Senior Match Reports Archive - 2012 to 2015
A forty five year tradition filled with unmatched success came to an end on Sunday evening, as Laune Rangers fell to a defeat to Austin Stacks in the County Senior Relegation Playoff. Austin Stacks were near full strength, with just Wayne Guthrie missing from their team, but the absence of injured trio Maurice Foley, John O’Shea & Kerry centre back Peter Crowley proved too much to overcome for the Killorglin side.
The game itself shot into life from the outset, as Mike Frank Russell pointed a free in the opening minute from the first attack of the game. It took just a minute for Stacks to respond as the Laune Rangers defence was caught short with a long ball from midfield finding David Mannix, who fired to the Rangers net for an Austin Stacks goal. Rangers responded well though, and following a Shane McSweeney point, the Launesiders found the net themselves – David Costello finishing excellently past Darragh O’Brien to put Rangers ahead once again. An error strewn first half for Laune Rangers gave Austin Stacks chances to score, & Denis McElligott capitalized on another of these to score Stacks’ second goal & put Stacks ahead by 2-0 to 1-2 after a quarter of the game. Further points for Stacks from David Mannix (free) and Kieran Donaghy – who pointed from distance when left unmarked outfield – put Stacks into a strong lead, but late points by Kieran Doona and a Russell free. The score at Half Time:- Laune Rangers 1-4, Austin Stacks 2-2.
Austin Stacks came out firing after the break, and by the 40th minute they were ahead by 4 points. Three unanswered point from David Mannix, Denis McElligott and Shane O’Callaghan put Stacks in control, and their grip on the game was not to be loosened for the remainder of the game. They would go on to score five more points – Conor Jordan, Shane Carroll (free), David Mannix, Kieran Donaghy & Darragh O’Brien ensuring Stacks would see the game out. Rangers only response came from the pair playing their 20th County Senior Football Championship – Mike Frank Russell and John Sheehan who both played their first SFC game back in 1996. Final score: Laune Rangers 1-6, Austin Stacks 2-10.
It was an uphill task for Laune Rangers on the day with injuries to key players depleting the team. Colm O’Shea was one of these and he put in a great performance, especially in winning possession outfield. Kieran Doona looked dangerous throughout, goalscorer David Costello continues to grow as a senior footballer, while Kieran Crowley has shown great leadership in the absence of his cousin Peter and will be continue to be a key player for years to come for Rangers.
The final whistle on Sunday marked a low point in the history of not alone Laune Rangers GAA Club, but for Kerry Club football also. Laune Rangers will now compete in the Intermediate Football Championship, and the ‘romance’ of the County Senior Championship has been diminished greatly as the competition loses one of its great ‘championship’ teams. There will now be more Divisional sides (9) than clubs (8) in the County SFC. Austin Stacks supporters applauded Laune Rangers from the field after the game.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Chris Riordan, Michael O’Sullivan, Johnny Carey, Kieran Crowley, Ronan Sayers, Ryan Keane, John Sheehan (0-1), Shane McSweeney, David Costello (1-0), Shane McSweeney (0-1), Pa Joy, Michael Francis Russell (0-3f), Colm O’Shea, Kieran Doona (0-1). Subs: Padraig Murphy, Daniel Macbeth, Shane Daly.
Austin Stacks: Darragh O’Brien, Barry Walsh, Barry Shanahan, John Dennis, Denis McElligott (1-1), Fearghal MacNamara, Jack O’Shea, Shane Carroll (0-1f), Shane Guthrie, Pa McCarthy, Shane O’Callaghan (0-1), Greg Horan, David Mannix (1-3, 1f), Kieran Donaghy(0-2), Fiachna Mangan. Subs used: Daniel Bohan, Darragh O’Brien (0-1), Conor Jordan (0-1).
