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.