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.