Bord na nOg Match Reports Archive - 2012 to 2015
Milltown/Castlemaine managed to press on in the second half and, aided by a Michael Dennehy goal, closed out the game. While Rangers scored points through Fiachra Clifford (2, 1 free) and Daniel Whittleton (free), six points from the Milltown/Castlemaine side saw them run out winners. Final Score: Laune Rangers 0-7, Milltown/Castlemaine 2-10. While these players will be greatly disappointed with the loss, all but 4 of them will have at least one more opportunity to compete at Minor level.
Laune Rangers: Robert Lynch, Pierce Tyther, George Evans, Patrick Carey (0-1), Jesse McCormack, Cathal Doyle, Daniel Whittleton (0-2f), Kevin Fitzpatrick, John Francis O’Grady (0-1), Cian O’Shea, Fiachra Clifford (0-2, 1f), Dáire Cleary (0-1), Daragh O’Connor, Jamie Clifford, Manus Gallagher. Subs: Paddy Collins, Christian Fleming, Darragh O’Shea.
Milltown/Castlemaine: Cormac Leane, Sean O’Dea, James O’Connor, Ciarán O’Connor, Oltan Heffernan, Aaron O’Brien, Cian Bradley, David Roche, Kieran Griffin, Michael Dennehy, Eoin O’Brien, Tadhg McCarthy, Niall Sertutxa, Padraig O’Brien, Craig Counihan. Sub: Daniel Cronin.
Laune Rangers and Milltown/Castlemaine will have to meet again to decide the fate of the 2015 Mid Kerry Minor Championship, following a drawn final played in Beaufort on Saturday.Laune Rangers started much brighter and led by 0-3 to 0-1 after 15 minutes, with Patrick Daly (free), Fiachra Clifford & Patrick Carey pointing for the Killorglin side after Eoin O’Brien had pointed a free to give Milltown/Castlemaine an early lead. Rangers also had a clear goal chance in this period, but Dáire Cleary’s effort hit the wrong side of the left post and went wide, while an injury to Neil O’Brien (dislocated shoulder) meant Rangers lost a key midfielder. After points were traded between Eoin O’Brien (free) and Cian O’Shea, Laune Rangers took control of the game when Patrick Daly beat Cormac Leane in the Milltown/Castlemaine goal after some great work from Dáire Cleary and initially Patrick Carey. Eoin O’Brien and Patrick Daly exchanged frees before the break, & the sides went in at Half Time with the score:- Laune Rangers 1-5, Milltown/Castlemaine 0-3.
Milltown found new impetus after the break & after finding themselves 5 points in arrears before the short whistle, they moved into a two point lead within 5 minutes of the restart, with points from Padraig O’Brien, Eoin O’Brien and a goal & two points from Kieran Griffin who was switched to full forward from midfield at the break. Rangers lost another key player in Patrick Daly, who was forced to concede defeat to a head injury following an earlier knock. Rangers regained their composure though, and with their younger players like Daragh O’Connor, Patrick Carey and Pierce Tyther growing into the game, two pointed frees through Fiachra Clifford levelled scores before another Eoin O’Brien free gave Milltown/Castlemaine a 1-8 to 1-7 lead with a quarter remaining.
Milltown re-established their two point lead with an Eoin O’Brien point from play but once again, Fiachra Clifford bagged a brace (1 free, 1 from play) to bring the scores level at 1-9 a piece with 3 minutes to play. Eoin O’Brien pointed a free – his 7th point of the game – to put Milltown ahead in the 58th minute, but Daragh O’Connor started and finished a fantastic score to level the game again. Laune Rangers had two late chances to win the game with long range frees but they were just outside the range of Fiachra Clifford and Daniel Whittleton respectively, and referee Billy O’Shea blew the final whistle. Full Time score: Laune Rangers 1-10, Milltown/Castlemaine 1-10.
