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

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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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