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County Ladies SFC Semi Final - Laune Rangers v Desmonds/Duagh - 25/07/14

posted 26 Jul 2014, 09:47 by Laune Rangers

Desmonds/Duagh prove too strong for reigning Champs Laune Rangers as 16 yr old Murphy stars

Laune Rangers faced Castleisland Desmonds/Duagh in the County Senior Ladies Championship Semi-Final on Friday evening in Killorglin.  The visitors were almost at full strength, with the only omission being that of Rachel Cronin who was injured.  The defending champions Laune Rangers, however, were missing key players in injured MaryAnn Doherty as well as Kerry duo Sarah Jane Joy & Amy Foley.

Desmonds/Duagh were in the driving seat from early on, when Andrea Murphy opened the scoring with a point after a minute.  Desmonds/Duagh were again on the attack minutes later when, after been fouled inside the square, the visitors were awarded a penalty.  However, Edel Murphy proved her credentials in goal for Rangers with a superb save from a shot destined for the bottom corner of the net.   The 2010 All Star didn’t stop there either, as she pulled off three more magnificent saves before half time, but this only proved to slightly quell the Desmonds/Duagh first half onslaught.  Goals from Leanne Mangan & Eilis Dillon added to points from the pair (Mangan with two and Dillon with one), Andrea Murphy (5), Lorraine Scanlon (3, 2f) while Rangers could only manage a response with pointed frees from Sarah Houlihan and Patrice Dennehy.  The score at the break was:-  Laune Rangers 0-2, Desmonds 2-12.

Rangers regrouped in the dressing room at half time and came out fighting in the second half.  Muireann O’Shea & Sarah Houlihan (twice) added frees but the visitors points from Leanne Mangan (2) and Lorraine Scanlon (2, 1f) only restored the gap.  The final quarter was more of a formality as game was unfortunately over as a contest, but Rangers managed to finish strongly.  Two goals for Patrice Dennehy were well deserved after her never-give-up efforts throughout the game.  Leanne Mangan bagged her second goal of the night for Desmonds/Duagh before an immediate reply from Rangers saw a great pass from Cliona Coffey find Bernie Breen who dispatched to the net.  Anne Maria O’Donoghue, Bernie Breen and Sarah Houlihan all added points for Rangers but a further 1-3 for the visitors saw them run out 4-19 to 3-8 winners.

Without Edel Murphy’s first half performance in goal for Rangers, the score at the break could have been much worse, while Patrice Dennehy’s workmanlike performance throughout was responsible for much of  the Launesiders’ 2nd half scores.  While the County players all played well for Desmonds/Duagh, the player of the match was an easy decision.  16 year old wing forward Andrea Murphy scored 9 points from play, & is surely one to watch for the future.


Laune Rangers: Edel Murphy, Cliodhna Mcsweeney, Amanda Long, Maura O'Sullivan, Norina O'Callaghan, Johanna O'Callaghan, Sarah Clifford, Bernie Breen (1-1), Patrice Dennehy (2-1), Cliona Coffey, Sarah Houlihan (0-4f), Muireann O'Shea (0-1f), Klara O'Sullivan, Anne Maria O'Donoghue (0-1), Meadbh Johnston.  Subs: Ciara O’Sullivan, Kathlynn Coffey, Sarah O’Connor, Noreen O’Sullivan, Michelle Costello.

Castleisland Desmonds/Duagh: Melissa Holland, Marion Shine, Aoife Lyons, Sinead Guiney, Tina Mangan, Cait Lynch, Jane Lynch, Aisling Leonard, Eilish Lynch, Laura Sheahan, Lorraine Scanlon (1-5), Andrea Murphy (0-9), Eilis Dillon (1-1), Leanne Mangan (2-4), Aine O’Connor.  Subs: Elaine Guiney, Niamh Walsh, Maura Dillon.

Laune Rangers 5-10, John Mitchels 4-3 - Ladies County U16 League Semi Final - 24/7/14

posted 24 Jul 2014, 15:35 by Laune Rangers

Laune Rangers 5-10, John Mitchels 4-3

Laune Rangers took on John Mitchels in the Ladies County U16 League Division 3 Semi Final this evening in Cloon. In glorious sunshine, Rangers got off to a great start with a goal from Yvonne Sheahan inside 5 minutes, and followed it up with goals from Cliona Coffey & Lisa Mangan, as well as points from Sarah Clifford, Ciara O’Brien and Fiona Brennan to lead at half time by 3-3 to 0-1.

