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Mid Kerry Minor Championship Final:- Laune Rangers vs Beaufort. 21/12/2019

posted 21 Dec 2019, 09:20 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 21 Dec 2019, 09:33 ]

Laune Rangers 4-13, Beaufort 0-6

For a third year in succession, Laune Rangers are Mid Kerry Minor Champions following a dominant performance in Saturday’s Final against Beaufort.

A goal in the first play of the game set the tone for the day, as Shane Doona struck the top corner with a fantastic shot. Doona added a point and, after Ronan O’Shea knocked over a free, Roan Moriarty scored an excellent long range point to put Rangers ahead by 1-3 to 0-0 with six minutes played. Beaufort began to string together some good passages of play, and scored three points unanswered themselves to halve the gap – two Jack O’Connor frees and Eddie Lonergan from play with the scores. However, Rangers restored the six point lead with a second goal – Gearóid Hassett dropping a ball into the small square towards Rory O’Connor only for the ball to miss everyone and drop directly to the net. With fifteen minutes played, Laune Rangers led by 2-3 to 0-3.

Jack O’Connor pointed another free for Beaufort before his Kerry Minor teammate Gearóid Hassett cancelled it out with a point at the other end. Ronan O’Shea notched a free for Rangers before Roan Moriarty was awarded for a bustling run forward when the ball fell kindly for him and he kicked a soccer-style goal to the bottom corner from the edge of the square. Shane Doona added to his tally with another point to leave Rangers in a commanding lead at the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 3-6, Beaufort 0-4. 

Beaufort started brightly after the restart with a goal chance in the early stages but, following some pinball in the square a shot was deflected off a Rangers defender to roll just outside the post. Jack O’Connor stepped up and split the posts with the resulting 45’. That appeared spark Rangers back into life, and they didn’t give Beaufort a chance for the remainder of the game. Points from Matt Leslie (2, 1 free) & Ronan O’Shea (2 frees) increased the gap between the sides to leave Laune Rangers leading by 3-10 to 0-5 with a quarter to play.

Gearóid Hassett scored his 2nd and his team’s 4th goal to further increase the lead before he and Rory O’Connor scored excellent points – the latter much deserving of joining his midfield partner on the scoresheet as the midfield battle was definitely won by the men in blue. Jack O’Connor scored a point at the other end – his sides 2nd from play in the game – before Hassett scored the final score of the game with a tap-over free. The Final whistle was blown to see Laune Rangers win and complete 3 Mid Kerry Minor titles in a row. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 4-13, Beaufort 0-6.

The official Man of the Match award was a difficult one for the selectors on the day, with any one of a half dozen Laune Rangers players deserving of the award.

Eoin Clifford was the player chosen following an industrious shift at wing back, and he was presented with the Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin sponsored award by Aidan Roche, the Chairman of host club Glenbeigh/Glencar whose field was in spectacular condition on the day.

Laune Rangers captain Evan Madden was presented with the Derry O’Sullivan Memorial Shield by Mid Kerry Board Vice Chairman Mike Sayers. 

Congratulations to all of the Laune Rangers players, as well as their management team of John Sheehan, James Sheehan, Jerry O'Brien, Fergus O'Riordan, & Nigel Corkery.

Laune Rangers:- Jack Evans, Seán Cleary, Matt Reenstierna, Evan Madden (capt), Eoin Clifford, David Mangan, James Hurley, Roan Moriarty (1-1), Rory O’Connor (0-1), Stephen Sealy, Gabriel Griffin, Matthew Leslie (0-2, 1f), Ronan O’Shea (0-4f), Gearóid Hassett (2-3, 1f), Shane Doona (1-2). Subs used: Calum Moriarty, Ciarán O’Sullivan, Jack Healy, Marc Clifford, Mikey O’Donnell, Darragh O’Grady. Squad: Jake Reenstierna, Cathal Crowley, James Treacy, Callum Russell, Jack O’Sullivan.

