2016 Senior Match Reports
Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-9, Laune Rangers 0-7Laune Rangers travelled to Glenbeigh for the long awaited Mid Kerry Chamionship tie against the newly crowned County Junior Champions Glenbeigh/Glencar. While the home side were without Caolim Teahan and Fergal Griffin on the day, Rangers took the field without John Tyther, Daniel Macbeth and Conall Kelly. This was also only the second competitive game Laune Ranger shad played in three months, while Glenbeigh/Glencar had four high intensity matches in the same period.
A low scoring opening half saw Glenbeigh/Glencar go into the dressing rooms at the break leading by a point, as the teams matched each other score for score throughout the period. Pa Kilkenny, Jack Brosnan and two frees by Gavan O’Grady were met by points from Jack O’Connor and Colm O’Shea (3 frees), but another late Gavan O’Grady free gave the home side the lead at the short whistle. Half Time score:- Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-5, Laune Rangers 0-4.
Colm O’Shea (free) cancelled out an early Kieran Courtney point but Darran O’Sullivan gave the hosts 0-7 to 0-5 lead with 15 minutes to play. Substitute Shane O’Connor scored a fantastic point for Laune Rangers but Kieran Courtney hit Rangers with a hammer blow in the 49th minute as sloppy play from the Rangers forwards saw the ball turned over unnecessarily and Darran O’Sullivan carried the ball upfield, passing across the square to Courtney who made no mistake with the finish to the net.
Another Colm O’Shea free was cancelled out by Daniel Griffin from play, while Podge Griffin put a final score on the board with a well taken point. Full Time score:- Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-9, Laune Rangers 0-7.
The loss brings the 2016 season to a close for Laune Rangers Senior Team. Laune Rangers will compete in the Intermediate Championship & County League Division Three in 2017.
Glenbeigh/Glencar: Rory O’Connor, Sean Roche, Jerry Hoare, Kieran Doyle, Jack Brosnan (0-1), Pa Kilkenny (0-1), Stephen O’Sullivan, Colin McGillycuddy, Tommy Cahill, Danny O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan (0-1), Bernard Murphy, Kieran Courtney (1-1), Gavan O’Grady (0-3f), Daniel Griffin (0-1). Subs: Chris O’Sullivan, Shane Riordan, Podge Griffin (0-1), Caoilte Purcell.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Aidan Cox, Ronan Sayers, Johnny Carey, Michael O’Sullivan, Peter Crowley, Kieran Crowley, Maurice Foley, Shane Daly, Patrick Daly, Colm O’Shea (0-5f), David Costelloe, John Sheehan, John O’Shea, Jack O’Connor (0-1). Subs used: Shane O’Connor (0-1), Daniel Whittleton, Padraig Murphy.
Laune Rangers will spend 2017 in the third tier of the County Senior Football League, as this year’s competition came to an end on Sunday with a home draw against Glenflesk.
Laune Rangers were bolstered by the return of Peter Crowley to the club jersey, while Glenflesk also had a strong side out with County Junior & U21 players Jeff O’Donoghue, Lee O’Donoghue, & Dara Roche among their ranks.
Laune Rangers shot out to an early four point lead, as a super point from an acute angle by defender Johnny Carey was accompanied by points by Shane Daly, John Tyther & Daniel Macbeth. The lead was nullified in the space of two minutes when a Lee O’Donoghue point was followed by a goal by Dara Roche – the full forward palming the ball to the net following a pass from the afore mentioned O’Donoghue. Roche (2) and Michael O’Shea added points to see the visitors lead by 0-4 to 1-4 after fifteen minutes.
Ronan Sayers got up from full back to score an excellent point for Rangers, but Dara Roche and Lee O’Donoghue (free) added points to their team’s tally soon afterwards. Kieran Crowley blocked down an effort at a point in the 24th minute, only for the ball to fall to Glenflesk’s danger man Dara Roche who sliced through the Rangers defence to finish the ball to the net for his and his side’s second goal. Rangers responded well with points from Colm O’Shea (2 frees) & John Tyther (2) before Lee O’Donoghue added the final point of the half with a successful free. The score at Half Time:- Laune Rangers 0-9, Glenflesk 2-7.
