45. From the 45 Willie Heffernan rose highest in the square to punch over a point. Nurney opened up their biggest lead in the 38th minute when Darren Byrne landed a long range point from a free.

Raheens dug in though and got back into it with points from Ross McMahon (free) and Cathal Carr, and then found themselves back in front at the mid point of the half in bizarre circumstances. As Alan Percival delivered a ball from the middle of the field into the Raheens forward line Willie Heffernan appeared to be the victim of a third man tackle by Alan Sharpe. Confusion followed as referee Coyle spoke to both Sharpe and Heffernan, then indicated that the free was to Nurney from where the ball landed, before allowing Shane Cooke to take a quick free for Raheens. He found the unmarked Alan Campbell and Campbell made no mistake, firing expertly to the net.

Undeterred, Nurney drew level again with a lovely point from Brian Behan with 10 mins. remaining but Raheens replied with another point from Cathal Carr. Then Nurney were given a chance to retake the lead when they were awarded a penalty in dubious circumstances. However, Martin Conway's shot
flew wide of the right hand post and Raheens breathed a sigh of relief. Nurney went on to kick a couple of bad wides before they eventually tied up the scores through Brian Cahill in stoppage time. There would be a sting in the tail however when deep into time added on Cooke fired the winning score.

While the quality of the football may have been been lacking at times there was no shortage of endeavour by both sides. Perhaps a draw would have been a fair result but it wouldn't have changed the faith of either team in respect of the Championship. Raheens would still have avoided the rigours
of the relegation playoffs and Nurney would still be in the position of having to prepare for that challenge. Based on this performance it could be an uphill struggle for them to maintain their Intermediate status.

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Paddy O'Brien, Alan Percival, John Lawler, Declan Curran, Tom Earley, Alan Campbell (1-1), Alan Sharpe, Alan Igoe, Stephen Riordan, Ross McMahon (0-3, 2f), Tim Dunleavy, Keelan Noone, Shane Cooke (0-4, 2f), Cathal Carr (0-2). Subs: Kevin Thompson for Tim Dunleavy (35
mins.), Gareth Byrne for John Lawler (42 mins), Shane Power for Stephen Riordan (44 mins), Kevin Higgins for Declan Curran (55 mins.), Martin Sullivan for Ross McMahon (62 mins.).

Nurney: Paul Conway, Keith McCormack, Stephen Conway, Kevin Keegan, Kevin Conway, Eoin Merrins, Michael Behan, Willie Heffernan (0-1), Declan Brennan, Brian Cahill (0-2), Patrick Higginbotham (1-0), Brian Behan (0-1), Martin Conway, Darren Byrne (02, 1f), Andrew Behan (0-3, 2f). Subs: Craig
Harrington for Kevin Conway (56 mins.), Niall Whelan for Martin Conway (60 mins.).

Draw Favourable To Raheens


13/09/2010

The draw for Round 4 of the Championship has been favourable to Raheens. Raheens have been drawn against Nurney for the final group match.

In addition to this the 6 teams immediately above Raheens in the table have been kept apart, which gives Raheens a slim chance to progress if they can beat Nurney by a sizeable score. A 9 point win coupled with favourable results in 5 of the other 6 relevant games would be enough to see Raheens advance. A win by less than 9 points may suffice depending on results elsewhere but a 9 point win along with 5 of the 6 results below will guarantee progression to the quarter finals.

The full draw is as follows:-

Kill  v  Kilcullen (Result required: Kilcullen to at least draw)

Rathangan  v  Confey (Result required: Confey to at least draw)

Monasterevin  v  Straffan (Result required: Straffan to win)

Ballykelly  v  Ballymore (Result required: Ballymore to at least draw)

Ballyteague  v  Eadestown (Result required: Ballyteague to win)

Castledermot  v  Sallins (Result required: Sallins to win)

Raheens  v  Nurney

Milltown  v  Johnstownbridge

Raheens Can Still Qualify In Theory


12/09/2010

Raheens can still make the quarter-final of Championship after today's results in the IFC, but it's a longshot. Currently they cannot catch the first 6 teams (i.e. teams on 4 points or more). This leaves 2 spots up for grabs. All seven teams from Monasterevin (3 pts.) to Raheens (1 pt.) can theoretically claim those two spots. For Raheens to move into one of those two spots we will need to win our final game, hope that no more than 1 of the other 6 advance to 4 points and that we can increase our scoring difference significantly to move above the teams already on three points.

 

All of the above may be academic if tomorrow nights draw isn't favourable to Raheens. The best draw would be for each of the 6 teams from Monasterevin to Ballykelly not to be drawn against one another, as this would leave the possibility of none of the six improving their position. The worst possible draw would be for any two of the teams on three points to be drawn against other teams in the 6 as this would automatically eliminate Raheens regardless of next weeks results. 

 

Fingers crossed for a miracle !!! 

  

League Table for Intermediate Football Championship 

Team

P

W

L

D

P+

P-

P+/-

Pts

Johnstownbridge

3

3

0

0

56

30

26

6

Confey

3

3

0

0

46

25

21

6

Ballymore

3

3

0

0

50

33

17

6

Ballyteague 

3

3

0

0

46

34

12

6

Straffan

3

2

1

0

43

32

11

4

Kilcullen

3

2

1

0

40

40

0

4

Monasterevin

3

1

1

1

29

26

3

3

Eadestown 

3

1

1

1

34

33

1

3

Castledermot 

3

1

1

1

27

28

-1

3

Kill

3

1

2

0

25

27

-2

2

Rathangan

3

1

2

0

36

46

-10

2

Ballykelly

3

1

2

0

30

43

-13

2

Raheens

3

0

2

1

37

43

-6

1

Sallins 

3

0

3

0

33

51

-18

0

Milltown

3

0

3

0

29

49

-20

0

Nurney 

3

0

3

0

34

55

-21

0

 

Raheens Draw No Comfort From Share Of The Spoils


11/09/2010

Intermediate Football Championship Round 3

Raheens 0-10  Castledermot 0-10

Raheens' draw with Castledermot on Saturday has effectively ended their quest for the Intermediate Football Championship. Only an unlikely set of results tomorrow, a favourable draw for Round 4 and then another set of suitable results next week can save them. Indeed if the results in tomorrows three games go as expected Raheens will be eliminated ahead of Monday nights draw for Round 4.

If the result was disappointing so too was the performance. And Castledermot are not exempt in that regard either. In truth it was a poor game and anyone who paid the 8 Euros admission charge would have had a case for a refund under the Sale of Goods Act as the product was far from being of merchantable quality.

Gary Mulhall set the tone in the opening minute with a miss from a 20 metre free for Castledermot. Oisin Doherty did open the scoring for the Carlow border side a minute later but Raheens replied with a Shane Cooke point a minute later. Raheens enjoyed their best spell of the game at this stage and opened up a lead with points from Alan Igoe and Martin Sullivan before Shane Cooke landed a long range free from the right hand side on the quarter hour.

David Harmon, who was being afforded a lot of room down the Castledermot right hand side brought his side back into it with two points in a minute. Ross McMahon pushed the Raheens lead back out to two with a point after 22 mins. With neither side playing particularly inspiring football the next chance didn't come until stoppage time. However, Gary Hendy say his 25 metre free from straight in front of goal come back off the post. Castledermot did add a point shortly after though when Harmon received a quickly taken 45 and fired over.

There was still time for another Raheens attack before the break and it produced the games first goal chance. Alan Igoe spotted blood sub Alan Sharpe behind the Castledermot defence and delivered a great pass. Sharpe met the ball with his hands and diverted it back across the goal but Paul Murphy made a good save pushing the ball around the post. Shane Cooke converted the resultant 45 to leave the half-time score Raheens 0-6, Castledermot 0-4.

Castledermot started the second half the better and could have had a goal almost immediately when a cross from the right fell for Oisin Doherty. His shot was well saved by Niall Rooney though. However, Raheens failed to clear their lines and Doherty ended up with a point. Full forward Ger Murphy levelled the scores with a point shortly after. Although Ross McMahon put Raheens back in front with a fine individual score the momentum was with Castledermot and with points from Gary Mulhall, David Harmon (free) and William Kelly went into a two point lead.

Raheens replied with a free from Shane Cooke before Mulhall restored Castledermot's two point advantage with 8 mins. remaining. Although this was their final score they probably should have held on for the win, but their discipline let them down and Raheens levelled with two more Shane Cooke frees, the second coming three minutes into stoppage time.

Often when two teams draw you hear someone say that "it was a fair result; neither team deserved to lose". Well on this occasion you could say it was a fair result; neither team deserved to win. The football did little to get the supporters excited. There was scarely a clean ball caught in the middle of the field and a shortage of quality forward play. Even though it was tight throughout the intensity one would associate with Championship football was sadly lacking. In fairness to the Raheens management team they made four changes midway through the second half to try and liven things up, but it had little effect. Castledermot will be less worried by the quality of the game though as they now have three points and qualification for the knock-out stages is still in their own hands.

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Paddy O'Brien, Tom Earley, John Lawler, Daithi Ivers, Alan Percival, Keelan Noone, Tim Dunleavy, Declan Curran, Martin Sullivan (0-1), Ross McMahon (0-2), Alan Igoe (0-1), Kevin Thompson, Shane Cooke (0-6, 4f, 1 45), Cathal Carr. Subs: Sean Dunleavy for John Lawler (43 mins.), Alan Campbell for Daithi Ivers, Gareth Malone for Martin Sullivan, Alan Sharpe for Kevin Thompson (all 48 mins.).

Castledermot: Paul Murphy, Daniel O'Keeffe, Damian Hendy, Paraic Murphy, Anthony Redmond, Brian Darcy, Patrick Harmon, Gary Hendy, Anthony Lawler, David Harmon (0-4, 1f), Stephen McDonald, Oisin Doherty (0-2), Gary Mulhall (0-2), Ger Murphy (0-1), Aidan Murphy. Subs: William Kelly (0-1) for Patrick Harmon (HT), Dean Farrell for Aidan Murphy (46 mins.), Barry Murphy for Ger Murphy (48 mins.)

Junior C's Bow Out After Extra Time Defeat To Cappagh


08/09/2010

Senior Reserve E Championship Semi-Final

Cappagh 2-10  Raheens 0-12 (aet)

Raheens bowed out of the Reserve 'E' Championship after an agonising defeat to Cappagh on Wednesday night. Raheens started brightly and were the dominant team for the opening half hour. However they failed to reflect that dominance on the scoreboard, kicking several wides and dropping a number of shots short. They still held a 0-6 to 0-1 lead after 25 mins., but then conceded a poor goal to allow Cappagh back into the game.

Although Raheens extended their lead with two points on the restart Cappagh were growing in confidence and slowly began to work their way back into the game. They controlled the middle third of the field in the second half which gave them an excellent platform to mount their comeback. Five successive points put them in front for the first time, but Raheens responded and although they squandered a goal opportunity in the dying minutes John Jennings converted a late free to force extra time.

Cappagh had the better of things in the opening period of extra time and went into a two point lead. Just after the change of ends they opened up the Raheens rearguard and fired their second goal. Raheens responded brilliantly though and kicked three succesive points to bring the margin back to two points. They also created a couple of half chances for goals but it wasn't to be. Cappagh had the final say with two late points, the second coming from a 45 by Anthony Mallon in stoppage time.

Raheens: Shane Malone, Thomas Lawler, Dave Towey, T. J. Malone, John Byrne, Kieran O'Toole, Shane Taaffe, Paraic Ryan, Tim Waters, John Jennings, Brian Dunne, Graham Waters, Eoghan Winders, Declan O'Toole, Marty Lynch. Subs: Hugh Delmer, Nollaig Heavey, Ollie Campbell, Glen Dolly, Shane O'Driscoll. 

Under 13's Draw With Athy In South Board League


08/09/2010

Under 13 South Board Division 1
 

Athy 1-6  Raheens 1-6

Raheens u13’s will be soon known as the comeback kids after overcoming a 5 point deficit with only 15 minutes left to play in a very entertaining game in Athy on a very wet Wednesday evening. Athy, with the help of a slight breeze went in at half time 3 points to the good, 1-3 to 0-3. 
 
Declan Campbell, with a very well taken goal, was just the catalyst required to get the Raheens lads back into the game. Other scorers were, Jason Earley 0-2, Paddy Woodgate 0-2, Anthony Thompson 0-1, Robert Thompson 0-1. The defence was very well marshalled by Shane Crowley

Under 13's Draw With Moorefield In Division 1


05/09/2010

Under 13 Division 1 All County League

Moorefield 3-9  Raheens 4-6

Raheens u13's reignited their season with a tremendous away draw to Moorefield on a very blustery Sunday morning. Moorefield elected to play with a strong wind in the first half and had established a good lead before Robert Thompson netted to leave it a 4 point game at half time.

Two bad lapses of concentration by the Raheens rearguard afforded Moorefield two goals and a commanding 10 point lead shortly after the restart. To their credit the Raheens lads dug in and with well taken goals from Colin Malone, Conor Kielty and Sean Cox, they began to eat into the deficit. Four fine frees from Paddy Woodgate gave Raheens a 2 point lead going into the last 5 minutes. However it was Moorefield who kicked the last 2 points from frees to secure a draw.

 

Apart from the aforementioned, others to star for Raheens included, Shane Crowley, Sean Delaney, Matthew Betts Symonds and Jason Earley.

Third Team Advance To Championship Semi-Final


02/09/2010

Senior Reserve 'E' Championship Quarter Final

Raheens 3-16  Allenwood 0-6

Raheens reached the semi-final of the Reserve 'E' Championship with a comprehensive win over Allenwood on Thursday evening. Playing some lovely football in the opening period Raheens slowly pulled away from their opponents and led 1-10 to 0-1 at the break. Allenwood's solitary score came from a dubious free awarded for a pick-up.

The opening goal was a well worked score starting with Dave Towey in the full back line, and involving at least half a dozen other players before Marty Lynch received the final pass and cooly applied the finish. Lynch indeed had a fine night, helping himself to 2-3 in what was a dominant display. The movement of the Raheens forwards in the opening period was very good to watch and in this form they will be a handful for any of the remaining teams.

The Raheens defence also deserves mention. Three games without ever looking like conceding a goal takes a bit of doing, but that's what they've done. Goalkeeper, Shane Malone has been a spectator in the Championship so far, as the experienced heads of Kieran O'Toole, T. J. Malone, Dave Towey & John Byrne, together with Michael Byrne & Thomas Lawler have been miserly in the extreme in the chances they offer up to their opponents.

Not forgetting the middle of the field where Paraic Ryan's distribution was first class and his partner Tim Waters (whose engine would put the "energiser bunny" to shame) who scored a wonderful second half goal. 

Heres hoping this run can continue as this team will now face a much sterner test in the semi-final. Awaiting them are Cappagh in what will be a repeat of last years semi-final. Cappagh operated comfortably in the Division above Raheens this year and will have aspirations to win out the competition. Roll on next Wednesday night in Ballyteague. Throw-in at 8.00pm.

Raheens: Shane Malone, Thomas Lawler, Dave Towey, T. J. Malone, John Byrne, Kieran O'Toole, Michael Byrne, Tim Waters, Paraic Ryan, John Jennings, Brian Dunne, Graham Waters, Eoghan Winders, Declan O'Toole, Marty Lynch. Subs: Glen Dolly, Hugh Delmer, John Nelson, Thomas Mahon, Ollie Campbell. 

 

Raheens Lose Out To Kilcullen In Quarter Final


31/08/2010

Senior Reserve 'B' Quarter Final

Kilcullen 4-7  Raheens 1-15

The saying that goals win games was never truer in Ballymore on Tuesday evening, as Raheens were edged out by Kilcullen in the quarter final of the Reserve B Championship. Raheens got off to a good start and appeared to be cruising after 20 mins., leading by 0-7 to 0-2. However the concession of two goals in 4 mins. changed the complexion of the game and suddenly Raheens were on the back foot.

Kilcullen took a 2-4 to 0-8 lead in at the break and added two points in the opening 10 mins. of the second half to extend their lead to four. Raheens began to reel their opponents back in though with points from Eoin O'Donnell (2 frees) and Glen McLoughlin. Just as Raheens appeared to be reasserting themselves they were rocked with the concession of a third goal. Seamus Pembroke, who was a torn in the side of the Raheens backline, getting his second of the night.

It got worse for Raheens in the 52nd min. as Pembroke broke clear once more. His shot was well saved by Charlie Kings but the ball broke to a Kilcullen player who applied the finish to give them a 7 point advantage. Raheens never gave up though and when Glen McLoughlin fired in a brilliant long range goal with 4 minutes remaing the deficit was back to three.

Gareth Malone had a shot for an equaliser a couple of mins. later but it was deflected over. A couple of further Raheens attacks ended with bad wides before Eoin O'Donnell kicked the final point in stoppage time. The clock ran out on Raheens' brave effort as Kilcullen held on to advance to the final four.

Raheens: Charlie Kings, Tomas Nolan, Sean Dunleavy, Mark O'Brien, Keelan Noone, Kevin Higgins (0-1), John Fox, Alan Campbell, Patrick Percival (0-3, 3f), Andrew Earley, Martin Sullivan, Eoin O'Donnell (0-6, 4f), Gareth Malone (0-4), James Malone, Mark Concannon. Subs: Sean Browne for Tomas Nolan, Glen McLoughlin (1-1) for Andrew Earley, Darren Earley for Patrick Percival. 

 

U13 All County 'B' Team Defeat Nurney


30/08/2010

Under 13 Division 4B

Nurney 4-5  Raheens 'B' 5-11

A lovely sunny evening in Nurney saw the start of the u13 Division 4B game between Raheens and Nurney. It was a very close match for much of the game. There were great individual performances from Raheens Eoin O’Brien (2-2), Cillian Thompson (1-3) and Simon Hore (1-2). Philip Tierney moving up from u11 also had a good game (1-0). Conor Kielty was excellent in centrefield and scored an impressive 4 points from play.

