Laune Rangers – 1995
Laune Rangers won the Munster Club Football Championship for the first time.
Laune Rangers won the Co. Senior Football Championship for the ninth time.
Laune Rangers retained the Co. Football League Div. 1, winning it for the 6th time in total.
Laune Rangers won the Co. U-21 Football Championship for the 2nd time, beating John Mitchels in the final by 1-13 to 0-9.
Laune Rangers won the Co. Minor Football Championship for the 5th time and the Co. Minor Football League Division 1 for the 6th time.
Laune Rangers won the Co. Club ‘B’ Football Championship (Molyneaux Cup) for the third time.
Laune Rangers won the Co. Junior Football League for the first time.
Laune Rangers retained the Co. Club ‘C’ Football Championship (Barrett Cup).
Laune Rangers won the Mid-Kerry Senior Football Championship for the 6th successive year and the 19th time in total.
Laune Rangers won the Mid-Kerry Senior Football League for the 3rd successive year and the 15th time in total.
Laune Rangers won the Mid-Kerry ‘B’ Football Championship for the 5th successive year and the 12th time in total.
Laune Rangers won the Tralee District Board U-16 Football Championship for the 2nd time, but lost the County and Mid-Kerry finals.
Laune Rangers won the Co. U-12 Football Championship for the 6th time and the Mid-Kerry U-12 Championship for the 5th year-in-a-row and the 19th time in total.
Kerry won the All-Ireland U-21 Championship after a replay – Mike Hassett played at right halfback and Liam Hassett played at full-forward.
The ones that got away:
Laune Rangers lost the Co. U-16 Football Final to Listowel Emmett’s by 3-11 to 1-9.
Laune Rangers lost the Mid-Kerry U-16 Final to Milltown/Castlemaine.
Kerry lost to Cork in the Munster Senior Football final by 0-15 to 1-9.
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The AGM of the Laune Rangers Club was held in the Manor Inn on Mon. 30th January. A total of 72 members attended. At the outset, the Chairman welcomed everyone and expressed his wish for a fruitful meeting and that any decisions made would prove beneficial for the club. Bart Moriarty proposed the adoption of Standing Orders and John Evans seconded. James Coffey proposed the adoption of the minutes of the previous AGM and Bart Moriarty seconded. (The Secretary’s Report was given at the end of 1993). Mike O Donnell proposed its adoption and Maurice Corkery seconded. James Coffey reiterated the thanks to Mary Clifford and praised her for her efforts. The Chairman congratulated the Secretary for presenting such a fine report.
The Secretary of Bord na nOg, Pat Pigott, presented a detailed report. Its adoption was proposed by John Griffin and seconded by Declan Falvey. Noel O Mahony thanked Pat Pigott for his report, plus his help and support over the years. He said, however, that the GAA, and not necessarily Laune Rangers, were falling down. He was speaking particularly in relation to the fact that the young players were not getting their medals until some time after winning the competition. He pointed out that it was not the case in other sports. He asked that it be made a priority to present the young players with their medals immediately after winning a final.
The Chairman thanked Pat Pigott for his nine years as Secretary of the club’s Bord na nOg. He had worked extremely hard and had in no small way contributed to the success of the club at senior level.
Joint Treasurers, James Coffey and Michael Foley, presented a detailed statement of the financial position of the club. Thankfully, the club was in a very fine financial standing. The adoption of the report was proposed by John Clifford and seconded by James Sheehan. The report generated many questions, which were duly answered by the treasurers. Declan Falvey congratulated the treasurers, but said that he felt that it was time to spend some money on the field and the old dressing-rooms. John Evans thanked both treasurers and especially Michael Foley and his fellow committee members, who had worked so hard in the Race Night.
The Chairman welcomed the President (Paddy Crowley), Maura Tuohy and Mícheál O Mahony, who had again presented the club with a scrapbook on the year’s activities. The Chairman expressed his pride and humility as they looked back over 1994. He said that Laune Rangers remained as one of the leading clubs in the county. He reminded the members of the lean years, from 1973 to 1982, when the senior team had won very little. At that time, however, the juveniles had enjoyed success and thankfully both senior and juvenile teams were successful at present. He pointed out the club’s great successes in Mid-Kerry in 1994. He also pointed out the club’s successes at county level. He said that, by any standards, 1994 had been a great year and he hoped that those successes would be repeated. The Chairman emphasised strongly that the club should advertise itself better as the best club in the county. He spoke of the many criticisms that arose at times. Some of that was from outside the club but, however, a lot came from within. He said that non-constructive criticism from within only served to weaken the club and eroded confidence in officials and players. He invited any member, with a view, to attend the regular club meetings where he/she was promised a fair hearing.
He said that the club did not promote itself enough. As a leading club in the county, it got very little media coverage compared to clubs such as Legion. He said that it was not reasonable to expect the PRO to cover all games and suggested the setting up of a PR Committee. He emphasised the amount of work being done within the club. He said that approximately 28 people worked for the club as officials, trainers and other functions. In many cases, people had to double up and he asked for more people to get involved, as they would be welcome and much needed.
The Chairman expressed concern that there might be a gap between players and officers of the club. To that end, he proposed that the captain of each senior team would attend the club meetings, so as to ensure that both groups were aware of each others’ plans and needs.
He said that the GAA should not fear other codes, provided it 1) had good club structures, which catered for all players’ needs and 2) that the boards that were charged with providing competitions should have a proper competition structures. He pointed out that there were so few games for the club’s young players within the county and, especially, Mid-Kerry. He said that it was time that a proper county structure was set up to cater for the needs of Urban Clubs, which would guarantee that all teams would have regular competitions in suitable weather conditions.
The Chairman thanked all the players, trainers, workers, lotto-sellers and his fellow officers. He then expressed his wishes for 1995, as follows: (1) that all trainers would continue their good work, (2) that all teams would prosper, (3) that the club would promote itself better, (4) that club meetings would be better attended and (5) that no stone would be left unturned in the quest for what they all knew was possible.
The following officers were re-elected:
President – Paddy Crowley.
Chairman – Jerome Conway.
Vice-Chairman – Jim Galvin.
Secretary – Dermot O Shea.
Joint-Treasurers – James Coffey and Michael Foley.
PRO – Bernadette Corkery.
Youth Officer – Pat Pigott.
Registrars – Liam Shannon and Batty Foley.
Delegate to Co. Board – John Clifford.
Delegates to Mid-Kerry Board – John Clifford and Donal Pigott.
Senior Football Selection Committee – John Evans (55), John Griffin (49) and Patsy Joy (48). John Clifford received 43 votes but was not re-elected as senior selector. The Chairman welcomed John Griffin onto the committee. He praised John Clifford for all his work with the senior team, plus his work as Delegate to the Co. Board. John Clifford congratulated John Griffin. John Evans welcomed John Griffin and thanked John Clifford for his work, loyalty and confidentiality.
‘B’ Team Selection Committee – Ger Counihan (trainer), Maurice Corkery and Mike O Shea.
‘C’ Team Selection Committee – Peter Lyons and Mike O Shea.
The following motions were discussed:
- ‘That the club considers the installation of an all-weather training area and a proper lighting system.’ Proposed by Pierce Prendiville and seconded by Peter Lyons. Pierce Prendiville, in proposing the motion, said that money should be spent on the field. He suggested an alternative area within the present field. John Griffin spoke of a Fás Scheme, which had been got in Glenbeigh. He said that the club should look at that as a means of doing up the old dressing-rooms. John Evans said that, from a training point of view, the present lighting needed to be improved upon as it was dangerous for the players. The Chairman promised that the incoming committee would tackle the lighting. The motion was carried.
- ‘That Laune Rangers lend support to all the clubs in the county that were proposing that the summer evenings would be used more effectively, as playing games in flooded fields in November and December was not fair to the supporters or the players. All competitions should be concluded by the end of October.’ Proposed by Christy O Riordan and seconded by James Sheehan. The Chairman suggested a change to the motion, in that ‘where possible, all games should be finished by October.’ That was carried.
- That the club organise a Senior Parish League in the months of June and July each year.’ Proposed by Dominic Crowley and seconded by John Griffin. Dominic Crowley spoke to the motion and expressed his disappointment that the Town had to wait nine months for their medals and the fact that the medals were not presented at an official GAA function. The Chairman said that the difficulty with organising a Senior Parish League was that there were so few dates available to play the competition. The motion was carried.
- ‘That a Public Relations Committee be set up.’ Proposed by Jerome Conway and seconded by Mike O Shea. The motion was carried unanimously.
- ‘That the Senior ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ captains attend the fortnightly meetings of the club.’ Proposed by Jerome Conway and seconded by Ger Counihan. It was decided to change the motion to say ‘that, where possible, the captains should attend and, if they were unable to attend, that they would nominate someone else to attend.’ The motion was carried.
- ‘That a Social Committee be set up to look after the club’s needs.’ Proposed by Jerome Conway and seconded by Declan Falvey. That motion was carried.
A. O. B.
The Chairman read a letter from Father Lucid C.C., Killorglin, which thanked the club for all the help with the graveyard project. He also asked for similar help with the Tidy Towns Project.
The AGM then concluded.
The AGM of Laune Rangers Bord na nOg was held on Tues. 14th Feb. That was the first AGM of the committee for many years. The following officers were elected:
Chairman – James Ferris, Secretary – William Joy (He was forced to resign in June due to the pressure of work), PRO – Michael Ahern. The following team trainers and selection committees were appointed:
Minors – James Sheehan (trainer), Noel O Mahony, Maurice Corkery, Jerry Coffey.
U-16 – Billy O Sullivan (trainer), Sean Moriarty, Jerome Conway, Denis Cleary.
U-16B – Jerome Conway.
U-14A – Noel O Mahony, Jerry Foley.
U-14B – Jerry Coffey, Joe Healy, Brian O Shea.
U-12A – James Ferris, Jimmy Hayes, Eamonn Crowley.
U-12B – Jerry Houlihan.
U-10 & U-8: Willie Fitzgerald, Iraneus Looney, James Sheehan, Eamonn Carey.
Co. Senior Football Championship
Eighteen teams played in the Co. Senior Football Championship – Legion, Kerins O Rahillys, West-Kerry, John Mitchels, Kenmare, St. Kieran’s, Mid-Kerry, St. Brendan’s, Annascaul, Feale Rangers, Desmonds, Spa/Gneeveguilla, Austin Stacks, Dr. Crokes, East-Kerry, South-Kerry, Laune Rangers and Shannon Rangers. (Beale had rejoined Shannon Rangers and Spa and Gneeveguilla had joined forces).
Senior Selection Committee – John Evans (trainer), Patsy Joy and John Griffin.
Rd. 1 on Mon. 10th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 1-10; Shannon Rangers 0-11.
Timmy Sheehan reported in the Kerryman as follows: “In a rip-roaring encounter, which scaled supreme heights throughout, Laune Rangers eventually edged home, after a titanic struggle, in the first round of the AIB Co. Senior Football Championship in Killorglin. For long periods, it looked as the North-Kerry side might cause an upset and, certainly, if halftime substitute, Eoin ‘Bomber’ Liston, had played for the entire match, then the result could have been an awful lot different.
It was evident that Liston’s charges had prepared diligently for the game and, in the final analysis, they were decidedly unlucky not to have got a second bite of the cherry. Tough and uncompromising from the outset, the match was contested with all of the fervour of a typical championship encounter and it was obvious from early on that the home side were going to find it extremely difficult to pull through.
With Liam Flaherty a leading light at midfield, Shannon Rangers held a decided advantage territorially throughout all of the opening quarter, at the end of which the sides were level on one point apiece, with the respective scorers being Timmy Fleming and Liam Flaherty. The North-Kerry side, however, tended to drift too far from goal, thereby limiting their scoring opportunities to long-range efforts. The home side, by contrast, was more methodical in its build-up, even if they found it extremely difficult to penetrate against a rock-solid Shannon Rangers rearguard.
Timmy Fleming, in a direct swap with Conor Kearney, went to midfield to counter the rampant Liam Flaherty, but, despite their obvious dominance, Shannon Rangers just couldn’t transfer their superiority into scores. After Liam Hassett and John Kennedy had swapped points at opposite ends and Kennedy, from a free, and Flaherty, from play, had pushed the visitors two points in front, Laune Rangers struck for a crucial goal four minutes from the break. Billy O Shea’s blistering run created the opening for Kearney to fist past the advancing goalkeeper. Billy O Shea and Liam Weir added further points to their respective team totals before Timmy Fleming, with a pointed free, afforded the locals a two-point lead at the interval break.
Laune Rangers, with Fleming prominent, restarted a lot more positively, but they kicked five wides inside the opening seven minutes. Having weathered the storm, the North-Kerry men countered to level the tie in the 42nd minute, courtesy of a point by Eamonn Hennessy and another pointed free from John Kennedy. It set the scene for a titanic finish and, with substitute Eoin Liston a decisive influence, a shock result was very much on the cards.
Kearney and O Connell, with a left-footed pointed free, exchanged further points, as the game remained deadlocked and, after Kennedy and Fleming had exchanged another brace of pointed frees, Liam Weir and John Kennedy pushed the visitors two in front with just nine minutes of normal time left. With excitement at fever pitch, it looked as if another of the championship favourites was going to make an early exit. But one must credit Billy O Shea for producing the goods at a crucial time.
Darting and weaving through the defence, O Shea became his side’s saviour with a series of surging runs. He kicked his side’s seventh point himself, followed by substitute Paul Griffin’s equaliser four minutes from time. A typical Laune Rangers’ passing movement ended with Liam Hassett pushing the Killorglin side marginally in front and Timmy Fleming followed with a point from a free in the 60th minute. In three minutes of overtime, which probably should have been more due to Mike Purtill’s injury early in the second half, Shannon Rangers failed with two reasonable scoring opportunities, which would have given them a second chance and, really, even the most ardent of Laune Rangers’ supporters could hardly have any qualms if a replay had ensued. However, all those present had witnessed a quite superb contest.”
Shannon Rangers had prepared well for that game and had identified the Laune Rangers’ strengths and weaknesses. Patrons got great value for money, as both teams strove for supremacy. Eventually, it was the greater strength in depth of the Laune men, together with their greater individual ability, that tilted the balance. Peter Lyons brought off one particularly great save and continued to be one of the top custodians in the county. Best of the backs were Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor and Mike Hassett. Pierce Prendiville and Timmy Fleming shared the midfield honours. Up front, Billy O Shea, Joe Shannon, Liam Hassett and Paul Griffin, when introduced, did best. That was a difficult game for the home side. The involvement of so many of its players with the county teams had militated against good preparation.
Gerard Murphy tore a cartilage in the game and was unable to play again until the semi-final against Kenmare.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, Mike Hassett, Tommy Byrne, Shane O Sullivan, Conor Kearney (1-1), Pierce Prendiville, Liam Hassett (0-2), Timmy Fleming (0-4, 3 frees), Joe Shannon, Billy O Shea (0-2), Gerard Murphy (capt.), Billy O Sullivan. Subs: James O Shea for G. Murphy (inj.), Paul Griffin (0-1) for B. O Sullivan, Pa Murphy, Pat McKenna, John Doona, Pa O Sullivan, John Sheehan and Mike F. Russell.
Shannon Rangers: Ned Moloney (Ballylongford), Martin Scanlon (Ballydonoghue), Cathal O Connor (Ballyduff), Diarmuid Twomey (Beale), Jim Holmes (Ballylongford), Mike Purtill (Beale), Don Twomey (do.), Liam Flaherty (Ballydonoghue) 0-2, Timmy Foley (Ballylongford), Liam Weir (do.) 0-2, John O Connell (Tarbert) 0-1, free, Kieran Culhane (Ballylongford), Ger Costello (Beale), John Kennedy (Asdee) 0-5, 3 frees, Eamonn Hennessy (Ballylongford) 0-1. Subs: Eoin Liston (Beale) for G. Costello, S. Dowling for T. Foley.
Ref: Tom McCarthy (Desmonds).
Quarter-final on Fri. 28th July at Austin Stack Park: Laune Rangers 2-10; Spa/Gneeveguilla 1-3.
Eamonn Horan reported for the Kerryman as follows: “As expected, Laune Rangers emerged convincing winners of this AIB Co. SFC quarter-final clash with Spa/Gneeveguilla and the confident and comprehensive manner of their latest triumph suggests that they will take all the beating in the concluding stages of the championship.
The simple fact of the matter is that Spa/Gneeveguilla hadn’t the manpower to combat the poise and pace of their opponents, who played with tremendous confidence throughout. The winners were sternly stubborn in defence, strong and purposeful at midfield and very effective in attack and these factors combined to make it a competent team performance to which Spa/Gneeveguilla simply has no answer.
But, that having been said, it would be foolish to read too much into the facile manner of Laune Rangers’ victory. On the day, they came up against a team, which only played in fits and starts and was singularly lacking in ideas and inspiration. Indeed, it was former Kerry stalwart and veteran performer, Ambrose O Donovan, who tried to lead his side by example over the 60 minutes. He tried for all he was worth to motivate his team-mates but, more often than not, he was striving in vain. The Gneeveguilla man switched from the ‘40’ to full-forward for a period, but his Herculean efforts failed to galvanise those around him.
Indeed, Laune Rangers could afford the luxury of some bad misses in both halves and still hold the whip-hand. Rangers were four points to the good before Spa/Gneeveguilla registered their first opening score, a brilliantly taken point by O Donovan from a pass by Mossy Cronin in the 14th minute. A minute later, Rangers launched a hot attack involving Liam Hassett and James O Shea, but Billy O Sullivan’s parting shot was wide of the target when a goal looked certain. Then, Timmy Fleming hit the upright with a long-range free and James O Shea’s shot from the rebound also came back off the post. Fleming pointed a free soon afterwards to open up a four-point gap (0-5 to 0-1).
But Spa/Gneeveguilla jolted their rivals with a shock goal in the 22nd minute. Midfielder Mossie Cronin dropped a free into the goal-mouth and there was wing-forward Liam Murphy to fist the ball to the net for a capital goal, to leave just a point between the sides. However, the losers flattered only to deceive. They didn’t score again in the first half and it was 13 minutes into the second half before they registered another score. Laune Rangers led by 0-8 to 1-1 at halftime.
Whatever hopes Spa/Gneeveguilla may have been entertaining were well and truly dashed when Rangers struck for the first of their two goals in the 37th minute. Shane O Sullivan and Pierce Prendiville did the spade-work and, when the ball landed on he edge of the losers’ goalmouth, there was centre half-forward Conor Kearney to boot the ball past Ger Cremins and, when Fleming punched a point a little over a minute later, the game was effectively over as a contest.
Rangers scored their second goal 12 minutes into the half. Mark O Connor, Timmy Fleming and Tommy Byrne combined to put Billy O Sullivan through and the corner-forward got to the ball ahead of the goalkeeper to finish it to the net. Thereafter, Rangers just coasted to victory and points for the losers by Maurice Cronin and Sean Óg O Leary, in the 43rd and 56th minutes, were purely consolation scores.
Laune Rangers were the masters in all sectors. Pierce Prendiville and Timmy Fleming won the midfield battle against the hard-trying Mossie Cronin and James Brosnan. Conor Kearney led the attack and showed a welcome return to form on the ‘40’ and he was well supported by James O Shea, Joe Shannon, Billy O Sullivan and Paul Griffin. Centre halfback Tommy Byrne had some great duels with Ambrose O Donovan and he was ably assisted by Billy O Shea, Adrian Hassett and Paudie Sheahan.”
The backs showed great composure throughout and dealt confidently with the opposition front-line. Billy O Shea revelled in the wing-back position, careering up-field at will. Adrian Hassett continued to be one of the most complete corner-backs around. Up front, Liam Hassett and Paul Griffin excelled with the amount of quality ball supplied. Billy O Sullivan also showed a welcome return to form. The veterans of the team, Peter Lyons, Paudie Sheahan, Joe Shannon and Pierce Prendiville, continued to be the heart and soul of the team and were an inspiration to all their colleagues and indeed to the whole club.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, Billy O Shea (0-1), Tommy Byrne, Shane O Sullivan, Timmy Fleming (0-5, 2 frees, one 45), Pierce Prendiville, Joe Shannon (0-1), Conor Kearney (1-0), James O Shea (0-1), Paul Griffin (0-1), Liam Hassett (0-1), Billy O Sullivan (1-0). Subs: Pat McKenna for P. Griffin, John Doona, Pa Murphy, Anthony O Sullivan, Thomas Walsh, Pa O Sullivan, John O Sullivan, Mike F. Russell and John Sheehan.
Spa/Gneeveguilla: Ger Cremins, Anthony Morris, James Cahill, John Cronin, Charlie McCarthy, Dan Kennedy, Aeneas O Leary, Mossie Cronin (1-0), James Brosnan, Liam Murphy, Ambrose O Donovan (0-1), Sean Og O Leary (0-1), John Doyle, Maurice Cronin (0-1), Mike Finnegan. Subs: John Brosnan for J. Brosnan, Aeneas Looney for Maurice Cronin, Gareth Doolin for L. Murphy.
Ref: Albert O Sullivan (Kerins O Rahillys).
Semi-final on Sun. 24th Sept. at Austin Stacks Park: Laune Rangers 3-12; Kenmare 2-4.
John Barry reported on the game for the Kerryman as follows: “Laune Rangers weren’t exactly without blemish in the first of Sunday’s AIB county senior football championship semi-finals at Tralee, but they still carried far too much fire-power for a disappointing Kenmare fifteen. Compared to the East-Kerry v Annascaul semi-final, which followed, it was a pretty insipid affair and, even though substitute Liam Lynch lifted Kenmare’s hopes with a goal early in the second half, there was never much hope that they would get themselves into a winning position after that.
Lynch’s goal, which came in the 38th minute, left just four points between the sides (1-7 to 1-3), but Laune Rangers were playing with a fairly lively breeze at this stage and there were more than enough pointers to indicate that they had a better scoring machine. As it turned out, they put up 2-5 as against 1-1 by Kenmare in the remaining 22 minutes and they simply cruised home.
Kenmare needed to get an early run on Rangers and they failed badly to achieve this, principally because of bad forward play. There was no shortage of possession, but quite a few good chances were wasted and all they had to show for an awful lot of effort in the first quarter was a point by Pat Spillane in the 14th minute, which cancelled out an earlier point for Rangers by Timmy Fleming (free). The best chance of all fell to Pat Spillane, just after he had scored his point. Midfielder Teddy Harrington spotted him unmarked close to the Rangers’ posts and delivered a long ball with pin-point accuracy. Spillane had just goalkeeper Peter Lyons to beat, but, from close range, he blazed the ball wide on the left.
Harrington was a very influential figure for Kenmare in those early stages and Tommy Spillane was doing well as his midfield partner. When Laune Rangers did press forward, the Kenmare backs were very good at tidying up and there was little to suggest that they would be riddled for three goals later on. Indeed, Kenmare succeeded in pulling ahead by 0-3 to 0-1, despite the chances, which they missed.
However, the picture was to change a lot before halftime. Laune Rangers roused themselves from their slumber and a point in the 19th minute by Timmy Fleming (play) was followed by a goal by Gerard Murphy in the 23rd minute. The goal was worked from midfield. Timmy Fleming passed to Conor Kearney and he drove a very good ball through to Liam Hassett. Up in support was centre halfback, Tommy Byrne, who collected the ball from Hassett before despatching it to Murphy and the former county player stuck the ball in the net with great conviction. It was no more than Murphy deserved, as he had also shoved the ball in the net just before that, only for the score to be disallowed, presumably because of a foul pass by Billy O Shea.
Laune Rangers went on to lead at halftime by 1-5 to 0-3 and that burst of 1-4 without reply in the space of 11 minutes was very ominous for Kenmare, as well as being a lesson to them in the art of score-getting. Gerard Murphy was looking particularly sharp for Rangers and others were raising their game too. The balance of power at midfield was now swinging in favour of Rangers, with Timmy Fleming very much to the fore, and the odds were firmly stacked in favour of the men from the Laune as the second half got under way.
With the breeze, it wasn’t long before Rangers opened their account, Paul Griffin swinging over a lovely point with his left leg and Timmy Fleming followed with a point from a free after Griffin had been fouled. At this stage, Kenmare introduced substitute Liam Lynch and, announcing his arrival in real style, he put his name to a badly-needed goal for his side. Unfortunately, Kenmare couldn’t follow up with anything. They needed a few more scores to pressurise Rangers, but the penetration wasn’t there and a superb point by Conor Kearney in the 44th minute sparked off something of a scoring spree by the Killorglin side.
Timmy Fleming kicked over a free, after Kearney had been fouled, and then, in the 48th minute, came a goal by Liam Hassett. He was put in possession by Gerard Murphy and drove a lovely low ball out of the reach of Kenmare goalkeeper, Tomás Carey. That made it 2-9 to 1-3 and, really, it was only a question of playing out time after that. An exchange of points followed between Pat Spillane and Paul Griffin before Liam Hassett hammered home another goal for Rangers. This time, he went for the roof of the net and Carey was again left stranded. It was a superb strike and a clear demonstration of Hassett’s lethal finishing power. The score now stood at 3-10 to 1-4 and the only thing of note from then to the finish was a Kenmare goal by Fergus O Sullivan.
Yet, despite a winning margin of eleven points, there was no great glee in the Laune Rangers camp afterwards. Trainer John Evans said that Kenmare had exposed weaknesses in their defence and they had also dominated at midfield for long periods. ‘Had they taken their scores better, it would have been a different kind of game,’ he said. ‘The final score doesn’t do justice to Kenmare at all. Remember, there were only four points in it with about a quarter of an hour to go. We have not played our best football yet and I am just hoping that we are saving that for the county final.’
The important thing for Rangers was that men who carried responsibility did come good and it is very significant that the Killorglin side is 1/3 favourites (with Lester’s Racing, Tralee) to win the county final. East-Kerry is quoted at 5/2. Nobody led better by example for Rangers than the very industrious Timmy Fleming, who wound up with six points and showed his value to the team as a free-taker by getting five of those from placed balls.”
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan Mark O Connor, Mike Hassett, Tommy Byrne, Shane O Sullivan, Pierce Prendiville, Timmy Fleming (0-6, 5 frees), Joe Shannon, Conor Kearney (0-1), Gerard Murphy (1-1), Paul Griffin (0-3), Liam Hassett (2-0), Billy O Shea 0-1. Subs: James O Shea for S. O Sullivan, Billy O Sullivan for J. Shannon, Pat McKenna, John Doona, Pa Murphy, Liam Foley, Jason Griffin, Anthony O Sullivan and Thomas Walsh.
Kenmare: Tomás Carey (Kenmare), Pat Twomey (Kilgarvan), Donal McCarthy (Kenmare), Conor Daly (do), Conor McSwiney (do), Seamus McIntyre (do), John Daly (do), Teddy Harrington (Tuosist) capt., Tommy Spillane (Templenoe) 0-1, Tom Og O Brien (Kenmare), Johnny O Sullivan (do) 0-1, Alan O Sullivan (do), Fergus O Sullivan (Temolenoe) 1-0, Pat Spillane (do) 0-2, 1 free, Timmy Clifford (do). Subs: Liam Lynch (Kenmare) 1-0 for A. O Sullivan, Seamus Tuohy (do) for D. McCarthy, Michael price (do), Danny Quill (Kilgarvan), Derek Sheehan (Templenoe), Michael O Sullivan (do), Hugh Francis Twomey (Fossa).
Ref: Tom McCarthy (Desmonds).
Eamonn Horan visited the Laune Rangers’ training camp in the week prior to the final and reported as follows: “The starkest fact that emerges from a visit to the Laune Rangers training camp, as they prepare for Sunday’s AIB Co. SFC Final with East-Kerry, is the deeply-etched memory in the minds of players and officials alike of last year’s defeat in the championship at the hands of Dr. Crokes. Laune Rangers seemed to be firmly on target to retain their county title, when they were handed a shock defeat by the Killarney club in the penultimate stage of the competition. Now Rangers are determined to put that bad memory behind them by recapturing the coveted title and, with it, possession of the Bishop Moynihan Cup.
As the players engaged in ball practice, under the watchful gaze of trainer John Evans, club chairman, Jerome Conway, was telling me that East-Kerry are a very strong side physically. ‘This is our third county final and I would say it will be our most difficult because of the fact that they are so strong physically,’ said the chairman. ‘They have some class forwards in the likes of John Crowley, Davy O Donoghue and Jerry O Sullivan. They are also quite strong at midfield and they controlled midfield against Annascaul. But, having said that, our lads have put in a lot of effort. They were disappointed last year, being beaten by Crokes, and they will be anxious to compensate for that. I would say both teams are very evenly matched and it could come down to the luck on the day.’ The chairman feels that midfield will be a vital sector, as it always had been. ‘We weren’t mighty there against Kenmare,’ he said. ‘Our forwards are quite good, but I wouldn’t see any area of the forward line, which is more important that the other. Last year’s defeat was a shock to the system and it could stand us in very good stead this year if we have learned from it.’ The Killorglin school-teacher rates East-Kerry as having a fifty-fifty chance against them. ‘They are obviously very determined,’ he said. ‘They have a very cool head in charge of them in the Bracker (O Regan). He is a cool, crafty, positive man and I would say they are in this final with a fifty-fifty chance.’