Storm Desmond’s Saturday onslaught left much of the County immobilized for 24 hours and unfortunately, it tooks its toll on Shannon Park in Tarbert on Sunday with the pitch deemed unplayable. The already relegated Tarbert were unable to find a pitch nearby or to rally the troops for a trip to Killorglin, so they conceded the game to Laune Rangers.
Elsewhere, Listowel Emmets & Glenflesk drew, while Spa defeated Currow. Following these results, Laune Rangers fate in the County League rests on the result of next week’s tie between Templenoe and Gneeveguilla.
John O'Shea addresses a free kick in the second half of Saturday's win over Ardfert.
With Senior Status on the line, Laune Rangers and Ardfert met in Ballmacelligott on Saturday afternoon in Round Two of the County Senior Football Relegation Playoff. Conditions were difficult as heavy showers of rain fell at regular intervals throughout. Both sides were without key players, as Peter Crowley’s shoulder injury has ended his season and Mike Frank Russell was not yet fully recovered from illness to start, but took his place on the bench. Ardfert were without regulars Darren Dineen & Daniel Collins.
Ardfert settled into the game much quicker than Rangers, but couldn’t convert their period of dominance into scores. By the quarter mark, the sides were level at 0-2 each with John Egan & David Griffin pointing for Ardfert, and Shane McSweeney & Kieran Doona scoring for Rangers. Ardfert created a clear goal chance in the 13th minute, but David Griffin saw his shot towards the bottom corner of the net saved excellently by the fingertips of Tony Lyons for Rangers. Ardfert then took a two point lead with a quick John Egan brace, but Laune Rangers adapted better to the rain and scored four unanswered points through Kieran Doona, John O’Shea (free), Shane McSweeney and Pa Joy. Ardfert centre back Stephen Leen pointed on the stroke of the half time, to see the sides head for the shelter of the dressing rooms at the break with the score:- Laune Rangers 0-6, Ardfert 0-5.
A tense period at the beginning of the 2nd half saw yellow cards issued to John Sheehan for Rangers and Ardfert’s Iarla Courtney and Stephen Leen. However, this didn’t linger and attention quickly returned to football matters. Shane McSweeney finished a fine team move to slot the ball over the bar before Laune Rangers found the net in the 39th minute. Pa Joy rounded his marker and passed to David Costello, who surged forward and shot past Nicholas O’Sullivan in the Ardfert goal, only for the ball to hit the crossbar and fall to John O’Shea who tapped the ball into an empty net. A 40th minute free by John O’Shea put Laune Rangers ahead by 1-8 to 0-5. The reliable John Egan reduced the gap between the sides to 4 points with a brace (1 free, 1 from play) with 9 minutes to play. John Tyther and David Griffin traded points in the closing stages but Laune Rangers held out to win. Final score:- Laune Rangers 1-9, Ardfert 0-8.
Stephen Leen led his team from centre back while John Egan’s usual accuracy kept his side in touch throughout and finished with five points – four coming from play. However, Ardfert’s dependence on him possibly cost them as he and David Griffin were the only players that really threatened the Laune Rangers goal. Laune Rangers were possibly better value for their victory than the four point winning margin would suggest. Tony Lyons was rock solid in goal with an excellent first half save in particular while outside him, the six backs worked fantastically well together marshalled by Johnny Carey and Kieran Crowley. Shane McSweeney played a captain’s role, scoring 3 points while also helping out at midfield and John O’Shea’s goalscoring streak continued with another goal from all of 2 yards out. However, it was the wing forwards Pa Joy and David Costello who both caused persistent torment to the Ardfert defence, and the latter stood out in particular as the 19 year old continues to develop into a senior player.
Following Austin Stacks’ 0-15 to 1-2 victory over St Michael’s Foilmore, the South Kerry side and Ardfert will now fall to the Intermediate Championship, while Kerry’s two most successful and storied clubs – Laune Rangers and Austin Stacks – will meet in the Playoff Final with Senior Championship survival on the line.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Chris Riordan, Johnny Carey, Michael O’Sullivan, Kieran Crowley, Ronan Sayers, Ryan Keane, John Sheehan, Maurice Foley, David Costello, Shane McSweeney (0-3), Pa Joy (0-1), John O’Shea (1-2, 2f), Colm O’Shea, Kieran Doona (0-2). Subs used: John Tyther (0-1), Michael F Russell, Shane Daly, Liam Quirke, Aidan Cox.
