Laune Rangers 2-18, Tarbert 0-6
Laune Rangers hosted Tarbert in Round 8 of County League Division 2 on Sunday. As well as the inter-county players Peter Crowley & Shane Enright, there were a number of absentees from the teams. Pa Joy & Ryan Keane were unavailable to Laune Rangers, while Tarbert were missing a number of usual starters such as Shane O’Connor, Kieran Deenihan, & Paddy O’Connell.
The home side took control of the game early on. A 2nd minute Shane McSweeney point opened the scoring before John O’Shea found the bottom corner of the net for a goal following a great run from minor wing forward John Tyther. John O’Shea followed it up with a well taken point with his favoured left foot, & Shane McSweeney & Mike Frank Russell (free) had added points, before a great run upfield from full back Johnny Carey found him through on goal but he selflessly passed to Colm O’Shea who tapped into the empty net. Tarbert opened their account with a Gerald O’Sullivan free, but John Tyther cancelled it out with a well taken point to leave Rangers leading 2-5 to 0-1 with a quarter of the game gone. O’Sullivan managed another two frees for Tarbert in the 2nd quarter, but points from John O’Shea, Shane McSweeney & Russell (2, 1f) saw Rangers go for the dressing rooms at the break with a commanding lead. Half time score:- Laune Rangers 2-9, Tarbert 0-3.
The home side didn’t allow complacency set in on resumption of play, and scored 8 unanswered points from Padraig Murphy, McSweeney (2), Russell (free), Colm O’Shea (free), John O’Shea (2,1f) & Tyther before Tarbert managed their first score of the second half & indeed their first from play in the game through John Kelliher in the 50th minute. Laune Rangers had now emptied their bench and, after Gerald O’Sullivan (free) and Danny Wrenn pointed for the visitors, Shane McSweeney added his sixth point of the day for the game’s final score.
While Tarbert’s absentees were huge losses & there were a number of wides for both teams, Laune Rangers will be happy with the level of performance put in by all. The captain Johnny Carey was solid at fullback, while the young players John Tyther, Daniel Macbeth, and Shane Daly are all progressing well. Russell showed glimpses of his renowned greatness with a superb first half point & 19 year old John O’Shea’s tally of 1-4 was well deserved, but the outstanding performance was that of Shane McSweeney, who again was at the centre of all things good in the Rangers performance and his tally of 0-6 from play at centre forward was hugely impressive.
Laune Rangers: Jason Browne, Kieran Crowley, Johnny Carey, Keith Sheehan, Chris Riordan, John Sheehan, Aaron Gamble, Shane Daly, Padraig Murphy (0-1), John Tyther (0-2), Shane McSweeney (0-6), Daniel Macbeth, John O’Shea (1-4, 1f), Michael F Russell (0-4, 3f), Colm O’Shea (1-1, 1f). Subs used: David Costello, Shane O’Connor, Michael O’Sullivan, Colin O’Dwyer, Gavin O’Shea.
Tarbert: Gavin Breen, Danny Wrenn (0-1), Kevin Wrenn, Danny O’Connor, Evan Allen, Ambrose Lanigan, Ian Flavin, John O’Connell, Conor Flavin, Sean Carrig, John Kelliher (0-1), Michael Normile, Gerard O’Sullivan (0-4f), Donal Leahy, Andrew Doherty. Subs used: Eamon Leahy, Eoghan Diggins, Mark Buckley.