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Mid Kerry Under 21 Championship Final:- Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane vs Laune Rangers. 18/03/2019

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Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane 0-9, Laune Rangers 1-11

Laune Rangers are Mid Kerry Under 21 Champions for 2019, following defeat of Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane in a hugely exciting Final played in Cromane on Monday afternoon. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Beaufort, but it was ruled unplayable and a coin-toss decided GGC had home advantage on the day.

Playing against a strong breeze in the first half, Laune Rangers started the brighter and were ahead by 0-4 to 0-1 after ten minutes – Dara Casey putting GGC ahead before Dáire Cleary, Shane Doona, Patrick Daly (free) and Fiachra Clifford (free) pointed for Rangers. GGC got back into the game with points from Adrian O’Connor and Caolim Teahan (free) to leave Rangers ahead by 0-4 to 0-3 with fifteen minutes played.

Points by Liam Roche & Caolim Teahan (free) gave the hosts the lead by the minimum at the break. Half Time Score:- Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane 0-5, Laune Rangers 0-4.

As so often happens, the wind that had favoured GGC in the first half calmed considerably before and during the break, and there was little in the way of a breeze behind Rangers for the second period. Laune Rangers levelled matters with a Fiachra Clifford free, only Caolim Teahan to nudge GGC ahead. A Dáire Cleary point was cancelled out by an Adrian O’Connor free, and Caolim Teahan pointed another free to put GGC two ahead – their biggest lead of the game. Laune Rangers’ first goal chance came from a free on the left side of midfield, as a great ball by Conor Murphy found Shane Doona, whose low shot crept just outside the left post.

GGC lost Oisín O’Connor to a black card in the 43rd minute as he pulled down Dáire Cleary en route to goal, but the foul was adjudged to have occurred outside the square which meant Rangers had to settle for a pointed free by Fiachra Clifford. With 15 minutes to play, GGC led Rangers by 0-8 to 0-7.

The breeze began to stiffen at the backs of the Rangers during the final quarter, and a point by substitute Roan Moriarty had them level by the 47th minute. Fiachra Clifford pointed a free to give Rangers the lead, but Caolim Teahan levelled the game at 0-9 a piece with a 53rd minute pointed free for GGC. Rangers had another goal chance when some great speed and skill by Dáire Cleary put him through on goal, only for his shot to be saved by Donal O’Neill in the GGC goal. The stalemate was maintained until the 61st minute when Fiachra Clifford scored a fantastic point to give Rangers the lead. Clifford added a well taken free to go two ahead deep in injury time and, after GGC had swept forward in search of a winning goal, it was Laune Rangers who hit the net for the game’s only goal with the last kick of the game – Dáire Cleary, Matt Leslie and Shane Doona attacking against a single GGC defender, and it was Shane Doona who hit the net to secure the win for Rangers – a third Mid Kerry U21 title in six years for the Killorglin men. Full Time Score:- Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane 0-9, Laune Rangers 1-11.

After the game, Mid Kerry Board Chairman Tim Coffey presented the Eugie Ferris Memorial Cup to winning captain Fiachra Clifford, who was also awarded the official Man of the Match trophy.

Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane:- Donal O’Neill, Ethan Griffin, Caoilte Purcell, Conor Sugrue, Sean T Sheahan, Oisín O’Connor, Maurice O’Connor, Caolim Teahan (capt, 0-5, 4f), Cathal Crosby, Adrian O’Connor (0-2, 1f), Tommy Quirke, Liam Roche (0-1), Dara Casey (0-1), Shane O’Neill, Dara McKeefrey. Subs: Jack O’Sullivan, Jack Clifford, Gearoid Griffin, Daniel Kelly, Brice Dourieu; Mikey O’Sullivan, Aaron Heffernan, Jason Clifford, Shane Ahern, Patrick Griffin, Ronan Foley.

Laune Rangers:- Padraig Ahern, Pierce Tyther, Seán Arthurs, Darragh O’Shea, David Mangan, Patrick Carey, James Hurley, Conor Murphy, Darragh O’Sullivan, Cian O’Shea, Fiachra Clifford (capt, 0-6, 5f), Patrick Daly (0-1f), Mark O’Connor, Dáire Cleary (0-2), Shane Doona (1-1). Subs: Seán Cleary, Roan Moriarty (0-1), Rory O’Connor, Matthew Leslie; Oisín Daly, Jack Evans, Neil O’Brien, Daragh O’Connor.

