Tallaght-fornia Dreaming as Gaels Reach Final

Thomas Davis  2-6    Ranelagh Gaels 2-9

Ranelagh Gaels ladies have qualified for a second county final in twelve months after another courageous display in the wind and rain of Tallaght on Wednesday night.

They overcame Thomas Davis in their semi final encounter, producing a stirring comeback after the home side had dominated proceedings in the first half.

Once again the girls had to dig deep into their reserves of heart and commitment and they found plenty of it as they battled right to the end and came out deserving three point winners.


The home side were in control early on, winning everything in midfield and taking their scores well. The pressure on the Gaels goal was incessant with the ball coming back in as quick as it was being cleared.

Conditions were desperate throughout and the greasy astro surface was causing problems. Little breaks and bounces were going against the girls but they kept persevering in the belief that their ability would come through.

Thomas Davis made their dominance show on the scoreboard almost immediately with two goals but it could have been even more with the crossbar twice coming to the rescue, while netminder Maria O’Neill also pulled off a couple of smart saves.

The Gaels goal was leading a charmed life but with Alison and Lil in superb form they held firm and dragged their team up the field.

Ranelagh were struggling to win possession around the middle but when Aine Breathnach was brought back to a deeper role the game started to turn. She put in another towering display and with Aoife and Caoimhe doing the same in the half back line the comeback was put into action.

Fine scores from Ger Connolly and Edel O’Brien got the team off the mark and when Barbara finished emphatically to the net the gap was down to four points – all to play for at the break, 1-4 to 2-5.

The ante and work rate was upped in the second half with Laurene, Eimear and Edel Brennan all coming into the game.

Karen Coughlan and second half substitute Donna worked brilliantly from wing forward, supporting the full forward line while also picking up the all important breaking ball around the middle.

It was imperative that no more goals were conceded and with Claire Gleeson, Philomena and substitute Mags all marshalling the square the home side didn’t get a sniff; indeed just one point was conceded in the entire half.

The bit of luck that the girls’ efforts deserved came as the game entered the final quarter. Caoimhe’s punt towards goal caused confusion at the back with both full back and goalkeeper going for the ball – it ended up in the net and the sides were level.

The girls had victory in their sights now and pushed on until the end. Points from Edel, Aine and Ger sealed a great win and a spot in the Junior D Championship Final; full time score on the night was 2-9 to 2-6.

All eyes are now on back to back titles – never mind the Dubs, the sky blues of Ranelagh are on the march!

6 Comment(s)

  1. Well done last night ladies it was a super performance in such conditions and especially coming back from being 8 points down. Two finals in a row is a great achievement and I think you’ll be the first Gaels side to run onto Parnell Park.

    Ronan M | Sep 8, 2011 @ 14:22 | Reply

  2. Well done!! The photos are very good (and of course the match report)

    Conor | Sep 8, 2011 @ 14:32 | Reply

  3. here here ladies – great performance.
    doing the club proud!

    Cathal | Sep 8, 2011 @ 14:49 | Reply

  4. Why is there a picture of a Russian soldier in the match report.

    Stalin | Sep 8, 2011 @ 16:04 | Reply

  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygQvB6OjHOU

    Drago | Sep 8, 2011 @ 19:52 | Reply

  6. http://images.allmoviephoto.com/2008_Defiance/2008_defiance_010.jpg

    I’m not Russian I’m Belarussian

    Dimitri | Sep 8, 2011 @ 23:18 | Reply

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