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County Minor League Division 1 Round 3:- Killarney Legion vs Laune Rangers. 16/03/2019

posted 16 Mar 2019, 17:01 by Laune Rangers


Killarney Legion 1-9, Laune Rangers 2-8

A much improved second half display gave Laune Rangers a hard earned victory over Killarney Legion in Derreen on Saturday afternoon in Division 1 of the County Minor League.

Rangers were without goalkeeper Jack Evans on the day, so U16 netminder Jake Reenstierna was drafted up to the minor squad. He had a familiar face in front of him though, as twin brother Matt lined out at full back. Rangers welcomed both Roan Moriarty and Gearóid Hassett back into the team for their first appearances of the season.

There wasn’t much to separate the sides in the early exchanges, as Gearóid Hassett opened his account in the 2nd minute with a point only for Legion to grab their first point soon after. The hosts took the lead in the 7th minute with a goal after good play on the right flank, but Gearoid Hassett scored his second point with a super effort from near the sideline. That would prove to be Rangers last score of the first half, as another Legion point saw the home side leading by 1-2 to 0-2 with 15 minutes played.

Legion added three points from play in the second quarter to take a commanding lead into the break as Rangers struggled to put any pattern of play together. Half Time Score:- Killarney Legion 1-5, Laune Rangers 1-2.

Legion pointed with the first play of the second half to extend their lead to seven points, but Laune Rangers soon found their rhythm. The half time introduction of Callum Russell paid immediate dividends as he fielded three great balls in succession to mount pressure on the Legion defence. Shane Doona pointed a free, before a great move put Gabe Griffin through on goal and the wing forward applied a deft shot low to the near post for an excellent goal. Matthew Leslie pointed for Rangers, before two Legion points restored their lead to 4. With 15 minutes to play, Legion led by 1-8 to 1-4.

The final quarter was dominated by Laune Rangers. The visitors scored their second goal in the 52nd minutes – Shane Doona’s persistence in chasing down every ball in the second half rewarded as an error by the Legion goalkeeper allowed him turn the ball over and kick it into an empty net. Rangers went on to add three successive points through Matt Leslie, Gabe Griffin and Roan Moriarty to go ahead by two. Legion reduced the gap to the minimum with a 62nd minute point, but the final score of the game was to the Rangers side who turned the ball over in defence and put Gearóid Hassett away on the break. Hassett made no mistake in slotting the ball between the posts to clinch the win for Rangers. Full Time Score:- Killarney Legion 1-9, Laune Rangers 2-8.

Credit goes to the Legion club whose pitch held up fairly well on a day when a number of games had to be postponed.

Laune Rangers Team:- Jake Reenstierna, Seán Cleary, Matthew Reenstierna, Evan Madden, Rory O’Connor, David Mangan, James Hurley, Roan Moriarty (0-1), Eoin Clifford, Gabriel Griffin (1-1), Matthew Leslie (0-2), Calum Moriarty, Ronan O’Shea, Gearóid Hassett (0-3), Shane Doona (1-1). Subs used: Callum Russell for Moriarty, Jack Healy for Griffin.

County Minor League Division 1 Round 2:- Rathmore vs Laune Rangers. 22/02/2019

posted 22 Feb 2019, 15:21 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 23 Feb 2019, 01:44 ]

              Rathmore defeat Laune Rangers in County Minor Division 1

Rathmore 1-10, Laune Rangers 1-8

Laune Rangers travelled to a cold and windy Rathbeg on Friday night to face Rathmore in County Minor League Division One. Both sides had won their Round 1 games last weekend, but it was the home side that came out on top in difficult conditions. Rathmore fielded a strong outfit while Rangers were still without Roan Moriarty & Gearóid Hassett, although Eoin Clifford returned to the fold and David Mangan was back to full fitness.

A strong wind blew at the backs of Laune Rangers in the first half, but it proved difficult to manage as the ball rolled out over the end line on a number of occasions. It was the home side that struck first, scoring a goal and two points in the first three minutes before Callum Russell pointed Rangers’ first score. Four Matthew Leslie frees (two impressive long range scores included) were added as well as a Rathmore point were added to see Rathmore lead by 1-3 to 0-5 after fifteen minutes.

The second quarter was a low scoring affair – Rathmore pointing a free to cancel out a Matt Leslie point from play to see the hosts ahead by the minimum at the break. Half Time Score:- Rathmore 1-4, Laune Rangers 0-6.