Ardfert: Nicholas O’Sullivan, Stephen Leen (0-1), Rory Horgan, Mike Moloney, Eoghan Courtney , Trevor Wallace, Fionán Horgan, John Dowling, Kevin Shanahan, David Griffin (0-2), Darren Wallace, Bobby O'Regan, Iarla Courtney, Kevin Skinner, John Egan (0-5, 1f). Subs used: Fionan Mackassey, Paudie Carroll, Eric Reen, Jack McCarthy.
Gale Force winds and driving rain greeted the teams in JP O’Sullivan Park on Sunday afternoon as the Mid Kerry Senior Championship began in earnest with a Round One tie between Laune Rangers and Beaufort. Both teams were forced into making changes, as marquee forwards Liam Carey & Danny Healy were both deemed unfit to start for Beaufort – they took their places on the bench – while the home side were missing Peter Crowley through injury and Mike Frank Russell through illness.
Beaufort had the aid of the wind at their backs in the first half but it was Rangers who struck first in the 5th minute. John O’Shea shot a 45 into the wind to dissect the posts for an excellent point. Darragh Coffey opened Beaufort’s tally with a point in the 10th minute to level matters, before Shane McSweeney pointed to restore the Rangers lead shortly after. Rangers found the net in the 15th minute, when John O’Shea palmed the ball home following some great link up play between Shane McSweeney and Colm O’Shea. At the quarter mark, Laune Rangers led by 1-2 to 0-1. Beaufort came back into the game and scored three successive points through Fergal Hallissey (2, 1 free) and an excellent strike from Darragh Coffey, while they also had a goal chance when Padraig Doona tested the reflexes of Tony Lyons in goal for Rangers. However, Laune Rangers put themselves in a very commanding position when, as normal time in the half expired, John O’Shea scored his second goal of the game with a palmed finish following a good run and unselfish pass from Pa Joy. Beaufort wing back Padraig Hartnett scored a fantastic long range point just before the short whistle, and the sides went for the shelter of the dressing room at Half Time with the score:- Laune Rangers 2-2, Beaufort 0-5.
Laune Rangers were aided by the breeze in the second half, but Beaufort stayed in touch with some great point taking from both sides. Pointed frees for Rangers by John O’Shea and Kieran Doona & one from play by Shane McSweeney were met with frees from Fergal Hallissey (2) and Francis Courtney to leave Laune Rangers leading by 2-5 to 0-8 with a quarter to play. The pivotal point in the game came in the 46th minute Ronan Sayers kicked the ball long from inside his own half into the edge of the square, only for the ball to remain untouched and bounce over the head of Mike Moriarty for Laune Rangers’ third goal. A well taken Colm O’Shea point shortly afterwards left Beaufort with a mountain to climb – trailing by seven points & playing into the galeforce wind. Keith Sheehan picked up a second yellow card & received his marching orders in the 51st minute. John O’Shea and Fergal Hallissey traded frees before Laune Rangers fourth goal put the icing on the cake for the home side, as Liam Quirke won the ball and beat his marker before passing to John Tyther who slotted the ball to the net. The score at Full Time:- Laune Rangers 4-7, Beaufort 0-9.
