Ranelagh Gaels – Dublin Junior D Champions!

Ranelagh Gaels beat Garristown by 2-9 to 1-10 to claim the Dublin Junior D Championship title at Lawless Park in Swords on Friday, August 30.

It was another brilliant performance by Shane Minihane’s fantastic team, who did themselves and their club proud to claim Ranelagh’s second ever women’s championship trophy nine years on from the first.

It has been an amazing 12 months for the club at adult level, following on from the lads’ 2018 Junior 2 Championship final win and our underage teams and academy continue to go from strength to strength.

Ranelagh played with a strong breeze in the first half and when a well-drilled Garristown side got two points just before the break to cut their deficit to just six points, 1-8 to 0-5, the Gaels were going to be faced with a tough task in the second half.

Things looked to be going from bad to worse when the team was reduced to 14 for ten minutes following a sin-binning and Garristown scored a penalty as part of a 1-2 blitz in five minutes.

But this team is made of tough stuff and they showed it coming down the stretch, Enya Mulcahy getting her second goal of the game as well as making a late goal-line block to ensure a thrilling two point win.

The attack took their chances when they came and the defence was rock-solid, with Emma Kiernan fantastic again at full-back while midfielder Edel Brennan, who was captain for the 2010 championship win, was immense.

Bronagh O’Donovan won a well-deserved player of the match award before captain fantastic Yvonne Twomey collected the cup.

Congratulations to everyone involved whether you played a big part or small – you all contributed to an amazing achievement.

There was a great turn-out of support from the club, particularly from our underage team and what they saw will help inspire them for the future.

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