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.