Brave Gaels Ladies Team Beaten in Final

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Ranelagh Gaels ladies football team didn’t go down without a fight in last Friday night’s Tesco Homegrown Dublin Junior D Championship final.

It was a disappointing end to what was a fantastic Championship campaign for the team, falling at the final hurdle after impressive wins against Ballyboughal, St Finians and James Gaels.

Crumlin eventually came out on top and were deserving winners, but the Gaels made them work very hard for victory.

The team started the better on the night and only a goal scored from the penalty spot for Crumlin kept them within touching distance as they found it difficult to break down Ranelagh’s defence.

At the other end scores started to come in the closing stages of the half with Brid Firtear driving through the middle to fire over a super point.

It got even better moments later when the excellent Elaine Buckley found the net to give the Gaels a two-point half-time lead and it was thoroughly deserved.

The second half started well again, this time sharp-shooter Edel O’Brien raising a green flag to stretch the lead further.

Behind the forwards there were brilliant displays around the middle third from Edel Brennan, Corra Travers and Aoife Long.

Crumlin didn’t panic though and with a strong bench they made the right changes and began to pummel the Ranelagh goalmouth. The fantastic Louise Connolly and her defensive colleagues did everything to repel attack after attack but eventually some sucker-punch goals proved the difference between the sides.

Crumlin have now secured back-to-back Championship titles and were well worth their victory on the night.

For Ranelagh it was hard to take but after working so hard all year they can be very proud of their efforts. There’s always next year…

The match was part of a double-header with the Junior C final at St Finian’s of Newcastle.

It was extremely well-organised and Ranelagh Gaels would like to thank the Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football County Board for making sure that the whole event ran so smoothly.

Thanks also to everyone who turned up to loudly cheer on the team – your support is, as always, appreciated.

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