2017 Match Reports
Laune Rangers 2-13, Castleisland 3-12
Laune Rangers Under 16 Girls were defeated in their opening game of the season on Monday evening in a County League tie against Castleisland Desmonds played at Cloon pitch.
Laune Rangers had much the better of the opening half and scored ten points with the aid of the wind, but two goals for Casteisland kept them in touch and the sides went in at the break all square – Rachael Evans scoring five points in the period, with Kayleigh McGlashan (2), Fodhla Houlihan (2) & Andrea Nolan adding to the Rangers tally. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-10, Castleisland Desmonds 2-4.
The visitors got much the better start to the second half, and scored their third goal and a brace of points within two minutes of the restart. Points from Kayleigh McGlashan and Nicole Moriarty (free) were cancelled out by a couple of Desmonds points before Rachael Evans added her sixth of the evening to leave Rangers trailing by 0-13 to 3-8 with fifteen minutes to play. Desmonds scored four further points in the latter stages, while late goals for Rangers through Fodhla Houlihan and Alanna O’Sullivan gave the Rangers hope. However, Desmonds held on to win by two points. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-13, Castleisland Desmonds 3-12.
In all, not the worst of starts to the season for the team. Rachael Evans got some great scores for Rangers on the evening to keep the scoreline ticking over, while she was ably abetted by Kayleigh McGlashan and Fodhla Houlihan who chipped in with another 1-5 between them. In defence, Lucy Knight marshalled the middle channel well from centre back, while Lucy O’Donnell and Alanna Dolan were there in support from the wings. A great read and interception by Christina O’Brien was the other defensive highlight.
Laune Rangers: Amy Dunphy, Orla Browne, Laura Brennan, Christina O’Brien, Alanna Dolan, Lucy Knight, Lucy O’Donnell, Rachael Evans (0-6), Kayleigh McGlashan (0-3), Andrea Nolan (0-1), Fodhla Houlihan (1-2), Alanna O’Sullivan (1-0), Hannah McGeever, Nicole Moriarty (0-1), Aisling Scannell. Subs: Maeve Sheehan, Nessa Healy.
Laune Rangers 1-8, Currow 5-7
Laune Rangers Senior Ladies hosted Currow on Friday evening in the County League Division Three. Laune Rangers had a number of absentees with as many as ten players missing through injury or work commitments.
After taking an early lead with a point through Nicole Moriarty, Currow hit Rangers with three goals in five minutes, adding a point for good measure. Megan Gamble (free), Kayleigh McGlashan & Fodhla Houlihan pointed for Rangers as they began to put some good play together, but Rangers were dealt a hammer blow as Currow goaled twice more late in the half to leave 12 points between the sides at the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-4, Currow 5-1.
Rangers were much better in defence in the second half as Laura Brennan, Lucy Knight and Katie Halpenny cleared the lines time and again, while Kayleigh McGlashan, Andrea Nolan linked the defence to attack. However, the team were unable to convert their dominance of possession into scores, kicking a total of 11 wides in the second half. Fodhla Houlihan & Nicole Moriarty cancelled out two Currow points before Moriarty kicked the best point of the game, followed by a point for Andrea Nolan and an Yvonne Sheehan goal to reduce the deficit to seven points. Unfortunately, they would be unable to close the gap any further as Currow kicked 4 points in injury time add further gloss to the score line. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-8, Currow 5-7.
It was an unfortunate scoreline that did no justice to the balance of play in the game. The five goals in the first half proved too much for Rangers to come back from, but this young team continue to find their feet and will continue to improve as a result.
Laune Rangers:- Katie Graham, Lauren Hurley, Laura Brennan, Lucy O’Donnell, Katie Halpenny, Lucy Knight, Maeve O’Sullivan, Rachael Evans, Andrea Nolan (0-1), Nicole Moriarty (0-3), Kayleigh McGlashan (0-1), Yvonne Sheehan (1-0), Alanna O’Sullivan, Megan Gamble (0-1), Emma Cronin. Subs: Fodhla Houlihan (0-2), Fiona Brennan, Rebecca Murray, Anne Marie Fealey.
Laune Rangers 0-5, Listowel Emmets 2-4
Laune Rangers Senior Ladies got their County League campaign under way on Sunday morning with a home tie against Listowel Emmets, played at JP O’Sullivan Park. Rangers were without the services of a number of players on the day, and fielded a very young side as a result.
A strong cross-field breeze caused issues for both sides in the opening half, as the visiting side were more efficient in their score taking, scoring 1-2 from 4 shots at goal in the first period. At the other end, Rangers could not find the rub of the green as a couple of shots dragged wide, while they also forced the Listowel goalkeeper into making excellent saves on three separate occasions including one from a penalty. Rangers did manage one point in the half, as Megan Gamble kicked a great point from play. Half Time score:- Laune Rangers 0-1, Listowel Emmets 1-2.
Laune Rangers started the second half brightly, as corner forward Emma Cronin kicked two well taken points in quick succession to halve the deficit. However, Listowel stopped the Rangers momentum with their second goal to put themselves 5 points ahead. Further Rangers points from Laune Rangers through Kayleigh McGlashen and Andrea Nolan were nullified by a brace from Emmets and the home side were unable to capitalize on their superiority in possession to reduce the gap. Final score:- Laune Rangers 0-5, Listowel Emmets 2-4.
While the side were unhappy to lose the game, it was not too poor a performance for the first game of the season. A very young team will gain experience with every game and the results are sure to follow.
Laune Rangers: Claire Fealey, Lauren Hurley, Laura Brennan, Maeve O’Sullivan, Katie Halpenny, Andrea Nolan, Sarah Clifford, Rachael Evans, Kayleigh McGlashen, Alanna O’Sullivan, Nicole Moriarty, Megan Gamble, Emma Cronin, Yvonne Sheehan, Fiona Brennan. Subs (all played): Ava Griffin, Roisin O’Hara, Jade O’Connor, Anne Marie Fealey.
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