Senior - Match Reports 2011
By Jason O'Connor at Beaufort
Wednesday January 18 2012
FOR a trophy that looked like it would never go beyond Killorglin for much of its recent history, the Michael O'Connor Cup will reside in another parish it has not seen in a long time as Glenbeigh/Glencar followed Milltown/Castlemaine and Keel in ending their own long wait for a Mid Kerry Senior title after 36 years.
The outcome was in the balance, however, right until the closing stages with the game turning on two incidents in the space of five minutes. First, Pa Joy blasted wide for Laune Rangers in the 52nd minute when a cast-iron goal looked more likely
Five minutes later Glenbeigh substitute Kieran Courtney forced the ball into the net giving his side a four-point cushion that their opponents could only halve by the final whistle.
The final had been overshadowed in advance by the circumstances in which Laune Rangers had advanced to the final but the competition regained some of its shine with a keenly fought contest that ebbed and flowed throughout.
The duel between UCC team mates and Kerry prospects, Gavan O'Grady and Peter Crowley, was one of the features of the game, which was won by O'Grady on the day. As Darran O'Sullivan had a quiet game by his own high standards, Raymond O'Connor gladly stepped into the void with a man-of-the-match performance at midfield.
An early example of Glenbeigh/Glencar's intent came as early as the sixth minute when the hard working Danny O'sullivan did well to intercept a loose pass out of defence forcing a foul which saw O'grady convert the resulting free. O'grady scored his side's opening four points, three coming from frees, before Raymond O'Connor powered over from 40 metres in the 28th minute to put his side in front for the first time at 0-5 to 0-4.
Seamie Foley ensured the teams would be level at the break in an opening half that saw Laune Rangers look the more likely to score despite Glenbeigh/Glencar dominating the possession stakes. Mike Frank Russell had scored the opening two points inside the first five minutes, but Rangers' other two points in the half could easily have been goals as Pa Joy gave a prelude to his miss in the final 10 minutes with the young forward pointing good goal chances in the 13th and 21st minutes respectively.
Joy set Mike Frank up for the first score after the restart yet Glenbeigh/Glencar struck the next three points through two O'Connor frees and a Danny O'Sullivan point. The game was level again by the three-quarter mark at eight points a piece thanks to two more Russell frees with Colin McGillicuddy Team captain — and man-of-the-match — Raymond O'Connor lifts the O'Connor Cup after Glenbeigh/Glencar defeated Laune Rangers in the Mid Kerry Senior Championship Final in Beaufort on Saturday brave to catching a dangerous dropped in free in the meantime.
O'Connor put Glenbeigh/Glencar back in front with ten minutes left but their hearts skipped a beat two minutes later when Pa Joy with a score at his mercy amazingly blasted the ball wide at the entrance end in Beaufort. Jason McKenna found O'Connor to put Glenbeigh/Glencar back in front by two with Russell's sixth point making it a one point game with five minutes left.
Then came the score they will be celebrated for a long time in the two villages, Gavan O'Grady's 57th minute free was well caught by O'Connor whose shot was subsequently well parried by Tony Lyons. However, Rangers could do nothing about the rebound from the recently introduced Courtney as he raised the green flag which put his side 1-10 to 0-9 ahead.
Both Joy and Russell, with point number seven, tried to make amends but it was too little too late as the final whistle sounded to wild scenes of celebration from the Glenbeigh/Glencar contingent.
In ending their 36-year wait they have truly won their long overdue title in style with superb victories not only over Rangers, but also high flying Milltown/Castlemaine as well. They restored dignity to the competition after recent events – not that those was their fault, but this could well be the shot in the arm the club needs to make the breakthrough at county level in the near future.
