2017 Senior Match Reports
Glenflesk 0-13, Laune Rangers 3-7
Laune Rangers are through to the Semi Final of the County Intermediate Championship, as they defeated Glenflesk away from home in Round Two on Sunday afternoon. The injury to Neil O’Brien in last week’s win in Milltown saw Ryan Keane come in as Rangers only change to their team from the first Round.
Glenflesk started well and had the home fans cheering with points from brothers Lee and Jeff O’Donoghue in the opening two minutes. Laune Rangers were not behind for long though, as Connor Clarke struck the net for visitors for a goal to give Rangers the lead. A Dara Roche point for Glenflesk was cancelled out by an excellent score with his left boot for David Costelloe and, after Shane McSweeney had pointed from distance for Rangers, Peter Crowley turned over a ball in the Glenflesk defence and ran in to score a great goal. Jeff O’Donoghue pointed again for Glenflesk, leaving Laune Rangers in the lead by 2-2 to 0-4 with 15 minutes played.
The second quarter will be remembered more for misses than scores. Glenflesk’s Brian O’Donoghue put a goal chance wide when it looked certain that the green flag next to Tony Lyons would be raised, and the trend continued as both sides missed a number of chances in the remainder of the half – Glenflesk putting 7 outside the posts, while Laune Rangers kicked 4 shots wide and dropped four more into the hands of Felim Jacobs in in the Glenflesk goal. Glenflesk did enough to level the game before the break, with O’Donoghues Brian, Lee (2, 1 free) and Jeff all pointing before the short whistle. Half Time Score:- Glenflesk 0-8, Laune Rangers 2-2.
Glenflesk took the lead early in the second half with a point from Michael O’Shea, but this was soon reversed as Shane McSweeney and Colm O’Shea kicked fine points to edge Rangers ahead. Laune Rangers were given a great opportunity to extend the lead in the 37th minute, when David Costelloe received a flick pass from Connor Clarke and bore down on goal, before being brought to ground by Jacobs for a penalty – the goalkeeper very lucky to escape a black card having denied Costelloe a certain goal. John Tyther made no mistake with the spot kick to put his side ahead by four.
Glenflesk responded with points in quick succession from Dara Roche and Lee O’Donoghue before Colm O’Shea responded with a free for Rangers. A black card for Johnny Carey then saw Rangers face into the final quarter without their talismanic full back, but with 15 minutes to play, Laune Rangers led Glenflesk by 3-5 to 0-11.
Colm O’Shea doubled Rangers’ lead with a brace of frees before the Killorglin men were dealt a hammer blow as John Tyther received his marching orders with a red card for a high tackle. Jeff O’Donoghue added a brace for Glenflesk to leave two points between the sides after 54 minutes. A huge defensive effort from Laune Rangers made up for their reduced personnel on the field, as Aidan Cox, Ronan Sayers, John Sheehan & co broke down the Glenflesk attack time and again. Five minutes of injury time were played when a final long ball was played into the Rangers square, and David Costelloe intercepted a pass to deny the hosts a goal chance before the final whistle was blown. Full Time Score:- Glenflesk 0-13, Laune Rangers 3-7.
Glenflesk will rue the missed chances in the first half as they couldn’t capitalize on the extra man for the final quarter. 2016 All Ireland Minor winner Daniel O’Brien carried a lot of ball out of the back, as did Kieran Murphy at midfield in front of him. However, their big three forwards Dara Roche & O’Donoghue brothers Lee and Jeff scored 11 of their team’s total of 13 points between them and stood out for the hosts.
Following last week’s excellent attacking display, Laune Rangers found scores much harder to come by against the Glenflesk defence. However, Colm O’Shea was unerring in his score taking from frees and added another from play. John Sheehan once again was outstanding at midfield with Shane McSweeney and Crowleys Peter and Kieran were rock solid when needed most. Patrick Carey completed his fourth game in eight days with a big effort, and continues to grow into Senior football. However, special mention goes to David Costelloe who won a lot of ball up front, scored an excellent point and worked to get back for a game winning interception at the death. Laune Rangers now move on to the Semi Final of the Intermediate Championship, which will take place later in the year.
Glenflesk:- Felim Jacobs, Shane Courtney, James McCarrick, Christopher O’Donoghue, Kieran A O’Donoghue, Daniel O’Brien, Brian O’Donoghue, Kieran Murphy, Padraig Healy, Michael O’Shea (0-1), Jeff O’Donoghue (0-5), Danny Lucey, Gavin Kelly, Dara Roche (0-2), Lee O’Donoghue (0-4). Subs: Donal O’Sullivan for Healy, Ian Roche for Kelly, Kieran O’Mahony for K O’Donoghue.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Ronan Sayers, Johnny Carey, Aidan Cox, Ryan Keane, Kieran Crowley, Patrick Carey, Peter Crowley (1-0), John Sheehan, Jack O’Connor, Shane McSweeney (0-2), John Tyther(1-0), David Costelloe (0-1), Connor Clarke (1-0), Colm O’Shea (0-4). Subs: Michael O’Sullivan for J Carey (black card), Fiachra Clifford for O’Connor, Michael F Russell for O’Shea, Padraig Murphy for O’Sullivan.
