Laune Rangers claim first Under 21 crown in 11 years
U21 Championship Final
Laune Rangers 4-7
Cromane / Glenbeigh / Glencar 1-8
LAUNE Rangers took on Cromane / Glenbeigh / Glencar in the final of the Mid Kerry U21 Championship in Milltown on a beautiful Saturday evening last.
Rangers found themselves playing against a light breeze & had the first chance of the game inside the first minute when John Tyther had a goal chance saved by Padraig McMahon.
The amalgamated side were first to register pts on the board when Tommy Cahill pointed two frees in quick succession to give his side the lead. Rangers had to wait nine mins before Jack O'Connor, John O'Shea and Aaron Gamble gave the Laune-siders the lead.
Danny O'Sullivan then scored a point for Cromane / Glenbeigh / Glencar to level the game up at the end of the first quarter. Jack O'Connor and John Tyther points for Rangers were cancelled out by points by Michael Kelly and Tommy Cahill (free). John O'Shea added two points before the break, the first a fine score from an acute angle and the second from a free.
The half-time score was Laune Rangers 0-7, Cromane / Glenbeigh / Glencar 0-5.
The second half was less than a minute old when Rangers midfielder Michael O'Sullivan was brought down in the square to earn his side a penalty which was duly dispatched by Jack O'Connor to stretch the lead to five points.
CGG raised their game again though and a sustained period of possession saw them eat into the Rangers lead with Tommy Cahill first slotting a free, before Calvin Teahan found the net.
Sean Teahan's point levelled the game at 1-7 a piece before Tommy Cahill slotted another free to give his side the lead with a quarter of the game to go unfortunately this was to be their last score of the game for 17 minutes.
At this stage Laune Rangers took over the game digging their heels in to regain the lead when substitute David Costello found the net for a super goal on the 47th minute. This gave the momentum to the Laune-siders again, and victory was assured when, in quick succession, wing-back Aaron Gamble got Rangers third goal and Daniel Macbeth found the top corner with a stunning strike for the fourth. This gave Rangers an eight point lead with five minutes to go.
Tommy Cahill stroked a final free for CGG but it was no more than a consolation score. C/G/G kept in the game till 10 mins to go but Rangers experience drove them on to win in style.
Michael Sayers, Mid Kerry Chairman, presented Eoghan O'Sullivan with the Eugie Ferris Memorial Cup, while Kieran O'Shea, Mid Kerry Secretary, awarded Jack Brosnan CGG with the Man of the Match award sponsored by The Towers Hotel Glenbeigh
Laune Rangers: Gary Naughton, Seamus O'Sullivan, Keith Sheehan, Kevin O'Sullivan, Aaron Gamble (1-1), Luke Bradley, Eoghan O'Sullivan, Shane Daly, Michael O'Sullivan, John Tyther (0-1), Liam Quirke, Daniel Macbeth (1-0), John O'Shea (0-3), Jack O'Connor (1-2), Westley Delaney.
Cromane / Glenbeigh / Glencar: Padraig McMahon, Dan Ahern, Brendan Foley, Daniel O'Connor, Shane Riordan, Mikey Houlihan, Jack Brosnan, Danny O'Sullivan(0-1), Sean Roche, Sean Teahan (0-1), Tommy Cahill (0-6F), Michael Kelly (0-1), Darren Houlihan, Calvin Teahan (1-0), Daniel Griffin. Subs: Danny Shea Cromane for Calvin Teahan G/G, Joseph Murphy G/G for Daniel O'Connor G/G, Darren Houlihan Cromane
Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-6 Beaufort 1-12
Miltown//Castlemaine 1-9 Laune Rangers 1-8
Tuesday, April 29
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