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.