County Senior Football League Division Four Round 1:- Laune Rangers vs Renard. 10/03/2019

posted 10 Mar 2019, 10:11 by Laune Rangers

The sun peeps out from behind the rainclouds as the teams receive their post match words from their managers.

Laune Rangers 2-4, Renard 1-5

The County Senior Football Leagues got underway this weekend, as Laune Rangers began life in Division Four with a home tie against Renard. Kerry Senior & U20 squad members Peter Crowley, Fiachra Clifford and Dáire Cleary were released to play for their club in Round 1 to strengthen Rangers cause, although Jonathan Carey was unavailable to the home side. Renard, on the other hand, were without Killian Young and Rob Wharton through injury.

In difficult conditions, Laune Rangers got the only two scores of the first quarter – goalkeeper Jason Browne scoring a super 45 & Patrick Carey also pointing an excellent point from play. Patrick Daly added a well taken pointed free. Rangers were now dominating the possession but were unable to convert that to scores, mainly due to the excellent Renard defence who blocked down Rangers shots time and again. This kept the visitors in the game, and a pointed free by Dara Fitzgerald saw the sides separated by just two points at the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-3, Renard 0-1.

Jim Sugrue scored an excellent point to leave the minimum between the sides until the 42nd minute, when Dáire Cleary finished a great solo run by hitting the net for Rangers. Cleary hit the net for a second time in the 47th minute, as a Shane McSweeney pass found David Costelloe who forced a great save from Pa McGill only for the rebound to fall to the feet of Cleary for an easy finish. With just under a quarter of the game to play, Laune Rangers led by 2-3 to 0-2.

Renard – with the swirling wind now blowing more in their favour – didn’t let their heads drop and began to chip away at the Rangers lead with a pointed free by Dara Fitzgerald. Kevin Curran was first to reach a dropping ball to knock it past Jason Browne for a Renard goal to leave three between the sides, but David Costelloe added a much needed point for Rangers at the other end. Dara Fitzgerald pointed twice late on for the visitors to leave Rangers sweating but some great defence by the home side – by Pierce Tyther & Conor Murphy in particular – saw the game out. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-4, Renard 1-5.

While the wind & rain meant it was no spectacle in terms of free-flowing attacking football, it was important to get two League points on the board in Round 1. For the visitors, Kevin Curran and Dara Fitzgerald produced valuable scores while Brian Sugrue led well from full back. For Rangers, Tyther brothers John and Pierce put in big shifts at midfield and corner back respectively, while Pierce’s comrade at the back Conor Murphy was also excellent. At the opposite end, Dáire Cleary was dangerous throughout and his two goals were crucial.

Laune Rangers travel to Portmagee to face Skellig Rangers in Round 2 of the County League, while Renard host their neighbours St Michaels/Foilmore. These games are scheduled for Sunday, March 24th.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne (0-1 ’45), Pierce Tyther, Peter Crowley, Conor Murphy, Patrick Carey (0-1), Cormac Johnston, Seán Arthurs, Jack O'Connor, John Tyther, Patrick Daly (0-1f), Shane McSweeney, Daragh O'Connor, Fiachra Clifford, Dáire Cleary (2-0), David Costelloe (0-1). Subs used: Kieran Doona, Mark O’Connor, Darragh O’Sullivan, Colm O’Shea.

Renard:- Pa McGill, Blaine McCarthy, Brian Sugrue, Alan Curran, Mark Clifford, Cian O’Leary, Brian Curran, Kevin Curran (1-0), Seán O’Connor, Jim Sugrue (0-1), Paudie Casey, Eoghan McCrohan, Dara Fitzgerald (0-4, 2f), Mark Sugrue, Kevin Kelly. Subs used: Ian Moriarty, Ronan Quinlan.

Mid Kerry Senior League Round 3:- Laune Rangers vs Keel. 17/02/2019

posted 17 Feb 2019, 15:22 by Laune Rangers

Laune Rangers 2-13, Keel 1-6

Laune Rangers Seniors picked up their first win of the season at home to Keel on Sunday afternoon. Played for the most part in wet & windy conditions in JP O’Sullivan Park, Laune Rangers took the field with four sets of brothers in their starting fifteen. Careys Johnny & Pa, Tythers John & Pierce, O’Sheas Colm & Cian and O’Connors Jack & Mark all started, with the latter making his full debut at corner forward. 