Laune Rangers delivered a fantastic performance in Paddy Burke Memorial Park on Easter Sunday to defeat rivals Milltown/Castlemaine in Round 1 of the County Intermediate Championship. Laune Rangers were bolstered by the return of Peter Crowley, making his first appearance of 2017 in the royal blue.
Laune Rangers took an early lead as Jack O’Connor pointed his side ahead on their first attack, and Colm O’Shea kicked a super point from distance soon after. The visitors continued to press on for the remainder of the early stages with O’Shea (2 frees) & Connor Clarke (2) adding to Rangers tally with excellent scores, as two Cathal Moriarty frees provided the response for the hosts leaving Laune Rangers leading by 0-6 to 0-2 with a quarter played.
Cathal Moriarty pointed another free for the home side, before Laune Rangers scored four unanswered points to increase their lead – Shane McSweeney & John Sheehan deciding against goal attempts to take good points while Colm O’Shea (free) and Connor Clarke added to their individual tallies with excellent scores from distance. Laune Rangers had a goal disallowed in injury time as David Costelloe’s hand was adjudged to have made contact with the ball on the ground before he tapped it into the net. This gave the hosts some impetus and they tagged on two points later in injury time through David Roche and Jonathon O’Sullivan – Roche’s effort the sole score from play the home side could muster in the opening half as Rangers defence dominated. Milltown had one chance on goal in the half but Tony Lyons gave Cathal Moriarty no sight at goal from an acute angle and saved a bullet of a shot with help from Ronan Sayers. Half Time Score:- Milltown/Castlemaine 0-5, Laune Rangers 0-10.
Milltown/Castlemaine introduced Mike Burke & Donal Kelliher at Half Time in an effort to nullify John Sheehan & Shane McSweeney’s dominance at midfield. Rangers introduced Kerry Minor player Fiachra Clifford for his Senior debut at the interval also.
Laune Rangers got the perfect start to the half as Colm O’Shea dropped the ball into the edge of the square to Connor Clarke, breaking the ball to John Tyther who finished to the net for a goal. Clarke followed this up with his fourth point of the game to put Rangers nine ahead. Colm O’Shea & Jonathon O’Sullivan traded frees before O’Sullivan & Moriarty added two more frees for the hosts to leave Laune Rangers leading by 1-12 to 0-8 with a quarter to play – the first O’Shea free coming from a foul on Kieran Crowley who was hauled down after a great run up from the back.
Laune Rangers closed up shop for the final quarter, with a mammoth defensive effort put in by all, including a superb performance at midfield from John Sheehan against his career-long rival Mike Burke. No further score would come until the 57th minute, and then it was Laune Rangers corner forward David Costelloe who pointed from an acute angle for a well deserved score for his efforts. Moriarty added a free for Milltown/Castlemaine before Pa Wrenn scored his side’s final point – only their second from play in the game. After seven additional minutes at the end of the second half, the final whistle was blown to see Laune Rangers progress to the Quarter Final of the Intermediate Championship. Full Time Score:- Milltown/Castlemaine 0-10, Laune Rangers 1-13.
This was a fantastic performance from Laune Rangers as they combined their own ingenuity & creativity in possession with a super defensive effort. Tony Lyons pulled off a great save in the first half and his kickouts provided the foundation for many scores. The backs recovered from the early loss of Neil O’Brien to injury to put in a great effort and held every Milltown starting forward scoreless from play. Crowley cousins Kieran and Peter were an assured presence at the half back line with Carey brothers Johnny & Patrick and Ryan Keane sweeping up well. Ronan Sayers stood out at the back, at times making it look like the ball was being magnetically drawn to him. John Sheehan rolled back the years at midfield dominating with Shane McSweeney while the forwards were unplayable at times. John Tyther covered a lot of ground and was rewarded with a goal, while David Costelloe terrorised the Milltown backline and was unlucky to have what looked like a perfectly good goal chalked off. Mike Frank Russell was introduced late on and the cheer that greeted the great man’s appearance was doubled as Colm O’Shea made his way to the line to huge applause after a great showing. The stand out player on the day was Connor Clarke, however. He kicked four phenomenal points from play and broke the ball to Tyther for Rangers’ goal. The County Down native has a new wave of supporters after another excellent performance, & was also given a huge ovation when withdrawn late on.
Laune Rangers play the winner of Glenflesk vs Brosna in the Quarter Final of the Intermediate Championship.