GLENBEIGH/GLENCAR: Peter O'Sullivan, Jeremiah Hoare, Micheal Walsh, Kieran Doyle, Pa Kilkenny, Fergal Griffin, Bernard Murphy, Raymond O'Connor (0-5, 3f), Colin McGillicuddy, Danny O'Sullivan (01), Darran O'Sullivan, Chris O'Sullivan, Jason McKenna, Gavan O'Grady (0-4, 3f), Barry Houlihan, Kieran Courtney (1-0) for C O'Sullivan, Rory O'Connor for B Houlihan.
LAUNE RANGERS: Tony Lyons, Kieran Crowley, Peter Crowley, Cormac Johnston, Pa Sheehan, Ciaran Doona, Jeremy O'Callaghan, Tom McGillycuddy, Shane McSweeney, Maurice Foley, Liam Hassett, Pa Joy (0-3), Mike Frank Russell (0-7, 5f), Geoffrey Mahony, Seamie Foley (01) Ryan Keane for Mahony, Colin O'Dwyer for S Foley.
REFEREE: Pádraig O'Sullivan (Firies)
Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-10 Laune Rangers 0-11
Monday, January 16, 2012
GLENBEIGH/GLENCAR were crowned Mid Kerry senior football champions for the first time in 36 years in dramatic circumstances at Beaufort on Saturday.
day when their Kerry talisman Darran O’Sullivan struggled to grab the
game by the scruff of the neck around midfield, Glenbeigh/Glencar were
inspired by man of the match Raymond O’Connor and Gavan O’Grady when it
mattered most, as the club won its first senior district title since
Laune Rangers: 1-08
A Semi-Final meeting with Cromane was what was at stake when Laune Rangers hosted Keel in the Mid-Kerry Championship on Saturday last. It was the home team that triumphed, securing their spot in a St. Stephen’s Day showdown with their nearest rivals, Cromane.
A lackluster first half made way for a close fought, entertaining second half which saw Laune Rangers emerge victorious on a score line of Laune Rangers 1-08 – 0-08 Keel.
Laune Rangers opened the scoring with points from Pa Joy and Colin O’Dwyer in the opening 3 minutes of the game. Keel replied with two Gary Sayers points to level the game at two points a piece with seven minutes played. A deadlock ensued for the next 24 minutes as neither side could get points on the scoreboard. Both sides had numerous opportunities but neither side could manage to find the posts. A final minute Liam Sheehan free was what separated the teams at the short whistle. Half-Time score: Keel 0-03 – 0-02 Laune Rangers.
Liam Sheehan opened the second half scoring with a point in the opening minute, giving Keel a two point advantage. This lead didn’t last long however as Laune Rangers, Kieran Doona, struck for the game’s only goal. Keel’s Michael Evans did well to stop a Pa Joy shot on goal but it fell nicely to the home side and Doona made no mistake in slotting it passed Evans in the Keel goal giving Rangers the lead for the first time since the opening minutes of the game. A well taken Gary Sayers effort saw the game level once more in the 3rd minute of the half. Laune Rangers went infront again soon after when Mike Frank Russell put over another free. Both sides swapped points in the minutes that followed with Mike Frank Russell converting a free and a superbly taken 45’ by Liam Sheehan for Keel. In the 21st minute, Sheehan had a similar 45’ chance but the resulting shot dropped short and was cleared by Rangers’ Tom McGillycuddy. When Shane McSweeney was fouled, Mike Frank Russell made no mistake, giving his team a two point advantage. A mistake in the resulting kick-out saw Rangers stage another quick attack, finishing in a Shane McSweeney fisted point, to put the goal between the sides with 22 minutes on the clock. Keel had a chance for a goal in the 26th minute of the half when a nice ball was send across the goal mouth. Thomas Ladden attempted to send the ball towards the Laune Rangers net but Keel had to settle for a point as the ball rose over the crossbar. It was a nervous final few minutes as Keel went in search of further scores and Laune Rangers fought hard to hold on to their lead. Liam Hassett put three points between the sides once more with a well taken point after some quick thinking from corner back, Cormac Johnston. A Gary Sayers pointed free was too little too late for the visitors as Rangers’ Tom McGillycuddy secured the home side’s win with an injury time effort to leave the final score; 1-08 to 0-08 in Laune Rangers favour.
