Gaels Make Their Mark’s. Eventually

Ranelagh Gaels 1-10
St Mark’s 1-9

A brilliant third quarter performance was enough for Ranelagh Gaels to beat St Mark’s in Sunday’s exciting AFL Division 8 clash at McGee Park.

After a desperately disappointing first half the visitors clicked from the restart, coming from 0-4 to 0-1 down to lead by five points.

Conor Harnett got the goal that gave the Gaels the cushion they deserved following a blistering spell of football.

In the half Liam O’Hagan‘s team seemed stuck to the ground and the passing was poor, which allowed Mark’s to take command.

Conor Fingleton in goals made a smart stop and the home side had the ball in the net only to see it chalked off for square ball so Ranelagh were lucky not to be further behind.

But after the break the Gaels owned the ball and for long spells it hardly passed the half-way line.

Alan Toolan and John Lawrence drove forward from wing-back and Johnny Conlon did the bulk of the scoring, though this was a real team performance.

With nearly the last kick of the game Mark’s got a goal to reduce the gap to just a single point, but the Gaels deserved their win.

The next game is against the same opponents in the first round of the Junior C Championship at Bushy Park on April 22 and on the evidence of Sunday there won’t be much between the teams.

If Ranelagh could play like they did for most of the second half every day they’d be hard to beat in any game and more consistency is needed.

Shortly before the end at the weekend Conor Harnett (pictured below ) received a heavy knock in an accidental clash.

Luckily there were no broken bones and the injury-prone midfielder should be back in action soon.

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