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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.