Milltown/Castlemaine: Cormac Leane, John O’Connor, Damien Murphy, Stephen Roche, Gavin McKenna, Gavin Horan, Nigel Wrenn, David Roche (0-1), Pa Wrenn (0-1), Jeremiah Hayes, Shane Murphy, Seamus Dowd, Cathal Moriarty (0-5), Jonathon O’Sullivan (0-2), Jerome Flynn. Subs: Donal Kelliher, Mike Burke, Jack McCarthy (0-1), John Blennerhassett, Derek Twiss, Ciarán O’Connor.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Aidan Cox, Johnny Carey, Ronan Sayers, Neil O’Brien, Peter Crowley, Kieran Crowley, John Sheehan, Shane McSweeney, Colm O’Shea (0-5), Jack O’Connor (0-1), John Tyther (1-0), David Costelloe (0-1), Connor Clarke (0-4), Patrick Carey. Subs: Ryan Keane, Fiachra Clifford, Mike F Russell, Padraig Murphy, Michael O’Sullivan.
County Senior Football League Division Three Round 3:- St Michaels/Foilmore vs Laune Rangers. 8/4/17
Laune Rangers picked up their first win of the County Senior Football League season with an excellent away defeat of St Michael’s/Foilmore on Saturday evening. The clubs have now met in three separate Divisions of the County League as this Division Three encounter has followed games in Divisions One and Two in recent years. The location of the game was new to Rangers though, as the side had to make the 55km trip to St Michael’s GAA pitch in Ballinskelligs, instead of the more familiar territory of Foilmore.
Laune Rangers opened the scoring in the first minute with a Colm O’Shea point, before corner back Cian Goggin got upfield to level the scores. The home side were more clinical in the opening quarter of play, and Damien Kelly punished Rangers, pointing on three consecutive occasions from long range before John Sheehan got one back for Rangers. David Costelloe was proving to be a handful for his marker and pointed well from a difficult angle to see St Michael’s/Foilmore lead by 0-4 to 0-3 with 15 minutes played.
Connor Clarke levelled the game in the 17th minute with an excellent point for Rangers, before Mark McCarthy recaptured the lead for the hosts with a free. David Costelloe almost ended a mazy run with a goal for Rangers, but Bally/Foilmore goalkeeper Michael Galvin was equal to the shot. Colm O’Shea and Damien Kelly traded frees before O’Shea levelled the scores just before the break. Laune Rangers were defensively solid in the opening 30 minutes, and the Laune Rangers goal wasn’t threatened in the half, as Carey brothers Johnny & Patrick drove the ball outfield on multiple occasions while midfielder Padraig Murphy stole the ball twice from a Bally/Foilmore player’s grasp. Jack O’Connor and John Tyther linked play very well also in the opening period. The score at Half Time:- St Michael’s/Foilmore 0-6, Laune Rangers 0-6.
David Costelloe continued to cause problems to the home side’s defence in the early part of the second half, and won his side two early frees that were duly dispatched by Colm O’Shea – the second one from a particularly difficult position. Connor Clarke kicked his second point of the game to see Laune Rangers lead by 0-9 to 0-6 with 15 minutes to play, having kept the hosts scoreless in the third quarter.
Sean Garvey and Damien Kelly pointed in quick succession to reduce the deficit to the minimum before Laune Rangers hit the net in the 53rd minute. Some great work by John Tyther saw him feed Connor Clarke who found half a yard of space to hit a bullet of a shot to the bottom corner from 20 yards. Two great David Costelloe points book-ended points from Padraig King and Damien Kelly – the latter a super shot from 50 metres – to see Rangers continue to lead by four into injury time. A 64th minute free from Damien Kelly – his 7th point – left a goal between the sides, but Rangers’ defence again held firm, denying Bally/Foilmore a meaningful goal chance as Podge Murphy fisted a late high ball away from goal and Ronan Sayers cleaned up the loose ball. Full Time Score:- St Michael’s/Foilmore 0-11, Laune Rangers 1-11.
It was a great performance to pick up a win away from home in unfamiliar territory. At the back, Johnny Carey put in a massive shift at full back, driving his fellow defenders on and he – along with Kieran Crowley in front of him – was an assured presence for the younger defenders such the younger Carey brother Patrick & Neil O’Brien. Ryan Keane also gave a solid showing on his first full appearance after a nightmare 18 months of injury. Ahead of them, Padraig Murphy, John Sheehan & Jack O’Connor handled a lot of ball between them. However, two players in particular stood out for Rangers. David Costelloe terrorized the Bally/Foilmore full back line, ending up with three points and was fouled on multiple occasions for Colm O’Shea to add to his tally with frees. Connor Clarke was outstanding on the evening, covering a lot of ground and scoring two long range points and the goal that ultimately made the difference on the scoreboard.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Neil O’Brien, Johnny Carey, Ronan Sayers, Ryan Keane, Kieran Crowley, Michael O’Sullivan, John Sheehan (0-1), Padraig Murphy, Connor Clarke (1-2), John Tyther, Jack O’Connor, Patrick Carey, Colm O’Shea (0-5), David Costelloe (0-3). Subs used: Eamonn Carey, Pierce Tyther.
The County Senior Football League takes a break until the first weekend of June, as attention now focuses on the Intermediate Football Championship game against Milltown/Castlemaine on Easter Sunday. The game takes place at 2:30pm in Paddy Burke Memorial Park in Milltown.