Glenflesk opened the scoring in the second half with another Roche point in the opening minute, but Laune Rangers came back into the game with a strong third quarter. John Tyther & Colm O’Shea (2, 1free) pointed to reduce the deficit to two points before a Laune Rangers goal put Rangers ahead in the 41st minute – Daniel Macbeth palming the ball to the net following a great run up field and pass across the square by Kieran Crowley. With 15 minutes to play, Laune Rangers led by 1-12 to 2-8.
Rangers lost their free taker Colm O’Shea to a black card in the 46th minute, so Peter Crowley picked up the dead ball duty and pointed to double Rangers’ lead. The hosts had to play with 14 men for the final ten minutes though, following the dismissal of Johnny Carey. Daniel Macbeth was quickest to react to a free that dropped short by Peter Crowley and pointed to cancel out an earlier Lee O’Donoghue free to see Rangers remain two points ahead heading into additional time. Lee O’Donoghue made it a one point game with yet another free and, deep in injury time, a quick free for Glenflesk found Jerry Kennedy to tie the game up at the death. Final score:- Laune Rangers 1-14, Glenflesk 2-11.
Lee O’Donoghue and Dara Roche were a thorn in Rangers’ sides throughout this game with all bar two of their side’s scores in the game, with the latter contributing a impressive 2-8 all from play. Shane Daly and Daniel Macbeth played well for Rangers, but John Tyther stood out at the unfamiliar position of centre forward for much of the game who stood out for the home side scoring four points.
Results elsewhere unfortunately meant that Laune Rangers’ result against Glenflesk was trivial. Laune Rangers will play Division Three football in 2017.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Kieran Crowley, Ronan Sayers (0-1), Johnny Carey (0-1), Mark Healy, Peter Crowley (0-1f), Aidan Cox, Maurice Foley, Conall Kelly, John Tyther (0-4), Shane Daly (0-1), David Costelloe, John Sheehan, Daniel Macbeth (1-2), Colm O’Shea (0-4, 3f). Subs used: Shane O’Connor, Daniel Whittleton, Eric Dunlea, Michael O’Sullivan, Michael F Russell.
Glenflesk: Kenny Cronin, Shane Courtney, Jerry Kennedy (0-1), Sean Lucey, Brian O’Donoghue, Cian Horan, Kieran A O’Donoghue, Padraig Healy, Donal O’Sullivan, Finian Wall, Jeff O’Donoghue, Evan Horan, Lee O’Donoghue (0-5, 3f), Dara Roche (2-4), Michael O’Shea (0-1). Subs used: Gary O’Donoghue, Adam O’Reilly, Liam Warren, Gavin Kelly, Kevin O’Callaghan
St Pats Blennerville 2-11, Laune Rangers 0-19
Laune Rangers Junior Team will contest the County McElligott Cup Final following their defeat of St Pats in Blennerville on Thursday evening. Sixty minutes couldn’t separate the sides though, and it took extra time in fading light to find the winner on the night.
Rangers started well and had a three point lead after five minutes through Shane Mangan (2) and Aidan Cox. By the quarter mark, the Killorglin men were still in the lead at 0-5 to 0-3 with Patrick Daly & Luke O’Shea getting on the score sheet. Mark Healy & John Francis O’Grady were playing well at midfield at this stage, with James Lynch in support.
Rangers added five further points in the opening half through Shane Mangan, Eric Dunlea (3) and a 45 from goalkeeper Jason Browne, but a St Pats goal in the 21st minute following an earlier point kept the home side in touch at the break. Half Time Score:- St Pats 1-4, Laune Rangers 0-10.
The third quarter was low scoring, with Pats outscoring Rangers by 0-2 to 0-1 and, after Aidan Cox had cancelled out a St Pats free, a second goal for the hosts gave Pats the lead. They went two points clear in the 54th minute, but Eamon Carey reduced the deficit to the minimum and, following a number of missed chances including one goal chance for Jack Smith, a late Patrick Daly free tied the game up. The referee blew the final whistle to send the game into extra time. End of Normal Time:- St Pats 2-8, Laune Rangers 0-14.
Laune Rangers got off to a great start in extra time, as Aidan Cox, Patrick Daly (free), and James Lynch pointed, while St Pats were restricted to a single point as the Rangers defence was resolute – Paul Larkin, Mark Healy and Aaron Gamble among those stopping the attack and breaking out from the back. Half Time score in Extra Time:- St Pats 2-9, Laune Rangers 0-17.