Laune Rangers now progress to a Semi-Final meeting with neighbours Cromane on St. Stephen’s Day.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Kieran Crowley, Peter Crowley, Cormac Johnston, Pa Sheehan, John Sheehan, Jeremy O’Callaghan, Tom McGillycuddy, Shane McSweeney, Maurice Foley, Liam Hassett, Pa Joy, Mike Frank Russell, Geoffrey Mahony, Colin O’Dwyer. SUBS: Kieran Doona, Ryan Keane, Shane O’Connor
Keel: Michael Evans, Aaron Cahillane, Emmet Ashe, Bart Murphy, James Foley, Gary Nagle, James Nagle, Thomas Ladden, Maurice Moriarty, Martin Burke, Gary Sayers, Ronan Sayers, Terry O’Sullivan, Liam Sheehan, Jason Foley.
Injured O'Mahony leads Rathmore to glory
County star Aidan O'Mahony inspired Rathmore to their first Kerry senior football club title at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday, despite suffering a suspected broken bone in his left leg early in the game.
Laune Rangers 0-10
A hobbling O'Mahony refused to leave the fray and instead moved from midfield to full forward, from where he scored two points, before eventually being replaced by Paul Reen with eight minutes to go. At that stage, the sides were level on 0-10 apiece and Rathmore pushed on to secure an historic victory courtesy of wing forward Mark Reen's third point in the closing stages.
Rathmore manager Denis Moynihan revealed afterwards how O'Mahony had refused to come off at half-time.
"We should have taken him off earlier. But he didn't want to come off. The physio felt that he wouldn't last the game. Aidan spoke about that at half-time, that even on one leg he would give it everything. That will tell you what it means to Aidan, and all the players," he said.
Rathmore, who led by 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time before falling 0-8 to 0-10 in arrears midway through the second half after Mike Frank Russell, Seamie Foley and Pa Sheehan had pointed for Laune, could yet represent Kerry in the Munster club SFC if Mid Kerry beat reigning champions Dr Crokes in the Kerry SFC final in Killarney next Sunday.
Scorers - Rathmore: M O'Riordan 0-4 (3f), M Reen 0-3, J Moynihan, A O'Mahony 0-2 each, C O'Sullivan 0-1. Laune Rangers: MF Russell 0-5 (1 '45', 1f), S Foley 0-3, S McSweeney, P Sheehan 0-1 each.
Rathmore - P McCarthy; C Kelly, T O'Sullivan, J O'Sullivan; P Murphy, K Cahill, C O'Sullivan; A O'Mahony, J Buckley; E Lawlor, M Reen, D O'Sullivan; M O'Riordan, G O'Keeffe, J Moynihan. Subs: Paul Reen for O'Mahony (52); S Lehane for D O'Sullivan (55).
Laune Rangers - T Lyons; K Crowley, J Carey, C Johnston; P Sheehan, J Sheehan, P Crowley; T McGillycuddy, M Foley; S McSweeney, K Doona, G O'Mahony; S O'Connor, S Foley, MF Russell. Subs: P Joy for O'Connor (h-t); R Keane for O'Mahony (52).
Ref - D Sayers (Austin Stacks)
O'Mahony on one leg inspires Rathmore to Club Final win
By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie
Laune Rangers 0-10
Kerry star Aidan O'Mahony played through the pain barrier, to inspire Rathmore to a historic first Kerry Senior Club title, when they came from being two points adrift entering the final quarter, to score four unanswered points to deny Mike Frank Russell and Laune Rangers, in this keenly contest final, played in wretched conditions at the Fitzgerald Stadium.