There was little work for the scoreboard operator in the third quarter with Matt Leslie again having a point nullified by the hosts to leave Rathmore leading by 1-5 to 0-7 with fifteen minutes remaining, although Rathmore almost found the net for the second time but for an excellent save by Jack Evans.

Rathmore & Rangers (through a Matt Leslie free) traded points, before Laune Rangers took the lead with a super goal by Shane Doona – the forward applying a super finish following some great build up play by David Mangan and Eoin Clifford. Unfortunately, this would prove to be Rangers’ last score as the home side took control of the game with the breeze at their backs. They scored four points in succession in the final 7 minutes to secure the win, although Jack Evans pulled off a second excellent save to leave Rangers with a shot of stealing the win until the final whistle. Full Time Score:- Rathmore 1-10, Laune Rangers 1-8.

While disappointed, Rangers will be satisfied with their efforts on the night. The Under 16 players – Matt Reenstierna, Darragh Mangan, Calum Moriarty & Callum Russell – all impressed in the step up to Minor, while Gabe Griffin & Eoin Clifford also stood out.

Laune Rangers Team:- Jack Evans, Seán Cleary, Matt Reenstierna, Evan Madden, Darragh Mangan, David Mangan, James Hurley (0-1), Rory O’Connor, Calum Moriarty, Gabriel Griffin, Matthew Leslie (0-6f), Callum Russell (0-1), Ronan O’Shea, Eoin Clifford, Shane Doona (1-0).

County Minor League Division 1 Round 1:- Laune Rangers vs Austin Stacks. 16/02/2019

posted 16 Feb 2019, 11:18 by Laune Rangers

Rangers open County Minor League with a win


Laune Rangers 2-14, Austin Stacks 1-12

Laune Rangers got off to the ideal start in Division One of the County Minor League as they picked up a great home win against Austin Stacks. Playing without key players in Roan Moriarty, Gearóid Hassett and Eoin Clifford, Laune Rangers also started with David Mangan in goal as the All Ireland Minor winner returns from an injury layoff.

Austin Stacks began well as, after Shane Doona had pointed to put Rangers ahead, Stacks scored the game’s first goal with a close-range palm to the net. Callum Russell scored an excellent point that was soon cancelled out by Stacks, but Rangers pointed again through Gabe Griffin and Shane Doona to tie the game up in the 9th minute. Stacks – playing against the breeze in the first half – pointed twice more (1 free) to take the lead by 1-3 to 0-4 with a quarter played.

Matthew Leslie pointed two frees in the second quarter, but Stacks scored five points in this period to take a strong lead into the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-6, Austin Stacks 1-8.

A five point deficit and playing against the breeze for the second period left Rangers with a lot to do, and it became a little harder in the opening stages of the second half as Stacks scored two more points to Rangers’ one (through a Matt Leslie free). However, the introduction of Jack Evans into goals at the break allowed David Mangan to stretch his legs outfield. Laune Rangers set about clawing their way back into the game with a 41st minute goal – Ronan O’Shea intercepting a clearance kick by the Stacks goalkeeper and applying a deft finish to halve the gap between the sides. Austin Stacks replied with a point but two Matt Leslie points (1 free) left Rangers now trailing by just two. With a quarter to play, Austin Stacks led by 1-11 to 1-9.

Laune Rangers dominated the final quarter, and a pointed free by Matt Leslie was followed by the hosts’ second goal to put Rangers ahead by two – Jack Healy tapping in after the ball was spilled as Rory O’Connor was hauled down in the square. Great defence from Rangers cut out the Stacks attack at source, and it allowed the Rangers to attack more often. Matthew Leslie added his 7th point of the game, while further scores were added by Shane Doona (2) and Gabe Griffin. Austin Stacks scored their only point of the final quarter with the final kick of the game. The final whistle was blown to give Laune Rangers a deserved win. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-14, Austin Stacks 1-12.

Laune Rangers Team:- David Mangan, Matt Reenstierna, Evan Madden, Cathal Crowley, Gabriel Griffin (0-2), Seán Cleary, James Hurley, Calum Moriarty, Rory O’Connor, Ronan O’Shea (1-0), Matthew Leslie (0-7, 6f), Callum Russell (0-1), Jack Healy (1-0), Shane Doona (0-4, 1f), Marc Clifford. Subs: Jack Evans for Clifford, Niall Fenton for Crowley, James Treacy for Healy.

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