Lucan Good for Gaels in Cup

Ranelagh Gaels 1-11
Lucan Sarsfields 0-10

Ranelagh Gaels fought their way to a great Murphy Cup win over Lucan Sarsfields on Sunday.

The Gaels were behind for much of the second half, but a gritty final quarter saw them through to a well-deserved four-point victory at Griffith Park.

The result means Ranelagh are unbeaten in six competitive games this season and sees them through to the Cup semi-final with one group game still to play.

Once again Liam O’Hagan’s side got off to a great start and Jer McCarthy’s early goal gave them a comfortable cushion despite playing into the breeze.

Domestic bliss in Blackrock was assured when McCarthy palmed cleverly to the net following midfielder Conor Harnett’s clever through ball.

However, Lucan came into the game after this and they went in at the break leading by 0-8 to 1-3.

They kept their noses in front after the break and even though the Gaels had plenty of the ball they didn’t often take the right options.

Liam made a few canny switches from the sideline, with Paudie Sugrue coming in to pick off some vital scores.

Johnny Conlon’s points got the visitors back on terms and his incredible assist for Eamonn Courtney helped to push them back in front near the end. Barry O’Brien also clipped over some neat scores off his left.

Once again this was a win built on rock-solid defending with the Denis Doolan and Denis Crehan breaking up attack after attack. There was also a good showing from new-comer JH Carty.

There’s no break for the lads with games coming thick and fast in the coming weeks. Next Sunday Ranelagh are back at home in Bushy Park, where the visitors will be Erin Go Breagh in Dublin AFL Division 8.

10 Comment(s)

  1. Six from six with with the headline puns Peter.

    John P | Apr 3, 2011 @ 21:58 | Reply

  2. Thick and fast as right…

    AFL8 – Ranelagh Gaels – Erin Go Bragh – Bushy Park – 10/04/2011 – 11:00

    Murphy Cup – Ranelagh Gaels – Kilmacud Crokes – Bushy Park – 17/04/2011 – 15:00

    Johnny | Apr 4, 2011 @ 10:29 | Reply

  3. Anyone know why Naughton wasn’t at the match yesterday…a lot of unsubstantiated rumours flying around!!!?

    Naughton? | Apr 4, 2011 @ 10:50 | Reply

  4. I beleive he was courting an american lady on saturday night…….tut tut

    Conor | Apr 4, 2011 @ 12:11 | Reply

  5. @John P

    I can’t play football particularly well, but I can write a pun. Boom, boom!

    PRO | Apr 4, 2011 @ 12:19 | Reply

  6. I didn’t realise there was another Naughton on the squad! I was at a wedding, not as good an excuse as a 21st but there you go.Courting! I remember my grandparents used to say that.

    Supporter | Apr 4, 2011 @ 13:34 | Reply

  7. @Supporter

    We’re all going to assume that you’re the real Ian Naughton and believe your alibi. Although Conor’s excuse does fall short.

    But just one more question. Who’s this American you’re seeing and will the pair of you welcome Obama at the airport?

    Columbo | Apr 4, 2011 @ 14:23 | Reply

  8. I must thank Peter, our new medical officer who had to come on the pitch several times yesterday – for me!!

    Conor | Apr 4, 2011 @ 15:43 | Reply

  9. No hassle Conor. Though I must say none of the other lads on the line were mad keen on grabbing the magic water and running in.

    Peter | Apr 4, 2011 @ 15:52 | Reply

  10. Well done, lads!

    Big Pat | Apr 5, 2011 @ 17:04 | Reply

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