Gaels lose out to Kiltipper men

Thomas Davis 1- 11 – Ranelagh Gaels 1- 09

The Gaels found themselves losing to Thomas Davis in the Sheridan Cup but had more than one reason to feel aggrieved at the result. On what was an excellent pitch and a glorious day for football Ranelagh ended up having to agree to allow a Thomas Davis Ref to officiate, as the scheduled official from St Anne’s failed to turn up.

As is often the case in these situations, even with the best will in the world, as the game progressed the free kick count began to sway dramatically in the favour of the Referee’s own team.

The Gaels began well and with a breeze in their backs quickly took the game to the Tallaght men and before long had amassed a 0 05 to 0 01 lead. Enda and Doc were totally on top and between them contributed all of the opening 5 scores indeed both were unlucky to have efforts graze the crossbar which could have resulted in goals.

As it was the Gaels continued to press forward and another excellent point from Moyners which again was aimed at the crossbar saw them extend their lead before Davis ’s hauled two scores back from a free and a quickly taken short ’50 routine

The Gael’s had wilted slightly and knew they had to get some more scores on the board while the elements were still in their favour. The defence regrouped and thwarted any further Thomas Davis attacks and led brilliantly by Dennis Crehan began to again drive the Gaels forward.

An almighty hit from Tiernan following a long clearance out of defence saw Brian Regan in the clear. As he bore down on goal he showed great composure to slot the ball past the helpless ‘Keeper. The Gaels had now taken a commanding lead and finished the half with another point from a Johnny Conlon Free. Half time Thomas Davis 0 03 Ranelagh Gaels 1 07.

The home team were never going to lie down and so it showed in the second half. Aided by some dubious free kicks and the increasing influence of former All-star Paul Curran, the Kiltipper Road side began to pile the pressure on the Ranelagh defence.

Within 10 minutes they had reduced the deficit to 3 points and this gap was wiped out entirely by a somewhat fortuitous goal. A long punt from 50 yards out fell just below the Ranelagh crossbar where Conor could only help it onto the bar before the inrushing Davis ’s full forward palmed it to the net. This was tough on Ranelagh who had defended these high balls all day and none more so than Conor who had pulled out a number of excellent saves prior to the goal.

Davis ’s then took the lead from another long range effort and it looked as though the game was up for Ranelagh as the home side found their range.

Not so however and led by Dennis Doolin from centre back the Gaels fought back and took the game back to the home side. The teams were attacking and counter attacking and were evenly matched. It was from this point that the refereeing decisions began to enrage the Gael’s manager Liam O’Hagan, who gradually saw a great fighting team performance ruined by petty frees given against and an almost total lack of punishment for opposition fouls.

Frees continued to reign in on the Ranelagh goal, peppered occasionally by long range efforts from Curran or his excellent midfield partner.

The Gaels did manage to respond through Enda and Doc and still had enough chances to win the game. However too often the Gaels showed a lack of composure in the closing moments and recorded several bad wides which would have seen them through.

On a frustrating day for the Gael’s it was the defence which again shone. The two Dennises were excellent at full back and centre half, while John Daly and James Galvin were again faultless at corner back. Further up field Doc and Enda were the obvious source of scores in an attack which was let down by it’s lack of composure in the closing minutes.

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