Ladies First Final Frontier

Ladies Junior E Championship Semi-final

Ranelagh Gaels 8-5
Ballyboughal 3-5

RANELAGH Gaels ladies footballers have made a championship final in just their first season in competitive action.

The team was only set up little more than 12 months ago and entered competition earlier this year, making their final appearance an incredible achievement.

On Wednesday night they travelled to Ballyboughal in North County Dublin and overcame a determined home team in the semi-final.

The scoreline may suggest an easy win, though in reality it was anything but with Bougal hammering on the door for long periods.

The Gaels, who were missing a number of familiar faces midweek, enjoyed a comfortable win over the same opponents during the league, but any complacency was blown away in the opening minutes.

In a frenetic first quarter the teams matched each other score-for-score, with a goal apiece for Ger and Babs keeping the tie level.

However, as the half progressed the Ranelagh defence began to show their class.

Their blockade and the efforts of Fiona and Aoife in midfield provided the platform for the forwards to shine.

Leading by example was Babs and her quick-fire 2-01 helped the Gaels into a lead which they never let slip.

Following on from Claire Reeve‘s goal, a delightful chip from thirty yards, further goals from Marie and Fiona and a point from Laoise left the Gaels with a 7-02 to 3-02 half-time lead.

While the first half was dominated by the scoring pyrotechnics from the visitors, the second thirty minutes was an altogether different affair.

Despite the best efforts of Ballyboughal to force themselves back into contention they were continually repelled by a powerful Ranelagh backline.

With Lil and Aioife dominating the central positions, and ably supported by Caoimhe, Mags, A.M., Kate and Sarah, the Gaels restricted their opponents to just three second half points.

In response, Babs, prior to her substitution for a well earned rest, hit a wonderful goal from distance. The Gaels scoring was completed with points by Laoise and Lil.

All thoughts now turn to the county final, with manager Ronan Murphy and his assistants Denis Doolan and Brian Regan facing many tough selection decisions as competition for places hots up.

8 Comment(s)

  1. Great win last night girls, at least there is a great possibility of some silverware in Ranelagh this year, now come in round me….

    Liam | Jul 29, 2010 @ 16:48 | Reply

  2. Well done last night ladies. Great result.. Murphy are you Posing for the camera …???

    Enda M | Jul 29, 2010 @ 17:51 | Reply

  3. Well done ladies Great Result.. some great snaps!!

    Enda | Jul 30, 2010 @ 00:13 | Reply

  4. Championship final looks like it might be at the end of August or start of September.

    Ronan Murphy | Jul 30, 2010 @ 16:13 | Reply

  5. Good work ladies, best of luck in the final!!!!!

    timmy | Aug 4, 2010 @ 05:14 | Reply

  6. FYI: Hopefully find out this Tuesday when the final is on.

    Ronan Murphy | Aug 13, 2010 @ 12:05 | Reply

  7. Congrats girls, great stuff, well done on reaching the final. C’mon de Gaels.

    Darren | Aug 15, 2010 @ 19:46 | Reply

  8. A big up to the gaels, well done to LAOISE and LIL, you are my Western heroines, keep it up, from your loyal fan base in NZ ;).

    Niall | Aug 30, 2010 @ 05:43 | Reply

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