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County Senior Football League Division Three Round 11:- Annascaul vs Laune Rangers. 03/09/2017

posted 3 Sep 2017, 09:54 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 3 Sep 2017, 09:57 ]

Rangers finish County League campaign with a win

Annascaul 0-8, Laune Rangers 3-13

With the promotion race decided & both teams safe from relegation before the final day, Laune Rangers travelled west to Annascaul for the Round 11 tie of the County Senior Football League Division Three. Both sides were depleted as a result of injuries with, but Laune Rangers were able to call upon Peter Crowley on the day.

Laune Rangers were much stronger from the start, and points from Mike Frank Russell (2) & Shane Daly as well as a goal by John Tyther saw the Killorglin men lead by 1-3 to 0-0 with a quarter played.

Gearoid O’Shea got upfield from the back to open the scoring for Annascaul but it was quickly cancelled out by a well taken John Tyther point. Jason Hickson kicked a brace of points for Annascaul, but sandwiched between them came Laune Rangers second goal – David Costelloe with an excellent finish. Further points for Mike Frank Russell (free) and Shane Daly saw Rangers go into the break with a commanding lead. Half Time Score:- Annascaul 0-3, Laune Rangers 2-6.

Laune Rangers were excellent in the second half, as the full back line of Neil O’Brien, Ronan Sayers & especially Johnny Carey were defiant in stopping any attacking opportunity. Points from David Costello (2), John Tyther & Francis Russell saw the visitors leading by 2-10 to 0-3 with a quarter to play.

Annascaul added points from Genie Farrell (free) and David Clifford, before points were traded between Shane McSweeney & Jason Hickson. John Tyther and David Costelloe added points before Costelloe netted his second and Rangers’ third goal of the game. Hickson and Farrell (free) kicked the final scores of the game for the hosts.  Full Time Score:- Annascaul 0-8, Laune Rangers 3-13.

Annascaul:- Tommy Pierce, Joe Hoare, Gearoid O’Shea (0-1), Fintan Herlihy, David Clifford (0-1), Andrew Finn, Joe Kennedy, Emmett Kennedy, Niall McKenna, James Scanlon, Jason Hickson (0-4), Brian Kennedy, Alan Falvey, Max Kennedy, Genie Farrell (0-2). Subs: Johnny Deane, Johnny O’Driscoll.

Laune Rangers:- Tony Lyons, Ronan Sayers, Johnny Carey, Neil O’Brien, John Tyther (1-3), Kieran Crowley, Pierce Tyther, Peter Crowley, Maurice Foley, Jack O’Connor, Shane McSweeney (0-1), Shane Daly (0-2), Eamonn Carey, Michael F Russell (0-3), David Costelloe (2-3). Subs: James Lynch for Foley, Francis Russell (0-1) for E Carey, Gavin O’Shea for Daly, Darragh Walshe for MF Russell, Jason Browne for Lyons.

Mid Kerry O'Sullivan Cup Round 1:- Keel vs Laune Rangers. 29/8/2017

posted 29 Aug 2017, 15:22 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 31 Aug 2017, 15:13 ]

Sayers brothers Gary (20) and Ronan went into battle against each other; O'Shea brothers Cian, Gavin & Colm all took the field together for the first time

Laune Rangers progress in O’Sullivan Cup

Keel 0-16, Laune Rangers 1-14

For the first time in decades, a Laune Rangers ‘A’ team competes in the Mid Kerry O’Sullivan Cup in 2017, with teams competing in County League Divisions Three, Four and Five allowed to play with an unrestricted team. Rangers travelled to Keel – another unrestricted team – in Round One of the competition on Tuesday evening and came away with the all important win. It was a family affair in the game with 5 sets of brothers on the field. Rangers had the Russell, Tyther and O’Shea brothers involved while Keel had the Cahillane brothers playing. However, the most interesting pairing was the Sayers duo of Gary and Ronan who lined out on opposite sides with Ronan given the job of marking big brother Gary.

Keel got out of the blocks much better and were ahead by three points after 5 minutes, as Gary Sayers (3, 1f) & Thomas Ladden kicked well taken scores for the home side while Colm O’Shea got Rangers off the mark. Rangers grew into the game, and points from O’Shea brothers Cian and Colm (free) as well as an excellent left-footed Shane McSweeney effort levelled up the game. Terry O’Sullivan and Colm O’Shea traded points to see the sides all square at 0-5 a piece with a quarter played.

Laune Rangers saw Peter Crowley don the royal blue jersey to come on as a substitute at full back for the injured Johnny Carey in the 16th minute. Gary Sayers & Aaron Murphy saw points cancelled out by two Colm O’Shea frees, while Daniel Macbeth and Keel’s Luke Flynn exchanged points also. However, Rangers got their noses in front before the break, as a great team move saw a Colm O’Shea feed David Costelloe who finished with ease to give the visitors the lead at the break. Another notable first half introduction saw Gavin O’Shea come on to join both of his brothers Colm & Cian on the field for the first time. Half Time Score:- Keel 0-8, Laune Rangers 1-8.