Team captain, Gerard Murphy, is one of the most talented players on the Laune Rangers’ panel. Unfortunately, he has been dogged by injury down the years. ‘Like all finals, I think it has to be a fifty-fifty chance on the day,’ he said. ‘Anything could happen. For instance, John Crowley could bang in a few goals in the first few minutes. We will have to wait and see what they are capable of. You have to prepare for every championship game as if it was going to go down to the wire.’ Murphy felt they left in a few soft goals against Kenmare and that East-Kerry will definitely try and exploit this on Sunday. ‘No doubt, John Evans will try and close up those gaps,’ he continued. ‘You can never compare two games. I thought we played well the last day and deserved to win in the end. Being captain of the team doesn’t impose any extra pressure really. I struggle like everyone else just to get my place.’ He rates Seamus Moynihan as a superb player and says he played a major role in winning two Sigerson Cups for Tralee IT. He says Timmy Fleming is the same kind of player and they could cancel each other out on Sunday and that would leave it to ‘the other fellows around.’ Moynihan’s partner, Donal Daly, is another fine player ‘but I can’t see us changing our game to suit their midfield.’ Referring to last year’s defeat by Dr. Crokes, the Laune Rangers’ captain said a team has to learn from its mistakes. ‘Our defeats in Munster, in the years we have come out of Kerry, are basically part of a learning process,’ he said. ‘We are still quite a young team. Last year’s defeat rankles a bit all right. You don’t like losing any game. It’s all going to be on the day really. I won’t be thinking about the cup. I’ll be thinking if I can get on the team. I hope we can get the chances and take them. East-Kerry are physically very strong. Of course, we are not physically a small team. From what I have seen of East-Kerry, they don’t give in. Annascaul came at them at the end, and East-Kerry didn’t give in.’ Murphy suffered a torn cartilage in the opening game of the championship against Shannon Rangers and the semi-final against Kenmare was his first competitive game since then. ‘I was pleased to get the chance,’ he said. ‘What stood to us in the end is the fact that we have had fierce competition for places. Last year, we left out fellows like Billy O Sullivan, Pat McKenna and James O Shea who have all played for Kerry. We have fierce strength in depth and no player’s place is safe. Kenmare provided a stiff test for long periods and maybe, at times, I wasn’t as sharp as I would like to be. Hopefully, by Sunday our moves will be sharp and fluid. I think it will be very close.’
Team trainer, John Evans, feels it’s going to be a tremendous final. ‘It’s going to be real battle and I think there are going to be a lot of interesting duels,’ said the quiet-spoken Garda. ‘East-Kerry have been absolutely tremendous this year in their attitude and I am not forgetting last year, they went to the county semi-final and they were unlucky the two previous years that they were knocked out in the quarter-finals. They have a lot of experience.’ The trainer said East-Kerry were under pressure in the semi-final against Annascaul, but they showed they were capable of handling it. Having come back from being seven points down, they went ahead and should have put the game out of the reach of their opponents. ‘I have no preference about our opponents in the final,’ said Evans. ‘We have East-Kerry. They are playing with wonderful pace and their team-work is excellent. This East-Kerry team is not just all about John Crowley and Seamus Moynihan. Their half-forward line of Davy O Donoghue, John Crowley and, possibly, Donal Dineen, is a real force, allied with Seamus Moynihan and Donal Daly, who is improving all the time.’ He feels there will be a great battle at midfield and the East-Kerry pair is very mobile. ‘If we can break fifty-fifty there, and give enough supply to our forwards, we might shade it by a point,’ said the trainer. ‘But we are very cautious. The bookies have us ridiculous favourites, but I think we have enough experience as a team to overlook those ‘heady’ odds.’ Last year’s defeat by Crokes was a distinct disappointment. But the team has stuck together. ‘We didn’t crib about the game or the refereeing,’ he continued. ‘We just closed our mouths, knuckled down to it and went on and won the Co. League and the Mid-Kerry Championship. We played in four competitions last year and lost one game in the whole year.’ Evans reckons East-Kerry are getting more confident as they progress in the championship. ‘Everybody is looking forward to a tremendous game because you have two teams who play a good brand of football,’ he said. ‘They are both big teams in stature and I think it is the final most people will look forward to. I think this is a great test of Laune Rangers’ character. If they show their character and their experience, I think we will make it very tough for East-Kerry but, either way, I cannot see either team winning by more than a point or two. It has been an impressive year for the club so far and, hopefully, there is more to come. We are also in the Co. League final and the semi-final of the Mid-Kerry Championship. This year, we have lost only one game – against Stacks in the first round of the Co. League. Last year’s defeat has been an enriching experience. I think the players, and all concerned, have learned from it. I think football is going to be the winner at the end of this county final and I hope what unfolds will be of benefit to Páidí Ó Sé and his new selectors and I wish them all the best.”
John Barry conducted this interview with Jerome Conway, Chairman of Laune Rangers’ Club, during the week prior to the final: “Needless to say, we are overjoyed to be back in the AIB County Senior Football Final. It is quite humbling to remember all the great officers and outstanding players through the years since 1911, who worked tirelessly on behalf of the club and yet never had the reward of being in a county final and here we are in our third in seven years. In fact, as well as reaching the senior final, the club has enjoyed unprecedented success in 1995. Our U-12 team has won the county championship, our U-14A team was beaten in the county semi-final, our U-14B team has won the county championship, our U-16 team was beaten in the county final, our minor team has won both the county league and championship, our U-21 team is in the county quarter-finals, our ‘C’ team has retained the Barrett Cup, our ‘B’ team are Co. Junior League Champions and are in the semi-final of the ‘B’ championship, while our senior team is also in the county league final. This unrivalled success does not happen by chance or by right. Equally so, there is no magic formula. Three ingredients are necessary, hard-working, forward-thinking officers, dedicated, inspirational coaches and players who are willing to give total commitment to the cause. We are fortunate that we have had, and continue to have, all these ingredients for quite some time now.
Many of us remember when it was not quite so rosy in the garden. It is almost impossible to believe now in these halcyon days that we went nine years (1974 to 1982) without winning a Mid-Kerry Senior Championship. During those lean years, a youth policy was built up and has taken some time to come to fruition. We won the minor title of 1977 and I remember well that many people throughout the county, former inter-county players included, could not understand why we were not winning County Senior Championships within a few years. Indeed, they often threw cold water on our youth policy. Championships are not won that easily. It is vital to have patience – mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.
The ‘80’s and ‘90’s have brought huge success as our senior team, firstly under Noel O Mahony and presently under John Evans, has won two county championships and five county leagues. We contested five minor finals in a row – 1986 to 1990 – losing the first and the last but winning three-in-a-row. We, also, won the county U-21 championship in 1990. These teams now form the backbone of our present senior teams.
Being in the county final is a great fillip for our club. It focuses the parish’s attention on the team and the young people have local heroes to admire. They will find an outlet for their youthful exuberance by wearing the Rangers’ hats, rosettes, headbands and polo shirts and by brandishing the flags in the club’s colours. The young players will want to emulate their heroes and play for the club.
The club’s officers will relish being in the county final. Although it brings more work on their already burdened shoulders, they will have the satisfaction of being part of a great time in the club’s history. They sowed the seeds and are now reaping the harvest of success.
As for our supporters and sponsors, they will have the opportunity to once again show their tremendous loyalty to the club. It is widely recognised that we have the biggest and most dependable band of followers in the county. I can personally vouch for the generosity of our sponsors and, indeed, all the business people of the town.
For the selectors and many of the players, it will be their third final in seven years. They will know what it takes to annex the prize. They will realise that it will not be easy, that the game will be won by the team most hungry for success on the day. The players know that they have trained long and hard and will not want to have done it in vain.
The game will be close. East-Kerry are strong physically and they have some class players. They have a formidable midfield and it is here that the issue may be decided. We will certainly have to improve on our semi-final performance in all quarters of the field. Then, and only then, will we have a chance of success. Indeed, that most mercurial of ingredients, Lady Luck, may play a huge part in the proceedings.”
Final on Sun. 8th Oct. at Austin Stack Park: Laune Rangers 1-7; East-Kerry 0-6.
Eamonn Horan reported for the Kerryman as follows: “The most salient factor to emerge from this very disappointing AIB Co. SFC Final at Austin Stack Park on Sunday is that Laune Rangers are back as kingpins of Kerry football and nobody can dispute their claim to the title – least of all East-Kerry, who failed to give a repeat of their display against Annascaul in the semi-final a fortnight earlier.
Other salient factors were a penalty, which East-Kerry failed to convert in the 17th minute and an opportunist goal by Laune Rangers’ captain Gerard Murphy early in the second quarter, which set the winners on the high road to ultimate victory. As a spectacle, the game was spoiled by a tricky cross-field wind, which favoured the side playing into the town end of the ground. Players from both sides missed from normally scoreable angles, kicks veering off target once the ball was caught in the teeth of the swirling wind.
There was much pre-match talk about the battle for midfield supremacy. Who would win it? Well, as it transpired, Laune Rangers carried the day in this sector in no uncertain manner, with Timmy Fleming and Pierce Prendiville lording it over Seamus Moynihan and Donal Daly. In fact, there was considerable crowding around the centre of the field, with centre-forward Conor Kearney playing deep for long periods for the winners. As well as that, the roaming Billy O Shea was often to be seen popping up around the centre, especially in the first half, when Rangers were playing with the assistance of the breeze.
The score-line tells its own story, forwards unable to find the range because of the wind and, as well as that, backs were able to tie down attackers much more than might normally be the case. I felt the main reason for the ragged football, which we witnessed in the first half, was the intense nature of the marking by both teams, It was a case of the man first and the ball after in many instances and this obsession on foiling an opponent at all costs militated against any attempt at free-flowing football.
When one remembers that there wasn’t a score from Rangers’ opening point in the second minute until Gerard Murphy struck for the only goal of the game 15 minutes later, one gets an idea of just how lack-lustre and unexciting this game was. That’s a long time to have to wait for a score and it afforded the crowd of 6,500 very little to get excited about.
With Seamus Moynihan and Daly unable to control midfield, it meant that the losers’ forwards had to survive on crumbs in that opening 30 minutes. Then, when they did get a run on the ball, they found their path to goal barred by a rock-solid Rangers’ defence, which never allowed their opponents much latitude. Laune Rangers readjusted their halfback line before the first ball was even kicked, Mike Hassett went from right-wing to centre-half, Shane O Sullivan from left-half to right-half and Tommy Byrne from the No. 6 spot to left-half. The switches certainly worked for Rangers as Byrne proceeded to play would-be danger-man Davie O Donoghue out of the game and Hassett kept the shackles sufficiently on Crowley to prevent the Glenflesk man from making his mark on the game. The latter worked out of the full-forward position in the second half, but this caused consequent problems outfield for East-Kerry. Indeed, Byrne was quite a commanding figure, especially in the opening half when both teams were feeling their way and probing each other’s depth in strength.
East-Kerry supporters, who were hoping for a repeat of some of the fireworks produced by their team’s forwards in the semi-final, were sadly disillusioned. Maybe if Crowley had put away the penalty kick, things might have worked out differently and the losers might have found some inspiration from it. But their forward line as a unit was very much a thing of shreds and patches and never moved or worked as a cohesive unit. And then there was this ever-present over-reliance on the short hand-pass. It was a ploy that cut very little ice against a Laune Rangers side, which grew in stature as the game progressed, especially in the second half, when they appeared to have the measure of their rivals.
Rangers had a very confident stride about them in the second half. They should have put East-Kerry away on a few occasions. Early in the half, Paul Griffin put Joe Shannon through. As the wing-forward got inside goalkeeper, Declan O Keeffe, it looked a certain goal, but Seamus Moynihan emerged from nowhere to take the ball virtually off the line for a miraculous save. Soon after, goal-man O Keeffe effected a fine save from a shot by Shannon. Then, in the 56th minute, O Keeffe foiled Paul Griffin after the corner-forward had been put through close to the goal.
The paucity of East-Kerry’s scoring power is sadly reflected in the fact that their first score from play did not come until 12 minutes into the second half, when Seamus Moynihan kicked a magnificent point from close range. Half of the losers’ scores came from frees and this is an indictment of the attack in itself. For Rangers, Fleming and Prendiville were a real tour de force at midfield and provided the attack with a steady supply of ball. Fleming once again showed why he has to be one of the most whole-hearted players in the game today.
The score at halftime was 1-2 to 0-2 in favour of Laune Rangers and it was still all very much to play for. But East-Kerry were sadly lacking in ideas and penetration with the wind to back them. Indeed, three of the four second half points only came in the closing ten minutes and by then Rangers knew that the title was on its way back to Laune side. In the course of the second half, Rangers introduced both Billy O Sullivan and James O Shea into their attack and both men contributed their share to the victory, particularly O Shea, whose use of the ball was most economical.
On the restart, Jerry O Sullivan came close to snatching a goal (for East-Kerry) but Peter Lyons foiled the attempt. Seamus Moynihan’s 42nd minute point left just a goal between the teams (1-3 to 0-3) but Rangers slowly but surely consolidated their grip on the game. It looked all over bar the shouting when they led by 1-7 to 0-4 with seven minutes to go and East-Kerry’s two closing points were purely of academic interest.
In the winners’ attack, Billy O Shea had truly a fine game, orchestrating numerous attacks over the hour and the losers’ backs were unable to curb his menacing runs. Liam Hassett and Paul Griffin completed a dashing full-forward line, which should have garnered more scores from the openings they helped to create. Joe Shannon did all that was asked of him at right wing-forward, while Gerard Murphy was cool and methodical, as usual, and took his goal in capital fashion.
Laune Rangers looked very threatening from the throw-in and they had the first score on the board after just two minutes, when Timmy Fleming pointed a free after Liam Hassett was fouled. Inside the opening quarter, Fleming failed to score from four frees for Rangers and then Griffin was wide from play before Crowley’s 17th minute penalty shot was saved by goalkeeper Lyons. Then in the 21st minute came Rangers’ goal. Byrne drove a great ball into the heart of the defence, where it was fielded by Griffin. However, his shot at goal was saved by the ‘keeper, who made another reflex stop from Liam Hassett’s follow-up attempt. But, when the ball broke loose on the left to Murphy, the Rangers’ captain first-timed it to the net for a wonderful goal. Three minutes later, Billy O Shea punished a poor kick-out with a well-taken point to put Rangers in front by 1-2 to 0-0.
In the 27th minute, Crowley was fouled and Paud O Donoghue pointed the following free for East-Kerry’s opening score. The same player added a second point from a free in the 29th minute, but he was subsequently wide from play. Halftime score: Laune Rangers 1-2, East-Kerry 0-2.
Rangers were again first to score in the second half when Shannon placed Liam Hassett for a point two minutes after the restart. The next score didn’t follow until the 42nd minute when Seamus Moynihan kicked a great point. In between times, Kearney had a fine shot whipped off the line by East-Kerry wing-back Denis Moynihan. Fleming was wide from a ‘45’. Then came Moynihan’s miraculous save from Shannon and the Glenflesk man was again on hand to repulse a ‘45’ by Fleming. Then, from a Fleming free, Shannon had another chance but the keeper saved once again before Moynihan had East-Kerry’s third point (1-3 to 0-3).
A minute later, Fleming added a point from a free for the winners and just midway through the half, Billy O Shea, even though off balance, kicked a fine point to stretch Rangers’ lead to five points. Griffin was wide from play for Rangers before substitute Dermot Fitzgerald pulled one back for East-Kerry in the 50th minute. But Rangers were having none of it and they retaliated with points from Shannon and substitute James O Shea in the 52nd and 53rd minutes, respectively. Some of the crowd had already started making for the exits when East-Kerry tried to retrieve a rather hopeless situation with a well-kicked point from play by Crowley (55 mins.) and the last score of the game came from a free by the same player (57 mins.), after O Sullivan was fouled going through As the game petered to a tame close, Billy O Shea, James O Shea and Griffin were wide in turn as Rangers strode to inevitable victory.”
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, Shane O Sullivan, Mike Hassett, Tommy Byrne, Timmy Fleming (0-2), Pierce Prendiville, Joe Shannon (0-1), Conor Kearney, Gerard Murphy (capt.) 1-0, Paul Griffin, Liam Hassett (0-1), Billy O Shea (0-2). Subs: Billy O Sullivan for G. Murphy, James O Shea (0-1) for C. Kearney, Pat McKenna, John Doona, Pa Murphy, Liam Foley, Jason Griffin, Thomas Walsh, Anthony O Sullivan, Pa O Sullivan, Michael F. Russell, Brian Gannon. John Sheehan was under suspension.
East-Kerry: Declan O Keeffe (Rathmore), Vincent Horgan (Firies), Eamonn Kennedy (do.), Owen O Doherty (Rathmore), Denis Moynihan (do.), Niall Mangan (Kilcummin), Cian Long (Fossa), Donal Daly (Firies), Seamus Moynihan (Glenflesk) capt. 0-1, Davie O Donoghue (do.), John Crowley (do.) 0-2, 1 free, Jerry O Sullivan (Firies), Seanie O Leary (Kilcummin), Pat O Donoghue (Glenflesk), Paud O Donoghue (do.) 0-2, frees. Subs: Michael O Donoghue (Glenflesk) for V. Horgan, Donal Dineen (Rathmore) for Pat O Donoghue, Dermot Fitzgerald (Rathmore) 0-1 for P. O Donoghue.
Ref: Tom McCarthy (Desmonds).
Eamonn Horan reported from the Laune Rangers’ dressing-room. “The Laune Rangers’ dressing-room was a jubilant place to be in after the celebrations out on the pitch were over. Mentors and supporters alike clapped their heroes on the back and acclaimed their wonderful feat in bringing the Bishop Moynihan Cup back to Killorglin. Club Chairman, Jerome Conway, said he ‘felt over the moon’ at the fact that they had regained the county title after last year’s disappointment. He was delighted that they had brought the championship back to the club and they were now looking forward to playing Bantry Blues in the Munster Club Championship on October 22. ‘We hope we can do Kerry football justice,’ said the chairman. ‘At halftime, I was a bit worried as they had missed a penalty and we had not being playing too well. But as the second half progressed, they could not stop us and, I think, we could have won by more. It wasn’t a great game, but we won and the lads, and all involved with the team, deserve that for the tremendous amount of work they’ve put in. We last won the county final in 1993 and we were surprisingly knocked out in the semi-final last year, so it’s good to be back at the top in Kerry again.’
Midfielder Timmy Fleming said they knew it was going to be a tough game to win. ‘It was very hard out there today, as the breeze was very strong and it was very difficult to judge passes,’ he said. ‘We are delighted to have won and it would be nice if we can go on and beat Bantry in two weeks time in the Munster Club. The penalty save was crucial because, if they had got that goal early on, their tails would have been up.’
Left halfback, Tommy Byrne, who won the man-of-the-match award, said the team was very relieved to have it over and to have regained the title. ‘We worked very well,’ said the red-haired defender who did a mighty job in curtailing Davie O Donoghue in the losers’ attack. ‘We kept our heads and we had the experience. It was easy when we were dominating midfield for most of the game. Of course, the penalty save was crucial and Peter Lyons had done his homework. They never got it going at midfield. But if we had gone for points, we would have been better off. Their goalkeeper, Declan O Keeffe, brought off some good saves.’ Byrne said the team never thought they were going to lose this final, but there was always the danger their opponents might slip in a goal. ‘It was great compensation for last year’s defeat in the championship,’ he said. ‘It was a test of the character of the team to be beaten so badly last year and to come back and win this year.’
Team trainer, John Evans, was being hailed from all quarters as he tried to get to the shower after the game. ‘I’m absolutely ecstatic,’ he exclaimed. ‘I’m delighted we brought it off because of last year. We felt we were hard-done by then and we had a grievance. We felt that justice was not served on the day. We had to wait for over twelve months.’ The trainer said they were not going to get caught again. He had particular praise for the older members of the team like Paudie Sheahan, Joe Shannon, Peter Lyons and Pierce Prendiville, who ‘led by example’ on the day. He felt the penalty save by Lyons was vital as, had East-Kerry got a goal from it, it would have settled them a lot more. ‘I thought East-Kerry started very nervously, but the penalty would have brought them back on par, had they scored from it,’ he said. ‘But then again, we had two or three goal-scoring chances, which would have balanced the books.’
Selector Patsy Joy said it was great to have it all over. ‘At halftime, we were a bit nervous,’ said Patsy. ‘We were not putting away our chances and East-Kerry kept coming back at us. We settled better on the ball in the second half. Our six backs did their job well and, in the middle of the field, we had eighty per cent of the play. In addition, Gerard Murphy’s goal settled the team. Now, we’re playing Bantry and they are a club, the same as ourselves. It would be good for the county if we can go down there and win. We’ll be giving it our best shot.’
Seamus Moynihan popped in to congratulate Laune Rangers and said they had given a fine performance. ‘I know we missed the penalty but, on the day, ye were the better team,’ he said. ‘I am delighted for ye. Ye are a very fine team. Don’t stop now and keep the Kerry flag flying.”
Catherine Halloran, Kerryman reporter, witnessed the home-coming of the ‘Bishop’ on Sunday: “The Bishop is back by the Laune and he is in his rightful resting place,’ yelled Laune Rangers’ Chairman, Jerome Conway, as the coveted Bishop Moynihan Cup was paraded through Killorglin on Sunday night by a delighted Laune Rangers senior team. The jungle drums started to beat on the outskirts of the town as hundreds of young people prepared for the arrival of the Kerry Senior Champions on a mild, breezy night.
The victory of the team in the Co. Championship brought people of all ages out on the street. In fact, some travelled quite a distance to experience the sweet taste of success. Pat Costello, originally from Killorglin, has been living in London for the past 30 years. A football fanatic, he travelled home to Killorglin on Saturday night, especially for the Co. Championship. ‘I came home especially to see the match. I will probably go home on Wednesday – whenever all the celebrations are over. I came over to see the Laune Rangers win the title in 1989,’ he said. When asked to comment on the match itself, Mr. Costello said, ‘Laune Rangers won, so we will say it was OK.’
The Laune Rangers’ supporters turned out in force with banners of all shapes and sizes, horns of different volumes and teddy bears dressed in the blue and white colours of the team. Shortly after the bonfire was lit at the old creamery, outside the town, the team arrived to a tumultuous cheer as they boarded the open-top truck for their parade through the streets. Laune Rangers’ man, Pat Pigott, warmed up the crowd on his megaphone, as the team made its way up through the town. ‘It is great to see such a turnout. We promised that we would bring home the Bishop Moynihan Cup and we have done just that,’ he said.
After two laps of the town, the young men of the team got down to the serious celebrations, as they started their tour of the packed hostelries of the town. There were plenty of proud men and women in Killorglin on Sunday night. One of these was team captain, Gerard Murphy. ‘It means a lot to me to play with a bunch of guys as good as these. They are all dedicated and very hard-working. We learned our lessons by losing some games in the past but when you learn your lessons, you get the trophies,’ he said.
The proudest man on the day was the team’s trainer, John Evans. To a roof-lifting cheer (on the lorry in front of Duffy’s Cinema) he thanked all the supporters of the team who believed in them even in the dark days. ‘We have all worked very hard. You have to work hard if you are to achieve the ultimate and, to achieve the ultimate, you have to make a lot of sacrifices,’ he said. He said Laune Rangers have won, lost and won again over the years and, as a result, have learned their lesson. ‘It takes a good team to win the Co. Championship, a great team to come back and be beaten. But it takes the greatest team of all to come back after being beaten and to win again,’ he said.”
James Coffey, joint-Treasurer of Laune Rangers Club and local Kerryman correspondent, wrote in the Killorglin Notes, “The new Kerry Senior Football Co. Champions, Laune Rangers, brought the Bishop Moynihan Cup back to Killorglin for the third time in six years on Sunday and what a rousing reception awaited them in the blue and white bedecked streets of the town, where hundreds turned out to greet them.
The parade commenced at the outskirts of the town while a massive bonfire blazed close to Dromavalla Cemetery where many an old Laune Ranger rests. It passed Chub O Connor, whose grandsons, Shane O Sullivan and Mark O Connor, were pillars of strength in the Laune Rangers’ defence. It made its way slowly past the Fishery, the main Laune Rangers Club sponsors, over the bridge of 110 years to Lower Bridge Street, where it stopped outside the premises (Coffey’s Bar) where the club was formed 107 years ago – a street that produced some good footballers and none more so than Paddy O Regan, holder of four Co. Championship medals. A street that produced men of the calibre of Jimmy Doyle, a founder of the club, and his grandson, Eddie West, Jimmy O Leary of 1911 fame, his son Tom, John Joe Falvey, Monnie, Danny and Eddie O Reilly and the Corkerys, to mention but a few. On to main Street and the Square, passing close to the home of another 1911 hero, Danny Clifford, and the place of birth of Bill O Brien, an early secretary of the club and the home of Peggy P.T. O Sullivan, a member of the great camogie team (of the 1930’s). They passed the home of the great Paudie Sheahan and on to Langford Street and the home of Billy O Shea – the street that produced some great sporting families, the O Shea’s, O Brien’s, Costelloe’s, O Reilly’s and Currans and Noel O Mahony, who trained the Laune Rangers’ teams with such success in the ‘80’s – the team that won the Co. Championship in 1989, the Co. League in 1986, ’87 and ’89 and six-in-a-row of Mid-Kerry Senior titles and he was also the man that trained the Laune Rangers to win its first minor title in 1977. The parade continued past the home of another great, James Sheehan, proud trainer of Laune Rangers minor and U-21 teams and holder of several honours with Laune Rangers. It passed Killorglin Community College that has benefited so much from Laune Rangers’ players. It arrived at Mountain View, home of the captain, Gerard Murphy – the estate that had Tommy Byrne, Paul Griffin, Joe Shannon, Billy O Sullivan and Pa Murphy representing it on Sunday. Amidst all the excitement, a tear fell when we remembered the late Noreen and Seamus Murphy, parents of Gerard and Pa. What a moment it would be for them, to see the man-of-the-match in 1989 bringing the ‘Bishop’ to the estate.
Returning to town, the parade continued through Upper Bridge Street, where the Clifford/Curtin trophy originated. The street where the late Bobby Doyle, a former secretary, lived and also the O Grady, Sheehan and Duffy families, with great Laune Rangers’ connections. The street where John O Riordan and Nicholas Flynn of the 1911 team were born and where Sheila O Neill, of that famous camogie team of the ‘30’s lived. The parade turned into Iveragh Road, passed the home of the Mangan family and onto the home of another great Laune Rangers, Paddy Foley, the man who was Mr. Football to us all in our younger days and who was instrumental in the purchase of the J.P. O Sullivan Park. Paddy, another of the 1911 team, won a Junior All-Ireland with Kerry. His shop was the meeting place of all Gaels. As the parade moved on, we passed the home of our great goalkeeper, Peter Lyons, whose uncle, Tony, won minor and senior Co. Championships with Mid-Kerry in 1960 and 1967. Peter’s great grand-father, Danso Lyons, was another member of the early Laune Rangers teams. It was the street of the legendary James O Regan and the man who sold the Dog Track to the club in 1950, John A. Foley. They passed the home of the O Riordan family, of which the late John was a former secretary of the Mid-Kerry Board and his sister, Mary Harmon, was a member of that camogie team. The parade turned back, at the entrance to the Intermediate School – a school that also benefited from the presence of Laune Ranger’ players on its teams. It was back to the Square and to the speeches and the cheering and afterwards is history. A great day and night for a team that vowed to win this year to make up for last year’s let-down. Well done, lads and well done, John Evans, John Griffin and Patsy Joy.”
Mikey Sheehy, holder of eight All-Ireland medals, whose father, Jim, played with the Laune Rangers, in an interview with John Barry for the Kerryman, said, “I have seen a lot of county finals over the years, but this was the worst by far. That won’t worry Laune Rangers, of course. They have the title in their possession and they now go forward as the county’s representatives in the Munster Club Championship. I wish them the best of luck. They deserve all that has come their way and they are the premier club side in the county by a long way. It is a pity that the showpiece occasion of the year in the county turned out to be such a huge disappointment. The wind affected the game to a degree but there was no excuse for what passed as catch-and-kick football.
I was particularly disappointed with East-Kerry. There is no way you could win a championship game of this importance by scoring your first point from play after nearly 45 minutes. Of course, Laune Rangers won the psychological battle before ever a ball was kicked by putting Mike Hassett on John Crowley. Hassett did a great job on him and, once Crowley was shackled, that was it as far as East-Kerry was concerned in attack.
Everybody was talking about the midfield battle and in my view Timmy Fleming was the best of the four players. I was disappointed in Donal Daly’s contribution. To me, Pierce Prendiville won the duel hands down. Billy O Shea, of course, was brilliant. He won just about every breaking ball in the middle of the field in the first half and he was my man-of-the-match. Fair play to the Laune Rangers’ mentors! It was a very shrewd move to play Billy as a third midfielder. They also isolated Liam Hassett and Paul Griffin up front and their goal resulted from that, following a long ball by Tommy Byrne.
All through, Laune Rangers were very solid at the back and Mike Hassett proved just what a great player he is. Everything, he did, oozed with class. Adrian Hassett and Tommy Byrne also excelled in a very sound backline, while up front Joe Shannon’s work-rate and general contribution were excellent. Paul Griffin and Liam Hassett also impressed me and I thought that James O Shea won some crucial ball when he came in. When you look at the Laune Rangers’ bench, it is really awesome. James O Shea and Billy O Sullivan would walk on any other team and then you have Pat McKenna and others.
The simple truth of the matter is that Laune Rangers should have won by a lot more. They are a good quality side and even if East-Kerry got a goal in the second half, Laune Rangers would, I feel, still have won because they appeared to have a lot in reserve. A lot of pressure is now off Laune Rangers, especially after last year, and there is no doubt in my mind that they will give a great account of themselves in the Munster Club Championship. Their game with Bantry Blues on Sunday week should be worth going a long way to see.”
Mick O Dwyer, All-Ireland medal holder and trainer of eight All-Ireland Senior-winning Kerry teams, gave his verdict in the Cork Examiner as follows: “As a starting point for Kerry’s new beginning, it (the game) had little to offer. I would think (Páidí) Ó Sé learned virtually nothing, save for the legitimate claims of Timmy Fleming to be drafted into Kerry’s midfield. I believe Fleming should be an automatic choice for Kerry, and it was sad that he was allowed to drift away from the set-up in recent times. However, with a new regime, he will surely be back in the fray for Kerry. His work-rate is tremendous, he is an accurate free-taker and he is always capable of pulling off a spectacular fetch for his team. His club partnership with Pierce Prendiville means that Conor Kearney is being played out of position at centre-forward for Killorglin.
