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.