Jack Smith atoned for his earlier miss with a point for Rangers before St Pats scored twice to leave the minimum between the sides. When Patrick Daly pointed for Rangers, Pats needed a goal to snatch victory. Rangers defence held firm – albeit after a few scares – and held on to give the Killorglin men the win. Final score:- St Pats 2-11, Laune Rangers 0-19.
There were some encouraging performances from some of the younger players on the team, with John Francis O’Grady, Neil O’Brien and Patrick Daly all playing key roles in the team. Meanwhile, captain Mark Healy’s move from midfield to full back for the late stages of the game provided the young back line with some vital experience while his physicality was crucial in defending the aerial threat.
Details for the McElligott Cup Final have not been confirmed.
Laune Rangers: Jason Browne (0-1), Neil O’Brien, Paul Larkin, Jack Smith (0-1), Daniel Whittleton (0-1), Aidan Cox (0-3), Gavin O’Shea, Mark Healy, John Francis O’Grady, James Lynch (0-1), Patrick Daly (0-4), Luke O’Shea (0-1), Eamonn Carey (0-1), Shane Mangan (0-3), Eric Dunlea (0-3). Subs: Aaron Gamble, Gary Flynn, Paudie O’Shea.
Laune Rangers 0-9, Listry 0-10
Another hammer blow came to Laune Rangers on Tuesday evening, as they were defeated by Listry to put one nail in the coffin of their survival hopes in Division Two. Multiple results elsewhere will now have to go Rangers’ way on the final day in order to save the Laune-siders league season.
Laune Rangers started brightly and points from Colm O’Shea (free), Patrick Daly, and a super long range effort from Daniel Macbeth had the home side in the lead by 0-3 to 0-0 after 15 minutes. The visitors then began to take a strangle hold at midfield with Jimmy O’Leary and Billy O’Brien commanding the skies between the 45s. Listry had kicked a number of wides at this point and when they finally found their range they punished Rangers, scoring five unanswered points through Damien Clifford, John Foley (2), Derry Aherne (free) & Anthony Kennedy to take a two point lead. A Damien Clifford free was sandwiched between two by Colm O’Shea to see Listry lead by the minimum at the break. The Half Time score:- Laune Rangers 0-5, Listry 0-6.
Darragh Lehane & Colm O’Shea (free) traded points at the beginning of the second half before Jimmy O’Leary scored a wonderful point from more than 50 metres for the visitors. Listry’s goalkeeper Colm Counihan came up field to score a long range free to increase his team’s lead to three points with 41 minutes played, as Mike Frank Russell made his first appearance in four months from the bench.
Russell had only been on the field for three minutes when a well placed pass by Kevin Flynn found him 40 yards from goal. The great man showed that class is most definitely permanent, when his trademark flick pickup allowed him to round his marker as he headed towards goal before he passed across the square to find Daniel Macbeth. Macbeth’s shot towards the top corner was saved excellently by Counihan to deny the leveller, and leave the visitors ahead by 0-9 to 0-6 with a quarter to play.
Russell got his name on the score sheet with a point before a Colm O’Shea free reduced the gap to the minimum again. Derry Aherne held his nerve to point a 59th minute free for Listry before Mike Frank Russell cancelled it out with a free of his own as normal time expired. Rangers did not get another chance to claim a point though, as referee Paul Hayes blew the final whistle to all but condemn Laune Rangers to Division Three football. Full Time score:- Laune Rangers 0-9, Listry 0-10.
It is hard to pick out positives following a disheartening loss like this one. However, there were six U21s on the starting team and another introduced as a substitute, so the core of the next Laune Rangers team is already beginning to form. On the other end of the age scale, Mike Frank Russell showed glimpses of the class that his team has had to be without for almost the entire 2016 season. While form players Conall Kelly & Mark Healy were missed in their absence for this game, no-one can take away from the display by Listry. Damien Clifford & Derry Aherne were a thorn in the side of the Rangers defence throughout, while wing back John Foley punished the home side twice in the first half with a brace of points. However, the battle in the middle was the divisive one in the match and Jimmy O’Leary gave a midfield master class, adding an excellent point for a stand out performance.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Ronan Sayers, Aidan Cox, Paul Larkin, Daniel Whittleton, John Sheehan, Kieran Crowley, Maurice Foley, John Tyther, Johnny Carey, Kieran Doona, David Costelloe, Patrick Daly (0-1), Daniel Macbeth (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-5f). Subs: Kevin Flynn, Michael F Russell, Shane Daly, Pa Sheehan.
