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County Intermediate Championship Group 3 Round 3:- Laune Rangers vs Glenflesk. 15/04/2018

posted 15 Apr 2018, 11:51 by Laune Rangers

Home defeat for Rangers against Glenflesk

Laune Rangers 0-10, Glenflesk 4-11

With the fate of Group Three already decided, Glenflesk made the journey to JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin safe in the knowledge that their place in the Intermediate Championship Semi Finals was secure, while their hosts had an impending relegation playoff in mind.

Laune Rangers’ spate of injuries at the moment meant Rangers were without a number of players. Peter Crowley, Jack O’Connor, David Costelloe, & John O’Shea accompanied Kieran Crowley & Michael O’Sullivan on the injury list.

Glenflesk, for their part, lined out at full strength as they looked to keep their team settled ahead of the Semi Final.

As there was nothing on the line in this game, the game was played at an intensity far from what is expected in Championship football. Ian Roche got enough of a fist on a high ball to put the ball into the net for a Glenflesk goal in the 4th minute - the first score of the game. Dáire Cleary kicked Rangers’ first point, but Glenflesk were intent to keep their momentum going and led by 1-5 to 0-2 with a quarter played – Colm O’Shea with Rangers point and Jeff O’Donoghue, Ian Roche (free), Stephen O’Donoghue, Cian Horan & Darragh Roche (free) scoring for the visitors.

The visitors pointed twice through Jeff O’Donoghue & Chris O’Donoghue in the second quarter, while Rangers responded with frees by Colm O’Shea & Fiachra Clifford and a Dáire Cleary point that just flashed over the crossbar. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-5, Glenflesk, 1-7.

The second half was very one-sided, however. Daniel O’Brien & Ian Roche pointed to increase Glenflesk’s lead, but substitute Cian O’Shea responded with a point for Rangers. Lee O’Donoghue scored two goals to really end the contest, and also added a point while Fiachra Clifford pointed to leave Glenflesk leading by 3-10 to 0-7 with a quarter to play.

Glenflesk hit the net for their fourth goal from the penalty spot through Darragh Roche who also added a point, while Rangers slotted the final three scores of the game with points from John Tyther (an excellent 45 into the breeze), Cian O’Shea and Patrick Carey (free). Full Time Score:- Glenflesk 4-11, Laune Rangers 0-10.

The draw for the relegation playoffs took place on Sunday evening. Laune Rangers have been drawn to play Brosna, while Ardfert will play Gneeveguilla. The losing team from each game will face off in the relegation final.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne, Pierce Tyther, Jonathan Carey (capt), Ronan Sayers, Cathal Doyle, Cormac Johnston, Neil O’Brien, Shane Mangan, Shane Daly, John Tyther (0-1, 45’), Patrick Carey (0-1f), Daragh O’Connor, Fiachra Clifford (0-2, 1f), Colm O’Shea (0-2f), Dáire Cleary (0-2). Subs: Padraig Murphy, Darragh O’Sullivan, Cian O’Shea (0-2), Eamonn Carey, Darragh O’Shea.

Glenflesk:- Roy Kelliher, Gary O’Conoghue, Shane Courtney, Chris O’Donoghue (0-1), Alan Murphy, James McCarrick (capt), Daniel O’Brien (0-1), Kieran Murphy, Jeff O’Donoghue (0-2), Stephen O’Donoghue (0-1), Darragh Roche (1-2, 1 pen), Ciarán O’Mahony, Ian Roche (1-2, 1f), Lee O’Donoghue (2-1), Cian Horan (0-1). Subs: Donal O’Sullivan, Padraig Healy, Felim Jacobs, Kieran A O’Donoghue, Brian O’Donoghue

County Intermediate Championship Group 3 Round 2:- Castleisland Desmonds vs Laune Rangers. 08/04/2018

posted 8 Apr 2018, 10:08 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 8 Apr 2018, 14:29 ]

2nd defeat for Rangers in Intermediate Championship

Away defeat against Castleisland Desmonds puts Rangers in relegation playoff

Castleisland Desmonds 1-16, Laune Rangers 1-8

Laune Rangers are facing into a Championship relegation playoff following a second defeat in Group 3 of the Intermediate Championship against Desmonds in Castleisland on Sunday afternoon. Desmonds had their pitch in pristine condition for the day’s game, but the loss of Peter Crowley to injury was a big blow for Rangers, as John Tyther returned to the starting team in his place.  David Costelloe remained sidelined following the injury he sustained against Ballydonoghue a fortnight ago, while the elbow injury to Kieran Crowley in the same game may have ended his season. 

Laune Rangers actually took the lead from a well taken Shane Mangan point in the first minute, but Desmonds scored five unanswered points in the next 10 minutes through Adam Donoghue, Danny Hickey (2 frees), Thomas Hickey (free) and Cian O’Connor. A 13th minute Daragh O’Connor point for Rangers stopped the one-way run on the scoreboard, but the hosts continued to dominate and added another five in a row through Danny Hickey (3, 1 free), Tomás Lynch & Kieran Brennan. Rangers almost struck the net late in the half, as a good move out of midfield saw Fiachra Clifford feed Dáire Cleary who unselfishly passed the ball across the square, but the ball was just out of reach of the onrushing Jack O’Connor who could only get a toe on it to put it wide. Colm O’Shea did manage to put a free over the bar from the 45 metre line before the short whistle to leave Rangers trailing by 7 at the break. Half Time Score:- Castleisland Desmonds 0-10, Laune Rangers 0-3.