O'Mahony, who started at midfield, picked up a leg injury in a clash with Kerry and UCC defender Peter Crowley inside the opening ten minutes, and though hobbling on one leg, as the other was heavily bandaged, O'Mahony refused to go off and he was moved to the edge of the square. Within minutes he had kicked over a point with his good leg and another on the stroke of half time that gave Rathmore a 0-7 to 0-5 lead.
Referee: Denis Sayers (Austin Stacks)
By Paul Brennan at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney
AFTER Rathmore overthrew Dr Crokes in an epic struggle in the opening senior club championship semi-final in Fitzgerald Stadium, Laune Rangers upstaged Kerins O’Rahillys to complete a marvellous afternoon for the underdog and set up a somewhat novel, and certainly unexpected, pairing for this year’s senior club final.
Laune Rangers manager Joe Shannon had stated before this match that his side were travelling to Killarney more in hope than expectation of a win but through a combination of factors the Killorglin side ground out a one-point win that will surely register as one of their most satisfying of the entire year.
O’Rahillys season has been producing mixed performances and results but there have been enough positive signs of late to suggest the Tralee club had enough in hand to win through here, and with Tommy Walsh in their starting team the expectation was that he, along with Barry John Keane, Declan Quill and John O’Connor, would keep O’Rahillys fighting on two senior championship fronts, at least until next Saturday night.
Rangers, whose season up until last Saturday morning looked like it would just be concerned with staving off county league relegation, are now one game away from winning a county title, and with three divisional sides still in the county championship there is the not unlikely prospect that the Killorglin club (or Rathmore) could represent Kerry in the imminent Munster Club championship.
If O’Rahillys were looking to the pace and power of Walsh to give them that extra cutting edge up front then Laune Rangers were quite happy to rely on the experience and guile of Mike Frank Russell to lead their attack and in the head to head battle Russell certainly came out on top.
Walsh worked hard between the two forward lines but his lack of work with the round ball was evident and the AFL footballer failed to dominate the game they way he so often did before heading Down Under.
Russell, meanwhile, was content to float around the middle third, playing off the midfield, and be as opportunistic as he was in his heyday with the county team.
The critical period in the match came in the last 10 minutes of the first half. O’Rahillys had enjoyed a small bit of superiority in the opening quarter, leading 0-3 to 0-1 and then 0-5 to 0-3, as Rangers shuffled around their line-up, confusing the spectators and press corp probably more than O’Rahillys.
Tom McGillycuddy was a third minute replacement for the injured Colm O’Shea, where the former partnered John Sheehan at midfield against Brian Moran and Micheal Quirke, with Johnny Carey minding the house and Tommy Walsh from his full back berth.
A brace each from John O’Connor, Barry John Keane (two frees) and Declan Quill (one free) had O’Rahillys 0-6 to 0-5 ahead when they struck for the game’s only goal. Keane’s effort at a point came down off the post to Walsh, whose shot was brilliantly saved by Tony Lyons, but Quill was waiting to lash the loose ball to the net. That put O’Rahillys four points ahead after 25 minutes but by half time Rangers would be a point up.
Russell was hugely involved in this period, scoring two great points, converting two more frees and setting up Shane McSweeney for a point as Rangers led 0-11 to 1-7 at half time.
Quill and Keane, with frees, and Brian Moran, from play, edged O’Rahillys back in front soon after the restart but from there on O’Rahillys knew Rangers were now here more in expectation than hope. Pa Sheehan scored a fine point, set up by Russell, and then Russell converted a free to level matters.
Keane, a free, and Walsh edged O’Rahillys two clear again by the 40th minutes but amazingly they wouldn’t score again. Seamie Foley and then Pa Joy dug out tough scores as the rain poured down and the scores began to dry up.
With Tommy Walsh’s threat diminshing Johnny Carey pushed forward and punched over what proved the winning point before Rangers engaged in a dangerous game of ball retention that almost back-fired on them as O’Rahillys pressurised them as they sought an equaliser. It never materialised as Seamie and Maurice Foley, McSweeney, Kieran Doona and Russell controlled those last few minutes as O’Rahillys lacked that little bit of composure to dig out a score when it mattered most.