Listry: Colm Counihan (0-1), Danny Wrenn, Kieran Murphy, Cian O’Donoghue, Darragh Lehane (0-1), Eoin Dermody, John Foley (0-2), Jimmy O’Leary (0-1), Billy O’Brien, Damien Clifford (0-2, 1f), Paul O’Donoghue, Conor O’Sullivan, Derry Aherne (0-2f), Anthony Kennedy (0-1), Ronan Buckley. Subs: Joseph Clifford, Stephen Brosnan.
Listowel Emmets 1-9, Laune Rangers 2-6
Having grabbed a last second leveller to draw with Rathmore in the previous round, Laune Rangers saw the same fate inflicted on them on Friday night as a last minute goal for Listowel Emmets saw spoils shared in Division Two of the County Senior Football League.
The umpires’ flags were not required for much of the opening quarter, as the game remained scoreless until the 14th minute. Both sides had created chances though, with each side kicking a number of wides including some solid goal chance for the visitors. By the 20th minute, Emmets led by 0-3 to 0-1 as Sean Gilbert and Bryan Murphy frees for Listowel were answered by a Johnny Carey point for Rangers, before Emmets’ midfielder Tom McCarthy kicked a great point for the home side.
Colm O’Shea and Bryan Murphy traded frees before John Sheehan notched the final point before the break. The score at Half Time:- Listowel Emmets 0-4, Laune Rangers 0-3.
It took just eleven seconds of the second half for Rangers to tie the score, as a well worked move saw Colm O’Shea score a point. Rangers took the lead for the first time in the 33rd minute, when a cross field ball from Maurice Foley found Daniel Macbeth at the edge of the square, and Macbeth met the ball with his fist to find the net for a goal. Further points from Colm O’Shea and Mark Healy put Rangers ahead by five points, but Listowel were not willing to subside. Points from Sam Tarrant, David Sheehy (free) & Tom McCarthy left Emmets trailing by 0-7 to 1-6 with 15 minutes to play.
Emmets Manager Noel Kennelly introduced himself for the final stages, and scored two points (1 free) to level the game with four minutes to play. Rangers, however, answered back and got their first score in twenty minutes as John Tyther’s quick thinking got the ball moving quickly from a free and the ball soon worked its way to substitute Shane O’Connor in space, who kept his nerve when his hopped ball hit a divot and bounced away from him & the forward volleyed the ball to the bottom corner in style. Rangers now led by a goal with time running out.
There was time for Listowel to lay siege to the Rangers goal. Their first attack produced a fine save from Tony Lyons, while their second was cleared from the line by John Tyther. However, the third and final attack proved successful, as another long ball was initially cleared by the Rangers defence only to find Sam Tarrant who calmly found the net to level the score with the final kick of the game. Full Time Score:- Listowel Emmets 1-9, Laune Rangers 2-6.
The nature of the result will mean that Rangers will be disappointed not to have claimed victory in this match, as they almost saw the game out. However, a point claimed in a difficult away tie could yet prove crucial.
Listowel’s inside forwards Bryan Murphy and Sam Tarrant were a constant danger throughout the game with the latter scoring the crucial goal at the death, while midfielder Tom McCarthy scored two excellent points from distance in the game.
John Tyther and Johnny Carey both put in good displays, and both had positional changes to deal with during the game. Daniel Whittleton is growing into senior football, and had the experience of John Sheehan, Maurice Foley and Conall Kelly around him for support. Daniel Macbeth played well carrying a knock and finished his goal well. Colm O’Shea stood out for Rangers though, winning a lot of ball in the forward line and playing a part in a number of scores.