Laune Rangers 2-12, Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-6
Laune Rangers defeated Glenbeigh/Glencar on Sunday morning in their fourth game of the Mid Kerry Senior League. The All Ireland Junior Champions began with a depleted team, as a number of their 1st team took their place on the substitutes bench. Laune Rangers were also missing a number of players, such as David Costelloe, Connor Clarke, Maurice Foley & Shane Daly.
Laune Rangers had the aid of a stiff breeze in the first half and made full us of it, taking a 1-6 to nil lead in the first 18 minutes – Colm O’Shea (3 frees), Jack O’Connor, Shane McSweeney and John Tyther pointing while Tyther also struck a well taken goal. All Ireland Minor winner Caolim Teahan got his side off the mark with a free in the 20th minutes but a pair of quick-fire points from Jack O’Connor and John Tyther. Caolim Teahan took off on a mazy run from the right flank and beat three Rangers defenders before his final shot was saved excellently by goalkeeper Jason Browne. Colm O’Shea added a free before Rangers scored their second goal, as Eamonn Carey judged the bounce from Colm O’Shea’s long pass better than his marker, before turning and slotting the ball to the net. The visitors added two frees through Kieran Cahalane and Caolim Teahan before the break. The score at Half Time:- Laune Rangers 2-9, Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-3.
Glenbeigh/Glencar introduced some ‘big guns’ at Half Time with Colin McGillicuddy, Pa Kilkenny, & Gavan O’Grady all taking the field in time for the restart & Jack Brosnan coming on 5 minutes into the half. This gave fresh impetus to the away side, but scores were hard to find for either team. Jack Brosnan and Jack O’Connor trading points before Colm O’Shea pointed another free for Rangers. Laune Rangers were reduced to fourteen players as Pierce Tyther received his second yellow card in the 50th minute, and Gavan O’Grady punished the hosts even further by blasting the resulting free to the top corner of the net. A John Sheehan point for Rangers was sandwiched between a Gavan O’Grady brace but there was to be no further score in the game. Glenbeigh’s Stephen O’Sullivan received his marching orders after picking up his second yellow card late on, and the final whistle was blown to see Rangers win their fourth game in the competition & cement their place in the Mid Kerry League Final. Full Time score:- Laune Rangers 2-12, Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-6.
After the game, Laune Rangers players and management lined up to applaud the All Ireland Junior Champions Glenbeigh/Glencar from the field.
Laune Rangers: Jason Browne, Pierce Tyther, Johnny Carey, Aidan Cox, Neil O’Brien, Kieran Crowley, Michael O’Sullivan, John Sheehan (0-1), Shane McSweeney (0-1), John Tyther (1-2), Jack O’Connor (0-3), Ronan Sayers, Ryan Keane, Colm O’Shea (0-5), Eamonn Carey (1-0). Subs used: Shane Mangan, Jamie Clifford, Adrian Murphy.
Glenbeigh/Glencar: Donal O’Neill, Daniel Murphy, Kieran Doyle, Vincent Hoare, Shane Riordan, Stephen O’Sullivan, Sean Roche, Podge Griffin, Fergal Griffin, Caolim Teahan (0-2), Daniel Griffin, Rory O’Connor, Kieran Courtney, Calvin Teahan, Kieran Cahalane (0-1). Subs: Gavan O’Grady (1-2), Colin McGillicuddy, Pa Kilkenny, Jack Brosnan (0-1), Rory O’Connor (re-introduced), Caolim Teahan (re-introduced).
Round Two of the County Senior Football League took place on Sunday afternoon as Laune Rangers travelled south to Dromid Pearses in what was the Killorglin side’s first game away from JP O’Sullivan Park this year. Dromid were at full strength and bolstered by the inclusion of Kerry Under 21 squad member Graham O’Sullivan. Laune Rangers, however, were missing a number of key players including Peter Crowley (playing with Kerry in Cavan), Shane McSweeney (suspended) & Maurice Foley (injured).
Dromid started well and were two points ahead after as many minutes through Dilan O’Donoghue and Chris Farley. Connor Clarke pointed excellently to get Rangers off the mark before David Costelloe saw his shot at goal saved well by Pearses’ goalkeeper Brian O’Leary. Colm O’Shea pointed a free to level the scores, before pointing a fisted effort to cancel out a Chris Farley point for Pearses. Dromid found the net in the 12th minute through a good finish by Chris Farley, and almost doubled their advantage a minute later when they were awarded a penalty. However, Tony Lyons saved well in the Rangers goal to keep Dromid’s lead at 1-3 to 0-3 with a quarter of the game played.
Dilan O’Donoghue and John Tyther traded points before Dromid extended their lead, scoring four unanswered with points from Graham O’Sullivan, Chris Farley (2, 1 free) & Dilan O’Donoghue putting the hosts ahead by seven in the 24th minute. Connor Clarke added a second well taken point and Colm O’Shea added a free before the short whistle. The score at Half Time:- Dromid Pearses 1-8, Laune Rangers 0-6.
