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Mid Kerry O'Sullivan Cup FINAL:- Laune Rangers vs Milltown/Castlemaine. 5/11/2017

posted 5 Nov 2017, 15:00 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 5 Nov 2017, 15:19 ]

Laune Rangers Team that faced Milltown/Castlemaine:- Back (L to R): Connor Clarke, Jason Browne, Eamonn Carey, Gavin O'Shea, James Lynch, Jonathan Carey, Colm O'Shea, John Tyther, Jack O'Connor, John Sheehan, Kieran Crowley, Francis Russell, Michael O'Sullivan, Adrian Murphy.  Back (L to R): Pierce Tyther, Fiachra Clifford, Neil O'Brien, Cian O'Shea, Patrick Carey, Shane McSweeney, David Costelloe, Maurice Foley, Michael Francis Russell, Ronan Sayers, Tony Lyons.

Russell rolls back the years with masterclass

Rangers win O’Sullivan Cup to close out the year.

Laune Rangers 0-18, Milltown/Castlemaine 0-7

The 2017 season came to a close for both Laune Rangers and Milltown/Castlemaine on Sunday afternoon as the two clubs faced off in the Mid Kerry O’Sullivan Cup Final in Glenbeigh. The rules of the tournament saw the County League Division One & Two clubs restricted to just 5 of last year’s Mid Kerry Championship teams, whereas the other clubs were allowed their full complement of players. As a result of this, Laune Rangers were installed as pre-tournament favourites and didn’t disappoint, putting in a strong performance in the Final to pick up a rare O’Sullivan Cup title for the club.

Laune Rangers were a couple of players down – Connor Clarke & Shane Daly were injured & Peter Crowley missed out as he flew out to Australia with the Ireland squad on Sunday morning for the International Rules Series. Rangers were stronger from the outset – Jack O’Connor, Mike Frank Russell (2), Colm O’Shea (free), David Costelloe and Shane McSweeney all notching points to see Rangers take a 0-6 to 0-0 lead after 15 minutes.

Jack McCarthy finally got Milltown/Castlemaine on the board in the 16th minute, but this would prove to be his side’s only score of the first half. A 23rd minute Fiachra Clifford point meant that all six starting forwards for Laune Rangers had scored in the opening half and they didn’t let off there, with John Tyther getting in on the scoring with a left footer with David Costelloe (2, 1 45) and Colm O’Shea (free) adding to their tallies before the break. The posting of a solitary point in the half by Milltown was down in no small part to the Rangers full back line of Sayers, Carey and O’Brien with the assured presence of Tony Lyons behind them. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-11, Milltown/Castlemaine 0-1.

Milltown/Castlemaine made some changes at Half Time and it was one of those introductions – John McAuliffe – that opened the second half scoring with a point. It was soon cancelled out, however, by another point by the mercurial Mike Frank Russell who was putting on a display that rolled back the years for Rangers. Derek Twiss and Jack McCarthy kicked well taken points for Milltown, scores by Jack O’Connor, Shane McSweeney and Colm O’Shea (free) left Rangers in the lead by 0-15 to 0-4 with fifteen minutes to play.

Derek Twiss and Mike Frank Russell traded points as Rangers began to ring the changes. Donal Dennehy scored an excellent point from a tight angle for Milltown. Replacement goalkeeper Jason Browne was tested in the air a few times and wasn’t phased in the slightest. Mike Frank Russell brought his tally to 6 points before being called ashore, while John McAuliffe slotted the final score of the game. Final Score:- Laune Rangers 0-18, Milltown/Castlemaine 0-7.

An excellent display for Rangers brought the 2017 season to a close on a bright note. The team’s elder statesmen – John Sheehan, Mike Frank Russell & Tony Lyons – drove their team on from the start ably assisted by the experienced Maurice Foley, Johnny Carey and Kieran Crowley. However, following a superb performance that gave him a return of six points from play, it was Mike Frank Russell that was deservedly awarded the Man of the Match after the game.

Mike Frank and John Sheehan now add an O’Sullivan Cup to the long list of medals they have won in their glittering careers.

Laune Rangers Team:- Tony Lyons, Ronan Sayers, Jonathan Carey, Neil O’Brien, Patrick Carey, Kieran Crowley, John Tyther (0-1), Maurice Foley (capt), John Sheehan, Shane McSweeney (0-2), Jack O’Connor (0-2), Michael F Russell (0-6), David Costelloe (0-3, 1 45’), Colm O’Shea (0-3f), Fiachra Clifford (0-1). Subs used: Pierce Tyther for J Tyther, Eamonn Carey for Costelloe, Jason Browne for Lyons, James Lynch for Clifford, Francis Russell for C O’Shea, Gavin O’Shea for MF Russell.