Mitchels started to fight back early in the second half, a solitary Sarah Clifford point for Rangers responding to 2-2 for Mitchels to leave just 4 points between the sides with 15 minutes to go; 3-4 to 2-3. However, Rangers found their groove again and closed out the game with class. Goals from Ciara O’Brien & Yvonne Sheahan as well as points from O’Brien (2), Cliona Coffey (3) and substitute Roisin O’Hara sealed a deserved win.

Last week’s All Ireland Under 14 championship winning trio Ciara O’Brien (with a tally of 1-3), Tara Breen & Lucy Clifford (solid at centre and full back respectively) all showed their pedigree, while wing backs Alanna Foley and Sarah Clifford turned defence into attack in an instant with some great dispossession and passing. However the stand out performance was from Cliona Coffey at centre forward, whose reading of the game combined with great handling and distribution meant she either scored or assisted in all of the 2-4 scored in the final quarter of the game.

Rangers now move on to the County League Final against Dr Crokes, which may be played next week.

Team: Lucy Knight, Ciara O’Sullivan, Lucy Clifford, Alice Joy, Alanna Foley, Tara Breen, Sarah Clifford, Yvonne Sheahan (2-0), Sarah Clifford (0-2), Ciara O’Brien (1-3), Cliona Coffey (1-3) , Megan Gamble, Fiona Brennan (0-1), Lisa Mangan (1-0), Lauren Hurley. Subs: Nicki Clifford, Roisin O’Hara (0-1), Lucy O’Donnell, Kayleigh McGlashen.

Laune Rangers vs Inbhearr Sceine Gaels - Ladies County SFC Quarter Final, 18/07/2014

posted 20 Jul 2014, 15:04 by Laune Rangers

Laune Rangers travelled to Templenoe last Friday evening to face Inbhearr Sceine Gaels in the Senior Ladies County Championship.  On a glorious evening, Laune Rangers came out victorious against the Kenmare side.  Laune Rangers played fantastic football & with a great overall team performance, every player fought very hard for each other & their experience and hard work paid off in the end. Laune Rangers were without injured county players Sarah Jane Joy and Amy Foley due to injury and faced a very difficult task heading into the game, as ISG had beaten the Laune-siders in their League encounter just two months ago. However, Laune rangers were quicker out of the blocks and stunned ISG by their accurate passing and delivery of the ball.  Laune rangers defence was very tight, goalkeeper Edel Murphy showed her inter county pedigree by pulling off some great saves, corner backs Mary-ann Doherty and Maura O’Sullivan swept up every loose ball while Johanna O’Callaghan kept the ISG attack quite from centre back. ISG had no response to the midfield pairing of Patrice Dennehy and Bernie Breen, who dominated throughout.  Sarah Houlihan was very impressive with a tally of 1-9, with 1-7 coming from play.  The full forward line showed experience and worked very hard with great running lines. 
Laune Rangers had a half time lead of 3-8 to 0-2, & a 2nd half rally from ISG was quelled by their visitors, who eventually won on a scoreline of: Laune Rangers 4-16, Inbhearr Scéine Gaels 4-5.  Laune rangers will now face Castleisland Desmonds/Duagh on Friday night the 25th at home in the County Semi-Final. 

Team:- Edel Murphy, MaryAnn Doherty, Amanda Long, Maura O’Sullivan, Sarah Clifford, Johanna O’Callaghan, Norina O’Callaghan, Bernie Breen (0-1), Patrice Dennehy (1-2), Cliodhna McSweeney, Sarah Houlihan (1-9, 2f), Cliona Coffey (0-1), Klara O’Sullivan (1-0), Anna Maria O’Donoghue (1-1), Meadhbh Johnston (0-2).  Subs: Sarah O’Connor, Alanna Regan, Emma Breen, Michelle Costello, Noreen O’Sullivan, Megan Gamble

Laune Rangers Finally Secure Ladies Senior Championship Title

posted 19 Sept 2013, 15:05 by Laune Rangers

Laune Rangers Finally Secure Ladies Senior Championship Title by Imelda Roche

Killorglin Side Land Coveted Title At Last

After numerous league titles and near misses, Laune Rangers finally secured the Caroline Broderick Memorial Senior Cup defeating Southern Gaels in the Azzurri Sport Senior final on Sunday. Played in difficult windy conditions in Kilcummin, they set the tempo of the game, leading from start to finish.

