2016 Minor Match Reports
Laune Rangers lost the Mid Kerry Minor Final for the second consecutive year on Saturday, as Beaufort bridged a 13 year gap to win a first Minor title since 2003 with a blistering second half display in Milltown.
Beaufort started very well and scored in the opening minute with an Aaron Foley point. Mike Breen followed it up with another before Laune Rangers settled and pointed a free through Patrick Daly. Rangers went on to put pressure on Beaufort and dominated possession through the remainder of the opening quarter, with points from Patrick Daly (2 frees), Fiachra Clifford (free), and Cian O’Shea giving the Killorglin side the lead with Mike Breen pointing the sole response from Beaufort. Fiachra Clifford also had a shot saved excellently from Beaufort goalkeeper David O’Shea to see Rangers lead by 0-5 to 0-3 with 18 minutes played.
The second quarter belonged to Beaufort with one player in particular grabbing the headlines. After Paudie Coffey had pointed excellently from an acute angle for Beaufort, Ciarán Kennedy went on to slot two 45s either side of a Fiachra Clifford free for Rangers to level the scores. Patrick Daly (free) and Aaron Foley exchanged points to maintain the stalemate before Beaufort were awarded a penalty for a pick off the ground by a Laune Rangers defender. Ciarán Kennedy stepped up but the penalty was saved excellently by Padraig Ahern at full stretch to turn the ball around the post. Kennedy immediately shrugged off the disappointment of the penalty miss to score the 45 – his 3rd of the half. That score was enough to give Beaufort the lead by the minimum at the break. The score at Half Time:- Laune Rangers 0-7, Beaufort 0-8.
Beaufort were much the better side in the second half. Aaron Foley and Ciarán Kennedy both pointed to put three between the sides, while a Neil O’Brien point for Rangers was quickly cancelled out by Joe Glinwood to leave Beaufort leading by 0-11 to 0-8 with a quarter to play.
Beaufort missed a number of kickable frees to leave Rangers within reach, but the Killorglin side also missed a number of scorable chances when scores were needed. Paudie Coffey had a shot at goal saved excellently by Paudie Ahern before Beaufort finally scored what was a winning goal in the 56th minute – Dylan O’Sullivan finishing well past Ahern to find the net. This deflated Rangers and Beaufort were able to close out the game, as Paudie Coffey and Patrick Daly traded points before captain Mike Breen scored the final point of the game. Final score:- Laune Rangers 0-9, Beaufort 1-13.
The result gave Beaufort their first Mid Kerry Minor title in thirteen years, when Damien Breen lifted the Derry O’Sullivan Memorial trophy. This year’s captain Mike Breen – a two time All Ireland Minor medalist – accepted the trophy from Mid Kerry Board Chairman Mike Sayers after the game, and was also awarded the Man of the Match trophy after an outstanding performance at midfield for his side. Aside from Breen, Beaufort were served best by Paudie Coffey and especially Ciarán Kennedy. Laune Rangers, while disappointed, will have 20 of the 26 man panel back again in 2017, with 11 of the starting 15 underage again next year including a number of Under 16s.
Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Pierce Tyther, Conor Murphy, Darragh O’Shea, David Mangan, Patrick Carey (0-1), Kevin Fitzpatrick, John F O’Grady, Neil O’Brien (0-1), Dáire Cleary, Fiachra Clifford (0-2), Daragh O’Connor, Mark O’Connor, Patrick Daly (capt) (0-4), Cian O’Shea (0-1). Subs used: Cathal Doyle, Roan Moriarty, Shane Doona, Jamie Clifford. Panel: Keelin Houlihan, Sean Arthurs, Ciarán Foley, Oisin Daly, Eoin O’Sullivan, Ronan O’Shea.
Beaufort: David O’Shea, Dylan O’Sullivan (1-0), Cormac O’Connor, Ciarán O’Sullivan, Liam Curran, Declan Floyd, Kealan Cahill, Mike Breen (capt) (0-3), Ian McGillycuddy, Aaron Foley (0-3), Ciarán Kennedy (0-4), Joseph Glinwood (0-1), Paudie Coffey (0-2), Cian O’Sullivan, Padraig Cronin. Panel: Rory Clifford, Liam O’Connor, William Joy, Michael O’Shea, Ronan Curran, Eoin O’Hagan, Keith Suter, John O’Connell, Luke Sweeney, Sean Coffey.