The terrible conditions made flowing football a difficult prospect for both sides, but there were some great scores kicked by players on both teams on the day. Beaufort’s Fergal Hallissey stood out for his team with some well taken frees, while Ronan Murphy was looking strong at midfield before his removal at half time. However, Laune Rangers were good value for their win, with Kieran Crowley & John Sheehan leading the charge. The fullback line of Johnny Carey, Michael O’Sullivan and Keith Sheehan (until his dismissal) remained solid throughout. However John O’Shea’s positioning on every attack allowed him to apply the finish to two good plays by his teammates, and his individual contribution of 2-3 was a telling factor in the win.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Michael O’Sullivan, Johnny Carey, Keith Sheehan, Ryan Keane, Kieran Crowley, Ronan Sayers (1-0), John Sheehan, Maurice Foley, David Costello, Shane McSweeney (0-2), Pa Joy, John O’Shea (2-3, 3f), Colm O’Shea (0-1), Kieran Doona (0-1f). Subs used: John Tyther (1-0) for Costello, Chris Riordan for Joy, Pa Sheehan for Doona, Liam Quirke for O’Shea, Aidan Cox for Keane.
Beaufort: Mike Moriarty, Michael J O’Connor, Ger Hartnett, James O’Reilly, Padraig Hartnett (0-1), Brendan Cronin, Jason Foley, Nathan Breen, Ronan Murphy, Fergal Hallissey (0-5, 4f), Francis Courtney (0-1f), Padraig O’Sullivan, Michael O’Sullivan, Padraig Doona, Darragh Coffey (0-2). Subs used: Liam Carey for Murphy, Shane O’Sullivan for O’Reilly, Conor Breen for Doona, Padraig Hallissey for M O’Sullivan.
Laune Rangers future in the County Senior Football Championship remains insecure and indeed the odds have been further stacked against us following the six point loss to Kerins O’Rahillys in Castleisland on Saturday last.
Playing into a stiff breeze in the first half, Laune Rangers stayed within reach of their opponents through some good defending from the back six as a whole. Jack Savage (3, 2 frees), Barry John Keane (2), Ross O’Callaghan and David O’Callaghan pointed for the Tralee side while points for Rangers by Mike Frank Russell (2, 1 free), Shane McSweeney and Ronan Sayers saw the sides go in at Half Time: -Kerins O’Rahillys 0-7, Laune Rangers 0-4.
Jack Savage pointed a free for Rahillys in the opening exchanges of the second half, but the next score was the decisive one. In the 37th minute, a turnover while the ball was coming out of the Rangers defence allowed Kerins O’Rahillys a chance and Jack Savage got his fist to a Kieran O’Mahony pass to put his side 1-8 to 0-4 ahead. Rangers fought back and in the next 20 minutes, outscored Rahillys by 0-5 to 0-1 to leave just a goal between the sides entering the closing stages – Rangers points coming from a Russell 45, Ronan Sayers and substitutes Chris Riordan and John O’Shea (2, 1 free). Kerins O’Rahillys were able to close out the game though, and two pointed frees from Barry John Keane were followed up by a point from substitute Declan Quill to end with a six point victory. Full Time Score: Kerins O’Rahillys 1-12, Laune Rangers 0-9.
Kerin’s O’Rahilly’s joins Rathmore, Kilcummin & Milltown/Castlemaine in Senior Championship safety. Meanwhile, the 2016 County Championship will be without at least one of the County’s two most decorated clubs – Laune Rangers & Austin Stacks – as only one of Rangers, Stacks, St Michaels/Foilmore & Ardfert can remain Senior. The draw for Round 2 will be made in Monday night’s meeting of the CCC.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Keith Sheehan, Micheal O’Sullivan, Johnny Carey, Kieran Crowley, Peter Crowley, Ronan Sayers (0-2), John Sheehan, Maurice Foley, Ryan Keane, Shane McSweeney (0-1), John Tyther, David Costello, Michael F Russell (0-3, 2f), Pa Joy. Subs used: John O’Shea (0-2, 1f), Chris Riordan (0-1), Colm O’Shea.