It is too early to begin speculating on the new Kerry formation, but I would pair Fleming with Maurice Fitzgerald at centre-field. Some might say that is robbing the forwards of its most potent force, but Laune Rangers’ full-forward Liam Hassett, an U-21 winner this year with Kerry, looked ready to make the step up to the senior grade. Yesterday, he won plenty of possession and used it intelligently. He was really thrown in at the deep end on Stephen O Brien in the Munster SFC Final, but he showed his real potential as Kerry progressed into the All-Ireland U-21 final. He is strong, athletic and calm. With quality possession (Fleming and Fitzie would provide this), he is a good target-man. Billy O Shea buzzed about the place and kicked two good points for Killorglin, but I still feel his best placing is an attacking wing-back.
To those outside Kerry who wonder about the strength of Laune Rangers, it is worth noting how they manage to keep all their players around Killorglin. The policy of the club has been to employ their youngsters locally insofar as it is possible. They are a lesson to every club and county in the country, and they will be around for a while yet – imagine that they had two Kerry seniors and four Kerry minors on the substitutes’ bench yesterday, waiting for a chance in a side with five more Kerry seniors. They will now go to play Bantry Blues in the Munster Club Championship and what a clinker that should be! Rangers have shown they can play football to win or grind out the right result.”
The following report from the man-of-the-match award function appeared in the Kerryman: “Tributes to the players, who won the man-of-the-match awards in the AIB Co. Senior Football and Hurling Championships were paid at the function in the White-gates Hotel, Killarney, on Mon. (9th Oct.). County Board GAA Chairman, Sean Kelly, described the football man-of-the-match, Tommy Byrne (Laune Rangers), as a great player and a great sportsman. Paying tribute to Laune Rangers, he said that they were unquestionably the club of the year in football. Already this year, he had presented them with four county trophies. Great work was being done by Laune Rangers at all levels and it was as good a club as could be found anywhere in the country, probably even better.
John Collins, Manager AIB, Main Street, Killarney welcomed the attendance. Laune Rangers had, he said, justified their position as hot favourites and had made up for the bitter disappointment of 1994, in particular. ‘It is hard to believe, bearing in mind the high profile, which they enjoy in Kerry football today, that Laune Rangers were without a county title from 1911 to 1989,’ he said. When they did arrive back on the scene, however, they did so with a bang and it can all be put down to the great emphasis they placed on underage football, which first paid dividends in 1977, with the winning of the county minor football championship. Everybody involved with the Laune Rangers’ youth policy deserves the highest praise and nobody more so than the club’s present chairman, Jerome Conway, whose contribution has been away above and beyond the call of duty. Heartiest congratulations to you, Jerome, and to everybody associated with this victory.’ He praised Tommy Byrne on the winning the man-of-the-match award and said he was a most deserving winner.
In reply, Tommy Byrne said that he was accepting the award on behalf of all the Laune Rangers players and selectors. He said that without the lads on the ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams to push them, they would not have won the championship title. Jerome Conway, Chairman Laune Rangers, praised trainer John Evans and ‘a tremendous group of lads.’ They were all very dedicated, he said, and he was delighted for Tommy Byrne. They would all do their level best to do Kerry football proud in the Munster Club Championship. He paid fulsome tribute to Aidan Gannon, manager of AIB in Killorglin, for the great contribution he had made to the Laune Rangers’ club.”
Munster Club Football Championship
Rd. 1 on Sun. 22nd Oct. at Bantry: Bantry Blues 1-10; Laune Rangers 2-8.
Eamonn Horan reported for the Kerryman as follows: “In recent years Laune Rangers have had several notable triumphs, including their successes in the county senior championship. But I doubt if any of these triumphs would quite match their magnificent victory over a stout-hearted Bantry Blues side in the opening round of the AIB Munster Club Football Championship at Bantry’s own Wolfe Tone Park on Sunday.
In a titanic finish, Laune Rangers held out for the narrowest of wins against a Bantry combination, which staged a tremendous comeback in the closing eight minutes of a thrill-packed encounter that had the crowd of about 5,000 gripped in a welter of high drama and excitement. Once again, this was a marvellous team performance by the Kerry champions and it was this blending together of talents, which gave Laune Rangers the overall edge on a teak-tough and very resilient Bantry fifteen.
But, like in any fine theatrical performance, there is always one individual whose single-handed brilliance and sorcery stands out head and shoulders above all others. Such was the case with Laune Rangers’ captain, Gerard Murphy. The fleet-footed left half-forward had what must have been his finest hour ever in a football jersey on Sunday. From start to finish, he dazed and dazzled the opposition with the sheer skill of his football and the manner in which he crowned great movements with commensurately great scores. It was the 29-year old chemical operator who struck the initial fell blow against the hapless Cork title-holders when, straight from the throw-in, he got inside the home defence to fasten onto a ball, plied in his path by Timmy Fleming, to send a left-footed shot crashing into the Bantry net for a sensational goal. That great goal was worth its weight in gold to the Rangers. It helped the team to settle quickly to the task at hand but, just as importantly, it rocked the Cork champions to their very foundations and they had to make fierce strides to overhaul their rivals in the first half, and, indeed, they were struggling for long periods of the second half.
Granted, they did manage to get on level terms midway through the opening half. But they were again smitten in the 20th minute by a second goal from the dynamic Murphy. And what a goal it was too! Centre halfback, Tommy Byrne, whipped a mighty long ball down-field out of defence. It was grabbed out on the right wing by Liam Hassett – the bustling full-forward had been switched to a midfield role early on in the game – who did a neat little shilly-shally before booting the ball across the face of the Bantry defence. There, waiting to latch on to it about 30 yards out, was Murphy and his blistering shot saw the ball sail into the roof of the net for as good a goal as you’d hope to see anywhere.
That memorable goal plunged the losers into a state of disarray from which they found it very difficult to recover. Bantry were being hassled and harried at every hand’s turn by their opponents, who displayed an insatiable appetite for the game throughout. The misty rain, which fell for most of the game, made underfoot conditions quite difficult at times for players on both sides. But Laune Rangers appeared to be able to adapt themselves better to the tough going underfoot.
Liam Hassett and Timmy Fleming were a mighty force in the centre of the field and even the best efforts of Bantry’s highly-vaunted pair, Damien O Neill and Michael Moran, were not quite good enough. Then, even when Bantry went on the offensive, they found their pathway to goal blocked by a cast-iron defence in which Tommy Byrne, at centre half, and Paudie Sheahan, at fullback, stood out like beacons in the night. This pair proved the rock-bed on which numerous promising Bantry onslaughts foundered. But they got wonderful back-up from Mark O Connor, Billy O Shea, Shane O Sullivan and Mike Hassett. And, make no mistake about it, the winners’ backs had to be at their very best to contain a fast-moving attack, which got better, as the game progressed and as the going got tougher.
I doubt if Rangers’ character has ever been tested in the manner in which it was on Sunday by a stout-hearted Bantry Blues combination who were cheered to the echo by their high-spirited supporters who came to see their favourites add the Kerry side’s scalps to those they had already taken on the way to their historic Cork county championship victory of just a few weeks earlier.
The losers opened their scoring after four minutes when Stephen Dineen pointed a free, but Rangers responded sharply when Joe Shannon latched onto a fine ball out of defence by Sheahan to shoot a lovely point. Bantry battled valiantly to get back in the game and points by Sean McCarthy, Damien O Beill and McCarthy again, in the 6th, 13th and 15th minutes, saw them draw level (0-4 to 1-1). By then, Pierce Prendiville had retired with a gashed forehead to be replaced by James O Shea, who took over on the ‘40’.
Laune Rangers were never better than we saw them in the second quarter. Bantry had come roaring back at them but, if they did, Rangers answered their opponents in style by turning in a sustained spell of vigorous football, which saw them lay siege to the home side’s goal in a sustained bout of pressure. Indeed, I have no hesitation in saying that were it not for the sheer brilliance of their county defender, Mark O Connor, Bantry would have been beaten by at least five or six more scores.
Two minutes after he had scored his second goal, Murphy took a pass from Fleming to shoot a point. Rangers were in full cry and they finished the half with a flourish. Liam Hassett, Paul Griffin and Fleming combined for Griffin to pick off a lovely point in the 29th minute and this was quickly followed with another point from Murphy from a pass by Liam Hassett to send Rangers in at the interval leading by 2-4 to 0-4.
Bantry’s Damien O Neill was booked for a heavy tackle on Billy O Shea soon after the restart. Likewise, this half was dourly contested. Referee Kevin Walsh of Clare, while being a trifle whistle-happy, nevertheless kept a tight hand on matters and even the slightest sign of dissent was punished on the spot. Harrington pointed a free after five minutes. In the 38th minute, he rose to punch a dropping ball over the bar to reduce the deficit to four points. Fleming was fouled but was wide with the ensuing free before Conor Kearney missed an open goal when he booted the ball wide on the ground with the goal yawning in front of him.
Thirteen minutes into the half, Griffin was fouled and Fleming pointed the free but this was replied to a minute later when O Regan kicked a mighty point from out-field. Kearney retired and was replaced by the injured Prendiville who, though now with a head-bandage around his forehead, proceeded to again get stuck into the fray in earnest and battled his way gamely to the end. In the 47th minute, Rangers’ supporters cheered loudly when Murphy struck for another fine point from play.
Then the referee dismissed centre halfback Stephen Moloney for a second offence after he had fouled Liam Hassett and Bantry were down to 14 men for the rest of the game. Fleming was playing his heart out and was to be found back in defence averting danger. And still Rangers pressed forward and in the 52nd minute Griffin made the opening and Murphy again supplied the super finish with yet another great point (2-7 to 0-7).
But just when it looked as of the door was finally shut on Bantry, the home side found new reserves of stamina and came storming back at their rivals. They won a free out on the right and Harrington pointed and this was quickly followed by another point, O Neill making the opening for McCarthy to notch a marvellous score. Rangers won a ‘45’ and Fleming nearly manufactured a goal from it. But Bantry kept coming forward in waves and they were eventually rewarded when Harrington fired a free from near the right touchline and the ball went off fullback Sheahan’s hands and into the net and there was just a point between them, with just over three minutes remaining.
However, Rangers showed their unyielding spirit when, from the kick-out, O Shea drove the ball up-field and Griffin pounced on it to hammer over a truly memorable point and one that put his side into the semi-final, as it transpired. Bantry won a free when O Regan was fouled but, amazingly, Harrington was wide with the kick. It was a pressure-kick and he fluffed it. Harrington did point a subsequent free but it was not enough and Laune Rangers had won a famous victory over the fancied Bantry Blues side. The local followers were a trifle shocked at what they had witnessed. The elation that had been so evident early on had suddenly evaporated into the murky evening air. Gerard Murphy was well supported in the Rangers’ attack by Paul Griffin, substitute James O Shea and Joe Shannon.”
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Mike Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, Billy O Shea, Tommy Byrne, Shane O Sullivan, Timmy Fleming (0-1), Pierce Prendiville, Joe Shannon (0-1), Conor Kearney, Gerard Murphy (capt.) 2-4, Paul Griffin (0-2), Liam Hassett, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: James O Shea for P. Prendiville (inj.), Pierce Prendiville for C. Kearney, Pat McKenna, John Doona, Pa Murphy, Liam Foley, Jason Griffin, Thomas Walsh, Anthony O Sullivan, John Sheehan, Pa O Sullivan, Michael F. Russell and Brian Gannon. Adrian Hassett was injured and unable to play.
Bantry Blues: Des McAuley, Eamonn McCarthy, Mark O Connor, Timmy O Mahony, Padraig O Regan (0-1), Stephen Moloney, Niall Twomey, Damien O Neill (0-1), Michael Moran, Sean McCarthy (0-3, 1 free), Paddy Goggin, Gerdie Barry, Kevin Harrington (1-4, 1-3 frees), Stephen Dineen (0-1, free), Paul O Rourke. Sub: Padraig Healy for G. Barry.
Ref: Kevin Walsh (Clare).
Eamonn Horan reported in the Kerryman from the winners’ camp as follows: “Within a matter of a couple of minutes of the final whistle blowing, Laune Rangers trainer John Evans was already laying down the law for his mud-spattered men. ‘We’ll keep our feet on the ground,’ stormed the Tralee Garda. ‘That’s only the first round. I know you are sensible.’ But there was no hiding the delight on the face of the trainer. He said it was a great win for Rangers to go down into Bantry’s den in West Cork, where football is played so wholeheartedly and beat the Cork champions. ‘Bantry played with wonderful spirit today,’ he said, ‘But Gerard Murphy’s two first half goals were decisive. He took his chances in great style and they really settled us down.’
Laune Rangers’ Chairman, Jerome Conway, said they were delighted to have got over the first round successfully. ‘It was a tough game and we were delighted to have represented Kerry with distinction,’ he said. ‘Bantry are a good side. They are very fit and quite strong. But, at the end of the day, we didn’t panic and our experience brought us through. Gerard Murphy’s two goals set us on fire. He gave a super performance. Now we are home to the Limerick champions, Claughaun, in the semi-final in a fortnight’s time. They came down to us two year’s ago and we beat them. We are looking forward to that game but we won’t look beyond the next round.’
Two-goal hero Gerard Murphy made light of his feat of scoring 2-4 of his team’s total. ‘We worked really hard at it and, regardless of what Bantry managed to do, we managed to work away,’ said the Rangers’ match-winner. ‘Our character showed when they got the goal near the end and we managed to come back up-field and get a score. It is always important to get a good start and our early goal settled us down. But, fair play to Bantry, they are a good, tough team and they kept coming back at us.’ The Laune Rangers’ captain regarded it as a significant win as such and said that clashes between Kerry and Cork teams at senior level were always a good pointer. ‘We still have a bit of work to do,’ he added, ‘We will go back training on Tuesday night and knuckle down to it again.’
Billy O Shea was very pleased also that they were through to the semi-final of the championship. ‘I feel absolute relief that we have won here today,’ he remarked as he put his boots back in his bag. ‘I know we were going well for a long time but then we conceded a soft goal near the end. But we showed great perseverance the way we came back and I think Paul Griffin’s score immediately afterwards was a most important one.’
Sterling centre halfback Tommy Byrne stressed the fact that they hadn’t panicked near the end, after Bantry got their goal. ‘That was most important,’ he said. ‘Also we kept pushing the ball in the last ten minutes. We opened them up. Unfortunately, we should have been going for points.’ The red-haired defender felt Rangers were better disciplined and their performance was solid enough in the first half.
Selector Patsy Joy described it as a great win for Kerry football. ‘We got off to a great start but we needed that,’ said Patsy. ‘They came back and got a goal and two points in the last five or six minutes. We know that any game away is going to be hard. Gerard Murphy’s goals gave us a great lift. Bantry are a great club team.’ Patsy recalled how three uncles of his played football with Bantry back in the 1940’s. Martin and Willie Joy are now living in England. Their brother Moss is deceased. ‘They were in the army here in those days and they played with Teddy O Connor, the former Kerry footballer,’ added Patsy.”
Semi-final on Sun. 5th Nov. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 0-15, Claughaun 1-4.
Eamonn Horan reported on the game for the Kerryman as follows: “A lack-lustre first half performance, at the end of which they led by a solitary point, put Laune Rangers under a lot of pressure but, at the end of the day, the Kerry champions carried too many big guns for the Limerick standard-bearers and duly booked their place in the final. Rangers’ supporters were obviously expecting another top-drawer display from their side, following on their splendid victory over Bantry Blues in the opening round. But, this time, the Killorglin side fell well below expectations with their performance and, in fact, made heavy weather of winning. Somehow, Laune Rangers looked stale and pedestrian and their customary sharpness and fluency was little in evidence in this game, watched by a crowd of about 2,500. Quite obviously, a long season and involvement in a multiplicity of competitions, has taken its toll on Rangers. In the circumstances, it may be just as well that they reserved this below par performance for the semi-final rather than the forthcoming final when they will be in opposition to the Tipperary champions, Moyle Rovers.
The winners started with a flourish and were three points up inside five minutes, with points from Timmy Fleming, Paul Griffin and Gerard Murphy. Billy O Shea was almost on target for a goal but was foiled by some spectacular goalkeeping by Philip Shine. But as the half wore on, the Kerry side seemed to lose control and their opponents came more and more into the game. Timmy Fleming and Pierce Prendiville failed to reproduce the form, which saw them play such key roles in their team’s victory a fortnight earlier. Rangers’ game lacked the cohesion of the Bantry performance. Promising attacks broke down through sloppy passing and lack of penetration up front.
Claughan, trailing by 0-5 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter, rocked their rivals on their heels with an opportunist goal in the 18th minute. Right corner-forward Leo O Connor centred a free and there rising to fist the ball to the net was wing-forward Barry Ryan, with the home defence badly at fault. Prior to the goal, Rangers had extended their advantage with points by Liam Hassett and Gerard Murphy in the 11th and 14th minutes. But Ryan’s goal changed the pattern of the game dramatically and, after Griffin had notched a point for Rangers, after a fine movement involving Pierce Prendiville, Joe Shannon and Mike Hassett, Danny Fitzgerald showed Paudie Sheahan a clean pair of heels as he whipped over a beautiful point. Liam Hassett was wide with another chance and when the teams headed for the dressing-rooms at halftime, Rangers were leading by 0-6 to 1-2.
The sides were level within four minutes of the restart when Leo O Connor pointed a free. Rangers had a chance to regain the lead when a long free by Timmy Fleming was fielded by Liam Hassett but the full-forwartd kicked the ball wide. But they made amends in the 38th minute when Billy O Shea made the opening for Paul Griffin to pop over a point. That was a vital score for the home side as it gave them back the edge at a critical point of the game. Then, in the 40th minute, Gerard Murphy was foiled of a certain goal with a magnificent point blank save by goalkeeper Shine but the Laune Rangers’ captain quickly redressed matters when he latched onto a free by Fleming to boot over a point. Michael Galligan reduced the deficit to a point in the 42nd minute with neat left-footed point (0-8 to 1-4). Rangers were clearly rattled and they substituted the versatile Billy O Sullivan for Joe Shannon in an effort to give their attack more bite.
As events transpired, the losers failed to score again and, slowly but surely, Laune Rangers re-established their grip on the exchanges. Fleming and Prendiville were showing more confidence in the middle of the field and this allowed the home forwards plenty of good possession. James O Shea was a most industrious centre half-forward and he received some backup from Paul Griffin, Billy O Shea and Liam Hassett. Billy O Shea put two points between the teams when he scored from long range in the 44th minute. Fleming was not on song with his free-taking and the role was entrusted to Liam Hassett, who showed his prowess when kicking a point from a ‘45’ after 46 minutes. Then Billy O Sullivan was fouled and Hassett pointed the free, which followed, and when the full-forward pointed yet another free 19 minutes into the half, Rangers had opened up a five-points gap on their rivals.
Rangers were now forcing their opponents into making mistakes. They won a free but this time Liam Hassett sent it wide and when the winners were awarded yet another free, Fleming was restored to free-taking duties but his attempt hit the left upright and went wide. Billy O Sullivan was putting in some good work in the winners’ attack but the visitors’ defence defended for all they were worth. It was all Rangers at this stage and, with less than five minutes remaining, they called up Pat McKenna into the attack in place of Gerard Murphy. McKenna more than justified his call-up and he kicked two fine points as Rangers franked their authority on the exchanges, with the ice-cool Griffin splitting McKenna’s two points with another well-taken score. Liam Hassett had earlier carved out a great opening for Griffin but this time the busy corner-forward blazed the ball wide on the right.
In the end, Rangers finished runaway winners of a game that was rarely exciting and often pedestrian in pace and tempo. Maybe, they felt they didn’t need to unduly extend themselves against such mediocre opposition. But, whatever the reason, they can hardly have been over-pleased with their display. Rangers’ centre halfback Tommy Byrne was concussed in a first half knock but the Limerick-based vet played on, even though apparently very much disorientated in the circumstances. Pick of the winners’ defence were fullback Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor and Mike Hassett.”
This game was always going to be difficult for the Rangers. They had played Claughan previously in 1993 and they knew that they were not great. After the Bantry victory, the team was bound to come down in performance. However, they still scored 15 points. Selector, John Clifford, and Chairman, Jerome Conway, had been dispatched to Ardfinnan, Co. Tipperary, to see the other semi-final between Moyle Rovers and Doonbeg. On coming out of that game, they were spotted by Munster Council Secretary, Donie Nealon, who advised them, jokingly as it transpired, that Claughan had beaten Laune Rangers. It was a long, silent journey to Mitchelstown, where the pair were able to pick up Kerry Radio and discover the proper result.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan Mark O Connor, Mike Hassett, Tommy Byrne, Shane O Sullivan, Timmy Fleming (0-1), Pierce Prendiville, Joe Shannon, James O Shea, Gerard Murphy (0-3), Paul Griffin (0-4), Liam Hassett (0-4), Billy O Shea (0-1). Subs: Pat McKenna (0-2) for G. Murphy, Billy O Sullivan for J. Shannon, Conor Kearney, John Doona, Pa Murphy, Liam Foley, Jason Griffin, Thomas Walsh, Anthony O Sullivan, John Sheehan, Pa O Sullivan, Michael F. Russell, Brian Gannon.
Claughan: Phillip Shine, Liam Galligan, P. Clarke, G. Manning, F. Hogan, A. Browne (capt.), M. Graham, Tom McGarry, Mike Ryan, Barry Ryan (1-0), F. Glynn, Billy Tynan, Leo O Connor (0-1), Danny Fitzgerald (0-1), Paddy Galligan (0-1, free). Subs: F. Brosnihan for L. Galligan, Michael Galligan (0-1) for F. Glynn, E. Walsh for D. Fitzgerald.
Ref: Tom Meehan (Tipperary).
Final on Sun. 19th Nov. at Páirc Uí Rinn: Laune Rangers 3-19; Moyle Rovers 2-4.
Eamonn Horan reported thus in the Kerryman, “Turning in one of their finest ever displays, Laune Rangers cruised to victory over an outclassed Moyle Rovers in the final of the AIB Munster Club Football Championship. After a fairly electrifying start, in which each side had banged home a goal inside the opening three minutes, the difference in class between the teams became more and more discernible and, by halftime, it was clear that this was going to be a great day for the Kerry champions.
But, to be fair to the losers, Moyle Rovers proved themselves to be a not untalented combination and, against a lesser side than Laune Rangers, they would probably have been in the game with a chance. But Rangers were masterly in almost very facet of the game, watched by a crowd of about 3,500. Their backs were powerfully authoritative and, all through the game, they worked the ball incessantly out of defence and the rest of the team did their job to perfection as they clinically cut the opposition down to size with their devastating onslaughts on the losers’ lines, which gained in frequency and momentum as the hour wore on. Over the hour, Laune Rangers won the midfield battle, with Timmy Fleming and Pierce Prendiville right at the top of their form. For the losers, John Owens and Derry Foley, when moved there from the forty, played a lot of ball but the Tipperary side lacked penetration in attack.
Rangers were supreme right down the middle. Paudie Sheahan, except for one untypical miscalculation of a hopping ball in the second half, reigned supreme at fullback and centre half Tommy Byrne once again showed that he is maturing into a mighty solid pivotal defender. Meanwhile, up front, Conor Kearney gave the knock to his ctitics with a capital display, which saw the tall centre-forward fetch some fine ball and use possession to maximum effect by carving out openings for his fellow forwards. Then there was the enterprising, hard-grafting Liam Hassett, who was always causing problems in front of the Moyle Rovers’ posts. Admittedly, the full-forward came up against a worthy opponent in team captain Liam Cronin, but Hassett it was who exposed the inherent weaknesses in the losers’ defence by careering clean through for a wonderful goal within 30 seconds of the start. Moyle Rovers gelignited the exchanges when they answered Rangers’ lightning opening goal with an equally spectacular effort in the third minute. The classy Derry Foley won possession and cut through the winners’ defence on a dazzling solo run before blasting the ball past Peter Lyons for a truly fine goal, which looked as if it might stop their opponents dead in their tracks. But, anybody who thought so had another one coming. The Rangers’ army of supporters chanted ‘Come on the boys in blue’ and their favourites duly answered the call with two quick points, which showed how keen the Kerrymen were to impose their authority on the proceedings.
In the fourth minute, the industrious Joe Shannon slipped the ball to Paul Griffin and he booted over a neat left-footed point. Within a minute, Rangers struck again. Tommy Byrne floated a long free in the path of Conor Kearney and the tall schoolteacher kicked a beautiful point, much to the delight of the supporters. Those scores set the pattern of the game and the winners grew in confidence as the half unfolded. Men like Shane O Sullivan and Paudie Sheahan were finding top gear in the defence and they were being ably supported by the likes of Tommy Byrne and Mike Hassett. Rangers hunted in packs and they were hare-fast off the mark to pick up the breaks when they came. By the end of the first quarter Rangers had extended their advantage with points by Timmy Fleming (9th min.) and Conor Kearney (14th min.), the latter score being a particularly fine effort.
Then, just as the second quarter began, the roof fell in on the Tipperary side when Rangers struck for their second goal of the afternoon. Mark O Connor began the movement before Paul Griffin carried it on and passed the ball to Shane O Sullivan, who had come, racing forward, out of defence. The wing-back showed pin-point accuracy as he picked his spot and shot the ball low to the net, leaving the losers’ defence stranded in his wake. That goal did irretrieveable damage to Moyle Rovers for not alone did it show them who the masters were, but it also blunted their desire to do serious battle with their rivals.
Owens pulled back a point for Moyle in the 20th minute but Joe Shannon quickly responded at the other end with a splendid point after a dashing run down the right flank. The cheers had scarcely died away than Rangers were back for another point, Pierce Prendiville carving out the opening for the dashing Billy O Shea to score. The losers tried to rally and Robbie Boland and Owens combined to put Donal Foley through, but goalkeeper Peter Lyons made a brilliant save. However, Owens quickly gathered the ball and shot a point to leave the scores 2-6 to 1-2. But it was all Laune Rangers from there to the interval, with additional points coming from Shane O Sullivan (26 mins.), Mike Hassett (29 mins.) and Liam Hassett (30 mins.) to send the Kerry men in at halftime leading by 2-9 to 1-2.
Laune Rangers maintained a firm grip on the game on the resumption and the death-knell was well and truly sounded for Moyle Rovers when, after six minutes, Billy O Shea cut through to make the opening for Gerard Murphy and the team captain duly planted the ball in the top of the net. The task had by now become far too great for a Moyle Rovers side, which was unable to push any extra button when the pressure was applied. They tried, that’s for sure, but their best efforts were easily brushed aside by their opponents who knew that now they were well within sight of their long-cherished goal, capturing the Munster Club Championship. In fact, the losers only managed three scores in this half. The first came in the 42nd minute, when James Williams crossed the ball and Donal Foley rose to punch it to the net. Six minutes later, Foley was again on target with a point and the losers had their last score six minutes from the finish when Boland landed a point.
But it was Rangers’ day and, cheered on by their loyal army of supporters, they added points by Paul Griffin, Billy O Shea and Gerard Murphy in the closing minutes to complete the rout. Moyle Rovers lost Derry Foley after 48 minutes when he was sent to the line following an off-the-ball incident. Inside the last ten minutes, Rangers brought on substitutes Pa Murphy – he replaced Adrian Hassett who retired with a broken jaw eight minutes before the end – James O Shea and Billy O Sullivan, all players who would ‘walk’ onto any other club team. Yes, indeed, it was a day to remember for Laune Rangers. They came with high expectations, they delivered the goods and they went home with the spoils of victory in the bag.”
That was the ultimate performance. The team gelled like a dream. Great credit was due to John Evans for taking the team that far. The players deserved the highest praise. The supporters travelled in their hundreds and there were some celebrations afterwards. The team travelled with Kerry Coaches and had tea and sandwiches in the Imperial Hotel, Cork, beforehand. Afterwards, the team had a lovely meal there and arrived home at 9.15pm to a tumultuous reception. The team and officials travelled the town in Quirke’s lorry, up to Mountain View and then the players were introduced to the supporters in the Square by Jerome Conway. John Evans and Gerard Murphy also spoke.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, Mike Hassett (0-1), Tommy Byrne, Shane O Sullivan (1-1), Timmy Fleming (0-4), Pierce Prendiville, Joe Shannon (0-2), Conor Kearney (0-2), Gerard Murphy (capt.) 1-3, Paul Griffin (0-3), Liam Hassett (1-2), Billy O Shea (0-1). Subs: Pa Murphy for A. Hassett (inj.), James O Shea for B. O Shea, Billy O Sullivan for L. Hassett, Pat McKenna, John Doona, Liam Foley, Jason Griffin, Thomas Walsh, Anthony O Sullivan, John Sheehan, Pa O Sullivan, Michael F. Russell, Brian Gannon.
Moyle Rovers: Declan Browne, Eamonn Power, Liam Cronin (capt.), Kevin O Connor, Noel Wall, Michael McGrath, John McGrath, John Owens (0-2), Jimmy Dunne, James Williams, Derry Foley (1-0), Seamus Delahunty, Robbie Boland (0-1), Paul Boland, Donal Foley (1-1). Subs: Brendan O Dwyer for E. Power, Ger Cahill for K. O Connor, Tony Maher for S. Delahunty, Paul O Connor, Paul Norris, Seamus Norris, Tom Hanrahan, Pat Brett, John Kelly.
Ref: Sean O Keeffe (Cork).
Eamonn Horan captured the mood of the after-match celebrations as follows, “The Laune Rangers’ cavalcade of success continued on its merry way at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday, when the kingpins of Kerry football wrote a new chapter in their illustrious history when winning the AIB Munster Club football title for the first time. As the Chairman of the Munster Council, Noel Walsh, presented the coveted trophy to team captain, Gerard Murphy, jubilant supporters danced with delight down below on the pitch, having witnessed their heroes give a spell-binding display of football. ‘It’s something you always dream about and today we have done it,’ said club chairman, Jerome Conway. ‘Today we won the Munster title and we won it with panache. Every player played exceptionally well and the strength of our performance was the team effort. Every fellow played for the team and that’s what it’s all about.’ The chairman said he hoped they would go on now and represent Munster with distinction in the All-Ireland. ‘I am delighted for Kerry that we have won the Munster title,’ he said. ‘I hope we didn’t kick all our scores away today!’
