LOTTO: Sunday 11th May: There was no winner of this week’s €2,000 jackpot. The numbers drawn were 9 – 12 – 14 - 19. The consolation prizes were as follows: €100 James Galvin, Garrahadoo, sold by John Galvin. € 50 Liam Keating, Keelcoulaght, sold by John Galvin. CU Vouchers of € 50: Pat O'Mahony, Anglont, standing order & Michael V Foley, Castlemaine, sold by Margaret Galvin. Next week's jackpot will be €2,200. May Lotto Team: Edso Crowley, Pat O'Shea, Danny Healy
SENIOR ‘A’ TEAM: Laune Rangers travelled to Killarney on Saturday evening to take on Legion in the County Senior Football League. The Killorglin side was missing a crucial player in captain Johnny Carey, who picked up an injury in the recent Club Championship tie against Dr Crokes. The inter-county players were all on show and while Peter Crowley lined out for the Rangers, the Killarney side were able to call on their three Kerry players – Brian Kelly, Jonathan Lyne & All-Star James O’Donoghue. The pitch was wet but the rain that had fallen all day stopped in time for the game, although there was a stiff breeze at Legion’s back for the first half.
Legion used the wind advantage and got off to a strong start, scoring two points in the opening minutes. Mike Frank Russell scored for Rangers but Legion followed with another two points to lead 0-4 to 0-1 after a quarter. The 2nd quarter was dominated by the Laune-siders though & 4 team scores, finished by Colm O’Shea, Shane McSweeney, Ryan Keane, and Shane Daly respectively, gave Rangers the lead at the break. Half Time score: Killarney Legion 0-4, Laune Rangers 0-5.
The breeze that had backed Legion in the first half died down considerably before the teams came out for the second. Legion equalized inside a minute after the break and Rangers lost Shane McSweeney to injury shortly after, replaced by Shane O’Connor. The Legion added two more points to lead the game & the visitors problems were compounded when John Sheehan received a black card & had to be replaced – Liam Quirke the man to come on. Rangers rallied though and points from Pa Joy, Russell (free) and Peter Crowley had Rangers deservedly ahead with a quarter of the game to go 0-8 to 0-7. Legion however responded to Rangers three points with a triple of their own and led by two again. Russell added another fine point to reduce the gap to the minimum but it was quickly cancelled out by Legion. Again, Russell pointed – this time a free – and Rangers were within a point of the league favourites with injury time looming. Legion held out though, & following the breakdown of a Rangers move, the home side counter attacked and scored their insurance point with the final kick of the game. The final score in Killarney: Legion 0-12, Laune Rangers 0-10.
Laune Rangers: Jason Browne, Keith Sheehan, Tommy O’Callaghan, Chris Riordan, Peter Crowley (0-1), John Sheehan, Kieran Crowley, Padraig Murphy, Shane Daly (0-1), Ryan Keane (0-1), Shane McSweeney (0-1), Kevin Flynn, Colm O’Shea (0-1), Michael F Russell (0-4), Pa Joy (0-1). Subs used: Shane O’Connor, Liam Quirke, Michael O’Sullivan, Geoffrey O’Mahony. Subs unused: Tadhg Curran, Darren Riordan.
Their next fixture is a home tie against Gneeveguilla in the County League, next Sunday 18th May. The time has yet to be confirmed but is likely to be 2:30pm. Their County Senior Football Championship tie at home to St Brendans has been brought forward by a week. It now takes place on Saturday 24th May at 6:30pm at JP O’Sullivan Park.
