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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.