Laune Rangers two goalkeepers saw equal game time, as Jason Browne was replaced by Tony Lyons at the intermission.The second half was a tighter affair and, having been introduced for his brother Francis at the break, Mike Frank Russell took little time in getting on the score-board. Colm O’Shea added a free before both Rangers scores were cancelled out by Keel through Gary Sayers and Terry O’Sullivan. Francis Russell was re-introduced for Cian O’Shea to get on the field with Mike Frank for the first time, and took inspiration from big brother to score a neat point almost immediately. Keel substitute Dylan Prendergast got himself on the scoreboard to leave a goal between the sides with a quarter to play.

A Colm O’Shea pointed free extended the lead for Rangers before three points on the bounce for Keel through Gary Sayers and Luke Flynn (2) left just a point between the sides. A Daniel Macbeth point was cancelled out by a Gary Sayers free, but an injury to Michael O’Sullivan saw him stretchered off the field – a big loss for Rangers in the weeks before an Intermediate Semi Final. Colm O’Shea kicked a crucial free from a difficult angle to double Ranges lead, but Aaron Murphy pointed from Keel as Rangers defence pushed out the Keel attack. A long range Gary Sayers free drifted wide with the last kick of the game as Rangers held on to progress to the O’Sullivan Cup Semi Final, where they will travel to Beaufort in the coming weeks. Full Time Score:- Keel 0-16, Laune Rangers 1-14.

Keel were best served on the day by Luke Flynn and Gary Sayers, who edged the individual Sayers battle during the first half, while Ronan grew into the game and more than accounted for himself as the game progressed. Colm O’Shea put in a solid performance finishing with 8 points – two from play. Michael O’Sullivan was playing very well until his unfortunate injury, while James Lynch put in an excellent display at wing back.

Keel:- Stephen Cahillane, Barth Murphy, James Foley, Donal O’Neill, Luke Flynn (0-3), Gavin Evans, Aaron Cahillane, Thomas Ladden (0-1), Martin Burke, Shane Prendiville, David McAssey, Sean Cremin, Gary Sayers (0-7), Aaron Murphy (0-2), Terry O’Sullivan (0-2). Sub: Dylan Prendergast (0-1) for McAssey

Laune Rangers: Jason Browne, Pierce Tyther, Johnny Carey, Ronan Sayers, James Lynch, John Tyther, Michael O’Sullivan, Jack O’Connor, Daniel Macbeth (0-2), Cian O’Shea (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-8), Shane McSweeney (0-1), David Costelloe (1-0), Shane Mangan, Francis Russell. Subs: Peter Crowley for Carey, Gavin O’Shea for Mangan, Mike F Russell (0-1) for F Russell, F Russell (reintroduced 0-1) for Cian O’Shea, Darragh Walshe for McSweeney.

County Senior Football League Division Three Round 10:- Laune Rangers vs Ballydonoghue. 23-08-2017

posted 23 Aug 2017, 15:10 by Laune Rangers

Spoils shared in County League

Laune Rangers 2-15, Ballydonoghue 3-12

Laune Rangers faced Ballydonoghue on Wednesday evening in a re-scheduled Round 10 fixture from the County Senior Football League Division Three. The spoils were ultimately shared though, with Ballydonoghue left looking for a result in the final round of the League.

Laune Rangers were much depleted on the evening and as a result, a number of squad players got the opportunity to start.

Laune Rangers played with the benefit of the breeze in the first half, and got off to a fine start. A Jack O’Connor goal was added to points from O’Connor and Maurice Foley to give Rangers a five point lead, before Paul Kennelly registered Ballydonoghue’s first point. Maurice Foley, Colm O’Shea (2, 1free) and David Costelloe all pointed before Ballydonoghue fought back, as Dara Sheehy & Paul Kennelly (free) pointed with Danny Power hitting the net for a goal. The high scoring 1st half continued with Rangers outscoring Ballydonoghue five points to three – Paul Kennelly (2, 1 free) & Danny Power scoring for Bally while Colm O’Shea (3), Daniel Macbeth & Francis Russell added to the scoreboard for the hosts before the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-11, Ballydonoghue 1-6.

Jack O’Connor and Eamonn Carey points were matched by points by Danny Power and Paul Kennelly for the visitors, while a goal by Jack O’Connor – a long ball that beat everyone in the small score to bounce into the net – was cancelled out by Padraig Lyons who goaled for Ballydonoghue. The visitors were level by the 50th minute as Paul Kennelly, Kevin O’Donnell and Padraig Lyons points were met by a solitary Ronan Sayers point for Rangers before Bally’s third goal came from their main man Paul Kennelly. Neither team were able to pull away and claim the win though, and points were traded between Daniel Macbeth and Gearoid Kissane to see the game finish all square. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-15, Ballydonoghue 3-12.