Laune Rangers made three changes at Half Time, bringing in John Sheehan, Shane Mangan & Patrick Carey. The visitors added two Colm O’Shea frees to reduce the deficit before – somewhat against the run of play – Dromid followed up a Niall O’Shea point with a goal from Dilan O’Donoghue to restore their earlier seven point lead. Colm O’Shea pointed another free for Rangers, before Niall O’Shea saw a shot at goal saved well by Tony Lyons in the Rangers goal to leave Dromid Pearses ahead by 2-9 to 0-9 with a quarter of the game to go.
Laune Rangers’ next attack saw the ball hit the net through John Tyther as David Costelloe had rounded the goalkeeper, but the whistle had been blown as the referee had adjudged an advantage was not accrued before Laune Rangers hit the net. Colm O’Shea pointed the resulting free before Dilan O’Donoghue cancelled it out with a point from play. Time was running out for Rangers and they pushed forward in search of a goal, allowing Niall O’Shea to add another two points for Dromid. Colm O’Shea added another free – his 8th point of the day – and John Sheehan’s free kick glanced over the crossbar when it looked destined for the top corner. The Full Time whistle was blown to see the home side win on a Full Time score of:- Dromid Pearses 2-13, Laune Rangers 0-13.
Rangers will rue some missed chances on the day as Dromid were clinical in their shooting. Chris Farley, Niall O’Shea and Dilan O’Donoghue contributed all but one of Dromid’s scores, while Graham O’Sullivan added the other point and was excellent at midfield.
David Costelloe, while not getting on the scoreboard himself, was dangerous throughout and played a part in most of Rangers’ scores. Connor Clarke also played well for Rangers, while the second half substitute Patrick Carey linked up well with his brother Johnny, & Eamon Carey’s introduction saw all three Carey brothers on the field together for the first time. Incidentally, Mike Frank Russell made his first appearance in nearly a year as he recovers from injury.
Laune Rangers next game in the County League is another away game in South Kerry, as they play St Michael’s/Foilmore in Foilmore on the weekend of April 9th. We thank those who made the trip to Dromid to support the team, and hope that our members can travel in numbers to support the team in Round Three.
Dromid Pearses: Brian O’Leary, Shane O’Connor, Dominic O’Sullivan, Cian O’Shea, Denis Shine O’Sullivan, Padraig J O’Sullivan, Kealan Farley, Kevin O’Leary, Graham O’Sullivan (0-1), Chris Farley (1-4), Thomas Curran, Gearóid J O’Sullivan, Dilan O’Donoghue (1-4), Niall O’Shea (0-4), Aidan O’Connor. Subs: Kevin Sheehan, Micheál Sheehan, Eoin O’Leary, John M O’Shea.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Neil O’Brien, Johnny Carey, Aidan Cox, Ronan Sayers, Kieran Crowley, Michael O’Sullivan, Shane Daly, Padraig Murphy, Connor Clarke (0-2), Jack O’Connor, John Tyther (0-1), David Costelloe, Colm O’Shea (0-8), Colin O’Dwyer. Subs: John Sheehan (0-1), Patrick Carey (0-1), Shane Mangan, Michael F Russell, Ryan Keane, Eamonn Carey.
Laune Rangers 0-13, Finuge 0-13
Laune Rangers began life in Division Three of the County Senior Football League on Sunday as they were held to a draw by Finuge – another of the sides relegated from the second tier of the League last year. Laune Rangers were without a number of players on the day, as interim Kerry captain Peter Crowley was unavailable for selection, midfielders Maurice Foley and Shane Daly were ruled out with injuries, and full back Johnny Carey was suspended following a red card in the final round of last year’s League.
The visitors got off to the better start and took the lead through a Ricky Heffernan free after two minutes. Rangers’ Shane McSweeney saw his shot at goal flash wide left of the posts following a great run, before Finuge added to their lead with a Colin Sheehy point. Jack O’Connor got Rangers on the board with a 9th minute point, and nearly added a goal two minutes later, but his shot was closed down by Finuge goalkeeper Gary Hogan. Points were traded between Rangers’ Colm O’Shea and Finuge’s Ricky Heffernan (free) to leave Finuge leading by 0-3 to 0-2 after 15 minutes.
Finuge’s centre back Declan McCarthy made a great run up field to get through on goal, but Shane McSweeney dispossessed him at the vital moment to spill the ball, and McCarthy’s instinctive volley was saved excellently by Tony Lyons in the Rangers goal. Rangers’ Connor Clarke and Finuge’s Pat Corridan exchanged excellent points from distance before frees were traded between Colm O’Shea and Ricky Heffernan. Finuge’s goalkeeper Gary Hogan scored a well taken 45 before it was again cancelled out by an O’Shea free. Jack O’Connor levelled the scores as regulation time in the half expired, and James Flaherty and Colm O’Shea (free) pointed for their respective sides in injury time to see the sides head for dressing rooms with the scores all square. Half Time score:- Laune Rangers 0-7, Finuge 0-7.
