Gaels Eye Last Four Berth

Monday:            Ranelagh Gaels 3-6        Clanna Gael 1-13
Wednesday:     Ranelagh Gaels 7-16      Clontarf 3-4

Ranelagh Gaels ladies rounded off a tough championship schedule this week with an emphatic display away to Clontarf to leave one them win away from a third successive semi-final.

With their Group 1 opener having been rescheduled after last week’s postponement the girls found themselves playing twice in three days but they produced fine displays on both occasions.

On Monday Clanna Gael visited Bushy Park and the Gaels started well with Ger Connolly and Edel O’Brien to the fore early on.

The management had asked for huge work rate and that’s exactly what they got with everyone on the field working tirelessly.

The defence was immense with Emma Kiernan the standout performer, producing a player of the match display.

The game was on a knife-edge in the closing stages and it was Clann who finished the stronger to edge in front in the dying minutes and they held on for a one-point victory.

That left Ranelagh facing a must-win tie in Clontarf on Wednesday night and they took to the field with real purpose and attacked the hosts right from the off.

Anna King and Eimear Power dominated around the middle third, winning any breaks that were going and feeding the inside forwards, who had certainly brought their shooting boots with them.

Edel Brennan and Barbara Whooley both helped themselves to hat tricks as the Gaels dismantled their opponents to put the disappointment of Monday behind them.

It now leaves a simple permutation for Ranelagh – a win next week against Kilmacud and they will qualify for the Championship semi-final. All roads lead to Bushy Park on Wednesday next.

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