Gaels Brew Up A Storm With Vital Win

Ranelagh Gaels 3-9
Clontarf 0-8

Ranelagh Gaels produced a storming first half display, mirroring the inclement weather, to claim two precious league points against Clontarf and respond positively to their defeat earlier in the week.

As the teams arrived at Bushy Park they were treated to sunshine and showers, gusts and gales and how each adapted to the elements was sure to have a big bearing on the outcome.

The home side opted to play against the wind in the first half and it proved a good decision. The half backs and midfield worked hard in carrying the ball and building from deep while those at the other end were causing trouble running at the Clontarf defence, resulting in free taking opportunities for Johnny Conlon.

Conlon’s dead ball exploits were as reliable as ever and he notched the opening few scores of the game, including a few frees from tricky positions. Eamon Courtney, back after missing the last few couple of matches through injury, repeated the trick with a terrific score from play from an acute angle.

Conlon then notched a brace of goals, the second a penalty, and these were sandwiched either side of a goal from half-forward Cathal MacSuibhne, who also won the penalty in a busy display. This period saw the Gaels turn the screw and put clear daylight between the sides, leaving the half-time score at 3-6 to 0-5.

As the visitors had done in the opening period, the Gaels didn’t utilise the wind to their advantage and the second half turned into a scrappy affair. The north-siders had several opportunities but found kicking into the wind difficult at times. The full back line stood firm, with corner backs JH Carty and John Lawrence impressing throughout, as they limited the goal chances that Clontarf desperately sought. The one time they did get through, net minder Ronan Rasdale was equal to the task with a fine save low to his right.

Both teams managed just 0-3 each in the second half and the game petered out into another comfortable win at Bushy Park. The team have collected six out of eight in this pivotal phase of the season and another vital match awaits in AFL Division 8 against Park Rangers.

4 Comment(s)

  1. No better man that Cathal to be talking up his own goals. I’m only surprised that he didn’t wax lyrical about his heroic penalty win!

    The Watcher | May 24, 2011 @ 14:54 | Reply

  2. I think the free win earlier in the game would have pleased the judges more for aesthetic simulation, I learned from the best Watcher….

    Cathal | May 24, 2011 @ 15:44 | Reply

  3. Any truth that Pedro Peter Sweeney has been offered contracts by 12 Spanish League clubs for his constant and beautiful diving?

    The Spanish FA | May 24, 2011 @ 19:25 | Reply

  4. @Espanish FA

    Big money deal imminent…

    PRO | May 24, 2011 @ 21:21 | Reply

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