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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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