Laune Rangers 6-18, Churchill 2-12
Laune Rangers Under 16s defeated Churchill on Monday evening to complete their Central Region Division One League stage with four wins from four.
Laune Rangers were quick out of the blocks and were 1-3 to 0-0 ahead after 5 minutes, with Gabriel Griffin, Ronan O’Shea, & James Hurley pointing, while a further point attempt rebounded off the uprights onto the path of Gearoid Hassett, who slotted the ball to the net. Churchill responded with a quick 1-2 of their own, but a Stephen Sealey point for Rangers was followed up by Hassett’s second goal – a super shot past the keeper after beating two defenders. A Churchill pointed free was cancelled out by a Barry O’Connor point to leave Rangers ahead by 2-5 to 1-3 after 15 minutes.
Churchill outscored Laune Rangers by 5 points to 3 in the second quarter to leave a goal between the sides at the break – Gearoid Hassett, Gabe Griffin and James Hurley adding the scores for Rangers. Half Time score:- Laune Rangers 2-8, Churchill 1-8.
Laune Rangers began the send half in the same fashion as the first, and scored their third goal through half time replacement Sean Cleary after a fine move from midfield. Churchill responded with a point, and could have found themselves ahead in minutes, but Rangers goalkeeper Ronan Fitzpatrick pulled off two great saves to deny the visitors goals. This took the wind out of the Churchill sails somewhat as Laune Rangers pushed on. Matt Leslie pointed before Gearoid Hassett completed his hat-trick with another excellent goal while Shane Doona added a free. Gabe Griffin saw his shot saved at point blank range by the Churchill netminder. A Churchill point was cancelled out by a great Timmy O’Shea point before the visitors pointed twice more to leave Rangers ahead by 4-10 to 1-12 with a quarter of the game to play.
Churchill hit the post with a penalty before Rangers increased their lead with a point from Gabe Griffin and a Roan Moriarty goal. Churchill responded with a goal of their own but this would prove to be their final score, as the hosts added a further 1-6 in the last ten minutes to put a gloss on the scoreboard that didn’t do justice to the visitors’ efforts – Roan Moriarty with his second goal & points from Moriarty (2), Matt Leslie (2), Barry O’Connor and Eoin Clifford. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 6-18, Churchil 2-12.
Laune Rangers: Ronan Fitzpatrick, Niall Fenton Toms, Cormac Doyle, Timmy O’Shea (0-1), Evan Madden, James Hurley (0-2), Peadar Foley, Rory O’Connor, Gabriel Griffin (0-3), Barry O’Connor (0-2), Ronan O’Shea (0-1), Eoin Clifford (0-1), Jack Evans, Gearoid Hassett (3-1), Stephen Sealey (0-1). Subs: Matthew Leslie (0-3), Sean Cleary (1-0), Shane Doona (0-1), Roan Moriarty (2-2).