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County Senior Football League Division Three Round 7:- Laune Rangers vs Brosna. 17/6/18

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Laune Rangers 0-11, Brosna 2-16

Brosna visited Laune Rangers on Sunday afternoon and the result of this County League Divison Three tie was known at an early stage. Of course, the sides had already met this season with the North Kerry side winning the Championship relegation playoff semi final seven weeks ago, and they had 12 of the same starting team available to them on Sunday, while Rangers had just 6 of the side that faced Brosna in that Championship game.

Brosna led by 1-4 to 0-1 after 15 minutes as Don McAuliffe, Tom McGoldrick (2 frees) & Patrick Moriarty points as well as a Mike Finnegan goal gave the visitors a commanding lead with Eamonn Carey providing the sole reply for Rangers.

Brosna continued to press home their advantage in the second quarter. Two Colm O’Shea points for Rangers (1 free) were met by Don McAuliffe & Eamon Kiely & Tom McGoldrick points for Brosna before the visitors scored their second goal of the game – Adam Barry rattling the top corner of the net from 20 yards with a fantastic finish. Mike Finnegan, Kieran O’Donnell & Tom McGoldrick (45’) increased the lead further as Gavin O’Shea scored the final point of the half for Rangers. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-4, Brosna 2-10.

Brosna kept up their intensity at the beginning of the second half as Mike Finnegan (3), Tom McGoldrick & Kieran Horan all pointed as Colm O’Shea added a point to the home side’s tally to leave Brosna leading by 2-15 to 0-5 with 15 minutes to play.

Laune Rangers kept their heads up on continued to battle until the final whistle. Kieran Doona (2), James Lynch & Colm O’Shea (2 frees) pointed to double the side’s tally on the scoreboard. Eamon Kiely added a point for Brosna before Pierce Tyther got upfield to score the final point of the game. Final Score:- Laune Rangers 0-11, Brosna 2-16.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne, Darragh O’Shea, Jonathan Carey, Pierce Tyther (0-1), Ronan Sayers, Chris Riordan (capt), Michael O’Sullivan, Jack O’Connor, Shane Daly, Eamonn Carey (0-1), Kieran Doona (0-2), Dáire Cleary, Cian O’Shea, Gavin O’Shea (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-5, 4f). Subs: Colm O’Mahony, Patrick Daly, James Lynch (0-1), John O’Shea. Brosna:- Steve McAuliffe, Gerard Nash, Shane Fitzmaurice, Maurice O’Keeffe, Daniel Fitzgerald, Eamon Kiely (0-2), Peter Curtin, Timmy Finnegan, Shane Curtin, Adam Barry (capt) (1-0), Mike Finnegan (1-4), Kieran O’Donnell (0-1), Patrick Moriarty (0-1), Don McAuliffe (0-2), Tom McGoldrick (0-5, 3f). Subs: Cillian Keane, Kieran Horan (0-1), Denis McAuliffe.


County Senior Football League Division Three Round 6:- Listry vs Laune Rangers. 10/6/18

posted 10 Jun 2018, 09:25 by Laune Rangers

Listry 3-10, Laune Rangers 1-11

Listry hosted Laune Rangers on Sunday afternoon in the County Senior Football League, and the home side came out on top to claim the all important League points. Listry were without Barry Keane on the day, but had two former Kerry Minors in their full forward line in Gary O’Sullivan & Ronan Buckley. Laune Rangers, on the other hand, were without up to 15 of this year’s squad as injury, inter-County duty, exams, & summer migration have all taken their toll.

Listry got off to a lightning start, scoring goals with their first two possessions through Cain Bradley and Gary O’Sullivan. This took the wind out of the Rangers, but they started to create some chances. Dáire Cleary scored two points for Rangers, although Ronan Buckley also put the ball over for Listry’s first point. Rangers were wasteful with their chances in the first quarter, with five wides stopping the scoreline from getting any closer to parity. With 15 minutes played, Listry led by 2-1 to 0-2.