Laune Rangers:- Tony Lyons, Neil O’Brien, Johnny Carey, Darragh Walshe, James Lynch, Michael O’Sullivan, Gavin O’Shea, Maurice Foley (0-2), Padraig Murphy, Daniel Macbeth (0-2), Jack O’Connor (2-2), David Costelloe (0-1), Eamonn Carey (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-5), Francis Russell (0-1). Subs: Adrian Murphy, Ronan Sayers (0-1), Eric Dunlea, Shane McSweeney.

Ballydonoghue:- Darren O’Connor, William Kissane, Thomas Kennelly, Billy Foley, Kevin O’Donnell (0-1), Colin O’Mahony, Sean Lyons, Wayne Dowling, Martin O’Mahony, Jack Behan, Dara Sheehy (0-1), Danny Power (1-2), Jack Foley, Padraig Lyons (1-1), Paul Kennelly (1-6). Sub: Gearoid Kissane (0-1).

County Senior Football League Division Three Round 9:- St Senans vs Laune Rangers. 18-08-2017

posted 19 Aug 2017, 16:56 by Laune Rangers

Promotion hopes end in Mountcoal

St Senans 0-11, Laune Rangers 1-7

Laune Rangers will remain in Division Three of the County Senior Football League for 2018, as a defeat to St Senans in Mountcoal on Friday evening meant that their slim hopes of promotion were extinguished. Rangers were without a number of the regular starting team, as Shane McSweeney, John Sheehan, Connor Clarke, & Aidan Cox were all absent through injury – the latter suffering a serious knee injury in the recent County U21 Final that has ended his season. Meanwhile, Mike Frank Russell had to settle for a place on the bench as he was unable to shake off a slight injury. The game did mark the return to action of club captain Maurice Foley who made his first competitive appearance of 2017.

St Senans started well and, following a scoreless opening 4 minutes where they forced a save from Tony Lyons in the Rangers goal, they took a three point lead over the visitors with well taken scores by Jason Browne, Paudie Dillon & Sean O’Connell. Rangers responded well with points from Colm O’Shea (long range free) and an excellent John Tyther score, but a Sean O’Connell free for the hosts put St Senans ahead by 0-4 to 0-2 after 15 minutes in blustery conditions.

Laune Rangers were level by the 18th minute, as Colm O’Shea notched two frees following fouls on David Costelloe. Sean O’Connell gave the hosts the lead again with a free, but two more Colm O’Shea frees put Laune Rangers ahead heading in at the break. Half Time Score:- St Senans 0-6, Laune Rangers 0-7.

Paudie Quille levelled the game early in the second half, before pointed frees were traded between Colm O’Shea and Sean O’Connell to leave the sides level with a quarter to play at 0-8 apiece.

Paudie Quille gave Senans the lead in the 46th minute with a point, before the hosts were presented with a gilt-edged chance with a penalty. However, Sean O’Connell had to settle for a point as his shot blazed over the bar. O’Connell added a free soon after though to leave the home side ahead by three, as Kieran Crowley received a black card for Rangers (Mike Frank Russell coming on in his place). However, Laune Rangers substitute Cian O’Shea – making his second Senior appearance – took a pass from fellow Minor player Patrick Carey and hit the net with a cool finish to tie the game up again at 1-7 to 0-10.

The home side had another chance to take all the spoils before the game finished when they were awarded a free in injury time to take the lead. The successfull kick by Sean O’Connell left Rangers seeking a winner and, as a draw was of no use to either party, Rangers turned down the opportunity for an equalizer in seek of a goal. The goal was not to come and St Senans held on to give their own survival hopes a massive boost. Full Time Score:- St Senans 0-11, Laune Rangers 1-7.

Laune Rangers now can not catch Dromid Pearses in the final promotion place, meaning that the South Kerry side join Ballymacelligott and Na Gaeil in promotion to Division Two.

St Senans:- Danny Quilter, Darragh Behan, Brendan O’Connell, Kieran Lyons, Bill Keane, Mike Keane, Donncha Brosnan, Jason Browne (0-1), Damien Somers, Paudie Dillon (0-1), David Foran, Paudie Quille (0-2), Cathal Kennelly, Ronan Kerin, Sean O’Connell (0-7, 6f). Subs: Shane Nolan, Sean T Dillon.

Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Neil O’Brien, Johnny Carey, Ronan Sayers, Patrick Carey, Kieran Crowley, Michael O’Sullivan, John Tyther (0-1), Maurice Foley, Jack O’Connor, Colm O’Shea (0-6f), Shane Daly, Eamonn Carey, Pierce Tyther, David Costelloe. Subs: Cian O’Shea (1-0), Michael F Russell.

Mid Kerry Junior League Round Two:- Laune Rangers vs Glenbeigh/Glencar. 18/7/17

posted 23 Jul 2017, 06:19 by Laune Rangers

Laune Rangers Junior Squad:- Back Row (L to R): Shane Daly, Jerome Houlihan, Paudie O'Shea, Kieran Doona, Francis Russell, Eamonn Carey, Mark Healy, Michael O'Sullivan, Cormac Johnston, John Francis O'Grady, Brendan Ahern, Daniel Macbeth.  Front Row: Colm O'Mahony, Garry Flynn, Pierce Tyther, Adrian Murphy, Jason Browne, Eric Dunlea, Patrick Carey, Cian O'Shea, James Lynch.

