2016 Bord na nOg Match Reports & Weekly Roundup
Laune Rangers completed the hat-trick of Mid Kerry Bord na nÓg titles on Sunday as the Under 16 team defeated Milltown/Castlemaine to follow up the successes of the Under 12s and Under 14s in 2016. Of course, it was not this team’s first trophy of the year, as they had previously won the County Division One title in September.
Milltown/Castlemaine were the sharper team at the beginning, and Dylan O’Neill capitalized on a defensive mix up from a kickout to break through and find the net, giving his side a two point lead after Dáire Cleary had pointed earlier. Daragh O’Connor got a point back for Rangers before a moment of magic from Dáire Cleary gave his side the lead. The forward picked up the ball on the right flank before turning his marker and weaving his way through the defence and placed the ball excellently to the net from a difficult angle. After 15 minutes, Laune Rangers led by 1-2 to 1-0. Rangers could have been another couple of goals ahead as Cleary’s first attempt of the game sneaked wide just outside the post, while Roan Moriarty got his fist to a long ball only to see the ball hit the side netting.
Milltown/Castlemaine took a grip on the contest in the second quarter and scored four points unanswered through Niall Sertutxa (free), Darragh Poff, John Dennehy & Dylan O’Neill before Laune Rangers regained their composure to themselves score three unanswered before the break and head to the dressing rooms with slenderest of leads. The score at Half Time:- Laune Rangers 1-5, Milltown/Castlemaine 1-4.
Points were traded between Dylan O’Neill and Mark O’Connor in the early stages of the second half before Rangers scored three goals in as many minutes to grab control of the contest. Kevin Fitzpatrick made use of the slight wind advantage to send a long pass into the square, which was too long and into the outstretched hands of the Milltown goalkeeper CJ Cronin. However, the movement of the ball while in the air got the better of the goalkeeper and it slipped out of his hands into the path of the inrushing Roan Moriarty who reached the loose ball first to tap it into an empty net. This was followed shortly by a Dáire Cleary goal from 30 metres out as what seemed to be an attempt at a point dropped just under the bar into the net. The 4th Rangers goal was much similar to the infamous Kieran Donaghy goal from the 2014 All Ireland Final, as full forward Roan Moriarty intercepted a quick kickout and smashed the ball to the net. This gave Laune Rangers a ten point lead at 4-6 to 1-5 with a quarter to play.
Milltown/Castlemaine’s Sean Hogan was issued a red card (2nd yellow) and Ranger’s goalkeeper Jack Evans received a black card after a hot tempered incident involving a number of players. Dylan O’Neill pointed a free for Milltown/Castlemaine before Dáire Cleary and Daragh O’Connor both pointed – the latter a goal chance that was kicked slightly too hard and glanced over the bar. Laune Rangers substitute Cormac Doyle received a red card late on before Milltown/Castlemaine scored a final goal in injury time through Dylan O’Neill (his second) to reduce the deficit. However, the contest was over and once Rangers cleared their lines one final time, the referee blew the final whistle to end the game. Full Time score:- Laune Rangers 4-8, Milltown/Castlemaine 2-6.
The final score did not do justice to the losing side as the balance of play was much more even in reality. John Dennehy was a bundle of energy around the field and put in a big performance, while Dylan O’Neill stood out for his side with an excellent contribution of 2-3. Laune Rangers were still good enough value for the win however, as Dáire Cleary also scored 2-3 (with a somewhat fortunate second goal) and Roan Moriarty bagged a brace of goals also. Eoin O’Sullivan was strong throughout, but it was the performance of Conor Murphy at fullback that stood out, minding his own goal with a huge effort.
Laune Rangers: Jack Evans, Oisin Daly, Conor Murphy, Evan Madden, Sean Arthurs, Liam Croke, James Hurley, Kevin Fitzpatrick, David Mangan, Eoin O’Sullivan (0-1), Dáire Cleary (2-3), Daragh O’Connor (0-2), Mark O’Connor (0-2), Roan Moriarty (2-0), Shane Doona. Subs: Ronan O’Shea, Cormac Doyle, Gabriel Griffin, Ronan Fitzpatrick, Eoin Clifford, Peadar Foley. Squad: Sean Cleary, Rory O’Connor, Kieran Whittleton, Matthew Leslie.