Derry Ahern added to Listry’s lead with a point, but Rangers responded well with points from Podge Murphy and Dáire Cleary. The home side were quite wasteful in the second half, with two goal chances flashing wide with 4 more point attempts sailing wide. They did add on two more points before the break, however, with Ronan Buckley & Gary O’Sullivan scoring to see their side go in with a lead of two clear goals at the short whistle. Half Time Score:- Listry 2-4, Laune Rangers 0-4.

Laune Rangers would have hoped to begin the second half better than they had the first, but Listry had other ideas and had the ball in the net for a third time with the opening play – corner back Danny Wrenn finishing a good run with an excellent finish. John O’Shea and Joseph Clifford traded points to maintain the three goal difference, but Rangers rattled the net themselves in the 40th minute. Dáire Cleary struck the net for a great finish, but saw it called back as the referee had blown for a penalty in the lead up. Cleary stepped up to the penalty spot himself and struck the top corner of the net. Anthony Sweeney (free) and Joseph Clifford points bookended points by Rangers’ John O’Shea and Dáire Cleary to see Listry leading by 3-7 to 1-7 with a quarter to play.

Listry scored three unanswered points through Cain Bradley, Derry Ahern & Aaron McCarthy put an end to any chance of a Rangers comeback, but Rangers kept their heads up & went in search of scores to close the gap. Dáire Cleary pointed four times (2 frees) to bring his own tally to 1-8, but the final whistle was blown to give Listry the win. Full Time Score:- Listry 3-10, Laune Rangers 1-11.

The consistancy of playing together gave Listry a distinct advantage on the day, as Laune Rangers are yet to put the same 15 on the field in successive games this season. Best for Listry was Cain Bradley who scored 1-1 from wing back while Gary O’Sullivan was dangerous throughout.. Best for Rangers was Dáire Cleary who was outstanding for Rangers in attack. Meanwhile the midfield of Shane Daly & Jack O’Connor – both of whom were returning from injury – put in a big effort while Kieran Doona showed no signs of rustiness on his return to Senior County League football..

Listry:- Colm Counihan, Danny Wrenn (1-0), Kieran Murphy, Kevin Courtney, Billy O’Brien, Anthony Kennedy, Cain Bradley (1-1), Jimmy O’Leary, Stephen Brosnan, Derry Ahern (0-2), Anthony Sweeney (0-1f), Aaron McCarthy (0-1), Gary O’Sullivan (1-1), Ronan Buckley (0-2), Joseph Clifford (0-2). Subs: Darragh O’Shea, Brian Kennedy, Cian O’Donoghue, Paudie Horgan.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne, Ronan Sayers, Jonathan Carey, Cormac Johnston, Kevin O’Sullivan, Chris Riordan, Michael O’Sullivan, Jack O’Connor, Shane Daly, John O’Shea (0-2), Kieran Doona, Dáire Cleary (1-8, 1p 3f), Eamonn Carey, Padraig Murphy (0-1), Colm O’Shea. Subs: Pierce Tyther, Darragh O’Shea, Gavin O’Shea, Patrick Daly.

County Senior Football League Division Three Round 5:- Laune Rangers vs St Pats Blennerville. 27/5/18

posted 27 May 2018, 09:42 by Laune Rangers

Rangers & Pats draw in County League

Late comeback by Rangers almost steals the win but Pats rescue a point


Laune Rangers 1-10, St Patricks Blennerville 0-13

Points were shared in JP O’Sullivan Park on Sunday afternoon, as Laune Rangers came back from five behind to earn a draw with St Pats of Blennerville. Laune Rangers continue to be affected by injuries, with Jack O’Connor joining the growing list of side-lined players and Rangers lined out with 7 players aged 20 or younger in the starting team. St Pats were pretty much at full strength on the day, although they travelled to Killorglin with only 19 players.

Scores were at a premium in the early stages, as the sides hit two points each in the first 10 minutes – Colm O’Shea (free) and an excellent Dáire Cleary point for Rangers with Liam O’Sullivan and Willie Hurley pointing for the visitors. Pats then almost raised a green flag as Gary Savage forced a great save from Jason Browne, but he reacted well to the rebound and got enough on it to put it over the bar. Brendan Poff and Breandáin Savage both added further points for Pats to leave the visitors leading by 0-5 to 0-2 with 15 minutes played.