Nurney's Ross O’Malley (2-1) and Breandan Higgbothom (1-2) had excellent games. Raheens won out with an impressive display in the last ten minutes scoring 1 goal and 4 points to win by a comfortable margin.

 

Under 13's Defeat Towers In South Board Div. 1


25/08/2010

Under 13 Division 1 South Board

Raheens 3-14  Round Towers 2-06 

Raheens got off to a great start in their first competitive outing of the year. This was a great team performance from all 18 players involved. Having said that, Stephen Smith in goal and Sean Delaney at full back must come in for special mention for their stout defence in curbing Round Towers constant search for goals. We will meet Round Towers again in the All County competition towards the end of September and we can expect the rematch to be a much tighter affair. Clane are our next opponents in the All County League Div. 1, at home 6.30pm, Monday, Aug 30th.

 

 

C's Make It Through To The Knock-Out Stages


22/08/2010

Reserve 'E' Championship Round 2

Raheens 2-15  Grangenolvan 0-8

Raheens made it two wins from two with a comprehensive win over Grange in Kildangan on Sunday evening. With some lovely passing moves Raheens opened up a 1-3 to 0-1 lead in the opening quarter. John Jennings scored the goal receiving a perceptive pass from Declan O'Toole. However, in the second quarter Raheens allowed their opponents back into it slightly and the lead was 1-7 to 0-4 at half-time.

Grange's only weapon was a long high ball into the full-forward line but the Raheens full-back line of T.J. Malone, Dave Towey and Brian O'Shaughnessy dealt well with the threat. Unfortunately for O'Shaughnessy he had to be led from the field before half-time with what looked like a serious knee injury.

Raheens extended their lead to 9 points on the restart but Grange pulled back a couple of points by the mid point in the half. A goal at this stage could have changed things for Grange but they had no penetration up front. In the final quarter Raheens pulled further ahead and Shane Taaffe rounded off a good performance with the second goal in the closing minutes.

The performance of Graham Waters deserves special mention as he covered every blade of grass from his wing forward position, making himself available as an outlet for the backs, causing untold problems for the Grange backline when he ran at them and making numerous blocks and tackles on the Grange backs, preventing them from setting up attacks.

Raheens: Shane Malone, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Dave Towey, T. J. Malone, John Byrne, Kieran O'Toole, Michael Byrne, Paraic Ryan, Tim Waters, John Jennings, Brian Dunne, Graham Waters, Marty Lynch, Shane Taaffe, Declan O'Toole. Subs: Thomas Lawler for Brian O'Shaughnessy; Nollaig Heavey for Marty Lynch. 

 

U/16's Lose Out To Maynooth By Slim Margin.


20/08/2010

Under 16 'A' Shield Semi-Final

Raheens 1-10  Maynooth 1-12 (aet)

In a very entertaining contest there was heartbreak for Raheens after losing out to Maynooth after extra time. However, these young players can hold their heads high as they left everthing on the pitch in an effort to reach their first 'A' final. Over the past couple of weeks there has been a marked improvement in attitude and performance by this team, who had lost their way in the early rounds of the Championship. Against Maynooth they were back to the high standards they had set for themselves when competing favourably with the top sides in Division 1 earlier in the year.

When these sides met earlier in the year in the League only a point separated them, with Maynooth coming from 4 behind to steal it in stoppage time. This time around it was even more exciting with never more than a score between the teams. Neil Flynn opened the scoring with a point in the first minute for Maynooth but Raheens were on terms when Barry Winder converted a free a couple of minutes later. Raheens hit the front for the first time when Dylan Hannon fired over a lovely point but Maynooth responded with a point from Chris Canning.

The winners retook the lead with a free from Flynn in the 12th minute, but Barry Winder replied in kind 6 minutes later. A sloppy clearance at the back by Raheens was pounced on shortly after and Adam Nevin gave his side back the lead with a point. Maynooth were guilty of a number of missed chances in the opening half although the Raheens backs were defending tigerishly and put the shooting player under pressure time and time again.

That defensive play was rewarded when first Barry Winder pointed a third free kick and then an industrious Dylan Hannon kicked his second to put Raheens back in front. Neil Flynn who was roaming from his full forward bearth kicked a lovely point from distance just before the break to tie the game up once more. Half-time: Raheens 0-5, Maynooth 0-5.

Maynooth were quickest off the mark on the restart and Chris Canning fired over another point but then Dylan Hannon scored a wonderful goal. Racing in along the endline from the left hand corner he somehow managed to steer the ball to the top right corner past the towering Colm Kearins in the Maynooth goal. Raheens followed this up with a well worked point; David Malone receiving and finishing a clever pass from Jonathon Hanbury.

Chris Canning responded with his third point but Barry Winder restored Raheens' advantage with another point from a free. Another Maynooth point was cancelled out in the 50th minute by David Malone who made space for himself on the 20 metre line after some good work by Niall Connolly and Colm Power up the right hand side. However Maynooth, as they had done in the League encounter, finished the game strongly. Flynn and Canning reduced the margin to a point before Flynn kicked a beautiful point from a 45 with a couple minutes remaining to tie it up once more.

The final couple of chances in normal time fell to Raheens in the shape of free kicks from approx. 30 metres. Unfortunately both chances were spurned and the game finished level; Raheens 1-8, Maynooth 0-11. A not fully fit Danny Boyle came off the bench for extra time and made a telling impact for Raheens. His fresh legs greatly assisted a tiring midfield and he scored the only point in the first period of extra time.

There was no further score until the 7th min. of the second half but it proved to be the killer score. Raheens were on the attack and Danny Boyle was put through with a quick free kick. His goal effort was saved and Maynooth broke down the field. At the same time Raheens full-back Dean Campbell was coming off the field with a broken nose sustained in a clash of heads a couple of minutes previously. Maynooth exploited the hole in the Raheens defence and Phillip Murphy put the ball past Liam Power for what would be the winning goal. It was unfortunate for Power who had had an excellent game, making a number of key saves prior to this.

Maynooth followed up immediately with Adam Nevin kicking a great point but Raheens weren't finished just yet. Jonathon Hanbury kicked a point in the final minute and there would be a couple of minutes stoppage time for the injury to Dean Campbell. Raheens came looking for the goal they so desperately needed and they had two chances. First Colm Power and David Fitzpatrick got crowded out by the Maynooth backs after good work by Dylan Hannon down the left and then in the final minute Barry Winder unleashed a wonderful shot from 25 yards out. If looked destined for the top corner but somehow Colm Kearins got his fingers to the ball, touching it up off the underside of the crossbar. The ball came down 6 inches the wrong side of the line from a Raheens perspective and was cleared away to safety.

Raheens were understandably disappointed after their efforts came up just short but they can be very proud of this performance. All 17 players used gave their all. Liam Power in goal had his best game to date, while Matthew Bursey, Gary Woodgate, Evan Dempsey and Dean Campbell were immense in a very solid backline. At midfield David Fitzpatrick and Barry Winder ran themselves into the ground and upfront Dylan Hannon and David Malone were always a threat. Danny Boyle also made a big difference upon his introduction.

Raheens: Liam Power, Billy Martin, Dean Campbell, Matthew Bursey, Niall Connolly, Evan Dempsey, Gary Woodgate, David Fitzpatrick, Barry Winder (0-4, 4f), Jonathon Hanbury (0-1), David Malone (0-2), Scott Hannon, Colm Power, Dylan Hannon (1-2), Shane Pender. Subs: Thomas Flanagan for Shane Pender (30 mins.), Danny Boyle (0-1) for Thomas Flanagan (60 mins.), Shane Pender for Dean Campbell (77 mins.).      

 

Raheens Draw in Round 2 Of The Reserve Championships


20/08/2010

Raheens 2-8 Monasterevan 1-11. Great second half fightback by Raheens 2nd team from 9 points down 10mins into the second half to lead the game at the death but just got pegged back for the draw.

3 points from 2 games should be enough to progress to next stage of championship, well done to all the lads and mentors.

more to follow 

 

Last Four Of Minor 'C' Championship & Under 16 'A' Shield


19/08/2010

Raheens are involved in two semi-finals over the course of the next couple of weeks. First up are the u/16's on Friday evening when they take on Maynooth. Although only a point separated the teams when they met in the League earlier in the year, Maynooth will be favourites for this game. Raheens were playing really well when they met previously but things have deteriorated considerably since the Championship started. This has been mostly due to a shortage of numbers at this time of year, with holidays being the biggest culprit. However, Raheens recovered some form when seeing off Kill quite comfortably last week and if they can maintain that upward progression a place in the final is not beyond them. The other semi-final features Clane and Leixlip, both teams which Raheens have beaten in the last 12 months, so there is a big prize on offer Friday night. 

The Minors reached the semi-finals of the Championship by the skin of their teeth on Tuesday evening with a last gasp goal giving them a win over Oliver Plunketts. The draw for the semi-final is now due to made next Wednesday with the match probably being fixed for the following week. The other remaining teams are Ellistown, Ballykelly and Rathangan. Raheens have beaten Ellistown on three occasions this year, although they needed extra time in the League semi-final to dispose of them. Raheens have also played Rathangan this year in the League with that game finishing all square. These sides also met in the final of the u/16 League two years ago, when two Dylan Hannon goals gave Raheens a 5 point win. Raheens haven't faced Ballykelly, who are favourites to win out this competition, since the semi-final of the u/16 'B' Championship two years ago. On that occasion the Monasterevin town team were too strong winning by 5 points. Regardless of who Raheens draw they will need to improve on the display against Oliver Plunketts if they are to reach the final.

 

Minors Reach Semi-Final After Houdini Like Escape


17/08/2010

Minor 'C' Championship Quarter Final

Raheens 2-9  Oliver Plunketts 3-5

With 6 minutes remaining in this game Raheens were 6 points behind and looking as if their year was over. A remarkable finish though kept their Championship aspirations alive. A point in the 55th min. by Gareth Malone was followed up with a John Jennings free a minute later. The same player added another free in the penultimate minute before firing over what looked to be Raheens' last chance of an equalier in the final minute.

However, there was to be 3 mins. of added time and Raheens found a winning goal midway through that spell. A free from the right hand side dropped into the Plunketts square and Jennings was first to react, making up for his miss that cleared the crossbar in normal time.

The fact that Raheens were in this position at all was down to their own sloppy play and wastefulness in front of goal earlier in the game. They led by 1-3 to 0-1 at half-time but really should have had the game sown up at this stage. Poor shooting though saw two gilt edged goal chances go abegging and a number of point scoring opportunities were also missed.

The longer Raheens left their opponents in the game the more confident Plunketts became and a goal in the 42nd min. got them back on terms. Two further goals on 47 and 52 mins. looked to have sealed the tie, but Raheens' late rally saved the day. If they are to progress further there will need to be a marked improvement on this display.

Raheens: Liam Power, Cian Conlon, John Fox, Gary Woodgate, Danny Boyle, Graham Waters, Dean Campbell, Charlie Kings, Eoin O'Donnell (0-2, 1f), Jonathon Hanbury, David Fitzpatrick (1-0), Barry Winder, John Jennings (1-4, 3f), Gareth Malone (0-3), David Malone. Subs: Stephen Kavanagh for Danny Boyle, Alan Lagrue for Stephen Kavanagh.

 

Under 16 'A' Shield Quarter Final - Kill 2-7 Raheens 2-14


13/08/2010

Under 16 'A' Shield Quarter Final

Kill 2-7  Raheens 2-14

After a slow start Raheens gradually got on top and in the second half got back to playing the type of football that they were playing earlier this year in the league. The Championship has been a struggle due to the abscence of players for one reason or another. But tonight despite still being short a number of players Raheens produced their best performance of the Summer.

Kill scored the opening two points through Sean Walsh and although Raheens tied it up with points from Jonathon Hanbury and Dylan Hannon, Kill retook the lead with three successive points at the midpoint of the half. But Raheens slowly got into the game and by half-time had eliminated the deficit, tying the game at 0-6 apiece.

The Raheens full back line of Billy Martin, Danny Boyle and Matthew Bursey were very solid and were instrumental in keeping Raheens in the game when Kill were on top. David Fitzpatrick was also having his best game to date at midfield and Dylan Hannon was proving a good target man up front.

Raheens got off to a flyer at the start of the second half as David Malone scored the games first goal within 2 mins. set up with a perfect pass from Colm Power. Hannon and Malone added further points to extend the Raheens lead but against the run of play they got caught when Sean O'Hagan scored a goal for Kill.

Undeterred Raheens replied with another point from David Malone and then Dylan Hannon struck a killer blow with a second goal in the 43rd minute. From here until the end it was all Raheens and they extended their lead to 10 points with time running out. However, Raheens could and should have been much further in front given the number of chances they created. Kill got a consolation goal from Luke Purcell deep into stoppage time but Raheens were the deserving winners.

If Raheens can reproduce their second half performance for a full hour next week against Maynooth then a final appearnce is a real possibility. Best for Raheens were David Fitzpatrick, David Malone, Matthew Bursey, Evan Dempsey, Dylan Hannon, Barry Winder and Danny Boyle.

Raheens: Liam Power, Billy Martin, Danny Boyle, Matthew Bursey, Evan Dempsey, Dean Campbell, Gary Woodgate, Barry Winder (0-3, 1f), David Fitzpatrick (0-2), Jonathon Hanbury (0-1), David Malone (1-3), Scott Hannon (0-1), Thomas Flanagan, Dylan Hannon (1-4), Colm Power

 

Junior C's Off To A Winning Start


11/08/2010

Senior Reserve 'E' Championship

Raheens 1-10  Sarsfields 0-9

With the average age of Raheens' 10 most "experienced" performers somewhere north of 35 it's fair to say that this is not a team for the future. That said the enthusiasm shown be them would put many a youngster to shame. The effort, commitment and work-rate shown was first class and even where the legs mightn't be quite what they once were the heart and the will to win is still there.

Mingled with the rough, that is the the older players, are the diamonds that include the Minors, John Jennings and Graham Waters. Jennings shone brightly last night kicking points from every angle while Waters' non stop running caused Sarsfields plenty of problems. While most of this team are coming to the end of their careers these two look set to become fixtures on the first team in the short term and should become important players in the future of the club.

The game itself could have gone either way. Both sides were well matched and the lead changed hands a couple of times during the opening 30 mins. By the end of that period the Sash, playing with the wind at their backs, held a slender 0-5 to 0-4 advantage. The pick of the scores in the opening half was a wonderful Tim Waters point from the right hand corner.

Sarsfields doubled their advantage with a point shortly after the resumption but Raheens clawed their way back to parity with points from John Jennings. The decisive score came midway through the half when Eoghan Winders got on the end of a move involving Brian Dunne and Declan O'Toole to fire home the games only goal. The same player had a great chance to wrap it up five minutes from time when one on one with the Sarsfields keeper. However, his first time shot went narrowly wide.

Winders made up for his miss though with a lovely point shortly after that gave Raheens the breathing space of a four point margin. Sarsfields didn't give up though and tried everything to conjure up the goal that might rescue something for them. However, the Raheens rearguard shored things up well and denied their opponents a clear sight of the target. Raheens will now be hoping that they came maintain their form and at least emulate last years campaign which saw them reach the decider. Sarsfields on the other hand must now win their second game to keep their ambitions alive and will be hoping for a favourable draw.

Raheens: Shane Malone, John Byrne, Dave Towey, T. J. Malone, Michael Byrne, Kieran O'Toole, Graham Waters, Paraic Ryan, Tim Waters, Colm McLoughlin, Brian Dunne, John Jennings, Eoghan Winders, Vincent Malone, Marty Lynch. Subs: Declan O'Toole for Marty Lynch. Brian O'Shaughnessy for Colm McLoughlin.

Intermediate 'B' Team Defeat Suncroft


09/08/2010

Reserve 'B' Championship

Raheens 4-18  Suncroft 2-9

Raheens' second team recorded their first win of the year with a resounding win over Suncroft in the opening round of the Championship. Right from the opening minute, when Kevin Higgins ventured forward to kick the first point, Raheens were in control. They were five points to the good before Suncroft registered their first point after 15 mins.

The games first goal arrived after 23 mins. Raheens had restored their five point margin (0-8 to 0-3) before Gareth Malone cooly slotted the ball past the Suncroft keeper. Martin Sullivan followed that up shortly after with a second goal to see Raheens lead 2-9 to 0-5 at the break.

Two further goals in the third quarter put Raheens out of sight. Although the losers added two goals of their own in the final quarter they were merely consolation scores. Raheens were in a completely different league to their opponents. An impressive half-back line of Keelan Noone, Kevin Higgins & John Fox and a dominant midfield of Alan Campbell and Patrick Percival provided a great platform for the winners and they used the ball very well to create a host of scoring chances.

No doubt there will be sterner tests ahead but Raheens have made the best possible start to the Championship and will now be looking forward to the draw for Round 2.

Raheens: Charlie Kings, Tomas Nolan, Sean Dunleavy, Mark O'Brien, Keelan Noone (1-1), Kevin Higgins (0-2), John Fox, Alan Campbell (1-0), Patrick Percival (0-5, 2f, 1 45), Eoin O'Donnell, Martin Sullivan (1-0), Mark Concannon (0-1), Gareth Malone (1-3), James Malone (0-2), Jonathon Igoe (0-4). Subs: Padraig Heffernan for G. Malone (44 min.), Sean Browne for M. Sullivan (44 min.), David Dolly for S. Dunleavy (46 min.)

 

Raheens Exit Herbert Cup


07/08/2010

Herbert Cup Semi-Final

Sarsfields 1-15  Raheens 0-12

Sarsfields will meet their Newbridge town rivals Moorefield in the final of the Herbert Cup after they overcame a spirited display from Raheens on Saturday evening. Although Sarsfields registered the opening six points and were never less than three points to the good thereafter, it wasn't until Sean Campbell fired the games only goal with just four minutes remaining that the tie was decided.

Raheens started brightly and had all the territorial advantage in the opening five minutes. However, they could have done without missing two very scoreable frees during this spell. Sarsfields responded with the opening score from Robbie Murphy after six minutes, which signalled the start of a very productive ten minute spell for the Sash. Alan Barry, Caoimhin McDonnell, Morgan O'Sullivan twice, Ray Cahill and Murphy again all pointed for the winners while Raheens got off the mark with a Shane Cooke point in the 15th minute.