Laune Ranger took the lead after just 30 seconds with a pointed free by Colm O’Shea. Colm O’Shea and Shane McSweeney added points before some great link up play with Mark O’Connor sent David Costelloe through on goal, and the forward finished his run well by slotting the ball to the net. Another Shane McSweeney point left Rangers ahead by 1-4 to 0-0 with just five minutes played.

Keel composed themselves though, and they capitalized on a lapse in concentration by the Rangers defence to put Terry O’Sullivan through on goal – the veteran forward making no mistake in smashing the ball to the top corner from close range. Keel points from Aaron Murphy & Gary Sayers were cancelled out by super scores by Shane McSweeney & Cian O’Shea respectively to leave Laune Rangers ahead by 1-6 to 1-2 with a quarter played.

The second quarter was less frantic as Laune Rangers were defensively astute & punished Keel’s fouls by scoring three frees though the O’Shea brothers Cian & Colm (2) before the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-9, Keel 1-2.

Mark O’Connor scored the first point of the second half and it was a deserved score for his efforts, having won a number of frees in the first half. Keel were reduced to 14 men in the 38th minute as goalkeeper Cillian Sayers was shown a red card for a striking offence, and Rangers took full advantage, scoring a pointed free through David Costelloe before Shane McSweeney finished a move that he started himself with a well taken goal having linked up with substitute Patrick Daly. Oisin Daly was also introduced in the second half making them the 5th set of brothers to line out together on the day for the home side. With 15 minutes to play, Laune Rangers led by 2-11 to 1-2.

Cian O’Shea added two frees for Rangers in the last quarter while Keel scored four more points through Gary Sayers (3, 2 frees) & Martin Burke, while Rangers also finished with 14 as Daragh O’Connor received his marching orders in the final stages. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-13, Keel 1-6.

Laune Rangers:- Vincent Costello, Pierce Tyther, Conor Murphy, Aidan Cox, Jonathan Carey, Cormac Johnston, Patrick Carey, Jack O’Connor, John Tyther, Cian O’Shea (0-4, 3f), Shane McSweeney (1-3), David Costelloe (1-1, 1f), Mark O’Connor (0-1), Colm O’Shea (0-4, 3f), Daragh O’Connor. Subs: Jason Browne for Costello, Seán Arthurs for Cox, Patrick Daly for Colm O’Shea, Morgan O’Sullivan for M O’Connor, Michael O’Sullivan for J Carey, Oisín Daly for P Tyther.

Keel:- Cillian Sayers, Seán Cremins, James Foley, Garret Prendiville, Daniel Ashe, Donal O’Neill, Colin Foley, Luke Flynn, Martin Burke (0-1), Shane Prendiville, Tommy Buckley, Cian Flynn, Gary Sayers (0-4, 2f), Aaron Murphy (0-1), Terry O’Sullivan (1-0). Subs: Liam Clifford, Eoin O’Neill, Seán Langford.

Mid Kerry Senior League Round 2:- Milltown/Castlemaine vs Laune Rangers. 10/02/2019

posted 16 Feb 2019, 15:20 by Laune Rangers

Milltown Castlemaine 2-13, Laune Rangers 1-6

Laune Rangers fell to another defeat in the second game of the 2019 season on Sunday afternoon away at Milltown/Castlemaine. The home side fielded a strong team against a somewhat experimental Rangers side.

There was little between the sides in the early minutes, as early points for the hosts by Jerry Hayes and Jamie O’Shea (2, 1 free) were answered by points from Shane McSweeney and Colm O’Shea (free) – McSweeney returning to the Laune Rangers fold following a County Championship winning year in Cavan with Castlerahan. Milltown/Castlemaine then took control of the game, adding points from Jerome Flynn, Gavin Horan & Jamie O’Shea before Horan finished a great run with an excellent goal. With 17 minutes played, Milltown Castlemaine led by 1-6 to 0-2.

The home team added another point through Jerome Flynn in the second quarter, but Laune Rangers got back into the game with a goal of their own – Jack O’Connor’s effort at a point coming back off the post with Colm O’Shea alert enough to react and palm it to the net. Daragh O’Connor added a point for Rangers to leave four between the sides at the break. Half Time:- Milltown/Castlemaine 1-7, Laune Rangers 1-3.

Colm O’Shea halved the deficit with two frees in the opening minutes of the half, but Milltown responded with points from Donal Dennehy, Pa Wrenn and Jerry Hayes to lead by 1-10 to 1-5 with a quarter to play.