The loss of a five point half time lead would suggest that Laune Rangers left this one after them, but the loss of two leaders on an already young minor team is hard to discount in the final reckoning. The switch by Milltown/Castlemaine of Kieran Griffin and Padraig O’Brien at the break paid huge dividends and coupled with the accuracy of Eoin O’Brien, this was the reason for their comeback in the first ten minutes of the second half. Meanwhile the young Laune Rangers team, with six U16 players on the field for a large part of the game, was not found wanting on the day & Fiachra Clifford, Patrick Carey and Daragh O’Connor in particular grew into the game to claim the draw. The replay date has not yet been fixed, but looks likely to take place in the early weeks of 2016.
Laune Rangers: Robert Lynch, Pierce Tyther, George Evans, Patrick Carey (0-1), Darragh O’Sullivan, Cathal Doyle, Daniel Whittleton, Neil O’Brien, John Francis O’Grady, Cian O’Shea (0-1), Fiachra Clifford (0-5, 3f), Dáire Cleary, Patrick Daly (1-2, 2f), Jamie Clifford, Manus Gallagher (capt). Subs used: Daragh O’Connor (0-1), Eoghan O’Sullivan, Jesse McCormack, Paddy Collins. Unused: Padraig Ahern, Christian Fleming, Darragh O’Shea, Kevin Fitzpatrick
Milltown/Castlemaine: Cormac Leane, Ciaran O’Connor, Cian Bradley, Sean O’Dea, Gavin McKenna, Tadhg McCarthy, David Roche (capt), Kieran Griffin (1-2), Mike Dennehy, Eoin O’Brien (0-7, 5f), Padraig O’Reilly, Craig Counihan, Padraig O’Brien (0-1), Niall Serturxa, Ultan Heffernan. Sub used: Aaron O’Brien. Unused: Daniel Cronin, Fionan O’Connor, Killian Kerins, James O’Connor, Cathal Foley, Jack Dennehy, Luke Heffernan, Adam Scanlon.
Beaufort took the lead for the first time in the opening minute of the second half, when a speculative shot from Joseph Glynwood was mishandled by Robert Lynch in goal for Rangers, & the ball found the net for a goal. That would be the solitary score of the opening ten minutes of the second half. Beaufort’s Jonathan Kissane was sent off with a straight red card for an incident off the ball in the 40th minute, & Beaufort were down to 14 for the remainder of the game. Laune Rangers substitute Eoghan O’Sullivan scored a well taken point on the next phase of play but it was soon cancelled out by a Mike Breen free. With a quarter to play, Beaufort led by 1-6 to 0-7 but they would not score for the remainder of the game.
Daniel Whittleton finished a good team move for his second point of the game before Patrick Daly slotted the ball to the net for a Laune Rangers goal in the 50th minute, following some excellent work from cousins Fiachra and Jamie Clifford to re-take the lead. Jamie & Fiachra both pointed excellent scores in the closing minutes, and a final Patrick Daly free gave Laune Rangers the victory on a Final Score:- Laune Rangers 1-11, Beaufort 1-6.
Laune Rangers will now play Milltown/Castlemaine in the Mid Kerry Minor Final.
Laune Rangers: Robert Lynch, Pierce Tyther, George Evans, Patrick Carey, Darragh O’Sullivan, Cathal Doyle, Daniel Whittleton (0-2), Neil O’Brien, John F O’Grady, Cian O’Shea (0-1), Fiachra Clifford (0-3), Daire Cleary, Jamie Clifford (0-2), Patrick Daly (1-2f), Manus Gallagher. Subs used: Daragh O’Connor, Eoghan O’Sullivan (0-1), Paddy Collins, Christian Fleming. Also in Squad: Padraig Aherne, Darragh O'Shea, Kevin Fitzpatrick.