Kerins O’Rahillys: Gary Kissane, Danny O’Sullivan, Shane Brosnan, David Murphy, Gavan Duffy, Ross O’Callaghan (0-1), Con Barrett, Kevin Walshe, Barry John Keane (0-4, 2f), David McLoughlin (0-1), Jack Savage (1-5, 4f), Tommy Walsh, John Ferguson. Subs used: Giles O’Grady, Kieran O’Mahony, Declan Quill (0-1).
Laune Rangers made their second trip of 2015 to Fr Breen Park, Kenmare in order to face Kenmare District in Round 3 of the County Senior Football Championship. Having lost in the County League to two of the four contributing teams this year – Kenmare in Round 2 & Templenoe just last week – the home side were considerable favourites entering the game. They were however without the Crowley brothers Gavin & Brian who were absent following the death of their mother Bernie last Monday, and a minute’s silence was observed in her memory before the game.
Laune Rangers took the lead in the first minute with a well taken Mike Frank Russell free but once Kenmare settled into the game, the home side were able to take control with the aid of a strong breeze and led by 0-4 to 0-2 on the quarter mark – Paul O’Connor with a 45 & two frees and Killian Spillane pointing for Kenmare, while Shane McSweeney managed to point excellently into the breeze for Rangers. Kenmare may have been further ahead but for a fantastic double save by Rangers’ goalkeeper Tony Lyons from Kevin O’Sullivan. Kenmare District then pushed on in the 2nd quarter and had a six point lead by half time – the Laune Rangers backs finding it hard to hold the dynamic forward line, and the referee’s whistle was blown in the home side’s favour time and again. Paul O’Connor slotted three of these frees, while Stephen O’Brien and midfielder Flor O’Sullivan both pointed well taken points. Meanwhile, Rangers could only muster a solitary point from Kieran Doona in response, but could have halved the deficit just before the break when Pa Joy saw his shot at goal saved by Kenmare ‘keeper Kieran Fitzgibbon. Some uncharacteristic missed frees from Mike Frank Russell also left the visitors with a lot to do in the 2nd half. The sides went in at Half Time on a score line of:- Kenmare District 0-9, Laune Rangers 0-3.
It unfortunately did not improve for Laune Rangers in the second half. A Mike Frank Russell free was sandwiched in between two frees fro Paul O’Connor before Rangers lost Ronan Sayers to a black card I the 39th minute. This seemed to give impetus to Kenmare to go for the jugular and by the time Laune Rangers registered their next score – a Russell free – in the 48th minute, the hosts had found the net twice as well as tagging on three more points to take a 2-14 to 0-5 lead – the goals coming from Paul O’Connor and Adrian Spillane with the points coming from an O’Connor (2) and Mark Crowley. The contest was now over with a quarter to play, but Mike Frank Russell slotted another two frees to take his tally to 4 before his afternoon came to an end. Kevin O’Sullivan sympathetically fisted the ball over the bar when he was through on goal, but Stephen O’Brien did not take the same approach, and added Kenmare’s third goal in the 56th minute. Meanwhile, Kieran Doona had assumed free taking responsibility for Rangers and added a brace, while Pa Joy also pointed from play before the final whistle. The Full Time score:- Kenmare District 3-15, Laune Rangers 0-9.
Laune Rangers has traditionally produced big championship performances & torn up the form book in the process. This did not happen on Sunday, and an increasingly disappointing year has added another low point. Peter Crowley carried an injury into the game and was hampered with it throughout, although he did have a number of possessions that showcased his potential class. Kieran Doona looked dangerous in the inside forward line on what was his first Senior start in a couple of years.
Kenmare looked hugely impressive on the day. The midfield pairing of Flor O’Sullivan & Adrian Spillane dominated, with the latter scoring a goal for the second consecutive week against the same team. However, the forward line as superb. Killian Spillane was a menace at corner forward and forced numerous fouls on him to prevent a score. Paul O’Connor was unerring on his home pitch, and his nine frees were the main factor in his sides win, while his goal spelled the beginning of the end for Laune Rangers.