Milltown/Castlemaine: CJ Cronin, Nicky Loughnane, Roan Hegarty, Seamus Nagle, Patrick A O’Connor, Aaron O’Brien, Martin Foley, Killian Kerins, David Leane, John Dennehy (0-1), Dylan O’Neill (2-3), Niall Sertutxa (0-1), Oisin Bolger, Sean Hogan, Darragh Poff (0-1). Panel: Linus Burke, Eugene McCarthy, Oisin O’Connor, Jack Griffin, Adam Lenihan, Adam Clarke.
Laune Rangers 2-10, Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-5
Laune Rangers made it three wins from three in the Mid Kerry Under 16 Competition on Sunday afternoon with a defeat of Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar in JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin.
The visitors took the lead in the 5th minute with a free, but they failed to capitalize on a period of pressure with a couple of missed frees in the following minutes. Laune Rangers eventually somewhat settled into the game and points from Daragh O’Connor & Dáire Cleary gave them the lead before the visitors tied the game up again. Shane Doona edged the home side ahead on the quarter mark with a point to leave Laune Rangers leading by 0-3 to 0-2 after 15 minutes.
Dáire Cleary had the first goal chance of the game in the 18th minute, only to see his shot at goal glance over the bar for a point. This was soon cancelled out by another Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar free but Rangers finally created some daylight between the sides with their first goal in the 25th minute, as Eoin Clifford finished well to the net following a Donaghy-esque catch and pass by full forward Roan Moriarty. Daragh O’Connor added a point a minute later that proved to be the last score before the short whistle. The Half Time score:- Laune Rangers 1-5, Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-3.
Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar opened the 2nd half scoring with a point but it was quickly cancelled out by Shane Doona before Rangers scored their second goal of the game. Midfielder Kevin Fitzpatrick passed long towards Roan Moriarty but both he and the visiting goalkeeper failed to get a touch on the ball and watched it go straight into the net. Substitute Gabriel Griffin was only on the field a matter of minutes before he got himself on the scoreboard with a well taken point to increase Rangers’ lead before the visitors got back into the game when they were awarded a penalty. The spot kick was dispatched successfully to leave Laune Rangers ahead by 2-7 to 1-4 with fifteen minutes to play.
Mark O’Connor pointed a free for Rangers before Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar responded with a point from play. This would be the visitors’ last score however, as their efforts at goal proved unsuccessful, while Rangers also missed the chance of another goal when Daire Cleary’s shot was put behind for a 45. Mark O’Connor added two more point for the hosts before the final whistle to put some gloss on the scoreline. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-10, Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-5.
Laune Rangers: Jack Evans, Evan Madden, Conor Murphy, Cormac Doyle, Oisín Daly, Sean Arthurs, James Hurley, Kevin Fitzpatrick (1-0), David Mangan, Eoin Clifford (1-0), Dáire Cleary 0-2), Daragh O’Connor (0-2), Mark O’Connor (0-3), Roan Moriarty, Shane Doona (0-2). Subs: Gabriel Griffin (0-1), Peadar Foley, Ronan Fitzpatrick, Rory O’Connor, Kieran Whittleton, Sean Cleary.
Beaufort 1-5, Laune Rangers 6-13
Laune Rangers Under 16s made it two wins from two in the Mid Kerry Competition with an away victory in Beaufort on Sunday morning.
There were a number of players missing on both sides but it didn’t affect the Rangers style of play as they went on to score 6 goals on the day. The first came directly from a free kick as Dáire Cleary put the ball to the top corner of the net from 25 yards out. He went on to score another goal and was joined on the goals list by his brother Seán (an U14 player), Mark O’Connor, and Shane Doona (2).
The defence were solid in the first half as they conceded a solitary point, while they didn’t allow much more in the second half as Beaufort tagged a further 1-4. Cormac Doyle made some key blocks and a great interception to snuff out another Beaufort attack, while Rory O’Connor (another U14) also came into the side and certainly didn’t weaken it.
Laune Rangers will host Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar in the third Round of fixtures. The game will take place on Saturday 19th November at 2:30pm in JP O’Sullivan Park.
Laune Rangers: Jack Evans, Cormac Doyle, Conor Murphy, Oisin Daly, Rory O’Connor, Sean Arthurs, James Hurley (0-1), Kevin Fitzpatrick (0-1f), David Mangan (0-1), Ronan O’Shea (0-1), Dáire Cleary (2-5, 1-3f), Eoin Clifford, Mark O’Connor (1-2), Shane Doona (2-1), Sean Cleary (1-1). Subs: Peadar Foley, Ronan Fitzpatrick.