Milltown/Castlemaine Team:- Joe Daly, Stephen Roche, Kieran Carroll, Tadgh McCarthy, Gavin McKenna, Paul Carroll, Seamus Dowd, Donal Dennehy (capt) (0-1), Jack McCarthy (0-2), Nigel Wrenn, Jerome Flynn, John Blennerhassett, Craig Counihan, Derek Twiss (0-2), Alan Hickey. Subs used: Alan Looney for Dowd, Thady O’Sullivan for McCarthy, Jonathon O’Sullivan for Hickey, John McAuliffe for (0-2).

Maurice Foley accepts the O'Sullivan Cup from Mid Kerry Board Chairman Mike Sayers; Mike Frank Russell collects the Man Of The Match award (with the help of his son Adam) from Laura O'Shea of O'Sullivan's Bar, Glenbeigh.

Mid Kerry Senior Championship Semi Final:- Beaufort vs Laune Rangers. 15/10/17

posted 15 Oct 2017, 11:28 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 15 Oct 2017, 12:01 ]

Laune Rangers line up during the national anthem on Sunday (left to right):- Fiachra Clifford, Tony Lyons, Kieran Crowley, Mike Frank Russell, Ronan Sayers, Shane McSweeney, Patrick Carey, Peter Crowley, Maurice Foley, John Tyther, John Sheehan, David Costelloe, Connor Clarke, Neil O'Brien, Jonathan Carey.

Laune Rangers defeated in Semi Final

Beaufort 0-15, Laune Rangers 0-7

A huge ovation by the home crowd greeted the final whistle on Sunday as defending champions Beaufort booked their place in the Mid Kerry Senior Final, as they picked up their first championship win over Laune Rangers since 1979.

Beaufort got off to a flying start, scoring unanswered points through Liam Carey (3), Mike Breen (2) and Nathan Breen to lead by six points to nil after 10 minutes. Rangers had simply not performed in the opening ten minutes, and the damage done by Beaufort’s attack proved crucial to the rest of the game. Mike Frank Russell made up for an earlier missed free by tapping over Rangers’ opener, but this was cancelled out by a Fergal Hallissey free to leave Beaufort leading by 0-7 to 0-1 after 15 minutes.

The second quarter was a balanced affair as Laune Rangers were unable to eat into the deficit. Mike Frank Russell (2 frees) and Fiachra Clifford points were all nullified by Beaufort through Darragh Coffey, Niall O’Connor and Liam Carey. Mike Moriarty also pulled off an excellent save from Connor Clarke to stop Rangers from halving the gap between the sides. Half Time score:- Beaufort 0-10, Laune Rangers 0-4.

Darragh Coffey and Fiachra Clifford (free) traded points early in the second half before the hosts hit another purple patch, with Fergal Hallissey (free), James O’Reilly, Darragh Coffey and Ciarán Kennedy all pointing, while Rangers added a solitary point through John Tyther to trail by 0-15 to 0-6 with a quarter to play.

Beaufort didn’t score during the final quarter, but they had one goal chance which was cut out by Tony Lyons. However, the home side had more than enough done as Laune Rangers missed a number of chances to claw themselves back into the game. The final whistle was blown to see Beaufort progress to the Mid Kerry Final, where they will meet Glenbeigh/Glencar in the decider. Full Time Score:- Beaufort 0-15, Laune Rangers 0-7.

Beaufort’s first championship win over Rangers for 38 years sees them on course to defend their Mid Kerry title. Meanwhile, the period without a Michael O’Connor Cup for Rangers extends to eleven years – the longest the club has gone without the title since the inception of the Mid Kerry Board.

Beaufort:- Mike Moriarty, Jonathan Kissane, Ger Hartnett, Cormac O’Connor, Padraig O’Sullivan, Mike Breen (0-2), Jame O’Reilly (0-1), Ronan Murphy, Nathan Breen (0-1), Fergal Hallissey (0-2f), Liam Carey (0-4), Ciarán Kennedy (0-1), Niall O’Connor (0-1), Ronan Ferris, Darragh Coffey (0-3). Subs used:- Shane O’Sullivan for P O’Sullivan, Francis Courtney for Coffey, Michael J O’Connor for C O’Connor, Danny Healy for Ferris.

Laune Rangers:- Tony Lyons, Ronan Sayers, Jonathan Carey, Kieran Crowley, Patrick Carey, John Tyther (0-1), Neil O’Brien, John Sheehan, Peter Crowley, Shane McSweeney, Maurice Foley, David Costelloe, Michael F Russell (0-4, 3f), Connor Clarke, Fiachra Clifford (0-2, 1f). Subs used:- Jack O’Connor for O’Brien, Colm O’Shea for Clarke, Eamonn Carey for MF Russell, Cian O’Shea for Costelloe, Pierce Tyther for P Carey, Francis Russell for Clifford.

