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County Minor Football League Division One Round 3:- Dr Crokes vs Laune Rangers. 19/03/2018

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Minors defeated by Dr Crokes

Dr Crokes 1-13, Laune Rangers 3-5

On a bitterly cold day in Lewis Road, Killarney, Laune Rangers fell to defeat to Dr Crokes in the County Minor League Division One.

It took until the fifth minute for the game’s first score, as Shane Doona tapped in a rebounding ball after his own shot had been stopped at first by the Crokes goalkeeper but from that point, Dr Crokes got on the ascendancy maintaining pressure on the Rangers goal. Laune Rangers goalkeeper Jack Evans was tested on multiple occasions but wasn’t found wanting, pulling off two big saves and showed safe hands under the high ball. Dr Crokes managed to get a point on the board in the 9th minute, but Rangers responded well and, following a fantastic pass from David Mangan, Dáire Cleary ended a 40 yard solo run with an excellent finish to the net. Cleary added to this a couple of minutes later with a well taken point following some great defending and a long pass from Sean Arthurs. However, Dr Crokes came back into the game and scored three unanswered points (1 free) to leave Rangers leading by 2-1 to 0-4 with 18 minutes played.

Mark O’Connor added good point for Rangers from a tight angle, but Crokes finished the first half the stronger, and added on two pointed frees to see the sides head for the relative warmth of the dressing rooms with the Half Time Score:- Dr Crokes 0-6, Laune Rangers 2-2.

Gabriel Griffin pointed for Rangers to cancel out an earlier Crokes point, but the home side went on to kick five points unanswered (2 from frees) to lead by 0-12 to 2-3 with a quarter to play.

Dr Crokes struck a hammer blow to Rangers in the 50th minute when they struck for goal to double their lead, but Rangers took over on the attack for the remainder of the game. Rangers got a goal back in the 56th minute when two substitutes linked up as Gearoid Hassett passed the ball across the square to Eoin Evans who palmed it to the net, but a black card to Laune Rangers captain Daragh O’Connor for pulling a defender to the ground saw Rangers lose a talisman. Dr Crokes went downfield to point again and put four between the sides heading into stoppage time. Rangers were unable to find the net in additional time, with Dáire Cleary pointing two frees, the second in attempt at goal. Full Time Score:- Dr Crokes 1-13, Laune Rangers 3-5.

Best for Crokes were Michael Lenihan and Harry Potts. For Rangers, the players with senior experience – Dáire Cleary & Sean Arthurs especially – showed great leadership, while David Mangan stood out for his team on the day.

Laune Rangers:- Jack Evans, Oisín Daly, Sean Arthurs, Evan Madden, Rory O’Connor, David Mangan, James Hurley, Daragh O’Connor (capt), Kevin Fitzpatrick, Gabriel Griffin (0-1), Dáire Cleary (1-3, 2f), Ronan O’Shea, Shane Doona (1-0), Eoin Clifford, Mark O’Connor (0-1). Subs:- Gearóid Hassett for O’Shea, Sean Cleary for Daly, Matthew Leslie for R O’Connor, Eoin Evans (1-0) for Griffin, Oisin Daly for D O’Connor (bc).

County Minor Football League Division One Round 3:- Laune Rangers vs Kilgarvan/Tousist. 10/03/2018

posted 10 Mar 2018, 13:11 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 10 Mar 2018, 13:30 ]

Minors win in County Minor Division 1

They defeat Kilgarvan/Tousist at home for first League points of season

Laune Rangers 5-14, Kilgarvan/Tousist 3-14

Laune Rangers picked up their first win of the season against Kilgarvan/Tousist on Saturday afternoon in the County Minor League Division One at JP O’Sullivan Park.

Playing into a stiff breeze in the first half, Laune Rangers got off to a solid start and were three points to the good after six minutes – Dáire Cleary, Daragh O’Connor and Kevin Fitzpatrick notching the scores. However, the visitors grew into the game and made full use of the breeze at their backs, scoring five points and a well taken goal during the first quarter. A solitary Dáire Cleary free was added for Rangers in the same period to see Kilgarvan/Tousist lead by 1-5 to 0-4 after 15 minutes.

