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.