Mid Kerry Senior Championship Round 1:- Laune Rangers vs Cromane. 30/9/17

posted 30 Sept 2017, 10:10 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 30 Sept 2017, 13:15 ]

Connor Clarke sends the ball to the net past Cromane goalkeeper Paudie McCarthy

Killorglin Derby won by Rangers

Laune Rangers 1-15, Cromane 1-4

The Mid Kerry Senior Football Championship got underway on Saturday afternoon as Laune Rangers hosted Cromane in a Killorglin parish derby in JP O’Sullivan Park.

Cromane got off to the ideal start, as a long diagonal ball from the right flank by Niall Dennehy went all the way to the net, beating Sean O’Sullivan and Rangers goalkeeper Tony Lyons on the way. Points for Rangers by John Tyther and Maurice Foley were each cancelled out by Darren Houlihan – first with a free and then with a 45. Mike Frank Russell had a goal chance that flew over the crossbar before scoring a great point from distance, and a fine Laune Rangers move ended with Shane McSweeney popping the ball over the bar to level the scores at 0-5 to 1-2 with 20 minutes played.

Having missed a number of chances throughout the half, Laune Rangers took the lead for the first time through a John Sheehan point in the 23rd minute but it was cancelled out by a Paul Patrick O’Sullivan free. However, Rangers regained the lead before the break as Mike Frank Russell pointed. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-7, Cromane 1-3.

Darren Houlihan tied the game up once more with a pointed free 4 minutes into the second half. However, they would not score for the remainder of the game as the Rangers engine started to purr. Points from Colm O’Shea (3, 2 frees) and Patrick Carey gave the home side the lead by 0-10 to 1-4 with 15 minutes to play. Peter Crowley scored an excellent point with his left boot from 45 metres while converted frees were added by Colm O’Shea and Mike Frank Russell to increase the hosts’ lead to six points.

Rangers dominance was asserted even further when an excellent move by Rangers through John Sheehan and then Jack O’Connor gave Connor Clarke a chance in front of goal, and the Down man made no mistake – hammering the ball to the net past Cromane ‘keeper Paudie McCarthy in the 54th minute.

A full complement of substitutes were introduced in the final quarter for Rangers, while Cromane made four changes which left the final stages a little disjointed. Mike Frank added his 5th point of the game before his withdrawal, and the final whistle was blown to give Rangers double-digit win in the end. Final Score:- Laune Rangers 1-15, Cromane 1-4.

The early goal for Cromane gave the visitors a big boost in the early stages, but that would be their only score from play in the game. In contrast, Rangers scored 1-11 from play with nine different scorers. A far from perfect performance in the first half saw Rangers squeak into the lead just before the break, but outscored Cromane by 1-8 to 0-1 in the second half to book a Semi Final berth.

Laune Rangers will travel to Beaufort on Sunday, October 15th for the Mid Kerry Senior Football Championship Semi Final.

Laune Rangers:- Tony Lyons, Ronan Sayers, Jonathan Carey, Kieran Crowley, Patrick Carey (0-1), Peter Crowley (0-1), Neil O’Brien, John Sheehan (0-1), Shane McSweeney (0-1), John Tyther (0-1), Maurice Foley (capt) (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-4, 3f), David Costelloe, Michael F Russell (0-5, 1f), Connor Clarke (1-0). Subs: Jack O’Connor for O’Shea, Padraig Murphy for P Crowley, Pierce Tyther for P Carey, Fiachra Clifford for D Costelloe, Eamonn Carey for Russell, James Lynch for Sheehan.

Cromane: Padraig McCarthy, Sean Teahan, Eoghan Walsh, Brendan Foley, Liam Teahan, Mike Houlihan, Finbar Casey, Donnchadh Walsh, Darren Houlihan (0-3, 2f 1 45’), Niall Dennehy (1-0), Emmett Casey, Shane Ahern, Sean O’Sullivan, Paul Patrick O’Sullivan (capt) (0-1f), Micheal O’Shaughnessy. Subs: Eamonn O’Connor for S Teahan, Danny O’Shea for Dennehy, Martin Sweeney for Ahern, Cian O’Keeffe for E Casey.

