SENIOR ‘A’ TEAM: Our Senior side began life in Division 2 of the County Senior Football League on Sunday last, with a home tie against Spa. Scores were exchanged in the early minutes as points from Mike Frank Russell and Kevin Flynn (free) were met with a brace from Michael O’Donoghue (1 play, 1 free) to leave the scores level at 0-2 a piece after 12 minutes. O’Donoghue had a goal chance saved by Jason Browne but the rebound went over the bar to give Spa the lead before Craig Hickey did find the net to give the visitors a 1-3 to 0-2 lead on the quarter mark. Shane McSweeney (Rangers) and Brian Russell (Spa) exchanged points before Laune Rangers went on the offensive for the last 5 mins of the half. Points from Kevin Flynn (2) (1 free), Mike Frank Russell & Pa Joy drew the sides level at the break 0-7 to 1-4.
Rangers started the 2nd half as they ended the 1st, with three unanswered points from Colm O’Shea, Kevin Flynn and Pa Joy. Spa immediately responded with three points from Michael O’Donoghue to draw the sides level 0-10 to 1-7 after 40 minutes. Laune Rangers captain and fullback Jonathan Carey was then black carded for a cynical challenge on his opponent, and O’Donoghue pointed the resulting free to give his side the lead. That lead lasted for all of 3 minutes, before Kevin Flynn pointed a free for Laune Rangers to level it up. Again points were exchanged between O’Donoghue for Spa and Mc Sweeney for Rangers before some great work from Colm O’Shea got Rangers into an attacking position and he passed off to Pa Joy who found the net & put Laune Rangers ahead 1-12 to 1-9 with a quarter of the game to play. A Hugh Donoghue point for Spa was cancelled out by a trademark 50m free kick from the ground by evergreen Mike Frank Russell. Aidan Cahill then scored a fine point for Spa before Colm O’Shea got another for Rangers to leave the score at 1-14 to 1-11 in favour of the home side with 6 minutes to play. Spa rallied though, and Brian Russell and Michael O’Donoghue points put just one between the teams with a minute to go. Laune Rangers then committed a foul to give Spa the chance to equalize and with the final kick of the game, O’Donoghue scored his tenth point of the game from 40 yards to tie the game and share the points.
Laune Rangers: 1 Jason Browne, 2 Kevin O'Sullivan, 3 Jonathan Carey (capt), 4 Keith Sheehan, 5 Kieran Crowley, 6 Chris Riordan, 7 Michael O'Sullivan, 8 Padraig Murphy, 9 Shane Daly, 10 Shane McSweeney(0-2), 11 Michael F Russell(0-3), 12 Ryan Keane, 13 Kevin Flynn (0-5), 14 Pa Joy (1-2), 15 Colm O'Shea (0-2). Subs: John O'Shea for Keane, John Tyther for K O'Sullivan, Aaron Gamble for Carey (Black Card), Daniel Macbeth for Flynn, Liam Quirke for O'Shea
Their next fixture is the next Round of the County League, an away tie versus neigbours Glenbeigh/Glencar next Sunday March 23rd at 2pm. This is a big season for our team as they try to bounce back to Division 1 and all support at this nearby away game would be very much appreciated.
DEVELOPMENT ‘B’ TEAM: Our Development Team also began their 2014 season on Sunday, with a home tie against Kilgarvan. On a sunny afternoon in Killorglin, the first half was a very even contest. The first chance didn’t come until 5 minutes into the game, when Rangers goalkeeper Vinnie Costello pulled off a point blank save from Kilgarvan’s Patrick O’Shea but the ball rolled out for a 45. That 45 was taken quickly with a short pass to O’Shea who slotted the ball over the bar for the opening point. Jack O’Connor levelled up matters for Rangers before O’Shea pointed with a free and Timmy Healy doubled the advantage to put Kilgarvan 0-3 to 0-1 ahead after 15 minutes. Jack O’Connor then pointed with a free of his own before he levelled the game with one from play. Points were exchanged between Conor Shorthall (Kilgarvan) and Eamon Carey (Rangers) to make the score 0-4 each at half time.