LAUNE RANGERS: T Lyons, C Johnston, J Carey (0-1), K Crowley; P Sheehan (0-1), P Crowley, S McSweeney (02); J Sheehan (0-1), M Foley; S O’Connor, K Doona (0-2), C O’Shea; MF Russell (0-5, 3f), S Foley (0-2), P Joy (0-1). Subs: T McGillycuddy ( 0-1) for C O’Shea (inj); R Keane (0-1) for S O’Connor.
KERINS O’RAHILLYS: D Hennessy, D O’Sullivan, M OShea, S Brosnan, A Thompson, B O’Shea, R O’Callaghan, B Moran (0-1), M Quirke, T Walsh (0-1), BJ Keane (0-5f), C O’Mahony, D Quill (1-3, 0-2f), G O’Grady, J O’Connor (02). Subs: Jack Nolan for Thompson, David McLoughlin for O’Mahony.
REFEREE: Padraig O’Sullivan (Firies)
- Paul Brennan at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney
Written by Murt Murphy for Kerrygaa.ie
Rangers give O'Rahillys the Blues
Laune Rangers 0-16
Kerins O'Rahillys 1-12
Not for the first time Laune Rangers have proved to be Kerins O'Rahillys nemesis when they out battled the Strand Road side in the opening Castleisland Co-Op Mart Club Championship semi final played at the Fitzgerald Killarney on Saturday.
Both clubs have been struggling in the County League and in fact Laune Rangers are still in a spot of bother but now Rangers are at least in line for winning some silverware with their young side.
O'Rahillys manager Mark Fitzgerald must be wondering has he upset the Gods because no sooner does he gain a player, than he seems to lose one almost straight away.
There was very little between the sides in the opening half as two points apiece for O'Rahillys from Barry John Keane, Declan Quill and John O'Connor kept the Tralee club just ahead in a close first half, leading 0-6 to 0-5 after 24 minutes, before Quill's crisp finish, after a Tommy Walsh shot was only parried by Tony Lyons , and Declan Quill followed up to finish to the Rangers net.
O'Rahillys resumed in determined fashion and looked as if they might prevail thanks to points from Tommy Walsh, Keane (0-2), Quill and Brian Moran - which saw them back in front , 1-12 to 0-13, but they just could not sustain their effort with s couple of costly wides and turnovers.
Dogged Rangers stuck to their task and late points from Seamie Foley, Pa Joy and Johnny Carey, edged Rangers back into a one-point lead, which they held onto and now face Rathmore in a surprise final pairing.
Laune Rangers: MF Russell (4f) 0-5, P Joy 0-3, S Foley, S McSweeney 0-2 each, J Sheehan, T McGillycuddy, P Sheehan, J Carey 0-1 each
Kerins O'Rahillys: D Quill (2f) 1-3, BJ Keane 0-5f, J O'Connor 0-2, T Walsh, B Moran 0-1 each
Laune Rangers: T Lyons; C Johnston, J Carey, K Crowley; P Sheehan, P Crowley, S McSweeney; J Sheehan, M Foley; S O'Connor, K Doona, C O'Shea; MF Russell, S Foley, P Joy. Subs: T McGillycuddy for C O'Shea (2); R Keane for S O'Connor (46).
Kerins O'Rahillys: D Hennessy; D O'Sullivan, M O'Shea, S Brosnan; A Thompson, B O'Shea, R O'Callaghan; B Moran, M Quirke; T Walsh, BJ Keane, C O'Mahony; D Quill, G O'Grady, J O'Connor. Subs: J Nolan for A Thompson (30); D McLoughlin for C O'Mahony (57).