Laune Rangers handed a Senior debut to Patrick Carey at Half Time. The beginning of the second half was marred by an unsavoury incident that saw red cards handed out to Laune Rangers’ Shane McSweeney and Finuge’s Ricky Heffernan, and when calm was eventually restored, the visitors got themselves in the lead with points from Maurice Corridan (free) & Michael Conway. David Costelloe pointed for Rangers before Finuge full forward Conway saw his shot at goal flash over the bar, and with 15 minutes to play, Finuge led by 0-10 to 0-8.
A 48th minute excellent Pat Corridan point put Finuge ahead by three, before Rangers came close to drawing level as an excellent move up field by Kieran Crowley, experienced substitute John Sheehan & debuting substitute Patrick Carey found Shane Mangan in front of goal, but excellent work from Gary Hogan stopped Mangan from getting his shot away. Colm O’Shea held his nerve to point two difficult frees in the windy conditions to reduce the gap to the minimum with 9 minutes to play.
Connor Clarke levelled the game up with what was the score of the game in the 55th minute, as he shot from the left flank with the outside of his boot to split the posts for a wonderful point. Pat Corridan edged Finuge ahead again before Colm O’Shea tied the scores up once more. Connor Clarke pointed with another super effort in the first minute of injury time to put Rangers ahead, but Maurice Corridan held his nerve to point a free with the final kick of the game to see the game finish in a stalemate. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-13, Finuge 0-13.
Both sides would have had hopes of winning this game, but a draw was the fair result in the end. Colm O’Shea and Maurice Corridan showed great nerve in scoring excellent frees for their respective sides, while both goalkeepers pulled off excellent saves to deny the umpires from raising the green flag. Pat Corridan also stood out for Finuge, while Connor Clarke’s three points for Rangers were all of the highest standard. Elsewhere, Patrick Carey looked comfortable at the back in his debut, while Neil O’Brien improves with every Senior performance.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Neil O’Brien, Kieran Crowley, Aidan Cox, Ronan Sayers, Michael O’Sullivan, John Tyther, Shane McSweeney, Padraig Murphy, Connor Clarke (0-3), Jack O’Connor (0-2), David Costelloe (0-1), Colin O’Dwyer, Shane Mangan, Colm O’Shea (0-7). Subs: Patrick Carey, John Sheehan.
Finuge: Gary Hogan (0-1), Tom Foley, Gerard Stackpoole, Jeremy McKenna, Darragh Shanahan, Declan McCarthy, Brian McAuliffe, Pat Corridan (0-3), Maurice Corridan (0-2), Colin Sheehy (0-1), Shane Conway, Ricky Heffernan (0-3), Raymond Galvin, Michael Conway (0-2), James Flaherty (0-1). Subs: Stephen Power, Conor O’Keeffe, John McCarthy, Conor Fitzmaurice.
Laune Rangers 3-5, Beaufort 0-10
Laune Rangers hosted Beaufort on Sunday afternoon in the final round of Mid Kerry League fixtures before the County Senior Football League begins on March 19th. Both sides had a handful of absentees, while the game marked the return of Laune Rangers’ Shane McSweeney from a year playing in Cavan.
Beaufort opened the scoring with a point from two time All Ireland Minor winner Mike Breen in the opening minute, but Rangers equalized with a well-executed Colm O’Shea free. An end to end opening quarter saw plenty of scoring chances created, as Fergal Hallissey (free) and Darragh Coffey pointed for Beaufort while Jack O’Connor scored an excellent point from distance for Rangers. Hallissey hit the crossbar for the visitors with a rasping shot & the rebound was cleared to leave Beaufort leading by 0-3 to 0-2 with 16 minutes played.
Beaufort wing back James O’Reilly got up field to point his side two ahead, but Rangers took the lead in the 24th minute. Michael O’Sullivan won a great turnover at left wing back and fed the ball through to Padraig Murphy, who in turn found David Costelloe & the corner forward kept his composure to stroke the ball from the ground past Beaufort and Mid Kerry goalkeeper Mike Moriarty. Rangers midfielder Shane Daly was then lost to injury while his opposite number Ronan Murphy suffered the same fate just minutes later. Neither player played any further part in the contest. Meanwhile, Rangers extended their lead with a second goal, as John Tyther lobbed the ball to the top corner of the net with a speculative effort from 30 yards. This saw Rangers take a four point lead into the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-2, Beaufort 0-4.
Laune Rangers began the second half as they had finished the first and, with virtually their first attack they nearly scored again as Shane Mangan hit the bottom of the post with a shot following some broken play around the Beaufort square. Rangers did not have to wait too long for the third goal however as John Tyther hit the net for the second time 5 minutes either side of the interval. This score put the hosts seven points ahead, but Beaufort came back into the game and scored four points unanswered through Liam Carey (2) & Fergal Hallissey (2 frees) to leave three between the sides with Rangers leading by 3-2 to 0-8 with eighteen minutes to play. Rangers could have stemmed the flow of Beaufort’s attack during this period but for a number of missed frees in the windy conditions.