A pointed free by Colm O’Shea was soon cancelled out by a point from Willie Hurley, as Laune Rangers came close to scoring a goal – Pierce Tyther ghosting up the field from corner back and getting through on goal only to see his shot go just wide of the left post. Fiachra Clifford pointed a free for Rangers, but St Pats added points from Gary Savage & David O’Callaghan to extend their lead. Rangers created another goal chance late on in the half, but Cian O’Shea’s shot was saved well by Paudi Bailey who deflected the ball over the bar. Colm O’Shea pointed another free to see Rangers heading in at the break trailing by two points. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-6, St Pats 0-8.

St Pats dominated the third quarter, outscoring Rangers by 0-4 to 0-1 to increase their lead to five points – Willie Hurley (3 frees) & David O’Callaghan for Pats & Cian O’Shea for Rangers to see the Blennerville men in the lead by 0-12 to 0-7 with 15 minutes to play.

Laune Rangers upped their game for the final quarter, as they showed great tenacity and perseverance to stage a great fightback. It began as Jason Browne split the posts with a great 45, while substitute John O’Shea pointed well shortly afterwards. A super Shane Daly point reduced the gap to two points before Dáire Cleary scored an excellent goal to give Rangers the lead – the Minor player turning his marker at the dressing room corner of the pitch, carrying the ball in along the line and finishing to the net.

Credit to St Pats, they reacted in the best possible way and worked the ball downfield to level the game up within 90 seconds as Brendan Poff pointed. There would be no further score and the final whistle was blown to see the spoils shared. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-10, St Pats 0-13.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne (0-1 45’), Pierce Tyther, Jonathan Carey, Neil O’Brien, Patrick Carey, Chris Riordan (capt), Cormac Johnston, Shane Daly (0-1), Darragh O’Sullivan, Fiachra Clifford (0-1f), John Tyther, Dáire Cleary (1-1), Cian O’Shea (0-2), Colm O’Shea (0-3f). Subs: John O’Shea (0-1) for D O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Sullivan for Colm O’Shea, Ronan Sayers for Cian O’Shea.

St Patrick’s: Paudi Bailey, Luke Mulligan, Tommy Lynch, Cillian O’Riordan, Liam Poff, Kieran Dwyer, Sean Dowling, Liam O’Sullivan (0-1), Paul McMahon, Brendan Poff (0-2), Breandáin Savage (0-1), Gary Savage (0-2), David O’Callaghan (0-2, 1f) (capt), Willie Hurley (0-5, 3f) Shane Doyle.


County Intermediate Championship Relegation Final:- Laune Rangers vs Gneeveguilla. 06/05/2018

posted 6 May 2018, 10:14 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 8 May 2018, 15:06 ]

Laune Rangers Senior Squad coming off the field past applauding supporters following their crucial victory on Sunday afternoon

Intermediate Status saved for Rangers

They survive a major scare in Lewis Road to pull through at the end


Laune Rangers 1-13, Gneeveguilla 1-11

Laune Rangers have survived in the Intermediate Championship following victory over Gneeveguilla in the Relegation playoff in a sunny Lewis Road, Killarney on Sunday afternoon. Rangers welcomed back Peter Crowley to the fold on the day following an injury that had curtailed him for the previous five weeks. The ruling out of David Costelloe to injury before the game was a blow to Rangers, however.

Laune Rangers, playing into a stiff breeze in the first half, got off to a nightmare start, as Gneeveguilla – themselves a Senior and Division 1 Club in this decade – got the first point of the game and were awarded a penalty in the third minute which was duly dispatched with Con Buckley getting both scores for his side. However, Rangers regrouped and, after two Colm O’Shea frees had drifted wide against the breeze, they were level by the quarter mark, with Shane Daly, Dáire Cleary, Fiachra Clifford (free) & Colm O’Shea (free) scoring in succession to see their side back on parity at 0-4 to 1-1 with 15 minutes played.