However no one could foresee even at half time what the second half would bring, as both sides were nip tuck in the first half. Through county star Patrice Dennehy, who played a key role all day, Laune Rangers were first on the board with two points. Deirdre Corridan got Southern Gaels on the board after eight minutes with a pointed free.

Scoring options were limited as both defences were on top and the strong breeze which was aiding the Laune side meant a lot of passes were overcooked and shots dropped short into keeper’s hands. Sarah Houlihan was first to test the goalkeeper’s reactions forcing Southern Gaels keeper Meabh Daly into a good save.

Rangers keeper Ciara O’Connor – a late tactical switch from full back to goals – was then forced into action by Deirdre Corridan and pulled off a great double save. Southern Gaels cut the Laune Rangers lead midway through the half to just a single point with scores from Megan O’Connell, Leanne Curran and Linda Cronin, but Laune Rangers responded landing some strong scores through Patrice Dennehy, Sarah Houlihan & Bernie Breen.

At half-time Laune Rangers led by 0-9 to Southern Gaels’ 0-6.

Bright Start

It was Southern Gaels who started the second half the brighter and with the wind aiding them a three point deficit seemed far from insurmountable. Straight from the throw in they attacked the Rangers goal at speed, and but for some frantic defending from the Rangers they would have given away the first goal of the game. Instead it was Laune Rangers who had the first score – a pointed free from Sarah Houlihan.

The turning point in the game came in the sixth minute of the second half. Southern Gaels, who were working hard around the middle, secured possession from a breaking ball and quickly moved the ball into the full forward line. A goal mouth scramble ensued with Southern Gaels having strong claims for a penalty. The ref, however, waved play on and Laune Rangers themselves attacked at speed, with Sarah Houlihan finishing a swift counter-attack to the back of the net.

The Southern side were rattled and tried to work a goal opportunity themselves straight away but again they found the Killorglin defence well up to the task. They worked a free quickly up field again, and this time Patrice Dennehy ended the move with the ball in the back of the net. It was now Laune Rangers 2-10 Southern Gaels 0-6.

The wind was up in the Laune Rangers sails and they kept attacking in waves. The southern side just couldn’t seem to hold them back any more. Anne Marie O’Donoghue added another goal shortly after and Patrice & Sarah Houlihan tacked on points. It was looking very ominous at this stage, particularly after Johanna O’Callaghan added a fourth Laune Rangers goal in somoewhate fortunate circumstances, as her attempted long range was caught by the wind and dropped in behind the keeper’s head.

It was now damage limitation for Southern Gaels. It took them 14 minutes of the second half to land a score – a point from Leanne Curran. Shortly after Patrice struck for another goal, leaving the score at 5-15 to 0-09 at the end.


Sarah Jane Joy received the cup from Chairperson Pat Harnett a great honour as it was the first senior title in the club.

They now go forward to compete in the Munster Club championship – opposition unknown at this stage.

Senior Ladies vs Austin Stacks - 14/04/13

posted 14 Apr 2013, 15:12 by Laune Rangers

Laune Rangers vs Austin Stacks – County League

Laune Rangers: 3-22

Austin Stacks: 0-03

Laune Rangers Ladies had a convincing win over Austin Stacks in the J.P. O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin on Sunday afternoon last. On a very wet afternoon for football the Launesiders notched up a 3-22 to 0-03 victory.

Laune Rangers opened the scoring from the throw-in when Edel Murphy went through for the side’s first goal. Austin Stacks responded through a pointed Norina Barry free. Laune Rangers pushed on and further points from Sarah Houlihan(3) and Sarah Jane Joy(2) saw Rangers lead 1-05 to 0-01 with 10 minutes played.

Laune Rangers’ second goal came soon after when Stephanie Corkery dispossessed Stacks and passed off to Sarah Houlihan who was bearing down on goal. The All-Star forward made no mistake and netted for Laune Rangers second goal of the afternoon to let the score 2-05 to 0-01 in the home side’s favour.