Laune Rangers 2-10, Glenbeigh/Glencar 3-8

Laune Rangers lost to Glenbeigh/Glencar in the Mid Kerry Junior League in Killorglin on Tuesday evening, as a late breakaway goal by Sean Roche gave the visitors the win by the narrowest of margins.

Laune Rangers led by 0-3 to 0-2 after fifteen minutes, as early points by Francis Russell and Daniel Macbeth & Cian O’Shea for Rangers were answered by Calvin Teahan and a Rory O’Connor 45’. Glenbeigh took the lead as Micheál Breen scored a fantastic goal but Cian O’Shea added a brace of points for Rangers to tie the game up again. Rory O’Connor edged Glenbeigh ahead but Cian O’Shea kicked his fourth point to see the sides go in level at the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-6, Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-3.

Cian O’Shea added to his tally with a free in the early stages of the second half before Eamonn Carey found the net for a Rangers goal – John Francis O’Grady carrying the ball forward from midfield before unselfishly squaring the ball to Carey for the easiest of tap-ins. Kevin Falvey responded for Glenbeigh with a point before substitute John Dorgan pointed three consecutive long range points and Rory O’Connor added another to swing the lead the way of Glenbeigh again.

A pointed free by Cian O’Shea – his sixth point of the game – levelled the game up. John Joe Quirke gave Glenbeigh the lead with a goal, but it was almost immediately cancelled out when Cian O’Shea finished excellently to the top corner. Paudie O’Shea and Daniel Macbeth pointed to put Rangers ahead but a turnover by Laune Rangers allowed Glenbeigh to counter-attack and Sean Roche was left one on one with Jason Browne and made no mistake with the finish. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-10, Glenbeigh/Glencar 3-8.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne, Pierce Tyther, Mark Healy, Cormac Johnston, Patrick Carey, Michael O’Sullivan, James Lynch, Daniel Macbeth (0-2), John F O’Grady, Eric Dunlea, Shane Daly, Francis Russell (0-1), Cian O’Shea (1-6), Kieran Doona, Eamonn Carey (1-0). Sub: Paudie O’Shea (0-1).

Glenbeigh/Glencar:- Donal O’Neill, Daniel Murphy, Micheal Walsh, Dan O’Loughlin, Mark O’Sullivan, Sean Roche (1-0), Vincent Hoare, Rory O’Connor (0-3), Caoilte Purcell, Kieran Cahalane, Micheal Breen (1-0), Kevin Falvey (0-1), John Joe Quirke (1-0), Calvin Teahan (0-1), Bernard Murphy. Sub: John Dorgan (0-3).

County Senior Football League Division Three Round 8:- Laune Rangers vs Fossa. 16-07-2017

posted 16 Jul 2017, 10:17 by Laune Rangers

Home win in County League for Rangers

Laune Rangers 2-10, Fossa 2-8

Laune Rangers picked up their first home win of the County League season on Sunday afternoon as they defeated Fossa in the sunshine at JP O'Sullivan Park. Laune Rangers were without Shane McSweeney & Patrick Carey, as well as Neil O’Brien, Pierce Tyther & Daniel Macbeth on the day, while Fossa had to make do without the injured Paudie Clifford among others. Meanwhile, the Fossa manager was returning to familiar territory as John Evans led his troops out on to the field where he saw so much success with his home club throughout the 1990s.

Fossa started much better than their hosts & opened the scoring with point from Domnhaill O’Sullivan (free) and Fintan Coffey – the latter with a good score from distance. However, Rangers got going and, after Connor Clarke had pointed well, the home side were first to hit the net as David Costelloe finishing excellently following an excellent initial pass from John Tyther. Connor Clarke’s second point was sandwiched between a brace from Domnhaill O’Sullivan (1 free) to leave Rangers leading by 1-2 to 0-4 with 15 minutes played.

Rangers second goal came in the 18th minute, as a great run by David Costelloe saw the forward through on goal before he was hauled to the ground inside the square for a penalty. John Tyther made no mistake from the spot kick and placed the ball to the top corner. Fossa responded well though, and had a goal of their own five minutes later as Tadgh O’Shea punched a high ball to the net from close range. Fossa added a further point in the latter stages but points from Jack O’Connor, Connor Clarke and David Costelloe left a goal between the sides at the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-5, Fossa 1-5.

Laune Rangers were dealt a blow as John Tyther was forced to withdraw with injury at Half Time. The sides were level in the 35th minute, as the first score of the second half was a Fossa goal – Tadgh O’Shea punching the ball to the net for the second time after a pass across the small square. Connor Clarke pointed his fourth of the day as his shot from an almost impossible angle snuck over the crossbar but Domnhaill O’Sullivan soon tied up the scores again. Points were traded between Rangers’ Eamonn Carey & Fossa’s Tadgh O’Shea (free) and with 15 minutes to play, the sides were level at 2-7 apiece.

