No Walk In The Park For Gaels

Clontarf 2-10 Ranelagh Gaels 0-10

Ranelagh Gaels bowed out of the Junior C Championship after a fiercely contested game with Clontarf at St Anne’s Park on Sunday.

The two Division 8 sides served up a game full of the usual ingredients we expect from Championship-fare with hits, scores and tension aplenty.

The home side got off to a great start, scoring a classy point straight from the throw in. That was followed soon after by a goal which saw them race into a 4-point lead.

To their credit Ranelagh fought back and fashioned some wonderful scores from Tim and Conor, with the midfielder adding another soon after. Jer at corner forward was showing well, winning ball in front of his man throughout. He won some precious frees which Alan Kelly converted to tie up the game.

At the other end of the field James Galvin was putting in an immense display at corner-back, the highlight an unbelievable goal-line clearance late in the half.

Clontarf were on top overall though and the backs were being severely tested. They tagged on the last two scores of the half to leave it 1-6 to 0-7 in favour of the hosts at the break.

The Gaels dominated the third quarter, and looked to have the upper hand but were unable to reflect this on the scoreboard. Alan and Barry in the half forward line drove forward, with the latter being singled as the Ranelagh danger man and receiving particular attention from the opposing defence.

Despite the pressure the Gaels exerted it was Clontarf who registered the next two points. A goal soon after, the second from their target man full forward, all but ended the contest. They picked off another few scores to leave two clear goals between the sides at the end, 2-10 to 0-10

A disappointing day for Ranelagh, who had hoped to playing Championship football well into the Summer. They must now concentrate on the league; among their opponents later in the year will be yesterday’s victors.

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