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Central Region Minor Division One Final:- Laune Rangers vs Kerins O'Rahillys. 9/9/17

posted 9 Sep 2017, 14:26 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 11 Sep 2017, 06:04 ]

Central Minor Title for Rangers

Laune Rangers 1-11, Kerins O’Rahillys 0-4

Laune Rangers are the Central Region Minor Division 1 Champions for 2017, following the defeat of Kerins O’Rahillys in the Final in Austin Stack Park on Saturday. Laune Rangers took the field without Fiachra Clifford, who is preparing for the All Ireland Minor Final next week. Injuries to Darragh O’Sullivan, Conor Murphy and David Mangan ruled the trio out also.

A low scoring first half saw no score at either end until the 7th minute – Cian O’Shea slotting a free to give Rangers the lead. A Mark O’Connor shot had been saved well by Tom Houston in the Rahillys goal a couple of minutes earlier, but the wind blowing against Rangers brought with it sheets of rain that limited scoring chances for Rangers in particular. Roan Moriarty got forward from midfield to kick a well taken point. Rahillys got off the mark with a converted free from Darragh Fitzgerald, and with 15 minutes played, Rangers led by 0-2 to 0-1.

Shane Doona kicked an excellent point from the left flank, before Cian O’Shea & Gabriel Griffin added points to increase Rangers lead. A second Darragh Fitzgerald free was added by Rahillys to leave the Tralee side trailing by three at the break. Rahillys had created a number of chances in the first half, but they saw shots go wide as a result of sustained pressure by the Rangers defence who kept Strand Road scoreless from play in the half. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-5, Kerins O’Rahillys 0-2.

Another heavy rain shower at the beginning of the second half made playing conditions very difficult, and was the 41st minute before the first score of the half came – Dáire Cleary slotting a point for Rangers. Cian O’Shea pointed soon after to leave Rangers leading by 0-7 to 0-2 with a quarter to play.

Darragh Fitzgerald kicked his side’s first point from play in the 49th minute, but it was soon cancelled out by another great point by Shane Doona. Shane McElligott pointed a free for Rahillys in the 51st minute, but that would prove to be Strand Road’s final point of the game as Rangers kicked on to claim the title. Points from Shane Doona, Eoin Clifford & Dáire Cleary (free) stretched the lead before substitute Eoin Clifford slotted a cool finish to the net to add gloss to the scoreboard. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-11, Kerins O’Rahillys 0-4.

Although 1-3 was put up in the final 5 minutes, Laune Rangers were full value for the win in this Final. The defence was outstanding, never allowing an easy shot to the opposition which kept Rahillys to one point from play after a number of forced wides. Eoin O’Sullivan & Roan Moriarty won the midfield battle, making some excellent catches in a difficult day for fielding. The forwards had tough day at the office due to the weather, but they put together some great pieces of play, with Cian O’Shea & Gabriel Griffin creating chances from deep on the flanks.

The ‘stand out player’ title in this game is shared between two players for varying reasons. The team captain Patrick Carey was outstanding at centre-back, combining defensive duties with go-forward drive throughout the game. Shane Doona wasted very little of the ball he received in the game, and kicked three points from the top drawer at key moments of the game.

Laune Rangers:-
Padraig Ahern, Sean Arthurs, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Evan Madden, Daragh O’Connor, Patrick Carey (capt), Oisin Daly, Eoin O’Sullivan, Roan Moriarty (0-1), Cian O’Shea (0-3, 1f), Dáire Cleary (0-2, 1f), Gabriel Griffin (0-1), Mark O’Connor, Eoin Evans, Shane Doona (0-3). Subs: Eoin Clifford (1-1) for Evans, James Hurley for Daly, Rory O’Connor for D O’Connor, Keelin Houlihan for Cleary, Darragh O’Shea for Arthurs.

Kerins O’Rahillys:- Tom Houston, Jordan Foley, Sean Collins, Aidan Mangan, Deaglan Crowe, Rory O’Connor, Quinn O’Hallorhan, Sean Griffin, Kevin Browne, Darragh Fitzgerald (0-3,2f), Gearoid Dillane, Aaron Roche, Cillian Gallagher, Shane McElligott (0-1f), Conor Hayes. Subs: Sean Duggan, Barry Foley, TJ McMahon, Thomas White, Lee Browne.

Central Region Minor Division One Semi Final:- Laune Rangers vs Austin Stacks. 4/9/17

posted 4 Sep 2017, 14:25 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 4 Sep 2017, 14:41 ]

The sun was setting in the closing stages of the Central Region Minor Semi Final on Monday evening

Minors beat Rockies to reach Central Region Final

Laune Rangers 4-15, Austin Stacks 2-8

Laune Rangers have progressed to the Final of Central Region Minor Division One following victory over Austin Stacks in Killorglin on Monday evening.