An excellent point from long range by Shane Daly for Rangers was soon cancelled out by Fossa captain Mark Dennehy as both sides missed chances to take control of the game. Colm O’Shea pointed a free to edge Rangers ahead followed defensive mix-up at the Fossa rear guard and after a tense final few minutes, Mike Frank Russell kicked the insurance score with an excellent point from 40 yards out deep in injury time. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-10, Fossa 2-8.

The result moves Laune Rangers up to 4th in the table with three Rounds to play. Fossa remain in relegation trouble. Tadgh O’Shea stood out for the visitors, scoring 2-1 in the game, while Domnhaill O’Sullivan was accurate from both playa and placed ball and Daniel O’Keeffe was highly energetic coming up from the back. Meanwhile, Connor Clarke and David Costelloe kicked some excellent points with Kieran Crowley an assured presence at centre back. However, the elder statesmen outfield for Rangers put in another big showing. John Sheehan’s energy and work rate was fantastic while Mike Frank Russell was provider for many scores on the day and finished the game by kicking the winner. The game also served another Laune Ranger with a Senior debut, as Cian O’Shea was introduced late on.

Laune Rangers will play St Senans in Mountcoal in Round 8 of the County League.

Laune Rangers:- Tony Lyons, Ronan Sayers, Johnny Carey, Aidan Cox, John Tyther (1-0), Kieran Crowley, Michael O’Sullivan, Shane Daly (0-1), John Sheehan, Michael F Russell (0-1), Jack O’Connor (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-1), David Costelloe (1-1), Connor Clarke (0-4), Eamonn Carey (0-1). Subs: Padraig Murphy, Cian O’Shea.

Fossa:- Colin Myers, Kevin McCarthy, Paddy Sheehan, Anthony Wharton, Daniel O’Sullivan, Daniel O’Keeffe, Mark Dennehy (0-1), Fintan Coffey (0-1), Mark Rennie, Colin Davidson, Lorcan Daly, Derry O’Sullivan, Tadgh O’Shea (2-1), Mikey O’Shea, Domnhaill O’Sullivan (0-5). Sub: Michael O’Keeffe

Mid Kerry Senior League Final:- Laune Rangers vs Milltown/Castlemaine. 8/7/17

posted 9 Jul 2017, 10:20 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 10 Jul 2017, 06:04 ]

Laune Rangers Squad:- Back Row: Francis Russell, Colin O'Dwyer, Padraig Murphy, Kieran Crowley, Shane Daly, John Sheehan, Eamonn Carey, Jack O'Connor, Connor Clarke, Daniel Macbeth, Michael O'Sullivan, John Francis O'Grady, James Lynch; Front Row: Tony Lyons, Neil O'Brien, Johnny Carey, Pierce Tyther, Ronan Sayers, Maurice Foley, Colm O'Shea, David Costelloe, John O'Shea, Adrian Murphy.

Mid Kerry League title goes to Milltown

Milltown/Castlemaine 1-13, Laune Rangers 0-10

Milltown/Castlemaine are Mid Kerry Senior League Champions for 2017 after defeating Laune Rangers in a pulsating final in Beaufort on Saturday evening, having played more than half the game with 14 men following the dismissal of Damien Murphy. Milltown/Castlemaine were without the services of Jonathon O’Sullivan, Mike Burke, and Eoin O’Brien on the day while Laune Rangers had to do without usual starters Aidan Cox, John Tyther, Shane McSweeney, Patrick Carey, Mike Frank Russell as well as County players Peter Crowley and Fiachra Clifford.

Milltown/Castlemaine got off to the better start, leading by 0-3 to 0-2 after ten minutes as Cathal Moriarty, Derek Twiss (free) and Shane Murphy pointing with Colm O’Shea delivering two frees for Rangers in retiurn. Cathal Moriarty saw a shot at goal saved by Tony Lyons before Twiss (free) and Pa Wrenn doubled Milltown’s lead – Milltown/Castlemaine leading by 0-5 to 0-1 with 15 minutes played.

The major talking point of the game followed, as Milltown full back Damien Murphy received a straight red card for an off the ball punch on Rangers’ Shane Daly. Points were exchanged between Colm O’Shea (free) and Derek Twiss, before points for Michael O’Sullivan & Colm O’Shea reduced their team’s deficit to the minimum. However, Milltown/Castlemaine received a huge boost before the break as they found their way through on goal, with a cross-square pass beat Rangers’ covering man Jack O’Connor before Donal Kelliher slammed it into the empty net. Half Time Score:- Milltown/Castlemaine 1-6, Laune Rangers 0-5.

Laune Rangers had the majority of possession in the second half but couldn’t capitalize, as Milltown/Castlemaine stacked their defence and counter-attacked when they had the opportunity. Milltown actually scored the first two points after the restart through Gavin Horan and Pa Wrenn. They matched Rangers on the scoreboard for the remainder of the game as the Killorglin side showed signs of the inevitable unfamiliarity that came with the absence of a number of regular players. Three points from Colm O’Shea (2 frees) were cancelled out by Cathal Moriarty, Gavin McKenna & Pa Wrenn – McKenna’s point standing out as the defender got up from corner back to score.

