Towering Performance Just Enough For Gaels

Ranelagh Gaels 0-20
Round Tower (C) 3-9
(After extra-time)

Ranelagh Gaels came out on top after 80 epic minutes of football in the first round of the Junior C Championship on Thursday night.

The Gaels didn’t always make it easy on themselves against Round Towers in Clondalkin, but in the end they did just about enough.

The visitors were ahead by two points – always a dangerous lead in Gaelic football – with injury-time ticking down at the end of the the hour.

Disaster struck when the defence failed to clear a menacing ball in and Towers pinched a late goal that looked to have won it.

Ranelagh showed incredible fight to get back up the field and work a free, which Johnny Conlon popped over coolly with the last kick to force an extra ten minutes either way.

The home side got another soft goal in the first period of extra-time and again the Gaels showed their heart to battle their way back into the game.

Manager Liam O’Hagan had to use his bench as players were drained from the effort and several of them went down with cramp.

During his team talk before the start of extra-time he said he was ‘looking for warriors’ and that’s exactly what he saw on the field in the 20 additional minutes.

It would be unfair to single out any players for praise after this performance as everyone who featured contributed to what was a great win.

“I’m very proud of the way we played out there. Very proud,” said Liam.

“At times we were like Santy Claus the way we gave away the ball, but the lads just kept fighting.”

It was an even more remarkable display considering the amount of first-team regulars who were out of action.

The Gaels trailled by 1-5 to 0-5 at half-time after Towers converted an early penalty.

The Clondalkin side could have been out of sight by the end, but poor shooting in front of goals meant the teams were tied at 0-13 to 2-7 after the regulation 60 minutes.

Attention now turns to a vital Division 8 league tie against Kilmacud Crokes on Sunday and then the second team are in action in a rescheduled Junior D Championship game against Robert Emmets at Bushy Park on Tuesday night.

3 Comment(s)

  1. Several players went down with cramp. I only saw one player go down who had come off the bench!!

    Ian | Jun 17, 2011 @ 09:27 | Reply

  2. Quality not quantity!

    The Pupper Master | Jun 17, 2011 @ 14:37 | Reply

  3. you would be better off pulling strings

    Ian | Jun 17, 2011 @ 15:22 | Reply

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