Ranelagh Renaissance Delivers Crucial Victory

JD

Ranelagh Gaels  1-11  Kilmacud Crokes  1-9

Ranelagh Gaels secured a vital victory in AFL8 on Sunday morning with a two-point win over Kilmacud Crokes at Bushy Park.

The home side knew that only a win would suffice to keep their promotion hopes alive and despite trailing at half time, the team dug deep and delivered when it mattered.

It was score for score early on as both teams settled into the game from the off. Eamon Courtney’s pace was a nuisance for the Kilmacud defence while despite arriving just in time for the opening scene, John Canty was to the fore in the opening quarter.

The pendulum swung Crokes’ way midway through the half when they netted a goal that put them in the driving seat. They added some fine long range points before the short whistle and left the Gaels facing an uphill task; the half-time score read 0-5 to 1-6.

The message was positive however during the interval and the words of stand-in management team, Shane Minihane and Brian ‘Maughan’ Regan, sent the players out ready for action.

Straight from the whistle Niall and Emmet changed the script, totally dominating the midfield exchanges. Immediately the Gaels began to reduce the deficit with substitute Anthony Kelly bringing urgency and accuracy to the fray.

Approaching the final quarter a long range free was floated into the square by Johnny Conlon and with the visiting goalkeeper under pressure, the ball ended up in the net. Suddenly Ranelagh had a lead to defend and the full back line stood firm with immense displays from Conor Fingleton, John Daly and Martin Egan.

The men in blue saw the game out to record a two point win on a score of 1-11 to 1-9.

With a number of games yet to be played, the final standings in the table are not yet known but this win looks to have secured the Gaels their place in the promotion play-offs.

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