Trainer John Evans said he was thrilled the game went the way it did. The team had gone down to Bantry a month ago and they had the ball in the net within 30 seconds. They had done the same this time round. ‘We are playing superbly at the moment and everything is going right for us,’ said the trainer. ‘It was easily the best display we have ever given. We were totally focussed for today’s game and things went our way.’
Team captain Gerard Murphy said it was one of those days that a team worked particularly hard for and everything ‘gelled’ on the day. ‘We worked very hard in preparation for today’s game and it showed,’ said Murphy, who was his side’s top scorer with 1-3. ‘The backs were tight and we took our scores well. It all worked today for us.’ Referring to trainer, John Evans, the captain added, ‘He is the man who makes us do what we do and gets us to work hard.’
Club joint treasurer, James Coffey, said he felt about forty years younger after the victory. ‘It was much easier than we expected and that is a tribute in itself to Laune Rangers who put a massive effort into winning the Munster title,’ said Mr. Coffey. ‘It was great to see the team turning up in all kinds of weather for training. They had the spirit in them from the word go. I think from here we will take every game as it comes. The lads gave an exhibition of football out there today. If they can produce that in Croke Park every TV camera in Ireland will be on them. I have never seen anything like it. Fair play to Moyle Rovers, they lost out there today because they never met that style of football.’ Referring to some of their county players, the treasurer said they had rested them on the Sunday before the final because they were obviously tired. ‘John Evans had been saying beforehand that Conor Kearney was doing wonders in training and so it proved,’ said Mr. Coffey. ‘John was the one man who stood by his panel.’ Mr. Coffey said that, sadly, there were two special people missing from the triumph. They were the parents of team captain Gerard Murphy, Noreen and Seamus, both unfortunately deceased. ‘When we were looking for people to look after the youth, Noreen was there to lead the way,’ he said. ‘When Noreen passed on, Seamus took over from her. They had a massive interest in the youth of the club.’
Midfielder Pierce Prendiville said it was a fabulous feeling winning the Munster Club title. ‘We were expecting a harder game today,’ said Pierce. ‘It was one of our best performances this year. We will give it our best shot now for the All-Ireland.’
Fullback Paudie Sheahan was equally delighted as he stood and watched Gerard Murphy being presented with the cup. ‘We’ll give it a break now until after Christmas because we have trained hard for this,’ he said. ‘We’re hoping it will be third time lucky now for us. We have never been beaten in Cork yet.’
Said selector Patsy Joy, ‘Our best football was seen out there today and I am delighted for one man in particular, Conor Kearney, the way he responded to the challenge. Any team that comes out of Munster will be hoping to go all the way.”
Eamonn O Sullivan, PRO of the Kerry Co. Board, wrote in his column, ‘Laune Rangers captured the Munster Club Football title with style and conviction at Páirc Ui Rinn on Sunday. It was a well-deserved triumph for a club that has set playing standards in the county for a number of years. Sunday’s performance was close to perfection and great credit is due to the players, officials and trainer John Evans, who set his sights on this victory at the start of the year. The club can now add to Kerry’s confidence, when they contest the All-Ireland semi-final in February. In the meantime, it would be nice to have a deserved break. But duty calls for the champions with a county league game against Gaeltacht, a county league final against Dingle, a Mid-Kerry final against Milltown or Beaufort and a club semi-final against Crokes. This Saturday, Rangers also play a county U-21 semi-final against South-Kerry. Isn’t it great to be successful?’
James Coffey wrote in the Killorglin Notes in the Kerryman, ‘Laune Rangers are the new club champions of Munster. Giving one of the greatest displays of Gaelic Football seen for many years, they thrilled their thousands of supporters and won the admiration of all neutrals at the game and, in the end, even the Moyle Rovers’ supporters showed their admiration by clapping the team as the cup presentation was in progress. After the game, two Moyle Rovers’ supporters spoke to the writer and expressed their joy at seeing such a great team exhibition by saying that Kerry football is very much alive and that their display brought back memories of the golden years of the 1970s and 1980s. Well the 103 year gap is bridged and thousands turned out in cold and windy Killorglin to welcome home their heroes and the celebrations went on and on. The writer joins with his teammates in wishing Adrian Hassett a full and speedy recovery following his injury late in the game.’
Co. Club Football Championship
That competition, for the Michael O Connor Cup, had been introduced to decide Kerry’s representative in the Munster Club Championship, in the event of a divisional/group team winning the Co. Senior Football Championship.
Rd. 1 on Sat. 9th Sept. at Castleisland: Desmonds 0-10; Laune Rangers 3-10.
Rangers had decided not to train for over a week and they certainly looked a bit ‘scratchy’. Nevertheless, they were in complete control of a very inexperienced Desmonds outfit.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, Pa Murphy, Tommy Byrne, Shane O Sullivan, Pierce Prendiville (0-1), Timmy Fleming (0-2), Joe Shannon (1-1), Conor Kearney, Billy O Shea, Paul Griffin (1-4), Pat McKenna (0-1), Billy O Sullivan (1-1). Subs: Pa O Sullivan for P. McKenna, Thomas Walsh for P. Murphy, John Doona, Jason Griffin, Michael F. Russell and Brian Gannon.
Ref: Pat Sheehy (Clounmacon).
The semi-final, Laune Rangers v Dr. Croke’s, was deferred until 1996.
As the year drew to a close, Albert King, Chairman Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club wrote the following letter to Jerome Conway, Chairman, Laune Rangers GAA Club: “Diarmuid, a chara, further to my previous letter of congratulations to your secretary on winning the Co. Senior Football Championship, it now gives me great pleasure in offering you once again my congratulations on behalf of our club at your wonderful achievement in winning the Munster Club Championship and, since then, the Co. U-21 Championship. I would also like to take this opportunity of paying tribute to your trainer, John Evans, and his selectors on a job well done. We hope you go all the way and the best of luck in the future.”
Co. Senior Football League (Div. 1)
Rd. 1 on Sun. 26th March at Connolly Park: Austin Stacks 0-9; Laune Rangers 0-8.
Laune Rangers played poorly, despite having begun in great style. There was a skirmish and Rangers lost their way again after it. Paul Griffin was sent off. Pa O Sullivan made his senior debut.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, John Sheehan, Tommy Byrne, Pa Murphy, Pierce Prendiville, James O Shea, Paul Griffin, Joe Shannon, Gerard Murphy, Pat McKenna, Timmy Fleming, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Pa O Sullivan for T. Fleming (inj.), Timmy Fleming for P. McKenna, Mike Hassett for J. O Shea, Michael O Reilly.
Ref: Danny Enright (Tarbert).
Rd. 2 on Sun. 2nd April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-13; Beaufort 1-3.
The Rangers’ defence was supreme as was evidenced from the fact that the opposition had only scored two points by the 58th minute. Thereafter, Rangers conceded a goal from a 14m free and a point, but at that stage the game was well and truly won. Rangers got off to a great start when Pierce Prendiville goaled in the first attack. Billy O Shea, Joe Shannon and Timmy Fleming gave them a 1-6 to 0-2 interval lead. In the second half, Conor Kearney and Pierce Prendiville continued to dominate midfield and the points flowed per Gerard Murphy, Liam Hassett, Billy O Sullivan and the excellent Timmy Fleming. A super move, midway through the half, culminated in Billy O Shea scoring a great goal.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, James O Shea, Pa Murphy, John Sheehan, Conor Kearney, Pierce Prendiville (1-0), Billy O Sullivan (0-3), Timmy Fleming (0-4), Billy O Shea (1-1), Pa O Sullivan, Joe Shannon (0-1), Gerard Murphy (0-2) capt. Subs: Liam Hassett (0-2), Michael O Reilly, Pat McKenna (all played), Michael F. Russell.
Beaufort: Austin Rooney, Cormac O Malley, Eamonn Breen, Randal Joy, Mícheál Foley, Anthony Breen, Mícheál Spillane, Vincent O Donoghue, Cormac O Shea, Rory McGrath (0-1), Fergal Spillane, Mike Falvey, Aidan Cremins, Michael Curran, Gerard (Jake) Doyle (1-2). Sub: Eanna O Malley.
Rd. 3 on Mon. 17th April at Direen: Legion 0-10; Laune Rangers 0-15.
Legion could not match the overall strength of the Rangers, who were deserved winners. Rangers opened in great style and, with full-forward Gerard Murphy in sparkling form, raced into an early 0-4 lead after seven minutes, the points coming from Gerard Murphy (2), Billy O Sullivan and Paul Griffin. Legion fought back to level the scores as John Keane and midfielder Pat O Leary gained lots of possession. Sean Culloty (2), Diarmuid O Donoghue and Cathal O Grady pointed, while William O Sullivan saw his pile-driver come off the Rangers’ crossbar. The visitors, however, always looked dangerous in attack and, with a full-forward line of Billy O Shea, Gerard Murphy and a very fit and impressive Billy O Sullivan, stretched the Legion time and again. Gerard Murphy, a point, and Paul Griffin, a free, saw Rangers lead at halftime by 0-7 to 0-5.
Conor Kearney came more and more into the game at midfield in the second half, kicking two points. Billy O Sullivan again punished the home side, pointing three frees in quick succession. Six points behind, the Culloty bothers cut the deficit to four and Legion lost a glorious opportunity when William O Sullivan blasted straight at Peter Lyons in the Rangers’ goal. At the other end, Peter O Leary turned in a marvellous second half, saving from the swift Rangers’ forwards time and again.
The heavy morning rain had made conditions most difficult for both sides but, nevertheless, there were some excellent passages of play. Rangers possessed a very strong pool of players and lined out without Mike and Liam Hassett. They were best served by Tommy Byrne, James O Shea, Gerard Murphy and Conor Kearney.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, Pa Murphy, Tommy Byrne, Shane O Sullivan, Conor Kearney (0-2), Pierce Prendiville, Paul Griffin (0-3), Timmy Fleming, James O Shea (0-1), Billy O Sullivan (0-4), Gerard Murphy (0-5), Billy O Shea. Subs: Pat McKenna, Michael O Reilly, John Sheehan, Mike F. Russell, Pa O Sullivan.
Ref: Albert O Sullivan (Kerins O Rahillys).
Rd. 4 on Sat. 22nd April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 1-13; Annascaul 0-5.
Best for Laune Rangers were Mark O Connor, Shane O Sullivan and Pierce Prendiville.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, Pa Murphy, Tommy Byrne, Shane O Sullivan, Conor Kearney (0-1), Pierce Prendiville, Billy O Sullivan (1-3), Liam Hassett (0-1), James O Shea, Paul Griffin (0-3), Gerard Murphy (0-2), Billy O Shea (0-3). Subs: Pat McKenna for L. Hassett, Michael O Reilly for P. Griffin, John Sheehan for T. Byrne (inj.). Missing – Mike Hassett (inj.), Joe Shannon (inj.) and Timmy Fleming.
Rd. 5 on Sun. 7th May at Dingle: Dingle 0-10; Laune Rangers 0-14.
Conor Kearney dominated at midfield and Timmy Fleming contributed 0-7 up front. Tommy Byrne excelled at centre halfback and Adrian Hassett also played well.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, James O Shea (0-1), Tommy Byrne (0-1), Shane O Sullivan, Conor Kearney (0-2), Pierce Prendiville, Billy O Shea (0-1), Timmy Fleming (0-7), Joe Shannon (0-1), Pa O Sullivan, Pat McKenna, Michael O Reilly (0-1). Subs: Michael F. Russell for P. O Sullivan, John Sheehan. Missing – Mike Hassett, Liam Hassett, Paul Griffin, Gerard Murphy, Billy O Sullivan and Pa Murphy.
Rd. 6 on Sun. 21st May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 5-10; Currow 2-10.
Laune Rangers, having played against the strong wind in the first half, trailed by 1-9 to 2-2 at halftime. Indeed, they would have been in bigger trouble but for a two-goals’ blitz by Billy O Sullivan and Pat McKenna. The Currow goal had come from a penalty by John McGlynn. Tommy Byrne had missed a similar effort for the home side.
Rangers completely dominated the second half, with Conor Kearney and Pierce Prendiville gaining control at midfield. Five quick points had them ahead before Billy O Shea and Billy O Sullivan added further goals.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, Pa Murphy, Tommy Byrne, Shane O Sullivan, Conor Kearney, Pierce Prendiville, Pat McKenna, James O Shea, Joe Shannon, Billy O Shea, Billy O Sullivan, Michael O Reilly. Subs: Robert Evans for J. Shannon (inj.), John Doona, Jerry O Brien. Missing – Gerard Murphy (inj.), Timmy Fleming (inj.), Mike and Liam Hassett (examinations), Paul Griffin.
Rd. 7 on Sun. 18th June at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-13; St. Pat’s, Blennerville 1-5.
Laune Rangers completely dominated the second half after being ahead by just 1-2 to 0-4 at halftime. The gaols came from Pa O Sullivan and Billy O Sullivan, while Kevin Boyle got St. Pat’s goal. Referee, Tom McCarthy, was injured in a collision with a player and play was held up for 15 minutes as he was tended to by Dr. Edmond Prendiville. He was removed to hospital by ambulance. St. Pat’s provided a referee and the game continued.
Rd. 8 on Sat. 15th July at Milltown: Milltown/Castlemaine 1-9; Laune Rangers 1-13.
A superb performance by goalkeeper Peter Lyons enabled Laune Rangers to continue their dominance over near neighbours and rivals, Milltown/Castlemaine. Lyons brought off super saves from Seamus Burke, Liam Kelliher, Martin Burke and Ian Twiss to keep his side ahead at vital stages of the game.
The winners started the better and a goal by wing-forward Joe Shannon in the 12th minute, plus points by Paul Griffin and Billy O Sullivan, saw them take a six points’ lead inside the first quarter. It looked at that stage that they would coast to victory. However, Milltown/Castlemaine struck back and a goal in the 19th minute by full-forward Joe Daly brought them back into contention. Shane O Sullivan, Pat McKenna and Joe Shannon added points for the winners, while the sure boot of Ian Twiss had three points for the losers, to leave the halftime score at 1-8 to 1-4 in favour of the Rangers.
On the resumption, Paul Griffin and Pat McKenna extended Rangers’ lead. Twiss kept the losers in contention with pointed frees. In the last quarter, Rangers were prepared to break from defence and score when the opportunity arose, while the losers adopted a policy of going for goals, when points on the board would surely have been a better option. With Lyons in superb form, the goals did not materialise and points by Mike Dennehy and Ian Twiss were all the losers had to show for their gallant efforts. Brian Gannon, Pat McKenna and Paul Griffin had points for Rangers to leave them comfortably ahead at the final whistle. For the winners, Peter Lyons, Paudie Sheahan, Shane O Sullivan, Pat McKenna and Pierce Prendiville were best.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan Mark O Connor, Anthony O Sullivan, Shane O Sullivan (0-1), Pa Murphy, Tommy Byrne, Pierce Prendiville, Jason Griffin, Pat McKenna (0-4), Joe Shannon (1-1), Brian Gannon (0-1), Billy O Sullivan (0-2), Paul Griffin (0-4). Subs: Mikey Griffin for A. O Sullivan, Thomas Walsh for A. Hassett (inj.). Missing – Mike Hassett, Liam Hassett, Conor Kearney and Billy O Shea (Kerry duty), Timmy Fleming (inj.), Gerard Murphy (inj.) and James O Shea.
Milltown/Castlemaine: Mike Murphy, Liam Cronin, Andrew Boyle, Noel Spillane, John Giles, Liam Kelliher, Mike Quirke, Mike Dennehy (0-2), Fionán Kelliher, Martin Burke, Alan O Connor, Mike Burke, Seamus Burke, Joe Daly (1-0), Ian Twiss (0-7, 6 frees).
Ref: Denis Reidy (Ballymac).
Rd. 9 on Wed. 9th Aug. at Glenflesk: Glenflesk 3-7; Laune Rangers 2-11.
That midweek game provided some great entertainment for a good-sized crowd. Seamus Moynihan, at midfield for Glenflesk, was the outstanding player on view. An exciting second half brought five goals after Rangers led by 0-4 to 0-2 at halftime. Billy O Sullivan scored 2-1, while Glenflesk’s goals came from John Crowley, Paud O Donoghue and Eugie Bowler. The winner for Rangers was a Billy O Shea point in injury time. Glenflesk had agreed to bring the game forward, so as to avoid Puck Fair.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Thomas Walsh, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, Billy O Shea, Tommy Byrne, Shane O Sullivan, Timmy Fleming, Pierce Prendiville, James O Shea, Conor Kearney, Joe Shannon, Pa O Sullivan, Pat McKenna, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Jason Griffin, Mikey Griffin and Anthony O Sullivan. Missing – Adrian Hassett, Mike Hassett, Liam Hassett, Gerard Murphy, Paul Griffin, Pa Murphy.
Ref: Aidan Mangan (Austin Stacks).
Rd. 10 on Sun. 1st Oct. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-5; Dr. Crokes 2-8.
Laune Rangers crashed to the first defeat of the year when they lost to Dr. Crokes in a very competitive game. Injuries had deprived the team of some of its players but some of the performances were simply inadequate.
That was the Sunday before the Co. Senior Football Championship Final and some of the Rangers’ star players were not played. It was the second defeat of the year and a timely reminder for the final.
Rd. 11 on Sun. 3rd Dec. at Gallerus: An Ghaeltacht 1-12; Laune Rangers 1-10.
The points were of no consequence to Laune Rangers as they had already qualified for the final against Dingle. An Ghaeltacht needed to points to avoid being involved in a three-way relegation play-off.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Pa Murphy, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, Billy O Shea, Tommy Byrne, Shane O Sullivan, Pierce Prendiville, James O Shea, Michael F. Russell, Joe Shannon, Jason Griffin, Pa O Sullivan, Pat McKenna, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Conor Kearney (late arrival) for M. Russell, Brian Gannon for J. Griffin, Liam Foley.
Ref: Tom McCarthy (Desmonds).
Final on Sun. 17th Dec. at Austin Stack Park: Laune Rangers 1-7; Dingle 0-6.
Eamonn Horan reported for the Kerryman as follows: “Laune Rangers completed a year of unprecedented success in style at Austin Stacks Park, Tralee, on Sunday when they scored a hard-earned but richly-deserved victory over a spendthrift Dingle side to capture the Lee Strand County Football League (Div. 1) title. This was a thrilled-packed game of football, with some wonderful passages of flowing play, which saw both teams gain dominance at different stages over the 60 minutes.
The winners took control from the very outset and led by 1-2 to 0-0 after a little over six minutes. Indeed, they would have been out of sight of their rivals in the opening quarter but for some world-class goalkeeping by Dingle’s Diarmuid Murphy. The custodian had the onlookers applauding as he made a number of brilliant saves from marauding Rangers’ attackers. Indeed, were it not for Murphy’s majestic display, Dingle would have suffered a heavy defeat.
However, the losers have only themselves to blame for losing this game. They won a lot of good ball in the first half, but they kicked some dreadful wides – I counted eight. They trailed at halftime by 1-4 to 0-3 and the indications were that they would be over-run by their rivals after the break. But the Westerners surprised everybody, some of their own supporters included, with the brand of football they produced. They took over around the centre of the field and, with their staunch backs pressing relentlessly forward, they carried the game to the rivals and, when resilient Jack Ferriter pointed a free in the 46th minute, they had got within a point of the county champions (1-4 to 0-6). They continued to press forward with tigerish intent but, alas, their finishing never matched their fine approach work and they left a hatful of scoring chances go a-begging through some terribly poor shooting.
And make no mistake about it, Dingle had Rangers on the rack for quite a long period of the second half. Jack Ferriter and Fintan Ashe had a happier second half at midfield, where they had some rare jousts with Timmy Fleming and Pierce Prendiville and succeeded in winning some fine possession. Ferriter was particularly prominent and set up quite a number of attacks. Midfield was a very crowded area in the second half, with Paudie Sheahan moving there for Rangers where himself and Murt Moriarty – moved there as a third midfield man by Dingle – had a tremendous battle, with the honours just about shared. Sheahan helped to stabilise matters here for his side. A lot of the Laune Rangers’ players were showing signs of physical weariness after the extremely long and busy season. But Sheahan was one player in particular who revelled in the fury of the combat and was largely responsible in helping to quell the Dingle recovery bid.
Just how tight-marking the losers’ backs were is reflected in the fact that Rangers didn’t get their first score in the second until the 17th minute when Fleming pointed a free. At that stage, Dingle had got to within a point of them and the title seemed to be up for grabs. But the poor shooting malaise continued to goad the losers for the remainder of the game and, gradually, Rangers regained their composure and some of their earlier rhythm.
After team-captain Gerard Murphy had given them an early point lead, Rangers rocked their rivals when, following a blistering attack, Billy O Shea slammed the ball to the net from close range for the only goal of the game. Prendiville pointed for them after six minutes after Diramuid Murphy had smothered a shot from Paul Griffin, which was destined for the net. Soon afterwards, the Dingle goalkeeper made a great save from Billy O Sullivan and he also effected a number of other fine saves over the hour. In the first half, Conor O Donnell missed from a kickable free and Sean Geaney (twice), Ashe (twice) and Ferriter also missed before O Donnell was wide again, this time from play. O Donnell kicked a magnificent long-range point in the 22nd minute but otherwise it was not a game that the young journalist will want to recall. Ferriter opened Dingle’s account after 11 minutes with a point from a free, but they only added two more scores in this half, at the end of which they trailed by four points.
Scanlon, Moriarty and Ferriter (free) had Dingle points in the 37th, 40th and 56th minutes to leave just a point between them. But they failed to score again and Rangers, with substitute James O Shea excelling in attack, proceeded to consolidate their position with points from Fleming (47 mins.), Conor Kearney (51 mins.) and Griffin (58 mins.). Dingle didn’t get a penalty when David Sheehy was upended going through three minutes from the end and, within a minute, Kearney was grounded as he raced clean through at the opposite end but, again, the referee refused to award a penalty.
At the end of it all, Rangers were the worthiest of winners and put the seal on a truly memorable season – Co. Champions, Mid-Kerry Champions, Munster Club Champions and now Co. League Champions, among other successes. Best for Rangers were Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, Billy O Shea, Timmy Fleming, Conor Kearney, Paul Griffin, Liam Hassett and substitute James O Shea.”
After the game, Bill Kennedy (former Laune Ranger), General Manager, Lee Strand, presented the trophy to the Rangers’ captain, Gerard Murphy.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Paudie Sheahan, Mike Hassett, Mark O Connor, Billy O Shea (1-0), Tommy Byrne, Shane O Sullivan, Timmy Fleming (0-1, free), Pierce Prendiville (0-1), Joe Shannon, Conor Kearney (0-1), Gerard Murphy (0-1), Paul Griffin (0-2), Liam Hassett (0-1), Billy O Sullivan. Subs: James O Shea for J. Shannon, Pa O Sullivan for G. Murphy, John Sheehan for B. O Sullivan, John Doona, Fergal O Brien, Jason Griffin, Thomas Walsh, Michael F. Russell, Pa Murphy, Brian Gannon, John O Sullivan.
Dingle: Diarmuid Murphy, Jerry Reen, Jim Kelliher, Noel Murphy, Seamus O Dowd, Colm Geaney, Carl Scanlon (0-1), Jack Ferriter (0-3), Fintan Ashe (capt.), David Sheehy, Sean Geaney, Padraig Curran, Tomás O Connor, Conor O Donnell (0-1), Murt Moriarty (0-1). Subs: Liam Óg Higgins for P. Curran, Tommy Griffin for D. Sheehy.
Ref: Michael O Donoghue (Glenflesk).
Co. Club ‘B’ Football Championship (Molyneaux Cup)
Selection Committee – Ger Counihan (trainer), Maurice Corkery and Mike O Shea.
Rd. 1 on Wed. 23rd Aug. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-13; Kerins O Rahillys ‘B’ 0-9.
Points by Joe Healy and John F. O Brien, a free, opened Rangers’ account and when O Rahillys replied, Jason Griffin, again from a free, put the home side three points clear. However, O Rahillys struck for two more points to narrow the gap. In the closing minutes of the half, John F. O Brien was again on the mark from a free and a Michael Moriarty point left Rangers ahead by 0-6 to 0-4 at the break.
On the restart, Laune Rangers played very well and a Jason Griffin goal really raised the tempo of the game. Griffin added two more points. Then the Tralee boys lifted their game to score three points on the trot. The Rangers’ defence was under fierce pressure but, try as they might, O Rahillys failed to breach it for the all important goal. Two pointed O Brien frees and points from Jerry O Brien and Mikey Griffin left Rangers deserving winners. Ger Counihan had made a great job of that team – it was undefeated so far that year. John Doona was great that evening. John F. O Brien, Jason Griffin, Thomas Walsh, Jerry O Brien, Joe Healy and Robert Evans also played very well.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Liam Foley, John O Donnell, Thomas Walsh, Bertie O Riordan, Pa Murphy, John F. O Brien (0-5, frees), Anthony O Sullivan, John Doona (capt.), Martin Clifford, Robert Evans, Mikey Griffin (0-1), Jerry O Brien (0-2), Jason Griffin (1-3, 1 free), Michael Moriarty (0-1), Joe Healy (0-1). Subs: Karl Griffin, Danny Cahill, Eddie Birmingham, Donncha Curran, Redmond Fitzgerald, Timmy Moroney and Derry O Sullivan (late arrival).
Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).
Semi-final on Sun. 15th Oct. at Milltown: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 3-16; John Mitchels ‘B’ 1-4.
That was a super performance, particularly by the forwards, who scored some truly magnificent points in the first half.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Liam Foley, John O Donnell, Thomas Walsh, Bertie O Riordan, Pa Murphy, John F. O Brien, Anthony O Sullivan, John Doona (capt.), Martin Clifford, Robert Evans, Mikey Griffin, Michael F. Russell, Jerry O Brien, Michael O Reilly, Jason Griffin. Subs: John Sheehan (Laune View) for J.F. O Brien, Pa O Sullivan for R. Evans, Joe Healy for J. O Brien, Mark Conway, Derry O Sullivan, Kevin Jones, Donncha Curran, Pat O Keeffe, Karl Griffin, Redmond Fitzgerald, Michael Hurley.
Ref: Denis Reidy (Ballymac).
Final on Sat. 28th Oct. at Castleisland: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-10; Austin Stacks ‘B’ 0-9.
That was a bruising encounter. Some inspired substitutions contributed to the win. Both Pa O Sullivan and Brian Gannon were introduced and they added much-needed pace to the full-forward line and that brought the desired effect. The game was played with the fervour of the championship game that it was. Exchanges were furious at times, and, but for two first-half incidents, were fairly contested. Stack’s had two players (Liam Walsh and Denny Walsh) dismissed and Robert Evans was sent off by the referee and was subsequently suspended for one month. Jason Griffin and Pa O Sullivan received mouth injuries. It was a great game to win. Everybody had to play at his best.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Liam Foley, John O Donnell, Thomas Walsh, Bertie O Riordan, Pa Murphy, John F. O Brien, Anthony O Sullivan, John Doona (capt.), Martin Clifford, Robert Evans, Mikey Griffin, Michael F. Russell, Jerry O Brien, Michael O Reilly, Jason Griffin. Subs: Pa O Sullivan for M. O Reilly, Brian Gannon (1-0) for J. O Brien, Derry O Sullivan, Mark Conway, Karl Griffin, Redmond Fitzgerald.
Ref: Michael Divane (Annascaul).
Co. Junior Football League
Rd. 1 on Sun. 26th March at Connolly Park: Austin Stacks ‘B’ 1-5; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-8.
Rangers were short a few regulars but players like Redmond Fitzgerald, Mark Conway, Karl Griffin, Thomas Walsh and Joe Healy fitted in very well with the older players.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Liam Foley, John O Donnell, Danny Cahill, Karl Griffin, Redmond Fitzgerald, Mark Conway, Eddie Birmingham, John Doona (capt.), Thomas Walsh, Jason Griffin, Derry O Sullivan, Joe Healy, Timmy Moroney, Michael O Reilly, Pat O Keeffe. Subs: Jerry O Brien, Mikey Griffin and Anthony O Sullivan (all played), John F. O Brien.
Ref: Frank Wallace (Ardfert).
Rd. 2 on Sun. 2nd April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 3-8; Beaufort ‘B’ 1-4.
Laune Rangers’ defence was strong, Danny Cahill, Timmy Moroney, Eddie Birmingham, Mark Conway and Redmond Fitzgerald playing well. The midfield pairing of John Doona and Thomas Walsh played well, also.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Liam Foley, Martin Clifford, Danny Cahill, Timmy Moroney, Redmond Fitzgerald, Mark Conway, Eddie Birmingham, John Doona, Thomas Walsh, Jason Griffin, Pat O Keeffe, Joe Healy, Karl Griffin, Michael O Reilly, Derry O Sullivan. Subs: Mikey Griffin, Jerry O Brien and Anthony O Sullivan (all played), John F. O Brien.
Rd. 3 on Sat. 15th April at Ballydonoghue: Ballydonoghue ‘B’ 1-6; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 3-9.
Some players showed well but others were still unfit and needed more training.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Liam Foley, Mark Conway, Danny Cahill, Anthony O Sullivan, Redmond Fitzgerald, John F. O Brien (0-1), Eddie Birmingham, Thomas Walsh, John Doona, Joe Healy (0-1), Mikey Griffin 1-2), Robbie Evans (0-1), Jason Griffin (2-1), Pat O Keeffe, Jerry O Brien (0-3). Sub: Michael Moriarty for P. O Keeffe.
Rd. 4 on Sun. 7th May at Strand Road: Kerins O Rahillys ‘B’ 0-7; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-14.
Rangers were missing quite a number of regulars and, after a slow start, came away with a great result. Players had to be reminded that they should take their points and they should not be trying to walk the ball into the net.
Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, John O Donnell, Danny Cahill, Bertie O Riordan, Martin Clifford, Mark Conway, Joe Hayes, Thomas Walsh, John Doona, Redmond Fitzgerald, Jason Griffin, Joe Healy, John O Dwyer, Derry O Sullivan, Donncha Curran. Subs: Adrian (Andy) O Connor for D. Curran, Robert Evans for J. Hayes.
