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Saturday 10 December 2016

raheny hit right notes

Feile na nGael Division 2 Final

RAHENY produced a superb team performance when overcoming a battling Skerries Harps by 2-10 to 3-1 in their Dublin Féile na nGael Division 2 final at St Anne's Park last Saturday afternoon.

After their original final was postponed last Sunday week, both sides produced an excellent final in front of a large and appreciative crowd with Raheny impressing after the break to eventually reel in a stubborn Skerries outfit.

"We are delighted that we managed the win," said Raheny mentor Dave Geary.

"It was great for the lads to be in another final and with all the bad weather that we've had recently, the lads in the club did a great job in getting the pitch ready and having such big support was also very pleasing," added Geary.

It was the visitors who gained the initiative early on through the efforts of full-back Alan Joyce, captain Finn Chatten, Adma El Shamy and Adam Fearon as they enjoyed a narrow 3-0 to 1-5 interval advantage.

Two of their goals arrived through their dangerous full-forward line with both David Boyd and Robert Kenny finding the net while wing-forward Robert Delaney also raised a green flag for the talented North County side.

However, the point-taking excellence of Raheny's Liam Dunne ensured the contest remained delicately poised with the home captain adding a much-needed goal to his regular point contributions.

The home defence gradually got on top with Josh Lynch, Seán Lumley, Adam Codd and Enda Owens all featuring prominently in the Raheny rearguard.

Mark Murphy and Eoin Bridgeman began to exert a strong influence in the tight exchanges around the middle third with Tom Geary landing a vital goal to confirm a six-point win for Raheny.

"It was a very tight game but we just couldn't claw it back in the second-half," was the assessment of Harps manager Stephen Dooley.

"We are naturally very disappointed to have the lost the game but it was a wonderful achievement for a club like ours to contest the Division 2 final and we are delighted with the efforts of all the players on the panel.

"It was the first time ever that we have featured in a Féile final at this level and it was a huge occasion for everyone involved with the club," he added.

Raheny: A Codd, D Kane, J Lynch, R McGuirk, A House, S Lumley, E Owens, M Murphy, L Dunne, L Moreau, E Bridgman, R House, S Ryan, J Crimmins, T Geary, J Maguire, S Atkins, K Kavanagh, L Kirwan, C Lyndsay, T O'Donoghue, B Roberts, T O'Donnell, L Fox.

Skerries Harps: D Archbold, D Boyd, F Chatten, R Delaney, M Dooley, J Drumm, A El Shamy, A Fearon, M Kelly, R Kenny, E McDonald, C Mullarkey, P Wilde, B Brennan, J Grimes, M Joyce, S Maguire, C Waddilove, A Joyce, C Nulty, C Opara, V Elewure, N Gilmore, D Graham.

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