Connor Clarke scored a well taken point for Rangers before Pa Wrenn nullified it with his 4th point of the day. Colm O’Shea pointed his 6th free – 8th in total – before Donal Dennehy finished the scoring with a final point. Full Time Score:- Milltown/Castlemaine 1-13, Laune Rangers 0-10.

With the winning of the Mid Kerry Senior League Final, Milltown/Castlemaine ended a losing run that began on Easter Sunday when Laune Rangers beat them in the Intermediate Championship.

The Man of the Match award was presented to a deserving recipient in Pa Wrenn after the game, with joint captains Cathal Moriarty & Jeremiah Hayes accepting the Dermot Twiss Memorial Cup from Brendan Twiss.

Milltown/Castlemaine: Cormac Leane, Gavin McKenna (0-1), Damien Murphy, Stephen Roche, Gavin Horan (0-1), John O’Connor, David Roche, Pa Wrenn (0-4), Donal Dennehy (0-1), Paul Carroll, Donal Kelliher (1-0), Shane Murphy (0-1), Jerome Flynn, Derek Twiss (0-3), Cathal Moriarty (0-2). Subs: Seamus Dowd, Jeremiah Hayes, Tadhg McCarthy.

Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Ronan Sayers, Johnny Carey, Pierce Tyther, Neil O’Brien, Kieran Crowley, Michael O’Sullivan (0-1), Daniel Macbeth, John Sheehan, David Costelloe, Jack O’Connor, Shane Daly, Colm O’Shea (0-8), Connor Clarke (0-1), John O’Shea. Subs: Eamonn Carey, James Lynch.

County Senior Football League Division Three Round 7:- Ballymacelligott vs Laune Rangers. 01-07-2017

posted 1 Jul 2017, 17:04 by Laune Rangers

Rangers win on the road in County League

Ballymacelligott 0-12, Laune Rangers 3-9

Laune Rangers picked up an important away win against Ballymacelligott on Saturday evening – their third County League win on the road this season. Laune Rangers had to do without Peter Crowley on the eve of the Munster Final, but were able to call upon Kieran Crowley & Michael O’Sullivan who had both been injured since April.

Laune Rangers had a breeze at their backs in the first half & started brightly and, after a couple of wides by the visitors, Mike Frank Russell kicked an excellent point from distance to open the scoring. Some excellent one-on-one defending became a recurring theme in the early stages, with some great block-downs from Kieran Crowley and Mikey O’Sullivan catching the eye in particular. Connor Clarke added the second point of the game from long range for Rangers in the 10th minute before they suffered a setback as Shane McSweeney had to withdraw after picking up an injury – Shane Daly coming on in his place.. Aidan Breen opened Ballymac’s account with a point before it was cancelled out by Jack O’Connor to see Laune Rangers lead by 0-3 to 0-1 after 15 minutes.

Laune Rangers almost hit the net in the 17th minute, but Jack O’Connor’s shot whistled past the post and Ballymac responded with a point from Paudie McCarthy to halve the deficit. A Connor Clarke point was quickly met by an Aidan Breen point for the hosts, before Paudie McCarthy and David Costelloe traded points soon after – the latter score coming from a great break up the left flank by Mikey O’Sullivan. Vinny Horan nailed an excellent 45 into the breeze to for Ballymac to level matters, but Laune Rangers had the final say in the half and scored points from Colm O’Shea (free) and John Tyther to take a lead into the break – Kieran Crowley’s surging run from the back causing havoc in the lead up to Tyther’s point. Half Time Score:- Ballymacelligott 0-5, Laune Rangers 0-7.

Laune Rangers had the ideal start to the second half, as they scored two goals inside the opening 5 minutes of the half. Colm O’Shea had pointed a free at the beginning of the half, before a great move on the right flank ended with Ballymac ‘keeper Paudie Laide get a hand to Patrick Carey’s shot at goal, but Connor Clarke was there to get a palm to the ball and encourage it across the line. No more than 90 seconds later, a carbon copy goal came for Rangers, as some pinball action in the small rectangle finished with John Sheehan tapping in from close range – a well deserved goal for the veteran’s huge efforts at midfield. Ballymac had the better of the action in the third quarter after the goals had gone in though, and scored points from Paudie McCarthy (2), Cian Counihan and Gene Griffin to stay within reach. They could’ve reduced the gap further, but for the efforts of Tony Lyons who stopped Gene Griffin’s shot from point blank range. With 15 minutes remaining, Laune Rangers led by 2-8 to 0-9.

Colm O’Shea added another pointed free for Rangers, but Vinny Horan followed up a well taken point from play with another well hit 45. The final minutes were almost exclusively played in the Laune Rangers half as the visitors struggled to get into the middle third, although their play at the back – while nail-biting for their supporters – was calm and assured. Laune Rangers held out, and scored a third goal as time expired. Much like the previous goals, a tap in by Colm O’Shea was sufficient after John O’Shea’s fisted effort came back off the bar. Eanna Reidy pointed for the hosts before the final whistle. Full Time Score:- Ballymacelligott 0-12, Laune Rangers 3-9.