Rd. 5 on Sun. 21st May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-18; Dr. Crokes ‘B’ 0-8.
The Rangers’ defence played well as a unit with Anthony O Sullivan, Danny Cahill and Eddie Birmingham showing very well. Martin Clifford was a tower of strength at midfield. The forwards linked well and took their scores every chance they got.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Liam Foley, Anthony O Sullivan, Danny Cahill, Bertie O Riordan, Eddie Birmingham, John F. O Brien, Redmond Fitzgerald, John Doona, Martin Clifford, Mikey Griffin, Robert Evans, Jason Griffin, Joe Healy, Derry O Sullivan, Jerry O Brien. Subs: John O Donnell for R. Fitzgerald, Timmy Moroney for M. Griffin, Donncha Curran, Karl Griffin, Adrian O Connor.
Rd. 6 at Mitchels Field: John Mitchels ‘B’ 2-8; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-14.
Rd. 7 on Sun. 16th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 2-10; Desmonds ‘B’ 1-1.
The fitness of the Rangers was very much in evidence and the win qualified the team for the final of the league. The team was undefeated so far that year.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Liam Foley, John O Donnell, Bertie O Riordan, Timmy Moroney, Anthony O Sullivan, John F. O Brien, Karl Griffin, Thomas Walsh, Martin Clifford, Joe Healy (1-2), Mikey Griffin (1-0), Jason Griffin (0-1), Jerry O Brien (0-1), Michael O Reilly (0-4), Derry O Sullivan (0-1). Subs: Danny Cahill (0-1) for M. O Reilly, Robert Evans for J. Healy, Fiachra O Donoghue for D. O Sullivan, Donncha Curran, Michael Moriarty, Mark Conway.
Rd. 8 at Gallerus: An Ghaeltacht ‘B’ scr; Laune Rangers ‘B’ w/o.
Final on Sat. 30th Sept. at Farranfore: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 2-12; Austin Stacks ‘B’ 0-11.
Liam Foley was very sound in goal for the Rangers. He was fronted by a great fullback line of John O Donnell, Thomas Walsh and Bertie O Riordan. John F. O Brien was a tower of strength at centre-halfback. Rangers probably broke even at midfield. Mikey Griffin, at centre half-forward, was Rangers’ man-of-the-match, scoring two great goals, one from a penalty. Michael F. Russell gave a capital display at full-forward, scoring some outstanding points from frees and play. Both Robert Evans and Jason Griffin, also, played well.
Great credit was due to Ger Counihan and his selectors for having the team at such a high level of fitness and motivation. After the game, the Chairman of the Co. Board, Sean Kelly, presented the trophy to the Rangers’ captain, John Doona. Much revelry followed!
Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, John O Donnell, Thomas Walsh, Bertie O Riordan, Anthony O Sullivan, John F. O Brien, Pa Murphy, John Doona (capt.), Martin Clifford (0-1), Robert Evans (0-1), Mikey Griffin (2-1, 1 pen.), Jerry O Brien (0-1), Jason Griffin (0-1), Michael F. Russell (0-6, 3 frees, one 45), Joe Healy. Subs: Pat McKenna (0-1) for J. Healy, Derry O Sullivan for J. O Brien.
Ref: Billy O Sullivan (Firies).
Co. Club ‘C’ Football Championship (Barrett Cup)
That competition was played on a group basis, three teams played each other and the top two went into the quarter-finals. Laune Rangers C team was grouped with Milltown B and Beaufort B. Players from the club who had played in the current year’s Senior or ‘B’ Championships were ineligible to play in the Barrett Cup.
Rd. 2 on Fri. 18th Aug. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘C’ 3-12; Milltown/Castlemaine ‘B’ 1-6.
After a slow start, Rangers’ forwards came looking for possession and started to take their points. Milltown/Castlemaine were under-strength. That win assured the Rangers a place in the county quarter-finals.
Laune Rangers ‘C’: Michael Hurley, John O Donnell, Danny Cahill, Redmond Fitzgerald, Karl Griffin, Bertie O Riordan, Derry O Sullivan, Jerry O Brien, Roy Evans (0-1), Paul O Brien, Michael Moriarty (0-2), Joe Healy (0-1), Fiachra O Donoghue (1-2), Michael O Reilly (0-3), John O Dwyer (1-3). Subs: Martin Clifford for D. Cahill, Eddie Birmingham for R. Fitzgerald, Eoin O Sullivan (1-0) for M. O Reilly.
Rd. 3 on Fri. 25th Aug. at Beaufort: Beaufort ‘B’ 0-5; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-5.
As both teams had already qualified for the county quarter-finals, there was little interest and it was really only a practice-match for both teams.
Laune Rangers ‘C’: Michael Hurley, Billy O Mahony, Eoin Corkery, Timmy Moroney, Eddie Birmingham, Karl Griffin, Redmond Fitzgerald, Eamonn Foley, Paul O Brien, Adrian O Connor, Kevin Jones, Donncha Curran, John O Dwyer, Derry O Sullivan, Dominic Crowley. Subs: Anthony Reen, Jack Reen and John Purcell (all played).
Quarter-final on Mon. 4th Sept. at Mitchels Field: Laune Rangers ‘C’ 1-14; Moyvane ‘B’ 1-7.
It was Rangers’ superior fitness and guile that brought them through that game. All the backs were very solid. Eamonn Foley played very well at midfield. Eoin O Sullivan, Derry O Sullivan, Donncha Curran and John O Dwyer were the best of the forwards.
Laune Rangers ‘C’: Michael Hurley, Mark Conway, Eoin Corkery, Timmy Moroney, Eddie Birmingham (capt.), Karl Griffin, Redmond Fitzgerald, Eamonn Foley, Kevin Jones, Fiachra O Donoghue, Derry O Sullivan, John Purcell, John O Dwyer, Eoin O Sullivan, Donncha Curran. Subs: Noel Conroy for J. Purcell, Adrian (Alfie) O Connor, Dominic Crowley, Danny Cahill (inj.).
Semi-final on Fri. 15th Sept. at Annascaul: Laune Rangers ‘C’ 0-16; Dingle ‘B’ 1-7.
Laune Rangers ‘C’: Michael Hurley, Mark Conway, Eoin Corkery, Timmy Moroney, Eddie Birmingham, Karl Griffin, Redmond Fitzgerald, Eamonn Foley, Pat O Keeffe, Michael O Reilly, Derry O Sullivan, Donncha Curran, John O Dwyer, Kevin Jones, Fiachra O Donoghue.
Final on Sat. 23rd Sept. at Castleisland: Laune Rangers ‘C’ 3-7; Gneeveguilla ‘B’ 2-7.
The weather conditions were atrocious. Rangers played with the aid of the strong wind in the first half and led at halftime by 2-6 to 1-0 at the break. There was a dramatic ending to that game. Gneeveguilla had drawn level, after trailing by eight points at the interval. With time almost up, a draw looked likely. Laune Rangers had other ideas and a loose clearance by the Gneeveguilla goalkeeper allowed full-forward, Kevin Jones, to score the winning goal. The drama wasn’t over yet, though. Gneeveguilla broke up field and, after full-forward Christy Crowley had been fouled in the square, the referee has no hesitation in awarding a penalty. Substitute Michael John Moynihan took it but his low shot rolled just outside the post and with it went Gneeveguilla’s last chance. It was very disappointing for the Sliabh Luachra side, which had produced a fine second-half display and had also missed a penalty in the first half.
Laune Rangers opened with the advantage of a very strong wind and scored a goal and a point in the opening minutes through John O Dwyer and Kevin Jones. A number of misses followed before Christy Crowley punched a goal for Gneeveguilla at the other end. However, the Rangers halfback line and midfield ensured a plentiful supply for the forwards and points by Derry O Sullivan, Michael O Reilly, Donncha Curran and John O Dwyer, along with a superb goal by Fiachra O Donoghue, saw Rangers open up a gap. Gneeveguilla were awarded a penalty five minutes from the interval, but Rangers’ goalkeeper, Michael Hurley, made a great save from Thady O Connell. Halftime score: Laune Rangers 2-6, Gneeveguilla 1-0.
On the resumption, Mike Doyle scored two quick points for Gneeveguilla, who missed other chances. Heavy rain made conditions difficult but Doyle and Crowley added further points and Rangers responded with just a point from play in a rare attack. Rangers introduced Pa O Sullivan and Michael F. Russell, who had starred in the Co. Minor victory earlier in the afternoon, and they retained a four points’ advantage with just five minutes remaining. Then Neil Riordan got a Gneeveguilla goal and Mike Doyle levelled it up almost immediately. Gneeveguilla had a number of chances to take the lead but the sides remained level until the dramatic finish.
Michael O Shea and Peter Lyons had guided their forces to back-to-back victories in the Barrett Cup. Most of the supporters travelled from the minor match and that gave a great boost to the players. Afterwards, Co. Board Chairman, Sean Kelly, presented the cup to the Rangers’ captain, Eddie Birmingham. Both the minor and ‘C’ teams were paraded through the town in Quirke’s lorry and the players were introduced to the supporters in the Square.
Laune Rangers ‘C’: Michael Hurley, Mark Conway, Eoin Corkery, Timmy Moroney, Eddie Birmingham, Karl Griffin, Redmond Fitzgerald, Eamonn Foley, Pat O Keeffe, Michael O Reilly (0-1), Derry O Sullivan (0-1), Donncha Curran (0-1), John O Dwyer (1-2), Kevin Jones (1-1), Fiachra O Donoghue (1-1). Subs: Michael F. Russell for M. O Reilly, Pa O Sullivan for D. Curran, Noel Conroy, Adrian (Alfie O Connor), Adrian (Andy) O Connor, Dominic Crowley, Danny Cahill (inj.).
Ref: Aidan Mangan (Austin Stacks).
Co. Urban Football League
Rd. 2 on Fri. 5th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘C’ 2-13; Currow ‘B’ 3-10.
Currow dominated the game in the first half and led by eight points midway through the second half before Rangers, who were missing quite a few regulars, go their act together. The fought back well and, indeed, but for some inaccuracies in their shooting, they could have taken both points.
Laune Rangers ‘C’: Michael Hurley, Redmond Fitzgerald, Mark Conway, Alan Monaghan, Bernard O Sullivan, Bertie O Riordan, Joe Hayes, Thomas Walsh, Adrian (Andy) O Connor, Paul O Brien, Derry o Sullivan, Joe Healy, John O Dwyer, Donncha Curran, Eoin O Sullivan. Sub: Peter Byrne for A. Monaghan.
Rd. 1 (postponed) on Sun. 14th May at Direen: Legion ‘B’ 1-9; Laune Rangers ‘C’ 3-3.
`That game had been postponed due to the Co. Minor League final. Rangers were lucky to come away with a point from that game as they were outplayed in many positions and some players showed their unfitness.
Laune Rangers ‘C’: Michael Hurley, Timmy Moroney, Bertie O Riordan, Paul O Brien, Eddie Birmingham, Anthony O Sullivan, Redmond Fitzgerald, Thomas Walsh, Adrian O Connor, Joe Hayes, Derry o Sullivan, Joe Healy, Peter Byrne, Alan Monaghan, Donncha Curran. Sub: Dominic Crowley.
Rd. 3 on Fri. 19th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘C lost to Glenflesk ‘B’.
Rd. 4 on Fri. 26th May at Cahersiveen: St. Mary’s ‘B’ 1-7; Laune Rangers ‘C’ 2-11.
In terrible weather conditions, that was probably the best display from that team so far that season. They played well as a unit and took their points from early on. Great frees by Pat O Keeffe gave the team the lift it had been looking for.
Laune Rangers ‘C’: Michael Hurley, Timmy Moroney, Danny Cahill, John O Donnell, Karl Griffin (0-1), Bertie O Riordan, Eddie Birmingham, Pat O Keeffe (0-3), Anthony O Sullivan, Eoin O Sullivan, Robert Evans, Joe Healy (1-2), Paul O Brien (0-2), Peter Byrne, Adrian O Connor. Subs: Donncha Curran (1-1) for A. O Connor, Bernard O Sullivan for D. Curran.
Rd. 5 on Fri. 2nd June at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘C’ 3-3; Firies ‘B’ 0-13.
Rd. 6 on Fri. 9th June at Kenmare: Kenmare ‘B’ 1-8; Laune Rangers ‘C’ 1-11.
After a poor start, in which they kicked five wides, Rangers settled down to play good football, cutting out the short-passing and kicking some fine points. They led from the start in a good, sporting game.
Laune Rangers ‘C’: Michael Hurley, Timmy Moroney, Bertie O Riordan, Joe Hayes, Redmond Fitzgerald, Thomas Walsh, Karl Griffin, Anthony O Sullivan, Robert Evans (0-1), Jerry O Brien (0-2), Derry O Sullivan (1-4), Joe Healy, Adrian (Alfie) O Connor, Peter Byrne (0-2), Adrian (Andy) O Connor (0-1). Subs: Paul O Brien (0-1), Donncha Curran and Eoin O Sullivan (all played).
Rd. 7 on Fri. 16th June at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘C’ 3-5; Milltown/Castlemaine ‘B’ 0-8.
Rd. 8 on Fri. 23rd June at Kilcummin: Kilcummin ‘B’ Laune Rangers ‘C’.
Rd. 9 on Fri. 30th June at Scartaglin: Scartaglin ‘B’ 2-10; Laune Rangers ‘C’ 0-5.
Many players did not travel for that fixture and some of the selectors had to deputise. The turnout for the team had been erratic so far that year.
Rd. 10 on Fri. 7th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘C’ 2-16; Templenoe ‘B’ 0-5.
Rd. 11 on Fri. 14th July at Spa: Spa ‘B’ 2-4; Laune Rangers ‘C’ 2-10.
That win qualified the Rangers for the semi-final of the league.
Mid-Kerry Senior Football Championship
Semi-final: Laune Rangers w/o; Cromane scr.
Final on Sun. 10th Dec. at Milltown: Laune Rangers 0-13; Beaufort 1-5.
Timmy Sheehan reported for the Kerryman as follows: “For long periods in this Mid-Kerry Senior Football Championship Final at Milltown on Sunday, it looked as if rank outsiders, Beaufort, might very well shade the verdict. The game was delicately poised right up to the final quarter and, at this vital juncture, the splendid opportunism of Paul Griffin afforded the Killorglin side an advantage they were never to surrender.
However, Beaufort will rue the fact that they hadn’t a recognised free-taker as they missed a litany of chances, which, if converted, might well have put a different complexion on things. Laune Rangers, by contrast, benefited enormously from the marksmanship of Timmy Fleming from placed balls at times when they were struggling to stay in contention.
Beaufort got off to a dream start in the very first minute when Vincent O Donoghue, showing razor-sharp reflexes, reacted swiftly in a goal-mouth melee to steer home the only goal of the game, Rangers’ goalkeeper, Peter Lyons, was left helpless by O Donoghue’s stunning strike and after this the newly crowned Munster Club Champions struggled for long periods, especially in attack where their intricate passing movements continually came unstuck against a dour, dogged and determined Beaufort defence.
Timmy Fleming, with the first of his seven pointed frees, had the opening score for Rangers in the third minute, but a superb long-range point from midfielder Cormac O Shea and a free taken from the hands by Gary McGrath afforded Beaufort a deserved four-point lead after seven minutes. Fleming and McGrath again exchanged pointed frees and already there was much to admire about the play of Cormac O Malley, Mícheál Foley and John Brendan O Brien in the Beaufort defence. However, Beaufort suffered from a lack of penetration in an attack, which found Mark O Connor, in particular, in outstanding form in the Rangers’ defence.
Struggling to impose their presence, the Killorglin side was afforded a lifeline in the 12th minute when they were awarded a penalty – a decision, which was somewhat debatable. Liam Hassett was deemed to have been grounded in the small square, but it appeared as if his own momentum, rather than a challenge, brought his surging run to an end. However, the penalty didn’t alter the situation as Tommy Byrne’s firmly-struck shot was marginally wide of the right-hand upright.
Fleming, from another free in the 18th minute, narrowed the gap and three minutes later there was further drama when Rangers were awarded their second penalty. Once again, the circumstances were questionable as Liam Hassett’s initial pass seemed to have been thrown to the inrushing Billy O Shea, who seemed to have been fouled as he made tracks for goal. However, play was allowed to develop and ended with one of the Beaufort defenders picking the ball illegally from the ground in the small parallelogram. Up stepped Tommy Byrne but, again, he drove the penalty wide.
Fleming, with his fourth free seven minutes from the break, reduced the deficit to two points but the initial foul, which led to the score, prompted a reaction, which could not be tolerated in any circumstances. Retaliation by one of the Laune Rangers’ attackers should unquestionably have resulted in his immediate dismissal in an incident, which, if unnoticed by the referee, should have been brought to his attention by one of the umpires or linesmen – assuming, of course, that they saw it. The retaliation certainly merited stern and decisive action and a number of niggling incidents afterwards eventually resulted in a disgraceful free-for-all seven minutes from time. That free-for-all should have resulted in a number of players from both sides receiving marching orders.
Beaufort continued to suffer from the lack of a reliable free-taker and Rangers, benefiting from Fleming’s work-rate, managed to narrow the gap to the minimum by the interval, through Gerard Murphy, who rounded off a free-flowing attacking movement with his side’s first score from play.
Beaufort, urged on by their enthusiastic supporters, restarted with a lot of urgency and Rory McGrath availed of O Malley’s assist to secure their fifth point in the 33rd minute. For a period, exchanges were pretty frantic and lacked any real pattern, but, after Beaufort had missed chances to consolidate their situation, Fleming, with a brace of pointed frees in the 26th and 38th minutes, levelled matters.
The pace and tempo of proceedings then increased considerably as Rangers gradually assumed control in all sectors. A niggling off-the-ball incident went unnoticed and unpunished but a clear picture was emerging and Rangers, courtesy of a purple patch from Paul Griffin, propelled into overdrive. Four superb points from Griffin between the 42nd and 47th minutes were singularly the reason why his side progressed from a precarious to a commanding position at quite an opportune time in proceedings. Beaufort’s only reply was a point by Anthony Breen in the 45th minute and, really, despite tremendous enthusiasm and determination, Beaufort were always struggling to contain a rampant Rangers’ fifteen in the final quarter. Murphy, put through by Fleming, missed a gilt-edged goaling opportunity and was then denied by an excellent piece of goalkeeping by Austin Rooney. But, with seven minutes left, Murphy secured his side’s twelfth point to widen the gap to four points.
The game was drifting to its inevitable conclusion when a fracas, involving quite a number of players, tarnished proceedings completely and it was incredible that nobody was punished for an incident which, once again, should have merited decisive refereeing. From this to the end, Rangers dealt capably with a series of Beaufort onslaughts and, fittingly, it was Fleming who applied the final seal with a pointed free two minutes from time.
Overall, a deserved success for Rangers, but they hardly bargained for the tremendous opposition Beaufort provided and it was probably one of their most difficult assignments of the season.”
Rangers looked quite tired after such a long and eventful year. The result was the important matter. They were best served by Mark O Connor, Mike Hassett and Shane O Sullivan in defence, Timmy Fleming at midfield, while Gerard Murphy and Paul Griffin were the pick of the forwards. After the game, Chairman of the Mid-Kerry Board, Mike McCarthy, presented the O Connor Cup to the Rangers’ captain, Gerard Murphy. It was their second time achieving six-in-a-row of Mid-Kerry Senior Championships, the other being from 1983 to 1988. Peter Lyons, Joe Shannon, Paudie Sheahan and Pierce Prendiville had won 12 Mid-Kerry Senior Championships in 13 years.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, John Sheehan, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, Mike Hassett, Tommy Byrne, Shane O Sullivan, Timmy Fleming (0-7, frees), Pierce Prendiville, Joe Shannon, Conor Kearney, Gerard Murphy (0-2), Paul Griffin (0-4), Liam Hassett, Billy O Shea. Subs: Billy O Sullivan, James O Shea, Pat McKenna, Pa Murphy, Pa O Sullivan, John Doona, Fergal O Brien, Jason Griffin, Thomas Walsh, Michael F. Russell, Brian Gannon, Jason Griffin and John O Sullivan.
Beaufort: Austin Rooney, Mícheál Foley, Eamonn Breen, Raymond Kelliher, Mícheál Spillane, John B. O Brien, Cormac O Malley, Gary McGrath (0-2, frees), Cormac O Shea (0-1), Rory McGrath (0-1), Anthony Breen (0-1), Fergal Spillane, Eanna O Malley, Vincent O Donoghue (1-0) capt., Ian O Shea. Sub: Gerard Doyle, Mike Kissane, Mike Falvey, Ken O Sullivan, Mike Kelliher and John A. O Sullivan..
Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).
Mid-Kerry Senior Football League
The competition was sponsored by Bunkers Bar & Restaurant, Killorglin.
Rd. 2 on Sun. 19th March at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 1-10; Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-4.
Laune Rangers were never troubled in that game, though missing a number of regulars. Best in defence were Pa Murphy and Shane O Sullivan, while Billy O Sullivan and Michael F. Russell, who made his senior debut, showed well up front. John Sheehan, also, made his senior debut.
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Danny Cahill, John Sheehan, Pa Murphy, Shane O Sullivan, Pierce Prendiville, John Doona, James O Shea, Pat McKenna (0-1), Liam Hassett, Paul Griffin (0-1), Michael O Reilly (1-1), Billy O Sullivan (0-5). Subs: Mike F. Russell (0-2) for D. Cahill, Liam Foley for P. Griffin (inj.). Missing – Mike Hassett, Billy O Shea, Conor Kearney and Gerard Murphy (Kerry), Tommy Byrne, Joe Shannon and Timmy Fleming (unavailable) and Mark O Connor (sick).
Ref: Michael Healy (Cromane).
Rd. 3 on Sat. 8th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 10-11; Cromane 0-3.
Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor, John Sheehan, Pa Murphy, Shane O Sullivan, Conor Kearney, Pierce Prendiville, Billy O Sullivan, James O Shea, Michael F. Russell, Pat McKenna, Michael O Reilly, Gerard Murphy. Subs: Liam Hassett for J. O Shea, Pa O Sullivan, John O Sullivan.
Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).
Rd. 1 (postponed) on Thurs. 27th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 4-18; Milltown/Castlemaine 0-5.
Rd. 4 Laune Rangers beat Keel.
Rd. 5: Laune Rangers beat Beaufort.
Final on Sun. 23rd June at Milltown: Laune Rangers 1-17; Milltown/Castlemaine 0-1.
Laune Rangers retained the Mid-Kerry League title with a whopping 19-points’ victory over Milltown/Castlemaine. It was hard to believe that those two teams were neck-and-neck in the Lee Strand Co. League. Milltown/Castlemaine simply had no answer to the fast, free-flowing football and the excellent shooting of Rangers. The Killorglin side dominated the entire game, with Conor Kearney and Pierce Prendiville winning the midfield battle, and their hungry forwards translated the possession into scores with stunning accuracy. In was 0-8 to 0-0 at halftime. Milltown/Castlemaine did not score until the 56th minute, a free by Ian Twiss. Indeed, but for the heroics of Mike Murphy in goals for Milltown/Castlemaine, who made two point-blank saves, the story would have been far worse. Pat McKenna scored Rangers’ goal on the stroke of fulltime. After the game, the Chairman of the Mid-Kerry Board, Mike McCarthy, presented the cup to the captain for the day, Mark O Connor.
The Kerryman preview of the game included the following, ‘Laune Rangers, of course, have strength in depth, with an ever increasing panel of players. Still flying the blue flag after many years is the ageless Paudie Sheahn, accompanied by Peter Lyons, Pierce Prendiville and Joe Shannon. This quartet has seen it all and done it all, but their appetite for the game is still as fresh as ever.’
Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Adrian Hassett, Paudie Sheahan, Mark O Connor (capt. for the day), James O Shea, Tommy Byrne (0-1), Shane O Sullivan (0-1), Conor Kearney, Pierce Prendiville, Paul Griffin (0-4), Timmy Fleming (0-4), Joe Shannon, Pa O Sullivan (0-2), Pat McKenna (1-2), Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Michael O Reilly (0-3) for P. O Sullivan, Liam Hassett for C. Kearney, Pa Murphy for P. Griffin, Billy O Shea. Present, but not togged out, were Gerard Murphy and Mike Hassett.
Milltown/Castlemaine: Mike Murphy, Liam Cronin, Andrew Boyle, Mike Quirke, John Giles, Liam Kelliher, Noel McKenna, Joe Daly, Mike Dennehy, Martin Burke, Fionán Kelliher, Brian O Sullivan, Mike Burke, Seamus Burke, Ian Twiss (0-1, free). Subs: Jamie Courtney for B. O Sullivan, William Harmon for M. Burke.
Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).
Mid-Kerry ‘B’ Football Championship
The competition was sponsored by Quirke’s Sand and Gravel, Killorglin.
That competition was played on a league basis – the top two teams went into the final.
Rd. 1 on Tues. 9th May at Keel: Keel ‘B’ 1-5; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-9.
Rd. 2 on Tues. 16th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-16; Milltown/Castlemaine 0-5.
Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, John O Donnell, Danny Cahill, Bertie O Riordan, Eddie Birmingham, John F. O Brien, Anthony O Sullivan, John Doona (capt.), Martin Clifford, Robert Evans, Mikey Griffin, Joe Healy, Jerry O Brien, Adrian O Connor, Redmond Fitzgerald. Subs: Joe Hayes for A. O Connor, Michael Cahillane, Timmy Moroney, Dominic Crowley and Peter Byrne.
Rd. 3 on Tues. 30th May: Laune Rangers ‘B’ Glenbeigh/Glencar ‘B’
Final on Sun. 23rd June at Milltown: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-15; Beaufort ‘B’ 0-4.
Laune Rangers easily retained their Mid-Kerry ‘B’ Championship title in that one-sided final played in near ideal conditions. They totally dominated all, bar the first quarter, when Beaufort applied a lot of pressure but failed to register a single score. That was to prove to be their downfall. Once Rangers found their shooting boots, there was no stopping them.
They opened the scoring with a point in the eighth minute from full-forward Michael O Reilly. He and Pat McKenna at centre half-forward caused all sorts of problems for the Beaufort defence and played a big part in Rangers’ victory. O Reilly added two more points in the 12th and 23rd minutes and these, along with points from Mikey Griffin (13th), John Doona (16th), Jerry O Brien (17th), Pat McKenna (28th) and Martin Clifford (31st) enabled Rangers to lead at the break by 0-8 to 0-1. Beaufort’s only score had come in the 26th minute from Diarmuid Falvey.
The second half was one-way traffic as the faster and fitter Killorglin outfit totally dominated. Michael O Reilly added five more points and corner-forward, Mikey Griffin, contributed three. In the 49th minute, a fine movement, involving Pat McKenna, Pa O Sullivan and Michael O Reilly, put Jason Griffin through for the game’s only goal. Beaufort’s only reply was points from Mike Kelliher and Padraig Fleming. On the day, Beaufort just had no answer to the winners’ overall strength throughout the field.
Best for Rangers were Robert Evans, Martin Clifford, Pat McKenna, Michael O Reilly and Jason Griffin. Afterwards, Mid-Kerry Board Secretary, Peter Twiss, presented the Rangers’ captain, John Doona, with the winning trophy, while Michael O Reilly received the man-of-the-match award.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Liam Foley, John O Donnell, Danny Cahill, Bertie O Riordan, Anthony O Sullivan, John F. O Brien, Robert Evans, John Doona (capt.) 0-1, Martin Clifford (0-1), Jerry O Brien (0-1), Pat McKenna (0-1), Jason Griffin (1-0), Joe Healy, Michael O Reilly (0-8), Mikey Griffin (0-3). Subs: Redmond Fitzgerald, Pa O Sullivan and Eddie Birmingham (all played).
Beaufort ‘B’: Austin Rooney, Anthony Foley, Derry O Sullivan, Diarmuid O Sullivan, Raymond Kelliher, Kieran Coffey, Raymond Breen, Michael Curran, Anthony Breen, Michael Kelliher (0-1), Mícheál Spillane, Aidan O Reilly, Diarmuid Falvey (0-1), Rory McGrath, Padraig Fleming (0-2).
Ref: John Twiss (Milltown/Castlemaine)
Senior Football Parish League
As usual, the senior panel of 22 players was excluded. The minimum number of players on a team was 13. That was also the maximum number, if one team had only 13 players. However, if both teams had 14 or 15 players, those numbers had to be played. Games were 25 minutes per half. Each team had to play the others. One point was awarded for a draw and two points for a win. At the end of the preliminary rounds, the team with the highest number of points went into the final and the teams in second and third places played in the semi-final. There were four teams – Town, Douglas, Over Laune and Rangue/Mountain View. The panels were as follows:
Town – John O Donnell, Dodo Sheahan, John O Dwyer, Dominic Crowley, Joe Kennedy, Adrian (Andy) O Connor, Eoin O Sullivan, James Sheehan, Eamonn Foley, Kealon O Sullivan, Robert Murphy, Adrian (Alfie) O Connor, Michael Moriarty, Paudie Russell, Alan O Sullivan (Castle), Eddie Birmingham, Timmy Moroney, Joe Hayes and Peter Byrne. Managers – Ger Counihan and Declan Falvey.
Douglas – Stephen O Sullivan, Eoin Corkery, Brendan Corkery, James Hurley, Dermot Griffin, Mikey Griffin, Gerard Costello, Jerry Foley, Bertie O Riordan, Noel Conroy, John Purcell, Jerry O Brien, Michael Hurley, Paul O Brien, Brian Gannon, Donncha Curran, Fiachra O Donoghue, Gerard Purcell, Johnny Lynch, Nelius Lynch, Sean O Sullivan (Tullig) and Alan O Sullivan (Tullig). Managers – John Griffin and Maurice Corkery.
Over Laune – Tony Foley, Fergus O Meara, Kevin Heffernan, Tom Johnston, Liam Foley, Robert Evans, Bernard O Sullivan, Michael Cahillane, Enda Foley, Ronan Curtayne, Pat Clifford (Jennings), Mark Conway, John Sheehan, Mike F. Russell, Shane Harmon, Maurice Sheehan, Pat Leahy, Enda Clifford, Noel Purcell and Billy O Mahony. Managers – John Clifford and Liam Foley.