Laune Rangers responded well to Beaufort’s flurry though, & scored three points unanswered themselves to double the lead – Colm O’Shea (free) and Jack O’Connor pointed before substitute goalkeeper Jason Browne split the posts with a 45. Rangers held Beaufort scoreless throughout this period in no small part to some excellent defending from Johnny Carey & Kieran Crowley – the latter with one eye-catching block down that stopped a sure score. Fergal Hallissey scored two further frees late on to bring his tally to five, but the final whistle was blown to see Rangers maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Full Time score:- Laune Rangers 3-5, Beaufort 0-10.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Neil O’Brien, Johnny Carey, Aidan Cox, Ronan Sayers, Kieran Crowley, Michael O’Sullivan, Shane Daly, Padraig Murphy, Shane McSweeney, Jack O’Connor (0-2), John Tyther (2-0), David Costelloe (1-0), Connor Clarke, Colm O’Shea (0-2). Subs used:- Shane Mangan, Colin O’Dwyer, Jason Browne (0-1).
Beaufort: Mike Moriarty, Michael J O’Connor, Ger Hartnett, Sean Fogarty, Cormac O’Connor, Shane O’Sullivan, James O’Reilly (0-1), Ronan Murphy, Sean Kelliher, Mike Breen (0-1), Liam Carey (0-2), Brendan Cronin, Niall O’Connor, Fergal Hallissey (0-5), Darragh Coffey (0-1). Subs: Danny Healy, Jonathan Kissane, Gary Coffey, Conor Breen, Padraig O’Sullivan.
Laune Rangers 1-14, Cromane 2-10
Laune Rangers overcame their parish rivals on Sunday morning as the tail end of Storm Ewan made playing conditions very difficult in JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin. Laune Rangers were without a number of first team regulars, while the 11th hour NFL suspension issued to Donnchadh Walsh meant that Cromane’s star man bolstered his club by lining out in midfield. There was also divided allegiances in one house in the parish as Costelloe brothers David and Ian made their way to separate dressing rooms before the game – Ian having transferred to Cromane in the close season.
Cromane had the better of the opening exchanges, and took the lead in the 3rd minute with an excellent Darren Houlihan free. Colm O’Shea responded with a well taken free of his own for Rangers before Donnchadh Walsh pointed to give Cromane the lead, while Darren Houlihan (twice) and Colm O’Shea continued to show their poise in stormy conditions to point frees from distance. With a quarter played, Cromane led by 0-4 to 0-2.
Donnchadh Walsh and Darren Houlihan (free) increased the visitors’ lead to four points before Rangers began to put a run of play together. Shane Mangan and Colm O’Shea (free) added points before the home side took the lead with a goal from David Costelloe, as the forward nestled the ball to the bottom corner of the net with a well taken finish. The next score of the game could certainly be filed under ‘Spectacular’ as a double goal chance for Rangers saw two shots at goal blocked down and, as the loose ball hung in the air, Eamon Carey volleyed it over his head for a point that went very close to dropping under the bar. Mike Houlihan responded with a point for Cromane before Colm O’Shea (free) and David Costelloe added the final points of the half for Laune Rangers. The teams made their way to the shelter of the dressing rooms with the score at Half Time:- Laune Rangers 1-7, Cromane 0-7.
Two early Colm O’Shea frees were cancelled out by Paul Patrick O’Sullivan & Liam Walsh respectively, before a 41st minute penalty gave Cromane a chance to level the game. Paul Patrick O’Sullivan made no mistake to tie up the game at 1-9 a piece with a quarter to play.
Laune Rangers did not take long to regain the lead, as substitute & debutant Connor Clarke kicked a great point following a clever side-step. John Tyther & Jack O’Connor pointed soon after to put three between the sides. Cromane didn’t give in though, and Micheal O’Shaughnessy reduced the gap with a point, before Cromane found themselves in front as Lee Carey – another former Ranger who made the off-season move – used his first touch to smash the ball to the roof of the net & put his new club ahead by 2-10 to 1-12.
Cromane’s indiscipline ultimately cost them in the end though, as not alone did they concede frees, but conceded metres with it, bringing a 56th minute free within the range of Colm O’Shea. O’Shea was given two bites of that particular cherry as his first kick was called back while the referee was addressing an injury and, with his second attempt, O’Shea split the posts with excellent accuracy to level the scores once more. The clock had just rolled past the 60 minute mark and into the first seconds of injury time, as another free was awarded to Rangers. Colm O’Shea made no mistake to give his side a lead that they would not relinquish. Cromane had a final opportunity to level the game with a free of their own, but chose to play it short, & the ultimate shot at goal by Liam Walsh sailed right of the posts and wide. Referee Mike Moriarty blew the final whistle & Laune Rangers held on for their second win of the Mid Kerry League. Final Score:- Laune Rangers 1-14, Cromane 2-10.
