Gaels Go Marching On…

Bláithín starts an attack

 

Ranelagh Gaels  6-11     St Finian’s Newcastle  2-10

Ranelagh Gaels stormed into the Junior D Championship semi-finals with an emphatic victory over St Finian’s of Newcastle last night, ensuring top spot in Group 2 in the process.

Confidence was high after last week’s second half display against Ballyboughal and the girls took up from where they left off to dominate first half proceedings and play their best football of the year to date.

Edel O’Brien and Aine Breathnach did the damage early on as the Gaels raced into an early lead. They wouldn’t relinquish that lead throughout the entire game and with Elaine Buckley punishing any Finians indiscretions from placed balls the team were in complete control.

Brid & Nicola

Breathnach put in a stunning scoring display, finishing the game with four goals to her name while her ciotog partner in crime O’Brien notched 1-4.

At half time the visitors were 4-7 to 0-2 to the good and all but assured of clinching the summit position in the group.

Finians to their credit rallied after the break and took some fine scores, scoring a total of 2-8 in the second period.

Emma on the burst

By and large though the Ranelagh defence stood firm with Emma Kiernan again impressing while in front of her Bláithín Brady and Aoife Long snuffed out numerous attacks.

On the flanks, both Nicola Hoey and Mary Connolly put in huge shifts of work while substitutes Sharon Ní Geidí and Philomena McShane both got their names on the scoresheet as the game entered the final straight. As the whistle went the final score read 6-11 to 2-10 in favour of the Gaels.

Management looking on...

The team now moves into knockout Championship football with their last-four encounter likely to be played next Wednesday night.

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