Laune Rangers pick up an important two points in the County League and in doing so, subject Ballymac to their first loss of the season in the competition. Vinny Horan and Paudie McCarthy stood out for the hosts with some great points, while Aidan Breen and Cian Counihan played well also. The return of Kieran Crowley and Mikey O’Sullivan for Rangers was timely. The uber-experience of John Sheehan and Mike Frank Russell was crucial when needed most, while John Tyther seemed to cover every blade of grass.

Round 8 of the County League takes place on the weekend of 15th/16th July, with Laune Rangers hosting Fossa.

Ballymacelligott:- Padraig Laide, Liam Dunne, Connie Reynolds, Mike Herlihy, Mike Reidy, Luke Sweeney, David Long, Cian Counihan (0-1), Daniel O’Shea, Vinny Horan (0-3), Aidan Breen (0-2), Paudie McCarthy (0-4), Eanna Reidy (0-1), Gene Griffin (0-1), Daragh O’Regan. Subs: William Casey, Stephen Bermingham.

Laune Rangers:- Tony Lyons, Ronan Sayers, Johnny Carey, Aidan Cox, Patrick Carey, Kieran Crowley, Michael O’Sullivan, Shane McSweeney, John Sheehan (1-0), David Costelloe (0-1), Jack O’Connor (0-1), John Tyther (0-1), Michael F Russell (0-1), Connor Clarke (1-2), Colm O’Shea (1-3).

County Senior Football League Division Three Round 6:- Laune Rangers vs Na Gaeil. 17-06-2017

posted 18 Jun 2017, 08:58 by Laune Rangers

Defeat at home to Na Gaeil

Laune Rangers 2-9, Na Gaeil 1-14

Glorious Sunshine awaited the squads and supporters at JP O’Sullivan Park on Saturday evening, where Laune Rangers were defeated by visiting Tralee side Na Gaeil in the County SFL Division Three.

Na Gaeil opened the scoring in the first minute with a point from Kieran O’Donovan, but Laune Rangers were much better in the opening minutes as their first score gave them the lead with Jack O’Connor finishing a great run by kicking the ball to the bottom corner of the net for a goal. This was followed by long range points by Mike Frank Russell and John Sheehan to put Rangers ahead by 4. Diarmuid Herlihy and Mike Griffin pointed for the visitors before Jack O’Connor added a point to see Laune Rangers lead by 1-3 to 0-3 after fifteen minutes.

The second quarter was relatively evenly balanced with both sides putting a number of shots wide. Two Colm O’Shea frees were met by points from Mike Griffin (free) & Eoin Walsh to leave a goal between the sides at the break, although they may have gone in level as Na Gaeil’s Andrew Barry rattled the back stanchion but outside of the post in the 20th minute. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-5, Na Gaeil 0-5.

The third quarter was completely dominated by Na Gaeil. An early pointed free by Mike Griffin was cancelled out by Connor Clarke for Rangers before Diarmuid Herlihy followed up a point with goal for his side as the corner forward got his fist to a high ball directing it to the net. Darragh Carmody (2 frees), Jamie Lowham and Jack Carmody all pointed to see Na Gaeil leading by 1-11 to 1-6 with a quarter to play.

Laune Rangers fought back again and scored their second goal as Connor Clarke smashed the ball to the net following a quick free that caught everybody off guard. A Colm O’Shea point for Rangers was followed by a wonder point by Mike Frank Russell to tie the game up with five minutes to play. A Colm O’Shea free put Rangers ahead but it was quickly matched by Darragh Carmody for Na Gaeil, and the visitors showed great nerve to score two points in injury time through Jack Carmody and Jamie Lowham, while Tony Lyons got enough contact on a late shot at goal to force the ball onto the crossbar. However, Na Gaeil had enough done to take both League points back to Tralee. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-9, Na Gaeil 1-14.

Having taken the lead with a few minutes left, Laune Rangers will be disappointed to have lost this game, & will hope that they won’t be ruing those lost points at the end of the year. Laune Rangers remain mid-table with Na Gaeil right in contention in the race for promotion. Laune Rangers travel to table-topping Ballymacelligott in round 7 on July 1st.

Laune Rangers:- Tony Lyons, Ronan Sayers, Johnny Carey, Pierce Tyther, Patrick Carey, Aidan Cox, Neil O’Brien, Shane McSweeney, John Sheehan (0-1), Jack O’Connor (1-1), Michael F Russell (0-2), David Costelloe, Connor Clarke (1-1), John Tyther, Colm O’Shea (0-4). Subs: Shane Daly, Daniel Macbeth, John O’Shea.

