SENIOR ‘A’ TEAM: Laune Rangers took on Dr Crokes in a sunny JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin on Sunday afternoon. Rangers got off to a flying start in the opening 10 minutes and scored 4 long range points in that period from Peter Crowley, Pa Joy, Shane Daly and Mike Frank Russell while the sole response from the visitors was a free from Daithi Casey. The Crokes did find their feet though and points from Kieran O’Leary, Brian Looney and another from Casey had the scores level 0-4 a piece on the quarter mark. Mike Frank then restored the Rangers shortly after and, after McSweeney & Looney had exchanged points, Russell pointed a free for Rangers with the last kick of the half to give the hosts a two point lead at the break: Laune Rangers 0-7, Dr Crokes 0-5.
Crokes came out a rejuvenated side in the second half, & scored 4 unanswered points in the opening minutes to take a two point lead before Shane McSweeney got one back for Rangers. That would prove to be Rangers final score. Shane Myers and Fionn Fitzgerald pointed to put Crokes 0-11 to 0-8 ahead with a quarter of the game to go & that is how it would stay until the 57th minute. The County Champions spent the final minutes putting some gloss on the scoreboard. Daithi Casey found the net for a goal & Chris Brady, Kieran O’Leary, Jamie Doolan, & Micheal Byrnes all pointed to make the final score Laune Rangers 0-8, Dr Crokes 1-15.
Laune Rangers Team: Jason Browne, Keith Sheehan, Johnny Carey, Michael O’Sullivan, Peter Crowley (0-1), John Sheehan, Kieran Crowley, Padraig Murphy, Shane Daly (0-1), Ryan Keane, Shane McSweeney (0-2), Liam Quirke, Colm O’Shea, Michael F Russell (0-3), Pa Joy (0-1). Subs: John Tyther, Daniel Macbeth, Chris Riordan, Shane O’Connor, Tommy O’Callaghan.
Focus will now be restored to the County League, and their next fixture is an away tie v Legion on 10th May.
DEVELOPMENT ‘B’ TEAM: Our Development side was away to Glenbeigh/Glencar in the Mid Kerry Junior League on Tuesday 22nd April. In a tight battle, they won by just one point. Glenbeigh/Glencar 3-7, Laune Rangers 1-14. Team: 1 M McKenna, 2 R Fitzgerald, 3 T Curran, 4 G O’Sullivan, 5 L O’Connor (0-1), 6 E O’Sullivan, 7 D Coffey, 8 M Healy, 9 C Foley, 10 C O’Mahony (0-3), 11 S O’Connor (0-2), 12 W Delaney (1-3), 13 E Diggin, 14 P O’Shea (0-1), 15 G Flynn (0-4). Subs: A Lynch, F Brosnan, J Houlihan.
Their next fixture is a Mid Kerry Junior League tie on Tuesday 6th May, home to Beaufort at 7pm.
MINORS: Our Minors faced Castleisland Desmonds at home last Friday evening in the semi final of the County League. Played in dire conditions, Laune Rangers won a tight affair by a single point. They now move on to the League Final, and take on Annascaul in the Final next month. Team: Rob Lynch, Pierce Tyther, Aidan Cox, George Evans, Neil O'Shea, John Tyther (0-2), Daniel Whittleton, Daniel Macbeth (0-2), Gearoid Joy, Manus Gallagher, David Costello, Patrick Daly (0-5), Aidan O'Sullivan, Eoghan O'Sullivan, John Chris O'Brien
U14 GIRLS: Our U14 White girls travelled to Spa on Sunday last. Having given themselves a lot to do in the first half, they trailed 6-2 to 2-2 but a superb team effort turned it around in the second half and won on a scoreline of 4-12 to 6-4. Well done Girls. Our U14 Blue team was due to play Castleisland last Thursday night, but that was conceded by Castleisland.
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.
UNDERAGE: Laune Rangers Under 6s, 8s and 10s have their first fixture on Saturday, when they travel to Dr Crokes. Please note that gum shields are now compulsory for all GAA players. We look forward to seeing all our future players on the field for the 2014 season.
DANCE: Laune Rangers will be hosting PJ Murrihy and his band for a dance on May 16th. Tickets will be on sale on Sunday mornings at our underage training, and at our upcoming home games.