Well Whooley God!

Ranelagh Gaels 2-9
Scoil Ui Chonaill 2-7

RANELAGH Gaels ladies footballers won the first championship title in the club’s short history in spectacular fashion on Wednesday night.

The Gaels came from five points down in the second half of the Junior E final to hold on for a brilliant two-point win against Scoil Ui Chonaill under lights at St Margaret’s.

Ranelagh had lost twice to Scoil this year in their previous meetings in league and cup competitions so this made the victory all the sweeter.

Brilliant full forward Barbara Whooley, who scored an impressive 1-6 from play in a player of the match display, led the charge after the break.

She took a great goal on the turn to level the game and almost straight away Laoise added the second from long range.

The play had to be stopped for nearly ten minutes while Kate was treated for an injury and eventually a substitution had to be made so everyone at the club wishes Kate a speedy recovery.

This meant that there was plenty of nail-biting injury time to be played by referee Angela Gallagher, with the Gaels holding on to a two-point lead thanks to some brilliant defending and last-ditch tackling.

Ranelagh hearts missed a beat just before the end when Eimer O’Connell, one of Scoil’s best players, blasted a shot at the target but it cannoned back off the crossbar and the ball was cleared to safety.

The Gaels were the better team throughout, but for the first three quarters they struggled to convert their dominance into scores on the board.

They trailed by three after a first half when the defence was immense, led by Lil at centre back. Goalkeeper Jean also made a few smart stops.

The management team of Ronan Murphy, Denis Doolan and Brian Regan were sharp on the line and their decision to play an extra defender against the breeze proved a masterstroke.

When Scoil’s Aifric Ni Neachtain scored a goal shortly after the restart things looked bad for the Gaels, but they never lost their focus and fought their way back into the game.

This is only the team’s first year in competitive action so massive praise must go to all the players who have featured during the campaign for their hard work and dedication.

Credit must also go to the Dublin Ladies Football County Board for the professional organisation of the final. The pitch was in excellent condition and there were linesmen and umpires on duty.

The cup was handed over the victorious captain Emer afterwards and there will be a special medals presentation organised by the club at a later date.

14 Comment(s)

  1. Well done to everyone – great preformance, great result. I hope you all got to work alright on Thursday morning!

    Peter | Sep 9, 2010 @ 00:46 | Reply

  2. Well done ladies, great achievement!! Hope you all celebrated in style!

    Síle | Sep 9, 2010 @ 02:14 | Reply

  3. Well done ladies, the lads are under pressure now to win champo next year!

    Conor | Sep 9, 2010 @ 10:28 | Reply

  4. Well done girls – great comeback! Face swollen, not too bad but wont be going out in public for a day or too – thanks to all, ref included for care after “the incident”. Special thanks to Enda for driving me all over Dublin to get glued back together!

    Kate | Sep 9, 2010 @ 11:03 | Reply

  5. Great stuff ladies – a great achievement.

    Tadhg | Sep 9, 2010 @ 11:09 | Reply

  6. It was a pleaseure to cover this game for photography. The expressions on the players & Mangers faces was priceless at the end of the game. The remaining photos will be posted later on my website. All the best.

    GAApics.com | Sep 9, 2010 @ 13:08 | Reply

  7. Great win girls. Everyone played brilliantly!

    Thanks for the huge effort put in by everyone both this year and last. Thanks also for the great support last night from all those who made the trip. It was great to see.

    Brian | Sep 9, 2010 @ 14:37 | Reply

  8. Fair play girls – well deserved, fantastic performance by all. Go’on the Gaels!!!

    Cathal | Sep 9, 2010 @ 14:53 | Reply

  9. Oh my God WELL DONE girls.. So delighted for ye all!!! Such a great achievement… Hope ye celebrate for weeks 😉

    Shauna | Sep 9, 2010 @ 16:51 | Reply

  10. Girls, you played great, well done to you and your manager!! Im sure you made him proud!!

    Emer | Sep 9, 2010 @ 17:56 | Reply

  11. Re-live it in pictures… http://gaapics.zenfolio.com/p840539382#h973a41a

    JC | Sep 9, 2010 @ 18:42 | Reply

  12. Well done girls, done the Gaels proud. Well thats the Clubs first silverwear in the bag, onwards and upwards.

    Congrats.

    Darren | Sep 10, 2010 @ 12:44 | Reply

  13. If there is no other Junior E Championship Winners in the country I think we’re not only Leinster Championship Winners but more importantly Al-Ireland Junior E Championship Winners. I’ll contact the Ladies Board to pass on the medals.

    Thanks to everyone who made the mad journey up to watch the game. It was a great night for sport.

    Ronan Murphy | Sep 11, 2010 @ 13:24 | Reply

  14. Who ever said joint managers didn’t work in the G.A.A.

    Darren | Sep 11, 2010 @ 14:45 | Reply

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