Nobody left Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney on Tuesday evening feeling shortchanged, after the County Under 16 League Division 1 Final served up a classic between Laune Rangers and Cordal/Scartaglin.
Cordal/Scart got off to the perfect start when they scored a goal with the first play of the game – Sean O’Connell blazing through from midfield to find the net after just 16 seconds. Daragh O’Connor opened Rangers account with a point before it was cancelled out by Cordal/Scart’s Joseph Sheehy. Mark O’Connor scored an excellent point for Rangers before Cordal/Scart scored their second goal through Sean Horan in the 7th minute. Laune Rangers began to settle into the game though, and points from Roan Moriarty, Shane Doona and Dáire Cleary (2, 1f) were met with an Edward Horan free to see Cordal/Scartaglin ahead by 2-2 to 0-6 after fifteen minutes.
Cordal/Scart added their third goal as Adam Fallon pressured Dylan Fitzgerald in the Rangers goal and got his fist to a high ball – akin to the Paul Geaney goal against Dublin recently. However, Rangers found their rhythm and dominated the second quarter. Dáire Cleary pointed a free before Roan Moriarty scored Rangers first goal following a flowing team move. Shane Doona flashed the ball over the crossbar for a point as Rangers put some excellent passing together, while Daragh O’Connor came oh-so close to a goal when Cordal/Scart ‘keeper Conor Mitchell pulled off a super save to force a 45. Laune Rangers continued on this vein of form, and Dáire Cleary pointed a free before being hauled down en route to goal and awarded a penalty. Roan Moriarty made no mistake and put the ball to Mitchell’s right corner. Cordal/Scart’s next shot at goal was blocked down by Oisin Daly, and swift and accurate passing through Ronan O’Shea, Eoin O’Sullivan and Daragh O’Connor put Shane Doona in space within seconds, and the wing forward finished excellently to the net for his side’s third goal. A final Shay Walsh point for Cordal/Scartaglin saw Rangers ahead by six at the break. The Half Time score:- Laune Rangers 3-9, Cordal/Scartaglin 3-3.
Cordal/Scart opened the second half much like they did the first, as points through Edward Horan (free), Shay Walsh (free), & Adam Fallon halved the deficit. Mark O’Connor (free) and Roan Moriarty pointed for Rangers, but the Killorglin men lost Sean Arthurs to a black card in the 42nd minute. With fifteen minutes to play, Rangers led by 3-11 to 3-6.
Horans Edward & Sean and Shay Walsh pointed to bring their side to within two points, but Laune Ranger’s were awarded another penalty in the 50th minute when Roan Moriarty was brought down in an early tackle. Moriarty stepped up again and beat the goalkeeper once more, switching to the opposite corner for his hat-trick goal. Laune Rangers were now at full flow again, and substitute Gearoid Hassett produced a moment of magic to turn his marker and pass the ball to the back of the net. Rangers now led by 8 points with seven minutes to play.
Laune Rangers midfielder Kevin Fitzpatrick moved to full back following an injury to Conor Murphy, but Eoin O’Sullivan took the midfield battle by the scruff of the neck in the latter stages and fielded three consecutive high balls from opposition kick out, which really deflated the opposition. Daragh O’Connor added a point for Rangers before Cordal/Scart scored their fourth goal when Shay Walsh put the finishing touch to a counter attack following an interception. Gearoid Hassett had his shot saved at point blank range to deny him a second goal, but Eoin Evans and Dáire Cleary (free) added points before Laune Rangers put the proverbial icing on the cake with a sixth goal as Daragh O’Connor smashed the ball to the top corner. Full Time score:- Laune Rangers 6-14, Cordal/Scartaglin 4-9.
This was a fantastic win for this group of players, not to mention the club as a whole who have been deprived of top level success in recent years. The future is definitely bright on Laune side!
Cordal/Scartaglin’s midfield quartet of Horan twins Edward & Sean, Sean O’Connell and Shay Walsh were the heartbeat of their side on the day, contributing 3-7 of their team’s 4-9 total. Sean Walsh in particular dominated the aerial battle at midfield in the opening half before Rangers changed up their kick out tactic, and the eleven point difference on the scoreboard was somewhat harsh in the end as there was only two between the sides with ten minutes to play and Cordal/Scart had kicked a number of wides in the game.