Referee: P O'Sullivan (Firies)
Division 1 – County League – written by Aidan Clifford
Laune Rangers 1-9,
JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin was the venue for this post-Puck Co
League game between Laune Rangers and Dingle. The game started at a fast
pace, with Shane O’Connor opening the score for the home side in the
2nd minute. Dingle’s slow start didn’t last long though. After a quick
exchange of wides, Mike Geaney slotted over the bar from the 45 to level
the scores after 6 mins. William Devane and Paul Devane added points
for Dingle before a defensive mixup amongst the Laune Rangers full backs
left the ball in the back oLaune Rangers 1-9, Dingle 1-13 JP O’Sullivan
Park, Killorglin was the venue for this post-Puck Co League game
between Laune Rangers and Dingle. The game started at a fast pace, with
Shane O’Connor opening the score for the home side in the 2nd minute.
Dingle’s slow start didn’t last long though. After a quick exchange of
wides, Mike Geaney slotted over the bar from the 45 to level the scores
after 6 mins. William Devane and Paul Devane added points for Dingle
before a defensive mixup amongst the Laune Rangers full backs left the
ball in the back of the net from the hand of a home defender.. A minute
later, Aidan O’Neill added another point to make the score 1-4 to 0-1
after 11 minutes. After wides from both sides, Pa Sheehan and Mike Frank
Russell (free) pointed for Rangers to put 4 points between the teams.
Dingle then stretched the lead to 5 points from the boot of full-forward
William Devane. Rangers midfielder Paudie Murphy scored a great point
from 45 yards, before Russell slotted another curling free to put a goal
between the teams, 0-5 to 1-5 after 26 mins. The first half excitement
wasn’t over though as Rangers keeper Tony Lyons pulled off a super save
to deny a certain goal. Mike Geaney scored the resulting 45’ to put the
half time score at 1-6 to 0-5. The 2nd half started with a bang, as
straight from the throw in Laune Rangers won the ball and Mike Frank
sent the ball through to centre-forward Geoffrey Mahony who smashed in
to the back of the net for a great goal. The same player quickly slotted
a point to level the scores after three minutes of the 2nd half. Dingle
quickly woke up though and points from William Devane, Mike Geaney,
Liam Higgins, and Seamus Dowd had the visitors well ahead with 15
minutes to go 1-6 to 1-10. Mike Frank Russell slotted over the bar for
Rangers before William Devane pointed and Geaney scored a brace for
Dingle to put the scores f the net from the hand of a home defender.. A
minute later, Aidan O’Neill added another point to make the score 1-4 to
0-1 after 11 minutes. After wides from both sides, Pa Sheehan and Mike
Frank Russell (free) pointed for Rangers to put 4 points between the
teams. Dingle then stretched the lead to 5 points from the boot of
full-forward William Devane. Rangers midfielder Paudie Murphy scored a
great point from 45 yards, before Russell slotted another curling free
to put a goal between the teams, 0-5 to 1-5 after 26 mins. The first
half excitement wasn’t over though as Rangers keeper Tony Lyons pulled
off a super save to deny a certain goal. Mike Geaney scored the
resulting 45’ to put the half time score at 1-6 to 0-5. The 2nd half
started with a bang, as straight from the throw in Laune Rangers won the
ball and Mike Frank sent the ball through to centre-forward Geoffrey
Mahony who smashed in to the back of the net for a great goal. The same
player quickly slotted a point to level the scores after three minutes
of the 2nd half. Dingle quickly woke up though and points from William
Devane, Mike Geaney, Liam Higgins, and Seamus Dowd had the visitors well
ahead with 15 minutes to go 1-6 to 1-10. Mike Frank Russell slotted
over the bar for Rangers before William Devane pointed and Geaney scored
a brace for Dingle to put the scores at 1-7 to 1-13 with five minutes
to go. Russell added another for Rangers before Shane McSweeney broke
from midfield and grazed the crossbar with a rasping shot that could so
easily have gone into the back of the net. That put the score at 1-9 to
1-13 and it proved to be the final score of the game.
