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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.