It would be unfair to pick a man of the match on the Rangers side as every player stepped up to the challenge on the day. Therefore it’s only fair to give them all a mention:-
Goalkeeper & Defence:
The early onslaught was a setback to the game plan in the opening half but to their credit, the defence didn’t panic and settled into the game, turning over possession and setting up the counter-attack as the game progressed. Dylan Fitzgerald recovered from the concession of the early goals, and by the end was clearing out from defence very well. Oisin Daly, Conor Murphy and Evan Madden grew into the game to put in season defining performances. James Hurley was conceding height and mass to his marker but did well, turning the ball over a number of times. Liam Croke commanded the middle of his line while Sean Arthurs was unlucky to receive what seemed a harsh black card after putting in a solid effort. Ronan O’Shea found himself covering back regularly too and didn’t allow his lesser stature stop him from cleaning up at the back when required
This was always going to be a tough battle for the Rangers duo of Kevin Fitzpatrick and Eoin O’Sullivan, with the afore mentioned midfield of Sean Walsh and Sean O’Connell to contend with, but as the game progressed and the Rangers forwards gained momentum, Fitzpatrick and especially O’Sullivan dominated the last quarter to stop any late comeback by Cordal/Scartaglin.
This was quite simply a phenomenal performance from the forward unit. Not afraid to help out in defence throughout, the five chief forwards were unplayable and scored all of Laune Rangers scores between them. Mark O’Connor sacrificed his own attacking game at times to help out at midfield, but scored one particularly great point early on and set up a number of scores thereafter. Roan Moriarty finished with 3-2 including two excellent penalties. Meanwhile, the half forward line of Daragh O’Connor (1-2), Shane Doona (1-2) and captain Dáire Cleary (0-5) scored a huge chunk of Laune Rangers’ scores, and could have scored more with all three coming close to hitting the net again while Cleary was brought down for the first penalty.
David Mangan came on for his first appearance of the season, having missed out all year through injury. There was no sign of rustiness though, as he fell in seamlessly to the defensive effort. Gearoid Hassett was electric when introduced, scoring a marvelous goal near the end to secure the game. Eoin Clifford was introduced and defended well for the final minutes, while Eoin Evans scored a well taken point at a vital time after Cordal/Scart’s last goal. Cormac Doyle was introduced in the final minutes as another body in defence, but was not forced into action.
It's only fair to credit the management who had the team in fantastic shape and managed them excellently on the night. Congratulations to James Sheehan and his management team of John Sheehan, Pa Sheehan, and Tim Cronin.
Laune Rangers: Dylan Fitzgerald, Oisin Daly, Conor Murphy, Evan Madden, James Hurley, Liam Croke, Sean Arthurs, Eoin O’Sullivan, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Shane Doona (1-2), Dáire Cleary (c) (0-5), Daragh O’Connor (1-2), Mark O’Connor (0-2), Roan Moriarty (3-2), Ronan O’Shea. Subs used: David Mangan, Gearoid Hassett (1-0), Eoin Clifford, Eoin Evans (0-1), Cormac Doyle. Panel: Jack Evans, Ronan Fitzpatrick, Peadar Foley, Kieran Whittleton, Erwin Brennan.
Cordal/Scartaglin: Conor Mitchell, Sean Breathnach, Denis O’Mahony, Padraig O’Connor, Dylan O’Donoghue, Edward Horan (0-3), Giles O’Connor, Sean Horan (c) (1-1), Sean O’Connell (1-0), Mark O’Donoghue, Joseph Sheehy (0-1), Shay Walsh (1-3),Jack Flynn, Cathal O’Donoghue, Adam Fallon (1-1). Sub used: Redmond Horan. Panel: Donnacha Daly, Shane McEnery, DJ Fealey, Colin Kerins, Conor Kerins, Callum Baker, Oisin Collins, Diarmuid Mitchell, Sean O’Connor, Sean O’Sullivan, Conor Casey.
Kilgarven/Tousist 3-18, Laune Rangers 4-17
Laune Rangers will contest the County Under 16 Division One Final following a fantastic away win against Kilgarven/Tousist in Kilgarven on Wednesday evening. It took twenty minutes of extra time to separate the sides however.
The sides were very evenly matched in the opening minutes, as points from Roan Moriarty and Mark O’Connor cancelling out two early efforts from the home side. Four consecutive frees put Kilgarven/Tousist in a commanding position, but Laune Rangers responded well and points by Daragh O’Connor & Dáire Cleary (free) before Roan Moriarty got on the end of a great pass from Kevin Fitzpatrick to get the final touch on a rolling ball and put it to the net. Another Kilgarven/Tousist free was cancelled out by a Daragh O’Connor point before the break to see Rangers lead by the minimum at the break. The Half Time score:- Kilgarven/Tousist 0-7, Laune Rangers 1-5.
