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.