The Clann Mhuire Hiccup


RANELAGH Gaels battled to a hard-fought draw with Clann Mhuire on Monday evening at Bushy Park to keep them in the AFL Division 9 promotion chase.

The Gaels played much of the second half with 14 men and even though they had chances to win they will be happy to have come away with a point.

There were conflicting emotions amongst players and management after the game.

At one stage in the first half Ranelagh trailed by six points, but they moved through the gears and at the break they were four ahead – 2-7 to 1-6.

They only scored once after the change of ends – through Alan Kelly, who dashed forward from wingback to slot a dramatic equaliser – and lost momentum following Tiernan McNamara’s second yellow card.

So in one regard this was a point dropped, but looking at the positives it was a draw earned in trying circumstances and all of the players showed great heart when their backs were to the wall.

The visitors started brilliantly with the wind behind them and they were 1-6 to 0-3 up inside the quarter-hour mark.

They were in total control and had they not hit several bad wides and dropped a number of other shots short to keeper Conor O Droma, who made a vital second half stop, they could have been out of sight.

Ranelagh finally got to grips with the contest around the middle of the field and McNamara scored two brilliant points and set up another to begin the comeback.

Jer McCarthy showed great bravery to contest a high ball on the edge of the square with the Clann keeper to set up Alan Toolan for the Gaels’ first goal.

He required treatment after taking a heavy hit, but he got back to his feet and in the next three minutes slotted a stylish 1-1 to give the home side a a four-point cushion.

Playing with the breeze in the second half they really should have gone on to close out the game as they have done in style on a number of occasions this season.

But after a nail-biting finish a draw will do and sets Ranelagh up for their next game against St Mary’s of Saggart on Thursday evening.

Were you at the game? What way did you see this result for the Gaels?

1 Comment(s)

  1. Great come back lads from being 6 points down and then a man down. Good luck tonight.

    John | Jul 9, 2009 @ 07:49 | Reply

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