Listowel Emmets: Keith Hughes, Jake Moriarty, Brendan Guiney, Darragh Broderick, Tom Melvin, Darragh Leahy, Maurice Whelan, Tom McCarthy (0-2), Cormac Mulvihill, Aidan Quinn, Denis Walsh, David Sheehy (0-1), Bryan Murphy (0-2), Sean Gilbert (0-1), Sam Tarrant (1-1). Subs: Noel Kennelly (0-2), Michael Lynch.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Aidan Cox, Ronan Sayers, Kieran Crowley, Daniel Whittleton, John Sheehan (0-1), Mark Healy (0-1), Maurice Foley, Conall Kelly, Johnny Carey (0-1), Kieran Doona, John Tyther, Colm O’Shea (0-3), Daniel Macbeth (1-0), David Costelloe. Subs: Shane O’Connor (1-0), Pa Sheehan, Shane Mangan.
Milltown/Castlemaine 1-9, Laune Rangers 0-9
The Mid Kerry Junior League got underway on Tuesday evening, as Laune Rangers travelled to play Milltown/Castlemaine.
A third minute goal for Milltown/Castlemaine through Eoin O’Brien gave the home side the ideal start, and this would stand to be the difference between the sides until the final whistle.
Laune Rangers responded well to the concession of the early goal and were just a point behind on the quarter mark – Daniel Whittleton, Gavin O’Shea & Eamon Carey pointing for Rangers while the Milltown score was supplemented by a Jamie O’Shea point – as the hosts led by 1-1 to 0-3 after 15 minutes.
Milltown/Castlemaine were stronger in the latter part of the first half, and outscored Laune Rangers with Brendan Delaney, Jamie O’Shea, Gavin Horan & Padraig O’Brien points only met by singulars through James Lynch & Paudie O’Shea (free). Both goal areas were threatened at times during the half also, as Rangers could not make use of the aerial threat they posed while Jason Browne was forced into action a couple of times. The sides went towards the dressing room at the break with the score at Half Time:- Milltown/Castlemaine 1-5, Laune Rangers 0-5.
A pointed Jerome Flynn free opened the scoring in the second half, before Aaron Gamble got upfield to cancel it out with a well taken point. Both Rangers and Milltown threatened the opposing goal at times in the second half, as Eric Dunlea shot just wide for Rangers while Jason Browne was again called into action to save two goal opportunities.
Points would be traded for the remainder of the game, as Milltown/Castlemaine staved off the Rangers fightback. Points from Paudie O’Shea, Pa Sheehan (free), & Jack Smith (free) were cancelled out by Milltown’s Craig Counihan and Seamus Dowd (2) as the home team closed out the win. Final score:- Milltown/Castlemaine 1-9, Laune Rangers 0-9.
Milltown/Castlemaine: Kevin Tangney, Mark Wren, Cathal O’Connor, Stephen Roche, Kieran McKenna, Paul Carroll, Eoin O’Mahony, Gavin Horan (0-1), Brendan Delaney (0-1), Padraig O’Brien (0-1), Jerome Flynn (0-1), Seamus Dowd (0-2), Jamie O’Shea (0-2), Eoin O’Brien (1-0), Craig Counihan (0-1).
Laune Rangers: Jason Browne, Paul Larkin, Johnny Carey, Tadhg Curran, Gavin O’Shea (0-1), Pa Sheehan (0-1), Aaron Gamble (0-1), Cian Foley, Daniel Whittleton (0-1), Eoin O’Sullivan, Eric Dunlea, Luke O’Shea, Jack Smith (0-1), Paudie O’Shea (0-2), Eamon Carey (0-1). Subs: James Lynch (0-1), Aidan Cox, Mark Healy, Patrick Daly
Laune Rangers 3-8, Rathmore 2-11
Laune Rangers hosted Rathmore in Round 8 of the County Senior Football League on a wet and dreary JP O’Sullivan Park on Sunday. Laune Rangers – without so many players from the 2015 panel – have struggled at times this year, and they suffered again in this game with Kieran Crowley, Mikey O’Sullivan, Kevin Flynn among those absent through injury. Rathmore were without Tom O’Sullivan, while the Kerry players from both sides were also unavailable. Laune Rangers started with no fewer than six U21s on the team, with Daniel Whittleton making his senior debut.
Rathmore got off to the ideal start when, on the first play of the game, they split the Rangers defence and John Moynihan found the net for a goal. Mark Reen would add two frees for Rathmore before Laune Rangers could get on the scoreboard as Colm O’Shea pointed a free in the 7th minute. Colm O’Shea and John Moynihan traded points to leave the visitors leading by 1-3 to 0-2 with a quarter played.
