Laune Rangers: 4-10
Laune Rangers secured their place in a County League Semi-Final after a keenly contested encounter in Milltown on Friday last.
Laune Rangers struck early in the half with the impressive full forward Patrick Daly slotting over for the first score of the game after some good build up play from the half forward line. The half progressed openly with both sets of forwards giving their markers plenty to think about. Laune Rangers kept the pressure up during the half some strong attacking play built from good delivery from half backs Jack Cox and Pierce Tyther.
Goals were the telling factor in the half with both Fiachra and Jamie Clifford along with full forward Patrick Daly letting the ball do the work with some fluid passing movements with the end result finding the back of the net for the visitors.
Milltown/Castlemaine for their part will rue a number of missed frees in the half playing with the wind but with the midfield pairing putting it up to Neil O’Brien and Cathal Doyle and well taken scores from both full and corner forwards the home side finished the half strongly.
The final score of the game saw the tenacious corner forward Patrick Carey slotting over from close range after chasing a seemingly lost cause which left the Killorglin side going in the happier at the break on a score of 3-03 to 1-04.
The second half started brightly with the home side as expected putting it up to the visitors from the throw in. No nonsense defending from both Tiernan Clifford and Darragh O’Sullivan started to pay dividends in snuffing out the long ball and starving the dangerous Milltown full forward line of the all-important O’Neills.
Laune Rangers built on their defensive play which resulted in the forwards starting to put some passes together and good interplay between the half and full forward lines saw points form Fiachra Clifford and Patrick Daly.
Milltown/Castlemaine started to get some good possession as a result of positional switches which saw the movement of a midfielder to the top of the score and the full forward switching to midfield. This tactic nearly paid dividends after good build up play saw the wood work struck after some strong running and good interplay from the Milltown/Castlemaine full forward. The Milltown/Castlemaine forwards continue to pile forward and were rewarded with a well taken goal by the lively corner forward and coupled with a fine point a fight back was on the cards.
The Killorglin defence dealt well with the second half pressure with keeper Fionan O ‘making his presence felt and both corner backs getting on top in their individual battles. The hard working midfield pairing of Neil O’Brien and Cathal Doyle chipped in with a point a piece and the reliable Patrick Carey and Jesse McCormack keeping their men busy and the latter rewarded with a poachers goal midway through the half. Substitutions on either side saw the game quicken up with the introduction of Cian O’Shea and Christian Fleming and both men stuck to their cause and laid off some quality ball to keep the pressure on until the final whistle.
Milltown/Castlemaine tried hard in the second half but were unable to break down the Laune Rangers side with the game finishing on a score line of 4-10 to 2-05.
Thank you to all who came out and supported the team.
Fionan O’Sullivan, Tadhg O’Sullivan, Darragh O’Sullivan, Con Sheehan, Jack Cox, Tiernan Clifford, Pierce Tyther, Cathal Doyle, Neil O’Brien, Conor Flynn, Jamie Clifford, Fiachra Clifford, Jesse McCormack, Patrick Daly, Patrick Carey, Cian Shea, Keelin Houlihan, Darragh O’Shea, Cathal Joy, Jamie Brosnan, Podge Ahern, Christian Fleming, Jamie Brosnan.