Gaels Come Up Short in Season Opener

Ballyboden St Endas 2-10
Ranelagh Gaels 3-5

Ranelagh Gaels got their 2012 campaign underway in Ballycullen on Sunday afternoon against Ballyboden St Endas but came up short as the hosts emerged as two point winners.

The Gaels were eager to get into the action after the postponement of their opening fixture last weekend; their opponents on the other hand started with a victory in their seasonal debut and looked the less rusty of the two sides throughout.

It was typical early season fare in the first half with mistakes aplenty but Liam O’Hagan’s charges managed to put some decent patterns of play together and stayed within touching distance of the hosts. Enda Marren and Cathal MacSuibhne ran from the flanks while centre field pairing of Conor Harnett and Gordon Naughton made some piercing forays through the centre.

The home side were given plenty of scoring opportunities from placed balls early on and in taking most of them went into a four point lead.

Ranelagh fought back with both midfielders getting on the score sheet, adding to MacSuibhne’s early effort, to put the teams level but further Boden frees at the other end put them in charge. The upright denied the Gaels a chance to restore parity but a fine score from Jer McCarthy left only a two point deficit between them at half time.

Scores were at a premium in the second half as the Gaels backline got to grips with the hosts forward unit. Newcomer John Canty put in a solid display at corner back while seasoned campaigners Denis Doolan and Ian Naughton drove the team forward from the half back line.

Full forward Paudie Sugrue won some excellent ball as the Gaels tried to get back into the game but some poor finishing and decision making cost them in the end and Ballyboden held onto their two point lead to secure their second win in the Murphy Cup.

The bread and butter of league football starts next week for the Gaels with a local derby against Portobello fixed for Sunday morning.

3 Comment(s)

  1. It was great to see the new players gel so well yesterday.

    A well written report Cathal.

    Conor | Feb 20, 2012 @ 09:37 | Reply

  2. I heard Ian was up trying to get on the scoresheet again!

    Worried Rossie | Feb 20, 2012 @ 11:12 | Reply

  3. Sincerely loving the gloves Jer. The Hobo look will never get old.

    Peter | Feb 20, 2012 @ 18:10 | Reply

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