That score seemed to settle Raheens who outscored their opponents five points to three for the remainder of the half. At the break Sarsfields led 0-10 to 0-6 although Raheens had their keeper Niall Rooney to thank that the margin wasn't greater. He made a fine save in the 28th minute when Caoimhin McDonnell seemed certain to score the games opening goal.

The sides swapped scores twice on the resumption before a free from Ross McMahon in the 37th minute brought it back to a single score game. Ray Cahill extended the Sarsfields lead back out to five by the three quarter stage with two points but a determined Raheens side never gave up and were back to within three with seven minutes remaining, courtesy of another two frees from Shane Cooke.

All the Raheens scores in the second half came from placed balls and although Gavin Slicker was never troubled in the Sarsfields goal there was always the chance of an upset. Any hopes the Raheens faithful had though were quickly extinguished as Sean Campbell rattled the rigging with a fine effort four minutes from time. Morgan O'Sullivan added another point for the winners before Shane Cooke had the final say with another free in the closing minute.

Sarsfields: Gavin Slicker, Stephen Lawlor, John Kavanagh, Conor Duffy, Keith Brown, Robbie Confrey, Ciaran Carey, Alan Barry (0-2), Sean Campbell (1-1), Robert Murphy (0-2), David Earley, Caoimhin McDonnell (0-2), Ray Cahill (0-4, 2f), Morgan O'Sullivan (0-4), Keith Harvey.

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Sean Dunleavy, Tom Earley, John Lawler, Keelan Noone, Pat Courtney, Alan Campbell, Tim Dunleavy, Declan Curran (0-1), Kevin Thompson, Ross McMahon ((0-3, 3f), Martin Sullivan, Shane Cooke (0-7, 5f), Alan Igoe (0-1, 1f), Eoin O'Donnell. Subs: Paddy O'Brien for J. Lawler (HT), Alan Percival for D. Curran (HT), Shane Power for P. Courtney (42 mins.), Gareth Byrne for A. Igoe (50 mins.), Patrick Percival for E. O'Donnell (50 mins.).      

 

Herbert Cup result - Raheens 1-13 Allenwood 0-12


05/08/2010

Raheens qualified for the semi-final of the Herbert Cup with a 1-13 to 0-12 win over Allenwood last night. An excellent first half display saw Raheens race into a 1-11 to 0-6 half-time lead. Shane Cooke was on fire during this spell, scoring 1-4. Despite tiring in the second half Raheens continued to work hard and held on for a deserved four point victory. They will now face Sarsfields in the semi-final which is likely to be played this weekend.

 

Raheens Comprehensively Defeat Ellistown In Minor Championship


03/08/2010

Minor 'C' Championship

Raheens 3-15  Ellistown 0-7

Raheens completed the group stages of the Minor Championship with their 100% record intact on Tuesday evening. An opening minute point from John Jennings set the tone and the same player was on hand for the opening goal in the 8th min. when David Malone's shot came back off the woodwork.

Although Ellistown replied with two points a second Raheens goal from the left boot of Charlie Kings extended the Raheens lead after 12 mins. That lead was out to 2-6 to 0-5 by half-time. At the break Raheens introduced Niall Connolly and David Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick made a big impression on the left wing and finished the game with four points to his name.

At the three quarter stage Raheens led by 2-10 to 0-7. Any doubt about the outcome was dispelled when David Malone added a third goal after 52 mins. Ellistown's discipline, which was quite poor throughout, deteriorated as the game went on and they were lucky to finish the game with the loss of only one player to a red card; that coming in the final minute.

Best for Raheens were John Fox, Graham Waters, Eoin O'Donnell, John Jennings & David Fitzpatrick.

Raheens: Richard Dalton, Liam Power, John Fox, Gary Woodgate, Danny Boyle, Graham Waters, Dean Campbell, Charlie Kings (1-1, 1f), Eoin O'Donnell (0-2, 1f), Jonathon Hanbury (0-1), John Jennings (1-5, 2f), Stephen Kavanagh, Philip Murphy (0-1), Owen Daly, David Malone (1-1). Subs: Niall Connolly for Liam Power (HT), David Fitzpatrick (0-4) for Stephen Kavanagh (HT), Gareth Malone for Philip Murphy (43 mins.). 

Tickets for All-Ireland Semi Final


02/08/2010
Orders for tickets for Kildare's All-Ireland semi-final with Down on 29th August are now being taken by Shane Malone (087-2334798). To guarantee your ticket please have your order in by 2pm on Friday, 6th August 2010.  

 

Congratulations to Mark Waters


30/07/2010
Congratulations & best wishes to Mark Waters who will be playing in the Mini-Games at Croke Park this weekend during the half-time break at the All-Ireland Quarter Finals. Well done to Mark, who is an up and coming player within the Club. Hopefully it won't be too long before Mark is back in Croke Park again wearing the all-white of Kildare.

 

Raheens Finish League On A High Note


27/07/2010

SFL Division 2

Kilcullen 1-6  Raheens 0-11

With both sides having nothing to play for it was not surprising that this game lacked real intensity. However, those in attendance were treated to a tight game with the result in doubt right up until the final whistle.

Raheens took an early lead when Patrick Percival kicked a fine point but Kilcullen were soon in front after Seamus Pembroke burst through the Raheens defence and saw his deflected shot end up in the net. The Rags extended their lead with points from Colm Fox (free) and Paul Bell before a brace from Cathal Carr got Raheens back into it.

The visitors were back on terms on the quarter hour after first Shane Cooke and then Patrick Percival converted free kicks. Percival's was an impressive score as it was from the left hand touch line, 45 metres out. Kilcullen then regained the initiative and were awarded a penalty when Keelan Noone was penalised for a raised boot. However, Seamus Pembroke's shot was saved by Niall Rooney in the Raheens goal.

Despite this miss Kilcullen continued to enjoy a good spell of possession and opened up a lead with points from Jamie Lambe and Colm Fox (2). With a three point lead and the wind at their backs for the second half Kilcullen would have expected to push on and win but they only managed to add one point; that from Colm Fox in the 39th min.

Raheens drew level in the 46th min. after three successive pointed frees. Both sides had good chances to take the lead but squandered a number of opportunities. A draw looked on the cards before Ross McMahon kicked a long range point in the 59th minute to give Raheens the lead for the first time since the 4th minute. Eoin O'Donnell guaranteed the points for Raheens with an excellent free from the right hand corner in stoppage time.

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Paddy O'Brien, Tom Earley, Keelan Noone, Alan Campbell, Pat Courtney, Daithi Ivers, Declan Curran, Tim Dunleavy, Kevin Thompson (0-1), Ross McMahon (0-2, 1f), Martin Sullivan, Shane Cooke (0-3, 3f), Patrick Percival (0-2, 1f), Cathal Carr (0-2). Subs: Eoin O'Donnell (0-1, 1f) for C. Carr. Gareth Malone for S. Cooke.

Kilcullen: Paddy Maher, Ciaran McMahon, Ronan Aspell, Barry Comerford, Brian Fox, Kevin O'Brien, Danny Fisher, Darren Barker, John Browne, Paul Bell (0-1), Dan Bell, Jamie Lambe (0-1), Colm Fox (0-4, 3f), Shane Lambe, Seamus Pembroke (1-0).   

 

Minors Defeat Naas To Make It Two From Two


26/07/2010

Minor 'C' Championship

Raheens 0-12  Naas 'B' 1-3

Raheens were rocked by the concession of a goal in the opening minute and when Naas followed this up with a point shortly after it looked like Raheens were going to be in for a difficult evening. However, three points in as many minutes by John Jennings, Jono Hanbury & Gareth Malone got Raheens back in the game.

Although Naas extended their lead with a free in the 16th minute Raheens were well on top in the possession stakes. After a number of wasted opportunities Raheens finished the half with three points in the final 5 minutes of the half, all from frees, to take a one point advantage at the change of ends. Raheens 0-6, Naas 1-2.

On the resumption it was all Raheens. The middle third was dominated by Graham Waters, Dean Campbell, Charlie Kings, Eoin O'Donnell and Jonathon Hanbury. With the amount of possession that Raheens had they could have won two games but poor shooting and wayward final passes kept Naas in the game for longer than should have been the case.

It was only in the final 5 minutes that Raheens pulled away with points from Stephen Kavanagh and John Jennings (2). With a solid Raheens defence Naas never looked like getting the scores to trouble their opponents but if the forwards continue to be as wasteful as this stronger opposition will surely make Raheens pay the penalty. That said this was a good Raheens performance and was a definite improvement on last weeks display against Ellistown.

Raheens: Richard Dalton, Gary Woodgate, Cian Conlon, Liam Power, Dean Campbell, Graham Waters, Danny Boyle, Gareth Malone (0-2), Charlie Kings (0-1), Phillip Murphy, Eoin O'Donnell (0-2, 2f), David Fitzpatrick, Jonathon Hanbury (0-1), Stephen Kavanagh (0-1), John Jennings (0-5, 3f).  

 

Raheens Make It Two Wins In Two Days


21/07/2010

SFL Division 2

Raheens 2-13  Rheban 1-8

Raheens completed a productive 24 hrs. on Wednesday evening when claiming the spoils against Rheban after having done the same on Tuesday evening against high flying Johnstownbridge. They got off to a great start against Rheban and were 2-1 to 0-0 to the good after only 8 mins., Martin Sullivan and Cathal Carr registering the major scores.

Although Paddy Barry got the visitors off the mark with a 12th minute point Raheens extended their lead with points from Ross McMahon and Declan Curran. They then proceded to switch off and Rheban took advantage with points from John "Pippy" Owens (free) and Jason Shaw. Sandwiched in between was a great goal from Maurice Lawler who outpaced the Raheens defence before firing an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net.

Lawler was causing Raheens problems and added another point and was also fouled for a free which "Pippy Owens" converted. Ross McMahon and Martin Sullivan pointed for the home side to ensure the went in at the break in front; Raheens 2-5, Rheban 1-5.

On the resumption Rheban made the early running and points from Shane Rowan and Maurice Lawler had them back to within one. Ross McMahon steadied Raheens with a point from play but Rheban replied with another free from Owens in the 43rd minute. This however would be their last score and Raheens pulled away in the final quarter. Points from Ross McMahon (3), Martin Sullivan (2), Patrick Percival and Eoin O'Donnell put a gloss on the scoreline for Raheens, who now move up to third in the table. Rheban meanwhile are rooted to the other end of the table and look set to be playing Div. 3 football next year.

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Paddy O'Brien, Pat Courtney, Sean Dunleavy, Keelan Noone, Alan Percival, Tom Earley, Declan Curran (0-1), Tim Dunleavy, Alan Campbell, Ross McMahon (0-6), Gareth Byrne, Cathal Carr (1-1), Patrick Percival (0-1), Martin Sullivan (1-3). Subs: Daithi Ivers for Tom Earley (HT), Kevin Thompson for Paddy O'Brien (40 mins.), Eoin O'Donnell (0-1) for Keelan Noone (47 mins), Gareth Malone for Cathal Carr (47 mins.), Paddy O'Brien for Alan Percival (53 mins.). 

Minors Get Off To A Winning Start


19/07/2010

Minor 'C' Championship

Raheens 2-13  Nurney 2-8

Despite being short a number of players Raheens have enough to see off Nurney's challenge in the opening round of the Minor Championship on Monday evening. Charlie Kings opened the scoring with a 45 in the 5th min. and Raheens had extended their lead to 0-4 to 0-1 after 10 miins. However, Nurney replied with a point and then scored the games first goal to hit the front for the first time.

Although points from Gareth Malone and Stephen Kavanagh restored Raheens to the lead Nurney responded once more with two points to retake the lead. Then John Jennings got on the end of a Gareth Malone cross to fist the ball to the empty net. Nurney weren't deterred though and levelled it up again as half-time approached. But Raheens hit their opponents with a killer blow in stoppage time. John Jennings applied the finishing touch for Raheens' second goal after Stephen Kavanagh's initial effort was saved. Half-time: Raheens 2-6, Nurney 1-6.

Raheens extended their lead through Gareth Malone before Nurney registered their second goal. Richard Dalton in the Raheens goal had made a great save but his defence weren't alert and Nurney forced home the rebound. Three points in succession from Eoin O'Donnell helped Raheens open up a three point lead but it wasn't until Danny Boyle's 57th min. point that Raheens felt comfortable. Barry Winder added the final point a minute later to ensure the win.

Raheens: Richard Dalton, Adam Murphy, Cian Conlon, Gary Woodgate, Danny Boyle (0-1), Graham Waters, Charlie Kings(0-1, 45), Gareth Malone (0-3), Eoin O'Donnell (0-3), Philip Murphy, Owen Daly, David Fitzpatrick, Alan Lagrue (0-1), Stephen Kavanagh (0-1), John Jennings (2-2). Sub: Barry Winder (0-1) for P. Murphy (45 mins.). 

Junior C's Defeated By Sallins In Final League Game


15/07/2010

SFL Division 7

Raheens 1-5  Sallins 1-17

Raheens lost out to table toppers Sallins in the final League game of the season on Monday night. With qualification for the final already gone for Raheens the game was of little importance. However, Raheens playing without at least 6 of their starting 15 put in a spirited effort against Sallins' second team.

Raheens were hampered further when losing their captain Kieran O'Toole to injury after 15 mins. A penalty from John Jennings kept Raheens in touch early on, reducing the deficit to 3 points (1-4 to 1-1). If Raheens had been a bit more direct with their play, particularly with frees, they could have been closer but their opponents who were playing the neater football extended their lead to 1-9 to 1-2 by the break.

Many of the Sallins scores came from clever ball played into space for the full forward line. When play resumed Raheens seemed to do that bit better, closing down the Sallins attacks with more regularity. John Jennings added a couple of frees to keep the margin hovering around the 7-8 point mark.

Sallins upped the pace again in the final quarter and tagged on a few more points. Despite the loss Raheens will take heart from this performance and will now be looking to build on it for the first round of the Championship in a couple of weeks time when they face Robertstown.

Raheens: Shane Malone, Eoin Dolly, Dave Towey, Thomas Lawler, Shane O'Driscoll, Kieran O'Toole, David Dolly, Paraic Ryan, Michael Byrne, Eoin O'Donnell, Brian Dunne, John Jennings, Eoghan Winders, Vincent Malone, Glen Dolly. Subs used: T. J. Malone, Ollie Campbell, John Nelson, Thomas Mahon.

Raheens Defeat Confey In SFL Div. 2


09/07/2010

SFL Division 2

Confey 0-11  Raheens 0-12

Raheens produced a strong, committed performance on Friday evening to defeat Confey in a very entertaining game considering the conditions, as it poured down from start to finish. It didn't look promising for Raheens in the opening minutes as James Gately pointed twice for the home side. Gately & Daragh Nolan were causing the Raheens full back line problems but Raheens were next to score when Shane Cooke swung over a point in the 5th minute.

Raheens were back on terms when Ross McMahon pointed after 10 mins. and hit the front for the first time when Cooke pointed a free a couple of mins. later. Gately levelled it up with a free a minute later and Donal Gilligan put them back in front with a point after 16 mins. From here until half-time it was the Pa Percival show, as Raheens corner forward kicked four great points from play. Sandwiched in between was another Shane Cooke free; Raheens opening up an 0-8 to 0-4 lead.

Gately, who was Confey's chief score getter added two points in quick succession just before half-time to half their arrears. The second half was nip and tuck as both sides battled to gain the upper hand. Joe Kehoe got the home side back to within one in the opening minute of the half as he raided up the left hand side, but Ross McMahon restored Raheens advantage with a free. Gately pointed once more for Confey but Alan Igoe replied for Raheens.

Both sides were giving it everything and Alan Sharpe, who had been playing well, had to leave the field with a suspected broken collar bone. Undeterred Raheens extended their lead with another free from Ross McMahon after a foul on Gareth Malone. James Gately though replied with his 7th point direct from a 45 in the 53rd min. but Declan Curran restored Raheens three point advantage a couple of minutes later.  

Confey never stopped trying though and after a point in the 57th minute a nervous finish for Raheens was guaranteed. The winners defended strongly though and although Frank Ryder popped up for a point in stoppage time the clock ran out for a Confey side who were only tasting defeat for the second time in the League this year. Raheens will be well pleased with the effort shown by their players and will hope that they can continue this form for the remainder of the League and bring it into Round 3 of the Championship.

Raheens: Shane Power, Sean Dunleavy, Pat Courtney, Daithi Ivers, Declan Curran (0-1), Alan Percival, Keelan Noone, Alan Sharpe, Alan Igoe (0-1), Tim Dunleavy, Ross McMahon (0-3, 2f), Martin Taaffe, Kevin Thompson, Shane Cooke (0-3, 2f), Patrick Percival (0-4). Subs: Gareth Malone for Alan Sharpe.

U16's Are Hugely Disappointing


08/07/2010

Under 16 'A' Championship

Raheens 1-3  Kilcock 6-12

Raheens crashed to a heavy defeat in the opening round of the u/16 Championship tonight at the hands of Kilcock. It was a very disappointing result given that Raheens had defeated the visitors on their last two encounters. More disappointing than the result was the performance as there was a lack of effort by a number of players one wouldn't associate with a Raheens team in Championship football.

Right from the start Kilcock were up for this game and they dominated the possession stakes. They were on top all over the field and raced into a 1-4 to 0-0 lead after 10 mins. Raheens failed to register a score until the 26th min. when Barry Winder pointed from 30 yards. A second point from David Fitzpatrick (free) on the stroke of half-time left Raheens 2-7 to 0-2 in arrears.

Raheens began the second half a bit better and were rewarded when Barry Winder converted a penalty for their only goal. However, a porous rearguard allowed Kilcock to cancel that score out almost immediately as they scored their third goal. The home side were unable to string together a decent phase of play thereafter and Kilcock were comfortable from then until the end, two goals in the final two mins. adding the gloss to what was a very good performance.