County Intermediate Football Championship Semi Final:- Laune Rangers vs Templenoe. 23/9/17

posted 23 Sept 2017, 10:43 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 23 Sept 2017, 13:39 ]

Peter Crowley in possession against Templenoe's John Rice during Saturday's Semi Final in Fitzgerald Stadium

Rangers come up just short in Semi Final

Laune Rangers 2-6, Templenoe 1-12

After a titanic battle in Fitzgerald Stadium, Laune Rangers came up just short against Templenoe in the County Intermediate Championship Semi Final on Saturday afternoon. Both sides had absentees for the game – Patrick Clifford missing out for Templenoe, while Rangers had lost both Aidan Cox & Michael O’Sullivan to season ending injuries in the previous month. However, a first Senior start was handed to All Ireland Minor winner Fiachra Clifford, who was one of five Under 21s in the starting team.

Laune Rangers marquee player Peter Crowley led by example and opened the scoring in the 2nd minute with a fine point. However, Templenoe dealt with the conditions better in the early stages, and went on to score six unanswered points to lead by 0-6 to 0-1 with 17 minutes played – Brian Crowley, Adrian Spillane, Stephen O’Sullivan (2) & Killian Spillane (2, 1 free) with the scores for the South Kerry side.

Templenoe were far more efficient in their score taking in the first half, as they only missed the target once in the opening period compared to Rangers’ five wides. Both defences had the upper hand for the second quarter, but Rangers did manage to tack on two pointed frees through Colm O’Shea – the first of coming from a powerful Peter Crowley run at goal that left Kieran O’Neill no option but to foul him to stop the goal – the defender escaping with a yellow card. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-3, Templenoe 0-6.

Templenoe pointed twice through Killian Spillane (free) and Cian Hallissey soon after the restart, but Laune Rangers responded well. Mike Frank Russell kicked a super point before David Costelloe had a shot saved excellently by Shane Cremin. Rangers had another great goal chance as Mike Frank Russell broke the ball at the edge of the square, but there was no-one within reach of the ball to tap it into the empty net. Laune Rangers were playing all the football at this stage, and their persistence soon paid off, when Minor player Patrick Carey showed poise beyond his years to finish to the net for a goal to reduce the deficit to the minimum. With 15 minutes to play, Templenoe led by 0-8 to 1-4.

Mike Frank Russell pointed a free to level the game before Peter Crowley gave Rangers the lead with an excellent left footed point from 50 yards. This lead was short lived, however, as Josh Crowley-Holland tied up the game with an excellent point from a near impossible angle. Templenoe got the stroke of luck in the 53rd minute to put themselves in the ideal position to claim the win – Pat Spillane’s shot taking a decisive deflection off Ronan Sayers (who couldn’t have done much to avoid it) to send the ball to the left side of Tony Lyons, who had committed to diving the opposite direction.

Killian Spillane pointed to increase Templenoe’s lead to beyond a single score and that proved crucial, as Laune Rangers got downfield once more & a Mike Frank Russell shot that dropped short was spilled by Cremin before David Costelloe got his fist to the ball to send it across the goal line. Rangers were now behind by a point as normal time expired.

Stoppages in the second half – including an injury to Adrian Spillane that saw him withdrawn in place of his goal-scoring cousin Pat – meant that there would be 4 additional minutes at the end of the game. However, Rangers would not score again but were caught by the counter-attack of Templenoe. Crowley brothers Brian and Gavin both added points before the final whistle – the latter coming from a shot at goal that was saved by Tony Lyons and forced over the bar. The Final whistle was blown to see Templenoe progress to the County Intermediate Final, where they will meet An Ghaeltacht. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-6, Templenoe 1-12.

While Laune Rangers will be disappointed with the result having had a few missed chances in the game, they can hold their heads high after a spirited effort. They now look towards a Mid Kerry Championship first round tie at home to Cromane next week.

Laune Rangers:- Tony Lyons, Ronan Sayers, Jonathan Carey, Kieran Crowley (c), Patrick Carey (1-0), Peter Crowley (0-2), Neil O’Brien, John Sheehan, Shane McSweeney, John Tyther, Jack O’Connor, Colm O’Shea (0-2f), David Costelloe (1-0), Michael F Russell (0-2, 1f), Fiachra Clifford. Subs: Connor Clarke for O’Shea, Shane Daly for McSweeney, Daniel Macbeth for Russell.

Templenoe:- Shane Cremin, Joseph Sheehan, Gavin Crowley (0-1), Kieran O’Neill, Danny Cahalane, Tadhg Morley, John Spillane, Sean Sheehan, Adrian Spillane (0-1), John Rice, Cian Hallissey (0-1), Teddy Doyle, Stephen O’Sullivan (0-2), Killian Spillane (0-4, 2f), Brian Crowley (0-2). Subs used: Josh Crowley-Holland (0-1), Pat Spillane (1-0).

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

posted 3 Sept 2017, 09:54 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 3 Sept 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

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