All but one of the hosts’ scores in the first half had come from frees but, after adding the leveller with a free 40 seconds after the break, they corrected that statistic early in the second half with three points from play in the opening six minutes. Rangers regained their composure again though, and Mark O’Connor (3, 2 frees) & Roan Moriarty had the visitors ahead. Kilgarven/Tousist didn’t take long to equalize with another point though, and a mis-kicked kickout gave them a chance at goal. They made no mistake and took a three point lead in the 41st minute. Rangers responded perfectly, and pointed three excellent points from Dáire Cleary (2 frees) and Daragh O’Connor to draw level at 1-12 a piece with ten minutes to play.
Another point for the home side was cancelled out by a Dáire Cleary free, before Daragh O’Connor gave Rangers the lead in the 23rd minute. The home side brought the game to a stalemate once again and the sides would not be separated after 60 minutes. Extra Time beckoned with the score after normal time:- Kilgarven/Tousist 1-14, Laune Rangers 1-14.
An early penalty gave Rangers the perfect start to extra time, and the fouled player Roan Moriarty was the one to step up to the spot. Moriarty made no mistake and put the visitors ahead by three in the 62nd minute. The hosts added three frees but another Mark O’Connor point and a great Shane Doona goal left the Killorglin side ahead by four at the turnaround. Half Time in extra time:- Kilgarven/Tousist 1-17, Laune Rangers 3-15.
The home side notched the first point of the final period, but Gearoid Hassett’s point was followed by a 4th Rangers goal through Roan Moriarty – the full forward palming the ball to the net following an unselfish pass by Daragh O’Connor to claim his hattrick. The latter added a final point for Rangers to put them eight ahead with three minutes to play.
The final minutes were chaotic as Kilgarven/Tousist were given a lifeline back into the game when the referee blew for a free just outside the square only for the home side to continue playing and when they struck to the net the goal was awarded. Two minutes later, the ball was again in the Rangers area and, following some desperate lunges for the ball on both sides, it found its way to the net to leave just two points in the game with time up.
Rangers held possession well and got the ball up field and away from danger, before having one final shot that went wide. The referee blew the whistle on the kickout and Rangers progressed to the County Under 16 Final. Full Time score:- Kilgarven/Tousist 3-18, Laune Rangers 4-17.
A fully deserved win saw some excellent football played by Laune Rangers. Liam Croke, James Hurley and Conor Murphy excelled at the back, while Eoin O’Sullivan grew into the game to dominate midfield for the final quarter of regulation & all of extra time. The forwards were outstanding all evening though with Roan Moriarty (scoring 3-2) and Daragh O’Connor (0-5) a constant threat, while Mark O’Connor stood out with an excellent showing in both score-taking and link-up play.
Laune Rangers:- Dylan Fitzgerald, Evan Madden, Conor Murphy, Oisin Daly, Sean Arthurs, Liam Croke, James Hurley, Eoin O’Sullivan, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Shane Doona (1-0), Dáire Cleary (0-4f), Daragh O’Connor (0-5), Mark O’Connor (0-5, 2f), Roan Moriarty (3-2), Ronan O’Shea. Subs used: Gearoid Hassett (0-1), Eoin Clifford, Eoin Evans.
Laune Rangers 7-12, Austin Stacks 2-10
A storming second half display by Laune Rangers gave the Killorglin side a convincing win over Austin Stacks in the County Under 16 League in JP O’Sullivan Park on Monday evening.
Laune Rangers got off to a superb start, scoring three early goals through Dáire Cleary, Roan Moriarty and Daragh O’Connor, as Kevin Fitzpatrick, Eoin O’Sullivan and Dáire Cleary in particular linked up well and created a number of chances. Points were also scored by Moriarty, Daragh O’Connor, Cleary & Mark O’Connor, while a converted penalty kept Stacks in touch. Laune Rangers went into the break with a 5 point lead. Half Time score: Laune Rangers 3-4, Austin Stacks 1-5.
Laune Rangers opened the second half as they did the first with an early goal through Daragh O’Connor. The Rangers defence started to assert some dominance in the third quarter – holding Stacks to two points in the period – with Conor Murphy coming into his own at full back with Oisin Daly and James Hurley among those in support. Roan Moriarty (2) and Shane Doona pointed excellent scores before Daragh O’Connor sealed his hat-trick with his team’s 5th goal.