Laune Rangers 3-14, Keel/Listry 1-7
Laune Rangers will play in the Mid Kerry Minor Final following defeat of Keel/Listry in Saturday’s Semi Final at JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin. There was a peculiar battle of sorts in this game as Keel/Listry corner back Garrett Prendiville was facing his father Pierce, who was serving as selector on the Laune Rangers side.
The visitors were the first to get on the score board with a point from Aaron McCarthy, before Fiachra Clifford responded almost immediately with a free. There wasn’t much to separate the sides during the opening stages as Rangers led by the minimum on the quarter mark – Daragh O’Connor, Dáíre Cleary (free) and Mark O’Connor pointing for Rangers while Killian Murphy & Sean O’Sullivan added the scores for Keel/Listry. Rangers had a clear goal chance in this period but Fiachra Clifford’s shot was stopped on the line by a defender.
A Fiachra Clifford free was quickly cancelled out by Cian Flynn for the visitors before Rangers got their first goal of the game in the 21st minute. Dáire Cleary took on his marker up and made his way toward goal from the right flank, while his shot beat the goalkeeper but was almost kept out by full back Senan Wrenn. Clifford added another point from play before the break to see the sides head for the dressing rooms with the score at Half Time:- Laune Rangers 1-6, Keel/Listry 0-4.
Laune Rangers found another gear straight from the restart and, following a well taken Patrick Daly free, the home side almost produced their second goal when a wonderful team move saw Cian O’Shea, Fiachra Clifford and Patrick Daly link up to find Patrick Carey, who in turn rattled the crossbar with a shot that bounced back out and was cleared from danger. Rangers didn’t have to wait long for that second goal though as Daly, Clifford and Cleary worked the ball through to Cian O’Shea who slotted the ball to the top corner for a great goal. O’Shea added a fantastic point a minute later to see Rangers lead by 2-8 to 0-4 after 37 minutes. Rangers were now in full swing and added further points in the following minutes through Dáire Cleary and Patrick Daly (2, 1 free) before Cian Flynn ended the second half drought for his side with a well taken point. However, Rangers third goal soon came as John O’Grady won the ball at midfield and sent it down the line to Dáire Cleary. Cleary took on and beat a number of players before passing the ball across the square to Cian O’Shea, who had an empty net to tap the ball into. Rangers now led Keel/Listry by 3-11 to 0-5 with a quarter to play.
The home side chose to use the full complement of substitutes in the second half, and the inevitable loss of fluidity gave the visitors the opportunity to get some scores on the board. Sean O’Sullivan pointed before Rangers responded with points from Patrick Daly, Fiachra Clifford and Dáire Cleary. Keel/Listry kept their heads up and continued to attack, and managed to score a goal with an excellent run and shot to the top corner by Aaron McCarthy. Cian Flynn added a free while they could have had a final goal in injury time but Sean O’Sullivan’s shot was parried by Padraig Ahern and the rebounded shot was deflected out by Pa Carey. The resulting 45 was off target and the final whistle was blown. Full Time score:- Laune Rangers 3-14, Keel/Listry 1-7.
The defence on the day was excellent, and held Keel/Listry out for long periods of the game. Conor Murphy was a rock at full back while beside him, Pierce Tyther played a clever game and cut out a number of passes by the visiting attack, while Patrick Carey was unlucky not to score a goal. The attack was insatiable though, as Dáire Cleary & Patrick Daly either scored or had a part in a lot of their team’s scores. Cian O’Shea ended with two goals and while the second was a gift from Cleary, his first was an excellent finish to a fine move. Meanwhile, Fiachra Clifford was excellent from midfield and was linked defence and attack excellently.
Laune Rangers will face Beaufort in the Mid Kerry Minor final after the latter defeated Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar in the other Semi Final. No date has been confirmed as yet for the final.
Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Pierce Tyther, Conor Murphy, Darragh O’Shea, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Patrick Carey, Sean Arthurs, John F O’Grady, Fiachra Clifford (0-4, 2f), Cian O’Shea (2-1), Patrick Daly (0-4, 2f), Daragh O’Connor (0-1), Mark O’Connor (0-1), Kealan Houlihan, Dáire Cleary (1-3). Subs: Roan Moriarty, Ciarán Foley, Eoin O’Sullivan, David Mangan, Shane Doona, Oisín Daly.
