Laune Rangers U14 Blue defeated in County Division One Final
Rangers White win Division Ten in Final Cracker
image above: Laune Rangers U14 White celebrate the County Division Ten title as they beat Austin Stacks on Saturday evening.County Division One Final: Laune Rangers v Kenmare
Laune Rangers Under 14 ‘Blue’ side faced Kenmare on Friday evening in the County League Division One Final. Played on the second pitch at Legion GAA Grounds in Killarney, the game got off to a slow start. Five minutes had passed before the imaginary scoreboard was tested, when Kenmare scored two points in quick succession to take the lead, and it took until the quarter mark for Rangers to respond – a Gearoid Hassett point bringing Kenmare’s lead to 0-2 to 0-1. Kenmare had much the better of play though, and scored three unanswered points before a Shane Doona free for Rangers stemmed the tide. Doona then got his side back into the game on the 26th minute when a super pass from Gearoid Hassett spilt the defence and Doona found the bottom corner of the net for a goal to tie scores. Kenmare managed another free before the break to nudge ahead at half time:- Kenmare 0-6, Laune Rangers 1-2. Kenmare may have been further ahead at the break but from some great Rangers defending. James Hurley caught one dropping free under the bar to stop a sure goal, while Eoin Clifford and Timmy O’Shea cleared danger on more than one occasion.
Frees were traded between Kenmare & Laune Rangers (through Shane Doona) in the opening stages of the second half, before Kenmare once again took control of the game with four unanswered points (2 frees). Jack Evans scored a free for Laune Rangers to leave Kenmare ahead by 0-11 to 1-4 with ten minutes to play. Kenmare seized control of the game and indeed the trophy for the final stages, and scored 2-3 to put some gloss on the scoreboard. Roan Moriarty’s free kick at goal went over the bar for Rangers final point to make the score at Full Time:- Kenmare 2-14, Laune Rangers 1-5.
Laune Rangers ‘Blue: Ronan Fitzpatrick, Rory O’Connor, Evan Madden, Timmy O’Shea, Conor Burke, Gabriel Griffin, James Hurley, David Mangan, Roan Moriarty, Gearoid Hassett, Shane Doona, Ronan O’Shea, Eoin Clifford, Jack Evans, Dean Callan. Subs used: Barry O’Connor, Matthew Leslie, Sean Cleary.
County Division Ten Final: Laune Rangers v Austin Stacks
The Under 14 White team took the field on Saturday afternoon in Listry to face Austin Stacks in the final of County Division 10. This was a 13 a side competition played over 50 minutes – two 25 minute halves. Laune Rangers were facing into a stiff breeze for the first half, and Austin Stacks used this breeze to their advantage to build a seven point lead into the break. The Half Time score was Laune Rangers 0-2, Austin Stacks 1-6.
Rangers produced a much more solid performance on the resumption, and had the half time deficit wiped out by the ¾ mark – a 37th minute goal putting Rangers ahead by a point at 3-5 to 2-7. Laune Rangers kicked on from there and held on to register a fine two point win, with every player from goalkeeper to full forward contributing to the performance. Final score:- Laune Rangers 3-7, Austin Stacks 2-8.
Laune Rangers White: Cian Naylor, Callum Moriarty, Stephen O’Sullivan, Cormac Doyle, Peadar Foley, James Byrne, Callum Russell, Rory O’Connor, Sean Cleary, Matthew Leslie, Jack Carey, Nathan Houlihan, Martin Fay, Niall Fenton Toms, Barry O’Sullivan, Dara Mangan, Tiarnach O’Shea.
Of Course, the Under 14s panel are could not reach the final of two divisions – winning one – without huge effort at training by an extended panel of players, all of whom could not take the field on Final weekend. Therefore, it’s only fair to give mention to the other players that made up the U14 squad and who played over the course of the County Leagues in Division One or Ten: Stephen Sealey, Barry Moriarty, Daniel Evans, Dean Cahill, Jake Reinstierna, Matt Reinstierna, James Clifford, Stephen Cronin.
Well done also to the Bainisiteoirí and Roghneoirí of the combined panel:- Paudie O’Shea, Glen Evans, Tony Lyons, Mike Moriarty, Mark O’Connor, Gearoid Clifford, Fergus Clifford, and Robert Evans.