Beaufort: Darragh Curran, Ian McGillycuddy, Cormac O’Connor, Kevin Coffey, Paul Murphy, Ciaran Kennedy, Conor Cronin, Mike Breen (0-5, 3f), Sean Kelliher, Aaron Foley (0-1), Keith Moloney, Jonathan Kissane, Joseph Glynwood (1-0), Cian O’Sullivan, Ryan Sweeney.
Laune Rangers - the Mid Kerry Under 14 'A' Champions 2015
Laune Rangers and Milltown/Castlemaine clashed in the Mid Kerry U14A final held in Keel last Sunday. Having played each other in the John Egan tournament as well as in the earlier rounds of the Mid Kerry championship, both sides were well acquainted with each other and a keen battle was expected. That is exactly how it transpired with Rangers winning on a scoreline of 3-7 to 1-6. Playing into a strong breeze, Rangers carried the fight to Milltown from the start and - aided by an early Ronan O Shea goal after Milltown keeper Alex O Connor made a superb save - it settled the Rangers lads. With Roan Moriarty and James Hurley on top in midfield, some good ball was going into the dangerous inside forward line of Jack Evans, Eoin Clifford and Gearoid Hassett with strong running from the half forward line of O Shea, Shane Doona and Gabriel Griffin. A feature of the first half was the good marking by the Rangers backline also with David Mangan, Conor Burke and Cormac Doyle snuffing out a lot of the Milltown/Castlemaine attacks. Special mention also must go to stand in goalkeeper Barry O Connor who was rock solid in goals. Rangers had the lead by a goal at the break. Half Time Score: Laune Rangers 1-3, Milltown/Castlemaine 0-3.
The Milltown/Castlemaine half time team talk had the desired effect and, with David Leane starting to get into the game, they were level 10 minutes in having scored a goal after incisive work through the middle. Laune Rangers regrouped and - with Shane Doona spraying some great ball around and taking a couple of scores himself - Rangers began to find openings. Firstly, Gearoid Hassett sped through the middle and as O Connor advanced he slipped the ball to Eoin Clifford who had the easiest of tasks in scoring from a couple of yards out. With Rangers sensing victory, Clifford again was at the end of a good team move involving almost every player on the team to rattle the net and secure victory. The back-line ensured there was no late drama with Timmy O Shea and David Mangan repelling a lot of the Milltown/Castlemaine attacks and Rangers scoring a screamer of a long distance point from substitute Dean Callan. Referee Billy O'Shea blew the final whistle, which sparked great celebrations amongst the team and mentors alike. Mid Kerry Bord na nÓg Secretary Mags Evans presented the Under 14 Mid Kerry championship trophy Laune Rangers captain, Jack Evans. Full Time: Laune Rangers 3-7, Milltown/Castlemaine 1-6.
Everybody played their part and it’s testament to the development of the squad throughout the year that there were no standout individual performances on the day but rather a pretty complete team performance. Barry O’Connor performed admirably in goals at short notice. The backs were sound throughout with Evan Madden, Cormac Doyle and Conor Burke keeping it tight at the back. David Mangan and Timmy O Shea provided great attacking threat from the half back positions while James Hurley and Roan Moriarty more than held their own at midfield. The Rangers forwards were efficient in their finishing and a real addition to their play on the day was the tackling and turnovers on the Milltown defence as they came out with the ball.
Team and substitutes: Barry O’Connor, Conor Burke, Evan Madden, Cormac Doyle, Peadar Foley, David Mangan, Timmy O Shea, Roan Moriarty, James Hurley, Ronan O Shea, Shane Doona, Gabriel Griffin, Gearoid Hassett, Jack Evans, Eoin Clifford, Rory O’ Connor, Dean Callan, Steven Sealey, Sean Cleary, Matthew Leslie, Nathan Houlihan.
