Laune Rangers 0-12, Keel 0-12
Spring sunshine descended on Killorglin on Sunday afternoon as Laune Rangers hosted Keel in Mid Kerry League action. The visitors had just 15 players togging out for the game while Laune Rangers had large numbers in their dressing room, although a number of senior figures have yet to return to the fold – Maurice Foley, Mike Frank Russell & John Sheehan among those not figuring on the day. It was also a special occasion for the Sayers brothers, as Ronan & Gary lined out on opposite sides for the first time since the former transferred to Laune Rangers at the beginning of 2015.
The early exchanges were closely fought. Keel were first to trouble the scoreboard operator with early points from Terry O’Sullivan and Thomas Ladden, but John Tyther and Colm O’Shea responded soon after to tie the score up – all four points excellently taken. Further points were traded between the sides as Patrick Daly & John O’Shea (Rangers), Martin Burke & a Gary Sayers (Keel) brace saw the visitors lead by 0-5 to 0-4 after 15 minutes.
Shane Prendiville and Aaron Murphy (free) extended Keel’s lead further before Conall Kelly ventured up field to stem the tide and with a great point. Gary Sayers added another for Keel before Patrick Daly & Daniel Macbeth pointed excellently as the sides went in at half time with the score:- Laune Rangers 0-7, Keel 0-8.
Laune Rangers made a number of changes at Half Time. As happened in the Round 1 tie against Glenbeigh/Glencar, the two goalkeepers were given a half each as Tony Lyons replaced Jason Browne between the sticks, while Eric Dunlea & Daniel Whittleton were handed their Senior debuts. Donal O’Neill and John O’Shea (free) traded points before another Laune Rangers Senior debutant Shane Mangan tied the scores up, as his shot at goal flashed off the crossbar & went over for a point. John O’Shea pointed a free to put Laune Rangers ahead by 0-10 to 0-9 with 15 minutes remaining.
Keel responded quickly and regained the lead in a few minutes, as Thomas Ladden and Gary Sayers pointed in quick succession. Keel’s Aaron Murphy then went down injured and with no subs on the sideline, Keel were afforded time to treat the player on the field and the game was held up by a number of minutes. Eric Dunlea had a goal chance saved by Keel ‘keeper Stephen Cahillane to keep the visitors ahead as normal time expired. It was the 4th minute of time added on when Colm O’Shea levelled scores with a booming kick, and both sides would have been satisfied to see hear the final whistle then with scores tied at 0-11 a piece, but there was time for a little more action. John O’Shea pointed a long distance free in the 67th minute and the hosts thought that would be enough to win it, but play continued on and another free was awarded – this time for Keel and Gary Sayers. The Kerry Junior regular made no mistake to tie the scores up and the full time whistle was blown on the kickout. Full Time score:- Laune Rangers 0-12, Keel 0-12.
Neither side will be too disappointed with the result following this tight encounter, as the County League begins on Sunday next. Several players with little or no senior experience played on the day & they all can be happy with their performance, especially Patrick Daly who kicked two points in the first half before his half time withdrawal, and Shane Mangan who performed well at full forward. Daniel Whittleton was introduced at half time and played well at wing back, but it was his partner in the half back line, John Tyther, who stood out on the day especially when he slotted into centre back from the wing after the break.
Laune Rangers: Jason Browne, Ronan Sayers, Kieran Crowley, Tadhg Curran, John Tyther (0-1), Conall Kelly (0-1), Liam Quirke, Daniel Macbeth (0-1), Shane Daly, Westley Delaney, Colm O’Shea (0-2), David Costelloe, John O’Shea (0-4), Shane Mangan (0-1), Patrick Daly (0-2). Subs used: Tony Lyons, Daniel Whittleton, Eric Dunlea, Padraig Murphy, Seamus O’Sullivan, Gavin O’Shea.
Keel: Stephen Cahillane, Donal O’Neill (0-1), Emmet Ashe, David McAssey, Dylan Prendergast, Martin Burke (0-1), Luke Flynn, Thomas Ladden (0-2), Aaron Murphy (0-1), Aaron Cahillane, Terry O’Sullivan (0-1), Shane Prendiville (0-1), Gavin Evans, Gary Sayers (0-5), Tommy Buckley.