Further Laune Rangers points from Patrice Dennehy(2), Stephanie Corkery(2), Houlihan and Edel Murphy saw Laune Rangers go in 2-11 to 0-02 to the good at the short whistle. Austin Stacks second point coming from the boot of Siún Mangan in the closing minutes of the half. Half-time score: Laune Rangers Ladies 2-11 to 0-02 Austin Stacks.

Edel Murphy repeated the first half opening this time opening the second half scoring with a fisted point from the throw-in. Austin Stacks answered through a Norina Barry effort in the 6th minute of the half to let the score 2-12 to 0-03 in Laune Rangers favour.

Laune Rangers continued to push forward and notched up further points from Houlihan(2) and Edel Murphy before Houlihan went through for her second and the home side’s third and final goal of the game. Points from Edel Murphy(2), Patrice Dennehy, Houlihan(2) and Muireann O’Shea in the closing minutes of the game saw Laune Rangers win on a score line of 3-22 to 0-03.


Laune Rangers:
Sarah O’Connor, Mary Ann Doherty, Ciara O’Connor, Johanna O’Callaghan, Norina O’Callaghan, Anna Maria O’Donoghue, Patrice Dennehy, Sarah Jane Joy, Sarah Houlihan, Edel Murphy, Stephanie Corkery, Meadhbh Johnston. SUBS: Muireann O’Shea, Katie Roche, Chloe O’Sullivan.

Austin Stacks: Elaine Williams, Karina Flaherty, Gemma O’Connell, Deirdre O’Shea, Ciara Rogers, Norina Barry, Karina Quilter, Claire Brennan, Siún Mangan, Laura Carroll, Linda Raymond, Rena O’Connor

Senior Ladies vs Sneem/Kenmare - 15/04/12

posted 17 Apr 2012, 10:11 by Laune Rangers

AXA Insurance Senior Football League Div 1 Final

Laune Ranger 3-20

Sneem Kenmare 1-11 

Laune Rangers captured their 3rd Division 1 title in a row after a convincing display of firepower against a gallant Sneem Kenmare who make this trip to the division 1 final having accounted for Listowel last weekend. Now having contested the division 2 final of last year Sneem Kenmare can hold their heads high and build further on their success and don’t be surprised if both of these will meet in the other Senior competitions finals during the year ahead. The Rangers opened their account in the first minute by Sarah Houlihan followed by another from Amy Foley and what a game she had as she was a thorn in Sneem Kenmare side because if she didn’t score she set them up. Claire O’Sullivan had Sneem Kenmare’s first reply and in fairness in any other given game her display is what wins games, but in fairness Laune Rangers were up for this game as they had a 3-6 to 2 points advantage by the end of the 1st quarter as Meadbh Jonston, Amy Foley and Sarah Houlihan all raised the green flag and with further points from Patrice Dennehy, Bernie Breen & Muireann O’Shea saw them 3-12 to 1-5 ahead at the short whistle as Majella O’Sullivan leading the attack for Sneem Kenmare found the net and points from Geraldine Doyle, Caroline McCarthy & another effort from Claire O’Sullivan cut the deficit at half time.

Laune Rangers the 2012 AXA Insurance Senior League Division 1 Champions as they celebrate 3 in a row: Susan Joy-Sheehan, Hazel Poff, Lisa Dennehy
(Capt), Maura O’Sullivan, Sarah Jane Joy, Mary Ann Doherty, Johanna O’Callaghan, Bernie Breen, Amy Foley, Sarah Houlihan, Muireann O’Shea,
Patrice Dennehy, Meadhbh Johnston, Anna Maria O’Donoghue, Sabrina Sheehan, Joanne Murphy, Edel Murphy, Aoife Johnston, Norina O’Callaghan, Ciara O’Connor.
(Photo from Paddy White ©

Sneem Kenmare were awarded a penalty at the restart and was brilliantly saved by Rangers keeper Susan Joy Sheehan and from that startled attack Rangers out gunned and muscled their opponants in the 3rd qtr as Foley & O’Shea attacked and pointed from play. 3 replies came from Claire O’Sullivan but the gap was too large to close as Rangers tagged on scores from Sarah Jane Joy, Bernie Breen, Amy Foley and Patrice Dennehy keeping that distance between the sides, meant that Rangers could afford to play the clock down and hold possession.