Beaufort:- Luke O’Connor, Seán Kissane, Ethan Coffey, Ruairí Dorrian, Tim Casey, Mark Neary (capt), Shane O’Sullivan Rouse, Oisín O’Connor, Seán O’Brien, Niall Carey, Jack O’Connor (0-5, 3f, 1 45’), Eddie Lonergan (0-1), Kieran Dennehy, Jack Hallisey, Mikey Moriarty. Subs used: Jack Coffey, Mark Doona, Brendan O’Donoghue. Squad: Mark Sheahan, Daniel Murph,y Sam Roberts, Keith Floyd, Kieran Johnston, Adam Neary, Martin Sears, Patrick Crehan, Daragh Dennehy.

Mid Kerry Minor Championship Semi Final:- Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane vs Laune Rangers. 9/11/2019

posted 9 Nov 2019, 10:41 by Laune Rangers

Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane 0-4, Laune Rangers 3-12

Laune Rangers will contest the Mid Kerry Minor Championship Final following victory in the Semi Final against Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane on Saturday afternoon.

Laune Rangers led by three points – Gabe Griffin (2) and Gearóid Hassett with the scores – before GGC scored their first point of the game in the 6th minute. However, Rangers’ first goal gave Rangers a cushion that they never looked like relinquishing, as Ronan O’Shea’s shot hit the net albeit having almost been stopped on the line by a defender. Shane Doona scored two excellent points before Ronan O’Shea rippled the net twice in the space of a minute to complete a first half hat-trick – both goals from short range having been set up by Calum Moriarty. GGC managed a point late in the half to see Rangers leading by twelve at the break. Half Time Score:- GGC 0-2, Laune Rangers 3-5.

Rangers managed the game well in the second half, opening with two Matt Leslie pointed frees before GGC scored their third point, although Ronan O’Shea came very close to scoring a 4th goal in the opening play of the half only to see the ball stopped on the line. Shane Doona and Matt Leslie added further points to their tallies to see Laune Rangers lead by 3-9 to 0-3 with a quarter to play.

Laune Rangers were able to run the bench in the final quarter, with all subs getting on the ball and impressing. Matt Leslie and Ronan O’Shea (free) added to the Laune Rangers lead before GCC pegged one back with their last point of the game. The final score of the game came from Matt Leslie with a pointed free. Full Time Score:- Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane 0-4, Laune Rangers 3-12.

Laune Rangers:- Jack Evans, Evan Madden (capt), Matt Reenstierna, Seán Cleary, Eoin Clifford, David Mangan, James Hurley, Roan Moriarty, Rory O’Connor, Calum Moriarty, Gabriel Griffin (0-2), Matthew Leslie (0-5, 3f), Ronan O’Shea (3-1, 1f), Gearóid Hassett (0-1), Shane Doona (0-3). Subs: Jack Healy for Clifford, Jake Reenstierna for Evans, Darragh O’Grady for O’Shea, Jack O’Sullivan for Hassett, Ciarán O’Sullivan for Mangan.

Central Region Minor Division 1 Final:- Laune Rangers vs Renard/St Marys. 22/08/2019

posted 22 Aug 2019, 15:12 by Laune Rangers

Laune Rangers 1-14, Renard St Marys 1-9

Laune Rangers are Central Region Minor Division 1 Champions for 2019 following with victory over Renard/St Marys in the Final, which was played in Cromane on Thursday evening.

Following a good start by Rangers, where Ronan O’Shea (free) & James Hurley pointed in the opening minutes, the South Kerry outfit settled and scored three points in succession (2 frees) to take the lead. A Gearóid Hassett point levelled matters again and, after Renard/Marys had replied to a Shane Doona point with one of their own, Roan Moriarty and Ronan O’Shea (free) added points to leave Rangers ahead by 0-5 to 0-4 with a quarter played.