Keel/Listry: Killian Sayers, Anthony O’Shea, Senan Wrenn, Garret Prendiville, James Sugrue, Peadar Keane, Sean Cremins, Aaron McCarthy (1-1), Tommy Buckley, Roman Gallagher, Sean O’Sullivan (0-2, 1f), Cian Flynn (0-3, 1f), Conor O’Shea, Gary Murphy, Killian Murphy (0-1). Subs: Liam Clifford, Micheál Griffin, Alan Lynch.
Laune Rangers 3-16, Milltown/Castlemaine 2-14Laune Rangers overcame Milltown/Castlemaine in the Preliminary Round of the Mid Kerry Minor Championship on Saturday afternoon in a lively encounter at JP O’Sullivan Park. Laune Rangers were without forwards Patrick Daly, Jamie Clifford and Cian O’Shea on the day, and took to the field with a young lineup – all bar 4 of the starting team will be Minor again in 2017.
Laune Rangers got off to a flying start, with points from Dáire Cleary (free), Daragh O’Connor (2), Neil O’Brien and Fiachra Clifford (2, 1 free) putting the home side six ahead after ten minutes. Rangers punished Milltown/Castlemaine even further when Fiachra Clifford was hauled down inside the square in the 11th minute, and Dáire Cleary converted the resulting penalty. The hosts would add two further points from Mark O’Connor and Patrick Carey before the visitors would finally disturb the scoreboard with a Dylan O’Neill point. With 17 minutes played, Laune Rangers led by 1-8 to 0-1. In fact it was the accuracy of Laune Rangers that made the difference in the opening stages as they had kicked no wides with Milltown/Castlemaine off target five times, including one attempt at goal.
Laune Rangers scored twice more before the break with a brace from Fiachra Clifford (1 free), but Milltown/Castlemaine settled into the game in the 2nd quarter. They added four points before the short whistle with Craig Counihan, Dan Cronin (free), Padraig O’Brien and David Leane eating into the Rangers lead, while the home side failed to stretch their lead and had five wides of their own in this period. the score may have been tighter still but for some good defending by Pierce Tyther, aided by Patrick Carey and Cathal Doyle who made some excellent runs out of defence to relieve the pressure. The score at Half Time:- Laune Rangers 1-10, Milltown/Castlemaine 0-5.
Milltown/Castlemaine started the second half stronger and points from Niall Sertutxa (2 frees) and Kieran Griffin reduced the deficit but Fiachra Clifford added two more points (1 free) to leave Rangers ahead by seven points. A Padraig O’Brien free was followed by a goal for the visitors as Dan Cronin brought Milltown back into the game. The away team’s goal at the dressing room end of the ground was cancelled out within two minutes however. Good work from Cathal Doyle, Neil O’Brien & Patrick Carey worked the ball out of the Rangers defence, and a great run by Dáire Cleary was matched by a fantastic pass to Mark O’Connor who finished with his right foot past Cormac Leane in the Milltown/Castlemaine goal. With 15 minutes to play, Laune Rangers led by 2-12 to 1-9.
Padraig O’Brien added a free before scoring Milltown/Castlemaine’s second goal in the 50th minute, and when Craig Counihan pointed from wing back shortly after, there was just a point between the sides with 10 minutes to play. A wonderful point from distance by Fiachra Clifford was cancelled out by Dylan O’Neill for the visitors before a moment of magic by Dáire Cleary put daylight between the sides. Collecting the ball inside his own half, the young forward set off on a mazy run downfield, weaving inside and out to stave off the opposition. His teammates who were in support throughout were not needed as Cleary continued to make his way towards goal and smashed the ball to the net for a superb goal. This gave Rangers the impetus to close the game out as the defence tightened up, with Neil O’Brien in particular cleaning up all loose ball in the middle third, while Patrick Carey and Pierce Tyther even getting up field to add important late scores. Substitute David Mangan also pointed for Rangers while Milltown/Castlemaine notched two frees through Padraig O’Brien and Dylan O’Neill. The Full Time score:- Laune Rangers 3-16, Milltown/Castlemaine 2-14.
