Gaels deserve break

ST MARY’S, SAGGART 0-9 RANELAGH GAELS 1-11

RANELAGH Gaels headed on their summer holidays with two more valuable points secured in Thursday night’s Dublin AFL Division 9 clash with St Mary’s of Saggart.

There’s no more competitive football now for three weeks so the Gaels wanted to end this busy period on a high and keep their promotion push on track.

Getting the win was all the more important given the point they dropped at home in the draw against Clann Mhuire earlier in the week.

Ranelagh were comfortably the better team at Pairc Mhuire in Saggart, but they struggled to put scores on the board and this kept the game close for a long time.

They dominated the possession stakes in the first half, but shot a string of wides and several further shots fell into the grateful arms of the Mary’s goalkeeper.

Tiernan McNamara put away a vital goal just before halftime to give Ranelagh a four-point cushion at the break.

In the second half the defence, marshalled with authority by Denis Crehan and Shane Minahane through the middle, remained tight.

The midfield continued to win plenty of ball with captain Brian Regan and Danny Kennedy getting around the field over the hour.

The problem remained getting the ball over the bar, though this did improve markedly after the break with less over-elaboration and more directness

In the end they ran out winners by five points.

With so many regulars out through injury, suspension and travel this was a good win on the road and South County clubs are always particularly tough to beat on their home patches.

It sets Ranelagh up for the vital run in to the Division Nine season and the closing stages of the Junior C Championship.

2 Comment(s)

  1. Drinking all the water i see tadhg!!

    Conor | Jul 21, 2009 @ 12:45 | Reply

  2. I was thirsty from roaring words of encouragement at ye.

    Tadhg | Jul 29, 2009 @ 22:39 | Reply

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