Laune Rangers 0-12, Castleisland Desmonds 2-13
Laune Rangers hosted Castleisland Desmonds in a sunny Killorglin on Saturday evening. Castleisland started much brighter than their hosts and following 3 wides and a point blank save by Rangers goalkeeper Tony Lyons, Cian O’Connor finally put the first mark on the scoreboard with a pointed free after 5 minutes. This was followed by another from play by O’Connor, a Thomas Hickey 45, & points from Kieran Brennan and Maurice Hickey. Shane McSweeney registered Laune Rangers first score of the game on the quarter mark to leave the home side trailing 0-1 to 0-5 after 15 minutes. Desmonds hit another purple patch and scored 3 more points in the next three minutes through Thomas Hickey (free), Kieran Brennan & Gearoid McCarthy before they really confirmed their dominance with a Barry O’Neill goal. Points from Mike Frank Russell (free) & Ryan Keane & one in response from a Thomas Hickey free saw out the half. The score at the break was: Laune Rangers 0-3, Castleisland Desmonds 1-9.
Rangers opened the second half brightly & were able to eat into the substantial lead with points from McSweeney and Russell, but Desmonds struck again with a second goal – Kieran Brennan the man to find the net. Desmonds added insult to injury through points from Cian O’Connor (free) and Barry O’Neill. Now twelve points behind with 20 minutes remaining, Rangers managed to find a level of fluency and scored 5 unanswered points from Russell (free & two 45s), Pa Joy & substitute John O’Shea. They could have reduced the gap even further, only for the heroics of Desmonds goalkeeper Ger Reidy who pulled off 4 saves in the half to stop Rangers finding the net & effectively killed off the Rangers fightback. Points from Maurice & Thomas Hickey were cancelled out by a brace from Shane McSweeney to make the score at the final whistle:- Laune Rangers 0-12, Castleisland Desmonds 2-13.
The ageless Mike Frank Russell got Rangers moving when he moved in closer to goal in the second half, while Shane McSweeney never stopped trying at centre forward. Tony Lyons made two fine saves yet was the second best goalie on the field as Ger Reidy was magnificent in the second half to keep Castleisland’s dominant lead intact. As well as Reidy, The Hickeys Maurice and Thomas were outstanding, while Kieran Brennan & & Barry O’Neill took their goals well.
Laune Rangers:- Tony Lyons, Kieran Crowley, Johnny Carey, Keith Sheehan, Ryan Keane (0-1), John Sheehan, John Tyther, Mark Healy, Padraig Murphy, Geoffrey O’Mahony, Shane McSweeney (0-4), Colm O’Shea, Michael F Russell (0-5), Pa Joy (0-1), Shane O’Connor. Subs: Shane Daly, Chris Riordan, Michael O’Sullivan, John O’Shea (0-1), Aaron Gamble, Tommy O’Callaghan.
Castleisland Desmonds:- Ger Reidy, Niall Mitchell, Maurice Lynch, Barry Lynch, Denis O’Connor, Gearoid McCarthy (0-1), Stan Devane, Pat Fitzgerald, Kieran O’Callaghan, Cian O’Connor (0-3), Patrick Hickey, Barry O’Neill (1-1), Thomas Hickey (0-4), Kieran Brennan (1-2), Maurice Hickey (0-2). Subs: Maurice O’Connell, Tomas Lynch, Graham O’Connor, Pa White.