Rangers points through Matt Leslie & Gabe Griffin (2) put them four ahead and could have stretched the lead further, but a double save from first Stephen Sealy & then Shane Doona kept the ball out of the net. Renard/St Marys pointed a free, but Ronan O’Shea replied with a pointed free at the other end to see Rangers leading by four at the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-10, Renard/St Marys 0-6.

Laune Rangers hit the net in the first play of the second half as great play down the left flank set Gearóid Hassett through, and he unselfishly passed the ball across the square for Ronan O’Shea to tap it in. However, Renard/Marys responded immediately and had hit the net at the other end within a minute to get back to within four points. Another swift attack in the opposite direction almost saw the game’s third goal in just two minutes, but Gearóid Hassett’s shot missed by inches. Two points for Renard/Marys halved the deficit, but a Matt Leslie pointed free put Rangers three ahead again. Eoin Clifford pointed excellently, while Gearóid Hassett added another to see Rangers ahead by 1-13 to 1-8 with a quarter to play.

The final quarter was low scoring – which suited Rangers just fine – but it was the Renard/Marys team that did most of the attacking. Ronan O’Shea pointed a free before it was cancelled out by a free at the other end in the 51st minute, which would prove to be the final score of the game. A 59th minute penalty for Renard/Marys gave them a great chance to get back into the game, but the spot kick was excellently saved by Jack Evans in the Rangers net to avoid a tense final couple of minutes. The remaining chances for the opposition were handled effectively by the Rangers backs and they held on to win. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-14, Renard/St Marys 1-9.

Rangers backs did excellently at times of pressure, with Seán Cleary & James Hurley playing particularly well. The midfield/centre back triangle of Roan Moriarty, Rory O’Connor and David Mangan teamed up well, allowing those in front of them to attack.

After the game, Laune Rangers captain Evan Madden was presented with the Division 1 Shield by Central Region Secretary Mike O'Brien.

Laune Rangers Team:- Jack Evans, Seán Cleary, Matt Reenstierna, Evan Madden (capt), Eoin Clifford (0-1), David Mangan, James Hurley (0-1), Roan Moriarty (0-1), Rory O’Connor, Stephen Sealy, Gabriel Griffin (0-2), Matthew Leslie (0-2, 1f), Ronan O’Shea (1-4, 4f), Gearóid Hassett (0-2), Shane Doona (0-1). Subs used: Calum Moriarty, Conor Burke, Mikey O’Donnell

County Minor Championship Group 3 Round 3:- Laune Rangers vs Killarney Legion. 09/07/2019

posted 10 Jul 2019, 13:02 by Laune Rangers

Laune Rangers 3-17, Killarney Legion 1-12

Laune Rangers will take their place in the Quarter Finals of the County Minor Championship following defeat of Killarney Legion on Tuesday evening in Beaufort.

Rangers got off to a slow start, with Legion scoring the first five points of the game through Darragh Lyne, William Shine (3) and Eoghan O’Sullivan. Rangers – after a few wides – finally got off the mark 
 Gearóid Hassett scoring a fine point to leave Killarney Legion leading by 0-5 to 0-1 with fifteen minutes played.

A Matthew Leslie point was cancelled out by William Shine’s 4th point for Legion, before Gearóid Hassett pointed again. The rest of the 2nd quarter was tight with defences coming out on top, but Rangers finished the half strongly. Gearóid Hassett scored a super goal to level matters – David Mangan & Evan Madden with outstanding passes in the buildup – before a pointed free by Matt Leslie with the last kick of the half put Rangers ahead. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-4, Killarney Legion 0-6.

Legion pointed a free to level the game through Ethan O’Neill, but Matt Leslie (free) and Gearóid Hassett had Rangers leading by two. Legion responded well though, and a well worked goal finished by Ryan O’Grady gave the Killarney side the lead. Rangers wrestled the lead back through pointed frees by Ronan O’Shea & Matt Leslie, as the Legion side struggled to handle the Rangers forwards. The scores were level again with a Darragh O’Leary point for Legion, but Gabriel Griffin put Rangers ahead again with two great points. Matt Leslie & Darragh Lyne traded points, before Rangers struck a body blow as Gearóid Hassett hit the net from close range after great work by Ronan O’Shea. With fifteen minutes to play, Laune Rangers led 2-11 to 1-9.

