Laune Rangers hosted Spa in the Co League Division 2 opener on Sunday. Scored were exchanged in the early minutes as points from Mike Frank Russell and Kevin Flynn (free) were met with a brace from Michael O’Donoghue (1 play, 1 free) to leave the scores level at 0-2 a piece after 12 minutes. O’Donoghue had a goal chance saved by Jason Browne but the rebound went over the bar to give Spa the lead before Craig Hickey did find the net to give the visitors a 1-3 to 0-2 lead on the quarter mark. Shane McSweeney (Rangers) and Brian Russell (Spa) exchanged points before Laune Rangers went on the offensive for the last 5 mins of the half. Points from Kevin Flynn (2) (1 free), Mike Frank Russell & Pa Joy drew the sides level at the break 0-7 to 1-4.
Rangers started the 2nd half as the ended the 1st, with three unanswered points from Colm O’Shea, Kevin Flynn and Pa Joy. Spa immediately responded with three points from Michael O’Donoghue to draw the sides level 0-10 to 1-7 after 40 minutes. Laune Rangers captain and fullback Jonathan Carey was then black carded for a cynical challenge on his opponent, and O’Donoghue pointed the resulting free to give his side the lead. That lead lasted for all of 3 minutes, before Kevin Flynn pointed a free for Laune Rangers to level it up. Again points were exchanged between O’Donoghue for Spa and Mc Sweeney for Rangers before some great work from Colm O’Shea got Rangers into an attacking position and he passed off to Pa Joy who found the net & put Laune Rangers ahead 1-12 to 1-9 with a quarter of the game to play. A Hugh Donoghue point for Spa was cancelled out by a trademark 50m free kick from the ground by evergreen Mike Frank Russell. Aidan Cahill then scored a fine point for Spa before Colm O’Shea got another for Rangers to leave the score at 1-14 to 1-11 in favour of the home side with 6 minutes to play. Spa rallied though, and Brian Russell and Michael O’Donoghue points put just one between the teams with a minute to go. Laune Rangers then committed a foul to give Spa the chance to equalize and with the final kick of the game, O’Donoghue scored his tenth point of the game from 40 yards to tie the game and share the points.
Laune Rangers: 1 Jason Browne, 2 Kevin O'Sullivan, 3 Jonathan Carey (capt), 4 Keith Sheehan, 5 Kieran Crowley, 6 Chris Riordan, 7 Michael O'Sullivan, 8 Padraig Murphy, 9 Shane Daly, 10 Shane McSweeney(0-2), 11 Michael F Russell(0-3), 12 Ryan Keane, 13 Kevin Flynn (0-5), 14 Pa Joy (1-2), 15 Colm O'Shea (0-2). Subs: John O'Shea for Keane, John Tyther for K O'Sullivan, Aaron Gamble for Carey (Black Card), Daniel Macbeth for Flynn, Liam Quirke for O'Shea
Spa: 1 James Devane, 2 Mike Finnegan, 3 Hugh Donoghue (0-1), 4 Alfie Giles, 5 Aidan Cahill (0-1), 6 Shane Lynch, 7 Eoin Cronin, 8 Andrew Garnett, 9 Ivor Flynn, 10 Shane Fenton, 11 Cormac Cronin, 12 Ryan O’Carroll, 13 Craig Hickey (1-0), 14 Michael O’Donoghue (0-10), 15 Brian Russell (0-2). Subs: John Falvey, Jamie Spillane, Timmy Healy.