“All the groundwork done” as Laune Ranger’s #4 Maura O’Sullivan and Sneem Kenmare’s #14 Linda O’Connor go hand in hand for possession as Sneem /Kenmare’s #11 Majella O’Sullivan bears down with support. (Photo from Paddy White ©

Sneem Kenmare did try and won’t be faulted for their effort but Laune Rangers were out, to hold on to the record for another year. Excellent displays from captain Lisa Dennehy, all of the Rangers back line and their mid field ace partnership of Bernie Breen & Amy Foley along with Sarah Houlihan had a little too much experience on the day over a defiant and gallant Sneem Kenmare who pushed to the finish and can be proud of their work rate from Ann Marie O’Mahony, Geraldine Cahalane, Linda O’Connor, Geraldine Doyle and Claire O’Sullivan.
Joanne Fleming of AXA Insurance (Killarney) along with Donal Barry of Kerry Ladies Football Board presented the Cup to Laune Rangers Captain Lisa Dennehy

Laune Rangers: Susan Joy-Sheehan, Hazel Poff, Lisa Dennehy (Capt), Maura O’Sullivan, Sarah Jane Joy, Mary Ann Doherty, Johanna O’Callaghan, Bernie Breen, Amy Foley, Sarah Houlihan, Muireann O’Shea, Patrice Dennehy, Meadhbh Johnston
Subs: Anna Maria O’Donoghue, Sabrina Sheehan, Joanne Murphy, Edel Murphy, Aoife Johnston, Norina O’Callaghan, Ciara O’Connor.

Sneem Kenmare: Nora Mae O’Brien, Emier O’Sullivan, Geraldine Cahalane. Betty Cremin, Karina O’Connor, Ann Maire Mahony, Linda O’Connor, Laura O’Sullivan, Caroline McCarthy, Michelle O’Sullivan, Majella O’Sullivan, Geraldine Doyle, Claire O’Sullivan.
Subs: Michelle O’Connor. Linda Twomey. Aisling Harrington. Irene O’Sullivan. Caroline Taylor. Ellie Gudgheon. Elizabeth Moriarty. Orla Randles

Referee: Denis Sayers (Austin Stacks)

Senior Ladies vs Sneem/Kenmare - League Final

posted 16 Apr 2012, 08:29 by Laune Rangers

AXA Insurance County Senior League Div.1 Final – Laune Rangers vs Sneem/Kenmare (15/04/12)

Laune Rangers: 3-20

Sneem/Kenmare: 1-11

Laune Rangers retained their Senior County title on Sunday afternoon last when they overcame Sneem/Kenmare in a sunny Kilcummin.

Both sides met a few weeks prior to this when they played each other in the round game. It was to the Killorglin side who took the points on that occassion with an impressive 10 point victory. Laune Rangers were hoping to do the same again and complete their three-in-a-row. Sneem/Kenmare were hoping to make their own history with their first ever Senior League win.

Laune Rangers got off to a flying start with two points in the opening minute from Sarah Houlihan(free). Sneem/Kenmare got their first point in the second minute with Claire O’Sullivan converting a free. Points from Patrice Dennehy and Bernie Breen put Laune Rangers 0-04 to 0-01 ahead with 7 minutes played. Sneem/Kenmare struck for their first and only goal in the 8th minute when Claire O’Sullivan dropped a free into the square. Geraldine Doyle was on hand to tap the ball into the back of the Laune Rangers net to level the game at 0-04 to 1-01.

Laune Rangers reply came straight away in the form of a well taken Meadhbh Johnston goal to put Rangers back in front with 9 minues played. Laune Rangers continued to attack and were rewarded with further scores from midfielder Amy Foley, two good points aswell as a beauty of a goal. The goal coming from a badly taken Sneem/Kenmare free which Laune Rangers made sure to punish.

Sneem/Kenmare rallied and points from Claire O’Sullivan and Caroline McCarthy saw them narrow Rangers lead to 2-06 to 1-03 with 17 minutes played. Laune Rangers dominated the remainder of the half and tagged on further points from Sarah Houlihan (2) and Amy Foley. Foley then struck for her second and Rangers third goal of the afternoon with 8 minutes of the half let to put Rangers 3-09 to 1-03 in front.