Gneeveguilla responded to get ahead again as Shane Crowley and Don Murphy pointed for the East Kerry side. However, Laune Rangers were now putting together some good play and were creating scoring chances as a result. They found it difficult to convert those chances to scores though, and a fisted John Tyther point following a fine run was cancelled out by Cornelius Buckley for Gneeveguilla. Buckley added a further two points to increase his side’s lead to four points, but Rangers were still creating chances. Fiachra Clifford pointed after Dáire Cleary saw his initial shot blocked on way to goal, & Colm O’Shea added a free shortly after. Con Buckley slotted a free in injury time to bring his personal tally to 1-5 and increasing Gneeveguilla’s lead to 3 heading into the dressing rooms at the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-7, Gneeveguilla 1-7.

Colm O’Shea opened the second half scoring with a long range free, but three unanswered points for Gneeveguilla by Don Murphy & Con Buckley (2, 1 free) saw the men from Sliabh Luachra leading by five points. Fiachra Clifford pointed an excellent score & Colm O’Shea nailed another long range free for Rangers to leave Laune Rangers trailing by 1-10 to 0-10 with 15 minutes to play.

Laune Rangers dominated the final quarter as the young players – six of whom are Under 19 – all stepped up to win their individual battles. Colm O’Shea pointed his fifth free of the game to take Rangers to within two points of Gneeveguilla before the decisive score of the game came for Rangers in the 49th minute. Darragh O'Sullivan put an appetizing ball into the right corner forward position in search of Dáire Cleary, who in turn won it well. Cleary beat his marker and made a driving run for goal, before passing at the most opportune time to Patrick Carey who rattled the top corner of the net for a stunning goal. This put Rangers ahead for the first time in the game and they never looked back from there. Darragh O’Sullivan tapped over to increase the lead following a good run, and Fiachra Clifford left Rangers three ahead in the 58th minute with a pointed free. Con Buckley pointed a free for Gneeveguilla following a Patrick Carey foul that saw him black carded, but the Rangers defence held firm from there to secure the win. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-13, Gneeveguilla 1-11.

Having lost 9 starting players from last year’s team, & losing Peter Crowley for most of the club championship campaign, it was a tough month for Rangers in the club Championships. However, a massive silver lining in this particular dark cloud is the number of young players coming through into the Senior team – Dáire Cleary, Daragh O’Connor and Seán Arthurs are all members of our current Minor team and have all made an immediate impact, while Darragh O’Sullivan has joined Patrick Carey and Fiachra Clifford from last year’s Minor team in the starting lineup. Indeed, only 4 players over 25 took part for Rangers on the day. The stand out player for Rangers was John Tyther, who covered the whole park, and his move to centre back for the second half allowed Peter Crowley move to midfield and drive forward from there.

Best for Gneeveguilla was Cornelius Buckey, who finished with 1-8 on the day (0-4 from play), while Pa Warren and Eoghan Lawlor stood out from the back division.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne, Ronan Sayers, Jonathan Carey (capt), Cormac Johnston, Patrick Carey (1-0), Peter Crowley, Neil O’Brien, Shane Daly (0-1), Darragh O’Sullivan (0-1), Daragh O’Connor, Jack O’Connor, John Tyther (0-1), Fiachra Clifford (0-4, 2f), Colm O’Shea (0-5, 5f), Dáire Cleary (0-1). Subs: Seán Arthurs for O’Brien, Pierce Tyther for Sayers, Cathal Doyle for P Carey (bc rep).

Gneeveguilla:- Patrick O’Riordan, Darren Brosnan, Eoghan Lawlor, Philip Cremin, Shane Crowley (0-1), Patrick Warren, Kevin Coughlan, Padraig O’Connor, Don Murphy (0-2), Padraig Doyle, Michael Murphy, Conor Herlihy, Michael Fleming, Cornelius Buckley (1-8, 4f), Jack Cremin.  Subs: Jamie Brosnan, DJ Murphy, Sean O'Keeffe, Shane O'Sullivan.

County Intermediate Championship Relegation Semi Final:- Laune Rangers vs Brosna. 29/04/2018

posted 29 Apr 2018, 10:19 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 29 Apr 2018, 15:21 ]

Rangers on the brink of relegation to Junior Championship

Defeat to Brosna leaves a final game against Gneeveguilla to decide their fate


Laune Rangers 1-11, Brosna 2-11

Laune Rangers are an hour away from relegation to Junior Championship football following defeat to Brosna in the playoff Semi Final in Farranfore on Sunday afternoon.