Rangers dominated the final quarter, as points by David Mangan & Ronan O’Shea increased the lead. Ryan O’Grady and Matt Leslie traded points before Legion scored two points to reduce the gap – Eoghan O’Sullivan with both scores. Rangers continued to press ahead, and Eoin Clifford got on the scoresheet with a super point – well deserved for a his efforts. Matt Leslie and Rory O’Connor added points before O’Connor scored Rangers third goal with the final kick of the game. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 3-17, Killarney Legion 1-12.

After a slow start, Rangers put in a fantastic effort to ensure passage to the County Championship Quarter Finals. It is tough to pick a stand out performance with every player contributing. However, Eoin Clifford put in a super shift from start to finish, and his point near the end was the score of the game.

Laune Rangers:- Jack Evans, Seán Cleary, Matt Reenstierna, Evan Madden, Eoin Clifford (0-1), Rory O’Connor (1-1), James Hurley, Roan Moriarty, David Mangan (0-1), Matt Leslie (0-7), Gabriel Griffin (0-2), Gearóid Hassett (2-3), Ronan O’Shea (0-2), Stephen Sealy, Shane Doona. Subs: Calum Moriarty, Conor Burke, Callum Russell. Squad: Jake Reenstierna, Mikey O’Donnell, Jack Healy, Marc Clifford, Cathal Crowley, Cormac Doyle, James Treacy, Darragh Mangan, Niall Fenton.

County Minor Championship Group 3 Round 2:- Laune Rangers vs St Brendans. 02/07/2019

posted 2 Jul 2019, 16:32 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 3 Jul 2019, 01:35 ]

Laune Rangers 3-16, St Brendans 0-16

Having lost their opening round fixture in this year’s County Minor Championship, Laune Rangers hosted St Brendans on Tuesday evening in a must win game. Thankfully, JP O’Sullivan Park basked in glorious sunshine, allowing for a fantastic game of football. The addition of Kerins O’Rahillys has strengthened the St Brendans squad greatly, as they joined the players from Na Gaeil, Churchill, John Mitchels, Ardfert & St Pats Blennerville in the St Brendans ranks.

With no score in the opening five minutes, the deadlock was broken by the visitors with a pointed free by Nathan O’Driscoll, but Laune Rangers soon led as Gearóid Hassett finished to the net following a super run. Ronan O’Shea pointed before Shane Doona scored Rangers second goal of the game – another great finish. St Brendans began to put some play together, and Conor Hayes pointed twice to see Rangers leading by 2-1 to 0-3 with a quarter played. Gearóid Hassett & Ronan O’Shea (free) added points for the hosts before St Brendans (& Kerry Minor) goalkeeper Devon Burns came upfield to score a 45 – Rangers ‘keeper Jack Evans having deflected the ball out over the end line by stopping a close range goal shot. Shane Doona pointed for Rangers in the 20th minute, but the rest of the half was dominated by the visitors. St Brendans pointed six points in succession to level the game – Fergal O’Brien, Conor Hayes (free), Joe Lenihan, Nathan O’Driscoll (2, 1 free) & Tadgh Lynch all scoring. Rangers had two goal chances in this period though, as Stephen Sealy saw his shot saved before Gearóid Hassett’s shot rattled the crossbar. However, a pointed free by Ronan O’Shea gave Rangers the lead by the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-5, St Brendans 0-10.

Matthew Leslie pointed a free to double Rangers’ lead early in the second half, before Rangers were awarded a penalty for a sliding challenge just inside the square. However, Roan Moriarty’s shot was saved by Devon Burns. Matt Leslie added another point before Conor Hayes cancelled it out at the other end. Ronan O’Shea saw two pointed frees nullified by Fergal O’Brien for St Brendans to leave Rangers ahead by 2-9 to 0-13 with fifteen minutes to play.

