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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.