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

posted 18 Mar 2019, 14:22 by Laune Rangers

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.