The early exchanges were of a good standard in the conditions, and the teams were tied after 10 minutes at 0-2 apiece – Tommy Cahill (free) & Darren Houlihan pointing for the hosts with Daniel Macbeth & John O’Shea (free) registering for Rangers. With the weather deteriorating, play began to become disjointed and by the 20th minute, two black cards had been issued – Mikey Houlihan first for the home side and Shane Daly next for Rangers. Laune Rangers took control of the game during this period and went for the shelter of the dressing room at half time with a 5 point lead. Points from John O’Shea (4, 2 frees), Manus Gallagher & John Tyther were met only by a sole Tommy Cahill free. The Half Time Score:- Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-3, Laune Rangers 0-8.
Scoring in the second half was more elusive than the first. 8 minutes had passed after the restart before the scoreboard operator was forced into action, when points from play through Daniel Macbeth and John O’Shea extended the Laune Rangers lead. A 40th minute Tommy Cahill free proved to be the hosts’ final score of the game as the Rangers defence forced Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar to kick wide from distance on a number of occasions, and their sole goal chance was excellently saved by Padraig Ahern. Rangers for their part went on to add two more points from Jamie Clifford and Jack Smith before the final whistle and Laune Rangers booked their place in the Mid Kerry Under 21 Final. Final Score: Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-4, Laune Rangers 0-12.
Just one point from play was a poor return in 60 minutes, but Jack Brosnan & Darren Houlihan were best on a poor day for their amalgamated side. Some good performances at the back for Rangers stopped any chance of a comeback, with Padraig Ahern & Patrick Carey settling in well in their first game of U21 football. The more senior players such as John Tyther & Daniel Macbeth led by example, however it was the unerring boot of John O’Shea that punished the opposition time and again and he stood out on the day. Laune Rangers will play the winner of Milltown/Castlemaine vs Beaufort in the Final.
Laune Rangers: Padraig Ahern, Patrick Carey, Aidan Cox, Kevin O’Sullivan, John F O’Grady, John Tyther (0-1), Daniel Whittleton, Shane Daly, Daniel Macbeth (0-2), Westley Delaney, John O’Shea (0-6, 3f), Jamie Clifford (0-1), Eric Dunlea, Shane Mangan, Manus Gallagher (0-1). Subs used: George Evans, Jack Smith (0-1), Pierce Tyther, Cian O’Shea.
Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar: Donal O’Neill, Joseph Murphy, Sean Teahan, Daniel O’Connor, Caolim Teahan, Shane Riordan, Charlie O’Sullivan, Jack Brosnan, Tommy Cahill (0-3f), Caoilte Purcell, Darren Houlihan (0-1), Mikey Houlihan, Danny O’Shea, Daniel Griffin, Calvin Teahan. Subs used: Michael O'Sullivan, Sean O'Sullivan.