Rangue/Mountain View – Niall Moriarty, John F. O Brien, Noel Doyle, Joe Doyle, John Foley, Michael O Reilly, Karl Griffin, Jason Griffin, William Joy, Derry O Sullivan, Martin Clifford, Michael Lynch, Kevin Jones, Derry O Donoghue, Pa O Sullivan, John O Sullivan, David Lynch, Danny Cahill, Fergal O Brien, Eoin O Connell, Michael Ahern and Dermot Murphy. Managers – Michael O Shea and Liam Shannon.
Rd. 1 on Sat. 1st July at J.P. O Sullivan Park: Town w/o; Over-Laune scr.
Over-Laune had only nine players.
Douglas 2-14; Rangue/Mountain View 0-4.
That was a surprise, as Rangue/Mountain View had been fancied. Jerry O Brien, Eoin Corkery, Donncha Curran and Mikey Griffin were best for the winners. Martin Clifford, Michael O Reilly and Karl Griffin were best for the losers. Ref: Timmy Moroney.
Co. U-21 Football Championship
Trainer/Coach/Selector – James Sheehan. Selectors – Noel O Mahony, Jerry Coffey and Maurice Corkery.
Rd. 1 on Wed. 13th Sept. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 1-7; Shannon Rangers 0-8.
The home side pulled that game right out of the fire. The substitutions did the trick. Considering that the Hassett brothers, Mike and Liam, were absent, and that the team started with five minors and finished with seven, that was a very good result.
Laune Rangers: Fergal O Brien, Mark Conway, Thomas Walsh (capt.), Redmond Fitzgerald, Jerry O Brien, Karl Griffin, John O Sullivan, Eamonn Foley (1-0), John Sheehan, Michael F. Russell (0-4), Derry O Sullivan, Joe Healy, Fiachra O Donoghue, Pa O Sullivan (0-2), Kevin Jones. Subs: Johnny Lynch (0-1) for D. O Sullivan, Eoin O Connell for K. Jones, Pat O Keeffe for F. O Donoghue, John Purcell, Donncha Curran, Brian Gannon and Joe Hayes.
Ref: Pat O Donoghue (Fossa).
Quarter-final on Mon. 30th Oct. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 3-10; East-Kerry 1-11.
East-Kerry had been favourites going into that game as they had already disposed of the talented West-Kerry team. Indeed with ten minutes to go, they seemed to justify that tag as they led by six points. Then the Rangers’ selectors made some astute moves and substitutions. Mike Hassett moved to midfield (John Sheehan to fullback), Liam Hassett moved to full-forward and Pa O Sullivan came to midfield to partner Mike Hassett and he had a superb last ten minutes. Joe Healy and Alan O Sullivan were sprung from the bench and all those switches worked wonders, as Thomas Walsh, Alan O Sullivan and Joe Healy scored goals and East-Kerry were left reeling, wondering what went wrong for them. From a Rangers’ point of view, it could be described as a Houdini act.
Laune Rangers: Fergal O Brien, Mark Conway, Thomas Walsh (1-0), Redmond Fitzgerald, Johnny Lynch, Mike Hassett, Karl Griffin, Liam Hassett (0-2), John Sheehan, Brian Gannon (0-2), Pa O Sullivan (0-1), Jerry O Brien (0-1), Michael F. Russell (0-4), Derry O Sullivan, Kevin Jones. Subs: Joe Healy (1-0) for K. Jones, Alan O Sullivan for D. O Sullivan (1-0), John O Sullivan.
Ref: Maurice O Sullivan (Ballyheigue).
Semi-final on Sat. 25th Nov. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 1-8; South-Kerry 1-4.
Christy O Connell, South-Kerry PRO reported on the game for the Kerryman as follows: “Laune Rangers had to work extremely hard before overcoming South-Kerry in this Co. U-21 football championship semi-final at Killorglin. The Killorglin side now face John Mitchels in the final, as they attempt to complete an historic clean sweep of county football titles this year.
Rangers had no less than seven of their county minor winning side on duty in the starting fifteen for this one. It was their superior teamwork, marksmanship and a decided edge in fitness that saw them through in the end. South-Kerry had cause to rue a missed penalty early in the second half plus numerous other chances from frees and play over the hour.
Rangers’ centre halfback Thomas Walsh and South-Kerry’s Len Burns were sent to the sideline soon after the throw-in, following a bout of fisticuffs. But, otherwise, this was a clean and sporting game. The reduction in numbers seemed to be of more benefit to the winners, as their cohesive approach allowed them to utilise the open spaces to better effect.
There was another moment of drama early on, when, in the third minute, Mickey Fitzpatrick’s 40m free went in over the shoulder of Rangers’ goalkeeper, Fergal O Brien, for a South-Kerry goal. It was the type of start any side would dream of, as they played with the aid of a swirling wind in the opening half. Rangers had to wait until the eighth minute for corner-forward Brian Gannon to get their first point. Seven minutes later, South-Kerry’s goalkeeper, Austin Constable, brought off a superb save at point-blank range from Liam Hassett. The latter moved from full-forward to the half line and, although failing to get on the score-sheet, he still made a fine contribution.
Rangers’ other county player, Liam’s brother, Mike, was soundness personified throughout, while his two long-range pointed second-half frees were vital. In the closing quarter, he reverted to centre halfback to mark South-Kerry’s ace attacker, James O Shea, who had also moved out-field in an effort to get his side motoring.
Corner forward John B. O Shea shot a South-Kerry point in the 19th minute and this was some compensation after a number of missed opportunities from frees by a clearly off-form Mickey Fitzpatrick. Stylish Michael F. Russell pointed for Rangers in the 22nd minute and 60 seconds later, the same player carved out an opening for team-mate Kevin Jones, who cracked home his side’s only goal of the game. The losers’ response was a brace of points from James O Shea, who was having a lively joust with fullback John Sheehan. Corner-back Eoin O Connell did an amount of good covering in this half. Midfielder Pa O Sullivan and James O Shea again swapped points before the referee blew for halftime, leaving South-Kerry leading by the narrowest of margins (1-4 to 1-3). But they had to face the breeze on the resumption and their chances of survival were not great.
Rangers shaped up well on the restart, with Michael F. Russell and Pa O Sullivan scoring points. Then South-Kerry had the misfortune of seeing a penalty struck tamely to the left of the upright and wide by Mickey Fitzpatrick. The Ballinskellig man’s miss was a costly one, considering that South-Kerry failed to score in the second half. But this Rangers’ side were not going to be denied. Eight minutes from time, Mike Hassett drove over a mighty point to give his side a three-point advantage and then, two minutes from the end, Michael F. Russell sent over the insurance score.
Rangers deserved to win in view of the fact that they had the players capable of kicking points. They are a young side, who showed that they were well able to take care of themselves against a physically stronger team on a wet day. Those who caught the eye most often for them were the Hassetts, Pa O Sullivan, Michael F. Russell, Eoin O Connell, Brian Gannon and John Sheehan.”
That was a great game to win. The underfoot conditions were very soft after the incessant rain of the previous day. The backs gave a capital display. South-Kerry failed to score in the second half while Rangers scored 0-5, two of those were superlative efforts from frees off the hand by Mike Hassett from over 60m in the 13th and 22nd minutes. Pa O Sullivan relished his midfield role.
Laune Rangers: Fergal O Brien, John O Sullivan, John Sheehan, Eoin O Connell, Jerry O Brien, Thomas Walsh (capt.), Karl Griffin, Mike Hassett (0-2), Pa O Sullivan (0-2), Joe Healy, Michael F. Russell (0-3), Johnny Lynch, Brian Gannon (0-1), Liam Hassett, Kevin Jones (1-0). Subs: Alan O Sullivan for J. Healy, Derry O Sullivan for K. Jones, Eamonn Foley for J. Lynch (all in the second half).
South-Kerry: Austin Constable (St. Mary’s), Patrick Burns (Sneem), Killian Burns (do.), John Paul O Connor (St. Mary’s), Patrick O Connor (Valentia), Chris Drummond (Sneem), Haulie Courtney (Waterville), Denis O Dwyer (do.), Sean Hussey (Sneem), Mickey Fitzpatrick (St. Michael’s) 1-0, Len Burns (Sneem), Kieran Bobby O Sullivan (Dromid), John B. O Shea (Waterville) (0-1), James O Shea (Foilmore) (0-3), Brendan Hussey (Sneem). Subs: Mark O Sullivan (Foilmore) for P. O Connor, Danny Sheahan (Valentia) for P. Burns.
Ref: Pat O Donoghue (Fossa).
Final on Sat. 2nd Dec. at Fitzgerald Stadium: Laune Rangers 1-13; John Mitchels 0-9.
Eamonn Horan reported for the Kerryman as follows: “Laune Rangers made history at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, on Saturday afternoon when they added the county U-21 title to the senior and minor titles, which they had already won, and thus became the first club ever to capture all three Kerry titles in the one year.
Rangers finished deserving winners over John Mitchels in this decider, but, in fairness to the Tralee side, the final score did not do full justice to their overall performance. At the end of the day, Laune Rangers owed their success to the fact that they were the more compact side and that they were able to take their chances when they got them, unlike Mitchels who lacked finishing power and this cost them dearly in the end.
Rangers cut out the early running and were well on top in the opening quarter, at the end of which they led by 0-5 to 0-1, midfielder Aidan Moynihan notching the losers’ point from a free after 12 minutes. But Mitchels found a new gear in the second quarter. Moynihan moved from midfield to the ‘40’ in a swop with Fergal O Brien and the switch paid dividends as O Brien began to win some good ball in the centre of the field and Moynihan seemed to settle better in attack. Mitchels won a lot of possession in the second quarter but, unfortunately for them, their finishing didn’t match the advantage they enjoyed on the ball. All they had to show for their efforts was two points from frees by team captain, Fergal O Brien, in the 23rd and 25th minutes, but O Brien was wide with three earlier frees.
On a murky afternoon, Laune Rangers had opened up a four-point lead on their rivals with points from Alan O Sullivan (30 seconds), Michael F. Russell (frees in the 2nd and 8th minutes) and Kevin Jones (9 mins.). Before Jones had scored, wing-forward Joe Healy punched wide with the goal at his mercy. Full-forward Liam Hassett made it 0-5 to 0-1 in the 14th minute, when he took a pass from Brian Gannon to land a great point from about 35 yards out on the left wing. Rangers added a 27th minute point from a free by Russell to go in at halftime leading by 0-6 to 0-3.
Laune Rangers’ forwards looked far more dangerous on the ball and, when the gauntlet was thrown down, they answered the call. They had match-winners in Liam Hassett, Kevin Jones, Michael F. Russell and substitute Derry O Sullivan, who got the all-important goal. Laune Rangers substituted Eamonn Foley for Joe Healy 10 minutes before halftime and Foley proceeded to give an impressive display.
Liam Hassett moved out-field on the restart, with substitute Foley going to full-forward. The winners again started on a lively note when Russell swung over a lovely point from play, within half a minute of the restart. But Mitchels were full of enterprise and after Noel O Callaghan had placed Owen Kelliher for a 32nd minute point, Fergal O Brien made amends for a missed free kick when he landed a fine point from play after 34 minutes. There were only two points between the sides (0-7 to 0-5), as the Mitchels’ supporters in the crowd of about 350 chanted ‘Mitchels, Mitchels’ and there was high expectation of even better things to come from the Tralee side.
But the losers lost their way for the remainder of the third quarter, their only score being a point from a free by O Brien in the 43rd minute. In between time, however, Laune Rangers had regained their earlier composure and they extended their lead with points from Liam Hassett (35 mins.), Kevin Jones (38 mins.) and Eamonn Foley (41 mins.). Mitchels’ goalkeeper, Aidan O Sullivan, had earlier made a fine save from Kevin Jones. Fergal O Brien had a Mitchels’ point from a free (43 mins.), but this was quickly answered at the other end with a pointed free by Russell. Mitchels were there with a fighting chance at this stage and when Fergal O Brien passed to Mike O Connor in the 45th minute, the centre halfback kicked a mighty point from all of 50 yards range. That was a superb score and left just four points between the teams (0-11 to 0-7).
But two minutes later, Laune Rangers dealt their rivals a mortal blow when the eager-beaver Liam Hassett combined in a 1-2 down the right wing with substitute Derry O Sullivan and the latter rattled the net with a blistering shot. Incidentally, O Sullivan is a brother of senior player, Billy. That goal was decisive and put the Killorglin side on the road to victory. Thereafter, Mitchels were fighting an uphill battle and, even though they battled on valiantly, they were never able to get back into a rallying position. They won a ‘45’ but Fergal O Brien sent it wide. Then Dennehy slammed the ball to the net but the referee had blown for a free to Mitchels. Moynihan collected O Brien’s free and kicked a point and when O Brien converted a free a minute later, there were five points between the teams (1-11 to 0-9) with seven minutes remaining.
But Laune Rangers found additional reserves of stamina in the closing minutes. Liam Hassett, displaying tremendous flair and industry, raced through on a defence-splitting run before passing to Jones, who pointed in the 58th minute. Mitchels appeared to have run out of ideas by now. Rangers won a ‘45’ but Liam Hassett’s kick was saved by goalkeeper Aidan O Sullivan and it was left to Kevin Jones to put the icing on the cake for the winners with a magnificent long-range point.
Fullback John Sheehan was outstanding for Rangers and others to shine in defence for them were Eoin O Connell and Johnny Lynch.”
Indeed, Rangers lined out with nine minors on the first fifteen. That was a calculated risk brought about by the lateness of the competition, with many of the older players having returned to college. Mike Hassett and Pa O Sullivan totally dominated midfield in the first half. The backs were vice-like, allowing the opposing forwards very little latitude. Powerful displays by John Sheehan, Eoin O Connell, Karl Griffin, Kevin Jones, Liam and Mike Hassett, indeed the whole team, ensured a famous victory. Great credit was due to James Sheehan and his selectors, for guiding that team through a tough campaign to eventual glory. After the game, Co. Board Chairman, Sean Kelly, presented the cup to team captain for the day, Mike Hassett (The official captain, Thomas Walsh, was unable to play due to suspension, having been sent off the previous week). The man-of-the-match award, sponsored by the Kerry Supporters’ Club, was won by Liam Hassett.
Laune Rangers: Fergal O Brien, John O Sullivan, John Sheehan, Eoin O Connell, Jerry O Brien, Johnny Lynch, Karl Griffin, Mike Hassett (capt.), Pa O Sullivan, Joe Healy, Michael F. Russell (0-5, 4 frees), Alan O Sullivan (0-1), Brian Gannon, Liam Hassett (0-2), Kevin Jones (0-4). Subs: Eamonn Foley (0-1) for J. Healy, Derry O Sullivan (1-0) for J. O Brien, Mark Conway, Redmond Fitzgerald, Fiachra O Donoghue, Pat O Keeffe, Donncha Curran and Pat Leahy.
John Mitchels: Aidan O Sullivan, David Leahy, Liam Kennedy, Roland O Mahony, Niall Roche, Mike O Connor (0-1), John Fitzgerald, Aidan Moynihan (0-2, 1 free), Fergus O Connor, Noel O Callaghan, Fergal O Brien (capt.) 0-5, 4 frees, Bill Dennehy, Owen Kelliher (0-1), Robert Keating, Kieran O Brien. Subs: Jer Dennehy for N. Roche, John Collins for R. Keating.
Ref: Pat O Donoghue (Fossa).
Co. Minor Football Championship
Coach/Trainer/Selector – James Sheehan. Selectors – Noel O Mahony, Maurice Corkery and Jerry Coffey.
Rd. 1 on Thurs. 29th June at Cahersiveen: South-Kerry 1-13; Laune Rangers 1-13.
Laune Rangers were by far the better team and had the game won hands down but they allowed South-Kerry back into the game and they equalised with a goal with virtually the last kick of the game. Michael F. Russell, Pa O Sullivan and John Sheehan were brilliant.
Laune Rangers: Michael Ahern, Joe Hayes, Fergal O Brien, Eoin O Connell, Pat Leahy, John O Sullivan, Shane Harmon, John Sheehan (0-1), Johnny Lynch (0-2), Paul O Brien, Mike F. Russell (0-6), Alan O Sullivan, Brian Gannon (1-0), Pa O Sullivan (0-4), Dermot Murphy. Subs: Nelius Lynch, Anthony Reen, Maurice Sheehan, Garrath Sheehan, John Moriarty, Brendan Fitzgerald, Noel Purcell and Morgan Foley.
Ref: Pat O Donoghue (Fossa).
Rd. 1 (replay) on Tues. 25th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 1-11; South-Kerry 1-10.
Laune Rangers produced a power-packed second half to overcome South-Kerry in that replayed first round. In arrears by 5 points at the interval, the selectors brought John Sheehan to midfield, Michael F. Russell to midfield and Brian Gannon to the forty, and those switches changed the course of the game. A brilliant save by Michael Ahern in the dying seconds of the game gave the Rangers a bare minimum victory.
Laune Rangers: Michael Ahern, Joe Hayes, Fergal O Brien, Eoin O Connell, Pat Leahy (0-1), John O Sullivan, Shane Harmon (0-1), Johnny Lynch (0-1), John Sheehan (0-1), Alan O Sullivan, Michael F. Russell (0-3), Dermot Murphy, Brian Gannon (1-2), Pa O Sullivan (0-2), Paul O Brien, Subs: Nelius Lynch, Maurice Sheehan, Enda Clifford, Garrath Sheehan, John Moriarty, Noel Purcell, Morgan Foley.
Semi-final on Wed. 16th Aug. at Austin Stack Park: Laune Rangers 0-12; Austin Stacks 1-7.
Timmy Sheehan reported in the Kerryman as follows: “Although Killorglin was by far the superior side for long periods of the game, they had to draw on all their reserves of energy and character to survive a late Stacks’ rally in the semi-final of the Co. Minor Football Championship. In control from the outset with Pa O Sullivan, Mike Frank Russell and, most especially, Pat Leahy prominent, they led by two points at the end of the first quarter, despite their marksmanship being, at times, quite poor. A brace of Russell frees extended their lead to four points by the 25th minute, but a late flourish by Stacks, which yielded points from their midfielders, Pat Costello and Jer Teahan, narrowed the gap to two points at the interval break (0-6 to 0-4).
Rangers restarted in sterling fashion and a number of excellent points from Lynch, O Brien, another Russell free, and two from Harmon extended their lead to six points at the end of the third quarter, with Stacks’ singular reply coming from a point by Peter Williams. Despite being in control in all sectors, Rangers just couldn’t put Stacks beyond reach. Costello and Clifford both scored points to narrow the gap and it took a couple of splendid saves by goalkeeper Ahern to preserve the Killorglin side’s scoring advantage.
However, with three minutes left, Stacks struck for quite a controversial goal. The referee, whose performance was indifferent all through, had little hesitation in awarding what looked a clear square ball, with Joe O Connor getting the initial touch before being helped on its way by a couple of deflections from defenders. It left the bare minimum between the sides and, quite suddenly the final result, for so long a foregone conclusion, was now extremely delicately poised.
Rangers’ response, however, was immediate and with Russell and Teahan exchanging pointed frees at opposite ends, Alan O Sullivan applied the final seal with his side’s twelfth point in overtime. On the run of play, it probably would have been an injustice if Rangers had faltered in the end. They had some fine performers in Russell, Gannon, Lynch, Leahy, Ahern, Sheehan and Fitzgerald.”
As reported, Michael Ahern made some great saves. The Rangers’ backs were supreme. Johnny Lynch had a powerful game at midfield. Mike F. Russell picked up an injury early in the game that hindered his involvement. Pat Leahy was easily the best of the forwards and he got best support from Brian Gannon, Shane Harmon and Paul O Brien. Rangers were winning quite easily coming up to the final minutes but the umpires at the Mitchels end awarded a goal for a certain square ball – even the Stacks’ mentors could not believe their luck.
Laune Rangers: Michael Ahern, Joe Hayes, Fergal O Brien, Eoin O Connell, John O Sullivan, John Sheehan (capt.), Brendan Fitzgerald, Johnny Lynch (0-1), Michael F. Russell (0-4, frees), Alan O Sullivan (0-1), Brian Gannon, Pat Leahy (0-2), Shane Harmon (0-2), Pa O Sullivan (0-1), Paul O Brien (0-1). Subs: Maurice Sheehan, Dermot Murphy, Gerard Purcell, Garrath Sheehan, Nelius Lynch, Enda Clifford, Noel Purcell, Anthony Reen, John Moriarty and Morgan Foley.
Ref: Pat O Donoghue (Fossa).
Final on Fri. 8th Sept. at Austin Stack Park: Laune Rangers 1-8; Feale Rangers 0-11.
In his preview of the game in the Kerryman, John Barry wrote, “Laune Rangers have five of the Kerry minor team, which lost the Munster Semi-final to Cork in a replay, namely Michael F. Russell, John Sheehan, Johnny Lynch, Pa O Sullivan and John O Sullivan, while Fergal O Brien was a substitute. That, indeed, is a powerful backbone. Laune Rangers are trained by James Sheehan and, interestingly, they have never been beaten in Kerry Championship football from U-12 upwards. At U-14 level, they were the All-Ireland Féile Peile na nOg Champions. However, confidence in the Laune Rangers camp is tempered with a lot of caution. ‘Feale Rangers are a very good side, especially down the middle and they will be extremely difficult to beat,’ said Laune Rangers Club Chairman, Jerome Conway. ‘It is very important for us to do well at midfield. If we can break even there, I think that we have the forwards to win it, but its likely to be a very tight contest.’ Laune Rangers were last in the Co. Minor Final in 1990. On that occasion, they were actually contesting their fifth final in a row, which was a remarkable achievement on the part of the club. They won three and lost two. The great emphasis on underage football by the Killorglin club had paid rich dividends and the players on duty on Friday evening have become very accustomed to winning up along the line.”
Laune Rangers gave a very gutsy performance against a much physically stronger Feale Rangers’ side. The Killorglin boys played against the wind in the first half and got off to a tonic start, when Pa O Sullivan raced through the opposition defence to score a great goal. Thereafter they struggled at midfield, despite different combinations being tried, including Pa O Sullivan and Mike F. Russell. Living only on scraps, Mike F. Russell pointed some excellent frees and the teams were level at halftime, 1-3 to 0-6.
Laune Rangers re-arranged their division on the restart, Pa O Sulivan going to midfield and Johnny Lynch moving forward. They dominated the early exchanges but failed to put on the scores, as wides tallied. Michael Russell, from a 20 metres free, and Owen O Connell, with a mighty effort, put Killorglin 1-5 to 0-6 in front after seven minutes. Feale Rangers again took up the running and 3 points by the Fitzmaurices, Eamonn (2 frees) and Adrian, edged them out in front. The closeness of the scoring continued. Brian Gannon levelled once more and Michael Russell, from a 40 metre free, had Killorglin back in the lead, 1-7 to 0-9. Keeper Somers came to Feale Rangers rescue with a fine save from Shane Harmon. The game was still there for the taking. Michael Ahern fisted a ‘45’ from Eamonn Fitzmaurice, over the bar. Alan O Sullivan, with a sweet score, put the Launesiders ahead again as time was running out. In fairness to the players, their cause was not helped by a whistle-happy referee, who won no plaudits by stopping the play too often and not allowing the advantage rule. He, also, made some baffling decisions, one most notable led to the Feale Rangers equaliser. The Laune Rangers fullback, Fergal O Brien, was blatantly pushed off the ball and the referee awarded a 20 metres free in to Feale Rangers. Eamonn Fitzmaurice salvaged a draw by scoring the free. Then the referee awarded Feale Rangers another scoreable free with time almost up (in fact, he had given the free to Johnny Lynch but then reversed his decision) but Alan Doran drove the ball wide from the hands.
In truth Laune Rangers struggled at midfield, despite various combinations, against a physically stronger team. The forwards had to exist on scraps. An injury to John Sheehan curtailed his movements considerably. Indeed, Laune Rangers were happy, in the end, with the result.
Laune Rangers: Michael Ahern, Joe Hayes, Fergal O Brien, Eoin O Connell (0-1), John O Sullivan, John Sheehan (capt.), Brendan Fitzgerald, Johnny Lynch, Brian Gannon (0-1), Alan O Sullivan (0-1), Pa O Sullivan (1-0), Pat Leahy, Shane Harmon, Michael F. Russell (0-5, 4 frees), Paul O Brien. Subs: Garrath Sheehan for P. O Brien, Maurice Sheehan, Gerard Purcell, Enda Clifford, Dermot Murphy, Nelius Lynch, Noel Purcell, John Moriarty, Morgan Foley and Billy O Mahony.
Ref: Albert O Sullivan (Kerins O Rahillys).
Final replay on Sat. 23rd Sept. at Austin Stack Park: Laune Rangers 3-7; Feale Rangers 0-9.
In his preview of the game in the Kerryman, John Barry wrote, “The replay of the Co. Minor Championship Final should attract a huge crowd, as the drawn game provided some gripping fare between two totally committed teams. The word form the Laune Rangers camp is that they are injury-free. Club Chairman, Jerome Conway, readily acknowledges that victory could have gone either way the last day. ‘You could say that we were lucky in some respects and unlucky in others,’ he said. ‘The truth is that we were wiped out in the middle of the field the last day and we will have to show a big improvement there. There were times when our forwards had to live on scraps, but some of our forwards, too, will have to up their performances. It’s going to be very tough again, because this is a very good Feale Rangers team. However, I remain optimistic. Feale Rangers will not dominate as much in the centre of the field again and, I think, a number of our players will be better this time. It’s likely to go down to the wire again and we are delighted to be there and to play our part in a good championship.”
Conor O Donnell reported for the Kerryman as follows: “Another nail-biting finish seemed inevitable in the replay of the Ringside Rest Hotel-sponsored county minor football championship final between Laune Rangers and Feale Rangers at Austin Stack Park, Tralee, on Saturday afternoon, but two quick second-half incisions, resulting in two goals for Laune Rangers, scuppered Feale Rangers’ enthusiasm and, for the final quarter of the game, the cup was inevitably destined for Mid-Kerry.
This game bore an uncanny similarity to the drawn game, in which Laune Rangers’ Pa O Sullivan scored a fine goal, which left Feale Rangers scampering to recover before halftime. The best they could do was strike parity.
Despite the upset of a fortuitous goal by Laune Rangers’ Alan O Sullivan, after just eight minutes, Feale Rangers came back well this time too, kicking some fine points to put them a point in front at the halfway mark and with the prospect of playing with a strong breeze.
After that furious first half, things seemed to be going marginally in Feale Rangers’ favour. What was obvious from that first-half goal was that Feale Rangers were shaky in defence and were the team more likely to concede a goal. With things so tight, a goal would surely decide this ding-dong affair. Then, midway through the second half, disaster struck for Feale Rangers, when Alan O Sullivan hammered home his second goal. A quick free from the hand by Mike F. Russell released O Sullivan, who was left totally unmarked, and he slotted a low, hard shot across the face of John Somers’ goal and into the bottom corner. Feale Rangers had come within a point of the Killorglin side two minutes earlier, but, after that goal, their confidence seemed to dissipate and Laune Rangers hit them with another body-blow four minutes later, when Brian Gannon managed to guide the ball through a wall of defenders and into the net.
It was a fate Feale Rangers truly didn’t deserve. They acquitted themselves better than the score-line suggests and, but for a certain naivety in defence, the result might have been different. Yet, no one can deny the glory to Laune Rangers, whose ability to rally, when the occasion demanded, was impressive. The amount of possession they were afforded was limited due to the midfield dominance of the Feale Rangers’ pairing of Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Padraig Somers. The only relief Laune Rangers enjoyed in the opening half was the ceaseless running by the energetic Mike Frank Russell, who added a much-needed dimension to the Killorglin side’s play by being able to take on the Feale Rangers’ defence and, when required, shoot a score as well.
The game began at a furious pace, with Feale Rangers again dominating the centre of the field, but, from a breakaway, Laune Rangers opened the scoring with a point from a Mike Frank Russell free. Feale Rangers responded with two points, one from a free by Eamonn Fitzmaurice. As in the drawn game, things fell very nicely for Laune Rangers round about the seventh minute. A speculative kick from the 50-yard line seemed an easy catch for John Somers but, surrounded by a cluster of players, he failed to hold the high, dropping ball. It broke very kindly for Alan O Sullivan, who had the easy task of hammering the loose ball to the net. Mike Frank Russell began to play a lot of ball at this stage. When an attempted free by him rebounded off the upright, the goalkeeper’s hesitant clearance was returned to Russell who, without hesitation, turned on his left side and pointed a fine effort. Things were tit-for-tat after that as Feale Rangers tried to pull back a three-point deficit. With 12 minutes of the first half left, Brian Scanlon settled the Feale Rangers side with a lovely score. Eamonn Fitzmaurice began to impose his powerful presence at midfield and traffic was all very much in the direction of the Laune Rangers’ goal. Again, as in the drawn game, the North-Kerry side wasted very scoreable chances and kicked six wides in the half. However, they still entered the dressing-rooms the more confident after Alan Doran had kicked an inspirational point on the stroke of halftime to put them a point in front (0-7 to 1-3).
Scoring, in the second half, opened with a free by Eamonn Fitzmaurice after a foul on Brian Scanlon. Laune Rangers then stepped up a gear and kicked four points without reply. Feale Rangers’ first response came in the 45th minute when Brian Scanlon, after a jinking run, was fouled and Fitzmaurice converted the resultant free. Feale Rangers’ fate was immediately sealed when, two minutes later, Mike Frank Russell lofted a lovely free from the hands to the unmarked Alan O Sullivan, over the heads of the stranded backs and O Sullivan drove to the net with conviction. Four minutes later, from the end-line, Paul O Brien squared the ball across the parallelogram to Brian Gannon and he had the green flag waving again.
