Mid-Kerry Senior Football League Final – Sunday 1st April
Laune Rangers: 1-12
Milltown was the venue for the Mid-Kerry Senior Football Final on Sunday when Laune Rangers and Keel met for the second time in recent weeks. Laune Rangers were looking for back-to-back League wins while Keel were hoping to take the Dermot Twiss Memorial Cup for themselves.
A last gasp Laune Rangers goal wasn’t enough for the Killorglin side to make it two-in-a-row as Keel held out to win by the narrowest of margins.
The first half was a fairly even affair with both sides matching each other pretty much point-for-point. Laune Rangers opened the scoring with Ryan Keane pointing from the throw-in. Keel levelled things in the 3rd minute before Pa Joy fisted over a point for the Killorglin side in the 4th minute to put them back in front. The game was level again in the 7th minute when Thomas Ladden claimed the ball cleanly from a Laune Rangers kick-out, a good ball into the forwards was finished by Gary Sayers to make it 0-02 a piece. Keel took the lead in the 12th minute, a lead they were never to give up, through a Liam Sheehan free. This was followed by another Gary Sayers effort two minutes later after some good work by corner forward, Terry O’Sullivan giving Keel a two point lead (0-04 to 0-02). Mike Frank Russell got one back for the Laune-siders with fifteen minutes on the clock however this was cancelled out by another Liam Sheehan point soon after. Both sides swapped points in the minutes that followed with Chris Riordan scoring for Rangers and Liam Sheehan adding to his tally for Keel. Liam Sheehan added another for Keel in the 24th minute, despite Rangers Shane McSweeney getting his fingertips in, it wasn’t enough the stop Sheehan’s shot from sailing over the crossbar. Points from Pa Joy and Jerry Coffey brought the game back to one point with less than three minutes of the half remaining before Gary Sayers extended Keel’s lead once more when he converted a free. The final action of the half could have ended in a Laune Rangers goal as Shane McSweeney was powering through the Keel backs but a foul on McSweeney saw Mike Frank Russell convert the resulting free leaving the score Keel 0-08 to 0-07 Laune Rangers at the short whistle.
Keel started the second half the stronger with four unanswered points in the opening 12 minutes of the half. The pick of these being a Gary Sayers effort after some good passing from the Keel side. Mike Frank Russell opened Laune Rangers scoring with 14 minutes of the second half played when he converted a free leaving four points between the sides (0-12 to 0-08). Keel keeper, Michael Evans, was tested by the Rangers forwards soon after but Evans pulled off a good save to a Mike Frank Russell shot. Another free from the boot of Russell saw Rangers cut the Keel lead to three points with 10 minutes remaining. In the 21st minute, Keel were denied a certain goal when a Liam Sheehan shot hit the upright and came back into play and was cleared out as far as James Long who pushed their lead back out to four points with a well taken point. Shane McSweeney and Gary Sayers swapped points in the minutes that followed leaving the score 0-14 to 0-10 in Keel’s favour with 5 minutes left on the clock. Further Keel points from Moss Moriarty and Liam Sheehan saw Keel hold a six point advantage with just three minute remaining. Laune Rangers continued to push forward in search of a goal. This goal came when Johnny Carey was denied by the upright, the ball fell nicely for Pa Joy who made no mistake in finding the Keel net. Joy added a point soon after the leave just two points between the sides with seconds remaining. The last action of the game saw Laune Rangers Tom McGillycuddy’s shot rise up and over the crossbar giving Keel the win by the narrowest of margins. Final score in Milltown: Keel 0-16 to 1-12 Laune Rangers.
Keel: Michael Evans, Aaron Cahillane, Emmet Ashe, Barth Murphy, Shane Prendiville, Gary Nagle, James Nagle, Moss Moriarty, Thomas Ladden, Gary Sayers, Martin Burke, James Long, Terry O’Sullivan, Jason Foley, Liam Sheehan. SUBS: Stephen Cahillane, Kieran Foley, Ronan Sayers, John R. Deane, Shane Buckley, David Flaherty, David Clifford, John Lawlor, Colm O’Neill, Sean Hilliard, Michael O’Shea, Niall Sheehan.
Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons (Captain), Eoin O’Sullivan, John Sheehan, Ryan Lucey, Michael O’Sullivan, Jeremy O’Callaghan, Christopher Riordan, Shane McSweeney, Tom McGillycuddy, Jerry Coffey, Mike Frank Russell, Pa Sheehan, Paudie Murphy, Pa Joy, Ryan Keane. SUBS: Jason Browne, Shane O’Connor, Colm O’Shea, Geoffrey Mahony, Eamon Carey, Johnny Lynch, Johnny Carey, Liam Clifford, Cormac Johnston, Aaron Gamble.
Best for Keel: Terry O’Sullivan, Liam Sheehan, Gary Sayers and Thomas Ladden.
Best for Rangers: Pa Joy, Shane McSweeney, Mike Frank Russell and Chris Riordan.
Referee: James O’Sullivan (Firies)