above: Shane Daly fields the ball in midfield in Laune Rangers home County League tie against Listowel Emmets.
LOTTO: Lotto results for Sunday 12th April. There was no winner of the €2,800 jackpot. The numbers drawn were 01 – 06 – 09 – 26. The Consolation Prizes were won by the following: €100 Sean Joy, sold by Mike O’Shea; €50 Gene Evans, standing order. Credit Union Vouchers €25: Pat Mahony, standing order & Sarah Cronin, sold by Colette. Next week’s jackpot will be €2,800.
SENIORS: The overnight rain subsided in Killorglin on Sunday, as Listowel Emmets made the journey to face Laune Rangers in County League Division Two. There was nothing to separate the sides in the opening half as the each side had periods of dominance. Shane McSweeney and John O’Shea were firing for the home side while Conor Cox, David Sheehy and Rici Hanley pointed for Emmets as the sides went in at the break with scores tied. Half Time: Laune Rangers 0-5, Listowel Emmets 0-5. Laune Rangers began the second half with an immediate goalscoring opportunity, but Shane McSweeney’s shot was stopped by a fantastic Keith Hughes save. To compound this, Conor Cox immediately added a free for Listowel at the other end & shortly afterwards slotted a 45 to put his side two points up – a five point swing in the space of three minutes. Listowel further stretched their lead on the 46th minute when a penalty was awarded for them as Conor Cox was adjudged to be fouled inside the square, and the offending party Keith Sheehan was given a black card for his efforts. Cox dispatched the penalty himself to give the visitors a 1-7 to 0-5 lead with a quarter remaining. Rangers responded well though and found the net themselves to reduce the deficit back to two – Shane McSweeney’s shot stopped by Listowel goalkeeper Hughes, but the netminder was adjudged to have been behind the goal line. Following prolonged discussion with umpires, the goal stood. A John O’Shea point for Rangers was sandwiched between two Emmets points courtesy of Jake Moriarty & a Conor Cox 45 to leave 3 points between the sides with 4 minutes to play. There was plenty time for more drama, as Pa Joy was hauled down inside the square for another penalty. John O’Shea stepped up and placed it into the top corner to tie the scores as time expired. However, Listowel weren’t prepared to settle for a point, and a point by Rici Hanley was followed up by a David Sheehy goal in injury time to take the spoils for the visitors. Full time score: Laune Rangers 2-6, Listowel Emmets 2-10. John O’Shea’s place kicks kept Rangers in touch throughout this game & finished with a tally of 1-4, while Shane Daly fielded some great ball at midfield. The visitors were deserved winners though, & the linkup play between veteran Noel Kennelly outfield and Conor Cox at full forward caused constant problems for the home side, and Cox’s performance earned him 1-5. Laune Rangers: Tony Lyons, Kevin O’Sullivan, Tommy O’Callaghan, Michael O’Sullivan, Chris Riordan, Kieran Crowley, Keith Sheehan (black card), Maurice Foley, Shane Daly, Ryan Keane, Shane McSweeney (1-2), David Costello, John O’Shea (1-4), Pa Joy, John Tyther. Subs used: John Sheehan, Ronan Sayers, Pa Sheehan (bc replacement), Colm O’Shea, Shane O’Connor.
MINORS: Our Minors next fixture is home to John Mitchels on Friday evening. Throw in at JP O’Sullivan Park is at 6:30pm
U16 BOYS: Our U16s take on Austin Stacks on Monday evening Connelly Park Tralee in Central League.
U14 BOYS Féile peil NA nÓG: Laune Rangers U-14 travelled to Rathmore on Saturday for Round One of the annual Feile competition. The competition is played with full rules over two ten minute halves. The first match was against Rathmore and was played in blustery conditions. Rathmore started the stronger scoring a goal and a point in the first half. Rangers responded with two points from Shane Doona to leave the deficit at two points at the break. Rangers started better in the second half and a goal from Shane Doona left his side one point ahead. Matt Leslie pointed to stretch the lead. Rathmore responded with a point but Rangers the rangers defence was able to withstand the pressure and held out for a one point win. Next up was Dr Crokes and this proved to be another hard fought affair. Playing with a strong wind in the first half Rangers led thanks to two points from Ronan O’Shea. Crokes started the second half well and kicked a goal and three points unanswered. A Gearoid Hassett goal brought Laune back into the match but two more points from Crokes kept their lead. Rangers managed another point before the end but it wasn’t enough with Crokes coming out winners 1-5 to 1-3. It all came down to the last match against Na Gaeil. They had also won one and lost one so this was a winner takes all encounter for a place in next week’s Semi-Finals. Rangers showed a huge amount of determination and started with great intensity. An early goal and point by Ronan O’Shea followed by a goal from Jack Evans helped Rangers to a 2-1 to 0-2 lead at half time. There was no let-up in the second half with Gearoid Hassett scoring three points along with a goal by Matt Leslie and a point by Shane Doona. Na Gaeil got a consolation goal but at the end it was Laune that came out winners 3-5 to 1-3 and now advance to the semi-final stage next Saturday. This is a great achievement for all the players in the squad and is just rewards for all the hard training done over the past few months. It was great to see so many parents making the trip to Rathmore to support and hopefully we will have even more support next week for the semi-final. Thanks must also go to Rathmore GAA for hosting the event. Panel : R Fitzpatrick, R O’Connor, J Hurley, T O’Shea, C Burke, G Griffin, E Madden, E Clifford, D Mangan, G Hassett, S Doona, R O’Shea, D Callan, M Leslie, J Evans, S Cleary, S O’Sullivan, N Fenton, J Carey, S Sealey, M Faye, N Houlihan, T O’Shea, S Cronin, J Clifford. They also play away to Legion on Wed April 15th at 7:15pm in the County League.
