Gaels Go In For The Kil’

Ranelagh Gaels 2-11
Kilmacud Crokes 0-6

Ranelagh Gaels got back to basics to beat Kilmacud Crokes at Bushy Park in the Murphy Cup on Sunday.

There was some tough talking done at training during the week following the last minute defeat to Erin Go Bragh in AFL Division 8 the previous weekend.

And manager Liam O’Hagan will have been delighted with the attitude of his players as they put in a solid 60 minutes to top the group.

Against Erin Go Bragh, Ranelagh got off to a sloppy start and struggled to recover.

But on Sunday every player burst out of the blocks and made sure that they won their individual battle, which is the foundation to any win in Gaelic football.

With passage through to the Murphy Cup knockout stages already assured before last Sunday’s game Liam took the chance to try out a few things on the field.

Some new faces got games while others were given the chance to impress in new positions.

Captain Brian Regan is usually a midfielder, but he started at full forward and got the first goal of the game to help the home side into a 1-8 to 0-3 half-time lead.

It was driven home during the break that Ranelagh weren’t to take their foot off the pedal in the second half and the message was taken to heart as they continued to dominate.

Paudie Sugrue got the second goal to wrap up the game and ensure that the Gaels made it seven wins from eight this season.

The defence was once again excellent, with Declan Beirne, Martin Egan and Thomas Cusack rock solid across the fullback line.

Paudie worked hard in the middle of the field while Enda Marren, James Galvin, Timmy Cronin and Alan Toolan all got through loads of work between the two forties.

Crokes kept battling away throughout and they were unlucky not to have been closer at the end, having hit the crossbar in the first half.

Some Interviews during today’s game. Click on the play button to listen.
Denis Doolan & the benefit of a beard.
Caoimhe on Brian's wonder goal.
Brian on his goal and his short Mayo career.
Eamon Courtney on the Gaels greatest goalkeepers.
A roundup from Ronan Rasdale.

11 Comment(s)

  1. Tadgh came home and told me he got six points after he was brought on in the second half.

    Why didn’t he get a mention in the report?

    Caroline | Apr 17, 2011 @ 19:55 | Reply

  2. @Caroline

    You should be asking him that!

    Umpire | Apr 17, 2011 @ 19:58 | Reply

  3. Very unlucky with the free – I’ll get d next one.
    I managed one assist. Doc would have been proud.

    Tadhg | Apr 17, 2011 @ 20:12 | Reply

  4. @Brian Regan – my lawyers will be in touch about those scurrilous remarks regarding alleged pint drinking at GAA Annual Congress at the weekend! I was at no such thing. I was too busy being inspired by Christy Cooney’s marvelous oration.

    Peter | Apr 17, 2011 @ 21:11 | Reply

  5. I have to note that on my interview with Eamon about Ranelagh Gael goalkeepers I forgot the time I spent between the posts myself. Especially the time that Rouse played corner back. He was like Fabien Barthez that day too.

    Ronan | Apr 17, 2011 @ 23:38 | Reply

  6. The facial expressions by Tadgh and Ian are brilliant!

    Ian – did you see something inspirational because you definitely weren’t looking at the ball…..

    Tadgh – seriously is that look supposed to “put the fear of God” into your man?

    Conor | Apr 18, 2011 @ 12:40 | Reply

  7. looks like its more to do with where your man’s hand was on Ian….

    Cathal | Apr 18, 2011 @ 13:45 | Reply

  8. I was looking at your man free & then I saw you on the bench so I just started laughing.

    Ian | Apr 18, 2011 @ 13:46 | Reply

  9. ha very good, even though i wasnt there…

    maybe you spotted young kelly on the edge of the square

    Cathal | Apr 18, 2011 @ 15:57 | Reply

  10. Sorry Cathal, that was actually directed at Conor’s initial dig!

    Ian | Apr 18, 2011 @ 16:51 | Reply

  11. Conor you have still failed to mention about how Rasdale’s kicking was fantastic and that you certainly can handle it when it’s put “down your f’n troat”

    Soundbite | Apr 19, 2011 @ 10:41 | Reply

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