The home side got off to the best possible start to the second half, as veteran full forward Kieran Brennan – a first half replacement for Thomas Hickey – got on the end of a high ball at the edge of the square to find the net. Desmonds goalkeeper Stephen Bartlett came upfield to score a 45 and, after Fiachra Clifford & Luka Brosnan had traded points, Rangers ‘keeper Jason Browne kicked a 45’ of his own. Colm O’Shea pointed a nice score from a difficult angle for Rangers, before Jason Browne dived to make an acrobatic save from a Cian O’Connor shot that seemed destined for the top corner. The resulting 45’ was again scored by home goalkeeper Bartlett but John Tyther clawed another point back for the visitors from a well taken effort to leave Desmonds leading by 1-13 to 0-7 with a quarter to play, as Laune Rangers introduced Darragh O’Sullivan for his Senior debut.

Colm O’Shea and Danny Hickey exchanged frees before Cian O’Connor pointed a free of his own, but Laune Rangers spirits were lifted somewhat by a terrific solo goal by Patrick Carey – the young wing back with an excellent run up the left flank ending with a delightful finish into the top right corner of the net. Cathal Doyle was shown a black card to see his day end and was replaced by Chris Riordan, and a Tomás Lynch point with effectively the last kick of the game saw the home side come away with a fully deserved victory with Rangers creating a couple of late goal chances wth Luck not falling on their side. Full Time Score:- Castleisland Desmonds 1-16, Laune Rangers 1-8.

Results elsewhere – and the ‘head to head’ tie-breaker – leaves Laune Rangers now certain to finish bottom of Group Three and will go into a 4 team relegation playoff. Glenflesk – now guaranteed a path to the Semi Finals – travel to Killorglin in Round Three while Waterville host Desmonds.

Castleisland Desmonds:- Stephen Bartlett (0-2, 2 ‘45’s), David Lynch, Barry Lynch, David Shanahan, Luka Brosnan (0-1), Brian Leonard, Luke Lyons, Pat Fitzgerald (capt), Adam Donoghue (0-1), Tomás Lynch (0-2), Patrick Hickey, Cian D O’Connor (0-2, 1f), Danny Hickey (0-6, 4f), Thomas Hickey (0-1f), Eoin Murphy. Subs: Kieran Brennan (1-1) for T Hickey, Seán Lynch for Murphy, Pa White for Shanahan, Graham O’Connor for C O’Connor.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne (0-1 ‘45’), Neil O’Brien, Jonathan Carey (capt), Ronan Sayers, Patrick Carey (1-0), Cormac Johnston, Cathal Doyle, Shane Daly, Shane Mangan (0-1), Daragh O’Connor (0-1), Jack O’Connor, John Tyther (0-1), Dáire Cleary, Colm O’Shea (0-3, 2f), Fiachra Clifford (0-1f). Subs: Padraig Murphy for J O’Connor, Darragh O’Sullivan for Mangan, Chris Riordan for Doyle (bc rep).

County Intermediate Championship Group 3 Round 1:- Laune Rangers vs Waterville. 31/03/2018

posted 31 Mar 2018, 14:23 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 1 Apr 2018, 14:59 ]

Laune Rangers Team:- Back Row (l to r): John O'Shea, Jason Browne, Shane Daly, Peter Crowley, John Tyther, Jack O'Connor, Jonathan Carey, Colm O'Shea, Eamonn Carey, Cian O'Shea, Padraig Ahern, Michael O'Sullivan, James Lynch, Darragh O'Sullivan, Morgan O'Sullivan, Colm O'Mahony. Front Row (l to r): Fiachra Clifford, Gavin O'Shea, Dáire Cleary, Daragh O'Connor, Shane Mangan, Ronan Sayers, Cathal Doyle, Neil O'Brien, Cormac Johnston, Darragh O'Shea, Kevin O'Sullivan, David Costelloe, Pierce Tyther, Patrick Carey.  (Padraig Murphy missing from photo)

Waterville take the win in Championship

Laune Rangers 0-8, Waterville 0-13

Con Keating Park in Caherciveen was the venue of the Intermediate Championship Round 1 tie between Laune Rangers & Waterville on Saturday evening. Laune Rangers had Peter Crowley back to the team for the first time this season, but had to make do without Kieran Crowley & David Costelloe through injury, while John Tyther was deemed unfit to start also. This saw a host of players make their Championship debut for Rangers as Jason Browne, Cathal Doyle, Daragh O’Connor, Dáire Cleary & Shane Mangan all experienced Club Championship football for the first time in a starting team with an average age of 23.

