Hard-Earned Point

Ranelagh Gaels 1-6 St Maurs 0-9

Ranelagh Gaels responded to last week’s defeat with a hard-earned point which leaves them in with a chance of reaching the knockout stages of the Stacy Cup.

As it has done since the turn of the year, the weather continued to play havoc with GAA fixtures; Saturday night’s snow showers left the Bushy Park turf soft underfoot and provided a stern test for both sets of players.

The Gaels took time to settle and had goalkeeper Conor O’Droma to thank for keeping them within touching distance of their opponents from north Co Dublin. O’Droma was excellent under the high ball as St Maurs kicked several efforts short, failing to make their early dominance show on the scoreboard.

Ranelagh eventually began to compete around the middle with Conor seeing more of the ball at midfield. The pair were driving forward at every opportunity and the chances started to come.

The pressure was rewarded when the referee signalled for a penalty; Enda’s pile-driver clipped the bar and registered a point. Soon after though a green flag was raised and the team went in at the break a point to the good.

After a sloppy start to the first half, it was a similar story in the second as last season’s Division 9 winners took time to get into their stride. The game remained a tight affair however as the backs put in a good display, hassling and harrying the Maur’s forwards throughout. Joe at centre-back put in a superb display and was the source of many Gaels attacks.

The long ball was being utilised much more in the second half and with the conditions as treacherous as they were there was always going to be chances created. The Gaels found themselves two points down heading into the final few minutes but an Alan Kelly free and an equaliser from substitute Ronan ensured their efforts were not in vain.

The serious business starts next week with the Division 8 league campaign getting underway.


5 Comment(s)

  1. hard-earned draw?

    John | Feb 22, 2010 @ 10:12 | Reply

  2. Good work Cathal – I’ll tell Lawlor that he has a star pupil on his hands!

    Peter | Feb 22, 2010 @ 15:10 | Reply

  3. Keep up the good work lads

    Darren | Feb 23, 2010 @ 02:26 | Reply

  4. Well Done Lads,

    Murph i dont have the number any more for the lads, lost my phone. Can you change the contact email on the mailing list to


    Doc | Feb 24, 2010 @ 12:24 | Reply

  5. Done job

    Ronan | Feb 25, 2010 @ 09:28 | Reply

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