AXA Insurance County Senior League Div.1 Final – Laune Rangers vs Sneem/Kenmare
Laune Rangers: 3-20
Laune Rangers retained their Senior County title on Sunday afternoon last when they overcame Sneem/Kenmare in a sunny Kilcummin.
Both sides met a few weeks prior to this when they played each other in the round game. It was to the Killorglin side who took the points on that occassion with an impressive 10 point victory. Laune Rangers were hoping to do the same again and complete their three-in-a-row. Sneem/Kenmare were hoping to make their own history with their first ever Senior League win.
Laune Rangers got off to a flying start with two points in the opening minute from Sarah Houlihan(free). Sneem/Kenmare got their first point in the second minute with Claire O’Sullivan converting a free. Points from Patrice Dennehy and Bernie Breen put Laune Rangers 0-04 to 0-01 ahead with 7 minutes played. Sneem/Kenmare struck for their first and only goal in the 8th minute when Claire O’Sullivan dropped a free into the square. Geraldine Doyle was on hand to tap the ball into the back of the Laune Rangers net to level the game at 0-04 to 1-01.
Laune Rangers reply came straight away in the form of a well taken Meadhbh Johnston goal to put Rangers back in front with 9 minues played. Laune Rangers continued to attack and were rewarded with further scores from midfielder Amy Foley, two good points aswell as a beauty of a goal. The goal coming from a badly taken Sneem/Kenmare free which Laune Rangers made sure to punish.
Sneem/Kenmare rallied and points from Claire O’Sullivan and Caroline McCarthy saw them narrow Rangers lead to 2-06 to 1-03 with 17 minutes played. Laune Rangers dominated the remainder of the half and tagged on further points from Sarah Houlihan (2) and Amy Foley. Foley then struck for her second and Rangers third goal of the afternoon with 8 minutes of the half let to put Rangers 3-09 to 1-03 in front.
Further points from Patrice Dennehy and a massive long range Bernie Breen effort saw Rangers edge further ahead. Claire O’Sullivan added a Sneem/Kenmare point in the 25th minute while under some serious pressure from Laune Rangers’ back, Hazel Poff. Muireann O’Shea was on hand to slot over another point for Rangers before Linda Twomey got the final score of the half to let the score 3-12 to 1-05 in Laune Rangers favour at the short whistle.
Laune Rangers had an opportunity to push further ahead in the opening minutes of the second half when Meadhbh Johnston was fouled in the Sneem/Kenmare box. Amy Foley stepped forward to take the resulting penalty which was expertly saved by Nora Mae O’Brien in the Sneem/Kenmare goal and pushed out for a 45′. Foley passed a short ball to Patrice Dennehy who pointed for the Launesiders.
Laune Rangers notched up further scores from Meadhbh Johnston and Muireann O’Shea to extend their lead to 3-15 to 1-05 with 6 minutes of the second half played. Both sides swapped points in the minutes that followed when both side’s free-takers added to their individual tallies, Claire O’Sullivan adding a point for Sneem/Kenmare and Sarah Houlihan pointing for Laune Rangers. Sneem/Kenmare didn’t give up and continued to push forward in search of scores. They girls were rewarded for their perserverance with points from Claire O’Sullivan (2points, 1 free).
Laune Rangers had a chance of another goal when Sarah Jane Joy went on the attack. Joy’s shot was well saved by Nora Mae O’Brien and pushed back out to Muireann O’Shea who settled for another Rangers’ point to let the score 3-17 to 1-08 mid-way through the second half.
Sneem/Kenmare have to be commended for their positive attitude, the girls never gave up and continued to attack the Laune Rangers goals. Two further Claire O’Sullivan points were matched by Amy Foley and Sarah Jane Joy for Laune Rangers. Both sides swapped points in the dying minutes to leave the score 3-20 to 1-11 at the full-time whistle.
Congratulations to the girls for securing the three-in-a-row. Everyone played superbly and the win was well deserved. Well done also to John and his team on the side line.
Laune Rangers: Susan Joy Sheehan, Hazel Poff, Lisa Dennehy, Maura O’Sullivan, Sarah Jane Joy, Mary Ann Doherty, Johanna O’Callaghan, Bernie Breen, Amy Foley, Sarah Houlihan, Muireann O’Shea, Patrice Dennehy, Meadhbh Johnston. SUBS: Anna-Maria O’Donoghue, Sabrina Sheehan, Joanne Murphy, Edel Murphy, Aoife Johnston, Norina O’Callaghan, Ciara O’Connor.
Sneem/Kenmare: Nora Mae O’Brien, Emier O’Sullivan, Geraldine Cahalane, Betty Cremin, Karina O’Connor, Ann-Marie O’Mahony, Linda O’Connor, Laura O’Sullivan, Caroline McCarthy, Michelle O’Sullivan, Majella O’Sullivan, Geraldine Doyle, Claire O’Sullivan. SUBS: Michelle O’Connor, Linda Twomey, Aisling Harrington, Irene O’Sullivan, Caroline Taylor, Ellie Gudgheon, Elizabeth Moriarty, Orla Randles.