Laune Rangers got off to the ideal start as midfielder Roan Moriarty scored a goal for in the first minute. Shane Doona slotted a point soon after to give Rangers a four point lead after as many minutes. Stacks hit back and produced a shot on goal, but Padraig Ahern was equal to it and pushed the ball around the post. Dáire Cleary, Roan Moriarty and Cian O’Shea all added points to give Rangers a 1-4 to 0-0 after ten minutes.

Austin Stacks opened their account with a 12th minute point, but the best move of the game produced Laune Rangers goal – a swift passing move down the left flank putting Patrick Carey through on goal and the centre-back applied a peach of a finish to the top corner of the net. Dáire Cleary pointed to increase the Rangers lead to ten points on the quarter mark. Stacks fared better in the 2nd quarter, scoring 1-4 before the short whistle, but Rangers maintained their dominance at midfield with Eoin O’Sullivan fielding excellent catches time and again. They scored a goal and three points themselves – Dáire Cleary (free) and Cian O’Shea (2) on target over the crossbar, while Eoin Evans was alert near goal to tap in a shot rebounding from the upright for Rangers’ third goal. The Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 3-8, Austin Stacks 1-5.

The third quarter was low-scoring as both defences found the upper hand for a period. Roan Moriarty pointed the first score of the half before Podge Ahern pulled off a second point blank save, while two Austin Stacks points and a well taken Patrick Carey effort saw Rangers leading by 3-10 to 1-7 with 15 minutes to play.

However, Laune Rangers kicked on again for the latter stages & extended the lead further. Dáire Cleary, Cian O’Shea & Eoin O’Sullivan points were cancelled out by a point and a rocket of a goal for Stacks – O’Sullivan’s score an excellent shot from an acute angle and just reward for an excellent performance. Roan Moriarty and Shane Doona pointed well from long range, while Doona also intercepted a short kickout to score Rangers’ 4th goal. The long whistle was blown to give Laune Rangers passage to the Central Region Division 1 Final, where they will play Kerins O’Rahillys. Details of the Final yet to be confirmed.

Laune Rangers:- Padraig Ahern, Evan Madden, Conor Murphy, Sean Arthurs, Daragh O’Connor, Patrick Carey (1-1), Kevin Fitzpatrick, Roan Moriarty (1-3), Eoin O’Sullivan (0-1), Cian O’Shea (0-4), Dáire Cleary (0-4), Gabriel Griffin, Mark O’Connor, Eoin Evans (1-0), Shane Doona (1-2). Subs: OIsin Daly for Murphy, Eoin Clifford for Griffin, James Hurley for Evans, Ronan O’Shea for C O’Shea, Rory O’Connor for Evan Madden.

Central Region Minor Division One Round 5:- Austin Stacks vs Laune Rangers. 28/8/17

posted 29 Aug 2017, 10:07 by Laune Rangers

Rangers Minors win at Austin Stacks

Austin Stacks 3-10, Laune Rangers 4-14

Laune Rangers Minors defeated Austin Stacks on Monday evening in Connolly Park, Tralee in the final round of fixtures in the Central Region Division One.

Both sides had a number of absentees on the evening, but that didn’t take from the free-flowing nature of the game. Laune Rangers got off to the better start in a highly enjoyable opening half, and were 4 ahead after two minutes – Shane Doona scoring a goal after Eoin O’Sullivan had pointed on the opening play. Stacks pointed twice to open their account, but Rangers continued their strong start and scored points from Gabriel Griffin and Dáire Cleary (2, 1f) to extend their lead. Austin Stacks got back into the game with a Donaghy-esque goal, after a long ball hit their full forward who fielded excellently and finished to the net. They followed up with a well taken point to leave Rangers ahead by 1-4 to 1-3 after 15minutes.

Laune Rangers responded well to the concession of the goal, and hit the net for their second goal through Gabe Griffin. Shane Doona kicked a super point from near the left touchline. The Laune Rangers defence began to gain the upper hand before the break, and points by Dáire Cleary (2) and Cian O’Shea sandwiched a Stacks brace to take the lead into the break. Half Time Score:- Austin Stacks 1-5, Laune Rangers 2-8.

A Cian O’Shea free for Rangers cancelled out an early Stacks point at the start of the second half, but the hosts hit a purple patch in a six minute period, where two goals and a point saw them take the lead for the first time by 3-7 to 2-9 with 43 minutes played. However, Rangers recovered well and, with Eoin O’Sullivan and Roan Moriarty taking control at midfield, scored 2-5 without reply in the following 7 minutes – Eoin Evans capitalzing on both a shot rebounding off the top of the post and a rebound from a save to goal twice (a well deserved return for his efforts on the evening), with the points coming from Cian O’Shea (2 1,f), Eoin O’Sullivan, Gabe Griffin, & Shane Doona. This left Rangers ahead by 4-14 to 3-7 with 8 minutes to play. Austin Stacks scored three good points in the final minutes, but a solid defensive effort from the Rangers rear-guard ensured there would be no goal scored by the home side & the young Laune Rangers side, with just 2 of the starting fifteen in their final year of Minor football, closed out a deserved win. Full Time Score:- Austin Stacks 3-10, Laune Rangers 4-14.