There were still nine minutes left in the game, but Feale Rangers were resigned to defeat and it was a only a question of playing out time. Feale Rangers deserved better but they met a very economical Laune Rangers’ side who did just enough and, more importantly, did it at the right time. They were best served by John O Sullivan, Mike Frank Russell, John Sheehan, Alan O Sullivan, Brian Gannon and Pa O Sullivan.”
After the match, the Frank King Cup was presented to the winning captain, John Sheehan, by the competition sponsor, Tom Keane, Ringside Rest Hotel, Cahersiveen. That team had never been beaten in a championship final since they were under twelve. The players were kitted out on that occasion by Killorglin Credit Union, AIB (bags), Declan and Breda Falvey (togs), and Joe Cronin (socks).
Laune Rangers: Michael Ahern, Joe Hayes, Fergal O Brien, Eoin O Connell, John O Sullivan, John Sheehan (capt.) 0-1, Brendan Fitzgerald, Pa O Sullivan, Johnny Lynch, Brian Gannon (1-1), Michael F. Russell (0-3), Pat Leahy (0-1), Shane Harmon, Alan O Sullivan (2-0), Dermot Murphy. Subs; Garrath Sheehan (0-1) for D. Murphy, Paul O Brien for S. Harmon, Maurice Sheehan, Gerard Purcell, Enda Clifford, Nelius Lynch, Noel Purcell, John Moriarty, Morgan Foley and Billy O Mahony.
Feale Rangers: John Somers (St. Senan’s), Jackie Mulvihill (Moyvane), James Joy (Finuge), Tim Quilter (St. Senan’s), Paul Comerford (Emmett’s), Brendan Whelan (St. Senan’s), Padraig Thornton (Emmett’s), Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge) capt., Padraig Somers (St. Senan’s), Enda Galvin (Finuge), Alan Doran (St. Senan’s), Ger Galvin (Finuge), Adrian Fitzmaurice (St. Senan’s), Noel Kennelly (Emmett’s), Brian Scanlon (do.). Subs: Timmy Canty (Emmett’s) for A. Fitzmaurice, David Moloney (Moyvane), Brendan McKenna (Duagh), Trevor McKenna (Finuge), Paul Galvin (do), Pa Guiney (Emmett’s), Michael Whelan (do), David McCarthy (Moyvane), Liam Walsh (Emmett’s), Tom O Connell (do).
Ref: Albert O Sullivan (Kerins O Rahillys).
Co. Minor Football League Div. 1
Rd. 1 on Fri. 31st March at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 3-9; Spa 2-3.
There was trouble before the game – Michael Hurley left the dressing-room when it was announced that he was not on the first fifteen and Michael F. Russell was not allowed to play by his father, as he felt that he should have been appointed on the minor selection committee.(Fortunately, sanity prevailed and the father relented within a week).
Laune Rangers: Michael Ahern, Joe Hayes, Eoin O Connell, Enda Clifford, Pat Leahy, John O Sullivan, Shane Harmon, John Sheehan (capt.), Fergal O Brien, Alan O Sullivan (Castle), Gerard Purcell, Johnny Lynch, Brian Gannon, Pa O Sullivan, Dermot Murphy. Subs: Tony Lyons, Anthony Reen and Nelius Lynch. Paul O Brien was injured.
Ref: Michael Murphy (Milltown/Castlemaine).
Rd. 2 on Fri. 7th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 1-22; Dr. Crokes 0-3.
Laune Rangers: Michael Ahern, Joe Hayes, Eoin O Connell, Enda Clifford, Pat Leahy, John O Sullivan, Shane Harmon (0-1), John Sheehan (capt.) 0-3, Fergal O Brien (0-2), Alan o Sullivan (0-4), Mike F. Russell (0-4), Johnny Lynch (0-2), Brian Gannon (1-0), Pa O Sullivan (0-4), Ger Purcell (0-1). Subs: Dermot Murphy (0-1) for G. Purcell, Michael Hurley for M. Ahern, Paul O Brien for B. Gannon (inj.), Anthony Reen, Maurice Sheehan and Nelius Lynch.
Rd. 3 on Fri. 14th April at Sneem: Sneem/Derrynane scr; Laune Rangers w/o.
Sneem/Derrynane had withdrawn for the competition.
Rd. 4 on Tues. 18th April at Direen: Legion scr; Laune Rangers w/o.
Legion rang to say that they would not have a team.
Rd. 5 on Fri. 21st April at Kilcummin: Kilcummin 1-5; Laune Rangers 3-11.
John Sheehan and Johnny Lynch excelled at midfield for Rangers. The forwards played well as a unit, Ger Purcell scoring three good goals. That result put them into the final.
Laune Rangers: Michael Hurley, Joe Hayes, Pat Leahy, Enda Clifford, Fergal O Brien, Eoin O Connell, Shane Harmon, Johnny Lynch, John Sheehan (capt.), Alan O Sullivan, Michael F. Russell, John O Sullivan, Ger Purcell, Pa O Sullivan, Paul O Brien. Subs: Michael Ahern, Maurice Sheehan, Anthony Reen, Tony Lyons, Nelius Lynch and Dermot Murphy.
Final on Sat. 13th May at Castleisland: Laune Rangers 0-9; Austin Stacks 0-8.
Laune Rangers, inspired by ace full-forward Mike F. Russell, fought their way to the Div. 1 title after a tough, hard game. Rangers made the most of their chances and, proving stronger in defence, they held on for a one-point win.
In a very tough, hard game, Rangers showed their resilience and, inspired by ace full-forward Michael F. Russell, they fought their way to the divisional title. In a game that would never be regarded as a classic, Rangers made the most of their chances and, proving stronger in defence, they held on for a one point victory.
Stacks took control of proceedings in the opening quarter, full-forward Jerry Lynch causing a few problems for the Rangers defence. The Tralee side led by four points to two with less than twenty minutes left on the clock in the first half. But with Michael F. Russell in inspiring form, Rangers hit back with four unanswered points to lead at the interval by 0-6 to 0-4. It was a lead that Rangers did well not to relinquish and, although they were guilty of some woeful misses in the second half, they had enough in the bag to see them through. The backs were solid all through, especially Fergal O Brien, who had a towering game at fullback. Johnny Lynch excelled at midfield. The forwards found the Stack’s backs hard to shake off. To their credit, they kept trying to the very exciting end. Best for the Rangers were Fergal O Brien, Pat Leahy, John O Sullivan, Shane Harmon, John Sheehan, Joe Hayes, Johnny Lynch, Dermot Murphy and Michael F. Russell. Man-of-the-match was Mike F. Russell.
Laune Rangers: Michael Ahern, Joe Hayes, Fergal O Brien, Enda Clifford, John O Sullivan, Pat Leahy, Shane Harmon, Johnny Lynch, John Sheehan (capt.) 0-1, Dermot Murphy (0-2), Mike F. Russell (0-5), Alan O Sullivan, Brian Gannon (0-1), Pa O Sullivan, Ger Purcell. Subs: Garrath Sheehan for G. Purcell, Paul O Brien, Michael Hurley, Nelius Lynch, Anthony Reen, Tony Lyons, Maurice Sheehan, John Moriarty, Morgan Foley, Brendan Fitzgerald. Eoin O Connell was injured and unable to play.
Ref: Billy O Sullivan (Firies).
Mid-Kerry Minor Football Championship
Semi-final on Fri. 20th Oct. at Milltown: Milltown/Castlemaine 1-9; Laune Rangers 1-8.
Laune Rangers were clear favourites, going into that game. There was elation on the faces of the Milltown/Castlemaine players after achieving the near impossible feat of defeating the current Co. Minor Champions. They had done it with a display of heart, courage and a great deal of self-belief. A splendid first half performance saw them take the game to Laune Rangers from the start. Centre half-forward, Ian Twiss, was the tormentor-in-chief and his first half goal really rattled the champions. In fact he scored a personal tally of 1-7, the other scorers being William Harmon and Frank Sheehy. Milltown/Castlemaine led at the interval by 1-7 to 0-5, with Alan O Sullivan, Brian Gannon and Garrath Sheehan keeping Rangers in contention.
The second half was a ding-dong battle with Rangers rallying in true fashion. A goal by Johnny Lynch brought them back into contention and, with scores hard to come by, the sides were level with three minutes left to play. Then Frank Sheehy got the winning point for Milltown. Rangers threw everything into attack in the final minutes but the winners’ backs stood firm for a deserved victory. The referee’s performance was well below par, but that was not the main reason that Rangers lost their title. One could not but feel that there was a good deal of over-confidence in the Rangers’ camp prior to the game.
Best for the Rangers were Joe Hayes (unfortunately he was sent off by the referee), Pa O Sullivan, Brian Gannon, Alan O Sullivan and Johnny Lynch. At the request of the senior selectors, John Sheehan did not start the game due the Munster Club Championship on Sunday. Best for Rangers were Joe Hayes, Pa O Sullivan, Brian Gannon, Alan O Sullivan and Johnny Lynch.
Laune Rangers: Michael Ahern, Joe Hayes, Fergal O Brien, Maurice Sheehan, John O Sullivan, Eoin O Connell, Brendan Fitzgerald, Brian Gannon (0-2), Pa O Sullivan (0-1), Pat Leahy, Gerard Purcell, Shane Harmon, Paul O Brien, Alan O Sullivan (0-3), Garrath Sheehan (0-2). Subs: John Sheehan (capt.) for M. Sheehan, Johnny Lynch (1-0) for P. O Brien, Dermot Murphy for G. Purcell, Enda Clifford.
Milltown/Castlemaine: Shane Daly, Liam Mangan, Denis Reardon, Kieran Burke, Danny Murphy, Jason Giles, Neilus Flynn, Martin Boyle, Mike Burke, William Harmon (0-1), Ian Twiss (1-7, 5 frees), Frank Sheehy, Laurence O Dowd, Aeneas Keane, Mark Galvin.
Ref: John Griffin (Listry).
Co. U-16 Football Championship
Laune Rangers were grouped with John Mitchels, Kilcummin, Dr. Crokes, Kerins O Rahillys, Austin Stacks and Emmett’s. Coach/Trainer/Selector – Billy O Sullivan. Selectors – Sean Moriarty and Denis Cleary.
Rd. 1 on Mon. 3rd July at Connolly Park: Austin Stacks 1-7; Laune Rangers 3-11.
Laune Rangers played with great style in that hard-fought game. Garrath Sheehan and David Marmion scored early goals. John Moriarty was a tower of strength at centre halfback. Pa Sheehan was sent off near the end of the game.
Laune Rangers: Ross Breen, Cian Foley, Eoin Ferris, Robert Moriarty, Pa Sheehan, John Moriarty (capt.), Brendan Fitzgerald, Morgan Foley, Eoin Clifford (0-1), Robert Foley (0-1), John Ahern (0-1), Jonathan Griffin (0-1), David Marmion (1-0), Garrath Sheehan (2-7), Trevor Gannon. Subs: Fergus Clifford, Kieran Leahy, Kevin Harmon, Cathal Browne and Paul Sheehan. Kevin Cahilllane missed the first few games due a broken collarbone following an incident in the farm involving a tractor.
Ref: Albert O Sullivan (Kerins O Rahillys).
Rd. 2 on Mon. 10th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 4-10; John Mitchels 1-2.
That game was played as a curtain-raiser to the Co. Senior Football Championship game versus Shannon Rangers. Laune Rangers’ backs were brilliant all through the game. The midfield pairing did its part well but some of the forwards were not up to scratch, the exceptions being Jonathan Griffin and Robert Foley.
Laune Rangers: Ross Breen, Cian Foley, Eoin Ferris, Robert Moriarty, Brendan Fitzgerald, John Moriarty, Fergus Clifford, Morgan Foley, Eoin Clifford (1-2), Robert Foley (1-1), Jonathan Griffin (0-1), Trevor Gannon (0-3), Garrath Sheehan (2-2), David Marmion (0-1). Subs: Kieran Leahy for R. Breen, Jamie Cahillane for D. Marmion, Cathal Browne for T. Gannon, Paul Sheehan and Kevin Harmon.
Rd. 3 on Mon. 17th July at Kilcummin: Kilcummin 0-9; Laune Rangers 2-1.
The underfoot conditions were atrocious and that did not suit some of the Rangers’ players, the exceptions being Eoin Ferris, John Moriarty, Brendan Fitzgerald and Eoin Clifford.
Rd. 4 on Mon. 24th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-6; Kerins O Rahillys 0-2.
Rd. 5 on Mon. 31st July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 4-10; Emmett’s 3-1.
The game was contested with championship fervour. Rangers’ best performers were Eoin Ferris, Cian Foley, John Moriarty, Morgan Foley, Eoin Clifford, John Ahern and Jonathan Griffin. Morgan Foley gave a capital performance on Noel Kennelly. As a result of that win, Rangers were on top of the county league with eight points.
Laune Rangers: Ross Breen, Cian Foley, Eoin Ferris, Robert Moriarty, Pa Sheehan, John Moriarty, Brendan Fitzgerald, Morgan Foley, Eoin Clifford, Robert Foley, John Ahern, Jonathan Griffin, Trevor Gannon, Garrath Sheehan, David Marmion. Subs: Fergus Clifford, Jamie Cahillane, Kevin Harmon, Kieran Leahy and Cathal Browne.
Ref: John Twiss (Milltown/Castlemaine).
Rd. 6 on Mon. 21st Aug. at Deerpark: Dr. Crokes 1-15; Laune Rangers 0-4.
That was a terrible performance. That Rangers’ team was inclined to blow hot and cold, despite the best efforts of Billy O Sullivan and Denis Cleary.
Laune Rangers: Kieran Leahy, Cian Foley, Eoin Ferris, Robert Moriarty, Pa Sheehan (0-2), John Moriarty, Brendan Fitzgerald, Morgan Foley, Eoin Clifford, Jonathan Griffin (0-1), John Ahern (0-1), David Marmion, Kevin Cahillane, Robert Foley, Trevor Gannon. Subs: Kevin Harmon, Ross Breen, Jamie Cahillane, Fergus Clifford, Cathal Browne. Garrath Sheehan was sick and unable to play.
Semi-final on Fri. 1st Sept. at Beaufort: Laune Rangers 4-10; Kilcummin 3-9.
Both teams were evenly matched and it was the winners’ greater discipline and perseverance, which brought them through. Eoin Ferris, Pa Sheehan and Cian Foley defended expertly. Morgan Foley and Eoin Clifford won the midfield battle. Up front, John Ahern, Trevor Gannon and Garrath Sheehan were excellent.
Laune Rangers: Kieran Leahy, Cian Foley, Eoin Ferris, Fergus Clifford, Pa Sheehan, John Moriarty, Brendan Fitzgerald, Morgan Foley, Eoin Clifford (1-0), Robert Foley (1-0), Jonathan Griffin (0-1), John Ahern (1-3), Kevin Cahillane (0-2), Garrath Sheehan (0-3), Trevor Gannon (1-1). Subs: Robert Moriarty, Jamie Cahillane, Ross Breen, Cathal Browne, Kevin Harmon, David Marmion, Paul Sheehan.
Ref: Brendan Twiss (Milltown/Castlemaine).
Final on Fri. 15th Sept. at Austin Stack Park: Listowel Emmett’s 3-11; Laune Rangers 1-9.
An inspirational display by Noel Kennelly was a crucial factor in Listowel winning its first title at that level. Emmett’s were always showing the way and two goals by Seamus Beasley, plus points by Tadhg Kennelly, Kieran O Sullivan and Maurice Carmody gave them a 2-5 to 0-1 lead after 25 minutes. Rangers’ only reply had been a point by Garrath Sheehan in the 12th minute. Then misfortune hit Emmett’s in the shape of a finger-injury to Noel Kennelly He was forced to go to the hospital and things began to change on his departure.
Laune Rangers came much more into the game at midfield, thanks to John Ahern and Morgan Foley, and points by Brendan Fitzgerald, Jonathan Griffin and Trevor Gannon left the score at 2-5 to 0-4 at halftime.
In the second half, Rangers had further points from Garrath Sheehan and John Ahern and the Listowel side’s position was being threatened in a big way. However, they managed to win back the initiative through vital points by Kieran O Sullivan and Colman Flaherty. Nevertheless, Rangers kept applying themselves with great diligence and midfielder, John Ahern, struck for a great goal in the 46th minute. That meant that Rangers were within four points and Emmetts’ position was again vulnerable.
However, Noel Kennelly returned to the scene and made an immediate impact. First, he rattled the net for a magnificent goal in the 50th minute. Rangers attacked and a shot by Garrath Sheehan beat the goalkeeper but, who was on the line to clear – Kennelly.
Laune Rangers: Ross Breen, Cian Foley, Eoin Ferris, Fergus Clifford, Pa Sheehan, John Moriarty (capt.), Brendan Fitzgerald (0-1), Morgan Foley, John Ahern (1-1), Robert Foley, David Marmion, Eoin Clifford, Jonathan Griffin (0-3), Garrath Sheehan (0-3), Trevor Gannon (0-1). Subs: Robert Moriarty, Cathal Browne, Kevin Harmon, Jamie Cahillane, Paul Sheehan and Kieran Leahy.
Ref: Dan O Sullivan (Currow).
Mid-Kerry U-16 Football Championship
Rd. 1 on Mon. 7th Aug. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 4-10; Milltown/Castlemaine 1-6.
Rangers played poorly in the first half but improved on the resumption.
Laune Rangers: Kieran Leahy, Cian Foley, Fergus Clifford, Robert Moriarty, Pa Sheehan, Eoin Ferris, Kevin Harmon, John Moriarty, Eoin Clifford, Robert Foley, John Ahern, Jonathan Griffin, Kevin Cahillane, Garrath Sheehan, Trevor Gannon. Subs: Cathal Browne and Jamie Cahillane (both played). Morgan Foley had been disciplined for non-co-operation at training. Brendan Fitzgerald was rested.
Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).
Rd. 2 on Sun. 3rd Sept. at Cromane: Cromane lost to Laune Rangers.
Semi-final on Sat. 28th Oct. at Beaufort: Laune Rangers defeated Glenbeigh/Glencar easily.
Final on Mon. 30th Oct. at Beaufort: Milltown/Castlemaine 4-6; Laune Rangers 3-7.
Rangers led with a few minutes to go but then they conceded a soft goal. They had also conceded a few easy goals prior to that but had recovered. However, the approach to the game was of gross over-confidence. The team had not trained since the county final – six weeks previously!
Laune Rangers: Kieran Leahy, Kevin Harmon, Eoin Ferris, Cian Foley, Pa Sheehan, John Morisrty (capt.), Brendan Fitzgerald, Morgan Foley, Eoin Clifford, Robert Foley, John Ahern, Kevin Cahillane, Jonathan Griffin, Garrath Sheehan, Trevor Gannon. Subs: Robert Moriarty, Fergus Clifford, Jamie Cahillane, Cathal Browne, David Marmion and Paul Sheehan.
Mid-Kerry U-16B Football Championship
Laune Rangers were obliged to name 15 ‘A’ players, who could not play in that competition. All the other teams were allowed to play their ‘A’ teams. Trainer/Coach – Jerome Conway.
Rd. 1 on Sat. 25th March at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 2-6; Cromane ‘A’ 1-4.
While Rangers had to give best to their opponents in terms of physique, they more than compensated with heart and skill. Kieran Leahy was quite safe in goals. Fergus Clifford had a ‘blinder’ at fullback, well assisted by Daniel Murphy. Brian Houlihan, though suffering from the effects of flu, cleared his lines well. At midfield, Cian Foley had the game of his life and his partner, David Marmion, was very effective. Jamie Cahillane led the attack well, with a tireless display, while Cathal Browne used his experience to good advantage. Trevor Gannon was the ideal target-man and ended the game with a personal tally of 1-2. Aidan O Connor played very well at right corner-forward.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Kieran Leahy, Brian Foley, Fergus Clifford, Daniel Murphy, Karl Falvey, Brian Houlihan, Paul Sheehan, Cian Foley, David Marmion, Cathal Browne (0-1), Jamie Cahillane (capt.) 0-1, Paul Costello (U-14), Aidan O Connor (1-1), Trevor Gannon 91-2), Kieran Woods (0-1). Subs: Brian Curran for B. Foley, Cian Evans (U-14) for P. Costello, Brian Foley for B. Houlihan (Inj.), Brian Houlihan for B. Foley.
Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).
Rd. 2 on Sat. 1st April at Keel: Keel ‘A’ 2-6; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-3.
Rangers were playing well until a goal from a penalty gave Keel confidence and thereafter they won easily.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Kieran Leahy, Paul Sheehan, Fergus Clifford, Daniel Murphy, Karl Falvey, Tom Crowley, Kevin Harmon, David Marmion, Brian Houlihan, Cathal Browne, Jamie Cahillane, Fergal Foley, Aidan O Connor (0-1), Trevor Gannon (0-2), Kieran Woods. Sub: Brian Foley for F. Foley.
Ref: Noel Spillane (Beaufort).
Rd. 3 on Wed. 12th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 4-7; Beaufort ‘A’ 1-9.
That was a most notable victory by Laune Rangers over a much-fancied Beaufort side. The players excelled themselves and they were good value for the win. Trevor Gannon, at full-forward, led the way with four goals and was ably assisted by Jamie Cahillane, Aidan O Connor and Kevin Harmon in attack, David Marmion and Brian Houlihan at midfield, and Karl Falvey, Fergus Clifford, Brian Curran and Tom Crowley in defence. Kieran Leahy kept a very safe goal.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Kieran Leahy, Paul Sheehan, Fergus Clifford, Daniel Murphy, Karl Falvey, Tom Crowley, Brian Curran, Brian Houlihan, David Marmion, Cathal Browne, Jamie Cahillane, Kevin Harmon, Aidan O Connor, Trevor Gannon, Kieran Woods. Subs: Fergal Foley for K. Woods, Brian Foley for C. Browne.
Ref: John Cahillane (Keel).
Rd. 4 on Wed. 19th April at Glenbeigh: Glenbeigh/Glencar ‘A’ 2-5; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 3-6.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Kieran Leahy, Paul Sheehan, Fergus Clifford, Daniel Murphy, Karl Falvey, Tom Crowley, Brian Curran, Robert Foley, Brian Houlihan, Cathal Browne, Kevin Harmon, Jamie Cahillane, Aidan O Connor, Trevor Gannon, Terence Houlihan. Subs: Fergal Foley and Brian Foley.
Rd. 5 on Tues. 25th April at Milltown: Milltown/Castlemaine ‘A’ 2-11; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-7.
Rangers did not play well in the first half, but improved on the resumption. Fergus Clifford and Karl Falvey defended well. David Marmion did a good containing job on William Harmon. The forwards disappointed on the night.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Kieran Leahy, Paul Sheehan, Fergus Clifford, Daniel Murphy, Karl Falvey, Tom Crowley, Brian Curran, David Marmion, Robert Foley, Cathal Browne, Jamie Cahillane, Kevin Harmon, Brian Houlihan, Trevor Gannon, Terence Houlihan. Subs: Michael McGillycuddy for P. Sheehan, Fergal Foley for D. Murphy, Brian Foley and Kieran Woods.
Ref: Noel Spillane (Beaufort).
Quarter-final on Wd. 3rd May at Cromane: Glenbeigh/Glencar ‘A’ 1-7; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-5.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Kieran Leahy, Paul Sheehan, Fergus Clifford, Daniel Murphy, Karl Falvey, Tom Crowley, Brian Curran, David Marmion, Brian Houlihan, Aidan O Connor, Jamie Cahillane, Kevin Harmon, Cathal Browne, Trevor Gannon, Terence Houlihan. Subs: Michael McGillycuddy for P. Sheehan, Fergal Foley and Brian Foley.
Tralee District-Board U-16A Football Championship Div. 1
Rd. 1 on Sun. 2nd April at Boherbue: John Mitchels 2-3; Laune Rangers 6-12.
The team, coached by Billy O Sullivan, often displayed the silken skills of the master in that game. Morgan Foley and John Ahern played splendidly at midfield.
Laune Rangers: Ross Breen, Robert Moriarty, John Moriarty (capt.), Eoin Ferris, Pa Sheehan, Cian Foley, Brendan Fitzgerald, Morgan Foley (0-1), John Ahern (0-1), Eoin Clifford (0-2), Jonathan Griffin (1-2), Robert Foley (1-0), Kevin Cahillane (3-2), Garrath Sheehan (1-3), Trevor Gannon (0-1). Subs: Fergus Clifford for C. Foley, Cathal Browne, Jamie Cahillane, David Marmion, Kieran Leahy and Paul Sheehan.
Ref: Albert O Sullivan (Kerins O Rahillys).
Rd. 2 on Sun. 9th April at Connolly Park: Austin Stacks ‘A’ 2-10; Laune Rangers ‘A’ 2-5.
Rangers performed very poorly in the first half, at the end of which they trailed by 1-1 to 2-6. They improved on the resumption and pulverised the opposition but they had left too much to make up.
Laune Rangers: Ross Breen, Robert Moriarty, Eoin Ferris, Fergus Clifford, Pa Sheehan, John Moriarty, Brendan Fitzgerald, John Ahern, Morgan Foley, Robert Foley, Jonathan Griffin, Eoin Clifford, Kevin Cahillane, Garrath Sheehan, Trevor Gannon. Subs: Jamie Cahillane, David Marmion, Cathal Browne, Kieran Leahy and Paul Sheehan.
Ref: John Hegarty (Na Gaeil).
Rd. 3 on Mon. 19th April at Strand Road: Kerins O Rahillys 2-2 ‘A’; Laune Rangers ‘A’ 9-10.
Laune Rangers: Kieran Leahy, Kevin Harmon, Eoin Ferris, Robert Moriarty, Pa Sheehan, John Moriarty, Brendan Fitzgerald, Morgan Foley, Eoin Clifford, Robert Foley, John Ahern, Jonathan Griffin, Kevin Cahillane, Garrath Sheehan, Trevor Gannon. Subs: Jamie Cahillane, Fergus Clifford, David Marmion, Cathal Browne and Paul Sheehan.
Semi-final on Sun. 23rd April at Boherbue: John Mitchels 1-6; Laune Rangers 4-11.
Laune Rangers played well against indisciplined opposition.
Laune Rangers: Kieran Leahy, Kevin Harmon, Eoin Ferris, Robert Moriarty, Pa Sheehan, John Moriarty (capt.), Brendan Fitzgerald, Morgan Foley, Eoin Clifford, Robert Foley, John Ahern (1-2), Jonathan Griffin (1-1), Kevin Cahillane (1-0), Garrath Sheehan (0-7), Trevor Gannon (0-1). Subs: David Marmion (1-0) for M. Foley, Jamie Cahillane, Fergus Clifford, Cathal Browne, Paul Sheehan.
Final on Sun. 14th May at Strand Road: Laune Rangers 6-8; Austin Stacks 0-10.
Rangers gave a display of copybook football to completely outplay Stacks in that final. Billy O Sullivan had his team in tip-top shape even though he was unable to be present due to the Mid-Kerry League Final. Their interplay was a delight to behold. Every player was a hero with Eoin Ferris, John Moriarty, Eoin Clifford, Brendan Fitzgerald, Pa Sheehan, Robert Foley, John Ahern and Garrath Sheehan particularly brilliant. That was the first time that that particular Rangers’ team had beaten Stacks. After the game, Chairman of Tralee Bord na nOg, Pat McAuliffe, presented the trophy to Rangers’ captain, John Moriarty.
Laune Rangers: Ross Breen, Cian Foley, Eoin Ferris, Robert Moriarty, Pa Sheehan, John Moriarty (capt.), Brendan Fitzgerald, Morgan Foley, Eoin Clifford (0-1), Robert Foley (1-1), John Ahern (0-2), Jonathan Griffin (1-0), Kevin Cahillane (1-1), Garrath Sheehan (2-2), Trevor Gannon (1-1). Subs: David Marmion for J. Griffin, Jamie Cahillane, Kieran Leahy, Fergus Clifford, Cathal Browne and Paul Sheehan.
Ref: Albert O Sullivan (Kerins O Rahillys).
Tralee District Board U-16 Football Championship (Div. 2)
Rd. 1 on Sun. 9th April at Castleisland: Desmonds w/o; Laune Rangers ‘B’ scr.
Only 12 players turned up at the Square and Rangers were forced to concede. There was noise!
Rd. 2 on Sun. 16th April at Ballymac: Ballymac ‘A’ 1-7; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 3-11.
Laune Rangers put in a great second half performance and showed great heart. Fergus Clifford had a stormer at fullback, with Karl Falvey and Tom Crowley, also, well to the fore. The attack was again well led by Trevor Gannon and Kevin Harmon. Despite the fact that the team was missing a few regulars, it played well.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Kieran Leahy, Paul Sheehan, Fergus Clifford, Daniel Murphy, Karl Falvey, Tom Crowley, Brian Curran, Robert Foley, Brian Houlihan, Cathal Browne, Jamie Cahillane, Kevin Harmon, Aidan O Connor, Trevor Gannon, Terence Houlihan. Subs: None.
Rd. 3 on Fri. 5th May at Killeen: Na Gaeil ‘A’ 2-9; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-7.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Kieran Leahy, Paul Sheehan, Fergus Clifford, Daniel Murphy, Karl Falvey, Brendan Fitzgerald, Brian Curran, David Marmion, Brian Houlihan, Cathal Browne (0-1), Jamie Cahillane (0-1), Kevin Harmon (0-1), Kieran Woods, Michael McGillycuddy (0-2), Trevor Gannon (1-2). Sub: Brian Foley for D. Murphy.
Rd. 4 on Sun. 7th May at Churchill: Churchill ‘A’ 0-3; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 4-9.
Laune Rangers ‘B’: Kieran Leahy (1-0, pen.), Paul Sheehan, Fergus Clifford, Brian Foley, Karl Falvey (0-1), Cian Foley, Brian Curran, David Marmion, Brian Houlihan, Aidan O Connor, Jamie Cahillane (capt.), Kevin Harmon (0-1), Cathal Browne, Michael McGillycuddy (2-3), Trevor Gannon (1-3). Subs: Fergal Foley for P. Sheehan, Kieran Woods (0-1) for T. Gannon, Paul Sheehan for K. Harmon.