The second part of the half was dominated by the men in red. Mark Reen (2, 1 free), John Moynihan (2) and Cathal Murphy all pointed before Jamie Clifford got one back for Rangers late in the half. The East Kerry side could have been ahead by more, but Rangers defence and goalkeeper Tony Lyons cut out any danger. The sides went for the shelter of the dressing rooms with the score at Half Time:- Laune Rangers 0-3, Rathmore 1-8.
Colm O’Shea pointed a free for Laune Rangers at the beginning of the second half before the home side scored their first goal, when David Costelloe finished excellently to the top corner of Padraic McCarthy’s net. Any momentum gained from this goal was almost instantaneously wiped out though, as Rathmore won what was a debatable penalty, when Ronan Sayers was deemed to foul John Moynihan inside the square, having dispossessed him of the ball. To add insult to injury, Sayers was issued with a black card. Padraic McCarthy made his way upfield from the opposite goal to stake his claim to take the spot kick, but Mark Reen commandeered the ball and made no mistake with the shot to put his side seven points ahead once again. Reen and Kieran Doona exchanged points to leave Rathmore ahead by 2-9 to 1-5 with fifteen minutes to play.
Tony Lyons was equal to Rathmore’s next goal chance when a long ball aimed at Eoin Lawlor was met by the big full forward’s fist and directed towards goal but couldn’t get past the Rangers number 1. Mark Reen pointed for Rathmore while David Costelloe saw his shot at goal glance just over the bar, before Daniel Macbeth scored two goals in 60 seconds to leave Rangers trailing by the minimum with 5 minutes to go. Reen pointed again for Rathmore (giving him a tally of 1-8 on the day), but Rangers kept pressing. Macbeth pointed a tap-over free when Kieran Doona was hauled down in front of goal to let Rathmore ahead by just one point with regulation time expiring. There was time for one more Rangers chance though, and Conall Kelly – who dominated the middle of the park in the final 15 minutes – kicked a long range point on his left foot. This proved to be the final kick of the game and Laune Rangers saved a valuable league point. Final score:- Laune Rangers 3-8, Rathmore 2-11.
The potency of Rathmore’s duo John Moynihan and Mark Reen proved invaluable as they scored all but one of the visitors scores, and it was the Reen’s 1-8 that made him stand out for Rathmore on the day. Laune Rangers younger players grow in stature with every game, as Daniel Macbeth and John Tyther have become leaders on the field. However, it was the experience of Conall Kelly that proved the difference when it mattered most.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Ronan Sayers, John Sheehan, Paul Larkin, John Tyther, Aidan Cox, Daniel Whittleton, Maurice Foley, Daniel Macbeth (2-1), Shane O’Connor, Kieran Doona (0-1), David Costelloe (1-1), Conall Kelly (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-3), Jamie Clifford (0-1). Subs: Pa Sheehan, Mark Healy.
Rathmore: Padraic McCarthy, Conor Jenkins, James O’Sullivan, Michael J Kelliher, TJ Friel, Cathal Murphy (0-1), Brian O’Leary, Tadhg Moynihan, Daniel O’Sullivan, Colm Kelly, Donncha McCarthy, Brian Moynihan, Mark Reen (1-8), Eoin Lawlor, John Moynihan (1-2). Subs: Cillian O’Connor, Tadhg Mahony.
Spa Killarney 0-13, Laune Rangers 0-15
Laune Rangers travelled to a rain soaked Tullig, Killarney on Sunday afternoon as the Killorglin men faced Spa in Round 6 of the County Senior Football League. With the home side now under the tutelage of Laune Rangers legendary player and former manager Joe Shannon, they would have had an in depth knowledge of the Laune Rangers squad. That being said, the 2016 Laune Rangers team differs greatly from last year, with the further loss through injury of last week’s midfield duo Maurice Foley and Conall Kelly adding to Rangers worries, while Patrick Daly was also unable to start. Mark Healy, Aidan Cox and Paul Larkin came into the team in their place.
