No Final Party for Gaels

Wild Geese 1-12 Ranelagh Gaels 1-9

RANELAGH Gaels’ most successful season ever came to a disappointing end with Sheridan Cup elimination in Oldtown on Sunday afternoon.

However, even losing this semi-final to Wild Geese cannot take away from what was a brilliant campaign, which included the AFL Division 9 title and promotion to the highest level that the club has ever played.

The players haven’t had a break from football in nearly two years and it showed in North County Dublin at the weekend.

After a bright start for the visitors, Wild Geese, who are in the final of the Junior E Championship, came into it strongly and they led by 0-6 to 0-5 at the break.

The ten minutes after the start of the second half were vital and the Gaels struggled to get on breaking ball around the middle third.

This allowed Wild Geese to build a strong platform and with ten minutes to go they banged home a goal to leave them nine points up.

Huge credit must go to Ranelagh for the way that they fought back in the closing stages, with David O’Connor getting the goal that moved them to within a score at the end.

Johnny Conlon, who had another brilliant game at corner forward, had a late, late chance with a close in free but his shot blazed just inches wide with the last kick of the game.

The panel, who have been training without a break since January of 2008, now have a few welcome months away from football before they get together at the start of next year for a crack at Division 8 under manager Liam O’Hagan. Pictures by Ronan Murphy.

11 Comment(s)

  1. Hard luck lads.

    Darren | Oct 5, 2009 @ 09:44 | Reply

  2. Tough breaks, guys. Great season(s) and looking forward to next year, next promotion!

    Big Pat | Oct 5, 2009 @ 12:23 | Reply

  3. I preferred my suggested headline: MURPHY THROWS PARTY, RUINS GAELS SEASON, FEELS CONLON’S WRATH

    Peter | Oct 5, 2009 @ 12:32 | Reply

  4. Na Peter headline should read, MURPHY THROWS EPIC PARTY, NO GAELS TURN UP, CONLON HATES EVERYBODY!

    Lad’s tough break on Sunday, it was a great game even with the result; we’ve had a fantastic league performance this year and everyone should be well impressed with the step up we’ve made.

    Liam, Doc, Johnny and myself are appearing on Jeremy Kyle this week and maybe Oprah.

    Ronan | Oct 5, 2009 @ 14:33 | Reply

  5. Jerry Springer still going?

    Doc | Oct 5, 2009 @ 15:26 | Reply

  6. Priceless Doc,

    Picture 4 – Your calling for the ball and Brian Reagan 30 yards away isnt even facing you with his back turned around trying to shrug off two wild gesse.
    At least give him a chance to look up?

    Fantastic photos Ronan.

    Conor | Oct 5, 2009 @ 16:25 | Reply

  7. I was free, acres of space and Rregan turned back into play tut tut! lol

    P.s. It was more of a wave than a call

    Doc | Oct 5, 2009 @ 16:31 | Reply

  8. Christian Bale is to appear on the show with us offering his advice on how to treat your colleagues.. Oh and thanks Peter for mixing up blazed wide and trickled harmlessly over the endline!

    Johnny | Oct 5, 2009 @ 17:41 | Reply

  9. Regan was soloing thats why doc is calling for the ball

    Shane | Oct 5, 2009 @ 19:34 | Reply

  10. Well done lads a great season and fair play to the lads for the website and photos !!
    ya might get chance to shave now denis during the break !
    Will hope to return to playing whenever I return !

    John Lawrence | Oct 6, 2009 @ 11:29 | Reply

  11. Pity to hear about the loss lads, but chin up cos tis Division 8 next year.

    Tiernan | Oct 6, 2009 @ 14:26 | Reply

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