While the game was played in glorious sunshine, underfoot conditions were far from ideal and made it difficult for both teams to put fluid play together. Rangers took the lead inside of 15 seconds as Dáire Cleary – making his first Senior start – collected the ball from Shane Daly off the throw in and slotted an excellent point. Waterville’s first chance came after 3 minutes but Barry O’Dwyer’s shot at goal was saved excellently by Jason Browne. The sides went point-for-point for most of the first half, with Eoin O’Sullivan and Colm O’Shea trading frees before Shane Daly & Paddy Curran exchanged long range points from play to see Rangers lead by 0-3 to 0-2 with 15 minutes played.

Eoin O’Sullivan tied up the scores with another free for Waterville, but points from Shane Mangan and Dáire Cleary put Rangers ahead by two – Mangan’s shot at goal taking paint off the crossbar as it flashed over, before Cleary slotted a point from a near impossible angle. However, Waterville finished the half strongly and scored points through Jamie O’Sullivan (2) and Cillian Clifford to take the lead by the minimum at the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-5, Waterville 0-6.

Laune Rangers were level 4 minutes after the restart as Colm O’Shea pointed a free, while Barry O’Dwyer & Fiachra Clifford (free) points were the only scores in the remainder of the third quarter as the sides were level at 0-7 a piece with 15 minutes to play.

Waterville were much stronger than Rangers in the final quarter, as the experience of playing together as a group began to shine through. They scored four unanswered points through Jamie O’Sullivan, Barry O’Dwyer (free), Paddy Curran and substitute Keith Moran. Fiachra Clifford reduced the gap to three with a pointed free but Barry O’Dwyer kicked the insurance point with Cillian Clifford adding a point with the last kick of the game to give Waterville the win. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-8, Waterville 0-13.

Best for Waterville were forwards Jamie O’Sullivan and Barry O’Dwyer, while Cormac O’Sullivan made full use of his 6’5” frame with an imposing display at midfield.

For Rangers, Dáire Cleary stepped up to Senior football with ease and played well with limited possession. Carey brothers Johnny and Patrick held the middle of the defence firm with Johnny in particular providing much needed experience at the back.

Laune Rangers face Desmonds in Castleisland on Sunday next, April 8th at 2:30pm in Round 2 of the Group stage of the Championship.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne, Cormac Johnston, Jonathan Carey (capt), Neil O’Brien, Cathal Doyle, Patrick Carey, Ronan Sayers, Shane Daly (0-1), Peter Crowley, Daragh O’Connor, Fiachra Clifford (0-2f), Jack O’Connor, Dáire Cleary (0-2), Shane Mangan (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-2f). Subs used:- John Tyther for J O’Connor, Padraig Murphy for D O’Connor, Cian O’Shea for Colm O’Shea. Patrick O’Dwyer, Cillian Cronin, Micheal Cronin, Michael O’Shea, Fionán Cilfford, Adam O’Dwyer, Cillian Clifford (0-2), Cormac O’Sullivan, Oran Clifford, Fergal Cronin, Jamie O’Sullivan (0-3), Eoin O’Sullivan (0-2f), Barry O’Dwyer (0-3, 2f), Sean C O’Sullivan, Patrick Curran (0-2). Subs: Michael Curran, Keith Moran (0-1).

County Senior Football League Division Three Round 2:- Ballydonoghue vs Laune Rangers. 25/3/18

posted 25 Mar 2018, 14:04 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 25 Mar 2018, 14:38 ]

Laune Rangers win in Ballydonoghue

Rangers pick up their first League points of the season

Ballydonoghue 3-11, Laune Rangers 3-14

Laune Rangers made the 100 kilometre round trip to Coolard in Ballydonoghue on Sunday afternoon for Round 2 of the County Senior Football League, and it was a fruitful journey as they claimed both league points with a come from behind victory. The home side were without Kerry duo Jason Foley and Brian Ó’Seanacháin as well as injured midfielder Martin O’Mahony. Meanwhile, Laune Rangers had to make do without Peter Crowley, Tyther brothers John & Pierce as well as Ronan Sayers on the day.

Although Rangers had the majority of possession and scoring chances in the opening quarter, Ballydonoghue were far more economical with their chances and took an early lead. John O’Shea & Colm O’Shea pointed early scores for Rangers but Paul Kennelly kicked his sides opening point and added a goal from the penalty spot in the 6th minute – Rangers goalkeeper Jason Browne adjudged to have tripped a Ballydonoghue attacker while on the ground after saving a shot at goal. Paul Kennelly added another point soon afterwards to see the home side leading by 1-2 to 0-2 with a quarter played.

Full forward Kennelly continued his fine form by adding his and his team’s third point in the 21st minute, but is was soon answered by Rangers with points from Colm O’Shea (free) and Patrick Carey. Ballydonoghue midfielder Thomas Kennelly added the first of two excellent ‘45’s and Jim Cremin pointed from play for the home side, before a shot from Jack Foley was saved well by Jason Browne in goal for Rangers. Tom Kennelly added his second ‘45’, but Rangers got the final score of the first half as Cathal Doyle kicked an excellent point from distance to see the home side lead by four at the break:- Half Time Score:- Ballydonoghue 1-6, Laune Rangers 0-5.

