LOTTO: Lotto results for Sunday 15th February. There was no winner of the €3,600 jackpot. The numbers drawn were 10 – 16 – 17 – 25. The Consolation Prizes were won by the following: €100 Dolores Johnston, standing order; €50 Donal Murphy, standing order. Credit Union Vouchers €25: Eugene Cotter, standing order; Chris Clifford, sold by Kerry. Next week’s jackpot will be €3,800.
SENIOR SEASON: Our Senior Men began their 2015 season on Sunday with a visit to Beaufort in the Mid Kerry League. Rangers started brightly, & found themselves ahead by 0-4 to 0-2 on the quarter mark – Com O’Shea (2 frees), Kevin Flynn & Aidan Cox for Rangers with Beaufort’s scores from Niall O’Connor & Liam Carey. Colm O’Shea added another free for Rangers but Beaufort then took full control in the second quarter. Goals from Padraig O’Sullivan, Fergal Hallissey & Kevin O’Brien along with points from Hallissey, O’Brien (free) and Liam Carey gave the home side a commanding lead (3-5 to 0-7) approaching Half Time. Rangers did produce two goal chances before the break – the first coming when David Costello broke down the right flank & found himself one on one with Beaufort goalkeeper Mike Moriarty, only to see his attempt to find the bottom corner roll wide. A minute later, Rangers were given another golden chance to find the net when a foul on John O’Shea in front of goal gave the visitors a penalty. Peter Crowley – making only his second appearance since last year’s All Ireland Final – stepped up to take the penalty but his side-footed effort was saved by Moriarty. The short whistle was blown and score at the break remained Beaufort 3-5, Laune Rangers 0-7. Beaufort continued their fine start to the season in the 2nd half. Points from Francis Courtney (2, 1f), Kevin O’Brien & Sean Courtney put the home side 3-9 to 0-7 ahead with a quarter remaining. It didn’t improve for Rangers in the closing stages. Jason Foley found the net again for the home side and points from Ger Hartnett & Fergal Hallissey (2) completed the rout. Rangers’ only scores in the second half came from points by John O’Shea (free) and Shane O’Connor to put the final score at; Beaufort 4-12, Laune Rangers 0-9. Laune Rangers Team: Tony Lyons, Tadhg Iarla Curran, Tommy O’Callaghan, Keith Sheehan, Aaron Gamble, Kieran Crowley, Aidan Cox, Peter Crowley, Chris Riordan, Pa Sheehan, Kevin Flynn, David Costello, John O’Shea, Colm O’Shea, Shane O’Connor. Subs: Jason Browne, Pa Joy, Gavin O’Shea, Muiris O’Carroll.
Our Senior Ladies travelled to Rathmore in the Round 1 of the County League. Rathmore started the game the quicker with two points in quick succession. The first came from Norma O'Mahony after a quick free from midfielder Aislinn Desmond. This was followed soon after by another point this time from the boot of corner forward, Aoife O'Callaghan. Laune Rangers began to settle and worked a good play from goalkeeper, Cliona Coffey right up the field through Johanna O'Callaghan then Meadhbh Johnston who found Sarah Houlihan. Houlihan made no mistake and slotted the ball to the back of the Rathmore net for the game's first goal to let the score 1-00 to 0-02 in the visitors favour. Sarah Houlihan extended her tally shortly after with a well taken point. Anna Maria O'Donoghue showed her experience with a point of her own in the minutes that followed to put the goal between the sides, 1-02 to 0-02. Another one of the visitor's Kerry stars made the scoresheet with 12 minutes played as Patrice Dennehy slotted over another point after some good work from the Laune Rangers defender Amanda Long who secured possession despite being under pressure from the Rathmore forwards. Sarah Houlihan further extended Laune Rangers' lead with two more points in the 15th and 17th minutes of the first half. Rathmore, who continued to apply pressure and were dangerous on the break, made a good break down the field and when an initial shot rebounded off the upright, Caroline Reen was on hand to ensure the ball hit the back of the Rangers' net to let the score 1-05 to 1-02 in the visitors favour with approx. 7 minutes of the opening half remaining. Laune Rangers answered in style in the 19th minute with a goal of their own from Anna Maria O'Donoghue. Patrice Dennehy was on the receiving end of a long pass from Sarah Houlihan and quickly spotted O'Donoghue. A quick toe pass to O'Donoghue who found the net giving Rangers' breathing room once more; 2-05 to 1-02. Laune Rangers hit a purple patch in the final 5 minutes of the half. Patrice Dennehy blasted to the back of the net in the 20th minute, followed by another goal from Houlihan in the 24th minute and the final score of the half, another Houlihan goal in the 26th minute to let the score 5-05 to 1-02 in favour of the Launesiders at the short whistle. As with the first half, it was Rathmore who opened the second half scoring with a well taken point from Aoife O'Callaghan who was being put under serious pressure from Laune Rangers' defender Meadhbh Johnston. Sarah Houlihan showed her speed in the 3rd minute tapping over Laune Rangers' first score of the second half, 5-06 to 1-03. Laune Rangers went on to score 3 further points in the minutes that followed, the pick of these being a well taken effort from Sinéad O'Connor to give Laune Rangers a 5-09 to 1-03 advantage with 8minutes of the second half played. A quite period followed with both sides notching up a number of wides as well as introducing a number of substitutes. The sides swapped points in the closing minutes of the game with Caroline Reen pointing from the home side in the 22nd minute and Laune Rangers' Sinéad O'Connor closing the scoring with her second point of the afternoon in the 24th minute. Referee Paddy White blew the full time whistle shortly after to let the score 5-11 to 1-04 in Laune Rangers' favour. Meadhbh Johnston and Amy Foley stood out for Laune Rangers in a game where all Kerry players played well for the visitors - a good all round team performance for the opening round of the league.
UNDER 14: Laune Rangers under 14’s played their first match of the season on Sunday last, when they faced Na Gaeil in Cloon. While they started slowly and went behind by 3-6 to 0-2 in the first quarter, they responded like true warriors and won the contest in all corners of the field. James Hurley, Sean Cleary and Cormac Doyle to name but a few outstanding performances.
SCOR NA BPAISTÍ: The Laune Rangers Qualifying Round for this year’s Scór na bPáistí will be held in the Club Rooms, J. P. O’Sullivan Park on Friday 20th February at 7.30pm. This is open to children attending Primary School in the Laune Rangers area of the Parish. More information is available from Mary Clifford on 0871278638.
REGISTRATION: The registration night for our underage players takes place on Friday, February 27th, in our clubrooms in JP O’Sullivan Park at 7pm.
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.