Gaels win in Mud Bath

St Mary’s Saggart 1-2 Ranelagh Gaels 4-7

Ranelagh Gaels kept their impressive start to the season alive in bitterly cold conditions in Saggart last weekend. On a pitch that resembled a mud bath, it was the Gaels who adapted better to the soggy conditions to win out convincing winners in this Sheridan Cup tie. This result means that another victory should see the Gaels into the semi finals of this competition and gives them selves a real chance of winning some early season silverware.

However despite a convincing win in the end, there was not much sign of this happening in the opening quarter. The Gaels shorn of a few regulars found it difficult to get going in the opening quarter and were behind by 2 points due a bizarre own goal from full back martin Egan as diverted a high ball passed stranded keeper Kieran Rouse.

Despite this early setback, the Gaels rallied with a great goal to give them a lead they would never relinquish. A move the length of the pitch allowed Ronan Ragsdale to set up Jeremy McCarthy with a goal chance and he calmly sidestepped the keeper to score. Then just before half-time a foul committed by the Saggart goalkeeper on Rasdale allowed Johnny Conlon to stroke home a penalty and a half time the Gaels were leading by four.

In the second half the Gaels put in a strong performance in what were worsening conditions (at one stage there was hail teaming down in the second half). Another penalty early in the second half by Conlon set the Gaels on their way and Ronan Rasdale scored another goal near the end to complete the Gaels scoring. The only real scare the Gaels had at the other end was right at the conclusion of the game was when they conceded a penalty but Kieran Rouse made a double save to divert over the bar. So in the end the Gaels had a comfortable winning margin of 14 points.

Liam O’ Hagan will be happy man after this result as for the fourth week running he was shorn a number of regulars but his team still won. He is going to have to make a lot of difficult decisions when he has a full squad available to him. Overall it was a very convincing performance with a defence that only conceded 1-2 for the second week running. Tiernan McNamara giving a man of the match display in the middle of the park and with a forward line that scored 4 goals, the signs continue to look good for the year ahead.

St Mary’s Saggart Website

2 Comment(s)

  1. Malachy O’Rourke has yet to confirm reports that he stated that “Ronan Rasdale is the solution to Fermanaghs scoring woes”.
    Brilliant website, keep up the good work!!

    Anita | Mar 11, 2009 @ 20:56 | Reply

  2. After the weekends result maybe you should consider it Rasdale. Training Tuesday at 8 in Brewster Park – Don’t be late!

    Ronan M | Mar 31, 2009 @ 21:36 | Reply

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