The visitors increased their lead to six points by the 20th minute as Shane Doona added a point for Rangers, before Laune Rangers got back into the game with their first goal – James Hurley with some great work out of defence, linking up with Mark O’Connor who in turn fed the ball across the square to Ronan O’Shea to tap it in to the net. Kilgarvan/Tousist wasted no time in striking the net again themselves with another cool finish, while Laune Rangers outscored the South Kerry side by 0-3 to 0-2 in the remainder in the half (Dáire Cleary, Shane Doona & Eoin Clifford for Rangers) to see the sides head for the dressing rooms at the break with the Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-9, Kilgarvan/Tousist 2-10.

The visitors kicked the first point of the second half, but Rangers reduced the gap to two points with their second goal – Dáire Cleary’s shot ricocheting off the opposition goalkeeper only for Eoin Clifford to tap in the rebound. Cleary cancelled out a pointed free for the visitors with a point of his own from play. Kilgarvan/Tousist scored their third goal in the 42nd minute and added a point soon after to lead by 3-13 to 2-10 with fifteen minutes to play.

Although they were six points behind, Rangers still had the breeze at their backs and refused to let their heads drop. Dáire Cleary and Shane Doona (free) pointed before the home side scored their third goal – Ronan O’Shea applying a cool finish. Following another point for the visitors, Rangers scored their fourth goal from the penalty spot – substitute Gearóid Hassett hauled down in the square and Dáire Cleary dispatching the spot kick to the net to give Laune Rangers the lead. Daragh O’Connor & Ronan O’Shea added points to leave a goal between the sides, but Kilgarvan/Tousist were unable to get the ball to the opposite end of the field due to the work rate of the Rangers middle eight. A great interception by Rory O’Connor won possession back before the home side worked forward and found Shane Doona who finished off a fine performance with a fifth goal for Rangers to ensure the win. Final Score:- Laune Rangers 5-14, Kilgarvan/Tousist 3-14.

2017 All Ireland Minor winner Donal O’Sullivan was simply immense for Kilgarvan/Tousist and showed form that would give any Senior defender in the county nightmares. However, Rangers showed great team spirit and outscored the visitors by 2-4 to 0-1 in the final quarter. Sean Arthurs, & James Hurley provided physicality at the back, while Dáire Cleary, Ronan O’Shea and Shane Doona were lethal at the front (combining for 4-10). However, the O’Connor brothers Rory & Daragh linked up well time and again with big brother Daragh in particular standing out for Rangers.

Laune Rangers Team:- Jack Evans, Oisín Daly, Sean Arthurs, Evan Madden, Rory O’Connor, David Mangan, James Hurley, Daragh O’Connor(0-2), Kevin Fitzpatrick (0-1), Ronan O’Shea (2-1), Dáire Cleary (1-6, 1p 2f), Gabriel Griffin, Mark O’Connor, Eoin Clifford (1-0), Shane Doona (1-3, 1f). Subs: Gearoid Hassett for Griffin, Matthew Leslie for O’Connor; Sean Cleary.

County Minor Football League Division One Round 1:- Austin Stacks vs Laune Rangers. 17/02/2018

posted 17 Feb 2018, 12:43 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 17 Feb 2018, 17:46 ]

Stacks take the spoils in Minor opener

Under-strength Laune Rangers side unable to capitalize on multiple goal chances

Austin Stacks 2-12, Laune Rangers 1-8

The 2018 Minor season got underway on Saturday as Laune Rangers faced Austin Stacks in the opening round of the County Minor League Division One, which was played on the ‘Nun’s Field’ in Connelly Park, Tralee. Laune Rangers were without a number of key players, with Eoin O’Sullivan & Eoin Evans absent through basketball commitments while injuries to Roan Moriarty & Conor Murphy have sidelined the pair.