Laune Rangers were level within two minutes of the restart – Shane Mangan pointing before Patrick Carey finished a great run upfield from wing back with a cool finish past former County minor and U21 goalkeeper Darragh O’Shea. A Jack Foley point for the hosts was cancelled out by a well taken point by Rangers’ Daragh O’Connor – making his first Senior start – and 2017 All Ireland Minor winner Fiachra Clifford pointed a free to put Rangers ahead in the 36th minute. The lead was short lived though, as Jack Foley smashed the ball in to the roof of the net from the edge of the square to regain the lead for Ballydonoghue. It was a double hammer-blow to Rangers, as Rangers’ talismanic defender Kieran Crowley suffered what looked like a serious injury in the lead up to the goal and was replaced. Laune Rangers couldn’t find any luck at the opposite end as Darragh O’Shea pulled off a double save from David Costelloe. The home side added points from veteran forward Padraig Lyons and Paul Kennelly to lead by 2-9 to 1-8 with 45 minutes played.

A pointed free by Colm O’Shea left a goal between the sides, but Rangers were dealt another blow in the 54th minute as they conceded a second penalty of the game – Jason Browne adjudged to have fouled a Ballydonoghue forward after he had punched a loose ball clear. Paul Kennelly stepped up again and delivered the same result as the first time, slotting the ball into the bottom corner. This took the wind out of the Rangers players’ sails and Kennelly added two points (one free) to put the home side 8 points ahead with six minutes of normal time to play – although the injury to Crowley as well as four occasions where Ballydonoghue players went down with cramp/injury in the second half meant that there would be significant injury time added on at the end of the game.

Fiachra Clifford and Colm O’Shea (free) brought Rangers back to within two goals and, with seven additional minutes announced by the referee, there was time for a Rangers resurgence. Patrick Carey palmed the ball into the net for his second goal in the 61st minute, and Rangers had all the momentum. Fiachra Clifford added a free for Rangers before the visitors completed an amazing comeback as Padraig Murphy made full use of his height to get his fist to a ball put into the square by Colm O'Shea, sending it to the net. There was now 6 and a half minutes played of injury time and Rangers wouldn’t have been blamed if they ‘parked the bus’ in front of their own goal. However, play continued and Rangers did the same – Fiachra Clifford putting two between the sides, which left Ballydonoghue searching for a goal. Rangers defence stood strong though, and survived dropping to 14 men for one play as Colm O’Shea was black carded (replaced by his brother Cian once the ball went dead). Rangers maintained their composure and got on the attack again. Minors Daragh O’Connor & Dáire Cleary linked up well for the latter to punch the ball over the bar for the game’s final score, and the final whistle was blown after 10 additional minutes at the end of the second half. Final Score:- Ballydonoghue 3-11, Laune Rangers 3-14.

With the first round of the Club Championship just a week away, this win was a big boost to team morale, and it also gave Rangers two valuable County League points. However, the loss to injury of Kieran Crowley is a big blow to Rangers.

Jim Cremin put a big shift in for the hosts on the day, with Jack Foley always threatening. However, Paul Kennelly carried his side on the day, and ended with a personal tally of 2-6.

With a number of players unavailable to Tim Fleming and his selectors, Laune Rangers put out a young side with 10 players aged 24 or younger in the starting team. Shane Daly edged the midfield battle, fielding some great catches and breaking the ball well for the most part. Fiachra Clifford was excellent in the final quarter in particular, as was Cathal Doyle who turned over possession on a number of occasions. Daragh O’Connor looked like a veteran on his first Senior start, while the management team will be happy with their substitutions as Padraig Murphy & Dáire Cleary scored two key late scores. Stand out performance was that of Patrick Carey though, who pitched in with 2-1 from half back.

Ballydonoghue:- Darragh O’Shea, Billy Foley, Colin O’Mahony, Danny Power, Padraig Enright, Diarmuid Behan, Jack Gogarty, Thomas Kennelly (0-2, 2 45s), Kevin O’Donnell, Jim Cremin (0-1), Eamon Walsh, Jack Behan, Jack Foley (1-1), Paul Kennelly (2-6, 2 pens, 1f), Padraig Lyons (0-1).

Laune Rangers: Jason Browne, Neil O’Brien, Jonathan Carey, Cormac Johnston, Patrick Carey (2-1), Kieran Crowley, Cormac Doyle (0-1), Shane Daly, Jack O’Connor, David Costelloe, Fiachra Clifford (0-4, 2f), Daragh O’Connor (0-1), John O’Shea (0-1), Shane Mangan (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-4, 3f). Subs: Chris Riordan for Crowley, Dáire Cleary (0-1) for J O’Shea, Padraig Murphy (1-0) for Costelloe, Cian O’Shea for Colm O’Shea (bc rep).

Mid Kerry Senior League Round 3:- Laune Rangers vs Glenbeigh/Glencar. 17/03/2018

posted 17 Mar 2018, 07:19 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 17 Mar 2018, 07:27 ]

Cathal Doyle receiving attention from Pa Kilkenny during the Mid Kerry League tie on St Patricks Day.

Glenbeigh/Glencar defeat Laune Rangers in Mid Kerry League

Laune Rangers 2-9, Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-15

A more experienced Glenbeigh/Glencar outfit defeated Laune Rangers in the Mid Kerry Senior League this St Patricks morning, as a strong third quarter for the visitors saw them take the win in Killorglin.

