A rare local derby took place in Killorglin on Saturday evening as Laune Rangers hosted Cromane in the Mid Kerry Senior League at JP O’Sullivan Park. Cromane were at full strength – albeit with the exception of Donnchadh Walsh who is on Kerry duty. Laune Rangers for their part gave some much deserved game time to a number of players who have missed out on starting places so far this season.
Cromane took the lead inside the first minute with a Paul Patrick O’Sullivan free, but Laune Rangers were soon level and indeed took the lead themselves in the 7th minute – on both occasions it was the boot of Colm O’Shea from placed ball that did the honours. Two well taken Daniel Macbeth points (one with each foot) were each cancelled out by points by Deavan O’Flaherty (free) and Emmet Casey – the latter from long range – to leave Rangers ahead by 0-4 to 0-3 midway through the first half.
Laune Rangers dominated the second quarter & the home side found the net in the 17th minute, as a well worked move out of the half back line swept upfield & David Costelloe made no mistake with the finish, blasting the ball past Paudie McMahon in goal for Cromane. The hosts tagged on three further points before the break through brothers Colm (free) & Gavin O’Shea as well as another fine score for Daniel Macbeth. The score at Half Time:- Laune Rangers 1-7, Cromane 0-3.
Cromane player/Bainisteoir Sean O’Sullivan opened the 2nd half scoring with a point, before it was soon cancelled out by a Colm O’Shea free for Laune Rangers. David Costelloe and Padraig Murphy added further points for Rangers as the home side led by 1-10 to 0-4 with a quarter to play, while a further goal chance was missed when Maurice Foley hit the crossbar following a flowing team move.
A quickly taken free afforded the chance for Darren Houlihan to get on the scoreboard with a point, but Laune Rangers were able to introduce the full complement of substitutes & closed out the game with points from David Costelloe, Daniel Macbeth (his 4th) and Colm O’Shea (his 4th free) before Paul Patrick O’Sullivan netted what would only be a consolation goal for Cromane. Manus Gallagher notched the final point of the game before referee Mike Moriarty blew the final whistle. Full Time score:- Laune Rangers 1-14, Cromane 1-5.
In all, it was a deserved if somewhat comfortable victory for Laune Rangers. The back 7 performed well as a unit with new addition to the club Paul Larkin fitting in well at corner/wing back. Up front, Colm O'Shea took his frees well while David Costelloe was a constant thorn in the side of the defence and ended with 1-2 in total. However, Daniel Macbeth fitted in to a new role at centre forward with ease, and his performance stood out on the day, scoring four excellent points in the process.
Laune Rangers: Jason Browne, Paul Larkin, Michael O’Sullivan, Kieran Crowley, John Tyther, Ronan Sayers, Liam Quirke, Maurice Foley, Padraig Murphy, Westley Delaney, Daniel Macbeth, Colm O’Shea, David Costelloe, Shane Mangan, Gavin O’Shea. Subs: Kieran Doona, Aidan Cox, Kevin Flynn, Manus Gallagher (0-1), George Evans, Eric Dunlea.
Cromane: Paudie McMahon, Liam Teahan, Eoghan Walsh, Eamonn O’Connor, David Moroney, Mike Houihan, Micheal O’Shaughnessy, Liam Walsh, Matt Colbourne, Emmet Casey, Sean O’Sullivan, Sean Teahan, Deavan O’Flaherty, Darren Houlihan, Paul Patrick O’Sullivan. Subs: Danny O’Shea, Cian O’Keeffe, Martin Sweeney.