Laune Rangers were now pulling away from Stacks on the scoreboard. Further goals from Dáire Cleary and Eoin O’Sullivan came before the final whistle as did points from Ronan O’Shea & Eoin Evans (2). Austin Stacks added a second penalty and three points in the final stages to double their half time tally. Final score:- Laune Rangers 7-12, Austin Stacks 2-10.
A super team performance on the night saw a number of excellent performances. While the scoring came primarily from the forwards, Conor Murphy’s second half performance – both individually and in leading the defensive group – cut out the chance of a Stacks comeback. However, the forwards were unplayable on the evening in every score coming from play, with Dáire Cleary, Daragh O’Connor & Roan Moriarty accumulating 6-6 between them.
Laune Rangers: Dylan Fitzgerald, Oisin Daly, Conor Murphy, Evan Madden, Sean Arthurs, Liam Croke, James Hurley, Eoin O’Sullivan (1-0), Kevin Fitzpatrick, Daragh O’Connor (3-1), Dáire Cleary (2-2), Sean Doona (0-2), Mark O’Connor (0-1), Roan Moriarty (1-3), Eoin Clifford. Subs: Ronan O’Shea (0-1), Eoin Evans (0-2), Jack Evans, Cormac Doyle, Ronan Fitzpatrick, Peadar Foley.
Laune Rangers 2-13, Cordal/Scartaglin 1-16
Laune Rangers took on Cordal/Scartaglin in the final round of the County Under 16 League Division One in JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin on Sunday evening.
A bright start for Rangers gave them a three point lead in the opening five minutes through Dáire Cleary (2 frees) and Daragh O’Connor. The visitors settled into the game, and were level at 0-5 apiece by the 16th minute with Shane Doona pointing twice for the hosts.
Mark O’Connor pointed a free from an acute angle to give Rangers the lead once again, before Cordal/Scartaglin put over three unanswered points to go ahead by two – their first lead of the game. A fantastic pass from Daragh O’Connor put Shane Doona through and he made no mistake in finding the net to recapture the lead for Rangers. Points from Mark O’Connor (free) and Shane Doona put their side ahead by three again before Cordal/Scart swept up field following an interception and struck for a well worked goal to tie the scores late in the half. Daragh O’Connor pointed late in the half to give Rangers the slenderest of leads before the break. The Half Time score:- Laune Rangers 1-9, Cordal/Scartaglin 1-8.
Dáire Cleary & Mark O’Connor pointed to put the home side three ahead and, after the visitors had scored four unanswered to retake the lead, Dáire Cleary pointed to tie up the scores at 1-12 each in the 46th minute. The final quarter was an end to end battle, as the Cordal/Scart went three points ahead in a flurry that included a super 45m kick. Laune Rangers had a penalty claim in the 55th minute, when Dáire Cleary was fouled en route to goal, but the foul was adjudged to be outside the square. He tapped over the resulting free but the visitors pointed again to restore the three point difference. Another close-in free was taken quickly by Dáire Cleary in the 57th minute, and the shot by Roan Moriarty was leg-blocked by a defender. The referee awarded a penalty to the home side, which was dispatched successfully by Moriarty. This tied the scores up, and the final minutes were dogged as each side searched for a winner to guarantee their place in the Semi Finals. The winner did not come however, and the final whistle blew to end the game in a stalemate. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-13, Cordal/Scartaglin 1-16.
The draw left four teams – Laune Rangers, Cordal/Scartaglin, Kilgarven/Tousist, Killarney Legion – tied on 5 points with space for only three teams in the League Semi Finals. Details for these fixtures have not been announced at time of writing.
Laune Rangers: Dylan Fitzgerald, Oisin Daly, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Evan Madden, Sean Arthurs, Liam Croke, James Hurley, Eoin O’Sullivan, Roan Moriarty (1-0), Shane Doona (1-3), Dáire Cleary (0-5), Daragh O’Connor (0-2), Mark O’Connor (0-3), Eoin Evans, Eoin Clifford. Subs: Ronan O’Shea, Jack Evans.
Laune Rangers 4-15, Killarney Legion 1-11
Laune Rangers Under 16s opened their County League campaign on Sunday evening with a comfortable home win against Killarney Legion.
A Dáire Cleary free opened the scoring for Rangers in the first minute, but Legion would dominate the opening quarter. Three points from Mark O’Connor (1 free) saw Laune Rangers trail by 0-7 to 0-4 after fifteen minutes. Laune Rangers responded well in the second quarter, and points by Shane Doona, Dáire Cleary & Eoin Evan drew the home side level. A Legion goal put the visitors back in front, but Dáire Cleary finished a fine move to the net to level the game again before the break. The Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-7, Killarney Legion 1-7.
