Death ‘Nells for Gaels’ Season

Ranelagh Gaels 2-5
Parnells 2-9

RANELAGH Gaels’ brilliant run in the Junior C Championship came to an end at the semi-final stage on Sunday.

Having beaten teams ranked far higher than them in earlier rounds, most notably Naomh Fionnbarra in the quarter-finals, the Gaels finally came undone against an excellent Parnells side in Balgriffin.

Ranelagh came back from the dead to lead at the three-quarter hour mark, but ‘Nells showed real class and composure to pull away to a deserved five-point victory.

Liam O’Hagan’s side struggled to get their hands on the ball around the middle of the field, with their opponents winning clean possession from kick-outs and they were very snappy onto the breaks throughout.

This saw Parnells leading 1-4 to 0-1 coming towards half-time, but Ranelagh have shown incredible heart all year.

They displayed their courage again with two points before the break cutting the deficit and then two goals following the restart cracked this game wide open.

Enda Marren got the first and then Paidi Sugrue fisted home from a Gearoid O’Flynn prompt to put the Gaels one up, 2-3 to 1-5.

But this is when Parnells came into their own and they pushed their way back in front. The Gaels had a few more chances before the end, but the best team certainly won.

It has been another season of progress for Ranelagh Gaels on the field.

The second team made it to the second round of the Junior D Championship, the firsts were in the C semi-final and only just missed out on promotion from Division 8.

And there is still a chance to get some silverware before the end of the year with a Murphy Cup final against Ballinteer St John’s to come.

That game has yet to be fixed, but is expected in the next few weeks – so keep an eye on the website for updates.

4 Comment(s)

  1. Disappointing stuff lads, beaten by a better side no doubt about it. It has to be noted Enda’s goal was quality. Best of luck in the Murphy Cup.

    Ronan M | Oct 20, 2011 @ 11:36 | Reply

  2. Murphy Cup is what it’s all about! Let’s have it!!

    Hugh Wha? | Oct 20, 2011 @ 23:54 | Reply

  3. Sweeney’s a traitor. The best team obviously lost.

    Tough result, guys. Best of luck in the Murphy Cup.

    Big Pat | Oct 27, 2011 @ 16:55 | Reply

  4. Glad to see that never say die attitude is still alive and well in the Ranelagh Gaels family. Best of luck in the Murphy Cup lads!

    Timmy C | Oct 27, 2011 @ 17:09 | Reply

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