Laune Rangers face Austin Stacks again in the Central Region Division One Semi Final – dates and venue to be confirmed.

Laune Rangers:- Padraig Ahern, James Hurley, Conor Murphy, Oisin Daly, Evan Madden, Eoin Clifford, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Eoin O’Sullivan (0-2), Roan Moriarty, Gabriel Griffin (1-2), Dáire Cleary (0-4, 1f), Cian O’Shea (0-4, 2f), Mark O’Connor, Eoin Evans (2-0), Shane Doona (1-2). Subs: Rory O’Connor, Ronan O’Shea, Ciarán Foley.

County Minor Championship Round 3:- Dingle vs Laune Rangers. 11-07-2017

posted 11 Jul 2017, 17:36 by Laune Rangers

Laune Rangers Minor Squad that faced Dingle

Rangers exit Minor Championship following defeat at Dingle

Dingle 1-17, Laune Rangers 2-11

Laune Rangers’ County Minor Championship campaign ended on Tuesday evening, following a heartbreaking injury time loss to Dingle in Páirc an Athasigh. The home side were without injured County Minor panellist Mark Ashe, while Laune Rangers took the field without midfield pairing Darragh & Eoin O’Sullivan (injured), Sean Arthurs (suspended) and Kevin Fitzpatrick (work commitments).

The reshuffling of the line-up for Rangers led to a sluggish start, and Ruadhan McCarthy capitalized by pointing Dingle ahead in the first minute. Rangers settled into the game and – with the breeze at their backs – they scored points from Shane Doona (2) and Mark O’Connor to take the lead. Dingle starlet Dylan Geaney notched his first point before Rangers hit the net for the first time – Shane Doona sending a high ball into the square towards full forward Eoin Evans, only to see it beat Evans as well as the Dingle full back and goalkeeper and bounce into the net. Rangers followed up the goal with a Dáire Cleary pointed free before Dingle struck back with a goal of their own, as Luke O’Connell received a quick passed free and slotted it to the net. With a quarter of the game played, Laune Rangers led by 1-5 to 1-2.

Mark O’Connor and Ruadhan McCarthy exchanged points, but scores became hard to come by in the second quarter. Dáire Cleary (free) and Shane Doona points were cancelled out by scores by Dylan Geaney and Christopher Kane for Dingle before the short whistle to see the visitors take a two point lead into the break. Half Time Score:- Dingle 1-5, Laune Rangers 1-7.

Dingle opened the scoring in the second half through Ruadhan McCarthy before Rangers responded with a point from Gabriel Griffin, who was introduced shortly before the break. Geaneys Niall & Dylan pointed to bring Dingle back level, before Cian O’Shea kicked the visitors ahead with an excellent point into the breeze. The 39th minute brought Laune Rangers’ second goal, as Gabe Griffin’s deflected shot crept just under the crossbar. Griffin pointed again soon after to increase Rangers’ lead to five points, but Thomas Devane responded with an excellent point to leave Rangers ahead by 2-10 to 1-9 with a quarter to play.

The breeze behind the Dingle team picked up significantly for the latter stages of the game, and this gave the hosts the boost they needed, as Laune Rangers struggled to craft any scoring chance of note. Dingle scored points through Dylan Geaney, Ruadhan McCarthy and Christopher Kane before Eoin Clifford scored a super score for Rangers. This point would prove to be Rangers’ last though, as they struggled to clear their lines against the wind. The loss of Roan Moriarty to injury late on didn’t help Rangers’ cause, as the home side’s confidence grew. As the regulation 30 minutes of the second half expired, Laune Rangers still led by 2 points, but there was plenty of time remaining for the home side. They hit five points through Ruadhan McCarthy (2) and Thomas Devane (3) to take the lead for the first time since the second minute. The final whistle was blown to see Rangers’ Minor Championship end in disappointment. Full Time Score:- Dingle 1-17, Laune Rangers 2-11.

Laune Rangers’ Championship comes to an end on an evening where they missed their four absentees, but every player that took the field did themselves proud – a number of them Under 16s making a big step up. Conor Murphy, Evan Madden, Cian O'Shea and Shane Doona excelled for Rangers, with Gabe Griffin following up his 'super sub' role in Round 1 with another great display from the bench.