Further points from Patrice Dennehy and a massive long range Bernie Breen effort saw Rangers edge further ahead. Claire O’Sullivan added a Sneem/Kenmare point in the 25th minute while under some serious pressure from Laune Rangers’ back, Hazel Poff. Muireann O’Shea was on hand to slot over another point for Rangers before Linda Twomey got the final score of the half to let the score 3-12 to 1-05 in Laune Rangers favour at the short whistle.

Laune Rangers had an opportunity to push further ahead in the opening minutes of the second half when Meadhbh Johnston was fouled in the Sneem/Kenmare box. Amy Foley stepped forward to take the resulting penalty which was expertly saved by Nora Mae O’Brien in the Sneem/Kenmare goal and pushed out for a 45′. Foley passed a short ball to Patrice Dennehy who pointed for the Launesiders.

Laune Rangers notched up further scores from Meadhbh Johnston and Muireann O’Shea to extend their lead to 3-15 to 1-05 with 6 minutes of the second half played. Both sides swapped points in the minutes that followed when both side’s free-takers added to their individual tallies, Claire O’Sullivan adding a point for Sneem/Kenmare and Sarah Houlihan pointing for Laune Rangers. Sneem/Kenmare didn’t give up and continued to push forward in search of scores. They girls were rewarded for their perserverance with points from Claire O’Sullivan (2points, 1 free).

Laune Rangers had a chance of another goal when Sarah Jane Joy went on the attack. Joy’s shot was well saved by Nora Mae O’Brien and pushed back out to Muireann O’Shea who settled for another Rangers’ point to let the score 3-17 to 1-08 mid-way through the second half.

Sneem/Kenmare have to be commended for their positive attitude, the girls never gave up and continued to attack the Laune Rangers goals. Two further Claire O’Sullivan points were matched by Amy Foley and Sarah Jane Joy for Laune Rangers. Both sides swapped points in the dying minutes to leave the score 3-20 to 1-11 at the full-time whistle.

Congratulations to the girls for securing the three-in-a-row. Everyone played superbly and the win was well deserved. Well done also to John and his team on the side line.


Laune Rangers: Susan Joy Sheehan, Hazel Poff, Lisa Dennehy, Maura O’Sullivan, Sarah Jane Joy, Mary Ann Doherty, Johanna O’Callaghan, Bernie Breen, Amy Foley, Sarah Houlihan, Muireann O’Shea, Patrice Dennehy, Meadhbh Johnston. SUBS: Anna-Maria O’Donoghue, Sabrina Sheehan, Joanne Murphy, Edel Murphy, Aoife Johnston, Norina O’Callaghan, Ciara O’Connor.

Sneem/Kenmare: Nora Mae O’Brien, Emier O’Sullivan, Geraldine Cahalane, Betty Cremin, Karina O’Connor, Ann-Marie O’Mahony, Linda O’Connor, Laura O’Sullivan, Caroline McCarthy, Michelle O’Sullivan, Majella O’Sullivan, Geraldine Doyle, Claire O’Sullivan. SUBS: Michelle O’Connor, Linda Twomey, Aisling Harrington, Irene O’Sullivan, Caroline Taylor, Ellie Gudgheon, Elizabeth Moriarty, Orla Randles.

Rangers set down early marker in Caherciveen

posted 13 Apr 2012, 02:27 by Laune Rangers



Laune Rangers 5-14 Southern Gaels 3-7

LAUNE Rangers defied the odds when they travelled to Con Keating Park on Saturday evening and defeated the home side Southern Gaels to reach their third Division 1 final in three years where they will play equally surprise finalists Sneem / Kenmare who defeated Listowel in Listowel on Good Friday.

Laune Rangers opted to take the strong wind advantage from the toss and made it count as they enjoyed total possession in a first half where Southern Gaels handling often let them down and were behind at the short whistle 1-11 to 1-1.

Patrice Dennehy for Laune Rangers and Sarah Connor for Southern Gaels both raised green flags but it was the sharp shooting of Sarah Houlihan who with seven first half points made the telling difference.

Southern Gaels with the wind at their backs battled back into the second half with a number of personnel changes and with another Sarah O'connor goal in the fifth minute along with a Mary Cronin point reduced the gap somewhat but they failed to make more of their early possession with three further wides in that early stage.

Meanwhile, Sarah Houlihan added two points from frees to put the lead back to 1-14 to 2-3 with twenty minutes remaining. However, it was Laune Rangers who goaled twice in the 13th minute one from Patrice Dennehy before a long range effort from Bernie Breen put the result beyond doubt.

