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Ranelagh Gaels 2-7 – Naomh Barrog 0-5

RANELAGH Gaels extended their 100 per cent record this season to five games with a gritty win over Naomh Barrog at Bushy Park on Sunday.

The Gaels haven’t been beaten since they were promoted to Division Nine for the current campaign, though they didn’t make it easy for themselves at the weekend.

Having played with the breeze in the first half they led by just two points – 1-2 to 0-3 – having failed to score from play before the break.

Johnny Conlon kept the scoreboard ticking over with two frees and a well taken penalty, tucked low into the left hand corner, pushing Ranelagh noses in front.

Barrog were rugged and they caused the home team problems throughout the pitch in the early exchanges.

But following some straight talking at the interval the Gaels went out to produce a much-improved performance.

Midfielder Brian Regan continued to play the captain’s role as he has all season and in the half forward line Enda Marren got through his usual mountain of work.

The defence tightened up and Alan Toolan, playing in the unfamiliar surroundings of cornerback, produced a man of the match display.

Even though he hasn’t played much football recently he was determined onto the ball and drove forward in possession with purpose.

Ken Fitz, who was fouled to won the first half penalty, blasted a goal with quarter of the game remaining following a flowing move up the field to give Ranelagh a comfortable cushion.

Barrog finished strongly and had a number of chances from frees to narrow the gap, but by this stage they looked a beaten team and they were unable to revive the challenge.

This was Ranelagh’s second win in the League this season to go with their three positive results in the cup so far.

Naomh Barrog Website – http://www.naomhbarrog.ie/

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