Results ‘Boden Well for Gaels

Ranelagh Gaels 1-15
Ballyboden St Enda’s 1-2

Ranelagh Gaels delivered an assured performance to take both points from Sunday’s AFL Division 8 contest with Ballyboden St Enda’s at Bushy Park.

The Gaels beat ‘Boden earlier in the season in the Murphy Cup, but had lost to the Firhouse Road outfit in recent seasons in the Legaue.

So this is a big result for Ranelagh and keeps them in contention at the right end of the table.

Half a dozen players who have been regulars this season were out of the weekend’s game so manager Liam O’Hagan tested the depth of his panel.

And it passed with a convincing win over a team that finished with 14 men after one of their players was shown a red card for throwing the ball at the referee with 15 minutes left.

The Gaels should have known it was going to be a good day when the club’s official photographer Ronan Murphy lost his wallet in the village and it was luckily picked up by Conor Fingleton a while later as he made his way to the match.

Fingers is back in town after spending a few months on the snowy slopes of Andorra and he went straight into the team in goals because The Doc, who in turn was standing in for Bunny, was unavailable.

Conor did well and he made one vital stop near the end of the first half when there was only a single point in it. The home side went in leading at the break 0-6 to 1-2.

But Ranelagh were playing with a strong breeze in the second half and they made it count, piling on 1-9 and holding their opponents scoreless for the entire half hour.

Timmy Cronin got things underway with a goal early after the restart and he swears that he meant to chip the towering Ballyboden keeper and he wasn’t going for a point.

Before the end Conor Harnett got the point his efforts in the middle of the field deserved after a few narrow misses as the Gaels cruised to a comfortable 13-point win.

The next game is on Tuesday, May 17 against high-flying Ballinteer St John’s with another match the following Sunday and the aim is to finish a busy month unbeaten.

2 Comment(s)

  1. G’wan Donegal on sunday!

    Jim | May 14, 2011 @ 11:24 | Reply

  2. Watcha bleeding talkin bout Jim? Antrim all the way!

    Baker | May 15, 2011 @ 02:43 | Reply

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