There was nothing between the sides in the first half as every time Laune Rangers worked a score at one end, Brosna would reply in kind at the other. Jack O’Connor scored the first point of the game in the 4th minute, but Brosna responded through a pointed Tom McGoldrick free. Colm O’Shea (free) and Fiachra Clifford put Rangers two ahead but Patrick Moriarty got one back for Brosna to leave Laune Rangers leading by 0-3 to 0-2 with a quarter played.

Tom McGoldrick pointed another free to level the scores before Brosna’s Mike Finnegan had a shot at goal saved well by Jason Browne and Neil O’Brien took the rebound out of danger. Points were traded during the second quarter by David Costelloe & Jack O’Connor for Rangers and Mike Finnegan & Tom McGoldrick for Brosna, before first half substitute Daragh O’Connor nudged Rangers in front with a well taken point. However, deep in first half stoppage time, Eamon Kiely equalized again to see the sides head in at the break all square. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-6, Brosna 0-6.

Rangers took the lead in early in the second half through a pointed Colm O’Shea free, before a goal for the Killorglin men put them ahead by four – Fiachra Clifford’s kick into the small square apparently beating everyone including the incoming Colm O’Shea and dropping straight into the net.

Laune Rangers then introduced Dáire Cleary, but it was at the cost of Jack O’Connor who was forced off having put in a big effort up to that point. Brosna’s response to going four behind was both quick and effective, as Patrick Moriarty stopped a wayward shot from going out and put the ball across the square, where Darren Horan got a fist to it for a goal. They added a point through Tom McGoldrick to level the game up again, as the sunshine that had drenched Eamon O’Sullivan Park was replaced by a shower of heavy hail. Patrick Moriarty pointed to give Brosna their first lead of the game in the 42nd minute, but points from Colm O’Shea (2, 1 free) and Patrick Carey had Rangers back ahead by 1-10 to 1-8 with a quarter remaining.

Brosna were soon level, as Maurice O’Keeffe got upfield to score and Tom McGoldrick added a free to level matters, as Brosna seemed to react better to the change in weather conditions. The decisive score of the game came in the 49th minute as Brosna cut through the Rangers defence and Daniel Fitzgerald hit the net for a hugely important goal. Tom McGoldrick added a pointed free to put Brosna four points ahead with nine minutes to play.

Both players lost key players in separate collisions soon after, as Rangers captain Johnny Carey – the only 30-something in the Killorglin team – was forced off with injury and was replaced by Peter Crowley who had missed the majority of the Championship due to an early injury in Round 1. Eamon Kiely was withdrawn by Brosna with a leg injury that held up the game for four minutes, which would be added on to the end of the game to increase the tension even more. Colm O’Shea pointed a free in injury time following good work by Darragh O’Sullivan and Dáire Cleary – the latter being fouled 45 metres out.

Rangers couldn’t find the way through to find the all important equalizing goal, and referee Padraig O’Sullivan blew the full time whistle to see Brosna to safety for another year in the Intermediate Championship. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-11, Brosna 2-11.

Brosna’s current team have been on the road together for a while, and this combined experience was a distinct advantage against a Laune Rangers side without nine players that started in last year’s championship.

For Rangers, the young players all stepped up admirably to Championship football against players 8 to 10 years their Senior in many instances.

Laune Rangers will face Gneeveguilla in the Playoff Final with the loser relegated to Junior Championship. The game will be played on Sunday, May 6th at 1:30pm in Lewis Road, Killarney.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne, Ronan Sayers, Jonathan Carey (capt), Neil O’Brien, David Costelloe (0-1), Cormac Johnston, Patrick Carey (0-1), Darragh O’Sullivan, Shane Daly, Shane Mangan, Jack O’Connor (0-2), John Tyther, Fiachra Clifford (1-1), Padraig Murphy, Colm O’Shea (0-5, 4f). Subs: Daragh O’Connor (0-1), Dáire Cleary, Peter Crowley, John O’Shea.

