No gold star for Gaels as cup run ends

Starlights 0-8 Ranelagh Gaels 1-4

RANELAGH Gaels exited the Stacy Cup at the quarter-final stage with away defeat to Starlights on Sunday.

This result follows on from last month’s AFL Division 8 League loss to St Oliver Plunkett’s-Eoghan Ruadh – making this the Gaels first back-to-back defeats in quite some time.

Unfortunately, lessons from that game didn’t appear to have been taken on board at the weekend.

The fluency and swift movement that are so much part of the Gaels’ play failed to materialise yet again.

From the word go, Starlights, playing at their Collinstown Lane home, looked the hungrier team and raced into a four-point lead after 15 minutes.

Ranelagh’s defence did well to stop wave after wave of attack especially since the Gaels won very little ball at midfield as Starlights dominated the breaking ball from both ends.

There were some brief glimpses of the visitor’s traditional game play when Alan Kelly ran onto a decisive pass from Brian Regan to fist the ball over the Starlights keeper.

This was later followed by another point to leave the half time score at 0-6 to 1-2.

However, even a few changes by Liam O’Hagan had little effect as the Gaels continued to make unforced errors.

Poor passing, taking extra time on the ball and poor decision-making all contributed to the Gaels’ downfall.

Starlights with only 15 players to count on never lifted the pressure and with ten minutes left lead by only two points.

A great score by Jer McCarthy meant that there was only one point in it coming down the stretch.

However the forwards’ indecisiveness and tendency to overplay the ball prevented the Gaels from getting that crucial equaliser.

To their credit the Gael’s backline remained solid throughout the match with some great performances put in by Denis Crehan and James Galvin.

4 Comment(s)

  1. Whats the story with the kid on the goalpost!

    Pilot | Apr 13, 2010 @ 12:51 | Reply

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    Grounds Keeper | Apr 13, 2010 @ 13:30 | Reply

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