Few Raheens players can hold their heads high after this defeat, although David Fitzpatrick, Gavin Sweetman & Matthew Bursey battled hard throughout. A much improved attitude and level of commitment will be needed against Round Towers & Sarsfields if Raheens are to redeem themselves. A repitition of this performance will surely see them finish bottom of the group, which would be a travesty given the ability that is in this team. They've proved in the League that they are capable of mixing it with the top teams in the County but unless the effort improves from here it's going to be a wasted Summer.

 

Under 12's Show Great Spirit To Earn Draw With Athy


01/07/2010

Under 12 South Board Division 1

Raheens 4-11  Athy 5-8

In a very entertaining game on Thursday evening Raheens fought back strongly on more than one occasion to share the spoils with Athy. The visitors scored three goals in the opening quarter to race into a big lead but Raheens mounted a strong comeback primarily through full-forward Colin Malone who ended the half with a personal tally of 3-1.

At the break the score was Athy 3-5, Raheens 3-4. Although Raheens levelled matters on the restart Athy replied with their fourth goal to pull ahead once more. Raheens kept plugging away and points from Conor Kielty and Colin Malone got them back on terms.

However, Athy added another goal and when they followed this up with a point the game appeared to be gone beyond Raheens. But Raheens showed all their fighting qualities to rescue a point. First Ben Martin, who had previously set up a couple of points, got on the end of a cross to punch to the net, and then Matthew Betts-Symonds kicked the equalising point with the final kick of the game.

A thoroughly entertaining game with great performances all over the field, from Michael Begley, Cathal Duffy and Simon Hore at the back to Matthew Betts-Symonds at midfield and Barry Connolly, Conor Kielty, Ben Martin & Colin Malone in attack. Next up is Ballykelly (away) next Thursday evening.

Heartbreak For u/14's Once More


30/06/2010

Under 14 Division 6 League Final

Naas 'C' 2-11  Raheens 'B' 1-7

There was more disappointment for Raheens' u/14's on Wednesday night in St. Conleth's Park as the 'B' team lost the league final to Naas. The damage was done in a 13 min spell from the 23rd to 36th mins. as Naas outscored Rahens by 2-7 to 0-0. Until Naas scored their first goal in the 23rd min. it was nip and tuck, both sides guilty of missing a number of chances. At that stage the sides were level, 0-1 apiece, Paddy Woodgate replying to an Eoin Hederman point for Naas.

The first goal in the 23rd min., which was somwhat fortunate as it dropped just below the crossbar, seemed to deflate Raheens and Naas took advantage with a quick succession of scores. Despite going 13 points behind early in the second half Raheens showed great character and began a comeback with points from Aaron Winders and Adam Morrin.

John Dunleavy then saw his goal chance fly over the bar before William McDonald kicked a lovely point with his left foot. Further points followed from Paddy Woodgate and Ruairi Cleary as an improbable comeback appeared possible. Even a point for Naas from Laurence Martin didn't deter Raheens and the margin was reduced to 5 points when Paddy Woodgate fired an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net after 53mins.

However, despite the best efforts of Raheens that was as close as they got and Naas added a couple of late points to seal victory. Although nothing was won at u/14 level this year it has to be viewed as a successful year. A Feile final, a Feile Shield final and a League final doesn't happen by accident. It's a testament to the great work being done by the coaches at this level and I've no doubt that silverware is not too far away for this crop of players.

Raheens: Stephen Smyth, Colin Malone, Sean Delaney, Cathal Duffy, John Dunleavy (0-1), Ronan Fox, Patrick Corbett, Patrick Morrin (capt.), Willliam McDonald (0-1), Anthony Thompson, Ruairi Cleary (0-1), Paddy Woodgate (1-2), Adam Morrin (0-1), Brian Morrison, Calvin O'Toole. Subs: Aaron Winders (0-1) for Calvin O'Toole (30 mins.). Charlie Byrne for Brian Morrison (42 mins.)

Raheens 'C' Team Continue To Do Well


28/06/2010

SFL Division 7

Raheens 4-9  Clogherinkoe 0-7

Despite being short a number of regulars Raheens maintained their winning run in Div. 7 of the League. Clogherinkoe caused the home side some concern in the opening half but their wayward shooting and the concession of a soft goal put them on the back foot. Raheens held a 2-5 to 0-6 lead at the break, a lead that was scarcely deserved.

However, on the resumption Raheens upped the ante and with the aid of two goals from the evergreen Nollaig Heavey went on to win handsomely. Dave Towey & John Byrne provided a solid platform at the back while Thomas Lawler, Eoin Dolly & Ollie Campbell ensured that newcomer Shane Malone had a quiet evening in the goal.

Tim Waters & the "fitter" (his own words) Vinny Malone got through an amount of work at midfield. Up front the experience of veterans, Brian Dunne & Colm McLoughlin was crucial, while Glen Dolly, John Nelson and John Jennings provided the young legs in attack.

Next up is a trip to Two Mile House next Monday where nothing less than a win will do.

First Team Narrowly defeated by Suncroft


22/06/2010

SFL Division 2

Suncroft 0-14  Raheens 1-9

This game was played in ideal conditions in Suncroft. Raheens started well and raced into a 3 point lead 9 mins in with well taken scores by Alan Percival, Ross McMahon (free) and a good Daithí Ivers point. Suncroft replied with 2 frees. Then a good move up the right on 18 mins saw Ross with an excellent finish high to the net from a tight angle to give Raheens a cushion. Raheens were going well in this half into the breeze and up the slight hill finishing the half 1-4 to 0-4 up, Ross adding a fine 50 yard free to the scores. Daithí Ivers, Alan Percival , Tim Dunleavy and Declan Curran doing well this half.

The 2nd half saw Suncroft up the ante and score 2 but Raheens replied with a Ross and a Martin Taaffe point. These were quickly cancelled by 2 more from Suncroft, John Browne and "Sticky" Toft doing a lot of damage from play. Cathal Carr pointed well after 15 mins and a Ross free was cancelled out by Suncroft to leave the game all square. Their scores included a point awarded by the ref after both umpires had signalled it wide ??

Cathal Carr who had a good second half restored Raheens to the lead but in the final 5 mins Suncroft displayed a little bit more guile in front of goal and notched up 3 unanswered points to win by 2.

Overall Raheens let this match slip with too many possession turn-overs and soft frees. Too many times unforced errors resulted in Suncroft scores. In particular the number of hand passes which went astray was noticeable. Shane Cooke and Alan Igoe been unavailable leaves the attack a slightly blunted look but there were some good performances. Niall in goals did all he could and the kick outs were good, Paddy O’Brien, Daithí Ivers and the excellent Alan Campbell were good in defence. Tim and Declan generally did well in the middle and Ross and Cathal Carr gave there all in attack.

Raheens - Niall Rooney, Paddy O’Brien, Shane Power, Gareth Byrne, Daithi Ivers, Alan Percival, Alan Campbell, Tim Dunleavy, Declan Curran , Kevin Thompson, Ross McMahon, Martin Sullivan, Martin Taaffe, Alan Sharpe, Cathal Carr. Subs used: John Taaffe, Stephen Riordan, Pa Percival.

 

Raheens Third Team Defeat Naas


21/06/2010

SFL Division 7

Naas 1-6  Raheens 0-14

Raheens kept their outside chance of League honours alive with another win in Naas on Monday evening. Despite conceding an early goal, Raheens worked their way slowly into the game with points from Marty Lynch (free) and Tim Waters (2). Although Raheens were playing with the aid of the breeze in the opening period and they were creating an abundance of chances their finishing left a lot to be desired. A succession of wides from Raheens helped to keep Naas in touch and the sides were level 0-5 to 1-2 after 25 mins.

Two late points in the half from John Jennings and Graham Waters ensured Raheens would reach the break in front. Ollie Campbell in the goal also proved his worth with a fine save to deny Naas a second goal and a lead they would scarely have deserved.

On the resumption Eoghan Winders added two quick points to extend the Raheens lead. Despite Naas' best efforts they were unable to threaten the Raheens rearguard, Shane Taaffe and Dave Towey marshalling the troops to good effect. Padraig Ryan and Tim Waters provided Raheens with a solid platform at midfield and with a steady supply of ball into the forward line the scores followed.

Raheens had opened up a 7 point advantage before two points in stoppage time gave the scoreboard a more flattering look for a Naas team that were simply outplayed in most sectors of the field. Raheens must now win their remaining three fixtures and hope that results go their way elsewhere if they are to qualify for the League final.

 

Under 14 'B' Team Reach League Final


15/06/2010

Under 14 Division 6 Semi-Final

 

Raheens 'B' 2-15  St. Laurences 'B' 2-7

 

Raheens u14 'B' team played St. Lawrence’s in the League semi-final at Tom Lawler Park on Monday night. These two teams have always been very closely matched on all previous meetings and this time was no exception. It was nip and tuck all the way with Lawrence’s putting on a lot of pressure, but they found it hard to get past the full back line of Colin Malone, Cathal Duffy and later Patrick Corbett with Sean Delaney particularly strong at full back.

 

Ronan Fox was a tower of strength at centre half back with the two runners John Dunleavy and Ruairí Cleary on the wings. Ruairí’s end to end running was a feature and he also scored a point. A strong display from midfielders Patrick Morrin and William MacDonald who scored a point as well. Half forward line of Anthony Thompson, Conor Murphy and Sean Cox worked tirelessly linking with midfield and half backs, Anthony also fielded the Laurences' kick outs well and scored 4 points.

 

The big story for Raheens was in the full forward line with Paddy Woodgate playing at full forward causing huge problems for the Larries defence scoring a phenomenal two goals and six points. He was well assisted by Aaron Winder and Brian Morrison in the first half and Adam Morrin and Charlie Byrne in the second. Further points from Conor Murphy (2) and Charlie Byrne (1) rounded off the scoring in what was a great win.

 

This was a real team effort with every player giving their all. It was a tough sporting game, typical of meetings between these two teams, the game was in doubt until the final stages when Raheens pulled away with a string of well taken points.

 

Raheens are now looking forward to the final in St. Conleth’s Park on Sun 27th June against red hot favourites Naas.

Junior C's Come From Behind To Win


11/06/2010

SFL Division 7

Raheens 2-10  Grange 1-9

Playing against a strong wind in the opening half Raheens conceded two early points but an Owen Daly goal after 8 mins. against the run of play proved important. It would be the home sides only score in the first 25 mins. and it kept them in touch as although Grange had plenty of possession they only managed to add another 4 points to their tally.

Raheens could have had a second goal in the 25th min. when John Jennings burst through the middle but he chose to take a point instead. When Eoin O'Donnell added a point from a free in first half stoppage time the arrears had been reduced to the minimum, 1-2 to 0-6. This gave Raheens a great chance as they expected to be playing with the strong wind behind them for the second half.

However, the wind died considerably reducing Raheens' advantage. That said Raheens owned the ball in the third quarter as Grange found it hard to get it by the middle of the field. Raheens outscored Grange by 6 points to 2 during this period to take a three point lead. Then they were awarded a penalty when a Grange player picked the ball off the floor in the small square. John Byrne expertly despatched the kick to put Raheens 6 points to the good.

Gareth Malone stretched the lead with a 54th min. point but Grange responded with a well worked goal to give them a chance. Raheens replied immediately with a Tim Waters point but Grange never gave up. They pressed hard for another goal but could only add another point in stoppage time.

Best for Raheens who were missing a number of players were Shane Taaffe, Graham Waters and Eoin O'Donnell. Raheens - Ollie Campbell, Thomas Lawler, Shane Taaffe, Dave Towey, John Byrne (1-0, pen), Graham Waters (0-1), David Dolly, Paraic Ryan, Tim Waters (0-1), Owen Daly (1-0), Eoin O'Donnell (0-1), John Jennings (0-3, 1f), Marty Lynch, Vincent Malone (0-1), John Nelson. Subs: Eoin Dolly for Owen Daly, Gareth Malone (0-3, 1f) for John Nelson, John Nelson for John Jennings. 

Raheens Lose To Clane In SFL Div. 2


03/06/2010

SFL Division 2

Raheens 0-12  Clane 2-9

Raheens run of six successive wins in the league came to an end on Thursday evening as Clane produced a devastating opening half of attacking football. They held a commanding 2-7 to 0-4 lead at the break as Raheens appeared to be in for a serious hiding. However, a much better second half display saw Raheens claw their way back into the game and in the end Clane were delighted to hear the final whistle, finishing three points to the good.

The game got off to a lively start with Alan Sharpe having a goal opportunity in the opening minute following good work down the left wing by Alan Campbell & Cathal Carr. His shot was blocked though and Clane came straight down the field to score the opening point through Aidan Dunne. It got better for the visitors in the 3rd min. when Steven Brosnan rose highest to punch the ball to an unguarded Raheens net, although there was a suspicion that he was in the square before the ball.

Raheens responded with points from Ross McMahon and Cathal Carr who was Raheens' liveliest forward in the opening period. However, Clane hit back with points from Luke Mccormack & Aidan Dunne and could have had another goal when Danny Horan pounced on a poor clearance but he dragged his shot across the face of the goal and wide.

Alan Campbell got Raheens back to within three with a point in the 20th min. but Clane opened Raheens up for the next 10 mins. Danny Egan who was causing a lot of problems added two points (1 free) and David Cafferty another before Aidan Dunne fired in his sides second goal. Indeed they could have had another but instead of passing the ball Cafferty took on the shot himself and Niall Rooney made a fine save in the Raheens goal.

Daithi Ivers gave Raheens some respite with a point in the 28th min. but Danny Egan replied with his third point to give the winners a nine point half-time advantage. Clane were dominant in most areas of the field, but particularly at midfield where Raheens hardly won a ball, and there didn't appear to be any way back for the home side. However, a different Raheens team re-emerged after the break . They began to get a grip at midfield and greater possession gradually translated into scores.

Raheens actually went ten points behind, as Clane pointed in the opening minute of the half, before their fightback began. Alan Igoe's beautiful long range point (free) in the 32nd min. was the start of the resurgance and points from Alan Campbell, Ross McMahon (free) and Kevin Thompson followed. Clane interrupted the sequence with a Gary Hunt point after 45 mins. but Raheens now had the upper hand.

Clane appeared to take the attitude that they had done enough to win and withdrew Joe Gleeson as an extra defender in front of his full back line. However, it only invited Raheens on and they continued to score with points from Cathal Carr, Alan Igoe (free), John Taaffe and Timmy Dunleavy reducing the margin to a single score game. While Clane were the better team over the hour for the final 5 mins. (incl. 3 mins. stoppage time) they were worried that they may not come away with the points and their defending became more nervous and frantic. Tommy O'Rourke's final whistle was music to their ears as they held on to claim the two points.

While this defeat leaves Raheens in third spot behind Johnstownbridge on score difference it's still all to play for. Raheens still have to play Confey, JTB and Kilcullen (all away) in their final 7 games, and it's likely that those games will determine their season. If the injury list clears up, and Raheens can get back on the winning trail, a top two position is still a very real possibility.  

Raheens: Niall Rooney, John Lawler, Shane Power, Paddy O'Brien, Declan Curran, Alan Percival, Daithi Ivers (0-1), Alan Igoe (0-2, 2f), Tim Dunleavy (0-1), Kevin Thompson (0-1), Ross McMahon (0-2, 1f), Alan Campbell (0-2), Gareth Byrne, Alan Sharpe, Cathal Carr (0-2). Subs: Martin Sullivan for Paddy O'Brien (22 mins), Gareth Malone for John Lawler (48 mins), Martin Taaffe for Kevin Thompson (48 mins), John Taaffe (0-1) for Daithi Ivers (54 mins).

 

Under 14's Come Up Just Short Once Again


02/06/2010

Under 14 Division 2

Raheens 1-10  St. Laurences 3-6

St. Laurences, who defeated Raheens in the 'B' Feile final recently, again proved to be Raheens' stumbling block as Raheens recorded their third loss on the trot and are now in danger of missing the play-offs in Div. 2.

Raheens began brightly with three successive points from Colm Power, Jason Earley & Thomas Flanagan but got caught with two quick goals in the 24th & 26th mins. A further point from the Larries in the 28th min. gave the winners a 5 point advantage before a James O'Brien goal and a free from Robert Thompson reduced the arrears to the minimum.

Raheens started the second half well with three Thompson points (all frees) before being caught for a third goal when losing possession in the middle of the field. Despite the best efforts of Donal Mongey, Jason Earley & Alex Dunne who all played well Raheens were always chasing the game from here and couldn't get back on terms.

Poor decision making and wayward passing proved costly as Raheens did have enough possession to secure the required scores. They must now win their remaining two games to qualify for the semi-finals. If they can do this and their injury list clears up then they would have a real chance at league honours. But first the hard work of defeating Na Fianna and Balyna must be accomplished.

Under 14's Maintain Good Start To The League


21/05/2010

Under 14 Division 2

Raheens 7-15  Leixlip 4-4

Raheens maintained their unbeaten start in Div. 2 of the league with a big win on Friday night over Leixlip. Robert Thompson set the tone with a point in the opening 20 seconds, as Raheens went on to open up a 1-4 to 0-0 lead after just 6 mins.

However, Leixlip were allowed back into it when Raheens first conceded a poor goal defensively and then a second to a speculative long range shot that dropped in the awkward spot just below crossbar and out of the reach of goalkeeper. Nerves were steadied though as James O'Brien quickly added another two goals for Raheens to open up a 3-5 to 2-1 advantage.

Raheens were well on top in most areas of the pitch but a tendency to not follow back or to get caught on the wrong side of the man suggested they would be punished on the break. While Leixlip were not sufficiently strong enough to do it repeatedly their other two goals did come directly from that failing in Raheens' play.

At hallf-time Leixlip trailed by only 4 points, 3-6 to 3-2 but it was as much Raheens' mistakes / errors that were keeping them in the game as much as anything they were doing themselves. In the third quarter Raheens outscored the visitors by 2-3 to 0-1 and you could see Leixlip heads drop. Raheens were rampant in the final quarter and but for some wayward shooting their final tally could have been anything.