Legion pointed twice (1 free) at the start of the second half, but Laune Rangers took control from there on. Two excellent goals from Shane Doona, as well as points from Daragh O’Connor, Mark O’Connor, Dáire Cleary and Doona himself saw Laune Rangers lead by 3-11 to 1-9 with fifteen minutes to play.
Legion saw three black cards in the final quarter as they lost their discipline, and Laune Rangers closed the game out with relative comfort. Eoin Evans scored a 4th goal for the home side after finding space in the square. Further points were added by Shane Doona (2) & Mark O’Connor (2, 1f) while Legion tagged on two points before the final whistle. Full Time score:- Laune Rangers 4-15, Killarney Legion 1-11.
A fine display for Laune Rangers saw a number of stand-out performances. Conor Murphy marshaled the team well from full back, while Eoin O’Sullivan was excellent at midfield. Meanwhile, 5 of the starting forwards scored, with great performances from all. Mark O’Connor was excellent in both scoretaking and link-up play, but it was the youngest player Shane Doona – whose brother Kieran played well for the Senior side earlier in the day – stood out, scoring 2-4 while also assisting and linking up well.
Laune Rangers: Ronan Fitzpatrick, Cormac Doyle, Conor Murphy, Evan Madden, Sean Arthurs, Liam Croke, Oisin Daly, Eoin O’Sullivan, Dylan Fitzgerald, Shane Doona (2-4), Dáire Cleary (1-3), Daragh O’Connor (0-1), Mark O’Connor (0-6, 3f), , Eoin Evans (1-1), Jack Evans. Subs used: Eoin Clifford, James Hurley, Peadar Foley.
Laune Rangers 6-16, Renard 5-17
Laune Rangers Development Team finished off a fantastic County League campaign with a Division Nine title in Glenbeigh on Wednesday evening. The game was played at 13 a side and 25 minutes per half.
Much like their previous encounter in the league stage the previous month, Renard got off to a flying start & raced into a five point lead in the opening five minutes. It only took Rangers another five minutes to level the game at 0-5 a piece, the pick of them from Cathal Crowley who passed a 45 to Martin Fay and received it back to kick it over the bar from distance. However, all their hard work was undone in a few short minutes as Renard scored 3 goals in quick succession to put them nine points ahead.
Laune Rangers closed out the half the stronger side and apart from a solitary Renard point, Rangers were able to eat into the deficit before the break. A Dara Callan goal was sandwich between four points – Callum Russell (3 frees) and Mikey O’Donnell, to just trail by three points at the short whistle. The Half Time score:- Laune Rangers 1-9, Renard 3-6.
There was still just three points between the sides at the half way point of the second half, as both sides added four points to their score – Callum Russell (3 frees) and Mikey O’Donnell getting the scores. Renard dealt the Launesiders another blow with their fourth goal and added three points in quick succession to leave them nine ahead with just 5 minutes to play.
Amazingly, Laune Rangers did not allow their heads to drop, and goals from Callum Moriarty & Eoin Hassett brought them back into the game, while Hassett also scored an important point to cancel out an earlier one from Renard. Laune Rangers got the ball forward for a lost roll of the dice in injury time, and Darragh Mangan shot for the all important equalizing goal. The full time whistle was blown and following a discussion with coaches and the County Board’s representative, clarification was struck that extra time would be played. The score at the end of normal time:- Laune Rangers 4-15, Renard 4-15.
Rangers had the lead at the break in extra time, after Eoin Hassett added another goal and point to his own tally while Renard pointed twice. Half time in Extra Time:- Laune Rangers 5-16, Renard 4-17.
As could be expected, the final 8 minute period was a humdinger. Dara Callan put the Killorglin side in prime position with his second goal of the night, but Renard responded with a goal of their own to leave those still sitting on the edge of their seats. The defensive wall held firm though, and the final whistle finally arrived to give Laune Rangers the County Division Nine title. Final Score:- Laune Rangers 6-16, Renard 5-17.
Renard’s players were dejected following the game, and nobody could blame them as they had performed excellently themselves. Inside forwards Ronan & Sean Teahan caused havoc throughout, while Brendan Kelly is definitely a name to look out for in future years.