The home side continued to battle away and scored 1-4 without reply but in truth Laune Rangers were now playing out the clock and with two swift counter attacks on the 26th and 29th minute by adding two further goals from Edel Murphy to put the Champions back in their third final.

Laune Rangers on the night performed well in all departments and with the assured free flowing forward line always posed a serious threat. Southern Gaels who were without Deirdre Corridon and Caroline Kelly played a number of younger players and while they battled away well it was experience that told on the night.

Both these teams will meet again later in the year in the Club Championships and both will have stronger hands on that occasion.

LAUNE RANGERS: Sarah Houlihan 0-9, Patrice Dennehy 2-3, Bernie Breen 1-2, Edel Murphy 2-0

SOUTHERN GAELS: Sarah Connor 2-0, Leanne Curran 1-1, Anna Galvin 0-2, Megan O'connell 0-1, Bernie Cronin 0-1, Mary Cronin 0-1, Michelle Clifford 0-1

REFEREE: Tom Lynch ( Kerins O'rahillys)

Senior Ladies vs Sneem/Kenmare - 25/03/12

posted 26 Mar 2012, 14:07 by Laune Rangers

AXA Insurance Co.League – Laune Rangers vs Sneem/Kenmare – Sunday 25th March

Laune Rangers: 6-10

Sneem/Kenmare: 3-09

Laune Rangers Ladies earned a much needed two points on Sunday last when they hosted Sneem/Kenmare in the fourth round of the AXA Insurance County League in a sun-drenched Killorglin.

Laune Rangers got the dream start when Kerry captain Bernie Breen scored a beauty of a goal from out around the 13′ yard line which she slotted into the top corner. This was quickly followed by her Kerry colleague, Sarah Houlihan, adding Laune Rangers second goal of the afternoon. Two minutes later, up popped another Kerry star, Patrice Dennehy, who made it 3 goals to no score in just the 5th minute of play.

Sneem/Kenmare were a bit rattled from the quick goals but a good passage of play ended with Michelle O’Sullivan opening the scoring with a well-taken point for the visitors in the 9th minute of the first half. Sarah Houlihan and Bernie Breen pointed for the home-side in the minutes that followed leaving the score 3-02 to 0-01 mid-way through the first half.

Sneem/Kenmare’s Laura O’Sullivan, who had a great game, put over their second point minutes later. A quiet passage of play followed with Laune Rangers increasing their tally of wides and Sneem/Kenmare unable to penetrate the Laune Rangers defence who were in top form on the day. Finally in the 25th minute of the half, Sneem/Kenmare were rewarded for their constant pressure on the Laune Rangers’ backs when Ellie Gudgeon slotted a ball over the Rangers keepers head and into the goal to leave the score 3-02 to 1-02 in the home-sides favour going into the final 5 minutes of the half.

Laune Rangers finished the half strongly with Muireann O’Shea adding her name to the Laune Rangers score-sheet in the 28th minute with a nicely taken point before adding a goal to her tally a minute later, her first and Laune Rangers fourth of the game. Sarah Houlihan slotted over the final point of the half to leave the half-time score, Laune Rangers 4-04 to 1-02 Sneem/Kenmare.

It was the visitors who started the second half the stronger with the on fire Laura O’Sullivan adding 1-01 in the opening 5 minutes of the second half to narrow the Killorglin side’s lead to 4-04 to 2-03.

Laune Rangers’ reply came quickly after in the form of substitute Amy Foley who chipped in with a point of her own which she followed with a goal to match team-mate Bernie’s opening half effort while cancelling out O’Sullivan’s fine work. Laune Rangers continued to pressure the Sneem/Kenmare backs and three points in quick succession from stalward, Patrice Dennehy, pushed Rangers further in front with 13 minutes of the second half played (5-08 to 2-03).

Both sides swapped points in the minutes that followed, with Michelle and Claire O’Sullivan pointing for Sneem/Kenmare and Patrice Dennehy and Meadhbh Johnston for Laune Rangers leaving the score 5-10 to 2-05 in the home-sides favour with 10minutes to play.