Scores were level after ten minutes at 0-1 a piece as Gavan O’Grady and John O’Shea traded frees, but on the quarter mark, Rangers had taken a four point lead – Gavan O’Grady pointing for Glenbeigh before David Costelloe struck for the first goal of the game, while Costelloe and Jack O’Connor added points to see Rangers lead by 1-3 to 0-2 with 15 minutes played.

However, during an end to end period of the game, Glenbeigh/Glencar had taken the lead themselves by the 19th minute – Fergal Griffin & Jack Brosnan pointing before Gavan O’Grady found the top corner of the net for a great goal. Tommy Cahill increased the lead for the visitors before frees by Colm O’Shea & John O’Shea levelled matters by the 28th minute. Late points for Glenbeigh/Glencar through Tommy Cahill & Kieran Courtney gave the away side the lead at the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-5, Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-7.

Glenbeigh/Glencar dominated the third quarter and scored five unanswered points – Gavan O’Grady, Jason McKenna, Tommy Cahill (free), Micheal Breen and Fergal Griffin with the scores – to open up a seven point lead by the 41st minute. Substitute Dáire Cleary scored his first point at Senior level while Colm O’Shea added a well taken long range point to leave Rangers trailing by 1-7 to 1-13 with a quarter to play.

Laune Rangers played much better in the final 15 minutes. A Colm O’Shea free was followed by Rangers’ second goal of the game, as Shane Mangan finished to the net to reduce the deficit to just two points with 9 minutes to play. However, Glenbeigh held on, and midfielder Fergal Griffin added his fourth and fifth points of the game with Colm O’Shea pointing a free at the other end. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-9, Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-15.

Best for Rangers on the day were Carey brothers Jonathan & Patrick as well as Cormac Doyle who made his first Senior start for the club & David Costelloe who was lively until his withdrawal after picking up a knock.

For Glenbeigh/Glencar, the ever reliable Gavan O’Grady was clinical in front of the posts, while Tommy Cahill and Colin McGillicuddy put in their usual strong performances. However, the stand out player on the day was Fergal Griffin, who contributed five points from midfield.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne, Pierce Tyther, Jonathan Carey, Cormac Johnston, Cathal Doyle, Kieran Crowley, Patrick Carey, John Tyther, Jack O’Connor (0-1), David Costelloe (1-1), Shane Mangan (1-0), Chris Riordan, John O’Shea (0-2f), Padraig Murphy, Colm O’Shea (0-4, 3f). Subs: Eamonn Carey for Riordan, Dáire Cleary (0-1) for J O’Shea, Daragh O’Connor for Murphy, Cian O’Shea for Costelloe, Darragh O’Shea for P Tyther.

Glenbeigh/Glencar: Leon Seidler, Sean Roche, Kieran Doyle, Vincent Hoare, Jack Brosnan (0-1), Stephen O’Sullivan, Shane Riordan, Colin McGillicuddy, Fergal Griffin (0-5), Micheal Breen (0-1), Pa Kilkenny, Tommy Cahill (0-3, 1f), Kieran Courtney (0-1), Jason McKenna (0-1), Gavan O’Grady (1-3, 1f). Subs: Calvin Teahan for McKenna, Kieran Cahalane for Courtney, Daniel O’Loughlin for Breen.

County Senior Football League Division Three Round 1:- Laune Rangers vs Annascaul. 11/3/18

posted 11 Mar 2018, 11:20 by Laune Rangers

Laune Rangers Squad:- Back (l to r): Shane Daly, Patrick Carey, Colm O'Mahony, Jonathan Carey, Jack O'Connor, Adrian Murphy, Jason Browne, Pierce Tyther, James Lynch, John O'Shea, Kieran Crowley, Michael O'Sullivan, Padraig Murphy, John Tyther.  Front (l to r): Oisin Daly, Sean Arthurs, Colm O'Shea, Chris Riordan, David Costelloe, Shane Mangan, Gavin O'Shea, Daragh O'Connor, Cian O'Shea, Eamonn Carey, Darragh O'Shea, Padraig Ahern, Mark O'Connor, Cormac Johnston.  (missing from photo: Dáire Cleary)

Rangers defeated in County League opener

Annascaul deservedly head back west with both League points

Laune Rangers 0-10, Annascaul 1-10

The County Senior Football League got underway on Sunday afternoon, with Laune Rangers hosting Annascaul at JP O’Sullivan Park. A goal early in the first half for the visiting side proved the difference at the final whistle, as a depleted Laune Rangers side took the field without a number of key players including John Tyther who failed a late fitness test to join Ronan Sayers & Neil O’Brien on the sideline.

Annascaul pointed a free through Alan Falvey in the opening minutes, before Colm O’Shea (free) and David Costelloe pointed to give Rangers the lead. However, a 10th minute goal by Annascaul full forward Brian Kennedy regained the lead for the visitors. Alan Falvey and John O’Shea exchanged points before Fionn Coakley pointed a well taken score for Annascaul to give the away side a 1-3 to 0-3 lead after 15 minutes.

