It All Ends In ‘Teers Again

Ranelagh Gaels 0-12
Ballinteer St John’s 1-12

Ranelagh Gaels proved their own worst enemies again on Tuesday night with an agonising Murphy Cup defeat to Ballinteer St John’s.

This was a repeat of last year’s final, which the Gaels won in thrilling circumstances, so even though neither side had any chance of advancing in this season’s competition there was plenty of pride at stake.

The Gaels provided a heroic final 25 minutes to come from eleven points down and nearly draw the game.

Liam O’Hagan’s team deserved to get something out of it and with nearly the last kick of the game Johnny Conlon had a goal disallowed, with the referee ruling that Enda Marren took a free-kick too quickly during the build-up.

But the manner in which Ranelagh slumped to eleven points behind early in the second half is the cause for concern.

The visitors to Marlay Park were 1-8 to 0-2 down at the break and went further behind shortly after the change of ends.

The intensity the lads showed in the closing stages was to be admired, but needs to be seen more consistently.

This isn’t the first time that the Gaels have gone well behind this season before rallying. On other occasions big leads were stocked up and then opponents were allowed back into the game.

They showed that they are well able to live with the best teams at this level – and beat them, though lack of focus at times has cost the team results.

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