Sneem/Kenmare must be commended for never giving up. They continued to attack the Laune Rangers back-line in the closing minutes adding four points, from Laura O’Sullivan, Ellie Gudgeon and Claire O’Sullivan before scoring their third and final goal of the afternoon. It was a case of too little, too late for the visitors however as Rangers’ Bernie Breen scored her second and Rangers sixth goal to leave the final score, Laune Rangers 6-10 to 3-09 Sneem/Kenmare.

Laune Rangers: Susan Joy, Hazel Poff, Lisa Dennehy, Mary Ann Doherty, Joanne Murphy, Bernie Breen, Maura O’Sullivan, Johanna O’Callaghan, Anna-Maria O’Donoghue, Patrice Dennehy, Sarah Houlihan, Meadhbh Johnston, Muireann O’Shea. SUBS USED: Amy Foley, Norina O’Callaghan, Sabrina Sheahan & Cliodhna McSweeney.

Sneem/Kenmare: Nora Mae O’Brien, Geraldine Cahillane, Eimear O’Sullivan, Betty Desmond, Carina O’Connor, Ann-Marie Mahony, Claire O’Sullivan, Majella O’Sullivan, Michelle O’Sullivan, Linda Twomey, Laura O’Sullivan, Geraldine Doyle, Ellie Gudgeon. SUBS USED: Leanne Horgan.

Referee:  Paul Hayes (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Seniors vs Southern Gaels - Sunday 4th March

posted 5 Mar 2012, 06:45 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 5 Mar 2012, 09:00 ]

AXA Insurance Senior League Div 1 (from Kerry Ladies Gaelic Football)

Southern Gaels:    3-13
Laune Rangers:     1-02

Southern Gaels league form continued as they recorded their second win in a row at O' Connor Park Valentia against visitors Laune Rangers in Division 1 of the AXA Insurance Senior County league.

The games first effort went to Southern Gaels Lorraine Casey which saw the Rangers goalie Susan Joy bring off a point blank save from a great shot. Minutes later Mary Cronin then opened the scoring for Southern Gaels, who were playing with a strong wind, following a fine pass from Bernie Cronin. Unfortunately for the Laune Rangers goalie the next score came from a high dropping ball from Leanne Curran that dipped in the top corner. Southern Gaels were on top at mid field with great performances by Linda Cronin and Anna Galvin. Laune Rangers took a while to settle as Sabrina Sheehan and Anna Marie O’Donoghue helped them go forward and tried to break the Gaels solid defence, but scores were at a premium as the Gaels defence worked every ball out of danger. Rangers Muireann O’Shea was unlucky not to convert a few frees early on, but they were playing against a very stiff wind. Further scores from Leanne Curran, Sarah O Connor, Bernie Cronin and Lorraine Casey saw Southern Gaels go in at half time with a lead of 2-06 to 0-01.
The restart saw Laune Rangers fight back with a great goal by Meadbh Johnston but having to play without their five Kerry players and two of their regular starting fifteen made it too much of an uphill struggle. A further point by Anna Maria O’Donoghue finished Laune Rangers scoring. Southern Gaels with fine performances from the Cronin sisters, Leanne Curran, Cecilia O’Sullivan and Lorraine Casey as well as Amy Fitzgerald put the game beyond the reach of Rangers. With the Southerners finished the stronger and winning on a scoreline of 3 13 to 1 02. 

Southern Gaels: Catriona Morris (0.1), Sarah Kelly, Cecilia O Sullivan, Deirdre Fenton, Amy Fitzgerald (0.1), Paula O Sullivan, Linda Cronin (0.1) Anna Galvin, Lorraine Casey(1.1), Bernie Cronin (0.2), Leanne Curran(1.1), Mary Cronin (0.3), Sarah O Connor (1.1) Subs: Roisin Kissane, Michelle Clifford, Jenny Mahony, Sinead Curran, Meabh Daly, Lisa O' Sullivan (0.1), Jennifer Murphy.

Laune Rangers: Susan Joy, Hazel Poff, Lisa Dennehy, Grainne Sears, Rachel Coleman Horgan, Maura O’Sullivan, Johanna O’Callaghan, Sabrina Sheehan, Norina O’Callaghan, Anna Maria O’Donoghue, Mary Ann Doherty, Muireann O’Shea, Meabh Johnston, Subs: Emma Cronin, Aoife Johnston, Klara O’Sullivan. Ref: Paul O’Sullivan.

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