Dingle progress to the Quarter Final stages, with some stand out performers. Ruadhan McCarthy and Dylan Geaney were on hand to score some excellent points, but Thomas Devane put in a big performance and scored all three points in injury time that ultimately made the difference on the scoreboard and this trio ended with 14 points between them.

Interestingly, of the 3-28 scored on the night, all bar three points came from play in a pulsating game.

Dingle: Eoin Brosnan, Sean Boland, Seán Óg Moran, Colin Moriarty, Donnacha Sugrue, Niall Geaney (0-1), Luke O’Connell (1-0), Brian O’Connor, Thomas Devane (0-4), Dylan Geaney (0-4), Ruadhan McCarthy (0-6), Deividas Uosis, Conor Flannery, Dean Hilliard, Christopher Kane (0-2). Subs: Joe Saunders, Eoghan Hoare.

Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Oisin Daly, Conor Murphy, Darragh O’Shea, Patrick Carey, David Mangan, Evan Madden, Roan Moriarty, Fiachra Clifford, Cian O’Shea (0-1), Daragh O’Connor, Dáire Cleary (0-2), Mark O’Connor (0-2), Eoin Evans, Shane Doona (1-3). Subs: Gabriel Griffin(1-2), Eoin Clifford (0-1), Ronan O’Shea.

County Minor Championship Round 1:- Kerins O'Rahillys vs Laune Rangers. 05-07-2017

posted 5 Jul 2017, 16:12 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 6 Jul 2017, 02:13 ]

Rangers mark return to Minor Championship with a win

Kerins O’Rahillys 1-9, Laune Rangers 1-17

After a five-year hiatus, Laune Rangers made their return to the County Minor Championship with a win against Kerins O’Rahillys in Strand Road on Wednesday evening.

Rangers took an early lead through Cian O’Shea in the first minute, with Aaron Roche responding with a free soon after. Rangers regained the lead through Dáire Cleary (free) and Mark O’Connor, who saw his shot from close range rise and hit the crossbar before going over, but Rahillys had the lead by the 10th minute with points from Darragh Fitzgerald (free), Shane McElligott and Aaron Roche. David Mangan got up from the back to level matters, but points for the hosts from Fitzgerald (free) and McElligott saw Kerins O’Rahillys take a two point lead by 0-6 to 0-4 with a quarter played.

Darragh Fitzgerald extended the home side’s lead before a trio of Dáire Cleary points (2 frees) had the visitors level. Cleary rattled the crossbar with an excellent effort following a superb Fiachra Clifford pass close to the break, but the Rangers forward soon had consolation for the missed goal chance as he added a 30th minute free. Half Time Score:- Kerins O’Rahillys 0-7, Laune Rangers 0-8.

Dáire Cleary added to his tally with another free with Shane Doona extending the Rangers lead with a fine point at the start of the second half. Midfielder Sean Griffin pointed well for Rahillys before Laune Rangers’ third great goal chance came and went, as Roan Moriarty saw his shot go just wide – Moriarty introduced as his teammate Darragh O’Sullivan had to withdraw with a shoulder injury. Shane Doona and Darragh Fitzgerald (free) traded points, before Rangers suffered another setback as Sean Arthurs was sent off. With a quarter of the game to play, Laune Rangers led by 0-11 to 0-9.

This lead was soon overturned when Kerins O’Rahillys were awarded a penalty, as the Laune Rangers defence were – albeit debatably – adjudged to have fouled the Rahillys attacker inside the square. Shane McElligott dispatched the penalty to give his side the lead by the minimum. The series of events seemed to put some fire in the belly of the Laune Rangers side and they drove on for the final minutes, playing like they had the extra player rather than one less. Cian O’Shea levelled the score again with an excellent point, before Fiachra Clifford gave his side the lead with two super points in the latter stages. Laune Rangers lost Mark O’Connor to a shoulder injury in the 59th minute after the forward had put in huge effort, but his replacement didn’t let his side down. Gabriel Griffin – with his first possession – received the ball and beat his marker before slotting the ball to the net for the winning goal. This took the wind from the sails of the Rahillys players, and Rangers took over for the final stages, scoring points from Shane Doona, Roan Moriarty, & Dáire Cleary to put some gloss on the scoreboard. Full Time Score:- Kerins O’Rahillys 1-9, Laune Rangers 1-17.

With 15 minutes to go, Laune Rangers were up against it in this championship tie, but they showed grit to pull themselves out of the mire with 14 men. Fiachra Clifford and Dáire Cleary showed their County credentials, playing well against double coverage much of the time, while Patrick Carey showed his experience from playing with the Senior team to lead the charges at the back. Meanwhile, the Under 16 players in the squad all put in big performances on the step up to Minor Championship football.

Laune Rangers will travel to Dingle for the next round of fixtures next Tuesday evening, July 11th. The winner will move on to the Quarter Final of the competition, while the loser will be knocked out of the Championship.