UNDER 14 GIRLS: Laune Rangers travelled the long and winding road to Templenoe on Friday evening for a much anticipated game against Kenmare. Both teams went into the game un-beaten with two comfortable wins each under their belts, so a close match was expected. Kenmare had the breeze and started well on this very tight pitch and scored some cleverly worked points. The Ranger girls took a while to adjust to the speed and intensity of a strong Kenmare team but gradually started to get into the game. Christina O’Brien & Lucy O’Donnell gave solid performances in a Rangers defence that worked hard and were under pressure for extended periods of the first half. Rangers got back into the game with some well taken points from Nicole Moriarty and Hanna Joy and it took a goal from a Nicole Moriarty penalty mid way in the half to bring Rangers right back into the game and they trailed Kenmare by 2 points with a half time score of Rangers 1-4 to Kenmare’s 1-6. Heavy and relentless rain swept in from Kenmare Bay but it failed to dampen the spirits of these two U14 teams as the second half started where the first left off. Rangers now had the wind in their sails and the game was brought level with some converted Hannah Joy frees which were well earned by Etain O’Meara who ran tirelessly and with speed at the Kenmare defence. The Rangers team grew in stature and this was demonstrated as centre back Lucy Knight ran through midfield and kicked a powerful 30 yard point to inspire her team. Nicole Moriarty added another great point to give Rangers a slim lead mid way in the second half and the momentum swung to Rangers when Alanna Dolan drove the ball to the net for a goal that gave Rangers a solid lead. Kenmare fought back, but scores from Hannah Joy & Nicole Moriarty maintained the Rangers lead of 2 points. Sodden supporters and coaches roared their teams on for the final minutes as dusk moved in and time ran out on a tense, hard fought game. Final score: Laune Rangers 2-10 to Kenmare 2-8. The U14 ‘white’ side faced Dr Crokes on Easter Monday. A sunny evening in Cloon greeted the two teams on Easter Monday. Laune Rangers made a great start to this game, which was a marked improvement on previous games, and they were the better side in the first half. The half ended with Rangers 1-9 to Dr.Crokes 0-12. In the second half Crokes came alive. 2 goals in quick succession changed the momentum of the game and despite the Rangers girls battling hard they lost their way and a few more Crokes goals finished the game. The final score Dr. Crokes 6-13 Laune Rangers 1-12. This young Laune Rangers team are improving steadily as the season progresses and despite the scoreline ( which ran away from them in the second half ) they were well in contention and competitive in this game. Final score: Dr. Crokes 6-13 Laune Rangers 1-12. Scorers: Caragh Browne 1-0, Nessa Healy 0-3, Hannah McGeever 0-4, Andrea Nolan 0-3, Meadbh Sheehan 0-2.
UNDER 12 BOYS: Our three Under 12 sides were in action over the last weekend & all won. Results: i) Dr Crokes 2-8, Laune Rangers ‘Green’ 5-19. ii) Dr Crokes 2-11, Laune Rangers ‘White’ 5-14. iii) Laune Rangers ‘Gold’ 4-10, Ballyduff 4-2. Well done all.
UNDERAGE TRAINING: Our U6, U8, & U10 players have returned to training. The boys train on Sundays from 10 to 11:30am at JP O’Sullivan Park – contact 086 2253663 for more information. The girls train on Wednesdays from 6-7pm in JP O’Sullivan Park, while our Under 12 girls follow & train at 7-8pm at JP O’Sullivan Park – contact 086 8928934 for more information.
STRICTLY DVD: The DVD of our phenomenal ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ 2014 is currently being completed & is available for pre-order. If you are interested in purchasing the DVD, please contact Aidan Clifford on 0879065927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . At just €10, it is a great production deserving of a place in any DVD collection!
MEMBERSHIP 2015: Laune Rangers is now open to Club Membership for 2015. Subscription fees are as follows: Family €70, Full member €50, OAP €20. These can be paid to Club Registrars Mary Gallagher or Tim Cronin.