Brosna:- Paul Reidy, Gerard Nash, Shane Fitzmaurice, Maurice O’Keeffe (0-1), Flor McAulliffe, Eamon Kiely (0-1), Peter Curtin, Timmy Finnigan, Kieran O’Donnell, Adam Barry (capt), Mike Finnegan (0-1), Darren Horan (1-0), Patrick Moriarty (0-2), Don McAuliffe, Tom McGoldrick (0-6, 4f). Subs: Daniel Fitgerald (1-0), Eamon Prendiville.

County Senior Football League Division Three Round 3:- Laune Rangers vs St Senans. 21/4/18

posted 21 Apr 2018, 15:12 by Laune Rangers

Stalemate in a feisty County League tie

Rangers and St Senans draw in Killorglin


Laune Rangers 1-13, St Senans 2-10

Points were shared between Laune Rangers & St Senans following a hot tempered encounter in JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin on Saturday evening.

A strong St Senans outfit took the field as Rangers welcomed back Jack O’Connor and David Costelloe to the side following injuries to the pair, while Darragh O’Sullivan came into midfield for his first Senior start.

Cathal Kenelly pointed for St Senans in the first minute, but Colm O’Shea soon levelled matters with a pointed free. The visitors were first to hit the net in the 7th minute through full forward Sean O’Connell, before Jason Browne of Senans pointed from an acute angle to put his side four ahead. Laune Rangers recovered well though, and a pointed free by Colm O’Shea was followed up by a equalizing goal – Fiachra Clifford’s shot being partially blocked leaving the ball dropping short and Padraig Murphy was first to reach it to knock it into the net. With 15 minutes played, the teams were tied at 1-2 a piece.

The second quarter was high octane, with end to end football leading to some great scores, no more so than John Tyther’s point to give Rangers the lead in the 16th minute. Seán O’Connell levelled matters with a free, but Rangers put together a great run leading to points from Colm O’Shea (2 frees), Patrick Carey & John Tyther. However, St Senans were level by the break as they engineered a second goal by Seán O’Connell with the full forward adding a point. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-7, St Senans 2-4.

The second half was very fractured with tempers flaring throughout. Teams were matching point for point through the third quarter – Colm O’Shea (2 frees) and John Tyther points were met by points by Eoin O’Connell, Sean O’Connell & Paudie Quille. Rangers introduced Dáire Cleary and the young forward made an immediate impact, setting up Patrick Carey for a fine point before winning and scoring a free to leave Rangers ahead by 1-12 to 2-7 with 15 minutes to play.

Sean O’Connell pointed twice more (1 free) to level the game by the 50th minute, before Laune Rangers found themselves down to 14 men – Johnny Carey seeing red as the rising temperatures that had been rising between both sides finally boiled over. Once order was restored, Sean O’Connell pointed a free to bring his personal tally to 2-6 for the evening, but Rangers fought back and Fiachra Clifford hit a great equalizing point to see spoils shared. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-13, St Senans 2-10.

Having played the final 10 minutes with 14 men, a draw was ultimately well earned. The visitors had two excellent midfielders in Damien Somers and Barry O’Mahony – the latter a 2017 All Ireland Minor winner – so it was a baptism of fire for Darragh O’Sullivan who stood up to the challenge, as did his centre-field partner Shane Daly. Best for the visitors on the day was Sean O’Connell scored all bar four of his sides scores. For Rangers, John Tyther was excellent and scored three great points for the home side on the day.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne, Ronan Sayers, Jonathan Carey, Neil O’Brien, David Costelloe, Cormac Johnston, Patrick Carey (0-2), Darragh O’Sullivan, Shane Daly, Shane Mangan, Jack O’Connor, John Tyther (0-3), Fiachra Clifford (0-1 free), Padraig Murphy (1-0), Colm O’Shea (0-6f). Subs: Dáire Cleary (0-1), Daragh O’Connor.

St Senans:- Luke Lynch, Mike Keane, Sean T Dillon, Adrian O’Mahony, Darragh Behan, Bill Keane, James O’Donnell, Damien Somers, Barry O’Mahony, Eoin O’Connell (0-1), David Foran, Jason Browne (0-1), Sean Weir, Sean O’Connell (2-6, 3f), Cathal Kennelly (0-1). Sub: Paudie Quille (0-1)


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).


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