The Second half was very much dominated by the visitors. Patrick O’Shea scored 4 points for Kilgarvan, while Eamon Carey scored two of his own for Rangers to put the score at 0-8 to 0-6 in favour of the visitors with 15 minutes to play. Kilgarvan then transferred their dominance of the game on to the scoreboard with a goal from substitute Florence O’Sullivan, and Shorthall added a point shortly afterwards. Jack O’Connor pointed for Rangers to leave them trail Carey & O’Connor added their 4th and 5th points of the day respectively for Rangers, but the visitors then drove home their dominance with 3 final points - Patrick O’Shea, Kieran O’Sullivan, and John Mark Foley adding to the tally to make the final score Laune Rangers 0-9, Kilgarvan 1-13.
Laune Rangers: 1 Vinnie Costello, 2 Daire Clifford, 3 Ger O’Sullivan, 4 Cormac Johnston, 5 Tadgh Curran, 6 Eoin O’Sullivan, 7 Seamus O’Sullivan, 8 Jack O’Connor (0-5), 9 James Flynn, 10 Colm O’Mahony, 11 Colin Dwyer, 12 Darren Riordan, 13 Gary Flynn, 14 Eamon Carey (0-4), 15 John Lodder. Subs: Aidan Lynch, Aidan Cox, Pa Sheehan, David Costello.
Their next fixture is an away tie in Renard next Sunday 30th March at 2pm.
MINORS: Our Minors travelled to Listowel in a rearranged back game in the Co League on Saturday. In a 14 a side game they unfortunately lost by a point on a scoreline of 4-5 to 2-10. They conceded four early 1st half goals, but rallied back to compete again. With scores level & time up, Rangers almost won it at the death before Listowel won back possession and swept downfield to slot the ball over the bar to steal the win with the last kick of the game.
Team & scorers: - R Lynch, N O’Shea (0-2), G Evans, P Tyther, R Prendeville, A Cox(0-2), A O’Sullivan, D Macbeth (1-1), J Tyther (0-1), D Whittleton, D Costello (1-0), M Gallagher, P Daly (0-4), JC O’Brien.
Their next fixture is a home tie against Castleisland Desmonds, on the 4th April.
LOTTO: This week’s Lotto Draw was postponed as a mark of respect to the late Tommy Houlihan, who passed away on Saturday morning. The draw was made on Monday night but at the time of print, no results were available. Results from this week’s draw will be published in next week’s notes alongside the draw results of 30th March. Tommy Houlihan was a regular visitor to the Lotto draw on Sunday evening and he will be missed by all at the club. Our deepest condolences go to the Houlihan family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
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.
BACK TO TRAINING: Laune Rangers Under 6s, 8s and 10s return to training next Sunday morning 30th March at JP O’Sullivan Park from 10am to 11:30am. All new players are welcome. Please note that gumshields are now compulsory for all GAA players. We look forward to seeing all our future players on the field for the 2014 season.
SCÓR NA BPAISTI: A very enjoyable Mid-Kerry Final of Scór na bPáistí was held in the CYMS Hall last Friday night. The talented Primary School pupils of Mid-Kerry provided a fine night's entertainment and were excellent ambassadors for their Clubs. Well done to all concerned.
Congratulations to the Laune Rangers representatives who came first in the Quiz and in the Instrumental Music competitions and second in the Solo Singing competition.
Quiz: 1. Cormac Doyle, Hannah Joy, Hugh Fitzpatrick and Ronan Fitzpatrick. Instrumental Music: 1. Stevie O'Sullivan, Orlaith O'Sullivan, Niamh Doyle and Milly Foley. Solo Singing: 2. Liam Healy.
We wish every success to the Instrumental Music group who will participate in the South Kerry Semi Final of Scór na bPáistí in Foilmore next weekend.
The Quiz team goes straight through to the County Final which will be held in the Tinteán Theatre, Ballybunion in April.
STRICTLY: Laune Rangers have now begun looking for new recruits to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2014. Last year’s show was a huge success and all who took part then can testify to the enjoyment they got and new friends they made from the experience. If you are interested in learning how to dance and taking part in the show, contact Aidan Clifford at email@example.com or 0879065927, or contact Ger Counihan at Bunkers Bar or 0872268763
CLUB MEETING: Our 3rd Club meeting of the year takes place next Monday night, 31st March, in our Clubrooms in JP O’Sullivan Park at 8:30 pm. This meeting is open for all Club Members to attend.