Kenmare now progress to the County SFC Quarter Final against West Kerry – the side defeated by Laune Rangers in Round 1 – and it will take a very strong side to defeat them this year. Laune Rangers now look to the final Round of County League & their narrow hopes of surviving relegation to Division Three. The Mid Kerry Championship can now also begin in earnest, as both Mid Kerry and Milltown/Castlemaine were knocked out of the Championship in the losers round.
Kenmare District: Kieran Fitzgibbon (Ken), Dara Crowley (Ken), John Spillane (Tem), Tommy O’Sullivan (Ken), Dara O’Shea (Ken), Tadhg Morley (Tem-capt), Mark Crowley (Ken) (0-1), Flor O’Sullivan (Tou) (0-1), Adrian Spillane (Tem) (1-0), Sean O’Shea (Ken), Stephen O’Brien (Ken) (1-1), Kevin O’Sullivan (Ken) (0-1), Killian Spillane (Tem) (0-1), Teddy Doyle (Tem), Paul O’Connor (Ken) (1-10, 9f). Subs used: Kieran O’Neill (Tem), Patrick Clifford (Tem), Sean O’Leary (Ken), Danny Cahalane (Tem), Mike T O’Sullivan (Tou).
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Keith Sheehan, Michael O’Sullivan, Johnny Carey, Kieran Crowley, Peter Crowley, Chris Riordan, John Sheehan, Maurice Foley, Ronan Sayers, Shane McSweeney (capt) (0-1), John Tyther, Kieran Doona (0-3, 2f), Pa Joy (0-1), Michael F Russell (0-4f). Subs used: David Costello, Ryan Keane, John O’Shea, Shane O’Connor(bc rep), Colm O’Shea, Gavin O’Shea.
Midfielder Sean Sheehan pointed twice in the early stages of the second half to give his side a double-score advantage, and this would prove to be insurmountable for the home side. Yet another Russell free gave Rangers their first score of the half in the 42nd minute but Killian Spillane added a brace to put Templenoe 0-14 to 0-7 ahead with a quarter remaining. A speculative Daniel Macbeth effort for Rangers struck the crossbar when a goal would have given the home side a route back into the tie but, after Killian Spillane & Russell traded frees & Russell added one from play, midfielder Adrian Spillane marauded forward and finished the ball to the roof of the net for a well taken goal to effectively seal victory for his side. Teddy Doyle and Adrian Spillane added points for Templenoe while Shane Mc Sweeney (2) and Russell (free) pointed for Rangers, before John O’Shea found the net for the home side when a long ball to the edge of the square was fisted home by the substitute. Templenoe finished the game in style with points from Adrian Spillane and Teddy Doyle. Full time score:- Laune Rangers 1-13, Templenoe 1-19.
An early knock for Peter Crowley hampered his performance for Rangers, while Kieran Crowley, Maurice Foley, and Mike Frank Russell (who scored 9 points – 8 frees) stood out for the home side. The travelling Templenoe support strongly outnumbered the home fans and their journey proved worthwhile as their team produced a cavalier performance. Gavin Crowley and the Spillane brothers Adrian & Killian were outstanding for the visitors – the latter’s 7 point haul included four scintillating efforts from play.
Laune Rangers: Jason Browne, Ronan Sayers, Michael O’Sullivan, Keith Sheehan, Chris Riordan, John Sheehan, Kieran Crowley, Peter Crowley, Maurice Foley, Ryan Keane, Shane McSweeney (0-3), Shane O’Connor (0-1), David Costello, John Tyther, Michael F Russell (0-9, 8f). Subs used: Daniel Macbeth, Johnny Carey, Kieran Doona, John O’Shea (1-0).
Templenoe: Anthony Sheehan, John Spillane, Kieran O’Neill, Mike Hallissey, Patrick Clifford, Tadhg Morley, Gavin Crowley, (0-1), Sean Sheehan (0-2), Adrian Spillane (1-2), Josh Holland, Shane Cremin (0-1), Danny Cahalane, Killian Spillane (0-7, 3f), Teddy Doyle (0-4, 2f), Brian Crowley (0-2). Subs used: Joseph Sheehan, Pat Spillane Jnr, Shane O’Sullivan.
