UNDER 14: Our Under-14s continued their preparations for the upcoming County League with a trip to Castleisland on Sunday last. Missing a number of players, Rangers faced a Castleisland team that were considerably bigger than their Killorglin counterparts on the day. The pre-season training sessions over the last few weeks made up for the size difference though, as those regular attendees at training reaped the rewards in terms of fitness particularly towards the end of the match. The game was played over three 20-minute periods with Castleisland starting the stronger, and they had the Laune defence under pressure for much of the period as they took a few early scores. As Laune started to settle the tackle count increased and the full back-line of Stephen O’Sullivan, Cormac Doyle and Rory O’Connor succeeded in turning over possession and moving the ball into attack. Laune picked off a few points from Ronan O’Shea and Matthew Leslie to open their account. In the second period Rangers grew in confidence, and some great passing moves particularly between Barry O’Connor and Gearoid Hassett resulted in well-taken scores. Nathan Houlihan in full-forward created problems for Castleisland and his perseverance contributed to some vital Laune scores. Good work from Martin Faye, Jack Carey, Dean Callan and James Clifford in the forwards kept the scoreboard ticking over, and this meant that Rangers were firmly back in the game by the end of the second period. A couple of great saves from Ronan Fitzpatrick in goals kept the Desmonds tally to the minimum in the period. Castleisland attacked strongly at the start of the last period but Eoin Clifford at Centre-Back was there time and time again to intercept the Castleisland attack, aided by wing backs Peadar Foley and Niall Fenton. Jack Evans came back on after an injury in the first period and kicked a few long range points to keep Laune Rangers in touch. While missing a number of experienced players, this game showed the depth that there is in this panel of players, and also demonstrated the improvements from those that have consistently gone to the training sessions. With two weeks before the first County League match, there is time to build on the positives from the Castleisland match. Team : R Fitzpatrick, R O’Connor, S O’Sullivan, C Doyle, P Foley, E Clifford, N Fenton-Toms, B O’Connor, R O’Shea, M Leslie, G Hassett, D Callan, J Evans, N Houlihan, M Faye, J Carey, J Clifford.
LOTTO: Lotto results for Sunday 15th March. There was no winner of the €2,000 jackpot. The numbers drawn were 05 – 14 – 19 – 26. The Consolation Prizes were won by the following: €100 Belinda Kissane, sold online; €50 Kevin Galvin, sold by Margaret Galvin. Credit Union Vouchers €25: The Flemings, sold by O’Gradys Bar; Frances & Paul James Browne, sold by Margaret Browne. Next week’s jackpot will be €2,200.
SENIORS: Laune Rangers Seniors hosted Glenbeigh/Glencar in the final Round of the Mid Kerry League on Sunday. The visitors won this game following a dominant first half performance, which included a goal in both the opening and closing minutes – the latter from Darren O’Sullivan who put an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net. With Tommy Cahill unerring on free taking duty, Glenbeigh/Glencar went into the break with a 2-6 to 0-3 lead – Pa Joy, John O’Shea (free) & Pa Sheehan with Rangers’ scores. An impressive showing from Glenbeigh/Glencar substitute Daniel Griffin ensured the visitors didn’t let their lead slip in the second half as he scored three well taken points. Pa Joy, Jerry Coffey, and Chris Riordan pointed before David Costello netted for Rangers. Costello added a point to further add some substance to the scoreboard, but Glenbeigh/Glencar had already done enough with points from Darran O’Sullivan & centre back Fergal Griffin having put the game beyond all doubt in the second half. The final score in Killorglin: Laune Rangers 1-7, Glenbeigh/Glencar 2-15. Laune Rangers Team: Jason Browne, Kevin O’Sullivan, Tommy O’Callaghan, Keith Sheehan, Pa Sheehan (0-1), Kieran Crowley, Ryan Keane, Chris Riordan (0-1), Michael O’Sullivan, John Tyther, John O’Shea (0-1f), Colm O’Shea, Shane O’Connor, Pa Joy (0-2), David Costello (1-1). Subs used: Ronan Sayers, Michael F Russell, Tony Lyons, Aaron Gamble, Jerry Coffey (0-1), John Lodder. This weekend sees the opening round of Fixtures in the County Senior League. Laune Rangers first game in Division Two is a home tie against Spa on Sunday, March 22nd at 2pm.
MINORS: Laune Rangers minors lost away to Glenflesk in the County League on Saturday last. The sides were level at the break at 2-5 a piece but the East Kerry side pulled away in the second half. The full Time score: Glenflesk 5-15, Laune Rangers 4-7. Laune Rangers Team: Rob Lynch, Pierce Tyther, George Evans, Patrick Carey, Darragh O’Sullivan, Cathal Doyle (0-1), Daniel Whittleton, Neil O’Brien (0-2), John F O’Grady, Jamie Clifford, Fiachra Clifford (1-0), Manus Gallagher, Paddy Collins, John C O’Brien (2-0), Patrick Daly (1-4). Subs used: Jesse McCormack, Christian Fleming, Cian O’Shea, Darragh O’Shea, Dylan Costello, Padraig Aherne. The next Minor fixture is a home tie against Keel/Listry on Good Friday, April 3rd.
SCOR NA BPAISTÍ: Best of luck to the Laune Rangers Music Group and Quiz Team who will contest the County Final of Scór na bPáistí next weekend. Music Group: Niamh Doyle, Orlaith O'Sullivan, Liam Healy, Nessa Healy. Milly Foley. Quiz Team: Hugh Fitzpatrick, Eoin Lynch, Eoghan Joy, Cillian Buckley. The County Scór na bPaistí Finals will be held on Sunday 22nd March at 3.30pm in the Gleneagle, Killarney.
UNDERAGE TRAINING: Our U6, U8, & U10 players return to training in the coming week. The boys begin on Sunday next, March 22nd from 10 to 11:30am at JP O’Sullivan Park – contact 086 2253663 for more information. The girls begin on Wednesday 25th March from 7-8pm in JP O’Sullivan Park, while our Under 12 girls return on Wednesday 18th March at 7-8pm at JP O’Sullivan Park – contact 086 8928934 for more information.
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.