Central Region Under 16 Division One Round 3:- Laune Rangers vs Castlegregory. 09/04/2018

posted 9 Apr 2018, 16:08 by Laune Rangers

Laune Rangers 5-18, Castlegregory 4-6 

Laune Rangers Under 16 Boys played their first home game of the season on Monday evening, defeating Castlegregory in the Central Region League Division One.

There was very little between the sides in the opening quarter, as Castlegregory pointed from the opening possession. Laune Rangers had to wait until the fifth minute for their first score, but it was worth the wait – Gearoid Hassett collecting possession on the left flank before setting off along the sideline and then cutting in to beat three defenders and hit the bottom corner of the net. Matt Leslie pointed for Rangers but it was soon cancelled out by a Castlegregory free. Rangers were awarded a 8th minute penalty as the only way to stop Gearoid Hassett’s run was to haul him down inside the square, but the resulting spot kick taken by Matthew Leslie was saved by Castlegregory’s goalkeeper. Castlegregory made full use of the momentum shift, pointing a free before scoring a well taken goal to take a two point lead. However, Jack Healy responded with a point, before Marc Clifford palmed home Rangers’ second goal from a pass across the square by Gearoid Hassett. Hassett scored a point to increase Rangers’ lead to three, but Castlegregory equalized as an effort at a point came back off the post to an attacker who found the net. With 15 minutes played, the sides were level at 2-3 a piece.

Laune Rangers went ahead again in the 18th minute with another excellent goal that was finished by Gearoid Hassett after being worked out from a short kickout through half the Rangers side. This seemed to take the wind out of the sails of the Castlegregory players, and Rangers added six unanswered points in the second quarter through Callum Russell (2), Calum Moriarty, Matt Leslie (2) & Gearoid Hassett – all of the highest quality from either long range, an acute angle or both. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 3-9, Castlegregory 2-3.

Laune Rangers continued to push on straight from the restart, as Calum Russell finished a nice move for the team’s fourth goal, and Gearoid Hassett completed a hat-trick a minute later to effectively end the game as a contest. Points by Matt Leslie (3, 1 free), and Gearoid Hassett were answered by two Castlegregory points, while the visitors netted their third goal from the penalty spot to leave Rangers leading by 5-13 to 3-5 with a quarter to play.

Gearoid Hassett & Matt Leslie (2) continued to put the scoreboard operator to work with further points – Leslie’s last point a super effort from long range bringing his personal tally to 8 points (7 from play) – but these scores were cancelled out by a fourth goal by Castlegregory after some nice play. Another pointed free would be the visitors’ final score, as Marc Clifford and Rory O’Connor added points late on for Rangers. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 5-18, Castlegregory 4-6.

Rangers host An Ghaeltacht in Round 4 of the competition. The game takes place on Monday, April 16th at 7pm in JP O’Sullivan Park.

Laune Rangers Team:- Jake Reenstierna, Cathal Crowley, Matt Reenstierna, Niall Fenton Toms, Sean Cleary, Darragh Mangan, James Byrne, Calum Moriarty (0-1), Rory O’Connor (0-1), Mikey O’Donnell, Matthew Leslie (0-8, 1f), Callum Russell (1-2), Jack Healy (0-1), Gearoid Hassett (3-4), Marc Clifford (1-1). Subs: Cian Naylor, James Treacy, Dean Cahill, Jack Foley, Daniel Evans.