AXA Insurance Co.League – Laune Rangers vs Sneem/Kenmare – Sunday 25th March
Laune Rangers: 6-10
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)