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County Minor Football League Division One Round 4:- Laune Rangers vs Killarney Legion. 13/04/2018

posted 13 Apr 2018, 16:41 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 13 Apr 2018, 16:48 ]
Laune Rangers Minor Team that faced Killarney Legion in the County League - three players missing from photo!

Rangers Minors defeat Legion in County League

Laune Rangers 5-12, Killarney Legion 1-10

Laune Rangers remain in the hunt for a Semi Final spot in the County Minor League Division One following victory over Killarney Legion in JP O’Sullivan Park on Friday evening.

After both sides had missed early chances, Rangers scored the first point of the game through Eoin Clifford, before two quickfire goals had the hosts ahead by seven points after just five minutes – Ronan O’Shea & Shane Doona both tapping in from close range following good work at the edge of the square on both occasions by Eoin Evans. Legion replied with two points (1 free) before Rangers scored their third goal of the game – Dáire Cleary collecting a nice Kevin Fitzpatrick pass before setting off on a 40 yard run and finishing to the net. A pointed free by Legion saw Laune Rangers leading by 3-1 to 0-3 with a quarter played.

Shane Doona added two excellent points & Legion responded with a point of their own before Rangers fourth goal of the game – Gabriel Griffin getting forward to finish following an excellent piece of skill to offload the ball by Dáire Cleary. Legion began to put some good play together late in the first half, and scored three points to Rangers’ one (through Ronan O’Shea) but these scores were cancelled out by a fifth Laune Rangers goal – Daragh O’Connor striking to the net this time. Legion added a late point to leave Laune Rangers heading in at the break with a sizable lead. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 5-4, Killarney Legion 0-8.

Laune Rangers introduced Eoin O’Sullivan for his first appearance of the season into a midfield that had already been doing very well in the first half, and his presence was felt immediately with the winning of the throw in that fed the ball upfield for a Dáire Cleary point with the first play of the second half. Mark O’Connor pointed an excellent free from a difficult angle but, following an extended period of play in the middle third of the field, Legion got downfield to score a goal of their own. Following a relative dry spell in scoring by the home team, Dáire Cleary pointed a free to see Rangers lead by 5-7 to 1-8 with a quarter to play.

Legion added two further points in the final quarter, as Rangers introduced substitutes who all contributed and brought fresh impetus in the latter stages. Matthew Leslie looked very comfortable making the step up to Minor football and scored three points, while Dáire Cleary also added a brace to his tally. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 5-12, Killarney Legion 1-10.

Kerry Minor David Mangan was leading figure throughout the game at centre back while behind him, Sean Arthurs put in a solid shift at full back aided by his corners Evan Madden and Rory O’Connor. Older O’Connor brother and team captain Daragh O’Connor put in a great shift while his fellow Senior team member Dáire Cleary was exceptional once again, and the return of Eoin O’Sullivan adds greatly to the team.

Laune Rangers face Cordal/Scartaglin in the final round of the League & is a rematch of the County U16 Division 1 Final of two years ago. Rangers currently occupy one of the Semi Final places but will in all likelihood need a result from the last game to progress. The game takes place on Friday evening next, April 20th at JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin.

Laune Rangers Team:- Jack Evans, Rory O’Connor, Sean Arthurs, Evan Madden, James Hurley, David Mangan, Gabriel Griffin (1-0), Kevin Fitzpatrick, Daragh O’Connor (1-0), Ronan O’Shea (1-1), Dáire Cleary (1-4, 1f), Eoin Clifford (0-1), Mark O’Connor (0-1f), Eoin Evans, Shane Doona (1-2). Subs: Eoin O’Sullivan, Seán Cleary, Matthew Leslie (0-3), Conor Burke, Oisín Daly.