It is difficult to pick out the best of the Rangers as there was so many that shone on the evening. At the back, Daniel Evans and Cathal Crowley were excellent, while Shogie O’Sullivan grew into the game and was a big defensive rock in extra time. Callum Moriarty left everything on the field while Darragh Callan’s two stints on the field – in normal & extra time – saw him net two goals and Mikey O’Donnell kicked three great points and assisted in many more. Callum Russell finished up with 0-8 from frees, but it was the electric display of Eoin Hassett after he came on that lit up the game. The Under 12 forward finished with 2-3 and played no small part in the team’s victory. Joint Captains Martin Fay & Tiarnach O’Shea accepted the trophy from County Board representative Mary Jo Curran after the game.
Laune Rangers Team: Jack Foley, James Byrne, Shogie O’Sullivan, Patrick Brennan, Daniel Evans, Cathal Crowley (0-1), Callum Russell (0-8f), Sean Twiss, Darragh Callan (2-0), Callum Moriarty (1-0), Mikey O’Donnell (0-3), Martin Fay (0-1), Mark Clifford. Subs used: Oisin Flynn, Darragh Mangan (1-0), Eoin Hassett (2-3), Matt Reinstierna, James Treacy. Panel: Tiarnach O’Shea, Barry Moriarty, Jack Healy, Adam Owens, Aona O’Shea, Ryan Diggin, Jack O’Sullivan, Darragh Evans, Joseph Cronin-Langham.
Laune Rangers 3-8, Skellig Rangers/Valentia Young Islanders 1-13
Laune Rangers Development Team hosted Skellig Rangers/Valentia Young Islanders in the County League Division 9 Semi Final on Friday evening. The game was played as the shortened 13 per side game.
Skellig Rangers had a slight advantage of a breeze in the opening half, and stretched to a 0-5 to 0-1 lead after ten minutes, with Mikey O’Donnell scoring the Rangers’ point in that period. A Darragh Callan goal closed the gap before Mikey O’Donnell followed up with a goal of his own to give the home side a two point lead. After 15 minutes, Laune Rangers led by 2-1 to 0-5.
Laune Rangers, driven on by the midfield of Sean Twiss and Shogie O’Sullivan were in control of the second part of the half. A goal & point in quick succession from Mark Clifford as well as a Mikey O’Donnell point were met by two points from Skellig/Valentia to leave Laune Rangers leading by 5 at the break. Half Time score:- Laune Rangers 3-3, Skellig Rangers/Valentia Young Islanders 0-7.
The second half was more attritional as both sides were fully committed to their respective causes – Laune Rangers to hold their lead and the South Kerry side to claw back the deficit. With ten minutes played in the second half, Callum Moriarty (free) and Martin Fay had pointed for Rangers, but Skellig/Valentia had scored three in the same period. Three Skellig/Valentia points versus one from Laune Rangers - a Callum Moriarty free – left just two points between the sides at 3-6 to 0-13 with 10 minutes to play. The final stages were hotly contested, with a Skellig/Valentia player issued a red card for an off the ball strike, & Laune Rangers took a crucial 4 point lead through a well taken Martin Fay point as regulation time expired.
There was time for more action as a black card to Laune Rangers’ Cathal Crowley awarded the visitors a free and they moved quickly to take advantage of the brief parity in player numbers to catch Rangers for a late goal. Laune Rangers survived though, as the defence stood firm to hold on for the win. Final Score:- Laune Rangers 3-8, Skellig Rangers/Valentia Young Islanders 1-13.
It would be unfair to pick an overall standout player, as they all contributed to the win at some point in the game. Sean Twiss played well before his half time withdrawal and his replacement Callum Moriarty was an able replacement for him alongside their partner in the centre Shogie O’Sullivan. At the back, Barry Moriarty was excellent – especially late on when needed most. All forwards contributed to the team effort. Mikey O’Donnell led the charge in the first half along with Mark Clifford, while Martin Fay came into the game in the second half as well as substitute Oisin Flynn.
Laune Rangers play Renard in the final next week, but the date and venue has not been confirmed at time of writing.
Laune Rangers: Jack Foley, Barry Moriarty, James Byrne, Patrick Brennan, Daniel Evans, Cathal Crowley, Sean Twiss, Shogie O’Sullivan, James Treacy, Mikey O’Donnell (1-2), Darragh Callan(1-0), Martin Fay (0-2), Marc Clifford (1-1). Subs used: Oisin Flynn (0-1), Callum Moriarty (0-2f), Darragh Mangan, Matt Reinstierna Tiernach O'Shea.
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