Mid Kerry Under 16 'A' Final:- Milltown/Castlemaine vs Laune Rangers. 3/12/2017

posted 3 Dec 2017, 13:11 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 4 Dec 2017, 06:05 ]
The Laune Rangers team that faced Milltown/Castlemaine in the Mid Kerry Under 16 A Final on Sunday

Laune Rangers retain Mid Kerry U16 crown

Extra Time needed to separate sides in Milltown


Milltown/Castlemaine 3-7, Laune Rangers 1-16

Laune Rangers maintained their grip on the Mid Kerry Under 16 A Championship on Sunday evening, as they overcame Milltown/Castlemaine after extra-time in the fading light of Paddy Burke Park in Milltown.

The Under 16 B Final (Beaufort defeating Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar) was played on the same field before this game and as a result, the under-foot conditions for the A Final were extremely difficult to play in. Rangers adjusted to the conditions quicker than their hosts, and were ahead by three points after 5 minutes – Gabriel Griffin, Ronan O’Shea and Shane Doona (free) pointing their team ahead. Dylan O’Neill opened Milltown’s account with a pointed free, and added a second after Gearoid Hassett had slotted another for Rangers. This left Laune Rangers leading by 0-4 to 0-2 after 15 minutes.

Laune Rangers dominated the latter period of the half, as Gearoid Hassett in particular proved unplayable at corner forward. James Hurley got upfield from wingback to slot a well taken point, before Hassett produced the highlight moment of the game. The forward picked up the ball on the left flank, and beat 5 players as he weaved his way up the sideline and in by the goalline, before punching the ball across the square for Rangers captain Ronan O’Shea to tap in. Hassett continued to cause trouble in front of goal, adding a point following a great catch from an equally excellent pass by midfielder Roan Moriarty. The pace of Shane Doona was also causing issue, and the forward added two points late in the half – one free and one super score from a tight angle – to see Rangers have a commanding lead at the break. The powerplay second quarter was due in no small part to an excellent display from the middle 8, with David Mangan, Roan Moriarty, Rory O’Connor and James Hurley in particular driving their team forward. Half Time Score:- Milltown/Castlemaine 0-2, Laune Rangers 1-8.

The home side came out of the dressing room a different team and scored a goal from the first play of the second half – Dylan O’Neill with a great finish to the net. A pointed free by Ronan O’Shea was soon cancelled out by Milltown through Conor Spillane, before the home side scored their second goal as a high ball was sent in to Sean Hogan, who won it at the edge of the small square and put the ball into the net. Emotion and adrenalin spilled over, which led to an unsavouly incident involving the majority of both teams, but calm was restored and no action was taken. Rangers captain Ronan O’Shea added two frees (Gearoid Hassett & Eoin Clifford drawing fouls) to keep the scoreboard ticking over for the visitors to leave Rangers ahead by 1-11 to 2-3.

Milltown added a third goal from the penalty spot in the 48th minute. Another long ball was sent into the square and, after an initial shot went wide, the match referee overruled his umpire to award a penalty to the home side. Dylan O’Neill dispatched the spot kick to reduce the deficit to two points.

Shane Doona and Dylan O’Neill exchanged frees and Ronan O’Shea increased the Rangers lead to three, but Milltown/Castlemaine rallied to score three points deep in injury time – Conor Spillane (free), Sean Hogan & Oisin O’Connor scoring to level the game up. This was the first time Rangers had lost their lead in the game and it was done just in time to tie the game at the final whistle and force extra time. Full Time Score: Milltown/Castlemaine 3-7, Laune Rangers 1-13.

The lights were turned on at Paddy Burke Park for the Extra Time period, as fading light added to now marsh-like underfoot conditions. However, Laune Rangers regained their composure at the break at the end of normal time, and their skill won out during extra time. The trio of David Mangan, Roan Moriarty and Shane Doona raised their games to new heights to take hold of the game. Doona pointed twice – one free and one from play – to put Rangers ahead by two at the turn, and Roan Moriarty finished a great team move with an excellent point to secure the win for Rangers. Full Time score after Extra Time:- Milltown/Castlemaine 3-7, Laune Rangers 1-16.

Laune Rangers counted themselves lucky that they made it to extra time following the Milltown revival in the second half of the game. However, having taken the lead in the second minute of the game, Rangers never fell behind throughout the 80 minutes and were fully deserving winners in the end.

The home side were best served by Dylan O’Neill who caused all sorts of problems to the Rangers defence as well as John Dennehy. Laune Rangers saw great performances from Peadar Foley, James Hurley, Rory O’Connor and captain Ronan O’Shea (who pitched in with 1-5), while Gearoid Hassett’s first half display was a joy to behold and won a number of frees in the second half. However, the triumvirate of David Mangan, Roan Moriarty & Shane Doona took control of the game when it was in the balance, and they proved the difference at the final whistle.

The Man of the Match award was given to a deserving David Mangan after the game, while Mid Kerry Bord na nÓg’s Damien McCarthy presented Ronan O’Shea with the Mid Kerry Under 16 A Trophy.

Milltown/Castlemaine:- Alex O’Connor, Evan O’Sullivan, Seamus Nagle, Nicky Loughnane (capt), John Dennehy, Martin Foley, Oisin O’Connor (0-1), David Leane, Sean Hogan (1-1), Anthony Kelliher, Dylan O’Neill (2-3, 1pen 2f), CJ Cronin, Cillian Burke, Cathal Bartlett, Conor Spillane (0-2, 1f). Squad: Aaron McSweeney, Adam Clarke, Adam Lenihan, Anthony Barrett, Dáire McCarthy, David Murphy, Jack Griffin, Kevin Harmon, Patrick O’Sullivan, Shane O’Connor.

Laune Rangers:- Ronan Fitzpatrick, Conor Burke, Evan Madden, Tim O’Shea, Peadar Foley, David Mangan, James Hurley (0-1), Roan Moriarty (0-1), Rory O’Connor, Gabriel Griffin (0-1), Eoin Clifford, Shane Doona (0-6, 4f), Ronan O’Shea (1-5, 4f), Jack Evans, Gearoid Hassett (0-2). Subs: Matthew Leslie, Barry O’Connor. Squad: Stephen Sealey, Niall Fenton Toms, Sean Cleary, Darragh Mangan, Calum Moriarty.