Laune Rangers: Padraig Aherne, Darragh O’Shea, Conor Murphy, Pierce Tyther (0-1), Kevin Fitzpatrick, Patrick Carey (0-2), Cathal Doyle, John Francis O’Grady, Neil O’Brien (0-1), Oisín Daly, Fiachra Clifford (0-7, 3f), Daragh O’Connor (0-2), Mark O’Connor (1-1), Kealan Houlihan, Dáire Cleary (2-1). Substitute: David Mangan (0-1) for Daly.
Milltown/Castlemaine: Cormac Leane, Aaron O’Brien, Ciarán O’Connor, Roan Hegarty, Jack Dennehy, Killian Kerins, Craig Counihan (0-2), Padraig O’Reilly, David Leane (0-1), Niall Sertutxa (0-2), Padraig O’Brien (1-4), Dan Cronin (1-1), Luke Heffernan, Kieran Griffin (0-1), Dylan O’Neill (0-3). Substitute: John Dennehy for Heffernan.
Laune Rangers 6-10, Kerins O’Rahillys 6-10
Laune Rangers hosted Kerins O’Rahillys in the Central Region Minor League on Thursday evening but with a number of players unavailable to the home side, the game was played in the reduced format of 13 per side.
Thirteen a side encounters regularly produce exciting, end to end games with high scoring and this tie proved no different. Laune Rangers led by the minimum on the quarter mark as points from Fiachra Clifford, John Francis O’Grady, Roan Moriarty (2) & Oisin Daly were answered by four from Rahillys. Kerins O’Rahillys took the lead with the first goal of the game in the 17th minute. They scored a second goal from the penalty spot six minutes later but Rangers immediately responded with a penalty of their own, which was dispatched by Patrick Daly.
Kerins O’Rahillys added a third goal late in the half, following sustained pressure on the Rangers goal where Padraig Ahern had pulled off a number of saves, but Fiachra Clifford pointed just before Half Time with the score at:- Laune Rangers 1-6, Kerins O’Rahillys 3-4.
Fiachra Clifford hit the net for Rangers’ second goal with the first play after the restart to reduce the difference between the sides to a single point. However, the Strand Road team would flourish in the third quarter and – aside from a Mark O’Connor point for Laune Rangers – Rahillys would push ahead, scoring 2-4 including the game’s third penalty. After 47 minutes, the visitors led by nine points with a scoreline of 2-7 to 5-7.
Darragh O’Sullivan found the net for Rangers to reduce the gap, only for Rahilly’s to score their sixth goal of the evening a minute later to restore their 3 goal lead going into the final ten minutes.
Having taken up a deeper role in early in the game, Patrick Daly played further forward for the second half, and scored two points (1 free) and a goal to leave just four points between the sides with six minutes left. A Rahilly’s point was answered with a 5th Laune Rangers goal by Mark O’Connor. Strand Road pointed once more to restore their lead to a goal, but in the 59th minute, Fiachra Clifford scored a fantastic goal under double coverage to tie the scores up.
Laune Rangers had a final chance to win the game, but the away defence held them out and the referee blew for full time. Full time score:- Laune Rangers 6-10, Kerins O’Rahillys 6-10.
A number of the Laune Rangers side were playing their second game in consecutive nights, as Patrick Carey, Darragh O’Sullivan, Fiachra Clifford, & Patrick Daly had all played a full game for Mid Kerry against Kenmare in the County Minor Championship Quarter Final on Wednesday evening, while Pierce Tyther & John Francis O’Grady came off the bench in that game. These players were supplemented by a number of younger players – including some Under 16s – and all players stepped up to the mark in order to rescue the draw on Thursday evening.
Patrick Daly & Fiachra Clifford, having scored 0-5 & 1-5 respectively the night before for Mid Kerry, combined for 4-4 on the night and along with Patrick Carey, provided real leadership to the younger players on the team.
Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Pierce Tyther, Conor Murphy, Oisin Daly (0-1), Patrick Daly (2-2), Sean Arthurs, John F O’Grady (0-1), Patrick Carey, Roan Moriarty (0-2), Ciarán Foley, Daragh O’Connor, Fiachra Clifford (2-2), Darragh O’Sullivan (1-0). Sub: Mark O’Connor (1-2).