Laune Rangers Under 14 White team unfortunately lost their Mid Kerry C final against Glenbeigh/Glencar on a scoreline of 4-8 to 2-11 on Sunday afternoon. This was a closely fought game throughout. Laune Rangers made the brighter start due to the accurate point taking of Matthew Leslie and a Gearoid Hassett goal. Glenbeigh responded strongly towards the end of the first half and led by 2 points, 2-4 to 1-5. Ten minutes into the second half Hassett struck for a second goal which gave Rangers a lead they would hold until 3 minutes from time when a scoring burst of 1-1 from Glenbeigh gave them the decisive advantage. Rangers almost grabbed a draw but the Glenbeigh keeper made an excellent save to deny Matthew Leslie. Great credit has to go to the development panel who, despite today's result, have had an outstanding year.
Panel: Stephen O Sullivan, Patrick Brennan, James Byrne, Niall Fenton Toms, Sean Cleary, Callum Moriarty, Stephen Sealy, Rory O' Connor, Callum Russell, Barry O' Connor, Gearoid Hassett, Dean Callan, Nathan Houlihan, Matthew Leslie, Tiernach O' Shea, Cian Naylor, Mikey O' Donnell, Darragh Mangan, Darragh Callan, Daniel Evans.
Congratulations also must go to the Under 14 management team of Paudie O Shea, Glenn Evans, Tony Lyons, Mike Moriarty, Patsy Joy, Mark O’Connor, Gearoid Clifford, Fergus Clifford, Robbie Evans who deserve great credit for their work throughout the year. The work between both teams and management contributed in all players having a successful year with this team playing in the final of every competition it entered while the development team won its own County League earlier in the year.
Beaufort carried their flurry before the whistle into the second half & with the first play after throw in, a long pass into the square caused some defensive mix-up & Padraig Coffey tapped the ball to a gaping net. Laune Rangers settled down again though, and persistant pressure on the Beaufort defense brought with it a number of fouls and resulting frees. The game was again tied up by the 40th minute when Cian O’Shea (3) and Daire Cleary pointed frees to put the score at 0-13 to 1-10. A glittering seven minute spell followed for Rangers as they scored 3 goals in succession to put them in command. Daragh O’Connor finished the first goal before Shane Doona and Cian O’Shea (free) added points. Fiachra Clifford was brought down inside the square by Beaufort goalkeeper David O’Shea and was awarded a penalty, which was duly dispatched by centre back Patrick Carey. A Daragh O’Connor point further stretched the lead before two pieces of brilliance led to Rangers’ third goal – Cian O’Shea with a great turnover and pass inside to Fiachra Clifford who turned his marker, rounded the goalkeeper and found the corner of the net.
Laune Rangers were now ahead by eleven points (3-15 to 1-10) with 8 minutes left on the clock, & not many people would have argued that Rangers had the win secured. Nobody told this to Beaufort however, and a non-stop onslaught of the Rangers goal ensued. The following five minutes saw the advantage almost wiped out, as goals from Padraig Cronin and Padraig Coffey were supplemented by points from Jonathan Kissane (free), Jason Coffey & Dylan O’Sullivan to reduce the gap to just two points. There was nearly two minutes of injury time played when Rangers’ Cian O’Shea slotted a free to put three between them, but there was time for one more Beaufort attack. Beaufort won a free 20 metres out from goal, and the Laune Rangers defensive bus was well and truly parked in front of Padraig Ahern’s goal. The Ciarán Kennedy effort towards the net was deflected over the bar and the referee’s whistle sounded to give Laune Rangers the victory and Mid Kerry title. Full Time score: Laune Rangers 3-16, Beaufort 3-14.
Beaufort came very close to claiming a draw, due mainly to the midfield expoits of Ciarán Kennedy and Jonathan Kissane, who dominated the latter stages and time and again set up their full forward Padraig Coffey. Coffey’s pace and accuracy saw him score 2-5 to push his side on until the end. Daragh O’Connor put in a big effort in the game, while Cian O’Shea had an unerring record on rightsided frees & his work rate proved invaluable. However, Fiachra Clifford stood out as the one who was able to turn defence into attack in a flash and his scores were all a joy to behold. Laune Rangers captain Padraig Ahern was on hand to accept the trophy for his team from Mid Kerry Bord na nOg Chairman Padraig Barton.
Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Oisin Daly, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Connor Murphy, Liam Croke, Patrick Carey (1-0 pen), Sean Arthurs, Darragh O’Sullivan (0-1), Eoin O’Sullivan, Cian O’Shea (0-6f), Fiachra Clifford (1-2), Daragh O’Connor (1-2), Mark O’Connor (0-1), Eoin Evans, Daire Cleary (0-3, 2f). Subs used: Shane Doona (0-1), David Mangan.
Beaufort: David O’Shea, Kieran O’Sullivan, Ian McGillicuddy, Rory Clifford, Michael Healy, Keelan Cahill, Liam Curran, Ciaran Kennedy (0-3, 2f), Jonathan Kissane (0-2f), Padraig Cronin (1-1), Dylan O’Sullivan (0-1), William Joy, Jason Coffey (0-1), Padraig Coffey (2-5, 4f), Eoin O’Hagan (0-1). Subs used: Liam O’Connor.
The U14 girls from Laune Rangers & Cromane joined forces to represent Killorglin in the Community Games U14 ladies football championship.
At the National Finals weekend in Athlone, Killorglin representing Kerry, faced Donegal in the semi-final match on Saturday. The Killorglin girls had their scoring boots on, with 10 of the team registering a score, which demonstrated the balance throughout the squad. The game was very close and tense at times as Donegal scored 3 goals which cancelled out Killorglin’s tally of points. Killorglin’s defence were under pressure for extended periods as they struggled to deal with Donegal's very quick hand passing, however a decisive Lucy O’Donnell goal in the fourth quarter sent Killorglin into a lead which they held to the final whistle.
This was a good offensive team performance from the Killorglin/Cromane girls and the win set them up for a repeat of the 2013 final against Lucan Sarsfields who represented Dublin. Final score: Kerry (Killorglin) 1-12, Donegal 3-4
The final on Sunday was always going to be a tight affair as memories of the 2013 defeat were still fresh in the Killorglin girls’ minds. It was a very wet day so conditions were not ideal, but the crowds - clad in jackets and sheltering under umbrellas - roared their teams on.
An intense but fair match followed with Lucan getting off to a fast start finding the net in the first minute. Killorglin failed to score in the first quarter but settled into the match as it progressed. Whilst the Kerry girls found scores hard to come by, their defence, inspired by the tireless Shannon Foley, grew in stature and held strong against anything that Lucan threw at them. Killorglin grew in confidence and in the third quarter outscored Lucan to leave the game on a knife edge for the final 10 minute quarter.
At the break the Killorglin girls circled around and listened carefully as their managers passionate speech rallied the troops and had them charged & ready for the job at hand.
The girls let out an earth shattering roar that shook the rafters of the Lucan camp before sprinting onto the field. Defeat was not on their agenda as the defence, led by Claire Fealey who had a magnificent game in goals, stood firm under waves of Lucan pressure. A well worked passage of play from Hannah & Cora Joy resulted in a vital goal that put the Kerry parish 4 points clear, however Lucan were not letting the game go and they managed a late goal, which brought them to within a point of Killorglin. With a minute to go, there wasn’t a Kerry supporter left with either nerves or breath who didn’t reach for rosary beads or a rabbit’s foot. The two teams traded a point each before the referee blew the final whistle to screams of joy from the Laune Rangers & Cromane girls. Lucan - whose players and management were a credit to them throughout the game - were sporting in defeat, but the day belonged to the girls from Killorglin & Cromane.
The final score: Kerry(Killorglin) 4-3, Lucan 3-5.
This was a well deserved reward for all the players & coaches who gave their all over the entire Community Games campaign.