Shane McSweeney added another point for Rangers, but Milltown/Castlemaine capitalized on a few defensive mishaps, adding a second goal through young wing back David Leane who tapped in a spilled ball while Jerome Flynn pointed three more times (2 frees) to add gloss to the scoreline. Full Time Score:- Milltown/Castlemaine 2-13, Laune Rangers 1-6

Milltown/Castlemaine:- Cormac Leane, Ciarán O’Connor, Tadgh McCarthy, Stephen Roche, David Leane (1-0), Pa Wrenn (0-1), Kieran O’Carroll, David Roche, Donal Dennehy (0-1), Craig Counihan, Gavin Horan (1-1), Killian Kerins, Jerome Flynn (0-5, 4f), Jeremiah Hayes (0-2), Jamie O’Shea (0-3, 1f). Subs: Paul Carroll, Dylan O’Neill, Nigel Wrenn, Liam Burke, John Dennehy, Shane Moriarty.

Laune Rangers:- Vincent Costello, Pierce Tyther, Conor Murphy, Neil O’Brien, John Tyther (capt), Cormac Johnston, Pa Carey, Shane McSweeney (0-2), Jack O’Connor, Daniel Whittleton, Daragh O’Connor (0-1), Darragh O’Sullivan, Colm O’Shea (1-3, 3f), Morgan O’Sullivan, David Costelloe. Subs:- Mark O’Connor for M O’Sullivan, Aidan Cox for O’Brien, Mike F Russell for Whittleton, Jonathan Carey for P Tyther, Eamonn Carey for C O’Shea, James Lynch for D O’Connor.

Mid Kerry Senior League Round 1:- Laune Rangers vs Glenbeigh/Glencar. 03/02/2019

posted 16 Feb 2019, 15:15 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 16 Feb 2019, 15:15 ]

Laune Rangers: 0-05, Glenbeigh/Glencar: 3-16

Laune Rangers will be disappointed with their performance in the opening game of the 2019 season against Glenbeigh/Glencar in Round 1 of the Mid Kerry Senior League. Played in Cloon on Sunday afternoon, the visitors led 2-08 to no score at half time. Glenbeigh/Glencar continued to push on in the second half winning comfortably on a score line of 3-16 to 0-05.

Tommy Cahill was on form for the visitors, opening his and Glenbeigh/Glencar’s account with 1-01 in the opening two minutes. Midfielder Colin McGillycuddy palmed the ball to the back of the Laune Rangers net in the 25th minute of the half for the visitors second of the afternoon. Points from Caolim Teahan, Stephen O’Sullivan along with a fisted effort from Jack Brosnan were included in Glenbeigh/Glencar’s opening half scores to let the score at the short whistle, 2-08 to 0-00.

Laune Rangers’ substitute & Senior debutant Mark O’Connor got his side’s opening score in the 2nd minute of the second half before Caolim Teahan, Tommy Cahill and Kieran Courtney pointed for the visitors to extend their lead some more. Tommy Cahill went in for Glenbeigh/Glencar’s third goal in the 7th minute of the half to let the score 3-11 to 0-01.

Further Glenbeigh/Glencar points from Colin McGillycuddy, Jack Brosnan and Jason McKenna extended their lead. Laune Rangers’ points coming from Darragh O’Connor, David Costello and Eamonn Carey before Tommy Cahill put over the last of the afternoon to leave the final score 3-16 to 0-05.

While the performance in the opening game of the season will be disappointing to Rangers, it is hard to read too much into the result as Glenbeigh/Glencar fielded a team much closer to their first XV than Laune Rangers. Rangers gave Senior debuts on the day to Oisin Daly and Mark O’Connor, Aidan Cox returned from an 18 month injury layoff, while Liam Quirke returns after a 3 year spell in New York and Morgan O’Sullivan got his first start under his belt after a number of years of injury/working away from Killorglin. 

Laune Rangers: Jason Browne, Pierce Tyther, Conor Murphy, Seán Arthurs, Michael O’Sullivan, Cormac Johnston, Patrick Carey, Morgan O’Sullivan, Liam Quirke, Neil O’Brien, Daragh O’Connor, James Lynch, Kieran Doona, Colm O’Shea, David Costelloe. SUBS: Óisín Daly, Mark O’Connor, Gavin O’Shea, Eamonn Carey, Aidan Cox

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