Ranelagh Gaels 2-7 Round Towers Clondalkin 1-7
Ranelagh Gaels got their season off to a winning start with a hard fought Murphy Cup victory against Round Towers Clondalkin at Sunday lunchtime.
With last week’s season opener falling foul of the weather this was the Gaels’ first taste of competitive action and there were some cobwebs to blow off in the first half.
A goal late in the opening period from Enda Marren kept the visitors within striking distance, Towers leading 0-7 to 1-0 at the break.
The Gaels upped the ante in the second half with Brian Regan taking a well-earned break from feeding and changing to dominate the middle of the field.
His midfield partner Conor Harnett grew into the game and capped his performance with his side’s second goal, putting some daylight between the sides.
There were encouraging displays all over the field with veteran Denis Doolan rolling back the years to give a stirring performance at centre back.
The defensive unit overall did a fantastic job after the change of ends with the home side registering just one score in the entire half, raising a green flag as the game entered the final quarter. They would have got a second but for a crucial save late on from net minder Fergal Condron in the Gaels goal.
Ranelagh saw the game out after that and recorded a 3-point win, 2-7 to 1-7.
The league campaign gets underway next week with a local derby against Portobello.