All Heart and Balls

Murphy Cup Final
Ranelagh Gaels 1-8
Ballinteer St Johns 1-7

They were the sentiments of Murphy Cup winning manager Liam O’Hagan in the aftermath of his Ranelagh Gaels side’s nail biting win in Glencullen on Sunday. The Gaels came out the better in a dogfight where work rate and honesty of effort won the day. 

It was a great end to a long, tough year for Ranelagh; training for almost 11 months solid the lads richly deserved their silverware after having had a great championship run and another encouraging finish in the league.

 
The Gaels started the brighter and with the wind at their backs got into an early four point lead, Conor Harnett and Johnny Conlon doing the damage. The gap was narrowed after a contentious Ballinteer goal; a square ball went unnoticed by the umpires and it undid a lot of the good early work from the men in blue.

Enda Marren kicked over a crucial score just before the half time whistle to nudge the Gaels further in front, 0-6 to 1-1 at the break.

The performance of the defensive unit has been one of the key reasons for Gaels success this year and they produced a master class in the second half yesterday. Against a stiffening breeze, the ball was rarely out of the Gaels half of the field but the defence stood firm. The full back line of James Galvin, Denis Crehan and Martin Egan were outstanding throughout.

Between the posts, Laois net minder Conor Fingleton pulled off two wonderful second half saves to keep the lead intact.

With the cup looking to be heading to D6, Ballinteer emptied their bench, bringing on their imposing cavalry and reeled off a couple of quick scores. With the clock hitting the 60 minute mark the sides were level and extra time looked to be on the cards.

The Gaels weren’t finished yet though and summoned up the courage and the energy to launch one last attack up field. Eamon Courtney managed to hold onto possession near the touchline and the ball was worked into the on-rushing Harnett and he showed composure in slotting over the winner.

It was another emotional day in the history of Ranelagh Gaels, Manager O’Hagan summed it up in his address to the players – “I’m so proud of you lads…we’re a group of brothers”.

And that was the story of the Miracle of Glencullen. Maith sibh lads.

Post Game Interviews
Liam O'Hagan on today's performance.
Enda and Alan after the game.
Enda and Alan Blooper.

14 Comment(s)

  1. Congratulations Lads! Sounds like it was a close enough match, well done on bringing back some Silverware.

    Maria | Nov 14, 2011 @ 15:37 | Reply

  2. Dat’s well written Cathal…..

    I’m looking forward to the open top bus later!

    Conor | Nov 14, 2011 @ 17:07 | Reply

  3. Wish I was there bhoys to witness history!!!!
    Enjoy the celebrations!!!

    Timmy | Nov 15, 2011 @ 00:51 | Reply

  4. any photos going up? a last sign off from you Murphy before your big travels!

    Player | Nov 15, 2011 @ 11:42 | Reply

  5. Well done lads, Conors ankle injury seems to have straightened up his shooting!

    Barry | Nov 15, 2011 @ 15:30 | Reply

  6. Player…
    photos and audio due from our website guru Murphy since yesterday!
    maybe he dropped his camera from the open top bus?!

    Cathal | Nov 15, 2011 @ 17:23 | Reply

  7. Well done lads – great result. Hope we’ll be bringing the cup with us on the 12 Pubs (just don’t let Jer look after it!).

    As for Conor kicking the winner… Speechless…

    Peter | Nov 16, 2011 @ 00:50 | Reply

  8. “We nearly bulled the cow a couple of times…”. Straight to #1 on the list of O’Hagans greatest quotes!

    JC | Nov 16, 2011 @ 01:57 | Reply

  9. Well done.

    Darren | Nov 16, 2011 @ 02:00 | Reply

  10. The website clock appears to be 2 hours fast, you already half way to Russia Murphy??

    JC | Nov 16, 2011 @ 02:03 | Reply

  11. Whats the story with Enda getting stuck into Gearoid in those pictures?!!

    S Gallagher | Nov 16, 2011 @ 15:48 | Reply

  12. @ S.Gallagher. Discussing Tactics and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ5kXIv1mTQ

    enda | Nov 16, 2011 @ 22:44 | Reply

  13. ben fatto ragazzi. have been following the progress from florence. cuore e coglioni!

    paolo mahoney | Nov 19, 2011 @ 16:01 | Reply

  14. @paolo mahoney +1

    Ronan M | Nov 20, 2011 @ 05:44 | Reply

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