The Division Two table following the Round 6 matches
Glenflesk took the lead in the first minute, and maintained that lead to the quarter mark as Gary O’Donoghue and Gavin Kelly pointed for the home side while Mike Frank Russell slotted a free to leave Glenflesk leading by 0-2 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. Russell levelled matters with another free before John O’Shea put the visitors into the lead with a free of his own. Rangers were now beginning to dominate and when Ronan Sayers intercepted a Glenflesk pass in the opposition half, he found Shane McSweeney in support who in turn went on a mazy run towards goal from the touchline and passed the ball across the square for David Costello to palm the ball to the net. Glenflesk’s Lee O’Donoghue slotted two frees to put just two points between the sides before Shane McSweeney had a chance for Rangers’ second goal, only for the ball to rocket past the post and ripple the net behind the goals – deceiving the travelling Rangers supporters into thinking he had scored for a split second. This was almost compounded when, on the next possession, Glenflesk full forward Padraig Healy was brought to ground inside the square for a penalty. Lee O’Donoghue placed his kick to the goalkeeper’s lower right hand corner, but Tony Lyons was equal to it and the Rangers net minder saved superbly. The resulting 45 went wide & the half time whistle was blown. The score at the break:- Glenflesk 0-4, Laune Rangers 1-3.
John O’Shea opened the 2nd half scoring after just two minutes with a pointed free, before Lee O’Donoghue cancelled it out with a free of his own. Padraig Murphy then kicked Rangers first point from play in the 38th minute, before substitute Damien Moynihan pointed for Glenflesk with his first touch. John O’Shea and Gavin Kelly exchanged points to leave Laune Rangers leading by 1-6 to 0-7 with a quarter remaining. Lee O’Donoghue kicked his fourth pointed free of the game to put the minimum between the sides, but Mike Frank Russell kicked two super long range points in quick succession – one with each foot – to give Rangers three point lead with nine minutes to play. Rangers experienced players, with John Sheehan now on the field, managed to close out the game and Russell kicked the insurance point from a free before the final whistle was blown. Full time score:- Glenflesk 0-8, Laune Rangers 1-9.
This win was hugely important for Laune Rangers as it provided them with two important league points to move them above Glenflesk to 6th in the table. John O’Shea & Pa Joy provided a threat to the Glenflesk defence throughout, while the fullback line of Tommy O’Callaghan, Johnny Carey & particularly Kieran Crowley – who held outstanding minor player Lee O’Donoghue scoreless from play – were solid. David Costello and Ronan Sayers grew into their respective roles as the game progressed to excel, with Costello finding the net to finish the move started by Sayers. However, it was the veteran players that made the difference on the day. Tony Lyons pulled off a magnificent save from a player half his age, while Mike Frank Russell proved that he is still box office. His two points from play were excellently struck, and added three great frees for a five point haul.
Glenflesk: Timmy Cronin, Eoin O’Meara, Jerry Kennedy, Shane Courtney, Gary O’Donoghue (0-1), Shane Dennehy, Donal O’Sullivan, Eric O’Donoghue, Kieran Murphy, Danny Lucey, Conor O’Donoghue, Joe O’Donovan, Gavin Kelly (0-2), Padraig Healy, Lee O’Donoghue (0-4f). Subs: Damien Moynihan (0-1), Brian O’Donoghue.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Tommy O’Callaghan, Michael O’Sullivan, Johnny Carey, Chris Riordan, Kieran Crowley, Ronan Sayers, Maurice Foley, Padraig Murphy (0-1), David Costello (1-0), Shane McSweeney, Ryan Keane, Pa Joy, John O’Shea (0-3, 2f), Michael F Russell (0-5, 3f). Subs: John Sheehan, Daniel Macbeth, Colm O’Shea.