The Killorglin/Cromane squad: Laura Brennan, Alanna O’Sullivan, Fodhla Houlihan, Hannah Joy, Maureen Duffy, Cora Joy, Kayleigh McGlashan, Claire Fealey, Maggie West, Rachel Evans, Caitlin McMahon, Alanna Dolan, Roisin Hayes, Nicole Moriarty, Lucy O’Donnell, Shannon Foley.
A big thank you to all the coaches and management : William Joy, Owen Joy, Anthony O’Sullivan, Pat Duffy, Scott McGlashan, Noeleen Gamble
There is an old saying in GAA that says ‘Goals win Games’ and this certainly rang through on this highly entertaining encounter on Monday evening. Following a day of uncertainty about the location of the final, the Under 14s of Laune Rangers and Austin Stacks met in Currow to decide the fate of the Central League Division 1 for 2015. These clubs met in the 2014 final, but only a handful of players on each side returned as eligible this year. This game was Laune Rangers’ fourth major final at this age grade this year, having lost the County Division 1 Final and the County & Regional Féile Finals in recent months while Austin Stacks represented Kerry in Féile Peil na nÓg after winning the Féile Ciarraí ‘B’ competition.Laune Rangers took an early lead and had a three point advantage after 6 minutes (by 4 points to 1) but Stacks recouped and were level by the 9th minute – Ronan O’Shea (free), Shane Doona (2) and Gearoid Hassett scoring for Rangers while Conor Myers (3, 1 free) and Joe Bastible did the honours for the Rockies. Stacks took the lead themselves following sustained pressure and pointed frees from Sean Quilter (2) as well as points from Conor Myers and Padraic Linnane were met with the solitary point from Gearoid Hassett in the period to lead by 0-8 to 0-5 after 18 minutes. A fantastic pointed free by Rangers’ Roan Moriarty & a gem from play by Shane Doona reduced the deficit to the minimum with 10 minutes to play in the half. However, goals would give Austin Stacks the advantage before half time, and Joe Bastible and Padraic Linnane netted in quick succession before Ronan O’Shea found the net in reply for Rangers in superb style following an excellent pass from Eoin Clifford. Conor Myers pointed two frees for the Rockies to put his side ahead by six points at the break. The score at Half Time: Laune Rangers 1-7, Austin Stacks 2-10.
Laune Rangers shot out of the traps in the early exchanges of the second half, and could have been level very quickly if the rules for older age groups applied, as Gearoid Hassett was hauled down inside the square by Stacks’ goalkeeper David Oba – an act that earned the Tralee man a black card. However, there are no penalties awarded at Under 14 level and a 13 metre free had to suffice for Rangers’ Shane Doona. Two minutes later provided a case of déjà vu as yet another foul inside the Stacks penalty area saw another free awarded, which Doona duly dispatched. Two points from play for Rangers through Roan Moriarty and Eoin Clifford put just two points between the sides but another sucker punch was delivered by Austin Stacks as they broke down the field to strike for their third goal, which was finished by Liam Nolan to stretch out to a 3-10 to 1-11 lead. Laune Rangers rallied again though, and Eoin Clifford was on the end of a high ball to fist the ball to the net before a Shane Doona brace levelled the game for the Rangers on the 40th minute.
Austin Stacks dug in their heels again and points from Colin Myers (free), Shane Quilter (free) & Liam Nolan put a clear goal between the sides at 3-13 to 2-13. Austin Stacks’ 4th goal through Joe Bastible was sandwiched by points by Rangers’ Ronan O’Shea and Eoin Clifford to leave four points between the sides with 10 minutes to play, but the Launesiders search for parity left them exposed at the back for the Rockies to put some gloss on the scoreboard. Sean Quilter (free) and Liam Nolan pointed before Conor Myers put the final nail in the coffin for Stacks’ 5th goal.
