Even though the scores were level, the West Kerry side had an advantage coming out from the break, as they had the benefit of the strong breeze that Laune Rangers were unable to capitalize on in the opening 30 minutes. The score of the game came in the opening minutes of the second half – Cian O’Shea scoring a free for Laune Rangers from the outside of his right boot into the wind. Scores were again tied up in the 35th minute when Mark Ashe pointed, and a flurry by Dingle found the seasiders eight points ahead by the 45th minute – points by Luke O’Connell and Seamus Boyle followed up by goals by O’Connell & Ruadhan McCarthy. Davidos Usios increased the lead to nine points with a 45’ on the 48th minute to effectively close out the contest at 2-7 to 0-4. Laune Rangers rallied for the final 12 minutes and points from Cian O’Shea (free) and Patrick Carey were followed by a Cian O’Shea goal straight from a free through a wall of Dingle defenders. Unfortunately time ran out for Laune Rangers as the final whistle was blown and Dingle claimed the Central Division 1 title. Full time score:- Laune Rangers 1-6, Dingle 2-7.
Laune Rangers will be disappointed in the five minute spell in the second half that ultimately cost them the game, as the 2-3 scored by Dingle proved unattainable for the Killorglin side. Padraig Ahern, Oisin Daly, Fiachra Clifford and the placed ball accuracy of Cian O’Shea were the standouts for Laune Rangers. Ruadhan McCarthy, Davidos Usios , Luke O’Connell and especially Mark Ashe were Dingle’s main men, and the performance of Ashe at midfield was the real difference on the day.
Laune Rangers:- Padraig Ahern, Oisin Daly, Connor Murphy, Darragh O’Shea, Liam Croke, David Mangan, Sean Arthurs, Darragh O’Sullivan, Daragh O’Connor, Cian O’Shea (1-2f), Fiachra Clifford (0-1), Eoin Clifford (0-1), Mark O’Connor (0-1), Patrick Carey (0-1), Daire Cleary (0-1). Subs: Kevin Fitzpatrick, Kealan Houlihan, Dylan Costello, Eoin Evans, Kieran Whittleton.
Dingle: Eoin Brosnan, Sean Og Moran, Thomas Devane, Colin Moriarty, Ruadhan McCarthy (1-0), Davidos Usios (0-2f), Niall Geaney (0-1), Dara Fitzgerald, Mark Ashe (0-2), Luke O’Connell (1-1), Brian O’Connor, Dylan Geeaney, Conor Flannery, Seamus Boyle (0-1), Donnacha O’Siochru. Panel: Aaron O’Connor, Christopher Keane, Dean Hilliard, Eoghan Moriarty, Jack O’Shea, James Devane, Joe Saunders, Neesan O’Brien O’Shea, Sean Boland.