Gaels Locked Out by Lucan

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Ranelagh Gaels  0-8    Lucan Sarsfields  2-15

Ranelagh Gaels fell at the first hurdle of the 2013 Championship on Sunday last, going down to a superior Lucan Sarsfields outfit at 12th Lock.

The sides had met in the league only a few weeks previously with Sarsfields securing the points in an impressive display. The Gaels knew they would have to up their performance considerably and this they did in a tight opening quarter.

Work rate is always a key factor in any Championship battle and the visitors showed plenty of this around the middle third with Donal Keane, Brian Regan and Johnny Conlon seeing the ball in the early exchanges.

 

Eamon Courtney was the danger man up front and he registered one audacious score in the second quarter, pulling on a loose ball to volley over the black spot.

The game turned on two crucial incidents in the lead up to the half time whistle.

Firstly Lucan finally broke the resistance they had faced from the Gaels defence, securing the game’s first goal. Then moments later Liam O’Hagan’s men suffered another blow with talisman Regan being carried off with a serious shoulder injury. That made a tough job even harder as they started the second half facing a six-point deficit, 1-7 to 0-4.

 

The Gaels kept fighting in the second period and made some inroads into the lead early in the half. Hard and direct running from the half forwards and midfielders brought some joy with Conlon tapping over a couple of frees.

Again though a goal would be the Gaels’ undoing and with a second green flag raised for the hosts it was game, set and match.

The game inevitably petered out after that with Lucan deserving victors at the final whistle on a score line of 2-15 to 0-8.

It was a disappointing defeat for Ranelagh but the quality for the opposition cannot be questioned. The Gaels go back to their league campaign on June 30th well in the mix for a promotion bid.

1 Comment(s)

  1. I wish I’d never taken that photo of Kelly now, it’s seems to be used every time we lose a championship match!

    Ronan M | Jul 5, 2013 @ 04:38 | Reply

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