Laune Rangers: T Lyons, K Crowley, J Carey, C Johnson, C Riordan, J Sheehan, K Sheehan, S McSweeney, P Murphy, C Dwyer, G Mahony, C O’Shea, S O’Connor, MF Russell, P Sheehan
Dingle: G Curran, JB Brosnan, J Kelliher, G Curran, P Devane, B Kelliher, TB Brosnan, C Moriarty, B O’Connor, M Geaney, L Higgins, A O’Neill, P Murphy, W Devane, S Dowd.
Division 5 South – Phase 2 – County League – Laune Rangers B vs Strand Road
Laune Rangers B: 1-07
Laune Rangers were in search of their first win of Phase 2 when they hosted Strand Road on Sunday afternoon, while a win for the Tralee side would have seen them take top spot.
Strand Road were first out of the traps with a point from midfielder John McGrath after 7 minutes. John Ferguson added a second with 11 minutes played to put the Tralee side two points to the good. Both sides notched up a number of wides in the minutes that followed before Chris Riordan opened the scoring for the home side after a very clever pass from centre back, Cormac Johnston. Rangers centre forward, Colm O’Shea levelled the game in the 21st minute. Strand Road regained the lead soon after when John McGrath converted a free. This lead was extended when Liam Kissane was through on goal but took his point leaving Strand Road with a 4 points to 2 points advantage. Two Colm O’Shea points in the 26th and 27th minutes levelled the game once more going into the closing minutes of the half. Brendan O’Shea got the final point of the half after some bad marking from Laune Rangers saw O’Shea through with ease to leave the score 0-04 to 0-05 at the short whistle.
Strand Road got the first spoils of the second half with points from
John McGrath and a fisted effort in the opening minutes to give the
visitors a three point lead. Laune Rangers answered with a fisted point
from substitute, Gavin O’Shea, before Chris Riordan went through for the
only goal of the game. Rikus O’Connor delivered a good ball into the
forward line who passed off to Chris Riordan who was running in on goal.
Riordan made no mistake in slotting the ball passed Garry Sugrue in the
Strand Road goal. The goal gave Laune Rangers the lead for the first
time in the game, a lead they never relinquished. Liam McCarthy extended
Laune Rangers lead with a point after midfielder, Mark Healy,
dispossessed a Strand Road player and went on the attack. David Rusk
added his name to the scoresheet for the visitors in the 25th minute to
narrow Rangers lead to a point but a final Colm O’Shea effort ensured
that Rangers had done enough to take the points. Final score: Laune
Rangers B 1-07 – 0-08 Strand Road.
Laune Rangers: Jason Browne, Liam
McCarthy, Ger O’Sullivan, Redmond Fitzgerald, Aaron Gamble, Cormac
Johnston, Chris Riordan, Rikus O’Connor, Mark Healy, Ryan Lucey, Colm
O’Shea, Sean T. O’Connor, Ryan Keane, Podge Foley, Eamonn Carey. SUBS:
Laune Rangers vs Glenbeigh/Glencar – O’Sullivan Cup
Laune Rangers: 4-07
The local rivalry was plain to see in this O’Sullivan Cup fixture played in Killorglin on Monday evening last as it was obvious from the throw-in that both teams wanted the win.
It looked like it was going to be a very tight game with the home side leading by the narrowest of margins at the short whistle however they found an extra gear from somewhere and went on to take firm control of the game in the second half, winning comfortably in the end.