Points by John O’Shea, Shane Mangan and Cian O’Shea levelled the scores during the second quarter, but an Alan Falvey free put Annascaul into the lead before the break. The visitors could have had a more imposing lead at the turnaround but for two excellent saves by Rangers goalkeeper Jason Browne. Half Time:- Laune Rangers 0-6, Annascaul 1-4.

Laune Rangers made two substitutions during the break, with Dáire Cleary coming on for his second appearance for the Seniors and Sean Arthurs making his Senior debut.

Annascaul outscored Rangers by 0-3 to 0-1 in the third quarter – Alan Falvey (2, 1 free) & Andrew Finn for the visitors and David Costelloe for Rangers – to see Annascaul lead by 1-7 to 0-7 with 15 minutes to play. Daragh O’Connor was handed his Senior debut early in the second half to join fellow Minors Cleary & Arthurs on the field.

A James Scanlon point was soon cancelled out by debutant Daragh O’Connor, before a stunning effort by David Costelloe rattled the crossbar to deny him an equalizing goal. Chris Riordan pointed for Rangers, but Eamon Hickson and Brian Kennedy gave Annascaul the insurance points in injury time. Another late goal chance for David Costelloe was denied by Tommy Pierce in the Annascaul goal, before Costelloe pointed the last score of the game. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-10, Annascaul 1-10.

It was a disappointing start to the County League for Rangers, as they had to make do without a number of key players. Annascaul, for their part, were excellent on the day. The Hickson brothers were their usual dependable selves, as Alan Falvey took his scores well and Cathal Ferriter was dangerous throughout.

Rangers won’t have to look far for silver lining in this particular dark cloud. With 9 starting players under the age of 25 and three youngsters coming off the bench, it was the youngest Rangers outfit to take the field in years. Johnny Carey & Kieran Crowley – the only two over 30s on the team – provided much needed experience, while Sean Arthurs settled into the pressures Senior defending with ease. The game gave more Senior experience to Dáire Cleary, while Daragh O’Connor also looked very comfortable in his first taste of Senior football. Best for Rangers was Jack O’Connor, who filled in at midfield on the late withdrawal of John Tyther.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne, Pierce Tyther, Jonathan Carey, Cormac Johnston, Patrick Carey, Kieran Crowley, David Costelloe (0-3), Shane Daly, Jack O’Connor, John O’Shea (0-2), Chris Riordan (capt) (0-1), Gavin O’Shea, Cian O’Shea (0-1), Shane Mangan (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-1f). Subs; Sean Arthurs for Pa Carey, Dáire Cleary for Gavin O’Shea, Daragh O’Connor (0-1) for Colm O’Shea, Padraig Murphy for Cian O’Shea, Eamon Carey for Daly.

Annascaul:- Tommy Pierce, Fintan Herlihy, Gearoid O’Shea, Gearoid Lyne, Eamon Hickson (0-1), Jason Hickson, Andrew Finn (0-1), Sean O’Hara, James Ashe, James Scanlon (0-1), Alan Falvey (0-5, 3f), Fionn Coakley (0-1), Genie Farrell, Brian Kennedy (1-1), Cathal Ferriter. Subs: Joe Hoare for Farrell, Huey O’Brien for O’Hara, Bryan McKenna for Falvey.

Mid Kerry Senior League Round 2:- Laune Rangers vs Keel. 25/02/2018

posted 25 Feb 2018, 10:48 by Laune Rangers

The post-match huddle/warmdown following Laune Rangers' win over Keel

Rangers pick up first win of season

Laune Rangers 0-18, Keel 0-14.

Laune Rangers picked up their first points of the Mid Kerry Senior League on Sunday morning, with a four point defeat of Keel in JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin.

Rangers got off to a bright start, and by the time Gary Sayers registered Keel’s first score of the game in the 10th minute with a pointed free, Rangers had already scored four points through Colm O’Shea, John Tyther, Jack O’Connor & an excellent 45’ from David Costelloe, while a Shane Mangan shot at goal had forced a good save by Keel netminder Stephen Cahillane. Shane Daly added a point to see Rangers lead by 0-5 to 0-1 with a quarter played.

The remainder of the first half was more balanced, with points for Rangers coming through Shane Mangan, John O’Shea (2), & Cian O’Shea, while Gary Sayers – lining up on the 40’ and marked by his brother Ronan – added four frees as well as one from play leaving three between the sides at the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-9, Keel 0-6.

Gary Sayers added another free shortly after the restart, but Rangers’ pressure began to draw frees in their favour with Colm O’Shea benefitting by pointing twice from 35 yards. John O’Shea and Gary Sayers traded points before Patrick Carey pointed to finish a fine team move. Another Colm O’Shea free was met by two Keel points as Barth Murphy and Dylan Prendergast added their names to the scoresheet. Dáire Cleary and Darragh O’Shea were introduced to give both players their Senior debuts and Cleary was quick to get his hands on the ball, passing to John O’Shea who kicked a fine point to leave Rangers leading by 0-15 to 0-10 with a quarter to play.

