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.