In all, Laune Rangers may count themselves fortunate to hold out for the win in this game, but with a number of Senior players absent, it gave game time to more of the squad, including a debut for Down native Connor Clarke, and return appearances for Colin O’Dwyer who has returned from Australia, and Ryan Keane who missed the entire 2016 season through injury. In the opening two games of the season, 26 players have played minutes – not a bad statistic with both games ending in victory.
Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne, Neil O’Brien, Kieran Crowley, Pierce Tyther, Ryan Keane, John Tyther (0-1), Daniel Whittleton, John Francis O’Grady, Padraig Murphy, Gavin O’Shea, Jack O’Connor (0-1), David Costelloe (1-1), Eamon Carey (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-8f), Shane Mangan (0-1). Subs:- Connor Clarke (0-1), Colin O’Dwyer, Cathal Doyle.
Cromane:- Paudie McCarthy, Liam Casey, Eoghan Walsh, Ian Costelloe, Brendan Foley, Liam Teahan, Shane Ahern, Liam Walsh (0-1), Donnchadh Walsh (0-2), Darren Houlihan (0-4f), Paul Patrick O'Sullivan 1-1 (1pen, 1f) Seán Teahan, Mikey Houlihan (0-1), Emmet Casey, Cian O'Keeffe. Subs: Micheal Shaughnessy (0-1), Danny O'Connor, Ben Bradley, Lee Carey (1-0).
Back Row (left to right):- Shane Daly, John Tyther, Colin O'Dwyer, John Francis O'Grady, Johnny Carey, Colm O'Shea, Jack O'Connor, Eamon Carey, Gavin O'Shea, Adrian Murphy, Darragh Walsh, Jason Browne.
Front Row (left to right):- Tony Lyons, Neil O'Brien, David Costelloe, Maurice Foley, Shane Mangan, Ronan Sayers, Aidan Cox, Pierce Tyther, Kieran Crowley. Missing from photo: Michael O'Sullivan
Laune Rangers Win Season Opener
They defeat Milltown/Castlemaine in Mid Kerry League
Laune Rangers 0-11, Milltown/Castlemaine 0-9
Laune Rangers got their 2017 season off to a great start with a Mid Kerry League defeat of Milltown/Castlemaine on a cold Sunday afternoon in JP O’Sullivan Park. Laune Rangers had a relatively young team on show, with nine players under the age of 25 in the starting line up including Neil O’Brien and Pierce Tyther who were handed their full Senior debuts.
John Tyther put Laune Rangers into an early lead with a well taken point before Cathal Moriarty replied for Milltown/Castlemaine. Frees were then traded between Colm O’Shea and Jonathon O’Sullivan, while a Ronan Sayers point for Rangers was cancelled out with another free by O’Sullivan. John Tyther added his second point of the game to give Rangers the lead by 0-4 to 0-3 with fifteen minutes played.
Colm O’Shea added two frees before a superb point from distance by Jack O’Connor put four points between the sides following some great work by David Costelloe and Shane Mangan. The loss of Mikey O’Sullivan to injury in the first half saw the introduction of Carlow native Darragh Walsh for his Laune Rangers debut. Two Jonathon O’Sullivan frees halved the deficit before the break, and the sides headed for the dressing room with the score at Half Time:- Laune Rangers 0-8, Milltown/Castlemaine 0-6.
The free-taking shootout between Colm O’Shea and Jonathon O’Sullivan continued in the second half. O’Sullivan pointed first for the visitors before O’Shea slotted three in succession for the hosts to see Rangers lead by 0-11 to 0-7 with a quarter to play.
The final quarter was attritional in nature & scores were at a premium. An injury to Maurice Foley saw another player make his first Senior appearance for Rangers as John Francis O’Grady came on. Milltown/Castlemaine added another Jonathon O’Sullivan free before substitute Eoin O’Mahony slotted a well taken point for the visitors. Rangers held on their remaining lead though, and referee Billy O’Shea blew the final whistle to give Laune Rangers victory. Full Time score:- Laune Rangers 0-11, Milltown/Castlemaine 0-9.
The overall standard wasn’t the highest on the day but that can be expected in the first game of the season. The free taking battle between opposing sharpshooters Jonathon O’Sullivan and Colm O’Shea didn’t disappoint with O’Sullivan striking 7 and O’Shea notching 6 (plus one from play), with only a couple on either side that could be described as ‘easy’. Scores were scarce from outside of this pair, with the half forward line of John Tyther, Jack O’Connor and Ronan Sayers making up the rest of Rangers points, while an early Cathal Moriarty effort and a late Eoin O’Mahony point added to O’Sullivan’s tally for Milltown. In all, it was a successful day for the Laune Rangers team, with all debutants acquitting themselves well.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Neil O’Brien, Johnny Carey, Aidan Cox, Michael O’Sullivan, Kieran Crowley, Pierce Tyther, Maurice Foley, Shane Daly, Ronan Sayers (0-1), Jack O’Connor (0-1), John Tyther (0-2), Shane Mangan, Colm O’Shea (0-7, 6f), David Costelloe. Subs used: Jason Browne, Darragh Walsh, Padraig Murphy, John F O’Grady.
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