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.