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.