Gaels Sail Through Port In D6 Derby

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Ranelagh Gaels  2-12     Portobello  0-12

Ranelagh Gaels came out on top in Sunday’s D6 Clasico thanks to a brace of goals from Captain Johnny Conlon.

The two goals separated the sides at the final whistle and gave the Gaels a valuable two points from the short trip across Belgrave Square.

The referee unveiled the full array of his card stash over the course of the game – yellow, red and black were all waved in the gloomy South Dublin sky during the hour.

Ranelagh’s Ger Conlon received an early black card, bringing his game to a finish; the same fate fell upon Portobello in the closing stages of the half but this time the colour was red and the Gaels finished the half a man up as well as being in front on the scoreboard.

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The lead was the result of early scores from Enda Murtagh and Anthony Kelly before Sligo’s Conlon produced an improvised finish to prod the ball into the home net.

The Connacht contingent were the backbone of a strong team performance with Eamon Courtney’s running game, allied to the tough tackling of the Naughton brothers, Niall and Ian, swinging the pendulum in Ranelagh’s favour.

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Another major in the second half gave the visitors a lead to protect and with a spare man to utilise they closed up the space in front of goalkeeper Fergal Condron and saw the game out relatively comfortably; the sole nervous moment a stoppage time penalty struck against the upright.

Next up for Ranelagh is a match against table-toppers Wild Geese at Bushy Park on Tuesday.

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