DEVELOPMENT ‘B’ TEAM: Our Development side was in action on Tuesday 6th May, at home to Beaufort. In a tight affair the sides could not be split. Having gone in level at 0-4 a piece at half time, a late Beaufort goal tied the game up and with points exchanged in injury time the game finished in a draw. Laune Rangers 1-9, Beaufort 1-9. Laune Rangers Team v Beaufort: Gary Naughton, Dáire Clifford, Ger ‘Twin’ O’Sullivan, Aidan Lynch, Lar O’Connor, Redmond Fitzgerald, Colm O’Mahony (0-1), Cian Foley, Mark Healy, Pa Sheehan (0-3f), Geoffrey O’Mahony (0-1), Shane O’Connor (0-2), Ethan Diggin, Gary Flynn (0-2), Darren Riordan (1-0). Sub: Seamus O’Sullivan for Diggin. They also played Ballydonoghue in the County League on Sunday. Missing a number of players, they travelled with a skeleton team & lost on a score line of 4-21 to 2-4. Laune Rangers Team v Beaufort: Vinnie Costello, Stuart Delaney, Ger ‘Twin’ O’Sullivan, Dáire Clifford, Finnin Brosnan, Tadhg Curran, Lar O’Connor, Cian Foley, Geoffrey O’Mahony, Shane O’Connor, Pa Sheehan, David Coffey, Darren Riordan (0-2), Colin O’Dwyer (2-2), Ethan Diggin. Their next game is an away tie vs Dr Crokes B on Sunday at 2pm.
SENIOR LADIES: Our Senior Ladies side was in action on Monday afternoon, against Inbhear Sceine Gaels in County League Division 1, played in Beaufort. Rangers were missing a number of key players and in a free scoring game, they lost on a score line of 9-11 to 5-12. Ladies Team: Sarah O’Connor, Mary Ann Doherty, Majella Browne, Sarah Clifford, Norina O’Callaghan, Alanna O’Regan, Patrice Dennehy (1-3), Amy Foley (1-1), Sarah Houlihan (0-4), Annmarie O’Donoghue (2-4), Meadhbh Johnston, Klara O’Sullivan, Cliodhna Coffey (1-0). Subs: Cliodhna McSweeney, Ciara O’Sullivan, Emma Breen.
MINORS: Laune Rangers Minor Team took on Annascaul/Lispole in the Final of the Keane’s SuperValu County Minor League Division 3B on Friday night. Both teams took time to acclimatize to the torrential conditions but it was the West Kerry side that got on the scoreboard first. Kerry Minor Bryan Rayel slotted two short range frees in quick succession to give his team the lead but Rangers quickly responded with a point of their own with a point from 18th birthday boy Daniel Macbeth. Manus Gallagher was fouled inside the large rectangle and a penalty was awarded, which was duly dispatched into the net by John Tyther to give Rangers the lead. Rangers were now dominating in midfield and minutes after their first goal, Aidan O’Sullivan got a fist to a wide-bound shot to direct the ball to the net for Ranger’s second. Annascaul then had an attack of their own and when Pierce Tyther’s foul on A/L’s Ryan Manning was deemed to be cynical, he was shown a black card and was replaced by Jesse McCormack. The resulting free was put over by Rayel for the West Kerry men & Rangers now led 2-1 to 0-3 after a quarter. Annascaul attacked again & when Jack O’Connor’s attempt at a point dropped under the bar, Rangers goalie Robert Lynch was wide awake & pushed the ball over. Patrick Daly slotted two frees for Rangers before half time. Laune Rangers led at Half Time on a score of 2-3 to 0-4.
Laune Rangers didn’t let up after the break, and 3 minutes into the second half, a stunning pass from Daniel Macbeth found Manus Gallagher through on goal. The wing forward tapped the ball over the bar for a fine point. Annascaul/Lispole responded with a point by Fionn Coakley before the best point of the evening was scored by John Tyther for Rangers, who split the posts with an effort from 35 yards on the right side of the pitch in torrential rain. Annascaul were now trailing by six & anxious to keep within reach of their opponents they scored two fine points of their own in quick succession – the first from Alan Falvey & the second from Fionn Coakley. Patrick Daly slotted a free for Rangers and with 15 minutes to go, John Tyther’s superb pass found David Costello who smashed it into the bottom corner for a great goal. With a quarter of the game to play, Rangers now led 3-6 to 0-7. Darragh Brosnan kicked a great point for Annascaul/Lispole but it was quickly cancelled out by substitute Jack Smith, who turned & burned his marker to punch the ball over the bar. Frees were exchanged between Patrick Daly & Brian Rayel. Eoghan O’Sullivan & Daniel Macbeth pointed for Rangers heading into injury time, & a fine save by Robert Lynch kept his clean sheet safe. Rayel kicked a great 45 for Annascaul/Lispole with the last kick of the game to leave the final score: Laune Rangers 3-10, Annascaul/Lispole 0-10.
