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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.