Some of the Raheens attacking play was excellent and the passing and movement was something some of the more senior teams in the Club could do worse than to emulate. If Raheens continue to play this attractive brand of football and can eradicate the errors outlined above then they can go a long way and have a great chance to do very well in this Division.

Best for Raheens in a game where most played well were David Mather, Declan Campbell, Jason Earley, Shaun Lloyd and James O'Brien.

Raheens: William Jennings, Declan Campbell, Conor Earley, David Mather, Paul Quinn-Fay, Donal Mongey, Thomas Flanagan (1-1), Colm Power (1-3), Jason Earley, Shane Crowley (0-1), Mark Waters (0-3), Shaun Lloyd, Robert Thompson (1-4, 1f), James O'Brien (3-1), John Power (1-2). Subs: Alex Dunne for Paul Quinn-Fay. Paul Quinn-Fay for Shaun Lloyd.

 

Order Your Tickets for Kildare v Louth/Longford


21/05/2010

Kildare play the winners of Louth v Longford on Saturday the 5th June in either Navan or Tullamore.
 

We have been informed that should the match be in Navan, the availibility of tickets will be restricted to the uncovered stand and the terraces. 
 
Tullamore has a much greater capacity and a supply of tickets for the stand will be available.

 
Family tickets will be available but I do not know at this stage whether they will be available for stand or just terrace.
 

Orders need to be made through Club Secretary, Shane Malone (087-2334798), no later than next Wednesday, 26th May 2010.

Juniors Come Unstuck As Last Minute Goal Ends Unbeaten Run


17/05/2010

SFL Division 7

Raheens 1-8  Eadestown 2-7

Raheens' Junior C's were beaten by a late Eadestown goal on Monday evening, thus ending their previously unbeaten run in the league. It was a closely contested game throughout, although Raheens relied heavily on John Jennings for their scores.

Eadestown had a serious height advantage in the middle of the field and won most of the primary possession from kick-outs. That said Raheens worked hard, with Colm McLoughlin in particular very industrious. An Eadestown goal after 20 mins put the visitors in front for the first time and they held a 1-3 to 0-4 lead at the break.

Raheens got back on terms mid-way through the second half when John Jennings scored a lovely goal, shooting to the bottom left corner at the road end goal. Three more points from Jennings helped Raheens open up a two point lead as the game neared it's conclusion. However, a lengthy delay followed due to an injury to T. J. Malone after a clash of heads.

On the resumption Eadestown picked up a point and they followed that up with the decisive score of the game. Although there were 10 mins. of stoppage time played Raheens couldn't find the necessary scores to rescue the situation.

Raheens: Shane O'Driscoll, John Byrne, Shane Taaffe, Thomas Lawler, Michael Byrne (0-1), Kieran O'Toole, Graham Waters, Colm McLoughlin (0-1), Tim Waters, John "Charlie" Delmer, Brian Dunne (0-1), John Jennings (1-5, 3f), Marty Lynch, T. J. Malone, Vincent Malone. Subs:- Ted O'Brien for Shane O'Driscoll (HT), Shane O'Driscoll for Marty Lynch (50 mins.), Marty Lynch for T. J. Malone (59 mins.)  

SFL Division 2 League Table


17/05/2010

League Table for SFL Division 2 

Team

P

W

L

D

P+

P-

P+/-

Pts

Confey

6

6

0

0

121

42

79

12

Johnstownbridge

6

5

1

0

100

67

33

10

Raheens

6

5

1

0

85

58

27

10

Straffan

6

4

1

1

93

64

29

9

Milltown 

6

3

2

1

68

63

5

7

Ballyteague

6

3

2

1

79

75

4

7

Kilcullen 

4

3

1

0

63

43

20

6

Kill 

6

3

3

0

59

61

-2

6

Two Mile House

6

2

3

1

61

61

0

5

Suncroft

6

2

3

1

53

77

-24

5

Ballymore 

6

2

4

0

78

79

-1

4

Clane

6

1

3

2

70

83

-13

4

Moorefield II

5

1

4

0

36

63

-27

2

Rheban 

5

1

4

0

48

83

-35

2

Grangenolvan

6

1

5

0

59

107

-48

2

Castledermot

6

0

5

1

50

97

-47

1

 

Raheens Defeat Kill In The League


15/05/2010

SFL Division 2

Raheens 0-13  Kill 1-7

Raheens recorded their fifth successive win in the league on Saturday evening at the expense of Kill. It was the first weekend under the new rules and neither team appeared to have any problems coping with the changes. Indeed Raheens were more worried that the loss of Shane Cooke, Stephen Riordan and Noel Byrne to injury would be a bigger obstacle to overcome.

Those fears weren't allayed in the opening quarter as Kill opened up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead. An earley Steven O'Leary point was cancelled out by Kevin Thompson before Tony Spain (2) and Ambrose Finnerty gave Kill that three point advantage. Raheens were guilty of dropping a number of shots into the goalies arms during that spell but Kill were worth their lead as their inside forward line, Finnerty in particular, were causing Raheens problems.

Alan Percival moved to full back at this point, which tightened up this area. In the 18th min. Alan Igoe was put through by Ross McMahon and although a goal looked on for a moment he chose to take a point. A long range point from Timmy Dunleavy shortly after signalled a change in momentum. Within a minute Raheens had another goal chance, this time Kevin Thompson was put through by a lovely pass from Cathal Carr. However, his shot was well stopped by Brian Conroy in the Kill goal.

Undeterred, Raheens continued to press and points from Ross McMahon, Cathal Carr and Alan Igoe helped them into a two point lead as half-time approached. Then Kill produced their best attack of the game. Donal O'Kelly beat his marker in the top right corner, came in along the end line and transferred to Alan Gilger in the centre who made no mistake for the games only goal. From the kick-out John O'Kelly won clean possession for Kill for practically the first time in the game, as Timmy Dunleavy had been doing very well in that sector. He moved the ball on to wing back Jody Gilhooly who kicked another point for Kill. HT - Kill 1-5, Raheens 0-6.

On the resumption it was all Raheens. Ross McMahon added a point from a free in the 32nd minute and Kevin Thompson tied the scores up with his second point 4 mins. later. Raheens then introduced Alan Campbell and Alan Sharpe. Although Sharpe wouldn't score he was very influential in many of his sides remaining scores and Kill's full-back Ross Murphy, who had been playing well to that point, struggled for the remainder of the game.

A second free from Ross McMahon after 40 mins. eventually put Raheens back in front and they followed this up quickly with a point from Alan Campbell. Although Kill got back to within a point from another Tony Spain free kick Raheens were still on top and picking up the majority of the breaking ball around the middle. Three more points gave Raheens a comfortable lead before Spain added another free with three minutes remaining to bring it back to a one score game.

That said Kill never looked like getting the goal they so badly needed and Raheens held on for a well deserved win. Best for them were Alan Percival, Daithi Ivers, Tom Earley, Tim Dunleavy, Cathal Carr and Alan Sharpe while for Kill Brian Conroy, Kevin Cooney, John O'Kelly, Steven O'Leary and Ambrose Finnerty tried hard.  

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Paddy O'Brien, Declan Curran, Gareth Byrne, Daithi Ivers, Alan Percival, Tom Earley, Tim Dunleavy (0-1), Alan Igoe (0-2), Kevin Thompson (0-2), Ross McMahon (0-5, 4f), Martin Sullivan, Cathal Carr (0-2), Martin Taaffe, Shane Power. Subs: Alan Campbell (0-1) for Martin Sullivan (37 mins.), Alan Sharpe for Martin Taaffe (37 mins.), Eoin O'Donnell for Gareth Byrne (53 mins.), John Taaffe for Kevin Thompson (58 mins.).

Kill: Brian Conroy, Kevin Crowe, Ross Murphy, Ross Brosnan, Jody Gilhooly (0-1), Justin O'Kelly, Kevin Cooney, John O'Kelly, Darragh Challoner, Tony Spain (0-4, 3f), Alan Gilger (1-0), Steven O'Leary (0-1), Donal O'Kelly, Ambrose Finnerty (0-1), Max Bradley.

Intermediate Championship Table After Round 2


10/05/2010

League Table for Intermediate Football Championship 

Team

P

W

L

D

P+

P-

P+/-

Pts

Johnstownbridge

2

2

0

0

35

17

18

4

Confey

2

2

0

0

32

16

16

4

Straffan

2

2

0

0

34

19

15

4

Ballyteague 

2

2

0

0

33

22

11

4

Ballymore

2

2

0

0

32

22

10

4

Monasterevin

2

1

1

0

23

19

4

2

Eadestown

2

1

1

0

27

26

1

2

Castledermot 

2

1

1

0

17

18

-1

2

Kilcullen 

2

1

1

0

26

29

-3

2

Rathangan

2

1

1

0

25

28

-3

2

Ballykelly

2

1

1

0

21

29

-8

2

Raheens

2

0

2

0

27

33

-6

0

Kill

2

0

2

0

12

19

-7

0

Nurney 

2

0

2

0

21

34

-13

0

Milltown

2

0

2

0

18

35

-17

0

Sallins 

2

0

2

0

21

38

-17

0

 

 

Family Fun Day


10/05/2010

Raheens will be having a barbeque and family fun event after Underage training on Saturday morning, 15th May 2010. Events will include football blitz, tug-o-war games finishing with a Barbeque. See class notice boards in school for lists and team colours

Raheens In Danger Of Elimination After Second Defeat In Championship


07/05/2010

IFC Round 2

Raheens 1-11  Eadestown 3-8

What a difference a year makes. Eight short months ago Raheens handed Eadestown a 16 point beating in the group stages of the Championship at the same Naas venue. While no one expected it to be as easy as that there were few if any outside of Eadestown that would have predicted a win for the sky blues. And in case anyone suggsets otherwise Eadestown were full value for their win on Friday evening giving a performance full of spirit and determination that overshadowed their more illustrious opponents.

Although Raheens opened the scoring with a point from a Shane Cooke free in the 2nd minute it wouldn't take Eadestown long to get into their stride. They carved open a porous Raheens rearguard in the 5th minute and Shane Perry tapped in an easy goal after Niall Rooney had initially saved well from Cian Bolton. Robbie Smith added a point for the winners a couple of minutes later.

From the resultant kick out Alan Igoe, who was Raheens most prominent player in the opening half, caught the ball in midfield before soloing forward to kick a lovely long range point. Eadestown continued to cause problems and Perry put them three ahead once more with a fine point after 11 minutes. Two points in quick succession from Alan Igoe and Ross McMahon reduced the margin to the minimum before Stephen Riordan created a goal chance for himself following a strong run. However, his shot blazed across the goal and wide of the left hand post.

Although Eadestown regained the initiative they were finding it difficult to convert their possession into scores. They were causing the Raheens backs no end of problems and it was no surprise that Raheens made a change in this area after 20 minutes, bringing Alan Percival on for Shane Power. Cian Bolton kicked another point for Eadestown before brother Emmet charged forward from centre back to shoot for goal. Fortunately for Raheens Niall Rooney made another great save, turning the ball behind for a 45. The 45 went wide and from the next play Raheens scored again, Alan Igoe grabbing his third point.

Eddie Conroy and Robbie Smith added two more points for Eadestown to give the scoreboard a look that better reflected their play in the opening period but Raheens, through Stephen Riordan, reduced the margin to two with another point in stoppage time. HT - Eadestown 1-5, Raheens 0-6.

Raheens were dealt another blow within 2 mins. of the restart when Mark Prendergast pounced on a loose ball to fire in Eadestown's second goal. It was a disappointing score to concede given that Raheens had ample chances to clear the danger. However, Raheens were thrown a lifeline in the 39th minute when a harmless shot from Noel Byrne was misjudged by Dermot Mullen in the Eadestown goal. Mullen suceeded in helping the ball across the line and Raheens were back within 2 points.

This fortunate score was the signal for Raheens to play their best football of the game and for the next 15 mins. they dominated. Substitute Cathal Carr was very prominent during this spell adding two points from play and winning a free for another. Alan Igoe kicked a wonderful point from a sideline in the left hand corner as Raheens outscored their opponents 5 points to 1 during this spell, to take a two point advantage into the final five minutes.

The momentum was now with Raheens and despite having been outplayed for long periods it appeared as if the favourites would prevail. However, Eadestown hadn't read the script and as the saying goes fortune favours the brave. A shot from distance by Eddie Conroy in the 57th min. appeared to be drifting high and wide but it struck the right hand upright, and fell into the hands of the gracious Shane Perry, who made no mistake from point blank range.

The score re-energised Eadestown and they continued to press forward. Emmet Bolton, who was all over the field, kicked them two in front a minute into stoppage time before Stephen Smith kicked the final score a couple of minutes later. Raheens had one final chance to salvage a draw with a 13 metre free. Stephen Riordan's shot was blocked as was his follow up before the ball went out of play and the final whistle blew. A famous win for Eadestown and well deserved as they were the hungrier and more consistent team over the hour.

Raheens - Niall Rooney, Paddy O'Brien, Shane Power, Gareth Byrne, Daithi Ivers, Declan Curran, Tom Earley, Pat Courtney, Alan Igoe (0-4, 1 sideline), Noel Byrne (1-0), Stephen Riordan (0-1), Kevin Thompson, Shane Cooke (0-2, 2f), Martin Taaffe, Ross McMahon (0-2, 1f). Subs: Alan Percival for S. Power (19 mins.), Tim Dunleavy for P. Courtney (38 mins.), Cathal Carr (0-2) for K. Thompson (38 mins.).

Eadestown - Dermot Mullen, Paul Hyland, Willie Casey, Ciaran Dowling, Mark Prendergast (1-0), Emmet Bolton (0-1), Eddie Conroy (0-1), David Gillespie, Jerry Holmes, Sean O'Sullivan (0-1), Robbie Smith (0-2), Cian Bolton (0-1), Shane Perry (2-1), Richie O'Neill, Michael Byrne. Subs: Stephen Smith (0-1) for M. Byrne (40 mins.), Niall Hayden for R. Smith (59 mins.)

Raheens v Eadestown Tonight In Naas At 7.15pm


07/05/2010

Raheens will be hoping to get their Championship aspirations back on track tonight in Naas, where they face Eadestown in Round 2 of the IFC. It's a must win game for both sides, having lost their opening round ties to Rathangan & Confey respectively.

Eadestown will be a much different proposition to the side Raheens faced last year. On that occassion Raheens ran riot against an Eadestown team ravaged by injuries and emigration. This year Eadestown are a different prospect and were only beaten by 2 points by one of the favourites for the Intermediate Championship, Confey.

Let's hope the lads can do it tonight. Make sure to get to Naas early as parking is limited-----

Disapointment for Minors in League Final


02/05/2010

Minor League Division 4 Final

Raheens 1-7  Naas 'B' 2-7

There was more disappointment for Raheens on Sunday as a fancied Minor team failed to get the better of Naas' second team. Considering the amount of possession Raheens had it was definitely one that got away.

Naas opened the scoring with an Alan McDermott free in the opening minute but Raheens responded with a great move involving Dylan Hannon, Barry Winder and Gareth Malone that ended with Jonathon Hanbury being brought down in the large square. Eoin O'Donnell converted the resultant penalty via the upright.

A pointed free from Barry Winder extended the Raheens lead to three points. For the next 10 mins. Raheens owned possession but a failure to deliver quick ball into their full forward line proved costly and they couldn't add to their score.

McDermott kept the scoreboard ticking over for Naas with another 3 points from frees and Robin Brickall chipped in with a point to give Naas back the lead after 23 mins. At the other end Raheens were guilty of missing three frees before Barry Winder did level matters with another free on 27 mins.

In the final minute of the half McDermott put Naas back in front with his 5th free and then in stoppage time Naas were given a great lift as Robin Brickall's shot on the turn from 25 yards looped over Charlie Kings in the Raheens goal dropping just under the crossbar. HT - Naas 1-6, Raheens 1-2.

Naas put on some pressure in the opening minutes of the second half but the Raheens defence held firm. Then Gareth Malone kicked Raheens first point from play, which would signal the beginning of another spell of Raheens possession. Two frees followed from Winder & O'Donnell as Raheens reduced the margin to one.

It appeared at this stage as if it was only a matter of time before Raheens got their noses in front but they continued to over elaborate their play and take wrong options when in possession. In addition a number of scoreable frees were squandered before they finally got level in the 52nd minute when Eoin O'Donnell scored from play.

Raheens threw caution to the wind moving full back John Jennings into the forward line for the final 5 mins. As they were making this move Gareth Malone was being fouled on the 13 metre line. Eoin O'Donnell converted the free to put Raheens back in front. Their joy was short lived though as within a minute Naas had a second goal, a well taken shot to the bottom corner from 20 yards.

The second half had been frequently interupted for treatment to Naas players and referee Tommy Smith wasn't over generous in allowing only four and a half minutes of injury time but in fairness Raheens were lacking in ideas and never looked like getting the goal they needed to salvage matters. Indeed it was Naas who would register the final score as Alan McDermott kicked a free 3 mins. into time added on.

Raheens: Charlie Kings, Garry Woodgate, John Jennings, Dean Campbell, David Malone (David Fitzpatrick, 40 mins.), Graham Waters, Ciaran Begley, Eoin O'Donnell (1-3, 1 pen, 2f), John Fox, Jonathon Hanbury, Barry Winder (0-3, 3f), Owen Daly, Alan Lagrue, Gareth Malone (0-1), Dylan Hannon.

Back row: David Malone, Barry Winder, Dean Campbell, Charlie Kings, Owen Daly, Eoin O'Donnell (Capt.), Gary Woodgate, John Fox, Adam Murphy, Graham Waters, Gareth Malone.
Front row: John Jennings, Alan Lagrue, Philip Murphy, Jonathon Hanbury, David Fitzpatrick, Liam Power, Dylan Hannon, Ciaran Begley

 

Raheens Make It Four Wins From Five In Division 2


01/05/2010

SFL Div. 2

Raheens 2-7  Ballyteague 0-10

In a game littered with errors but not short of effort and endeavour Raheens prevailed with three points to spare. The opening half saw the sides evenly matched. With Raheens withdrawing corner forward Gareth Byrne into defence, both sides had an extra defender and both sets of forwards found the going difficult.