The final quarter of the game was dominated by Laune Rangers. After Nathan O’Driscoll had pointed for the visitors, Rangers scored six points in succession – Gearóid Hassett (3), Matt Leslie (2) & Shane Doona putting the Laune into a commanding position. A Joe Lenihan point stemmed the tide for only a minute, as Gabe Griffin followed up a point with Rangers third and final goal, with some superb teamwork in the buildup. Conor O’Sullivan scored a point for the visitors, but it was the final kick of the game. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 3-16, St Brendans 0-16.

It was a hugely improved performance for Rangers following a disappointing loss in Round 1. Gearóid Hassett & Shane Doona were lethal up front, while Eoin Clifford & Ronan O’Shea were superb all over the field.

As Killarney Legion defeated Dr Crokes in the other game in the group, all teams have won 1 game each and all is to play for in the final round. On Tuesday next, July 9th, Laune Rangers face Legion and St Brendans play Dr Crokes – both at neutral venues yet to be confirmed.

Laune Rangers:- Jack Evans, Seán Cleary, Matt Reenstierna, Evan Madden, Eoin Clifford, David Mangan, James Hurley, Roan Moriarty, Rory O’Connor, Matthew Leslie (0-4, 1f), Gabriel Griffin (1-1), Gearóid Hassett (1-4), Ronan O’Shea (0-5, 4f), Stephen Sealy, Shane Doona (1-2). Subs: Calum Moriarty, Conor Burke, Callum Russell.

St Brendans:- Devon Burns (0-1f), Stephen Bowler (capt), Ruarí O’Sullivan, Cian Donnellan, Mikey Clifford, Tomás O’hAiniféin, Oisín Maunsell, Joe Lenihan (0-2), Dara Courtney, Daniel Bowler, Tadgh Lynch (0-1), Jack Sheehan, Fergal O’Brien (0-3), Nathan O’Driscoll (0-4, 3f), Conor Hayes (0-4, 1f). Subs: Jimmy O’Sullivan, Conor O’Sullivan (0-1).

County Minor League Division One Semi Final:- Laune Rangers vs Rathmore. 14/04/2019

posted 14 Apr 2019, 12:11 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 14 Apr 2019, 12:13 ]

The Laune Rangers Minor Squad that defeated Rathmore on Sunday evening

Laune Rangers 2-10, Rathmore 1-12

Laune Rangers will contest this year’s County Minor League Division 1 Final following defeat of Rathmore in a fantastic battle in JP O’Sullivan Park on Sunday evening.

Rathmore opened the scoring with a point in the second minute, but Rangers had the ideal response, as Gabriel Griffin scored a super goal with a finish to the top corner. A pointed free by Ronan O’Shea was sandwiched between Rathmore points to leave Rangers leading by 1-1 to 0-3 with fifteen minutes played.

Matt Leslie pointed a free for Rangers, but the visitors struck form in the second quarter. They scored three consecutive points to take the lead and, after Ronan O’Shea had pointed a free at the other end, they capitalized on a mistake at the back to hit the back of the net for a goal and a deserved lead at the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-3, Rathmore 1-6.

David Mangan scored a fantastic point to open the second half scoring, and Matt Leslie added a free shortly after. Rathmore scored a point, before Laune Rangers scored their second goal of the game – David Mangan tripped in the square for a penalty and Eoin Clifford dispatching low to the corner to give Rangers the lead. After Ronan O’Shea had added a free, Rathmore kicked three points (2 frees) in quick succession to wrestle the lead back by the minimum. With fifteen minutes to play, Rathmore led by 1-10 to 2-6.

Rathmore doubled their lead with another point but Rangers finished strongest. The introduction of Eoghan Hassett into the Rangers forward line caused trouble for the Rathmore defence and they were forced into fouling time and again. Matt Leslie & Ronan O’Shea (2) kicked frees to swing the lead back in the home side’s favour, but Rathmore levelled again with a free in injury time. There was time for a decisive score though, and another foul on the right flank afforded Ronan O’Shea the chance to win the game for Rangers, and he made no mistake in slotting his sixth pointed free. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-10, Rathmore 1-12.

