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).