Spa had more of the early play and were ahead by 0-6 to 0-4 after fifteen minutes – Mike ‘Stam’ O’Donoghue with 4 (1 free), Michael Foley & Evan Cronin scoring for Spa while Aidan Cox, Kieran Doona, Shane O’Connor and Colm O’Shea (free) kicked Rangers’ scores. However, Laune Rangers were much better in the second quarter, and used the wind at their backs to their advantage as Daniel Macbeth and Mark Healy began to gain superiority at midfield & their supporting cast picked up more breaks than their opposition. Colm O’Shea punished Spa’s indiscipline with three successful frees – the latter brought back after a goal chance was spurned during the 5 second advantage period – while Kieran Doona added another point from play. Two frees from O’Donoghue, meanwhile, meant that the teams were level heading for the shelter of the dressing room at the break. Half Time score:- Spa Killarney 0-8, Laune Rangers 0-8.
Laune Rangers flew out of the traps on the restart, and had a three point lead in as many minutes with super scores from Kieran Doona, Kevin Flynn (free), & Colm O’Shea. Mike O’Donoghue added a free for Spa, before Kevin Flynn (2, 1 free) and David Costelloe pointed to leave Laune Rangers ahead by 0-14 to 0-9 with a quarter remaining, as the Killorglin side was putting some excellent play together with excellent handling in poor conditions.
Tony Lyons’ experience proved crucial for the second half as he denied Spa the quick comeback with a save as the ball squirmed about the danger area. Spa reduced the deficit to three points with points from Mike Foley and another free from Stam, but John Tyther got up field for his now customary point. Lyons saved again for Rangers – this time from Dan O’Donoghue – to leave Rangers ahead by four with five minutes to play. Stam also kicked three consecutive wides from distance during this period, but this could be credited to the defensive effort from Rangers to force the marksman to attempt the difficult shots.
Lyons pulled off another save in the Rangers goal before Stam slotted two frees for Spa as normal time expired to cut the Rangers lead to two points, and the Killorglin men were forced to drop players back to help out the defence. Frustration got the better of some of the Spa players as late hits on Rangers players raised tensions as injury time continued into its sixth minute, and the final act for referee John Ross would be to send off Shane Cronin. Laune Rangers held on for a vital win. Full Time score:- Spa Killarney 0-13, Laune Rangers 0-15.
Spa’s reliance on Mike ‘Stam’ O’Donoghue began to show as the game developed, but they could hardly be blamed with his previous record against the same opposition. For the second consecutive game against Laune Rangers, Stam finished with ten points, with 7 frees helping his tally on the day. All Ireland Minor winners Michael Foley, Dan O’Donoghue and Evan Cronin also looked dangerous for the home side.
Laune Rangers put in an excellent team display, and it is fair to say that no-one played badly in the circumstances. Tony Lyons’ three saves proved crucial. Mark Healy came into the starting team at late notice and put in a big performance, while John Tyther continues to be a crucial cog in the Rangers machine. However it was the forwards who deserve special mention on the day. David Costelloe showed well and won his individual battle, while Kevin Flynn showed his class with super points. Kieran Doona and Colm O’Shea were excellent at centre and full forward, winning and distributing ball to set up scores, and won vital ball at the back late on to secure the win.
Spa Killarney: James Devane, Conor Kearney, David Spillane, Eoin Fitzgerald, Shane Cronin, Matt Moynihan, Ciarán Spillane, Andrew Fitzgerald, Dan O’Donoghue, Michael Foley (0-2), Michael ‘Stam’ O’Donoghue (0-10, 7f), Mike McCarthy, Cormac Cronin, Shane Lynch, Evan Cronin (0-1). Subs: Shane Fenton, Jamie Spillane, Aidan Mulvaney.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Michael O’Sullivan, Kieran Crowley, Paul Larkin, Aidan Cox (0-1), John Sheehan, Ronan Sayers, Mark Healy, Daniel Macbeth, Shane O’Connor (0-1), Kieran Doona (0-3), David Costelloe (0-1), John Tyther (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-5, 4f), Kevin Flynn (0-3, 2f). Subs used:Patrick Daly, Padraig Murphy, Eric Dunlea
The bottom two of the County SFL Division Two came head to head in a relegation four-pointer on Saturday evening as Laune Rangers hosted St Michael’s/Foilmore in JP O’Sullivan Park.