Templenoe edge closer to promotion to the top tier in the County League, but Laune Rangers will now rely on a number of results to go their way in order to survive in Division Two.
Teams were level at 0-2 a piece with five minutes played, but St Mary’s increased the tempo & by the quarter mark had stretched to a three point lead at St Marys 0-6, Laune Rangers 0-3 with Mike Frank Russell slotting all of Rangers’ scores (1 45’, 1 free, 1 play) while Daniel Daly (2), Paul O’Donoghue, Niall O’Driscoll, Sean Cournane and Daniel O’Sullivan did the damage for Marys. The second quarter continued in the same fashion for the home side, and by half time the dominance in midfield as well as their ultra-accurate forward set had Mary’s 0-11 to 0-6 ahead – Aidan Walsh (2), Sean Cournane (2 frees) and Daniel Daly with the Caherciveen scores with 5 of their 1st half points coming from fisted efforts, while Russell (free), Shane McSweeney and David Costello kept Rangers in touch.
The second half was nothing short of an exhibition by the St Mary’s side. Holding Laune Rangers to just two points (through a Russell free and Colm O’Shea), the home side kicked on and scored another 11 points to match their first half tally. The points came from Aidan Walsh (2), Sean Cournane (3 frees), Denis Daly (2, 1 free), Niall O’Driscoll, Paul O’Donoghue, Daniel Daly and substitute Anthony Hutchinson. Two distinct goal chances were produced for Rangers. The first, a Maurice Foley effort, was saved by Austin Constable while the second saw the ball ricochet around the small square in a comedy of errors ending with the ball bouncing off the crossbar before being brought to safety in what was a microcosm of Laune Rangers day as a whole. Had these chances found the net, there might have been a contest for the final quarter but St Mary’s closed out the game without ever being under pressure. Final Score: St Mary’s 0-22, Laune Rangers 0-8.
This was a dominant performance from 1 to 15 for St Marys. However, Denis Daly and Aidan Walsh stood out as the former scored three excellent points from centre back, while the latter’s 4 point haul from play were all superb scores. This result leaves Laune Rangers still flirting with relegation, but results elsewhere went their way this weekend to keep them outside of the bottom three.. for the moment at least.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Kieran Crowley, Johnny Carey, Michael O’Sullivan, Ronan Sayers, John Sheehan, Ryan Keane, Maurice Foley, Daniel Macbeth, David Costello (0-1), Shane McSweeney (0-1), John Tyther, Michael F Russell (0-5, 4 frees), Colm O’Shea (0-1), Pa Sheehan. Subs used: Pa Joy, Chris Riordan, Tommy O’Callaghan, Kieran Doona, Colm O’Mahony.
St Mary’s: Austin Constable, Conor O’Shea, Brian Curran, Pat Cournane, Daniel O’Sullivan (0-1), Denis Daly (0-2, 1 free), Conor Quirke, Niall O’Driscoll (0-2), Liam O’Connell, Aidan Walsh (0-4), Paul O’Donoghue (0-2), Anthony Cournane, Sean Cournane (c)(0-6, 5 frees), Daniel Daly (0-4), Darren Casey. Subs used: Rory Keating, Anthony Hutchinson (0-1).
Round 8 of the County Senior Football League took place this weekend, and John Mitchels travelled to Killorglin on Sunday to face Laune Rangers in JP O’Sullivan Park. Laune Rangers were without the services of Kerry Senior Peter Crowley, as well as John O’Shea and the injured Michael O’Sullivan. Meanwhile, Mitchels were without Niall Sheehy and John Higgins but had the Kerry Junior captain Alan O’Donoghue available to play after their All Ireland Semi Final victory the previous day.