Laune Rangers will face Killarney Legion in the County Division 1 Final with hopes of retaining the trophy won in 2018.

Laune Rangers:- Jack Evans, Seán Cleary, Matthew Reenstierna, Evan Madden, James Hurley, Rory O’Connor, Eoin Clifford (1-0 pen), David Mangan (0-1), Calum Moriarty, Callum Russell, Gabriel Griffin (1-0), Matthew Leslie (0-3f), Shane Doona, Gearóid Hassett, Ronan O’Shea (0-6f). Subs:- Darragh Mangan, Eoghan Hassett.

County Minor League Division 1 Round 4:- Laune Rangers vs Na Gaeil. 23/03/2019

posted 23 Mar 2019, 17:29 by Laune Rangers

Laune Rangers 1-14, Na Gaeil 1-9

Laune Rangers have secured a place in the Semi Finals of the County Minor League Division 1 following defeat of Na Gaeil in Round 4 of the League in JP O’Sullivan Park on Saturday afternoon.

The game was played at 13 a side at the request of Na Gaeil, and the Tralee side looked more comfortable playing in that format in the early exchanges. Matt Leslie scored the first point of the game for Rangers, but Na Gaeil pointed twice to take the lead. However, a super James Hurley point levelled matters again. After Gearóid Hassett pointed had cancelled out a Na Gaeil score, Laune Rangers went on to kick four wides in a row as they struggled to convert their dominance in possession to the scoreboard. With fifteen minutes played, the sides were level at 0-3 a piece.

After Gearóid Hassett had added a point, Rangers finally put their stamp on the game when, after Ronan O’Shea had intercepted a Na Gaeil pass, David Mangan found Gearóid Hassett with a great long pass. Hassett set off on a mazy run towards goal, before unselfishly passing to Shane Doona who finished well to the net for a goal. Na Gaeil replied with a pointed free, but Shane Doona cancelled it out with a well taken point of his own. The visitors added two more pointed frees but Rangers finished the half strongly – two goal chances were created but the Na Gaeil (and Kerry Minor) goalkeeper Devon Burns was equal to both. Gabe Griffin saw his shot saved before Gearóid Hassett’s shot was forced over the bar by his county team mate. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-6, Na Gaeil 0-6.

Callum Russell and Matt Leslie (free) extended Rangers’ lead in the opening two minutes of the second half – a fantastic diagonal pass by Gearóid Hassett picking out Russell for his score. A Na Gaeil point was nullified by a well taken score by Shane Doona while the sides traded points again (Matt Leslie free for Rangers) soon after. Rangers continued to create chances with great kick passing a regular feature of the performance on the day, and Gearóid Hassett rattled the crossbar with a great effort as the rebound fell to Shane Doona who saw his shot saved well again by Burns. Na Gaeil went straight downfield to score a goal on the counter attack, which left just two points between the sides at 1-10 to 1-8 with a quarter to play.

However, Rangers responded excellently and had scored two more points within 90 second of conceding the goal – Leslie and Doona adding to their tallies. Na Gaeil would add another point before the end of the game, but a brace of points from Roan Moriarty ensured the win for Rangers. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-14, Na Gaeil 1-9.

Laune Rangers Team:- Jack Evans, Seán Cleary, Evan Madden, Ronan O’Shea, James Hurley (0-1), David Mangan, Rory O’Connor, Roan Moriarty (0-2), Callum Russell (0-1), Gabriel Griffin, Matthew Leslie (0-4, 2f), Gearóid Hassett (0-3), Shane Doona (1-3). Subs: Calum Moriarty for Russell, Darragh Mangan for Hurley, Marc Clifford for Griffin, Matthew Reenstierna for R Moriarty.

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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