Glenbeigh were first out of the blocks with a pointed free from centre forward, Rory O’Connor, in the 2nd minute. The visitors had a chance to extend their lead in the 7th minute when they were through on goal only for Laune Rangers keeper, Tony Lyons, being on hand to pull off a save. Both sides squandered further chances and it wasn’t until the 11th minute that Laune Rangers registered their first score, coming from the boot of Colm O’Shea (free). Glenbeigh answered with a point, again from Rory O’Connor, to regain the advantage with 13 minutes played. Glenbeigh midfielder, Jason McKenna, extended their lead some more when he pointed mid-way through the half to leave Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-03 to 0-01 to the good. Jonathan Griffin got his name on the score sheet for the visitors with 18 minutes played after Glenbeigh put ferocious pressure on the Laune Rangers backs and regained possession. A Podge Foley point with 22 minutes played narrowed Glenbeigh/Glencar’s lead slightly. Glenbeigh’s Jason McKenna and Rangers’ Podge Foley swapped points in the minutes that followed to leave it 0-05 to 0-03 in the visitors favour with less than 5 minutes to play in the half. Jonathan Griffin was again on hand to register his second of the evening ( against his former Club) leaving Glenbeigh with a 3 point advantage. Laune Rangers drew level in the 30th minute when a lovely cross field ball landed nicely for Eamonn Carey in the Laune Rangers forward line. Carey made no mistake in finding the back of the Glenbeigh/Glencar net levelling the game at 1-03 to 0-06. A John Joe Quirke point put Glenbeigh back into the lead but this didn’t last long as a Colm O’Shea point from a free and a superb Shane O’Connor effort left the game 1-05 to 0-07 in the home sides favour at the short whistle.
Laune Rangers had most of the possession in the opening minutes of the second half but were unable to find the target. Substitute, Rikus O’Connor, was through 1-on-1 with Peter O’Sullivan in the Glenbeigh goal in the 5th minute but O’Sullivan saved the resulting shot. A fisted point from full forward Podge Foley opened the second half scoring with 6 minutes played to extend Rangers lead out to two points. Glenbeigh’s Jason McKenna and Podge Foley again swapped points soon after. Eamonn Carey registered his and Rangers second goal of the evening with 11 minutes on the clock. Carey put great pressure on O’Sullivan in the Glenbeigh goal, regaining possession and calmly slotting the ball into the net, leaving Laune Rangers a 2-07 to 0-08 advantage. In the 19th minute, Cian Griffin put his name on the score sheet for the visitors with a pointed free to narrow Rangers lead to 4 points. With 23 minutes played, Eamonn Carey got his hat-trick when a quick thinking Eoin O’Sullivan spotted an unmarked Carey. Carey made no mistake in firing the ball passed O’Sullivan extending his personal tally for the evening. At that point the score stood at 3-07 to 0-09 with less than 10 minutes to play. A lovely pass from Shane O’Connor to Eamonn Carey saw Carey through for his final goal in the 25th minute ensuring the win for the home side. A final Glenbeigh point from the boot of Leon Seidler was too little too late for the visitors as referee, Mike Moriarty, blew the final whistle soon after to leave the final score: Laune Rangers 4-07 to 0-10 Glenbeigh/Glencar.
Best for Rangers: Tony Lyons, Aaron Gamble, Shane O’Connor, Eamonn Carey, Podge Foley.
Best for Glenbeigh/Glencar: Jason McKenna, Pa Kilkenny, Barry Houlihan, Jonathan Griffin.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Ryan Lucey, Cormac Johnston, Ger O’Sullivan, Luke Bradley, Jeremy O’Callaghan, Aaron Gamble, Mark Healy, Podge Murphy, Shane O’Connor, Colm O’Shea, Eoin O’Sullivan, Eamonn Carey, Podge Foley, Ryan Keane. SUBS USED: Rikus O’Connor,
Glenbeigh/Glencar: Peter O’Sullivan, Mikey Griffin, Jerry Hoare, Sean Roche, Danny Sullivan, Pa Kilkenny, Vincent Hoare, Colin McGillycuddy, Jason McKenna, Cian Griffin, Rory O’Connor, Jack O’Shea, Barry Houlihan, John Joe Quirke, Jonathan Griffin. SUBS USED: Leon Seidler.