Some stout defending by the Rangers backs – Cormac Johnston and Johnny Carey in particular – snuffed out a few Keel chances, with youngest Carey brother Patrick & David Costelloe providing way out of danger with some great runs. Pa Carey, Shane Daly & Cian O’Shea linked up well to put Cian through on goal, but he couldn’t keep his shot under the crossbar and had to settle for a point. Jack O’Connor increased Rangers lead to 6 points, but Keel began to close the gap with late points from Aaron Murphy (2 frees) and Dylan Prendergast. However, Rangers were able to close out the game, and Colm O’Shea pointed the insurance score from a free to secure the win. Final Score:- Laune Rangers 0-18, Keel 0-14.

In all, it was a good performance by Rangers with a number of players returning to the fold. Thirteen points from play with nine different scorers on the day will give all involved some satisfaction also.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne, Pierce Tyther, Jonathan Carey, Cormac Johnston, Patrick Carey (0-1), Ronan Sayers, David Costelloe (0-1, 45’), Shane Daly (0-1), John Tyther (0-1), John O’Shea (0-4), Fiachra Clifford, Jack O’Connor (0-2), Cian O’Shea (0-2), Shane Mangan (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-5, 4f). Subs: Dáire Cleary for Clifford, Darragh O’Shea for P Tyther, John Lodder Knightly for Sayers, Padraig Murphy for Mangan, Eamonn Carey for Cian O’Shea.

Keel: Stephen Cahillane, Emmet Ashe, David McAssey, John A Cahillane, Gavin Evans, Donal O’Neill, Garreth Prendiville, Martin Burke, Thomas Ladden, Barth Murphy (0-2), Gary Sayers, (0-8, 6f), Dylan Prendergast (0-2), James Sugrue, Aaron Murphy (0-2, 2f), Terry O’Sullivan. Subs: Jason Foley for Sugrue, Tommy Buckley for Burke.

Mid Kerry Senior League Round 1:- Beaufort vs Laune Rangers. 18/02/2018

posted 18 Feb 2018, 10:15 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 18 Feb 2018, 14:22 ]

Beaufort 6-15. Laune Rangers 0-6

Laune Rangers Seniors opened their season on Sunday afternoon with an overwhelming away defeat by Beaufort. The home side fielded a near full strength team that included a dozen of the Mid Kerry Championship winning team from 2017. Laune Rangers handed a Senior debut to goalkeeper Padraig Ahern, and named a number of players who were returning from long term absenses on the team – Cormac Johnston, Chris Riordan, Kevin O’Sullivan, John O’Shea all starting the game for Rangers – as a host of first team regulars were unavailable or rested.

Beaufort controlled the game from the outset, and had 2-6 on the board before Rangers registered their first score with a John O’Shea pointed free. Another Beaufort point was added but John O’Shea (free) and Cian O’Shea kicked the final points of the opening half. Half Time Score:- Beaufort 2-7, Laune Rangers 0-3.

John O’Shea (2, 1 free) and Shane Mangan managed to get points on the board for Rangers during a long second half, as Beaufort drove home their supremacy, scoring four more goals to add further gloss to the scoreline. Full Time Score:- Beaufort 6-15, Laune Rangers 0-6.

Laune Rangers Team:- Padraig Ahern, Ronan Sayers, Cormac Johnston, Pierce Tyther, John Tyther, Chris Riordan, Kevin O’Sullivan, Shane Daly, Shane Mangan (0-1), John O’Shea (0-4, 3f), Padraig Murphy, David Costelloe, Cian O’Shea (0-1), Colm O’Shea, Eamonn Carey. Subs used: John Lodder Knightly for Riordan, Gavin O’Shea for Carey, James Lynch for Colm O’Shea

Mid Kerry Under 21 Championship Semi Final:- Laune Rangers vs Milltown/Castlemaine. 04/02/2018

posted 5 Feb 2018, 13:14 by Laune Rangers

Milltown advance to Under 21 Final

Laune Rangers 1-10, Milltown/Castlemaine 1-11

Milltown/Castlemaine will progress to the Final of the 2018 Mid Kerry Under 21 Championship after defeating Laune Rangers in the Semi Final in Killorglin on Sunday.

The awful weather of the previous few days cleared up to allow the game be played in glorious sunshine, but unfortunately the ground had insufficient time to dry up so the underfoot conditions were less than ideal.

Milltown/Castlemaine got off to a great start, and led by 0-6 to 0-1 after fifteen minutes – Dylan O’Neill (4, 3 frees), Gavin McKenna and Sean Hogan all pointing for the visitors while Dáire Cleary slotted a free for Rangers. Fiachra Clifford and Dylan O’Neill exchanged frees before Dáire Cleary reduced the gap between the sides with two points (1 free). However, a late David Roche point for Milltown/Castlemaine gave the away side the impetus going in at the interval. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-4, Milltown/Castlemaine 0-8.

