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.