So, Laune Rangers fell at the final hurdle yet again as they lost a 4th final this year. However, it's the sign of a good team to reach 4 major finals and just lacked the slice of luck required to get over the line. There was certainly not 9 points between the sides on the balance of play and the 5-15 to 2-15 scoreline would be more truly analysed by the 3 scores or ‘kicks of a ball’ that separated the sides. The size advantage of ‘the Rock’ was distinct & midfielder Sean Quilter put in a dominant performance including 4 frees. The contribution of 1-7 by Conor Myers was outstanding as was that of flying wing back Padraic Linnane who pitched in with 1-1. On Rangers side, the forwards had many danger players and Shane Doona, Gearoid Hassett and Eoin Clifford scored 2-11 between them. Gabriel Griffin deserves special mention for his display at full back, as he kept the Stacks attack at bay for huge parts of the game to keep his side in with a chance until near the end. The Official Man of the Match was awarded to Austin Stacks midfielder Leon Shalemba however.
Laune Rangers: Ronan Fitzpatrick, Conor Burke, Gabriel Griffin, Rory O’Connor, Peadar Foley, David Mangan, Timmy O’Shea, Roan Moriarty (0-2, 1f), James Hurley, Barry O’Connor, Shane Doona (0-7, 2f), Ronan O’Shea (1-2, 2f), Gearoid Hassett (0-2), Jack Evans, Eoin Cliford (1-2). Subs used: Matthew Leslie, Erwin Brennan, Dean Callan
Austin Stacks: David Oba, David Burke, Danny Draghici, Adam Curran, Eoghan Carroll, Dara Barry Walsh, Padraic Linnane (1-1), Sean Quilter (0-4f), Leon Shalemba, James Fernane, Daniel O’Rourke, Jordan Barry, Liam Nolan (1-2), Conor Myers (1-7, 3f), Joe Bastible (2-1).
Laune Rangers took to the field with a very young side, with five Under 16s in the starting fifteen, and it was the youngest of these – Daire Cleary in his Minor debut – who opened the scoring in the first minute with a well taken point. Rangers continued to dominate the opening exchanges, and their pressure was converted into frees. Patrick Daly pointed three of these frees to give the home side a four point lead before Rahillys registered their first point. Another Daire Cleary point restored the four point advantage, before two goals in a minute against the run of play gave the Strand Road side the lead – Kevin Johnson finding the net for both – and the score after a quarter hour was Laune Rangers 0-5, Kerins O’Rahillys 2-1. Fiachra Clifford finished off a fine team move for a point before the Rangers lead was restored – Patrick Daly making the net bulge in the 18th minute. Points from Fiachra Clifford & Patrick Daly (free) were sandwiched between a trio of points from Rahillys before the short whistle but the hosts went to the break with the slightest lead. Half time score:- Laune Rangers 1-8, Kerins O’Rahillys 2-4.
The short term transfer of the Track from football field to Helicopter Pad lasted short of 30 minutes, but the game did not take long to return to the high intensity it was played at in the first half. The midfield partnership of John Francis O’Grady and Neil O’Brien in particular were beginning to gain the upper hand, and a great long pass from O’Brien found Dara O’Shea who punched the ball to the net in the first minute of the half. This put Rangers ahead by 2-8 to 2-4 and a Neil O’Brien point quickly put five between the sides. Patrick Daly’s second goal put some short-lived daylight between the sides but an amazing three goals in 5 minutes for Rahillys gave the visitors a two point lead by 5-5 to 3-9 with a quarter to play – Kevin Johnson completing a hat-trick before his attempt at a fourth hit the post for Gary Nolan to tap in to the net and Gavin Wadding’s lob shot to the top corner completed the goal-fest. However, Laune Rangers dominated the final quarter, and five unanswered points from Patrick Daly (including 3 frees) put a goal between the sides. A Kerins O’Rahillys point made for an exciting close to the game, but Daire Cleary – the debutant who opened the scoring in the first minute of the game – pointed with the final kick to secure the win for Rangers. Final score:- Laune Rangers 3-15, Kerins O’Rahillys 5-6.