Kerins O’Rahillys:- Tom Houston, Deaglán Crowe, Aidan Mangan, Barry Foley, Rory O’Connor, Sean Collins, Sean Duggan, Sean Griffin (0-1), Kevin Browne, Quinn O’Halloran, Aaron Roche (0-2), Jordan Foley, Darragh Fitzgerald (0-4), Shane McElligott (1-2), Gearoid Dillane. Subs: Conor Hayes, Ger Dunne.

Laune Rangers:- Padraig Ahern, Darragh O’Shea, Conor Murphy, Sean Arthurs, Evan Madden, Kevin Fitzpatrick, David Mangan, Darragh O’Sullivan, Dáire Cleary (0-7), Fiachra Clifford (0-2), Daragh O’Connor, Cian O’Shea (0-2), Shane Doona (0-3), Mark O’Connor (0-1). Subs: Roan Moriarty, Eoin Clifford, Gabriel Griffin (1-0).

County Minor League Division 1 Round 5:- Dingle vs Laune Rangers. 21/4/17

posted 21 Apr 2017, 17:59 by Laune Rangers

Laune Rangers Minor Team that faced Dingle on Friday evening.

Minors lose final League game

Dingle 1-15, Laune Rangers 0-11

Laune Rangers completed their campaign in the County Minor Football League Divison 1 on Friday evening with an away defeat to Dingle.

Both sides had three wides kicked before the opening score of the game in the 12th minute, as Dingle took the lead with a point. Padraig Ahern saved at point blank range for Rangers to prevent a Dingle goal, before Dáire Cleary pointed to level the game. Keelin Houlihan finished a fine run from midfield to put the ball over the bar, and with 15 minutes played, Rangers led by 0-2 to 0-1.

The visitors’ lead didn’t last long as Dingle levelled the game with another point, before the game’s most crucial score game in the form of a goal for the hosts – a free 50 metres out taken some yards ahead of where the foul took place catching the Rangers defence off guard. Dingle matched Rangers score for score for the remainder of the half with points from Fiachra Clifford (2, 1 free), Dáire Cleary (free) and Patrick Carey met with four points from the home side before the short whistle. Half Time Score:- Dingle 1-6, Laune Rangers 0-6.

Dingle outscored Rangers by 5 points to 3 in the third quarter with Cian O’Shea & Fiachra Clifford (2, 1 free) adding to the visitors’ tally leaving Laune Rangers trailing by 1-11 to 0-9 with a quarter to play.

Two further points for the home side were cancelled out by points by Fiachra Clifford and Patrick Carey but the home side added another brace before the final whistle as Rangers spurned a couple of late goal chances that would have closed the gap.. Full Time Score:- Dingle 1-15, Laune Rangers 0-11.

This brings Laune Rangers’ County League Division One campaign to a close, but with some players to return from injury and other commitments, there is plenty of football to play for the remainder of the year with Central Region competition and the club’s return to the County Minor Championship. 

Laune Rangers Team:- Padraig Ahern, Sean Arthurs, Conor Murphy, Darragh O’Shea, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Patrick Carey (0-2), Evan Madden, Keelin Houlihan (0-1), Darragh O’Sullivan, Fiachra Clifford (0-5), Dáire Cleary (0-2), Daragh O’Connor, Cian O’Shea (0-1), Roan Moriarty, Mark O’Connor. Subs: Oisin Daly, Ciarán Foley.

County Minor League Division 1 Round 4:- Dr Crokes vs Laune Rangers. 18/4/17

posted 18 Apr 2017, 14:26 by Laune Rangers

Minors defeated on trip to Dr Crokes

Dr Crokes 2-15, Laune Rangers 1-11

Laune Rangers were defeated by Dr Crokes in the County Minor League Division One on Tuesday evening in Lewis Road.

Dr Crokes hit the net with their first attack after a minute to take an early lead, but Rangers had much the better of the opening stages. Patrick Carey got up field to score Rangers’ first point &, after Crokes had responded with a pointed free, Laune Rangers scored four unanswered points through Dáire Cleary (3 frees) and Fiachra Clifford to lead by 0-5 to 1-1 with a quarter of the game played.

Dr Crokes took over in the second quarter though, and scored seven unanswered points – six from play – to take a healthy lead into the break. Half time score:- Dr Crokes 1-8, Laune Rangers 0-5.

Laune Rangers started the second half with endeavour & consistent pressure by the visitors led to an increased foul count by Crokes. Rangers halved the deficit with three pointed frees from Fiachra Clifford (2) and Dáire Cleary before the hosts replied with three of their own – one of them from a 45 after Padraig Murphy had saved from point blank range in the Rangers goal. Shane Doona and Cian O’Shea pointed for Ranger before Dáire Cleary scored a fantastic goal, beating the majority of the Crokes defence before finding the bottom left corner of the net. This left just a point between the sides as Laune Rangers trailed by 1-11 to 1-10 with 15 minutes to play.