Austin Stacks were much closer to full strength, and got off to a great start. Michael Slattery pointed twice (one free) inside the first 90 seconds, and Dylan Casey got upfield to notch a third point for the home side a few minutes later. Pointed frees from Mark O’Connor and Dáire Cleary got Rangers into the game but an Eoghan Carroll point for Stacks was soon followed by a goal for the hosts – a long ball towards the edge of the square finding Michael Slattery who punched the ball past Jack Evans and into the net. A well taken Sean Quilter free gave Stacks a 1-5 to 0-2 lead with a quarter played.

Rangers began to put some play together in the second quarter, with David Mangan driving forward from centre back & Mark O’Connor showing well in the inside forward line. Dáire Cleary pointed twice (1 free) while Sean Quilter added a good score from distance to see the sides head for the dressing rooms with the score at Half Time:- Austin Stacks 1-6, Laune Rangers 0-4.

Stacks began the second half like they did the first &, after Ronan O’Shea had blasted over the bar for Rangers in a shot that could have squeezed under the bar in the opening minute of the half, the home side added points from David Couchman, Conor Myers and Dean Scanlon to stretch their lead to eight points. However, Austin Stacks saw a second man black carded when Luke Chester was sent to the sideline (Adam Curran having seen black in the first half). This coincided with a resurgence by Rangers and Oisin Daly struck the crossbar with an excellent shot that had David Oba beaten. Michael Slattery & Dáire Cleary exchanged frees before Cleary added another from play to leave Rangers trailing by 1-10 to 0-7 with a quarter to play.

Laune Rangers kept the pressure on the Stacks defence for the final quarter, but luck refused to shine on the Killorglin men. Mark O’Connor pointed a free but Seán Quilter replied with a point at the other end for the Rockies before Ronan O’Shea shot millimetres wide of the post. Oisín Daly shot for goal a minute later but it snuck wide by the smallest of margins yet again. Stacks introduced Gearoid Fitzgerald with 8 minutes to play, and he kicked a great point within a minute of coming on. After Mark O’Connor saw another shot go wide, Rangers finally hit the net in the 55th minute as a high ball into the square found Ronan O’Shea who knocked the ball into the net. However, Stacks got upfield and – against the run of play – another high ball into the square caused confusion to both backs and forwards, before Gearoid Fitzgerald used his physical advantage over Rangers goalkeeper Jack Evans to keep him at arm’s length and use his free hand to punch the ball home from a yard out. This took the wind out of the sails of Rangers and would prove to be the final score of the game. A late second yellow card for Stacks’ Daniel O’Rourke saw the forward dismissed, but it had no effect on the final result. Full Time Score:- Austin Stacks 2-12, Laune Rangers 1-8.

The seven point gap between the sides did no justice to Rangers on the day, who were without a regular full-back, full forward and both midfielders among others. Those who filled in the positions grew into the game and excelled at times. Rangers had five missed goal chances in the second half that – had any two of them been converted – may have seen a different outcome in the game.

Best for both sides were Sean Quilter for Stacks and Rangers’ David Mangan.

Austin Stacks:- David Oba, Luke Chester, Donagh McMahon, Jack McGrath, Dara Barry Walsh, Dylan Casey (0-1), Eoghan Carroll (0-1), David Couchman (0-1), Sean Carmody, Sean Quilter (0-3, 1f), Daniel O’Rourke, Dean Scanlon (0-1), Conor Myers (0-1), Michael Slattery (1-3, 2f), Adam Curran. Subs used: Gearoid Sheehan for Curran (bc), Craig Teahan for Chester (bc), Gearoid Fitzgerald (1-1) for Myers.

Laune Rangers:- Jack Evans, Evan Madden, Sean Arthurs, Oisín Daly, Rory O’Connor, David Mangan, James Hurley, Daragh O’Connor, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Ronan O’Shea (1-1), Dáire Cleary (0-5, 3f), Gabriel Griffin, Shane Doona, Eoin Clifford, Mark O’Connor (0-2f). Sub used: Sean Cleary for Griffin.

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