This was a superb performance from a very young Laune Rangers minor team – in fact only three of the starting fifteen are overage in 2016. There were some outstanding performances, such as Patrick Carey at the back, and the half forward line of Cian O’Shea, Fiachra Clifford, & Daire Cleary – all of whom are Under 16. The ever reliable boot of Patrick Daly saw him contribute 2-9 (7 frees), but it was the standout performance at midfield of Neil O’Brien that was at the centre of all good play for the Laune-siders.
Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Patrick Carey, George Evans, Pierce Tyther, Christian Fleming, Manus Gallagher, Aidan O’Sullivan, Neil O’Brien (0-1), John Francis O’Grady, Cian O’Shea , Fiachra Clifford (0-2), Daire Cleary (0-3), Dara O’Shea (1-0), John Chris O’Brien, Patrick Daly (2-9, 7f). Subs: Darragh O’Shea, Daragh O’Connor, Ciarán Foyle, Jamie Clifford.
Laune Rangers 3-9, Na Gaeil 5-7The County Under 16 League got underway on Wednesday evening last, and Laune Rangers opened their campaign with a home tie against Na Gaeil. The visitors got off to a dream start when, after just 20 seconds, the ball was in the Rangers net as Dara Devine finished a move that began directly from the throw in. The remainder of the opening quarter didn’t inprove matters for the home side as Aaron Dewy followed up a well taken point by punching the ball into the net for Na Gaeil’s second goal. Two Darragh O’Sullivan points from 45s as well as a Cian O’Shea free dampened the flames of the Na Gaeil attack and the score after 15 minutes had Rangers trailing Na Gaeil by 0-3 to 2-1. Aaron Dewy and Fergal Barry pointed next for the Tralee side before the third Na Gaeil goal was netted by Dara Devine. However, Rangers responded with a goal of their own through Daragh O’Connor & followed it up with a Patrick Carey brace to reduce the gap to 4 points as first half additional time approached. Na Gaeil added an extra two points before the short whistle through Ryan O’Neill & Dara Devine (free) to make the score at half time:- Laune Rangers 1-5, Na Gaeil 3-5.
A touch of déjà vu came upon the teams as the second half began, as the visitors struck for an early goal yet again – this time Niall O’Mahony nestling the ball to the net. Rangers responded well though, and points from Cian O’Shea & Patrick Carey were added to a goal by Cian O’Shea to reduce to deficit to 4 points with 15 minutes to play, as Laune Rangers trailed by 2-7 to 4-5. Diarmuid O’Connor netted Na Gaeil’s 5th goal of the evening to stop the Rangers comeback in its tracks, but Rangers rallied and & Darragh O’Sullivan goal, as well as points from Cian O’Shea and Daragh O’Connor brought the Killorglin side back to within two points of the leaders – the closest the score had been since the first minute. However, Na Gaeil closed out the game with two points through Diarmuid O’Connor and Dara Devine to secure the league points in a hotly contested game. Full Time score: Laune Rangers 3-9, Na Gaeil 5-7.
Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Oisin Daly, Dylan Costello, Darragh O’Shea, Liam Croke, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Sean Arthurs, Darragh O’Sullivan (1-2), Daragh O’Connor (1-1), Cian O’Shea (1-3) Daire Cleary, Eoin O’Sullivan, Mark O’Connor, Patrick Carey (0-3), Fiachra Clifford. Subs: Shane Doona, David Mangan.
Na Gaeil: Shawn Duggan, Damien Burke, Tim Kelliher, Declan Horgan, Rory Murphy, Ryan O’Neill (0-1), Fergal Barry (0-1), Niall O’Mahony (1-0), Dylan Burns, Aaron Dewy(1-2), Daniel Goggin, Diarmuid O’Connor(1-1), Tadhg Lynch, Dara Devine(2-2).
2015 County U14 League Finals. Laune Rangers Blue v Kenmare & Laune Rangers White v Austin Stacks - 15th & 16th May 2015