Laune Rangers took on Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar in the final of the Mid Kerry U21 Championship in Milltown on Saturday evening. In fine conditions, Rangers found themselves playing against a light breeze & had the first chance of the game inside the first minute when John Tyther had a goal chance saved by CGG goalkeeper Padraig McMahon. The amalgamated side then registered the first scores of the game when Tommy Cahill pointed two frees in quick succession to give his side the lead. Rangers then found their scoring boots and points from Jack O’Connor, John O’Shea and Aaron Gamble gave the Laune-siders the lead, before Danny O’Sullivan then scored a point for Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar to level the game up at the end of the first quarter. Jack O’Connor & John Tyther points for Rangers were cancelled out by points by Michael Kelly and Tommy Cahill (free). John O’Shea added two points before the break, the first a fine score from an acute angle & the second from a free. The score at half time was Laune Rangers 0-7, Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-5.
The 2nd Half was less than a minute old when Rangers midfielder Michael O’Sullivan was brought down in the square to earn his side a penalty. It was duly dispatched by Jack O’Connor to stretch the lead to five points. CGG raised their game again though and a sustained period of possession saw them eat into the Rangers lead and. Tommy Cahill first slotted a free, before Calvin Teahan found the net for his side. Sean Teahan’s point levelled the game at 1-7 a piece before Tommy Cahill slotted another free to give his side the lead with a quarter of the game to go. However, Laune Rangers dug their heels in and regained the lead when substitute David Costello found the net for a super goal on the 47th minute. This gave the momentum to the Laune-siders again, and victory was assured when, in quick succession, wing back Aaron Gamble got Rangers 3rd goal and Daniel Macbeth found the top corner with a stunning strike for the 4th. This gave Rangers an eight point lead with 5 minutes to go. Tommy Cahill stroked a final free for CGG but it was no more than a consolation score. The Final Score was Laune Rangers 4-7, Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-9 & Laune Rangers were crowned Mid-Kerry U21 Champions for the first time in 11 years.
Laune Rangers: G Naughton, S O’Sullivan, K Sheehan, K O’Sullivan, A Gamble (1-1), L Bradley, E O’Sullivan, S Daly, M O’Sullivan, J Tyther (0-1), L Quirke, D Macbeth (1-0), J O’Shea (0-3), J O’Connor (1-2), W Delaney. Subs: D Costello (1-0) for Delaney, J Lodder for O’Shea. Cromane/Glenbeigh/Glencar: P McMahon, D Ahern, B Foley, D O’Connor, S Riordan, M Houlihan, J Brosnan, D O’Sullivan(0-1), S Roche, S Teahan (0-1), T Cahill (0-6), M Kelly (0-1), D Flaherty, C Teahan (1-0), D Griffin. Subs: J Murphy for O’Connor.