2015 County League Div II:- Laune Rangers v Spa Killarney. 22/3/15

posted 22 Mar 2015, 11:10 by Laune Rangers   [ updated 22 Mar 2015, 11:11 ]

Spa rally to rescue draw in Killorglin

Points shared in Round One:- Laune Rangers 0-11, Spa Killarney 0-11

The County Senior Football League got up and running on Sunday & in a repeat of the 2014 opening day, Laune Rangers hosted Spa in JP O’Sullivan Park. In glorious conditions, Rangers got off to a bright start and points from Peter Crowley, Shane McSweeney and two frees by Colm O’Shea put them 0-4 to 0-1 ahead after 15 minutes – Liam Kearney pointing a free for the visitors. Following a well point from Matt Moynihan for Spa, Rangers full forward Pa Joy found himself through on goal, only for his shot to blaze over the crossbar. Shane McSweeney followed it up with a excellent point off the outside of his boot to put Rangers four points ahead, but Spa rallied late in the half & points from Liam Kearney (free) and Mike McCarthy halved the deficit going into the break. The Half Time score: Laune Rangers 0-6, Spa 0-4.

Spa introduced two substitutes at the break, and one of them – Mike Foley – found himself on the scoresheet inside the first minute. Mike McCarthy pointed shortly afterwards for Spa to tie the game up, but Colm O’Shea pointed twice in as many minutes for Rangers (the first a free), to restore Rangers’ lead. Spa’s other half time substitute Evan Cronin showed some phenomenal fielding ability to win the ball for Spa, and kicked the best point of the game to reduce the gap to the minimum on the 40th minute. However, Rangers again responded & when Peter Crowley was fouled on the right flank, John O’Shea was introduced from the bench & pointed the resulting free to put the home side 0-9 to 0-7 ahead with a quarter remaining. Shane Daly added another for Rangers but this was quickly cancelled out by the on form Mike McCarthy. Pa Joy pointed for Rangers on the 55th minute putting three points between the sides again, but a Liam Kearney free followed by two points by Mike McCarthy tied the game up before the final whistle. Full Time score: Laune Rangers 0-11, Spa 0-11.

Laune Rangers and Spa share the spoils in Round One for the second consecutive year. Colm O’Shea shone for Laune Rangers while the standout Spa player and indeed the best player on the day was an easy pick – minor player Mike McCarthy produced an excellent display and his five point tally rescued the point for Spa.

Laune Rangers Team: Tony Lyons, Kevin O’Sullivan, Tommy O’Callaghan, Michael O’Sullivan, Chris Riordan, Peter Crowley (0-1), Kieran Crowley, Jerry Coffey, Padraig Murphy, Ryan Keane, Shane McSweeney (0-2), John Tyther, Colm O’Shea (0-4, 3 f), Pa Joy (0-2), Shane O’Connor. Subs used: Shane Daly (0-1), John O’Shea (0-1), Pa Sheehan, Michael F Russell.

Spa Team: James Devane, Mike Finnegan, Aidan Cahill, Tim Hussey, Shane Lynch, Shane Cronin, Dan O’Donoghue, Andrew Garnett, Matt Moynihan (0-1), Mike McCarthy (0-5), Liam Kearney (0-3f), Ciarán Spillane, Rory O’Riordan, Aidan Sheppard, Pat Cronin. Subs used: Mike Foley (0-1), Evan Cronin (0-1).