Huge gulf in class as Mount Leinster Rangers dispose of the Davitts
Published 29/07/2014 | 05:24
There was a huge gulf in class in this game in McGrath Park on Sunday evening and although numbers may have been tight for the winners, at least they managed to get 15 players together, something that Burrin Rangers were apparently unable to do for the game originally supposed to precede this game.
For the sake of Gaelic football in Carlow here's hoping there may have been good reason for the unavailability of players last weekend.
Mount Leinster Rangers lead all the way in this game and never looked like being caught as their superiority shone in most areas of the field.
Experienced heads like Jack Murphy, Conor Fenlon and Diarmuid Byrne were a terrific help to the Rangers cause and although dubbed experienced, all 15 MLR players are eligible for next years competition.
The highlights were few but of the highest quality with the pick of the bunch being any of Diarmuid Byrne's long range points. His long strides into position followed by an effortless strike really showed just how talented an athlete this guy is.
For Michael Davitts they had two stand out performers with Zach Yongram in the goal pulling off multiple excellent saves and centre forward Darren Lunney was the go to man up front.
Elsewhere, Conor Fenlon showed his capabilities of dual stardom with some magnificent solo runs and up front Luke Roche made it seem like he could not miss with a fine display of point taking both from frees and from play.
Michael O'Grady also showed some potential at full back for the winners but he will need a tougher assignment before final judgement can be passed and at corner forward Shane O'Neill looks like one to watch.
A mention too for Ted Joyce who tends to avoid the limelight of games but is one of these players who is involved in every move his team makes, the definition of a playmaker.
Rangers lead 2-7 to 1-3 at the break and then kept their opponents to just four second half points while they added a further 2-6 to their own tally and completely dominated the contest. Finally, the penalty taken by Michael O'Grady in the first half was an absolute cracker that he seemed to place in the top corner, it was worth the entrance fee alone.