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County Under 15 C Championship FINAL:- Laune Rangers vs Beaufort. 13/8/17

posted 13 Aug 2017, 14:57 by Laune Rangers

Rangers Girls win U15 C Championship

Laune Rangers 5-12, Beaufort 2-4

Laune Rangers Girls blew off the post-Puck blues in style as they defeated local rivals Beaufort in the County Under 15 C Championship on Sunday afternoon in a wet JP O’Sullivan Park. The mostly dry conditions that had graced Killorglin for the previously three days gave way to a number of showers during that game, but Rangers were ahead from the outset in an impressive performance.

Laune Rangers scored an unanswered 1-3 before Beaufort registered their first point – early scores from Nessa Healy (2) and Fodhla Houlihan complemented by a penalty converted by Houlihan after Aisling Scannell had been brought down in the square. Beaufort got off the mark with a couple of points (1 free) before Rangers scored their second goal through Aisling Scannell. Another Nessa Healy point saw Rangers lead by 2-4 to 0-2 with a quarter played.

The scoreboard didn’t tell the full story of the first half, as Beaufort were creating many scoring chances but the Rangers defence was excellent. Laune Rangers third goal came from Fodhla Houlihan as her free from 20 metres out dropped in under the crossbar, while Aisling Scannell pointed to increase the lead to 12. At the back, Claire Fealey made sure the lead didn’t shorten as she pulled off a couple of excellent saves from point blank range. Points were traded between Beaufort (a free) and Laune Rangers (through Rachael Evans) before Fodhla Houlihan completed a first half hat-trick with Rangers’ 4th goal just before the short whistle. Half Time score:- Laune Rangers 4-6, Beaufort 0-3.

Laune Rangers continued to turn the screw at the start of the second half, with a Fodhla Houlihan point and another goal – this time from Caragh Browne with a cool finish. However, these scores were both nullified soon after as Beaufort hit the net for their first goal and added a point a minute later. Points by Nessa Healy and Zara Foley for Rangers were both excellently taken but were soon cancelled out and more as Beaufort scored their second goal, leaving Laune Rangers leading by 5-9 to 2-4 with 15 minutes to play.

Laune Rangers’ defenders showed their steel and grit in the final quarter as they held firm and held out the Beaufort attack and, with Nessa Healy and Fodhla Houlihan (2) adding points at the other end, they closed out the game to win the County Under 15 C Championship with an excellent performance. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 5-12, Beaufort 2-4.

Laune Rangers forwards on the day were on fire, with 5 of the starting 6 all scoring from play & the sixth – Hannah McGeever – assisted in a number of 1st half scores before moving to the backs in the second half. The midfield duo of Rachael Evans and Alanna Dolan provided the engine of the team with seemingly endless runs between the two sets of posts. Goalkeeper Claire Fealey pulled off two great saves and her kickouts and long passing were excellent. In front of her, the backs put in a big defensive effort with a great half back line performance led by centre-back Christina O’Brien.

Laune Rangers:- Claire Fealey, Orla Browne, Ava Griffin, Lauren Griffin, Orla Dunphy (capt), Christina O’Brien, Andrea Nolan, Rachael Evans (0-1), Alanna Dolan, Zara Foley (0-1), Fodhla Houlihan (3-4), Hannah McGeever, Caragh Browne (1-0), Nessa Healy (0-5), Aisling Scannell (1-1). Subs (all played): Millie Foley, Melanie Sugrue, Aoife Nash Freeman.