Both sides were guilty of mistakes in the opening exchanges, as a light shower of rain at the beginning of the game made the ball & the firm pitch quite slippery. Very little separated the sides during this time and with a quarter hour played, St Michaels/Foilmore were one point ahead – Padraig King (2) and Cian O’Connor pointing for the visitors while Colm O’Shea slotted two frees for Rangers.
The first main talking point of the game came in the 17th minute, as a great pass from Rangers’ Kieran Doona found Kevin Flynn at the edge of the square and he was hauled down by goalkeeper Jason O’Shea inside the area for a penalty. The foul earned O’Shea a black card and John Tyther stepped to the spot kick with wing forward Matthew O’Sullivan facing him – the replacement goalie Michael Galvin prevented from entering the game until after the place kick was taken. Tyther made no mistake with the kick and nestled the ball to the bottom corner. Points followed for the hosts through Kieran Doona, Kevin Flynn & Shane O’Connor before Darran O’Sullivan got the last score of the half with a pointed free. The teams went for the dressing room at the break with the Half Time score:- Laune Rangers 1-5, St Michaels/Foilmore 0-4.
Colm O’Shea extended the Rangers lead early in the second half with a fisted effort over the bar, before Bally/Foilmore drew themselves back in the game as they began to gain superiority at midfield. A pointed free by Bernard Kelly was soon followed by a goal for the visitors – Mark McCarthy getting his fist to a long pass to beat Michael O’Sullivan and Tony Lyons, sending the ball to the net. Maurice Foley succumbed to injury in the 41st minute having received an earlier hit, and Mark Healy returned to senior football in his place. Darran O’Sullivan pointed to level the game up at 1-6 a piece before Shane O’Connor and Damien Kelly traded points. With a quarter to play, the score stood at Laune Rangers 1-7, St Michaels/Foilmore 1-7.
Laune Rangers got their noses in front when Kevin Flynn pointed a free, before Rangers got their second goal. Kieran Crowley broke out of defence and drove up field, sending a super pass to Shane O’Connor who had made a clever lateral run. O’Connor kept his composure to beat Michael Galvin to restore the hosts’ four point lead with 10 minutes of normal time to play.
St Michael’s Foilmore laid siege to the Rangers defence for the final stages and points from Darran O’Sullivan (2 frees) & Cian O’Connor left the minimum between the sides as the 60 minutes expired. Five minutes of injury time would follow but Rangers held out, with a late surge stopped by a Michael O’Sullivan interception and Rangers picked up the all important win. Full Time Score: Laune Rangers 2-8, St Michaels/Foilmore 1-10.
St Michaels/Foilmore will feel disappointed, but Rangers were deserved victors. Cian O’Connor, Padraig King and Darran O’Sullivan were best for the visitors. Kevin Flynn played well for Rangers and was ever-dangerous near goal, indeed winning the penalty when he was denied a sure goal himself. Colm O’Shea was carrying an injury into the game but linked play excellently both inside at his full-forward position and further outfield as the play progressed. Conall Kelly carried a knock throughout the game after an early niggle and played well at midfield. At the back, Kieran Crowley led the troops when they were needed most and, with John Sheehan returning and playing outside him, they defence held on for what seemed like an eternity in injury time. However, special mention must be reserved for Shane O’Connor, who scored two fine points and the crucial goal.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Michael O’Sullivan, Kieran Crowley, Ronan Sayers, David Costelloe, John Sheehan, John Tyther (1-0 pen), Maurice Foley, Conall Kelly, Shane O’Connor (1-2), Kieran Doona (0-1), Daniel Macbeth, Patrick Daly, Colm O’Shea (0-3, 2f), Kevin Flynn (0-2, 1f). Subs: Mark Healy, Eric Dunlea.
St Michaels/Foilmore: Jason O’Shea, Emmet Curran, Darragh Scanlon, DJ Moran, Kevin Cronin, Alan Smith, Jeremiah Moran, Mark McCarthy (1-0), Cian O’Connor (0-2), Padraig King (0-2), Damien Kelly (0-1), Matthew O’Sullivan, Bernard Kelly (0-1f), Darran O’Sullivan (0-4, 3f), Ciarán Clifford. Subs: Michael Galvin (bc rep), James Moran, Sean O’Connor.
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