Dr Crokes did not allow Rangers to get level though and with five minutes to play, the lead was back to three as a Dáire Cleary free was wiped out by three further points from the hosts (1 free). Dr Crokes then missed a penalty & Padraig Ahern made two more saves to stop certain goals, but the hosts tagged on another point before finally netting their second goal in injury time. Full Time Score:- Dr Crokes 2-15, Laune Rangers 1-11.

A couple of absentees through injury were missed by Rangers, & they rued the loss of midfielder Eoin O’Sullivan with injury after 45 minutes with the game still in the balance. Patrick Carey showed the maturity that has seen him promoted to the Senior side in recent weeks, while the work rate throughout the side served them well until they began to tire late on. Laune Rangers now need results to go their way in order to qualify for the semi-final, & play Dingle away in a must win game in the final Round on Friday evening.

Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Sean Arthurs, Patrick Carey (0-1), Conor Murphy, Shane Doona (0-1), Darragh O’Sullivan, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Eoin O’Sullivan, Fiachra Clifford (0-3), Cian O’Shea (0-1), Dáire Cleary (1-5), Daragh O’Connor, Mark O’Connor, Roan Moriarty, Keelin Houlihan. Subs: Oisin Daly, Darragh O’Shea. Squad: Ciarán Foley, Ronan O’Shea, Evan Madden, David Mangan.

County Minor League Division 1 Round 1 Rescheduled:- Laune Rangers vs Na Gaeil. 17/3/17

posted 18 Mar 2017, 16:12 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 19 Mar 2017, 17:21 ]

Conditions were terrible on St Patrick's Day as Laune Rangers faced Na Gaeil in the County Minor League.

One point defeat for Minors

Laune Rangers 1-5, Na Gaeil 0-9

Laune Rangers hosted Na Gaeil on St Patrick’s Day at a wet and windy JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin. Na Gaeil opened the scoring on the very first play as their main man & 2016 All Ireland Minor winner Diarmuid O’Connor won the throw in and charged upfield to score a point. Dáire Cleary levelled matters for Rangers before Dara Devine pointed Na Gaeil ahead in the 8th minute. A Dáire Cleary free brought the scores level once more and with a quarter of the game played, the sides were level at 0-2 apiece.

An excellent six minute spell from the visitors saw Dara Devine (2, 1 free) & Diarmuid O’Connor put Na Gaeil ahead by three, but this was cancelled out in the 26th minute as Keelin Houlihan put the ball into the net for a Laune Rangers goal. Fiachra Clifford and Dara Devine traded frees before the short whistle, and the sides headed for the shelter of the dressing room with the score at Half Time:- Laune Rangers 1-3, Na Gaeil 0-6.

Diarmuid O’Connor came close to emulating his first half start as, with the first play of the second half, he drove towards goal, only to see his shot rattle the crossbar and the ball was cleared to safety. Dara Devine and Daniel Goggin pointed to put Na Gaeil two ahead before Mark O’Connor pointed excellently for Rangers to halve the deficit. With 15 minutes to play, Na Gaeil led by 0-8 to 1-4.

Dáire Cleary pointed for Rangers to level the scores in the 48th minute as conditions began to worsen. The defences had the upper hand as scores were at a premium, but Na Gaeil corner forward Daniel Goggin managed an excellent point to put his side ahead. This would prove to be the final score of the game as Na Gaeil held on to win a tight battle. Full Time score:- Laune Rangers 1-5, Na Gaeil 0-9.

Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Sean Arthurs, Patrick Carey, Conor Murphy, David Mangan, Darragh O’Sullivan, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Fiachra Clifford (0-1), Eoin O’Sullivan, Cian O’Shea, Dáire Cleary (0-3), Daragh O’Connor, Mark O’Connor, Keelin Houlihan, Shane Doona. Subs:- Roan Moriarty, Oisin Daly, Darragh O’Shea.

Na Gaeil: Shawn Duggan, James O’Connor, Ryan O’Neill, Damien Bourke, Rory Murphy, Fergal Barry, Rory O’
Sullivan, Niall O’Mahoney, Diarmuid O’Connor (0-2), Aaron Dewy, Patrick Roche, Aaron Ward, Darragh Reen, Dara Devine (0-5), Daniel Goggin (0-2).  Subs: Conor Hayes, Lee O’Byrne, Enda O’Connor.

