Sam Win for Ranelagh

Thomas Davis 2-0 Ranelagh Gaels 5-8

IT wasn’t Croke Park and there was no Sam Magiure at stake, but last Sunday was Ranelagh Gaels’ All-Ireland.

A win over Thomas Davis in their last match of the competition would ensure that they were promoted as winners of Adult Football League Division Nine.

The Gaels have a heartbreaking record in big games, but they put that to rights with an utterly convincing win over Thomas Davis at their Kiltipper Road home.

The visitors overcame poor underfoot conditions on a perfect day to produce their best display of the season.

Eamonn Courtney got the morning off to the perfect start with an early goal following a driving solo run through the heart of the Tallaght team’s defence.

Davis, who beat Ranelagh comfortably in the cup earlier this season, responded well with a goal of their own almost straight away and it was shaping up to be a tough contest.

But the Gaels were determined not to let this one slip and they took a firm grasp of this game.

Conor Harnett was outstanding at centre back, the fullback line held firm under pressure and the midfield of Denis Doolan and team captain Brian Regan won the battle around the centre.

This gave the ideal platform for the forwards to work off and despite kicking a few wides early on, they quickly found their range.

Alan Kelly got the second goal and Jer McCarthy added a third before the break to leave them leading comfortably at the break by 3-4 to 1-0.

Danny Kennedy and Courtney found the net after the break to seal a dominant victory, which sees Ranelagh win the league for the first time in the club’s short history.

It is an incredible achievement for manager Liam O’Hagan and his team considering that they only came up from Division 10 earlier this year and was just reward for the players who have been there from the start.

Next year Division 8 football awaits, but first the squad has a few well earned months of rest following two non-stop seasons.

6 Comment(s)

  1. We would just like to add a special thanks to the supporters who were there on Sunday morning, it was fantastic to hear the great vocal support on the side line. It meant alot to Liam and the players.

    Also to Frank in Smyths pub who has been extremely generous to the Gaels in the last few years and once again filled us up on Sunday night!!

    Take it away Moyners – Champ i ones, champ i ones ole ole ole

    CH - on behalf of the players.. | Sep 22, 2009 @ 13:31 | Reply

  2. Fantastic result lads, I woke up to the sound of around 8 text messages. The most entertaining being from Paul O’Mahoney it has to be said. When do we get the cup? I spent the rest of the day comforting Cork lads about the Gaels win. I think it worked!

    Ronan M | Sep 22, 2009 @ 15:13 | Reply

  3. Well lads congrats, it was a shame that a great day that started out in Tallaght with the Gaels win to get promoted would end so sourly in Croke Park with more misery for Mayo & Cork. It was nice to get out to see the Gaels play, especially on a day when at least one team got over their Final Day jitters. Hope there was plenty of craic & pints in Smyths to celebrate.

    Darren | Sep 22, 2009 @ 21:56 | Reply

  4. Well done lads, Ronan M keeps me informed on how you’s lads get on throughout the year so great to here that the hard work has paid off!!

    Paul Johnston | Sep 22, 2009 @ 22:27 | Reply

  5. Lads,

    Great display on Sunday – well deserved for all the hard work over the year. Hope all the Cork lads are over Kerry’s great triumph on Sunday. I’d say Corky was sick as a dog on Sunday night. Looking forward to Kerry winning its 37th All Ireland next year.

    Tadhg | Sep 23, 2009 @ 21:19 | Reply

  6. Well done to Ranelagh on your promotion, from the lads in St Brendan’s. Wish we were going up with you but sure maybe next year. Best of luck in AFL8.

    St Brendans | Sep 29, 2009 @ 13:23 | Reply

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