Na Gaeil: Tadhg O’Neill, Eoghan Sheehy, Dylan Brazil, Colm Lyons, Kieran O’Donovan (0-1), Kieran Dineen, Eoin Walsh (0-1), Eoin O’Neill, Dan O’Connor, Seamus O’Neill, Andrew Barry, Jack Carmody (0-2), Diarmuid Herlihy (1-2), Jamie Lowham (0-2), Mike Griffin (0-3). Subs: Paul Daly, Darragh Carmody (0-3), Donal O’Kelly.

County Senior Football League Division Three Round 5:- Brosna vs Laune Rangers. 10/6/17

posted 10 Jun 2017, 16:50 by Laune Rangers

Rangers pick up win on the road in Brosna

Vital League points earned away from home

 Brosna 0-8, Laune Rangers 1-16

Laune Rangers made the trip to Brosna on Saturday evening in Division Three of the County Senior Football League & came away successful, inflicting the first defeat of the League campaign on their hosts. Among the absentees for Rangers were Crowleys Peter (Kerry Seniors) and Kieran (injured), while Eamon Kiely’s call up to the Kerry Juniors saw him miss out for the hosts.

Laune Rangers had the aid of a strong wind in the first half and made full use of it, scoring six unanswered points in the opening ten minutes. Aidan Cox opened the scoring before Colm O’Shea pointed a free from 40 metres for Rangers. The visitors had an excellent goal chance after 5 minutes, but John Tyther saw a great effort at the top corner slip just by the right post – the ball causing the net behind the goal to ripple so much that many in the stand thought it had gone into the goal. Connor Clarke, Patrick Carey, David Costelloe & Mike Frank Russell all pointed excellently from play to increase Rangers’ lead to six. Tom McGoldrick pointed a free for Brosna to open their account, but Russell, John Sheehan & John Tyther pointed Rangers ahead further to complete a great opening quarter for the visitors. With 17 minutes played, Laune Rangers led Brosna by 0-9 to 0-1.

The wind was proving difficult for both sides to judge in the second quarter, with the defences gaining the upper hand. Tom McGoldrick pointed two great frees against the wind but Mike Frank Russell split the posts with a 45 to see Rangers take a seven point lead into the break, with Rangers having kept the home side scoreless from play in the first 30 minutes. Half Time Score:- Brosna 0-3, Laune Rangers 0-10.

Many onlookers wondered if seven points was enough of a lead to take in to the second half, but it was Rangers that struck first on the resumption as Connor Clarke pointed from a difficult angle. Brosna scored their first point from play in the 32nd minute through Kieran O’Donnell, and followed it up with another from Tom McGoldrick soon after as Rangers struggled a little to clear their lines. Patrick Carey notched what was the point of the game next for Rangers, as he chased down a Shane McSweeney shot that had been caught in the wind before running in along the end line and clipping the ball over the bar. This point was soon cancelled out by Patrick Moriarty for Brosna, but a Laune Rangers goal in the 41st minute took the wind out of the host’s sails – David Costelloe keeping his composure to beat Stephen McAuliffe in the Brosna goal after some great play by his teammates including Shane McSweeney with a great run and Mike Frank Russell. Colm O’Shea struck an excellent free against the wind from a difficult angle before Shane McSweeney finished another good run by punching the ball over the bar to see Rangers lead by 1-14 to 0-6 with a quarter to play.

Colm O’Shea kicked another free from a similar position to his previous one, before Mike Frank Russell was put through by a great pass by Connor Clarke to kick his fourth point of the game – a score that would prove to be Rangers’ last of the evening as Patrick Carey had a shot at goal saved. Kieran O’Donnell and Patrick Moriarty added to their individual tallies to reduce the gap between the sides, but the result was long decided before the final whistle. Full Time Score:- Brosna 0-8, Laune Rangers 1-16.

Brosna missed their key man Eamon Kiely on the evening & could not contain Rangers at stages. Tom McGoldrick and Kieran O’Donnell stood out for the hosts. However, Rangers’ dominant third quarter was the winning of the game as, not alone did they hold the lead they had built with the wind, they increased it further due to some great scoring matched by great defending. Mike Frank Russell rolled back the years and led by example, with some excellent points scored in the first half in particular.

Laune Rangers host Na Gaeil next Saturday in Round 6 of the County League, while Brosna travel to St Michael’s/Foilmore.

Brosna: Stephen McAuliffe, Cillian Fitzmaurice, Shane Fitzmaurice, Maurice O’Keeffe, Flor McAuliffe, Eamon Prendiville, Daniel Fitzgerald, Timmy Finnegan, Shane Curtin, Gerald Nash, Patrick Moriarty (0-2), Kieran O’Donnell (0-2), Adam Barry, Don McAuliffe, Tom McGoldrick (0-4). Sub: Patrick O’Keeffe

Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Ronan Sayers, Johnny Carey, Pierce Tyther, Patrick Carey (0-2), Aidan Cox (0-1), Neil O’Brien, Shane McSweeney (0-1), John Sheehan (0-1), Jack O’Connor, Michael F Russell (0-4), David Costelloe (1-1), Connor Clarke (0-2), John Tyther (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-3). Subs: Shane Daly, Daniel Macbeth, Michael O’Sullivan.

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