Although Kevin Thompson kicked Raheens in front in the opening minute and Jason Mooney replied almost immediately for the Larks, chances were few and far between. Raheens relied primarily on frees from Alan Igoe (3) but on each occasion Ballyteague responded with points from Seamus Hanafin and Stephen Connolly (2).

The pick of the scores in the opening half was a long range point from Shane Power but Robbie McCabe tied the scores up at 5 points apiece after 25 minutes. As half time approached Raheens conjured up the games first goal. Paddy O'Brien played the ball over the top for Stephen Riordan to run on to and he just beat the advancing keeper to deflect the ball to the net. There was still time for Kevin Murphy to kick another point for Ballyteague. HT - Raheens 1-5, Ballyteague 0-6.

Ballyteague had the better of the exchanges on the restart but both sides continued to be wasteful and gifted possession to each other on a number of occassions with poor passing. Seamus Hanafin eventually kicked the half's first point in the 39th minute to reduce the margin to the minimum. Alan Igoe restored Raheens two point advantage with a lovely score 5 minutes later and then Shane Cooke added another from a free kick.

The games crucial score came after 47 minutes when Shane Cooke picked up a short Ballyteague kick out and transferred the ball to the onrushing Noel Byrne. The "Golly" made no mistake and Raheens were effectively out of sight.

However, Raheens seemed to lose their shape in the final 10 mins. and Ballyteague crept back into it with a Stephen Ennis point and two frees from Seamus Hanafin. They had one last opportunity to salvage a draw but Hanafin's effort for a goal from a 13 metre free, the final kick of the game, failed to find the target.

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Paddy O'Brien, Shane Power (0-1), John Lawler, Daithi Ivers, Declan Curran, Tom Earley, Pat Courtney, Alan Igoe (0-4, 3f), John Taaffe, Stephen Riordan (1-0), Tim Dunleavy, Kevin Thompson (0-1), Noel Byrne (1-0), Gareth Byrne. Subs: Shane Cooke (0-1, 1f) for John Taaffe. Eoin Monahan for Daithi Ivers. Sean Dunleavy for Kevin Thompson.

'B' Team Caught In Stoppage Time After Brave Effort


25/04/2010

Under 14 'E' Shield Final

Kilcock 'B' 3-4  Raheens 'B' 2-6

Raheens got the off to the worst possible start conceding 1-1 in the opening 5 mins. Kilcock bouyed by the great start continued to press and Cian Duke extended their lead with his second point after 8 mins. Paddy Woodgate had Raheens' first shot after 11 mins. but it dropped short and was dealt with by Conn McDunphy in the Kilcock goal.

The play swept quickly down field where Ronan Dunne had a great chance for Kilcock but Stephen Smyth made a great save to deny Dunne. This was the catalyst for Raheens to get back into the game and they were the dominant team for the remainder of the half. The Raheens backs started to get on top and with a solid rearguard there was a springboard for them to attack.

Brian Morrison had a goal effort saved in the 20th min. but Raheens finally got off the mark with a great Anthony Thompson goal 2 mins. later after good work by Aaron Winder and Paddy Woodgate. Woodgate followed this up with a point before a brace from Adam Morrin gave Raheens the lead for the first time.

Anthony Thompson added another point to extend the lead but Cian Duke replied with a free just before half-time to leave it Raheens 1-4, Kilcock 1-3.

Paddy Woodgate extended the Raheens lead with a point after 38 mins. and then substitute Cian Mullally was unfortunate to see his shot taken off the goal line a minute later. Raheens were 5 to the good when a speculative effort from Paddy Woodgate dipped below the crossbar. It looked good at this stage but Raheens were beginning to tire in the middle third and Kilcock regained the initiative.

Despite some great defending by the Raheens defence, Sean Delaney in particular, Kilcock were thrown a lifeline when Stephen Smyth who had been excellent throughout was unable to hold a long range shot. The ball fell for Danny Cross-Heneghen who applied the finishing touch.

Raheens responded immediately with a point from Anthony Thompson but Kilcock were back on terms shortly after a free kick from Cian Duke dropped into the net. The next score would prove crucial. Raheens looked like they might hang on for the draw they deserved but the momentum was with Kilcock. Conor Byrne finally kicked the winning point in stoppage time. Raheens had one final attack as they searched for an equaliser but it wasn't to be.

A brave effort that came up just short. Each and every one of the players can be proud of their performance. Best for Raheens were Paddy Woodgate, Sean Delaney, John Dunleavy, Anthony Thompson, Cathal Duffy, Colin Malone, Stephen Smyth and Ronan Fox.

Raheens: Stephen Smyth, Colin Malone, Sean Delaney, Cathal Duffy, John Dunleavy, Ronan Fox, Patrick Morrin, William McDonald (capt.), Paddy Woodgate (1-2), Sean Cox, Aaron Winder, Anthony Thompson (1-2), Adam Morrin (0-2), Charlie Byrne, Brian Morrison. Subs - Calvin O'Toole for Charlie Byrne (HT); Cian Mullaly for Brian Morrison (HT); Patrick Corbett for Adam Morrin (52 mins.)  

Raheens u/14 'E' Feile Shield Finalists
Back row: Calvin O'Toole, Brian Morrison, Ronan Fox, Aaron Winders, Patrick Morrin, Charlie Byrne, Stephen Smyth, Patrick Corbett, Sean Delaney, Adam Morrin.
Front row: William McDonald (Capt.), Sean Cox, John Dunleavy, Cathal Duffy, Anthony Thompson, Paddy Woodgate, Colin Malone, Cian Mullally.

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Late Scoring Burst From Laurences Denies Raheens Feile Title


25/04/2010

Under 14 'B' Feile Final

St. Laurences 0-15  Raheens 2-6

Raheens experienced defeat on the double on Sunday evening. Despite being without the services of the injured Matthew Bursey and Eoghan Corkery it looked like they might just prevail, especially when Thomas Flanagan put them back in front with a well taken goal after 48 mins.

For much of the game St. Laurences were on top and when they went four points up in the opening 10 mins. the signs were ominous. However, John Power got Raheens on the board with a point and then incredibly Raheens were on terms after James O'Brien forced home the first goal after 18 mins. Robert Thompson put Raheens in front for the first time with a free but the Larries replied with a point in the 30th min. 

There was still just enough time for Thomas Flanagan to kick another point for Raheens, thus giving them a 1-3 to 0-5 half-time lead. That lead was in no small part down to the trojan work of the likes of David Mather, Donal Mongey and Paul Quinn-Fay at the back and a couple of great saves from William Jennings.

It got better after the break with points from Jason Earley and Robert Thompson (free). Earley's effort was unfortunate as he saw his goal effort clip the crossbar. Joe Finnegan kept the score board ticking over with three points (2f) and then Ryan Nolan kicked the winners back in front with another free.

Then up stepped Thomas Flanagan with his goal, picking up broken possession at the edge of the square and firing to the roof of the net. The Larries responded with another Ryan Nolan free but Robert Thompson pushed the Raheens lead back out to two points after more good work by Jason Earley.

Unfortunately, that's as good as it got as the Narraghmore based outfit continued to attack at will. Finnegan and Nolan tied it up before Aaron Gorman kicked a long range point in the final minute to give them the lead. There was still time for Finnegan to add a further two points in stoppage time.

St. Laurences fully deserved their win but one wonders what would have happened if Raheens had had a full deck to play with. Although there were no trophies to show for the efforts on Sunday it was still a great achievement for both u/14 teams to reach their respective finals. It augers well for the future.

Raheens: William Jennings, Declan Campbell, Conor Earley, David Mather, Shane Crowley, Donal Mongey, Paul Quinn-Fay, Jason Earley (0-1), Colm Power, Shaun Lloyd, Mark Waters, Thomas Flanagan (1-1), John Power (0-1), Jason O'Brien (1-0), Robert Thompson (0-3, 2f). Subs - Sean Dunleavy for John Power (45 mins.), Paddy Woodgate for Thomas Flanagan (55 mins.).   

Raheens u/14 'B' Feile Finalists
Back row: Donal Mongey, David Mather, Conor Earley (Capt.), Matthew Bursey, Jason Earley, James O'Brien, Paul Quinn-Fay, Eoghan Corkery.
Front row: Colm Power, Robert Thompson, Shane Crowley, John Power, Shaun Lloyd, Mark Waters, Thomas Flanagan, Declan Campbell, William Jennings.

Minors Reach League Final After Extra Time


17/04/2010

Minor League Division 4 Semi-Final

Ellistown 2-9  Raheens 1-20 aet

Raheens put a below par normal time performance behind them to cruise to an 8 point victory after extra time in Ellistown on Saturday evening. A brace of points from both John Fox and Jonathon Hanbury in the opening 7 mins. suggested that Raheens would have it all their own way but Ellistown's Andrew Mulvaney responded with a great goal.

Four points from George Dunne (3f) had the home side one ahead four mins. from half-time but John Fox and Gareth Malone pointed for Raheens to give them a 0-8 to 1-4 lead at the break. Three third quarter points from frees extended the Raheens lead before Gareth Malone fired a great shot to the top right corner of the net for a 7 point lead.

However, Ellistown fought back with points from Dunne, Sean Flynn and Craig Butler. These scores looked like they'd be consolation scores and John Fox gave Raheens a 5 point lead once more with another point 7 mins. from time. The game changed though when Ellistown were awarded a penalty which Mulvaney despatched expertly. A couple of pointed frees restored parity. Raheens launched a final attack in search of a winner but David Fitzpatrick saw his shot come back off the crossbar.

If Raheens play had been lacking in urgency in normal time they put that right once extra time started. Five points in the opening period left their opponents chasing shadows and increasingly frustrated. It's clear that the GAA's new initiative "Give Respect Get Respect" hasn't filtered through to Ellistown's Minors as of yet, as their players and manager subjected the referee to a torent of abuse.

The second period of extra time didn't get any better for the home side as Raheens added another 3 points without reply to run out the deserving and convincing winners. Despite the unsavoury scenes that followed the final whistle, Raheens can now look forward to next weeks league final, against the winners of Rathangan and Naas. Raheens will need to be better for that game but it's unlikey that they will be as complacent again. 

Raheens: Charlie Kings, Liam Power, Dean Campbell, Owen Daly (John Jennings HT), David Malone, Graham Waters, Gary Woodgate, John Fox (0-5), Eoin O'Donnell (0-6, 3f), Jonathon Hanbury (0-2), David Fitzpatrick, Barry Winder (0-2, 2f), Phillip Murphy, Gareth Malone (1-5), Alan Lagrue.    

 

Raheens Race Night On Tonight


16/04/2010

Raheens will hold their Annual Race Night in Coffey's of Caragh on 16th April 2009. First race is due to go off at 9.30pm.

Please support this event. Come along and enjoy a great nights entertainment. In addition to the 8 pre-sold races there will be 2 "Auction" races on the night. Tote betting will be available as well. 

Raheens Lose Opening Championship Fixture


15/04/2010

Intermediate Football Championship

Rathangan 1-13  Raheens 2-7

This game was played in ideal conditions in Allenwood, apart from a mild cross-field wind which was slightly in Raheens favour in the first half and died down in the second. Rathangan started more purposefully going into a 2 point lead in the first 5 mins. Raheens got going and put some moves together and Ross McMahon opened with a good score on 11 mins and followed up 2 mins later with a very calmly taken goal, making space and waiting to pull the trigger until just the right time. Then followed a 15 min purple patch from Raheens after a free miss from Shane Cooke, Alan Sharpe got 2 tasty scores from play and Ross put over a good free-kick. Rathangan took control again and replied with 2 before the break and only for an excellent save from Niall Rooney would have seen it a drawn match, this left it 1-4 to 0-4 in Raheens favour. Raheens had some good performances in the first half from Kevin Thompson and Pat Courtney.

In the 2nd half Rathangan were first to the ball and showing better guile and hunger at times scoring 4 without reply and 3 wides, one of which was an open goal. Raheens play was very disjointed and mistake ridden at this stage. In their favour the lads regrouped and points from Ross and Shane Cooke steadied things and kept us well in it on the scoreboard after 15 mins of 2nd half , leading 1-6 to 0-8. Niall Rooney who’s kick-outs were very good throughout and was definitely the MOTM made another excellent save on 17mins to keep it alive but Rathangan were showing signs of going into the ascendancy, scored 2 in reply. After a good run Stephen Riordan slotted over a nice point and Noel Byrne after a good run set up Alan Sharpe for a well taken goal. At this stage Larry Malone who was beside me slowed his pacing to 30 mile an hour and we all sensed a good victory might be on the cards at 4 points up.

The closing stages gave us little joy and our “specsavers” banter about officialdom with the Rathangan ladies team and Larry’s questions on different rulebooks for the ladies game, ended with the girls having a laugh and telling us “ye’re very quiet now” !!! Rathangan took the bull by the horns and scored a point and a fortunate goal, followed by the insurance one to leave us wondering where it all went wrong.

Overall most of us would admit Rathangan were probably just worthy of the win as they ruled midfield and created and missed a lot of chances and were calmer on the ball and moved it on into better positions and showed for it more. Raheens had too many guys who were patchy in the game and we made too many small mistakes. We caught very little clean ball in the middle, although it was not a big issue in the first half. We barely won a break at all, having said that some of the younger guys acquitted themselves well. Best for Raheens were Niall Rooney, Paddy O’Brien, John Lawler, Daithi Ivers, Tom Earley, Noel Byrne, Alan Sharpe and Ross McMahon. Cathal Carr did well on his introduction and Alan Igoe tried hard.

Raheens - Niall Rooney, Paddy O’Brien, Shane Power(Gareth Byrne 56 mins), John Lawler, Daithi Ivers, Declan Curran (Alan Percival 41 mins), Tom Earley, Pat Courtney, John Taaffe (Alan Igoe HT), Noel Byrne, Kevin Thompson (Cathal Carr 50 mins), Stephen Riordan (0-1), Shane Cooke (0-1), Alan Sharpe (1-2), Ross McMahon (1-3, 1f).

Under 14 Final Double Header


12/04/2010

Raheens two u/14 teams will contest their finals as a double header at St. Conleths Park on Sunday, 25th April 2010.

The 'B' team will play Kilcock 'B' in the 'E' Feile Shield final at 5.30pm. This should be a great game as the sides drew when they met earlier this year.

The first team will play St. Laurences in the 'B' Feile final at 7.00pm. These sides will be very familiar with each other having played against one another several times in the last few years. Again there should be little to pick between the sides.

Please come along and support both teams in what is a unique occasion for the Club. Best of luck to both teams and both sets of selectors who have done great work with these teams over the last few years. 

Raheens Receive Confidence Boost Ahead Of Championship


10/04/2010

SFL Division 2

Grangenolvan 0-9  Raheens 4-12

Raheens comfortably defeated Grange in their final league fixture prior to the first round of the Intermediate Championship, where they will play Rathangan this coming Thursday evening. Shane Cooke got the winners off to a great start with a point in the opening minute after good work from Cathal Carr and Stephen Riordan. The same player doubled Raheens' advantage from a free after Noel Byrne was pulled down on the edge of the large square.

Although Alan Deere pulled one back for Grange, Pat Courtney and Shane Cooke (free) extended the Raheens lead before a swift attack originating with Daithi Ivers and involving Kevin Thompson & Noel Byrne ended with Stephen Riordan scoring the games first goal. Timmy Doyle, Alan Deere & Micheal Kelly replied with points for Grange but Cathal Carr scored another point for Raheens.

Gary Brennan had a great goal chance in the 20th min. which would have brought the home team to within a point but he shot wide from close range. Deere added another point in the 28th min. but Grange were then hit by 1-1 from Shane Cooke before the break, the goal coming from the good work of Ross McMahon, Pat Courtney and Stephen Riordan. Half-time: Raheens 2-6, Grange 0-5.

When Shane Cooke scored his second goal, again courtesy of Stephen Riordan, 10 mins. after the restart there was no way back for Grange. There was a lengthy stoppage midway through the half when Michael Kelly was injured with a suspected broken ankle after colliding with his own player. With the game not in doubt Raheens took the opportunity to empty their bench. Martin Taaffe took his opportunity well adding 1-3 to the Raheens tally as Raheens went on to dominate the closing stages.

Hopefully, this form can be replicated on Thursday night against Rathangan, although the quality of the opposition in Allenwood is likely to be much stronger. 

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Paddy O'Brien, Alan Sharpe, John Lawler, Daithi Ivers (0-2), Alan Percival, Gareth Byrne, John Taaffe, Pat Courtney (0-1), Noel Byrne, Kevin Thompson, Stephen Riordan (1-0), Cathal Carr (0-1), Shane Cooke (2-4, 3f), Ross McMahon. Subs: Tim Dunleavy for John Taaffe (33 mins.), Martin Taaffe (1-3) for Cathal Carr (41 mins.), Mark Concannon (0-1) for Kevin Thompson (49 mins.), Martin Sullivan for Noel Byrne (49 mins.), Eoin Monahan for Shane Cooke (53 mins.).

Under 16's Produce Great Display But Come Up Just Short


09/04/2010

Under 16 Division 1

Maynooth 0-11  Raheens 1-7

Raheens were bitterly disappointed to lose to Maynooth in Div. 1 of the u/16 league on Friday night, having produced another great display in the top flight. Indeed Raheens led by four points with 15 mins. remaining. However, Maynooth kicked two points in quick succession and then another in the 53rd min. to set up a grand stand finish.

Raheens had a couple of chances to extend their lead but couldn't do so and Maynooth, who for much of the third quarter were on the back foot, seized the initiative. They levelled in the 59th min. and kicked the winning point 3 mins. into stoppage time.