County Minor League Division 1 Round 2:- Laune Rangers vs Firies. 11/3/17

posted 11 Mar 2017, 17:29 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 13 Mar 2017, 14:08 ]

Minors pick up first win of season

Home victory over Firies gives them first County League points of 2017

Laune Rangers 0-13, Firies 1-10

Laune Rangers Minors overcame Firies on Saturday at a sun-drenched JP O’Sullivan Park, as they picked up their first win in the County Minor League Division 1.

Laune Rangers started well and got a score from their first play of the game through a free from Dáire Cleary. The home side doubled their lead in the 7th minute and full forward Keelin Houlihan notched a third before Firies registered their first score of the game through a pointed free. The hosts increased their lead further through excellent points from Daragh O’Connor & Eoin O’Sullivan to see Laune Rangers lead Firies by 0-5 to 0-1 with fifteen minutes played.

Firies registered their second point of the game in the 18th minute, but it was quickly cancelled out by a fine Dáire Cleary point and Fiachra Clifford extended Rangers’ lead with a pointed free in the 23rd minute. Laune Rangers produced two goal chances in as many minutes late in the half as Keelin Houlihan and Shane Doona saw their shots saved, although the latter effort ricocheted back to Doona who stuck his leg out and sent the ball over the bar. Firies were now six points behind entering injury time, but two successive attacks for the visitors produced scores – a well taken point followed by a stunning goal to the roof of the net from the edge of the square. This all but wiped out Rangers’ lead and, having dominated the play in the half, the home side found themselves ahead by just two points at the break. The Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-8, Firies 1-3.

Laune Rangers midfielder Eoin O’Sullivan had had an excellent opening half, and caught the ball brilliantly from the throw in at the restart to begin a great move that led to Fiachra Clifford extending the lead with a point. Fires responded with a point of their own before Dáire Cleary restored Rangers’ lead to three points. Laune Rangers could have doubled their lead in the 39th minute when a great move up the right flank saw Dáire Cleary feed Shane Doona who was met by an onrushing goalkeeper and was unable to get his shot away. The ball was cleared and the counter-attack resulted in a free, which was duly slotted over the bar. Laune Rangers full back Patrick Carey stormed up field to get his name on the score sheet with an excellent point and with fifteen minutes to play, Rangers led by 0-11 to 1-5.

The gap between the sides was reduced to the minimum as Firies scored two points (1 free) but a pointed free by Fiachra Clifford put two points between the sides again with 8 minutes to play. Points were traded between Firies and Rangers (through Dáire Cleary with a super effort) before Firies put a single point between the sides again to leave Rangers leading by 0-13 to 1-9 as normal time expired. Laune Rangers were then awarded a free near the right sideline and 35 yards out and Fiachra Clifford made no mistake with his left foot to split the posts and double the lead. This score would prove to be the insurance point as it left Firies needing a goal. The visitors kicked a final point deep in injury time but they would not get another chance to score an equalizer. The final whistle was blown to see Rangers secure their first County League points of the season. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-14, Firies 1-10.

This was a hard fought and deserved win for Laune Rangers, who took the lead in the opening minute and never relinquished it. A number of missed goal chances should have made Rangers lead a little more comfortable before half time, but their defensive effort in the second half made up for it. The full back line of Conor Murphy, Patrick Carey and Sean Arthurs kept the inside safe and made Firies kick from distance – albeit quite successfully for the most part. In attack, Dáire Cleary and Fiachra Clifford both played a major role in Rangers scoring prowess. In all, it was a good performance in what was effectively the team’s first game of the season.  They will play Na Gaeil in their next fixture in the County League.  The game will take place on St Patrick's Day at 3:30pm in JP O'Sullivan Park.

Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Sean Arthurs, Patrick Carey (0-1), Conor Murphy, David Mangan, Darragh O’Sullivan, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Eoin O’Sullivan (0-1), Fiachra Clifford (0-4, 3f), Cian O’Shea, Dáire Cleary (0-5, 2f), Daragh O’Connor (0-1), Mark O’Connor, Keelin Houlihan (0-1), Shane Doona (0-1). Subs used: Roan Moriarty, Gabriel Griffin, Oisin Daly

County Minor League Division 1 Round 1:- Austin Stacks vs Laune Rangers. 4/3/17

posted 5 Mar 2017, 13:58 by Laune Rangers

Austin Stacks: 1-22, Laune Rangers: 1-09

Played on Saturday evening last in Connolly Park, Tralee, Austin Stacks ran out easy winners in the end. Beating a depleted Laune Rangers team who were missing a number of regulars due to a school tour.

Laune Rangers registered the games’ first score with an opening minute point from full forward Keelin Houlihan who had linked well with Eoin Evans in the corner. Austin Stack replied immediately with a point of their own from Gearoid Fitzgerald. The game’s first goal came in the 3rd minute with Gabriel Griffin finding the net for the visitors to take the lead 1-01 to 0-01. Fiachra Clifford added another point for Laune Rangers in the 4th minute to push their lead out to four points by the fourth minute.