Laune Rangers captain David Costello accepted the Division 3B trophy from County Board PRO John O’Leary, who also announced the Man of the Match as centre back John Tyther. Congratulations to the team who, to a man, put in a fantastic performance & also to the management of Joe Hayes, Brian Gannon, John Clifford and John O’Dwyer.
Laune Rangers Team: Robert Lynch, Pierce Tyther, Aidan Cox, George Evans, Daniel Whittleton, John Tyther (1-1), Neil O’Shea, Daniel Macbeth (0-2), Gearóid Joy, Aidan O’Sullivan (1-0), David Costello (c) (1-0), Manus Gallagher (0-1), Patrick Daly (0-4f), Eoghan O’Sullivan (0-1), John C O’Brien. Subs used: Jesse McCormack, Jack Smith (0-1), Tiernan Clifford, Gavin Riordan.
UNDER 14: Laune Rangers Under 14s took on Churchill in the semi final of the County League Divsion 1 this evening. Churchill, aided by a strong breeze, got off to the better start & scored two points from frees in the opening minutes. Dylan Fitzgerald got Rangers off the mark before a Churchill goal put the visitors in front by four after ten minutes. Shane Doona slotted a free for Rangers before another Churchill goal followed by another pointed free put them in a strong lead at half time; Laune Rangers 0-2, Churchill 2-3. The Home side came out flying in the second half & this time had the wind at their backs. Darragh Cleary scored a fine point which was quickly followed by a point from Eoin Clifford. Rangers had now launched a barrage on the Churchill goal. After the ball had hit the bar twice and forced a fine save from the Churchill goalie with a third shot, Darragh O’Connor finally found the net to put the Laune-siders just two points behind. Churchill got two points of their own before Roan Moriarty pointed and Darragh Cleary struck a stunning shot into the top corner of the net to tie the game up; 2-5 a piece with a quarter to go. Churchill cancelled out a Ronan O’Shea effort before Oisin Daly pulled off a super save in the Rangers goal to keep the sides level. With 5 minutes to play Churchill looked like they had the game won when they scored two points in quick succession. However, Rangers rallied and points from Ronan O’Shea and Darragh O’Connor brought the score level again & forced extra time; 2-8 a piece. Rangers played with the breeze in the opening half of extra time. This allowed them to score 1-3 unanswered, 1-1 from Darragh O’Connor and a point each from Eoin O’Sullivan and Shane Doona. Churchill came out fighting in the second period and with a couple of minutes to play, they scored two goals to tie the game up. Shane Doona got Rangers’ noses in front again with a point but Churchill again responded to level the scores with time up. There was still time for one more twist however, and Churchill scored their 5th goal of the night with virtually the last kick of the game to win it and book their place in the final. Rangers will no doubt be upset after the game but can take comfort in the level of their performance. Laune Rangers Team: Oisin Daly, Evan Madden, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Conor Murphy, Liam Croke, David Mangan, Sean Arthurs, Darragh O’Connor (2-2), Dylan Fitzgerald (0-1), Ronan O’Shea (0-2), Darragh Cleary (1-1), Eoin O’Sullivan (0-1), Eoin Clifford (0-1), Roan Moriarty (0-1), Shane Doona (0-3). Subs: James Hurley, Conor Burke, Gabriel Griffin.
MEMBERSHIP 2014: Laune Rangers is now open to Club Membership for 2014. Subscription fees are as follows: Family €70, Full member €50, OAP €20. These can be paid to Club Registrars Mary Gallagher or Tim Cronin. Our Ladies Membership is also open at the same rates as the men, with the addition of a Ladies County Board Levy of €15 paid by all girls playing U12 upwards. DANCE: Laune Rangers will be hosting PJ Murrihy and his band for a dance this Friday night May 16th. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door on the night. The dance starts at 9:30pm & there are plenty prizes to be won in our raffle.