Austin Stacks 3-12, Laune Rangers 0-9
Laune Rangers Minors travelled to Connelly Park, Tralee on Thursday evening to face Austin Stacks in the Central Region League Division One. The home side had a large squad turn out, while Laune Rangers travelled with a shoestring side – only fifteen players togging out for the visitors. Rangers were without a number of regular players on the evening, with Clifford cousins Fiachra & Jamie as well as Daragh O’Connor & Kevin Fitzpatrick among those unavailable to play. However, this game did mark the return to the field of Neil O’Brien, who had been out through injury since last December.
Laune Rangers started well, as Patrick Daly (free) and Dáire Cleary pointed in the early minutes, but a fourth minute goal for Stacks put the home side ahead. Points from Cathal Doyle, Eoin Evans and Dáire Cleary were each cancelled out by Stacks points as the hosts maintained a one point lead at 1-3 to 0-5 after fifteen minutes.
A low scoring second quarter would only see the sides score a solitary point each – Patrick Carey coming forward from centre back for an excellent Rangers score as rain began to fall. The visitors saw a goal chance flash wide of the post by Pierce Tyther in a period of dominance. Rangers did well to hold Stacks before the break though. Ciarán Foley – who had been playing well – succumbed to a hamstring injury picked up earlier in the game, and Laune Rangers were a man down. The sides headed for the shelter of the dressing rooms with the score at Half Time:- Austin Stacks 1-4, Laune Rangers 0-6.
Cian O’Shea responded to a Stacks point shortly after the restart while Rangers were able to return to the full complement of players with the arrival of Ronan O’Shea in the 37th minute. Two Patrick Daly frees were sandwiched between three Stacks points to keep the Killorglin side in touch, as Austin Stacks led by 1-7 to 0-9 with fifteen minutes to play.
The home side were able to utilize their full panel of players, as fresh legs bolstered their attack on the Rangers rear guard. Some great defensive work (including excellent Crowley-esque block downs by Patrick Carey and Darragh O’Shea) saw Rangers keep in touch late in the game. Another goal chance went outside the post from Dáire Cleary following a swift counter attack through Patrick Daly and Pierce Tyther. However, having played shorthanded for a quarter of the game & with no more subs to bring on, Rangers’ bodies and minds began to tire. Austin Stacks put up an unanswered 2-5 in the final ten minutes – including a goal with the final kick of the game – to put a gloss on the scoreboard that didn’t tell the true story of the game as a whole. The Final Score:- Austin Stacks 3-12, Laune Rangers 0-9.
A defeat by a large margin is usually difficult to pardon, but there were some bright points. The return of Neil O’Brien to the field of play was a great sight to see while some of the younger players on the team – such as Conor Murphy at full back – put in performances of maturity beyond their fledgling careers, while Patrick Carey & Cian O'Shea continue to impress in their development. Hard Luck to all involved.
Laune Rangers Team: Padraig Ahern, Pierce Tyther, Conor Murphy, Darragh O’Shea, Cathal Doyle (0-1), Patrick Carey (0-1), Oisín Daly, John Francis O’Grady, Darragh O’Sullivan, Cian O’Shea (0-1), Patrick Daly (0-3f), Ciarán Foley, Dáire Cleary (0-2), Eoin Evans (0-1), Neil O’Brien. Sub: Ronan O’Shea.
Laune Rangers 6-12, Na Gaeil 5-14
Laune Rangers hosted Na Gaeil for the first round of this year’s Central Region Minor competition, but with the Leaving Certificate still ongoing for a number of players, & others unavailable through injury or holidays, the game was played at 13 a side.
The reduced numbers on each side allowed for an expansive game and scores would be more frequent as a result. By Half Time, Na Gaeil led by a point having scored 3-6 to Laune Rangers 2-8. Rangers’ goals both came from Cian O’Shea at the shortest of distances having been set up by Patrick Daly for one and Daragh O’Connor the other. O’Shea also added two points (one free), with the rest coming from Kealan Houlihan, Dáire Cleary (2), Daragh O’Connor (2), & Darragh O’Sullivan.
Na Gaeil dominated the start of the second half and, apart from a great point from defender Patrick Carey, Na Gaeil stretched ahead with 1-3 scored to go six points ahead by the 42nd minute with the 4th goal also bringing with it an injury to Rangers midfielder John Francis O’Grady – leaving a threadbare team to fight out the final 20 minutes. Rangers clawed themselves back again though, and when defender Oisin Daly got forward and was chopped down inside the square, a penalty was awarded to the home side. Oisin left the ball to his older brother Patrick, & the forward made no mistake with the finish. Na Gaeil responded well and pointed twice more to leave them ahead by 4-11 to 3-9 with a quarter hour to play.