John Mitchels started much brighter and had a 4 point lead inside of 5 minutes – Sean Maloney pointed first, and then capitalized on a defensive error between Rangers’ goalkeeper and defenders to kick the ball to an empty net for an easy goal. Laune Rangers settled though, and had taken the lead by the 18th minute as points by Shane McSweeney, Mike Frank Russell (3 frees) and David Costello put the score at Laune Rangers 0-5, John Mitchels 1-1 with goal chances being created without success by both sides. John Mitchels regained the lead with points from Wayne Duggan and Stevie O’Mahony, but another Russell free levelled the scores once more. Traded frees by Alan O’Donoghue and Russell kept the teams at stalemate, but then with just a minute to play before the break, the Tralee side took command. Jonathan O’Halloran pointed from play with the outside of his boot to take the lead, and then was at the end of a long ball into the small square to fist the ball to the net. Another Mike Frank Russell free saw the sides go in at the break with the score of: Laune Rangers 0-8, John Mitchels 2-5.Just two minutes of the second half had passed when Rangers drew level. Pa Joy beat Mitchels ‘keeper Dermot Raggett at close range for a goal. Shane McSweeney put Rangers ahead with a point but Jonathan O’Halloran drew Mitchels level shortly afterwards. Another Shane McSweeney point was again cancelled out – this time by an Alan O’Donoghue free – and with 15 minutes to play the sides were level at Laune Rangers 1-10, John Mitchels 2-7. Mitchels took the lead again with a pointed free by Alan O’Donoghue, and had a chance for their third goal only for the Wayne Duggan shot to be saved excellently by Tony Lyons. Yet another defensive mix up awarded Mitchels with a point, as Jonathan Carey kept a loose shot in play only to be dispossessed and Wayne Duggan slotted the ball over to give the Tralee side a two point advantage with 10 minutes to play. Mike Frank Russell reduced the gap to the minimum with a superb point from play, but this was cancelled out by a Wayne Duggan free. Mike Frank Russell slotted another free for Rangers (his 8th point of the day) as normal time expired to put just a point between the sides again, but the time allowed at the end of the game was not too generous and referee Eddie Walsh blew the final whistle to give the visitors the all important league points. Full Time score: Laune Rangers 1-12, John Mitchels, 2-10
The team that made fewer errors in this game was the one that took the spoils, as Mitchel’s two first half goals were both avoidable. Rangers’ David Costello and Shane McSweeney were a constant threat to the opposition, while the evergreen Mike Frank Russell punished every defensive foul by the Mitchels to finish with 0-8 with 7 coming from placed ball. The availability of Alan O’Donoghue was a huge bonus to John Mitchels as he kept Rangers’ Kieran Crowley busy throughout. Jake Moran and Wayne Duggan put in solid performances also, but the difference maker on the day was Jonathan O’Halloran. The wing forward contributed some important scores including the team’s second goal, which proved to be the difference on the day. The result of this game means that John Mitchels are very much in the hunt for promotion and are joint leaders, while Rangers are lingering above the bottom three with teams below them having a game in hand.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Tommy O’Callaghan, Johnny Carey, Kieran Crowley, Chris Riordan, Ronan Sayers, Ryan Keane, Maurice Foley, Daniel Macbeth, David Costello (0-1), Shane McSweeney (0-3), John Tyther, Pa Joy (1-0), Colm O’Shea, Michael F Russell (0-8, 7f). Subs used: John Sheehan, Padraig Murphy, Patrick Daly.
John Mitchels: Dermot Raggett, Dan Kerins, Lawrence Bastible, Cian Sheridan, Frank O’Donnell, Brendan O’Mahony, Ciarán Deane, Mike Wrenn, Mike Deane, Jonathan O’Halloran (1-2), Stevie O’Mahony (0-1), Jake Moran, Alan O’Donoghue (0-3f), Wayne Duggan (0-3, 1f), Sean Moloney (1-1). Sub used: John Horgan.