Austin Stacks found another gear at this stage and came back into the game registering six unanswered scores, including a goal of their own, in the following 10 minutes. Shane Walsh put one over in the 5th minute to put the goal between the sides once more. Straight after Captain Walsh linked well with Gearoid Fitzgerald before passing off to Michael Linnane who slotted over another point. Austin Stacks’ goal came in the 6th minute when Fitzgerald turned his marker and linked with his corner counterpart Michael Slattery who made no mistake in slotting the ball passed Padraig Ahern in the Laune Rangers goal and Austin Stacks led by 1 point. 

Gearoid Fitzgerald had his goal shot stopped by Ahern, who pulled off a fine save, shortly after to deny him a goal of his own. A free from Austin Stacks’ Michael Slattery in the 11th minute extended the home side’s lead to 2 points. Further points from Michael Linnane and Harry O’Callaghan in the 12th and 13th minutes left Austin Stacks leading 1-06 to 1-02.

The sides swapped frees in the minutes that followed with Donagh McKivergan pointing from the homeside and Cian O’Shea pointing for Laune Rangers. The game stood at 1-07 to 1-03 in Austin Stacks favour mid-way through the opening half.

Donagh McKivergan added his second of the afternoon shortly after to extend the homeside’s lead some more. Laune Rangers’ keeper Ahern pulled off another save soon after before full forward Keelin Houlihan countered for the visitors and closed the gap somewhat. Michael Slattery popped up for another point for Austin Stacks in the 23rd minute before Donagh McKivergan added another in the 25th minute to ensure the home side lead by 6 with 5 minutes of the opening half to play. A great piece of fielding from Gearoid Fitzgerald saw him rewarded with another well taken score for Austin Stacks’ last of the opening half. Two final points from the visitors, a free from Cian O’Shea and a well worked point again from O’Shea who partnered well with Daire Cleary and Eoin Evans to leave the half time score: Austin Stacks: 1-11 to 1-06: Laune Rangers.

Austin Stacks hit a purple patch at the start of the second half, coupled with some loose marking from Laune Rangers, which saw Austin Stacks continue to extend their lead. Four early frees from the boot of Donagh McKivergan in the 1st, 2nd, 4th & 7th minutes saw the homeside take a commanding leading of 1-15 to 1-06. Laune Rangers’ midfielder Fiachra Clifford registered their first score of the half with a point from a free in the 11th minute.

Austin Stacks continued to push ahead and added further points from Michael Slattery & Gearoid Sheehan in the 13th and 14th minutes to let the score mid-way through the second half, Austin Stacks 1-17 to 1-07 Laune Rangers. A good steal by Austin Stacks saw substitute James Quigley add his name to the scoresheet with a well taken point in the 16th minute of the half. 

Padraig Ahern in the Laune Rangers goal pulled off another fine save to ensure Austin Stacks lead wasn’t extended some more. Donagh McKivergan extended his tally in the 19th minute with another point. Laune Rangers’ Daire Cleary pointed a free in the 21st minute to let the score 1-19 to 1-08 in the homeside’s favour with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Austin Stacks continued to empty their bench and substitute Cian Talbot popped up for his first point in the 23rd minute. The sides swapped points in the final minutes of the game, a point from Gearoid Sheehan for Austin Stacks in the 26th minute was quickly followed by a Darragh O’Sullivan effort but the result was inevitable at this stage with Austin Stacks leading 1-21 to 1-09 Laune Rangers. Austin Stack’s substitute Alan Dore got the game’s final score (to the surprise of the home supporters!) to let the game at the full-time whistle, Austin Stacks 1-22 to 1-09 Laune Rangers.

Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Cormac Doyle, Patrick Carey, Darragh O’Shea, Eoin Clifford, Darragh O’Sullivan, (0-1) Gabriel Griffin (1-0), Eoin O’Sullivan, Fiachra Clifford (0-2), Cian O’Shea (0-3), Daire Cleary (0-1), Darragh O’Connor, Jack Evans, Keelin Houlihan (0-2), Eoin Evans. Subs: Kevin Fitzpatrick.

Austin Stacks: Robbie Murphy, Shane Kelliher, Dylan Casey, Donagh McMahon, Conor Lowe, Ciaran O’Reilly, Tomas Sheehy, David Fitzmaurice, Shane Walsh (0-1), Gearoid Sheehan (0-2), Harry O’Callaghan (0-1), Michael Linnane (0-2), Gearoid Fitzgerald (0-2), Donagh McKivergan (0-8), Michael Slattery (1-3). Subs: David Oba, Dean Scanlon, Jack McGrath, James Quigley (0-1), Garry Clifford, Alan Dore (0-1), Odhran Liston, Cian Talbot (0-1), Sean Quilter.

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