The scoring was far from over though, with tired bodies leaving space for those fast enough to capitalize on it. Patrick Carey added his second point – a great strike from distance – to give Laune Rangers some momentum & a continued surge saw the team have a shot at goal saved and an effort at a point come back off the post, before Daragh O’Connor finished a great team move with a goal to really give Rangers hope. Na Gaeil would point twice more to put some daylight between the sides, before Daragh O’Connor’s second goal levelled the game at 5-10 to 4-13 with 6 minutes to play.
Patrick Daly pointed a free – again won by his brother Oisin – to give Laune Rangers the lead for the first time in the game and this lead was doubled by Cian O’Shea a minute later. Na Gaeil scored a fortunate fifth goal in the 56th minute to edge ahead by the minimum, but Laune Rangers had the perfect response with Daragh O’Connor completing his hat-trick with a super goal. This left Rangers ahead by two, and a late pointed free wasn’t enough for Na Gaeil as the home side held on for the win after a stunning game. Final Score:- Laune Rangers 6-12, Na Gaeil 5-14.
Having been comprehensively beaten by the same opposition in Round 1 of the County League four months ago, Laune Rangers put in a more cohesive performance to get the win in this tie. With Patrick Carey often driving his team forward from the back with Oisin Daly in tow, Rangers half-forward line did the lion’s share of the scoring, with Cian O’Shea (2-2), Patrick Daly (1-1), and Daragh O’Connor (3-2) punishing Na Gaeil time and time again.
Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Patrick Carey (0-2), Darragh O’Shea, Oisin Daly, Cathal Doyle, Darragh O’Sullivan (0-1), John Francis O’Grady, Kealan Houlihan (0-1), Ciarán Foley, Patrick Daly (1-1), Cian O’Shea (2-2), Daragh O’Connor (3-2), Dáire Cleary (0-3). Sub: Liam Croke.
Laune Rangers 1-7, Killarney Legion 2-18
Laune Rangers hosted Killarney Legion on Friday evening with a Semi Final place in the County Minor League to be claimed with a victory. Unfortunately, they didn’t perform anywhere near to their best and by the time they scored their first point in the 14th minute, they had already conceded 1-4 as the visiting side had the aid of a considerable breeze at their backs. The second part of the opening half was much the same, with Legion outscoring Rangers by six points to one. Both of Laune Rangers’ scores came from Fiachra Clifford (1 free, 1 play). The score at Half Time:- Laune Rangers 0-2, Killarney Legion 1-10.
By the time Laune Rangers reappeared after the break, the wind that had blown against them in the early part of the first half had all but gone. Points by Dáire Cleary & Cian O’Shea were cancelled out by Legion before Rangers were reduced to 14 players in the 44th minute. Kevin Fitzpatrick received his marching orders with a straight red card for a ‘professional foul’ inside the square & with it, Legion were awarded a penalty which was duly dispatched. From there, the sides played out the game as points from Fiachra Clifford, Patrick Daly (both frees) and Kealan Houlihan, were cancelled out by a further six from Legion. Rangers were able to put some gloss on the scoreboard with a late penalty as Jamie Clifford was fouled inside the square, & Patrick Daly found the net with the final kick of the game. The Final Score:- Laune Rangers 1-7, Killarney Legion 2-18.
Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Pierce Tyther, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Darragh O’Shea, Darragh O’Sullivan, Patrick Carey, Conor Murphy, Fiachra Clifford (0-3, 2f), John F O’Grady, Cian O’Shea (0-1), Patrick Daly (1-1), Daragh O’Connor, Dáire Cleary (0-1), Kealan Houlihan (0-1), Jamie Clifford. Subs: Ciarán Foley, Oisín Daly, Roan Moriarty.
Beaufort 0-10, Laune Rangers 2-9
Laune Rangers made the short trip to Beaufort on Saturday afternoon for Round 4 of the County Minor League. Rangers made a strong start to the game and were ahead by 1-7 to 0-4 at the break, with Cian O’Shea finishing a fine team move for the goal. Beaufort were more competitive in the second half, but couldn’t close the gap between the sides on the scoreboard as another well worked Laune Rangers move produced a goal for Dáire Cleary. Fiachra Clifford was excellent at midfield and scored 7 points – 5 from play, while Cian O’Shea added to his goal with a brace of points. Full Time score: Beaufort 0-10, Laune Rangers 2-9.
Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Pierce Tyther, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Darragh O’Shea, Darragh O’Sullivan, Patrick Carey, Conor Murphy, Fiachra Clifford (0-7), John Francis O’Grady, Cian O’Shea (1-2), Patrick Daly, Daragh O’Connor, Dáíre Cleary (1-0), Kealan Houlihan, Jamie Clifford. Subs used: Eoin Evans, Oisin Daly. Panel: Roan Moriarty, Ciarán Foley.
Three points from Patrick Daly (2 frees) as well as a pointed free from Fiachra Clifford gave Laune Rangers some impetus after the break, but two Rathmore points kept the scoreboard ticking over for the East Kerry side to keep a goal between the sides at 1-8 to 2-8 with a 15 minutes to play. Rathmore then pointed a free before a surge from Rangers saw points from Cian O’Shea, Patrick Daly & Fiachra Clifford (free) reduce the gap to the minimum, but a final onslaught on goal proved unsuccessful. The final whistle was blown to give victory to Rathmore by the tightest of margins. Final score: Laune Rangers 1-11, Rathmore 2-9.
Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Pierce Tyther, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Darragh O’Shea, Darragh O’Sullivan, Patrick Carey, Conor Murphy, Fiachra Clifford, John Francis O’Grady, Cian O’Shea, Patrick Daly , Oisin Daly, Dáíre Cleary (1-0), Kealan Houlihan, Jamie Clifford (0-1). Subs used: Roan Moriarty. Panel: Eoin Evans, Ciarán Foley.
The home side settled much better in the opening stages, and had stretched into a 3 point lead after 10 minutes. Rangers’ first score came from a Fiachra Clifford free in the 12th minute and was followed by another free two minutes later – this time from the right boot of Patrick Daly. Daragh O’Connor found the bottom left corner of the net for a fine goal to give Laune Rangers the lead by 1-2 to 0-3 after 17 minutes.
Three unanswered points from Dingle gave the hosts the lead once more, but Patrick Carey tied up the scores again with a well taken point. Dingle’s counter attack continued to put the defence under pressure, and in first half injury time, a foul just inside the square afforded Dingle a gilt-edged chance to take the lead into the break with a penalty. Laune Rangers goalkeeper Padraig Ahern was equal to the shot though, & saved the attempt to leave the scores level at the short whistle. The Half Time score:- Dingle 0-6, Laune Rangers 1-3.
Laune Rangers had the worst possible start to the second half. Two Dingle goals in the opening 8 minutes left the visitors with a mountain to climb, but a slice of luck went their way when a Daragh O’Connor shot was saved only for the rebound to strike the legs of an onrushing defender and go into the net for an own goal. Pointed frees from Patrick Daly and Fiachra Clifford were cancelled out by a Dingle free followed by one from play to see Dingle lead by 2-8 to 2-5 with a quarter to play. Points from Jesse McCormack and Daire Cleary reduced the gap to the minimum in the 50th minute, but it would be the next three minutes that would ultimately decide the game. Two Dingle goals – the first from a quickly taken free and the second from a defensive mistake – followed up by a couple of points by the hosts put significant daylight between the scores. Points were exchanged between the sides in the closing stages – Jamie Clifford and Patrick Daly pointing for Rangers – but the damage had been done and Dingle closed the game out. Full Time score: Dingle 4-10, Laune Rangers 2-9.
The difference in the scoreline certainly did no justice to Laune Rangers as scores were very close until the 50th minute. Conor Murphy & Patrick Carey were solid at half back, while Dáire Cleary was a constant thorn in the side of the Dingle defence as he was a key figure in many of the Rangers scores.
Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Pierce Tyther, Cathal Doyle, Darragh O’Shea, Patrick Carey (0-1), Darragh O ‘Sullivan, Conor Murphy, John F O’Grady, Jamie Clifford (0-1), Jesse McCormack (0-1), Fiachra Clifford (0-2), Daragh O’Connor (1-0), Cian O’Shea, Patrick Daly (0-3), Daire Cleary (0-1). Subs: Darragh Moriarty, Eoin Evans, Oisin Daly.
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