above: - Laune Rangers squad finalise preperations in stormy Kenmare on Saturday evening.
The wind picked up during the break, and Laune Rangers faced an uphill task as they also had to deal with the sheets of rain that were driving into their faces for the second half. Paul O’Connor pointed for the home side in the opening minute of the half, & Rangers problems were compounded when Fionan O’Sullivan found the net for the home side a minute later to give his side a seven point lead. The visitors introduced John O’Shea from the bench & he added impetus to his side with three unanswered points while Tony Lyons twice kept Kenmare at bay with saves to leave the score at 1-9 to 0-8 in favour of Kenmare with 10 minutes to go. Substitute David Costello put a goal scoring opportunity into the hands of the Kenmare goalkeeper, as Rangers’ momentum waned & Kenmare pushed on in the closing minutes and scored three final points through Paul O’Connor (2) and Kevin O’Sullivan to make the score Kenmare 1-12, Laune Rangers 0-8 as referee Eddie Walsh blew the final whistle on this rain-soaked encounter to give Kenmare the win.
The conditions did not encourage open, expansive football but there were some stand out performances. Veteran Pa Sheehan drove Laune Rangers on throughout the game, but Paul O’Connor was the difference maker on the day with a 9 point haul between placed ball and scores from play.
Kenmare Team: Kieran Fitzgerald, Dara Crowley, Tommy O’Sullivan, Stephen O’Sullivan, Sean O’Leary, Mark Crowley, Patrice O’Shea, Shane Dalton, Michael Randles, Rory O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Sullivan (0-2), Alan O’Leary, Dean Cassidy, Paul O’Connor (0-9), Fionan O’Sullivan (1-1).
Laune Rangers Team: Tony Lyons, Kevin O’Sullivan, Tommy O’Callaghan, Michael O’Sullivan, Kieran Crowley (0-1), Chris Riordan, Pa Sheehan, Padraig Murphy, Shane Daly, Ryan Keane, John Tyther, Jerry Coffey, Colm O’Shea (0-3), Pa Joy , Shane O’Connor (0-1). Subs Used: John O’Shea (0-3), David Costello, Ronan Sayers, Michael F Russell, John Lodder.