Central Under 16 League Division 1 FINAL:- Laune Rangers vs Austin Stacks. 1/5/17

posted 1 May 2017, 12:05 by Laune Rangers
The Laune Rangers Under 16 team that contested the Central Region Division One Final on Bank Holiday Monday evening.

Austin Stacks 5-12, Laune Rangers 2-9

Laune Rangers Under 16s suffered their first defeat of the season on Monday evening, as Austin Stacks defeated them in the Central Region Division One Final in Milltown. This was a rematch of sorts, as the same clubs battled out the 2015 Under 14 decider.

Austin Stacks got the perfect start, scoring two goals in the opening three minutes to take a commanding lead. Laune Rangers were playing much better in the early minutes and got a deserved goal of their own as Roan Moriarty reacted fastest to a dropped ball in the square and tapped it into the net. The momentum gained from this goal did not last, however, as Stacks responded with third goal – this one against the run of play – to restore their lead. The Tralee side then kicked the first point of the game to lead by 3-1 to 1-0 with 15 minutes played.

There had been worry over the fitness of David Mangan before the game as he had missed the previous two rounds with injury, and they were proved right to be worried as he was forced off early on. His loss was felt sorely too, as Stacks scored a fourth goal and added three points in the second quarter. Rangers responded with points from Shane Doona, Gabriel Griffin and Jack Evans to go in at the break trailing by ten points. Half Time Score:- Austin Stacks 4-4, Laune Rangers 1-3.

Stacks opened the scoring after the break with a point, before Laune Rangers’ best period of play saw them score four points unanswered in the space of five minutes – a brace each coming from Shane Doona (frees) and Gearoid Hassett. Stacks delivered another body-blow though, scoring a fifth goal and pointing soon after to wipe out Rangers gains beforehand. Laune Rangers were playing well at this point, but their final pass let them down time and again. Gearoid Hassett found the net for Rangers’ second goal in the 44th minute when a fine pass from Gabe Griffin found him in space and he made no mistake, rounding the goalkeeper and tapping into the empty net. With fifteen minutes to play, Austin Stacks led by 5-5 to 2-7.

With Laune Rangers chasing the game, Austin Stacks had control of the game and closed it out with relative comfort. Rangers managed two further points with Hassett and Barry O’Connor giving Rangers the only reward for their efforts but as Rangers pushed upfield, Stacks were able to break on the counter-attack and added seven points to their tally to add gloss to the scoreline. Full Time Score:- Austin Stacks 5-12, Laune Rangers 2-9.

Under 16 competition now takes a break, with the County Leagues to begin later in the summer.

Laune Rangers:- Ronan Fitzpatrick, Evan Madden, Cormac Doyle, Timmy O’Shea, Rory O’Connor, James Hurley, Ronan O’Shea, David Mangan, Gabriel Griffin (0-1), Eoin Clifford, Shane Doona (0-3), Matthew Leslie, Jack Evans (0-1), Roan Moriarty (1-0), Gearoid Hassett (1-3). Subs: Conor Burke, Barry O’Connor (0-1), Peadar Foley, Stephen Sealey, Niall Fenton Toms, Shogie O’Sullivan.