Points for Craig Counihan and Kieran Griffin for Milltown were soon cancelled out by Dáire Cleary and Cian O’Shea points with O’Shea’s point particulary eye catching as he kicked from a tight angle & off-balance. However, the game’s main talking point game in the 37th minute as, with Milltown is possession with a free in the middle of the field, the referee’s whistle blew sharply as the man in charge ran towards the Rangers goal and awarded a penalty to Milltown/Castlemaine for something seen only by the officials in the square. Dylan O’Neill duly dispatched the spot kick to give his side a seven point lead. This somewhat took the wind out of the sails of the Laune Rangers players, with a solitary free by Fiachra Clifford the only response the hosts could muster in the third quarter. With a quarter to play, Milltown/Castlemaine led by 1-10 to 0-7.

Rangers were awarded another free in the 47th minute, with Fiachra Clifford slotting from long range as Rangers’ strong claims of jersey pulling and holding in the square were waved off. Another Clifford free was followed by a goal for Rangers to put just a point between the sides – Dáire Cleary with a mazy run up the left flank before the forward passed across the goal for Cian O’Shea to get his fist in among a number of Milltown defenders to send the ball to the net. Dáire Cleary levelled the scores in the 57th minute and it looked like extra time was inevitable. However, a late free in front of the Rangers goal was awarded to Milltown/Castlemaine, and Dylan O’Neill tapped over with ease. The final whistle was blown on the kickout to see Milltown/Castlemaine take their place in the Final to play Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-10, Milltown/Castlemaine 1-11.

Laune Rangers:- Padraig Ahern, Pierce Tyther, Neil O’Brien, Darragh O’Shea, Sean Arthurs, Patrick Carey, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Darragh O’Sullivan, John O’Grady, David Mangan, Fiachra Clifford (0-4f), Daragh O’Connor, Cian O’Shea (1-1), Daniel Whittleton, Dáire Cleary (0-5, 3f).  Squad: Adrian Murphy, Gabriel Griffin, Ronan O'Shea, Eoin Clifford, Patrick Daly, Jamie Clifford, Mark O'Connor.

Milltown/Castlemaine, Cormac Leane, Tadgh McCarthy, Ciarán O’Connor, Roan Hegarty, David Leane, Gavin McKenna (0-1), Killian Kerins, Padraig O’Reilly, David Roche (0-1), John Dennehy, Eoin O’Brien, Dylan O’Neill (1-6, 1pen 5f), Mike Dennehy, Sean Hogan (0-1), Craig Counihan (0-1). Subs: Kieran Griffin (0-1) for E O’Brien, Aaron O’Brien for Griffin.

Christy Kissane Memorial Cup - Laune Rangers vs Kingdom Kerry Gaels. 3/2/2018

posted 3 Feb 2018, 09:33 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 3 Feb 2018, 12:56 ]

Laune Rangers Squad in Christy Kissane Cup:- Back Row (L to R): Eamonn Carey, Shane Daly, James Lynch, Jack O'Connor, Colm O'Mahony, Jonathan Carey, Cormac Johnston, Gavin O'Shea, Cathal Doyle, Ronan Sayers.  Front Row (L to R): Colm O'Shea, Shane McSweeney, John Tyther, Shane Mangan, David Costelloe, Kevin O'Sullivan, John O'Shea, Chris Riordan, Jason Browne.

Kingdom Kerry Gaels take Christy Kissane Cup

The 2nd Annual Christy Kissane Cup was played out on Saturday, February 3rd as Laune Rangers hosted Kingdom Kerry Gaels in Cloon. The full tournament was unfortunately cancelled early in the week as the unrelenting weather caused the closure of pitches.

Christy’s beloved Kingdom Kerry Gaels made the journey for the event and were driven to carry the silverware back to London with them. It was also Laune Rangers’ first game of 2018 with the management team at the helm. However, Rangers were without an array of first team players as the Under 21s had a Mid Kerry Semi Final ahead of them 24 hours later, with a number of others out injured.

Kingdom Kerry Gaels got off to a great start with a goal in the 2nd minute, but the first half in general was evenly balanced & just a point separated the sides at the break – John Tyther, Colm O’Shea (free) and Shane Mangan points added to a Colm O’Shea goal. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-3, Kingdom Kerry Gaels 1-3.

The beginning of the second half saw a heavy shower of hail during which time KKG scored two goals that were missed by the majority of spectators that had scurried for shelter! The hail subsided for the remainder of the game but KKG did not relent and, apart from a John Tyther penalty that was excellently dispatched in a mud-bath of a goal area, the Londoners were the better side for the final stages of the game. A fourth goal for KKG secured the win on a Final Score:- Laune Rangers 2-6, Kingdom Kerry Gaels 4-7.

After the Christy Kissane Cup spent the first year of its existence on the banks of the Laune, it now rather fittingly embarks across the pond the spend 2018 in London in the grasp of the Club so beloved by the man it is dedicated to. We hope to see Kingdom Kerry Gaels again in 2019 for the chance to win it back!

Laune Rangers squad:- Jason Browne, Ronan Sayers, Johnny Carey, Cormac Johnston, James Lynch, Chris Riordan, Colm O’Mahony, Jack O’Connor, Shane Daly, Colm O’Shea, Shane McSweeney, John Tyther, David Costelloe, Shane Mangan, Eamonn Carey, John O’Shea, Gavin O’Shea, Kevin O’Sullivan, Cathal Doyle.

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