It was a cruel end to a gallant effort from Raheens who had matched their opponents in skill and physical intensity despite being a much smaller side. Dean Campbell & Evan Dempsey were excellent in a back line that didn't allow Maynooth a single goal scoring opportunity. Barry Winder and Richard Dalton, aided by Danny Boyle worked hard in midfield, while Jonathon Hanbury and Scott Hannon (until his withdrawel through injury) caused the Maynooth defence plenty of problems.

Debutant David Fitzpatrick capped an excellent display with a well taken goal just before half-time to leave the teams all square at the break; Maynooth 0-6, Raheens 1-3. Four well taken points from free kicks in the third quarter by Barry Winder opened up the Raheens lead before the Maynooth fightback.

Raheens still have two more league games remaining; against Celbridge and Naas, and although they are out of the league they will be hoping for another couple of strong displays in preparation for the Championship which takes place in the Summer.

Raheens: Liam Power, Evan Dempsey, Dean Campbell, Danny Boyle, Niall Connolly, Ciaran Begley, Gary Woodgate, Barry Winder (0-6, 6f), Richard Dalton, Jonathon Hanbury (0-1), David Fitzpatrick (1-0), David Malone, Billy Martin, Dylan Hannon, Scott Hannon (Colm Power 35 mins

Under 14 B's Make Shield Final In Style


08/04/2010

Under 14 'E' Feile Shield Semi-Final

Moorefield 'B' 0-0  Raheens 'B' 6-9

Having recently suffered a bad loss Raheens U14 B bounced back in style with a comprehensive victory over Moorefield in the Shield semi-final. Goals from Brian Morrison, Patrick Morrin, Charlie Byrne, Sean Cox and a brace from Calvin O'Toole saw Raheens run out deserved winners.

It was a superb team display with all 18 of the panel showing their true potential. Stephen Smith in goal
had little to do but pulled off a fine save when asked. All the backs kept the pressure on when defending and the attacking half backs and midfield allowed points to be scored by Paddy Woodgate, Anthony Thompson, Cian Mullaly and William McDonald.

It is rare that a Raheens team can keep the opposition scoreless for 60 minutes but with tight marking all over the pitch this team will go down in history as having kept the opposition scoreless. Improvement will be needed however for a much stonger Kilcock side in the final, whom Raheens drew with earlier in the Feile.

Under 14's Qualify For Feile Final


08/04/2010

Under 14 'B' Feile Semi-Final

Raheens 6-7  Rheban 2-0

Raheens qualified for the final of the Feile quite comfortably with a good win over Rheban on Thursday. Raheens moved into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead in the opening quarter before getting caught when Rheban scored their first goal to reduce the margin to one point.

However, Raheens responded immediately with a well taken goal from Declan Campbell and went on to extend their lead to 2-7 to 2-0 by half-time, the second goal coming from Shane Crowley via the penalty spot.

The second half was unusual in that neither team scored any points but Raheens added to their goal tally through James O'Brien (2), Matthew Bursey and Thomas Flanagan. At the back Raheens were very solid. Paul Quinn-Fay was the pick of these as he continues to improve with every game. In addition to this William Jennings made a great save from a penalty.

Another positive for Raheens going into the final against the winners of Confey and St. Laurences is that, despite the ease of the win, a number of their players are capable of better than they showed against Rheban. One suspects that they will need to be as the quality of their opponents in the final will be a step up from anything they've faced so far in this competition.

 

Raheens Garner First Set Of Points In League


03/04/2010

Senior Football League Division 2

Raheens 1-11  Milltown 2-3

Despite the heavy underfoot conditions in Milltown on Saturday both sides tried to play an attractive brand of football with neat passing moves and good support play. Raheens playing with the aid of a strong wind in the opening half were first off the mark as Ross McMahon found the target with a free in the 2nd minute. The same player doubled his sides advantage a couple of minutes later receiving a pass from full forward Alan Sharpe in a quick counter attack.

Despite having the lions share of the possession in the opening quarter Raheens failed to add to their tally through a combination of wayward shooting and some good defensive work from the likes of Eoin Dowling and Rory O'Donoghue. Eoghan O'Toole kicked the home sides opening point in the 13th min to get them back within one.

Raheens responded with three successive points from Shane Cooke, Noel Byrne and Ross McMahon so that the scoreboard began to reflect their dominance in the possession stakes. However, Colin O'Shea who was having more and more of an influence on the game raced forward from wing back to kick his sides second point, leaving Milltown 0-5 to 0-2 behind at half-time.

Raheens got off to a flyer on the restart with Ross McMahon kicking his fourth point within seconds and Stephen Riordan and Shane Cooke (free) extended that lead to six points. Cooke was then on the end of another good move in the 41st minute but his shot was well stopped by Sean Trant in the Milltown goal.

Milltown were given a lifeline in the 46th minute when Colin O'Shea scored the first of their two goals. It was tough on Raheens full-back, Shane Power, who made a great block on Omar Dunne's first effort. However, the ball broke for O'Shea and despite Power making a half block the ball flew into the top left hand corner.

Milltown's optimism was short-lived though as Shane Cooke added a point (free) and then Ross McMahon scored a well taken goal for the winners. The goal came from an interception by centre back Eddie Coffey. The ball was swiftly moved from Stephen Riordan to Cathal Carr and on to McMahon who shot confidently past the advancing Trant. Raheens had a chance to put the tie beyond doubt in the 52nd minute when Noel Byrne was brought down in the square. However, Byrne's penalty was well saved by Trant who has now stopped the last seven penalties he has faced.

From the resultant play Shane Cooke kicked his fourth point, extending Raheens' lead to eight points. Then with 3 minutes of normal time remaining Milltown scored a second goal. A wayward free from Shane Power 30 yards from his own goal was severely punished. The ball was played back in over his head to Eoin Moore who made no mistake. Spurred on by this major Milltown almost had another a minute later but Myles O'Reilly's shot was blocked by Paddy O'Brien.

Then a high ball from Ray Coleman was stopped on the Raheens line by Niall Rooney and Shane Power despite the best efforts of Eoin Moore to add a second goal to his tally. There was still time for the sides to exchange points in stoppage time, Moore scoring for Milltown and substitute Martin Taaffe replying for the well deserving winners. Best for them were Shane Power, Eddie Coffey, Ross McMahon, Pat Courtney and Paddy O'Brien while for Milltown, Colin O'Shea, Eoghan O'Toole, Sean Trant and Eoin Dowling did well.

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Paddy O'Brien, Shane Power, Tom Earley, Daithi Ivers, Eddie Coffey, Declan Curran, Pat Courtney, John Taaffe, Noel Byrne (0-1), Kevin Thompson, Stephen Riordan (0-1), Shane Cooke (0-4, 2f), Alan Sharpe, Ross McMahon (1-4, 1f). Subs: Cathal Carr for Kevin Thompson. Martin Sullivan for Noel Byrne. Martin Taaffe (0-1) for Shane Cooke.    

Raheens Defeated in Opening League Fixture


28/03/2010

Senior Football League Div. 2

Two Mile House 0-10  Raheens 0-8

Raheens crashed to an opening round league defeat at the hands of Two Mile House on Sunday afternoon. The game was interupted for 40 mins. following an injury sustained to Daithi Ivers after 22 mins. while an ambulance was called. Thankfully, the injury proved not to be a serious one.

At that stage Raheens led by 0-4 to 0-3 with points from Ross McMahon (free), Noel Byrne, John Taaffe and Pat Courtney. TMH scores came from Aidan Casey (2f) and Niall Browne. On the resumption Aidan Casey added another two points to given TMH a slender half-time advantage.

The House extended their lead to two points on four separate occassions in the second half but each time Raheens replied with points to bring the margin back down to the minimum. However Raheens couldn't get level. The closest they came to taking the lead was when an Alan Igoe shot from the ground struck the outside of the post.

TMH guaranteed their win with another point with the final kick of the game. It was a disappointing result for Raheens. There were few positives to take from the game which saw both midfielders being replaced by the 35th min. and the dismissal of Aonghus Rooney to a straight red card. However, Paddy O'Brien can be happy with his hours work.

Next up is a home fixture against Milltown in Round 2 where Raheens will be expecting a better performance and hopefully their first two points.

Raheens: Niall Rooney, Gareth Byrne, John Lawler, Paddy O'Brien, Daithi Ivers (Aonghus Rooney, 22 mins.), Eddie Coffey, Tom Earley, Shane Power (Alan Igoe, 30 mins.), Declan Curran (Tim Dunleavy, 35 mins.), Cathal Carr, Pat Courtney (0-1), John Taaffe (0-1), Kevin Thompson, Noel Byrne (0-2), Ross McMahon (0-4, 4f).  

Under 14's Reach Feile Semi-Final


28/03/2010

Under 14 'B' Feile

Raheens 5-9  Monasterevin 2-3

James O'Brien helped himself to 4-1 as Raheens easily booked their semi final place in the 'B' Feile on Sunday morning. Fine first half perfomances from Declan Campbell, Paul Quinn-Fay and Robert  Thompson ensured a healthy half time lead. Further second half scores from John Power and Mark Waters completed a fine team effort.

Both under 14 teams will now contest the semi-final stages on Thursday, 8th April 2010

Under 16's Bounce Back With Great Win


24/03/2010

Under 16 Division 1

Raheens 4-7  Kilcock 2-10

Raheens produced a great display to defeat Kilcock in the league on Wednesday night, overcoming the concession of two soft goals in the opening quarter. David Malone gave the home side the lead with a lovely long range point in the 4th min. before Kilcock scored their first goal. Raheens responded immediately with another point from Dylan Hannon, who was causing the Kilcock rearguard all sorts of problems.

Raheens were rocked by a second goal but again responded positively with David Malone kicking another point. A brace of Jonathon Hanbury points were sandwiched by two Kilcock points and the visitors extended their lead to 4 with another point in the 23rd min. Then Raheens were given a great lift as Colm Power was on hand to apply the finishing touch for Raheens' first goal after some great approach work by Hannon and Hanbury.

Raheens' good play culminated in a deserved equaliser before the break with Barry Winder pointing from a free after 29 mins. Half-time: Raheens 1-6, Kilcock 2-3.

The first score of the second have took 8 mins. to arrive but it was a great score from Dean Campbell who burst forward from centre back. Jonathon Hanbury extended that lead 5 mins. later with a great goal, winning the opposition kick-out, outpacing his marker and firing a strong shot to the net.

Although Kilcock replied with a point, Raheens were on top and Dylan Hannon added another goal in the 48 min., turning his marker inside out before firing an unstoppable shot to the net. Raheens were now six in front but Kilcock replied with 2 points to reduce the margin. With 5 mins. of normal time remaining the winning score came and it was a thing of beauty. Colm Power raced forward, sold his marker a dummy and shot his second goal of te night.

Raheens should have been safe now but in a similar end to the Leixlip game two weeks ago they came under pressure in the final few minutes. Kilcock kicked four points but couldn't find the all important goal they needed, Liam Power coming to Raheens rescue with an excellent save in the dying moments. Raheens held out for a well deserved win.

The workrate was excellent throughout and the response to the early setbacks couldn't have been better. This team's graph is on an upward curve and everyone is looking forward to the next game, a clash with neighbours Naas. Best for Raheens on the night were Evan Dempsey, Gary Woodgate, Dean Campbell, Barry Winder, Jonathon Hanbury & Dylan Hannon.

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

Under 16's Well Beaten In Athy


22/03/2010

Under 16 Division 1

Athy 2-12  Raheens 0-5

Raheens suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Athy on Monday night. The home side were well on top all over the field in the opening 15 mins. and their full forward line put on an exhibition of scoring as they opened up a 1-8 to 0-0 lead during that period.

Raheens readjusted their defence and did much better from then until half-time. Neither team managed to score in the second quarter but Raheens had two goal opportunities, Dylan Hannon hitting the crossbar and also shooting straight at the keeper.

Athy added another three points in the third quarter and Raheens lost Dylan Hannon to a second yellow card. However, Raheens determination was rewarded with five successive points in the final quarter, from Jonathon Hanbury, Barry Winder (2), Dean Campbell and Billy Martin.

There were some positives to be taken from the game including the performances of Gary Woodgate, Gavin Sweetman and Richard Dalton. Next up are Kilcock on Wednesday night and a chance to redeem themselves.

Minors Win Local Bragging Rights


21/03/2010

Minor Football League Division 4

Naas 'B' 2-3  Raheens 1-9 

After a tight and physical 1st half Raheens led by the minimum at half time following points from Barry Winder(2) and Gareth Malone. Raheens started the 2nd half brightly but a goal and a point in a 2 min spell saw Naas take the lead.

Further scores from Winder and Malone saw the Caragh lads regain the lead as the pace of the game increased, however Naas battled back and went ahead again following another goal. At this stage the game was in the melting pot and the Raheens defence put in many brave tackles to keep Naas at bay.

The decisive score of the game came when Raheens broke down another attack and in a great team score the ball was moved the length of the field before Barry Winder finished to the net. Two further long range points from Winder and Malone finished the scoring in a hard fought match.

Next up for Raheens is a home tie v Nurney next Sunday @ 11.45am.

Raheens Defeated in Keogh Cup Semi


17/03/2010

Keogh Cup Semi-Final

Raheens 1-15  Kilcullen 3-14 (AET)

Raheens started this game well, with the breeze in their backs, raced into a 1-2 to nought lead playing like they knew a first final appearance for this team in a few years was within grasp. A very well worked move involving some excellent passing was finished expertly by Stephen Riordain who kept his cool, waiting for the right time to pull the trigger. This half was the Ross McMahon show, notching up 3 from play and 1 free from a tight angle, some of those from play were top drawer long range skuds. Chubby Curran was winning good ball in the middle, Raheens totally dominating things. Shane Power and Kevin Thompson were playing really well weighing in with 2 fine scores to leave those on the line thinking they had already got good value for the admission fee. Raheens were first to the ball and Kilcullen barely hung in there in this half only scoring the odd point to leave it 1-6 to 0-3 at half time.

Raheens continued in the 2nd half, with another good Ross free. Then Kilcullen hit a purple patch, which all teams will, and scored 2 points (1 free) and got a sloppy goal, which the Raheens defence really should have cleared. Alan Igoe had to depart at this point which proved costly even though Cathal Carr did well coming in for him. One wonders if having both of them on in the 2nd half would have helped. Raheens responded well to the goal set back and knuckled down and popped over 3 Ross points (all frees) and Shane Power landed a lovely long range punt to restore a 5 pt advantage. With about 4 mins left Kilcullen got another point which looked like a consolation score. Then the goal which turned this game arrived, with 2 mins left Raheens looked like having dealt with a Kilcullen attack, were disposessed working the ball out and still had a few chances to stop it but conceded a goal. It was now a 1 point game and Kilcullen moved forward and got a good 35 yard score to level it, 1-11 to 2-8.

First half extra time (with the breeze) went well with Raheens back on top, Cathal Carr pointing and 3 more from Ross (2 frees) to one point for Killcullen. Again a soft goal turned it for Kilcullen and this time they followed with 5 points to seal it.

If I was giving player ratings a lot of Raheens guys would have been in the 7-9 range and it was hard to think of someone who didn’t give their all today. The full back line were solid as were the half backs, Declan Curran worked hard in the middle, Ross McMahon had a stormer scoring 11 points (8 frees) some of which would not have been out of place in the games going on in Croker today. Kevin Thompson’s work rate and use of the ball was excellent, Stephen Riordain also did very well. While lady luck did not shine on us today I saw enough to say that this team can achieve silverware in the not to distant future if the work continues to be put in on the training ground.

Raheens - Niall Rooney, Gareth Byrne, Aonghus Rooney, John Lawler, Daithi Ivers, Eddie Coffey, Tom Earley, Shane Power (0-2), Declan Curran, Alan Igoe, Kevin Thompson (0-1), John Taaffe, Stephen Riordan (1-0), Noel Byrne, Ross McMahon (0-11, 8f). Subs used: Cathal Carr (0-1), Timmy Dunleavy, Martin Taaffe, Sean Dunleavy.

 

Under 14s Qualify For Knock-Out Stages Of Feile


14/03/2010

Under 14 'B' Feile

Ardclough 1-6  Raheens 2-8

Raheens qualified for the knock-out stages of the 'B' Feile with a five point win over Ardclough on Sunday morning. Raheens were far from their best although Conor Earley and William Jennings did well. The home side led by two points at the break but goals from Mark Waters & Thomas Flanagan helped to turn the tie.

One disappointing aspect of the game was the loss of Eoghan Corkery, who broke his arm. We wish Eoghan a speedy recovery.

Under 16's Desperately Unluckly To Draw With Leixlip


10/03/2010

Under 16 Division 1

Raheens 1-6  Leixlip 1-6

The old adage that you don't always get what you deserve in sport was never more true on Wednesday night. Raheens played superbly for 54 mins. opening up a 1-6 to 0-3 lead and looked set for victory but got caught by a resurgent Leixlip in the closing mins.

The fact that Leixlip had drawn with Maynooth and beaten Naas in the previous rounds made the Raheens performance all the more impressive. Despite conceding two points in the opening 10 mins. Raheens had the lions share of the possession. However, some over elaboration in attack allowed Leixlip to funnel players back to snuff out the danger.

Raheens finally got on the scoreboard through a Richard Dalton point in the 13th min. The game was being played at a fast pace and when Raheens began to become more direct with their attacks it yielded better chances. One such chance fell to Dylan Hannon when he was on the end of a swift counter attack. He expertly lobbed the Leixlip keeper to give the home side the lead.

Leixlip replied with a free in the 26th min. but Barry Winder restored the Raheens advantage before the break. Half-time Raheens 1-2, Leixlip 0-3. Unfortunately for the home side Scott Hannon was forced to retire in the opening period with a suspected dislocated collar bone.

On the restart Raheens upped the tempo and were rewarded with another Richard Dalton point. Unfortunately Jonathon Hanbury, who was playing very well, missed a close range free to extend the lead. Barry Winder did so though with a free in the 44th min. Two more quick points from Colm Power and Winder (free) extended the Raheens lead to six.

At the back Raheens were defending well blocking the Leixlip forwards on a number of occassions. However, a late rally by Leixlip put paid to all the good work that had been done and Raheens were forced to settle for a draw.

