Gaels Are Clan The Way Again

Ranelagh Gaels 2-12
Clan na Gael 1-6

Ranelagh Gaels overcame a brief second-half wobble to take both points from Ringsend in Tuesday night’s AFL Division 8 clash with Clan na Gael.

The Gaels went in leading at the break by 1-6 to 0-3, but in he third quarter the visitors failed to drive home their advantage.

Clan netted a goal to get themselves back into the game and they tacked on a couple of points. From here it looked as though the teams were set a tight and tense finish.

But Ranelagh found their shape again and in the final 15 minutes they reasserted their dominance to run out comfortable winners.

The Gaels put together some decent passages of play in the first half of what turned out to be a bruising encounter, but putting the ball over the bar was at times a problem.

The forwards started to get into gear, with the quality of ball out of defence also improving, and after Johnny Conlon’s goal there only looked likely to be one winner.

After the break the team lost its shape, with players following the ball and despite having 12 men in their own half they conceded a goal not long after the change of ends.

Barry O’Brien got things back on track with the second goal and he added a point shortly after, though the sole fell off his boots as he shot.

He had to borrow a size eleven from John Lawrence so the Donegal man finished the game with one red boot and one black boot in pure Junior C style.

There were excellent performances from Enda Marren, Brian Regan, and Timmy Cronin.

Conor Fingleton turned up on his bike shortly after throw-in having cycled all of the way (well, some of the way) from his winter base in Andorra.

At the start of the season Fingers had been earmarked as a possible replacement for injured goalkeeper Bunny and current net-minder Doc is keen to get back to playing outfield again.

But the Waterford man has played so well between the posts in recent games it may be hard to dislodge him from the number one jersey.

9 Comment(s)

  1. Is Barry O’Brien a trend setter? Wearing one puma king and adidas predator!?

    Kitbag | May 4, 2011 @ 11:29 | Reply

  2. Your man with the two coloured boots was setting trends alright. But Best Dressed on the night goes to that stylish umpire.

    Paul Galvin | May 4, 2011 @ 12:04 | Reply

  3. Think the opposition might have been beardists,heard the Ranelagh no.6 being referred to as a ‘F*cking hippy’!

    Beard Liberation Front | May 4, 2011 @ 15:48 | Reply

  4. I have to say that I didn’t hear that comment, but the Clan man obviously knew what he was on about.

    Have you met Denis Doolan, BLF? He’s a beardy and yellow cardie, sandal-wearing, eternal student type. Typical hippy. Offaly’s full of them and I hear it’s jeopardising Obama’s visit there later this month…

    PRO | May 4, 2011 @ 15:54 | Reply

  5. one puma king and adidas predator!?

    More like Goal Predator !

    Barry | May 4, 2011 @ 22:02 | Reply

  6. Currently scouting for a replacement netminder for Edwin Van der Sar, will Doc be in goals on Sunday?

    Sir Alex Ferguson | May 5, 2011 @ 19:23 | Reply

  7. Dear Alex,

    Thank you for your interest in the doc. His versitility and knowledge of the game would indeed be an asset and I think he could even give you a few pointers. Unfortunatley he is too valuable an asset to let go. As for the George Best look alike at No 6 “forget it”!!

    Liamo | May 5, 2011 @ 23:07 | Reply

  8. Any chance i’d get to see Ronan Rasdales kickouts. I have been hearing wonders about them.

    Scout | May 6, 2011 @ 00:41 | Reply

  9. Any match report from the Daily Star on last weekends events???

    Fan | May 11, 2011 @ 09:39 | Reply

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