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County Intermediate Championship Round 3:- Castleisland Desmonds vs Laune Rangers. 08/08/2020

posted 9 Aug 2020, 03:38 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 10 Aug 2020, 08:57 ]
A much needed warm-down after Laune Rangers defeat of Castleisland Desmonds on Saturday evening

Castleisland Desmonds 2-7, Laune Rangers 1-14

Laune Rangers will take their place in the Quarter Finals of the Intermediate Championship following defeat of also qualified Desmonds on Saturday evening in Castleisland.

Two early points by John Tyther and Gearóid Hassett got Laune Rangers off to an excellent start, with Tyther adding a pointed free in the sixth minute. A fantastic pointed 45 by David Mangan was followed by a Fiachra Clifford point to leave Rangers leading by 0-5 to 0-0. However, Desmonds managed to get on the board before the water break with points from Graham O’Connor & Danny Hickey to leave the home side trailing by 0-5 to 0-2 with fifteen minutes played.

Fiachra Clifford added two well taken points before he and Cian W O’Connor traded frees to leave Rangers leading by 5, while Barry Lynch & Jack O’Connor also exchanged points before the break. Half Time Score:- Castleisland Desmonds 0-4, Laune Rangers 0-9.

Desmonds found themselves down to 14 men in the early minutes of the second half, as Denis O’Connor was black carded and sent to the sin bin for ten minutes. This galvanised the home side though, and they soon found the net. Evan Madden was adjudged to have fouled Patrick Hickey in the square as a ball was dropping in and a penalty was awarded. The initial penalty shot was saved excellently by Jason Browne but the rebound fell at the feet of penalty taker Graham O’Connor who tapped the ball to the net. Gearóid Hassett responded with a fisted point for Rangers but – after Barry Lynch had scored an excellent long range point – Desmonds scored a second goal to take the lead. Luka Brosnan completed a long run with a shot, which took a deflection that caught Jason Browne flat-footed. Adam O’Donoghue added a point to leave Desmonds leading by 2-5 to 0-10 at the water break with fifteen minutes to play.

Desmonds’ Ryan Maguire was lucky to receive just a yellow card for a cynical foul on Gearóid Hassett as the young forward – while still 40 yards out – had only grass between him and the goal. After four consecutive wides, Laune Rangers regained the lead in the 52nd minute with a super goal. Dáire Cleary dispossessed a Desmonds attacker to knock the ball to David Mangan, who began and finished the move with the ball travelling through Mark O’Connor and Fiachra Clifford in the lead up. Laune Rangers controlled the remainder of the game, as they cut through Desmonds time and again, which left the hosts committing foul after foul. Three pointed frees by John Tyther were intersected by a solitary point by Adam O’Donoghue, while Fiachra Clifford tapped over a free in the dying seconds – Stephen Bartlett having pulled off a super save during an advantage – to give the visitors a four point win.
  Among the four substitutes introduced in the second half was Stephen Sealy, who made his Championship debut. Full Time Score:- Castleisland Desmonds 2-7, Laune Rangers 1-14.

Best for Castleisland on the evening were Brian Leonard, Luka Brosnan and Barry Lynch, although a great all round team performance gave Laune Rangers a much deserved win. Mark O’Connor put in his usual energetic display, while Fiachra Clifford led the forward line with great effect. David Mangan was outstanding on the night, his goal a just reward for his efforts. A special mention also goes to Kieran Crowley, who returned from an injury-enforced retirement two and a half years ago. He quickly shook off the 868 day old cobwebs to put in a super display.

Castleisland Desmonds:- Stephen Bartlett, Denis O’Connor, Maurice Lynch, Conor O’Shea, Luka Brosnan (1-0), Ryan Maguire, Luke Lyons, Brian Leonard, Maurice Hickey (capt), Patrick Hickey, Barry Lynch (0-2), Danny Hickey (0-1), Adam O’Donoghue (0-2), Cian W O’Connor (0-1), Graham O’Connor (1-1). Subs: PJ Curtin for P Hickey, Tadhg O’Shea for Maguire, Sean Prendeville for O’Connor.

Laune Rangers:- Jason Browne, Jonathan Carey, Kieran Crowley, Evan Madden, Eoin Clifford, David Mangan (1-1, 1 45’), Seán Cleary, Peter Crowley, Jack O’Connor (0-1), Shane McSweeney, Fiachra Clifford (capt, 0-5, 2f), John Tyther (0-5, 4f), Gearóid Hassett (0-2), Dáire Cleary, Mark O’Connor. Subs: Patrick Carey for Madden, David Costelloe for M O’Connor, Stephen Sealy for Tyther, Roan Moriarty for J O’Connor, Shane Daly for P Crowley