Best for Raheens were Ciaran Begley, Dean Campbell, Danny Boyle, Barry Winder, Richard Dalton, Jonathon Hanbury & Dylan Hannon. Scorers: Dylan Hannon (1-0), Barry Winder (0-3, 2f), Richard Dalton (0-2), Colm Power (0-1).

Keogh Cup Update


08/03/2010

Qualification for the semi-final of the Keogh Cup is now out of Raheens' hands as they must now rely on a favour from Milltown to ensure their progression. If Ballymore defeat Milltown in the final group game this weekend three teams will be tied on 4 points. Score difference will then decide the final placings.

Currently Raheens lead the way with a score difference of +10. However, a sizeable win for Ballymore (currently +6) could see them overtake Raheens to claim the semi-final spot. Castledermot although also with 2 wins are out of the running with a -6 score difference.

'B' Team Draw With Kilcock In 'E' Feile


07/03/2010

Under 14 'E' Feile

Kilcock 'B' 4-4  Raheens 'B' 3-7

Raheens U14 B side put in a great performance away to Kilcock B Sunday morning. Raheens played some super passing football but were let down by their finishing. With Raheens hitting the woodwork on a couple of occasions and the Kilcock goalie pulling off a great save from a John Dunleavy pitch length run it did not look good for Raheens. However some good point scoring from Will McDonald ,Brian Morrison, Adam Morrin and Paddy Woodgate had Raheens going into the break 2-2 to 0-5.

The second half started as the first half finished with Raheens piling on the pressure but kilcock getting  another couple more goals against the run of play and would have got more but for a few fine saves from Stephen Smith. With 7 minutes left and trailing by 9 points Raheens rallied and goals from Anthony Thompson, Cian Mullaly and Charlie Byrne brought a well deserved draw.

Raheens u/14's Defeat Suncroft in Feile


07/03/2010

Under 14 'B' Feile

Raheens 3-12  Suncroft 3-4

Despite conceding 1-1 in the opening 3 mins. Raheens bounced back and played some lovely football. Points from John Power (free) and Colm Power were just reward for good approach work, but Suncroft countered with a brace of points midway through the half to lead by four once more.

Raheens continued to press and reduced the arrears with points from Thomas Flanagan, Colm Power and Robert Thompson (free). Mark Waters, Paul Quinn-Fay and Shaun Lloyd were to the fore during that spell and Raheens would have been in front at the break but for some good goalkeeping by Suncroft and an upright that denied Thomas Flanagan of Raheens first goal.

Although Suncroft led by 1-3 to 0-5 at the break, Flanagan and Raheens wouldn't be denied and he scored Raheens' first major within 4 mins. of the restart. Another slick move a minute later ended with a Robert Thompson goal and Raheens were on their way. Four more points in quick succession put the game beyond Suncroft but a goal from Ryan King in the 47th min. gave them a glimmer of hope.

Raheens responded with a point from Mark Waters and they continued to defend Suncroft's best efforts well, with Conor & Jason Earley to the fore. William Jennings was also first class in the goal making a number of fine saves. Mark Waters capped an excellent display with a goal in the 56th min. and while Suncroft replied with their third goal it was little more than a consolation score.

Raheens fully deserved their win and with the injured Matthew Bursey & Donal Mongey to come back into the mix they have a great chance to qualify for the knockout stages when they come up against Ardclough next weekend.

Raheens: William Jennings, Paul Quinn-Fay, Conor Earley, David Mather, Declan Campbell, Mark Waters (1-1), Shane Crowley, Colm Power (0-3), Jason Earley, Shaun Lloyd, Thomas Flanagan (1-1), Eoghan Corkery (0-1), Robert Thompson (1-3, 1f), James O'Brien, John Power (0-3, 1f).

Intermediates defeated in Keogh Cup


06/03/2010

Keogh Cup Round 3

Raheens 1-5  Ballymore 3-7

In a very low quality match played in good conditions a depleted Raheens were well beaten by a hungrier more inventive Ballymore. Raheens scored 1 point in the first half but conceded 3-4. There was some terrible shooting and some poor decision making on the ball. Granted the 2nd penalty that all but killed off the game was incorrectly awarded in the opinion of supporters from both sides.

Raheens lifted it in the 2nd half, with the subs improving things, and outscored 1-4 to Ballymore’s 3 points but the damage was done. Absence of regular players particularly up front was telling as 1-6 will rarely win a match. Cathal Carr did well on his introduction and Daithi Ivers, Ross McMahon and Tim Dunleavy tried hard. Better days ahead we hope.

Raheens - Niall Rooney, Gareth Byrne, Aonghus Rooney, Sean Dunleavy, Daithi Ivers (0-1), Eddie Coffey, John Lawlor, Shane Power, Declan Curran, Tim Dunleavy, Martin Sullivan, John Taaffe, Kevin Thompson, Eoin Monaghan, Ross McMahon. Subs: Stephen O'Riordan, Paddy O'Brien, Timmy Dunleavy, Martin Taaffe, Colin Cassidy (0-1), Mark Concannon, Charlie Delmer

Under 16's Defeated By Clane


06/03/2010

Under 16 Div. 1

Clane 2-8  Raheens 1-7

Raheens and Clane did battle again for the third time in a few short months. With the spoils shared on the previous two encounters another close game was expected. Clane made all the early running on this occassion. Despite this Raheens took the lead after 7 mins. with a point from a free by Barry Winder.

Undeterred Clane's aerial superiority in the middle third gave then an abundance of possession and they created plenty of chances. Sean O'Rourke was on the end of many of their better moves and kicked three points.

Barry Winder replied with another free on 21 mins. but Clane extended their lead with points from Tom Cribben and Ken Forest. Danny Boyle struck back for Raheens with a lovely point but Clane then hit then with two goals in as many minutes. First a free that dropped short wasn't adequately dealt with in the Raheens square. The ball fell for Michael O'Reilly and he made no mistake from ten yards.

Then Ken Forest won possession from a kick out and raced through the Raheens defence to fire a second past Liam Power in the goal. Raheens reduced the arrears on the stroke of half-time when Barry Winder kicked his third point after good work by Colm Power and David Malone. Half-time: Clane 2-5, Raheens 0-4.

After the restart another Barry Winder free after a foul on Colm Power brought the defecit back to six. Paddy McKenna replied with a great point for Clane to restore their advantage. However, the same player would soon be exiting the game along with Raheens' Matthew Bursey after an accidental clash of heads left both players injured.

Clane extended their lead with another point but Richard Dalton who was coming more into it at midfield kicked a point for Raheens. The sides swapped points from frees before Barry Winder was on hand to punch the ball beyond the advancing Clane keeper for a Raheens goal in the 56th min. It gave Raheens a lift but it was too little too late and Clane held out for a deserved win.

Raheens: Liam Power, Evan Dempsey, Ciaran Begley, Gavin Sweetman, Niall Connolly, Dean Campbell, Billy Martin, Danny Boyle (0-1), Barry Winder (1-5, 4f), Jonathon Hanbury, Richard Dalton (0-1), Scott Hannon, Colm Power, David Malone, Craig Currims. Subs: Matthew Bursey for Craig Currims (30 mins.), Shane Pender for Matthew Bursey (42 mins.), Thomas Flanagan for Colm Power (54 mins.).

Raheens Defeat Milltown In Keogh Cup


04/03/2010

Keogh Cup Round 2

Raheens 1-12  Milltown 0-6

Raheens scored 1-4 without reply in the final 10 mins. to seal victory over a spirited Milltown side. Alan Igoe and Shane Power pointed in the opening minutes of the game for the home side but Milltown roared back with four successive points, three from the boot of Owen O'Toole to lead by two after 15 mins.

Raheens battled back well but were finding it difficult to convert possession into scores. Shane Cooke and Ross McMahon did level matters though with two excellent points before Raheens were awarded a penalty when Alan Sharpe was brought down in the large square. Unfortunately, McMahon's penalty lacked conviction and was easily saved.

Shane Cooke gave Raheens back the lead with a point in the 26th min. but Milltown replied in kind a minute later. Alan Igoe kicked Raheens back in front with a lovely point before both sides were reduced the 13, as referee Brendan Hickey dismissed four players in quick succession for innocuous enough challenges, in what was anything but a dirty game.

Ross McMahon added another point before the break, from a free, to give Raheens a 0-7 to 0-5 half-time lead. With greater space on the field one would have expected a more open and entertaining second half but it didn't materialise. The first 20 mins. of the second half only produced a point apiece; both coming from frees. 

Then two scores in a minute from McMahon sealed the outcome. Firstly he kicked a point from a free, before then running onto a through pass a minute later. He beat both defender and goalkeeper to the ball, punching past the onrushing keeper to the unguarded net.

Raheens introduced a number of subs to freshen things up and a flurry of late points from Colin Cassidy, Timmy Dunleavy & Daithi Ivers gave the final scoreboard a flattering look. Next up will be Ballymore on Saturday afternoon and another win will see Raheens qualify for the semi-final.

Raheens - Niall Rooney, Gareth Byrne, Aonghus Rooney, Sean Dunleavy, Daithi Ivers (0-1), Eddie Coffey, Tom Earley, Shane Power (0-1), Declan Curran, Kevin Thompson, Martin Sullivan, Alan Igoe (0-3, 1f), Shane Cooke (0-2, 1f), Alan Sharpe, Ross McMahon (1-3, 2f). Subs: John Taaffe, John Lawler, Paddy O'Brien, Timmy Dunleavy (0-1), Martin Taaffe, Colin Cassidy (0-1), Mark Concannon, Charlie Delmer.  

Under 14's Defeat Eadestown In 'B' Feile


01/03/2010

Under 14 'B' Feile

Raheens 2-8  Eadestown 2-2

Raheens got their 'B' Feile off to a winning start on Monday night defeating Eadestown in a keenly contested affair. Victory was built on a strong defence which was the springboard for many of Raheens attacks.

Raheens held a 2-3 to 1-2 advantage at half-time and extended that with a point from Matthew Bursey on the restart. However, Eadestown replied with a goal that went in just out of the reach of William Jennings, under the crossbar.

Both teams were giving it there all but Eadestown came up against a resolute Raheens defence, Shane Crowley & Jason Earley breaking up attack after attack and when the ball by-passed them Conor Earley was secure at the edge of the square.

Going forward Matthew Bursey showed great strength and his points, along with a beauty from Mark Waters and a Robert Thompson free gave Raheens that bit of breathing space their play deserved. Their second round game against Suncroft will be played at Tom Lawler Park on Sunday morning at 10.30am.

Raheens - William Jennings, Paul Quinn-Fay, Conor Earley, Paul Mather, Shane Crowley, Jason Earley, Declan Campbell, Matthew Bursey, Colm Power, Shaun Lloyd, Mark Waters, Eoghan Corkery, Robert Thompson, James O'Brien, John Power

Under 14 'E' Feile - Raheens 'B' 0-4 Naas 'C' 4-3


28/02/2010

Under 14 'E' Feile - Raheens 'B' 0-4 Naas 'C' 4-3 – This game went ahead in barely playable frosty and mucky conditions which favoured a more physically balanced Naas side on Sunday morning. Raheens tried hard coming up just short. For large periods Raheens lived in the Naas half but failed to pull the trigger for scores or had numerous narrow wides. Naas were much less wasteful and chalked up a very soft 1-1 against the run of play in the first half and built victory on this. Raheens missed 2 good goal chances including a peno at the end of the first half, Naas scored 3 goals at the start of the second and that was that.

Questions have to be asked about the sense in having 13 year olds playing in full height crossbars, a lot of the goals coming via that factor, frustrating for goalies I imagine.

On a day when some good work was done and lady luck completely deserted us, best for Raheens were Paddy Woodgate, Colm Malone, John Power and Sean Cox, and sub Patrick Morrin did well when introduced.

Raheens :- Adam Morrin, Aaron Winders, Sean Delaney, Cathal Duffy, John Dunleavy, William McDonnell, Pat Corbett, Paddy Woodgate, Thomas Dore, John Power, Ronan Fox, Charlie Byrne, Brian Morrison, Colm Malone, Sean Cox, Subs Patrick Morrin, Cian Mullally.

Minors Have It Easy In Castlemitchel


28/02/2010

MFL Division 4

Raheens 8-17  Geraldines 4-5

Raheens defeated a very poor Geraldines team in a 12-a-side game at Castlemitchel on Sunday morning. The game was over after 15 mins. as Raheens raced into a 3-4 to 0-1 lead. The approach play and passing was much improved on the previous performance a couple of weeks ago against Sarsfields, although it was much easier to do that given the quality of the opposition.

The one worrying aspect of Raheens play was that given their superiority everyone wanted to go forward and get on the scoresheet, but there was a reluctance at times by players to track back and Geraldines were given a number of scoring chances. The home side managed to score two goals before the break and could easily have had another three but for a couple of great saves by Charlie Kings and another shot coming back off a post.

Despite this Raheens were still dominant and led by 6-7 to 2-2 at half-time. The second half was much more of the same. The highlight was the number of excellent points that were kicked from a variety of players but again on occassion Raheens left themselves open to the counter attack. There will be much stiffer challenges ahead and while Raheens dominated this game and did plenty of good things they clearly still have some things to work on.

Raheens: Charlie Kings (0-1), Dean Campbell, Adam Murphy, Jonathon Hanbury (0-1), John Jennings (0-2), Eoin O'Donnell (1-1, 1pen, 1f), John Fox (1-1), Barry Winder (0-4, 4f), Stephen Kavanagh, Dylan Hannon (0-1), Gareth Malone (3-1), Alan Lagrue (1-2). Subs - Liam Power, Philip Murphy (0-1), David Malone (2-2).

Weekend Postponements / Re-fixures


26/02/2010

The following games have been postponed this weekend:-

1) Under 14 'B' Feile - Eadestown v Raheens
    This game was originally fixed for Eadestown on Sunday morning, 28th Feb. at 10.30pm.
    It was then re-fixed for Thursday, 25th Feb. at 7.00pm in Raheens.
    It has now been re-fixed for Monday, 1st March at 7.00pm in Raheens.

2) Under 16 Division 1 - Raheens v Kill
    This game was originally fixed for Raheens on Saturday, 27th Feb. at 4.00pm.
    It was then re-fixed for Friday, 26th Feb. at 7.00pm in Raheens.
    It has now been re-fixed for Tuesday, 16th March at 7.00pm in Raheens.

3) Keogh Cup Round 2 - Raheens v Milltown
    This game was originally fixed for Raheens on Saturday, 27th Feb. at 2.30pm.
    It has now been re-fixed for Thursday, 4th March at 8.00pm in Raheens.

4) Minor Division 4 - Raheens v Geraldines
    This game was originally fixed for Raheens on Sunday, 28th Feb. at 11.45am.
    It has now been re-fixed for the same time & date in Castlemitchel.

5) Under 14 'E' Feile - Raheens 'B' v Naas 'C'
    This game was originally fixed for Raheens on Sunday, 28th Feb. at 10.30am.
    It has now been re-fixed for the same time & date in Donore.

Keogh Cup result - Castledermot 1-3 Raheens 3-6


21/02/2010

Keogh Cup - Group A Round 1

Castledermot 1-3  Raheens 3-6

Raheens got their season off to a bright start with an impressive Keogh cup victory away to Castledermot. Shane Cooke opened the scoring with a goal from close range after good work further out the field. Both sides swapped points before a Ross McMahon penalty put Raheens in the driving seat, however a mix up in defence allowed Castledermot in for a goal leaving the game up for grabs at half-time. The second half saw both sides use their bench and this opened up the game considerably. With the game finely balanced a great ball in from "Rasher" Taaffe saw Alan Sharpe rise highest and finish to the net dispite the best efforts of the Castledermot defence. Castledermot pressed hard for a goal to get them back in the game but some resolute defending and late points from Alan Igoe saw Raheens claim a deserved victory. Next up for the winners is a home tie Thursday week at 8.00pm against Milltown.

Raheens Minors Share The Spoils With Sarsfields


15/02/2010

Minor League Div. 4

Raheens 2-10  Sarsfields 'B' 2-10

Raheens opened their league campaign with a draw against Sarsfields on Monday night. Although the game was littered with errors by both sides there was no shortage of effort in what was an entertaining game.

Sarsfields opening the scoring with a 7th min. point but Raheens replied with four successive points to take the lead. Sarsfields hit a purple patch between the 19th and 22nd min., scoring 1-3 without reply to open up a three point advantage. The sides exchanged points before the break and Sarsfields led by 1-5 to 0-5.

Dylan Hannon reduced the margin on the restart with a point from an acute angle before half-time substitute Alan Lagrue fired a great shot to the top corner of the net to give Raheens the lead. Although Sarsfields replied with a point Raheens had another goal within minutes. This time Lagrue set up Stephen Kavanagh for a tap in finish.

Points from John Jennings and Dylan Hannon gave Raheens a 5 point lead at the three quarter stage but Sarsfields roared back with a goal. The Sash had their tails up now and outscored Raheens four points to one over the next 10 mins. to retake the lead.

Graham Waters levelled the game for the final time with a point in the 59th min. and a draw was a fair result for two committed sides. This game should bring both sides on and Raheens will be keen to work on their distribution as the league progresses, as on too many occasions they gave away possession too cheaply.

Raheens: Charlie Kings, Owen Daly, John Jennings (0-1), Liam Power, Adam Murphy, Graham Waters (0-1), Dean Campbell, Eoin O'Donnell (0-2, 2f), John Fox, Barry Winder (0-3, 2f), Stephen Kavanagh (1-0), Gary Woodgate, David Malone, Gareth Malone, Dylan Hannon (0-3). Subs: Alan Lagrue (1-0) for Adam Murphy.

Calling All Aspiring Referees


09/02/2010

There will be 3 night Referee Foundation Course (Football and Hurling) on Wednesday 17th February,  Tuesday 23rd February and Thursday 25th February 2010 in the County Grounds GAA Office at 8pm sharp.

Course is open to all persons 16 years of age and over. Please contact Mick Fennin 087 2700243 for further information.

 

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