Quarter-final on Fri. 12th May at Connolly Park: Ballymac ‘A’ 4-6; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 3-5.
Laune Rangers began the game in great style and had two points on the board within the first five minutes. Trevor Gannon then added a goal. However, thereafter, they squandered many chances of scores and allowed the opposition back into the game. As a consequence of that, Rangers were four points in arrears at halftime. They played much better in the second half and were unlucky on a few occasions. Ballymac’s centre half-forward did most of the scoring, even though Cian Foley coped better with him as the game wore on.
Laune Rangers: Kieran Leahy, Paul Sheehan, Fergus Clifford, Brian Foley, Karl Falvey, Cian Foley, Tom Crowley, David Marmion, Brian Houlihan, Aidan O Connor, Jamie Cahillane, Robert Foley, Cathal Browne, Michael McGillycuddy, Trevor Gannon. Subs: Kieran Woods for P. Sheehan, Fergal Foley, Daniel Murphy.
Ref: John Hegarty (John Mitchels).
Co. U-15 Football Championship
That was a knock-out competition.
Rd. 1 on Fri. 29th Sept. at Ballyduff: Ballyduff beat Laune Rangers.
Rangers got their game together in the second half and hauled back a three-goal deficit, losing out by four points in the end. Michael McGillycuddy gave an outstanding performance at centre halfback. Others to impress were Cian Foley, Trevor Gannon, Brian Curran, Geoffrey O Mahony, John Ahern, Eoin Clifford, Robert Foley, Jonathan Griffin and David Marmion.
Co. U-14 Football Championship
Trainer/Coach – Noel O Mahony. Selector – Jerry Foley.
Rd. 1 on Mon. 3rd April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 0-3; Austin Stacks 3-7.
A talented Stacks team controlled the game and ran out worthy winners. Fergal O Donoghue made a few great saves in goals, while Paul Costello, Patrick Crowley, Paul J. Browne and Cian Evans defended stoutly.
Rd. 2 on Mon. 10th April at Strand Road: Kerins O Rahillys 5-7; Laune Rangers 3-6.
Laune Rangers led at halftime due to some well-taken goals by Thomas McGillycuddy, Daniel Moriarty and Seamus Galvin, who had an outstanding game. The fact that six of the team had played with the ISK earlier in the day contributed to a second-half fade-out.
Laune Rangers: Fergal O Donoghue, Patrick Crowley, Paul Costello, Paul James Browne, Conor Falvey, Fergus O Riordan, Geoffrey O Mahony, Cian Evans, Harry Bawden, Seamus Galvin, Thomas McGillycuddy, Daniel Moriarty, John E. Murphy, Robert Coffey, Noel Lynch. Subs: William Byrne, Barry O Sullivan, Andrew O Regan, Declan O Shea, Garrett O Reilly, John O Sullivan (twin), Gerard O Sullivan (twin) and Patrick Clifford.
Rd. 3 on Mon. 17th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-5; Kilcummin 1-4.
Rd. 4 on Mon. 24th April at Killarney: Dr. Crokes 2-3; Laune Rangers 3-6.
Laune Rangers: Fergal O Donoghue, William Byrne, Geoffrey O Mahony, Fergus O Riordan, Patrick Crowley, Paul Costello, Conor Falvey, Cian Evans, Seamus Galvin, Paul J. Browne, Harry Bawden, Daniel Moriarty, Noel Lynch, Thomas McGillycuddy, Andrew O Regan. Subs: Robert Coffey, John O Sullivan, Gerard O Sullivan, Garrett O Reilly.
Rd. 5 on Mon. 1st May at Boherbue: John Mitchels 1-3; Laune Rangers 3-4.
Semi-final on Sun. 14th May at Beaufort: Dr. Crokes 1-8; Laune Rangers 1-4.
Rangers played very well in the first half and some great scores by Noel Lynch and Cian Evans put them into the lead at halftime. Dr. Crokes improved in the second half and, in the end, were deserving winners. Rangers’ cause was not helped by the fact that two of their best players, Patrick Crowley and Seamus Galvin were injured and unable to play.
Laune Rangers: Fergal O Donoghue, Colm Leahy, Geoffrey O Mahony, Paul James Browne, Conor Falvey, Paul Costello, Fergus O Riordan, Cian Evans, Thomas McGillycuddy, Noel Lynch, Harry Bawden, Daniel Moriarty, Andrew O Regan, William Byrne, Barry O Sullivan. Subs; Robert Coffey, Patrick Clifford, John and Gerard O Sullivan (twins).
Co. U-14B Football Championship
Coach – Jerry Coffey. Selectors – Brian O Shea and Joe Healy.
Mon. 17th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 3-7; John Mitchels ‘B’ 1-1.
The Laune Rangers’ backs showed great determination in defending against a strong wind in the first half and the team ran out easy winners in the second half. Best for Rangers were Connie Murphy, Brendan Daly, Colm Leahy, Damien Harmon, Harry Bawden, Andrew O Regan, Noel Lynch, Paul O Connor, Robert Coffey and Declan O Shea.
Sun. 7th May (final round): Laune Rangers ‘B’ 5-13; Keel ‘B’ 1-1.
Best for Laune Rangers were Connie Murphy, Gerard O Sullivan, Colm Leahy, Barry O Sullivan, Harry Bawden, Andrew O Regan and William Byrne.
Final on Sat. 30th Sept. at Milltown: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 7-7; Austin Stacks ‘B’ 4-3.
A very spirited Laune Rangers team played against the breeze in the first half. Great defensive work by the backs, particularly Darren O Riordan, Garrett O Reilly and Damien Harmon and great attacking football by midfielders Barry O Sullivan and Vincent Griffin enabled the forwards to get a good supply of the ball. The possession was turned to good use with William Byrne and Harry Bawden scoring early goals, followed by some good long-range points, allowing them a two-point lead at halftime.
Playing with the wind in the second half, Noel Lynch showed some great skill on the ball setting up several attacks resulting in further goals from Harry Bawden (2), William Byrne, Robert Coffey and Andrew O Regan.
Mid-Kerry U-14B Football Championship
Laune Rangers had to name 15 players who would be ineligible to play in that competition. Laune Rangers ‘B’ team had to play all the other clubs’ ‘A’ teams.
Rd. 1 on Wed. 10th May: Milltown/Castlemaine ‘A’ 3-10; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-0.
Milltown/Castlemaine were by far physically stronger. Best for Laune Rangers were James Clifford, Patrick Murphy, Damien Harmon, Noel Lynch, Eoin Joy and Paul O Connor.
Rd. 2 on Wed. 17th May: Cromane ‘A’ 1-9; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-2.
Rd. 3 on Wed. 31st May: Keel ‘A’ 4-4; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 2-9.
Best for the Rangers in a very exciting game were Gerard O Sullivan, Connie Murphy, Colm Leahy, Brendan Daly, Patrick Murphy, Harry Bawden, Noel Lynch, Vincent Griffin, Robert Coffey and Padraig Clifford.
Co. U-12 Football Championship
The team at the top of the league after the preliminary rounds was declared the winner – there was no final. The mentors commenced skill training with the players on Sunday 12th March in the Sports Complex.
Coach/Trainer – James Ferris. Selectors – Jimmy Hayes, Eamonn Crowley and Michael Ahern.
Rd. 1 on Mon. 15th May: Laune Rangers 0-9; Austin Stacks 1-5.
Rangers played very well and kept Stacks scoreless in the first half, while points by Mark Healy, Denis Russell, Colin O Connor and Sean Evans gave them an interval lead of 0-5. They allowed Stacks back in the game on the resumption and with only minutes left, Stacks were only two points in arrears. They charged through for a goal but Shane Clifford made a tremendous save to deny them. Laune Rangers’ backs Darren O Riordan, James Hayes, Caoilte Gallagher, Aidan Lynch, Alan Murphy and Ross Sheehan played outstanding football and kept the Stacks’ forwards under wraps. Sean Evans played a leader’s role at midfield. Denis Russell and Mark Healy played particularly well in the forward line.
Laune Rangers: Shane Clifford, Darren O Riordan, James Hayes, Caoilte Gallagher, Aidan Lynch, Alan Murphy, Ross Sheehan, Seamus Foley, Sean Evans, Dermot Houlihan, Michael Doyle, Denis Russell, Keith O Connor, Mark Healy, Colin O Connor. Subs: Niall Looney, Peter Slattery, Maurice Foley and Dermot Galvin.
Rd. 2 on Mon. 22nd May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 7-19; Dr. Crokes 0-4.
Rd. 3 on Mon. 29th May: Laune Rangers 3-13; Kilcummin 3-6.
Mon. 12th June at Strand Road: Kerins O Rahillys 1-5; Laune Rangers 3-12.
As Laune Rangers had been unbeaten in the competition, they were the Co. Champions. There had been no final in that competition for a number of years and Laune Rangers had been runners-up to Austin Stacks in the previous two years.
James Hayes was very sound at fullback and the O Rahillys’ forward found it very difficult to penetrate the halfback line of Aidan Lynch, Alan Murphy and Ross Sheehan. The midfield pairing of Sean Evans and Seamus Foley, though being smaller than their opponents, won everything and played with extraordinary determination. The captain, Sean Evans, did his club proud and, after three years playing at U-12, deserved the honour of taking home the trophy. The forwards were outstanding and played some class football. Their teamwork and skill did their mentors proud. Full-forward Jonathan McCarthy, with a tally of 3-2, had another great game. His catching and direct kicking were excellent.
Laune Rangers: Shane Clifford, Darren O Riordan, James Hayes, Caoilte Gallagher, Aidan Lynch, Alan Murphy, Ross Sheehan, Seamus Foley, Sean Evans (capt.), Mark Healy, Michael Doyle, Denis Russell, Colin O Connor, Jonathan McCarthy, Dermot Houlihan. Subs: Niall Looney, Keith O Connor, David Coffey, Peter Slattery and Maurice Foley.
Mid-Kerry U-12 Football Championship
Rd. 1 on Mon. 26th June: Laune Rangers 2-9; Beaufort 0-3.
Rd. 2 on Mon. 3rd July: Keel 3-4; Laune Rangers 2-10.
Rd. 3 on Mon. 10th July: Laune Rangers 6-13; Cromane 0-0
Rd. 4 on Mon. 17th July: Laune Rangers 5-10; Milltown/Castlemaine 0-1.
Semi-final on Sun. 30th July: Laune Rangers 3-15; Keel 0-2.
Final on Sun. 6th Aug. at Milltown: Laune Rangers 1-10; Beaufort 0-8.
Laune Rangers: Shane Clifford, Darren O Riordan, James Hayes, Muiris Crowley, Aidan Lynch, Alan Murphy, Ross Sheehan, Sean Evans, Seamus Foley, Denis Russell, Mark Healy (capt.), Michael Doyle, Dermot Houlihan, Jonathan McCarthy, Keith O Connor. Subs: Francis Russell, Colin O Connor, David Coffey, Peter Slattery and Niall Looney.
Co. Cumann na mBunscol Div. 2
Final on Sat. 2nd Dec. at Connoly Park, Tralee: Scoil Mhuire 3-15; Ardfert 0-5.
That was fine display of fast, competent, attacking football. The team had improved from the beginning of the school year. Noel Joy was very sound in goals. James Hayes was outstanding at fullback – his anticipation and fielding were a joy to watch. Ross Sheehan was very commanding at centre halfback. The midfielders, Mark Healy and Seamus Foley, were like workaholics and provided a great supply of ball to the forwards where Michael Doyle, Jonathan McCarthy and the flying Colin O Connor were best.
Scoil Mhuire: Noel Joy (goal), Shane Clifford, James Hayes, Tim O Regan, Sean Kirschoffer, Ross Sheehan, Muiris Crowley, Sean Foley, Mark Healy (capt.), Francis Russell, Michael Doyle, Colin O Connor, Niall Looney, Jonathan McCarthy, Keith O Connor. Subs: Peter Slattery, Niall O Mahony, David Coffey, Barry Woods, Timmy O Sullivan, Trevor West, Andrew Tattershall, Michael Foley.
Mid-Kerry Primary Schools
Rd. 1 on 12th May at Killorglin: Scoil Mhuire ‘A’ Scoil Mhuire ‘B’
Rd. 2 on 19th May at Killorglin: Scoil Mhuire ‘B’ Milltown Monastery.
at Beaufort: Cullina Scoil Mhuire ‘A’.
Rd. 3 on 25th May at Beaufort: Cullina Scoil Mhuire ‘B’.
At Killorglin: Scoil Mhuire ‘A’ Milltown Monastery.
Scoil Mhuire ‘A’: Thomas McGillycuddy (capt,), William Byrne, Conor Falvey, Mark Healy, Michael McCaffrey, Darren O Riordan, Colin Mangan, Eoin Joy, Brendan Daly, Keith O Connor, Michael O Sullivan (Iveragh Park), Daniel O Connor, Seamus Curran, Patrick Kelliher, Ivan Moriarty, Niall O Mahony, Muiris Crowley, Sean Kirschoffer, Teddy Griffin, Michael Foley, Ian Moroney.
Scoil Mhuire ‘B’: Barry O Sullivan (capt.), Sean Evans, Damien Harmon, Seamus Foley, Denis Russell, Ross Sheehan, Caoilte Gallagher, Noel Joy (goals), Tim O Regan, Vincent O Connor, Gerard o Sullivan (Glenashe), Peter Slattery, James Clifford (Laharn), Cathal Foley, James Hayes, David Coffey, Niall Looney, Paul O Shea, Jonathan McCarthy, Pascal O Brien, Michael Mangan, Michael Murphy.
Rd. 1 on 5th May at Killorglin: Glounaguillagh Glenbeigh.
Rd. 2 on 12th May at Cromane: Cromane Caragh Lake.
Rd. 3 on 19th May at Keel: Castledrum Glounaguillagh.
Rd. 4 on 26th May at Killorglin: Glounaguillagh Castlemaine.
Rd. 5 on 2nd June at Beaufort: Kilgobnet Glounaguillagh.
Final on 18th June at Keel: Cromane Douglas.
Munster Colleges SFC (Corn Uí Mhuirí) 1994/’95
Quarter-final on Wed. 1st March at Charleville: Intermediate School 0-9; St. Michael’s, Listowel, 1-5.
Scorers for Intermediate School were MF Russell 0-3, Shane Harmon 0-1, Eanna O Malley (0-1), Mike Kelliher (0-1), Fiachra O Donoghue (0-1), Rory McGrath (0-1), Pa o Sullivan (0-1).
Semi-final on Thurs 16th March at Austin Stack Park: St. Brendan’s, Killarney 1-8; Intermediate School 0-6.
Best for Killorglin were John Sheehan, Fergal O Brien, Rory McGrath, Mike F. Russell, Eanna O Malley, Pa O Sullivan and Brian Gannon.
Intermediate School (Laune Rangers except where stated): Pat Healy (Glenbeigh), Eoin O Connell, John Sheehan, Joe Hayes, John O Sullivan, Fergal O Brien, Shane Harmon, Rory McGrath (Beaufort) 0-1, Johnny Lynch, Eanna O Malley (Beaufort), Michael Kelliher (do), Mike F. Russell (0-3, 2 frees), Brian Gannon (0-1), Pa O Sullivan (0-1), Pat Leahy. Sub: Fiachra O Donoghue for P. Leahy.
Kerry Vocational Schools SFC 1994/’95
Final on Sun. 19th March at Fitzgerald Stadium: Rathmore C.C. 2-10; Killorglin C.C. 1-10.
Killorglin C.C: Shane Daly (Milltown/Castlemaine), Niall Corbett (Firies), John Joe Quirke (Glenbeigh), Derek O Connor (Keel), Pa Murphy (Glenbeigh), John Hilliard (Keel) 0-1, Jason Giles (Milltown/Castlemaine), Gary O Sullivan (Glenbeigh), Denis Sheahan (do.), Gene O Riordan (do.) 0-1, Billy O Shea (Keel) 1-4, 2 frees, Kieran Foley (do.), Michael Quirke (Listry) 0-1, Alan O Sullivan (Laune Rangers), Cormac Foley (Firies) 0-3, 2 frees.
Kerry Colleges Senior Football Championship (O Sullivan Cup) 1995/’96
Final on Wed. 20th Dec. at Austin Stack Park: Intermediate School 5-15, St. Michael’s 1-9.
Intermediate School: Pat Healy (Glenbeigh), Jimmy Doyle (Beaufort), Eoin O Connell, Ryan Kinnerk (Killarney), John Moriarty, John Sheehan, Eanna O Malley (Beaufort), Pa O Sullivan, Johnny Lynch, Shane Harmon, Mike Kelliher (Beaufort), Pat Leahy, Brian Gannon, Mike F. Russell (capt.), John O Connor. Subs: Garrath Sheehan for J. O Connor, Tim Scannell (Listry) for S. Harmon, Brendan Fitzgerald for J. Moriarty.
Munster U-16 Football Championship
South-Kerry Selection Committee – Tim Coffey (Beaufort), Patrick O Sullivan (Dr. Crokes), Michael Price (Kemare), Denny Doolin (Spa), Peadar O Shea (St. Michael’s).
Rd. 1 on Sat. 4th Nov: South-Kerry defeated Clare.
Semi-final on Sat. 4th Nov: South-Kerry defeated Cork City.
Final on Sun. 19th Nov. at Páirc Uí Rinn: Kerry South 0-14; Cork County 0-10.
Kerry South: Paul Russell (Spa), Edmond Hussey (Kenmare), Jimmy Doyle (Beaufort), Adrian Hegarty (Legion), Denis O Neill (do.), Adrian O Donoghue (Dr. Crokes), Brendan Fitzgerald (Laune Rangers), John Sugrue (Renard) 0-2, William Harmon (Milltown/Castlemaine) capt. 0-4, Brian Hickey (Skellig Rangers) 0-1, Sean Hegarty (Legion), Jonathan Sparling (Dr. Crokes) 0-4, Brendan Galvin (St. Michael’s), Bernard O Connor (St. Mary’s) 0-2, Garrath Sheehan (Laune Rangers) 0-1. Subs: Kevin Healy (Legion) for A. Hegarty, John Moriarty (Laune Rangers) for E. Hussey, James Lynch (Dr. Crokes) for B. Galvin.
Munster Minor Football Championship
Selection Committee – Charlie Nelligan (Desmonds) trainer, Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Sean Walsh (Moyvane), Derry Crowley (Glenflesk) and Junior Murphy (St. Mary’s).
Semi-final on Fri. 14th July at Austin Stack Park: Kerry 1-7; Cork 0-10.
John Sheehan, at fullback, had a brilliant hour.
Kerry: David Moloney (Dr. Crokes), John O Sullivan (Laune Rangers), John Sheehan (do.), Mossy Lyons (Desmonds), Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge), Gary O Sullivan (Glenbeigh), Kieran O Sullivan (Dromid), Johnny Lynch (Laune Rangers) 0-1, Liam Murphy (Gneeveguilla) 0-1, Liam Brosnan (Currow) capt., Jerry Lynch (Austin Stacks) 0-1, Mike F. Russell (Laune Rangers) 0-4, 2 frees, Pa O Sullivan (do.) 0-1, Brian Scanlon (Emmett’s). Subs; Pat Costello (Austin Stacks) 0-2 for B. Scanlon, Michael Lynch (Dr. Crokes) for L. Murphy, Philip Lynch (Ballymac) for L. Brosnan, Fergal O Brien (Laune Rangers), Alan Doran (St. Senan’s), David Heasman (Castlegregory), Sean Mac an tSíthigh (Gaeltacht), Bernard Murphy (Waterville), Anthony Evans (Keel).
Semi-final (replay) on Tues. 18th July at Páirc Uí Chaoimh: Cork 0-12; Kerry 0-7.
Kerry: David Moloney, John O Sullivan, John Sheehan, Mossy Lyons, Tomás Ó Sé, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Gary O Sullivan, Kieran O Sullivan, Johnny Lynch, Mike F. Russell (0-5, frees), Jerry Lynch (0-1), Liam Murphy, Pa O Sullivan, Alan Doran, Liam Brosnan (0-1). Subs: Philip Lynch for A. Doran, Seán Mac an tSíthigh for K. O Sullivan, Pat Costello for J. Lynch, Fergal O Brien, David Heasman, Bernard Murphy, Anthony Evans, Cathal Naughton (Austin Stacks).
Munster/All-Ireland U-21 Football Championship
Selection Committee – Páidí Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Seamus Mac Gearailt (do), Johnny Culloty (Legion), Bernie O Callaghan (Beale), Jack O Connor (Dromid).
Rd. 1 on Wed. 12th April at Ennis: Clare 0-7; Kerry 1-13.
Kerry: Sean O Shea (Gaeltacht), Killian Burns (Sneem), Brian McCarthy (Dr. Crokes), Barry O Shea (Kerins O Rahillys), Mike Hassett (Laune Rangers), Niall Mangan (Kilcummin), Eoin O Doherty (Rathmore), Dara Ó Sé (Gaeltacht), Donal Daly (Firies), Denis O Dwyer (Waterville), Mark Moynihan (Annascaul), John Crowley (Glenflesk) 0-2, James O Shea (Foilmore) 0-1, Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers) 1-1, Dara Ó Cinnéide (Gaeltacht) 0-8, 7 frees. Subs; Denis Dennehy (Currow) 0-1 for M. Moynihan, William Kirby (Austin Stacks) for D. Daly, Jack Ferriter (Dingle) for J. O Shea.
Semi-final on Wed. 19th April at Askeaton: Limerick 2-5; Kerry 4-17.
Kerry: Sean O Shea, Killian Burns, Brian McCarthy, Barry O Shea, Chris Drummond (Sneem), Niall Mangan, Eoin O Doherty, Dara Ó Sé (0-1), Donal Daly, Denis O Dwyer (0-3), Mark Moynihan (1-2), John Crowley (0-3), James O Shea (0-2), Liam Hassett, Dara Ó Cinnéide (2-6). Subs: Jack Ferriter (1-0) for D. Ó Cinnéide, Denis Dennehy for J. Crowley. Mike Hassett was injured.
Final on Sat. 6th May at Fitzgerald Stadium: Kerry 1-21; Waterford 2-5.
The sparkling exhibition from full-forward Liam Hassett was most refreshing. Working hard and making himself available all through, he kicked some fine scores with either foot, showed some good ball-carrying skills and laid off possession rather superbly at times.
Kerry: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Cillian Burn, Brian McCarthy, Barry O Shea, Mike Hassett (0-2), Niall Mangan, Eoin O Doherty, Dara Ó Sé, Donal Daly, Denis O Dwyer (capt.) 0-2, Mark Moynihan (0-1), John Crowley (0-3), James O Shea (0-1), Liam Hassett (0-2), Dara Ó Cinnéide (1-9, 5 frees). Subs: Chris Drummond for E. O Doherty, Jack Ferriter for M. Moynihan, Denis Dennehy (0-1) for J. O Shea, William Kirby, Alan O Brien (Duagh), Anthony Morris (Spa), Sean O mahony (Castlegregory).
All-Ireland Semi-final on Sun. 6th Aug. at Tuam: Kerry 2-6; Donegal 1-5.
Kerry: Diarmuid Murphy, Killian Burns, Brian McCarthy, Barry O Shea, Mike Hassett, Niall Mangan, Charlie McCarthy, Dara Ó Sé, Donal Daly, Jack Ferriter (0-1), Mark Moynihan (0-1), John Crowley (0-2), Denis Dennehy, Liam Hassett (2-0), Dara Ó Cinnéide (0-2, 1 free , one 45). Subs: William Kirby for D. Dennehy, John Brennan for J. Ferriter.
All-Ireland Final on Sun. 27th Aug. at Tullamore: Kerry 2-12; Mayo 3-9.
Kerry: Diarmuid Murphy, Killian Burns, Brian McCarthy, Barry O Shea, Mike Hassett, Niall Mangan, Charlie McCarthy, Dara Ó Sé, Donal Daly (0-1), Denis O Dwyer (1-2), Mark Moynihan (0-2), John Crowley (0-1), Jack Ferriter (0-2), Liam Hassett (0-1), Dara Ó Cinnéide (1-3, 3 frees). Sub: William Kirby for D. Ó Sé.
Final replay on Sun. 10th Sept. at Thurles: Kerry 3-10; Mayo 1-12.
Kerry: Diarmuid Murphy, Killian Burns, Brian McCarthy, Barry O Shea, Mike Hassett, Niall Mangan, Charlie McCarthy, Dara Ó Sé (0-2), Donal Daly, Denis O Dwyer (0-2), Mark Moynihan (0-1), John Crowley, Jack Ferriter (1-1), Liam Hassett (1-0), Dara Ó Cinnéide (1-3, 2 frees). Subs: Kieran O Driscoll for B. O Shea, Chris Drummond for N. Mangan, Denis Dennehy (0-1) for D. O Dwyer.
Munster Senior Football Championship
Manager – Ogie Moran (Beale), Selectors – Johnny Mulvihill (Moyvane), Eamonn Fitzgerald (Dr. Crokes), Pat O Shea (Cromane), Sean Walsh (Kerins O Rahillys).
Rd. 1 on Sun. 28th May at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick: Limerick 0-8; Kerry 3-17.
Kerry: Peter O Leary, Mike Hassett, Anthony Gleeson, Barry O Shea, Seamus Moynihan, Bernard McElligott, Eamonn Breen, Liam O Flaherty, Conor Kearney, Bingo Driscoll (0-1), Darren Ahern (capt.) 1-1, John Crowley (0-1), Billy O Shea (0-1), Maurice Fitzgerald (2-10, 8 frees and 1 sideline kick), Dara Ó Cinnéide (0-2). Subs: Dara Ó Sé (0-1) for C. Kearney (at halftime), Morgan Nix for E. Breen.
Semi-final on Sun. 25th June at Tralee: Kerry 7-12; Tipperary 1-13.
Kerry: Peter O Brien, Barry O Shea, Anthony Gleeson (capt.), Mike Hassett, Seamus Moynihan, Sean Burke, Eamonn Breen (0-2), Liam O Flaherty, Dara Ó Sé, Bingo Driscoll (1-0), Liam Hassett (1-2), John Crowley (2-1), Billy O Shea, Maurice Fitzgerald (2-6, 3 frees), Dara Ó Cinnéide (1-0). Subs: Geni Farrell (0-1) for D. Ó Sé, Morgan Nix for A. Gleeson, Conor Kearney, Darren Ahern, Bernard McElligott, Pa Dennehy, Sean Geaney and Niall Mangan.
Final on Sun. 23rd July at Killarney: Kerry 1-9; Cork 0-15.
Kerry: Peter O Brien, Mike Hassett (0-1), Sean Burke, Morgan Nix (capt.), Dara Ó Cinnéide, Seamus Moynihan, Eamonn Breen (1-0), Conor Kearney, Liam O Flaherty, Bingo Driscoll (0-1), Liam Hassett, John Crowley, Billy O Shea, Maurice Fitzgerald (0-4, 3 frees), Geni Farrell (0-2). Subs: Pa Dennehy (0-1) for J. Crowley, Dara O Shea for C. Kearney (63 min.), Anthony Gleeson for M. Hassett (66 mins.),Barry O Shea, Darren Aherne, Peter O Leary, Sean Geaney, Charlie McCarthy, Ken Savage.
Rd. 5 on Sun. 19th Feb. at Navan: Meath 0-13; Kerry 0-7.
Kerry: Peter O Leary, Mike Hassett, Liam O Flaherty, Morgan Nix, Billy O Shea, Sean Burke, Eamonn Breen, Conor Kearney, Dara Ó Sé, John Crowley (0-1), Seamus Moynihan, Bingo Driscoll, Conor O Donnell (0-2), Geni Farrell (0-1), Dara Ó Cinnéide (0-3, frees). Subs: Connie Murphy for J. Crowley, Cormac Kennedy for C. O Donnell, Gerard Murphy.
Rd. 6 on Sun. 5th March at Fitzgerald Stadium: Kerry 0-8; Laois 1-9.
Kerry: Peter O Leary, Mike Hassett, Anthony Gleeson, Morgan Nix, Seamus Moynihan, Sean Burke, Eamonn Breen, Conor Kearney, Liam O Flaherty (0-1), Dara Ó Cinnéide (0-3, frees), Dara Ó Sé, Billy O Shea (0-1), Conor O Donnell (0-1), Geni Farrell, Bingo Driscoll (0-1). Subs: Connie Murphy (0-1) for D. Ó Sé, John Crowley for G. Farrell, Cormac Kennedy for C.O Donnell, Gerard Murphy, Ken Savage, Kieran Scanlon, Peter O Brien, Roland Neher, Donal Daly.
Rd. 7 on Sun. 19th March at Ballyshannon: Donegal 0-10; Kerry 0-14.
Kerry: Peter O Leary, Eamonn Breen, Anthony Gleeson, Morgan Nix, Seamus Moynihan (0-2), Sean Burke, Mike Hassett, Liam O Flaherty (0-4), Dara Ó Sé, John Crowley, Connie Murphy, Dara Ó Cinnéide (0-3, 2 frees), Billy O Shea (0-4), Cormac Kennedy, Bingo Driscoll. Subs: Geni Farrell (0-1) for C. Kennedy, Conor Kearney, Gerard Murphy.
Play-off on Sun. 26th March at Tuam: Kerry 1-10; Donegal 1-8.
Kerry: Peter O Brien, Eamonn Breen, Sean Burke, Morgan Nix, Kieran Scanlon, Seamus Moynihan, Mike Hassett, Conor Kearney, Dara Ó Sé (0-2), John Crowley (0-1), Connie Murphy, Dara Ó Cinnéide (0-5, 3 fees, two 45’s), Billy O Shea (1-1), Cormac Kennedy (capt.), Bingo Driscoll. Subs: Geni Farrell (0-1) for C. Murphy, Conor O Donnell for K. Scanlon.
Quarter-final on Sun. 16th April at Croke Park: Tyrone 3-7; Kerry 0-10.
Kerry: Peter O Brien, Eamonn Breen (0-1), Anthony Gleeson, Morgan Nix, Kieran Scanlon, Sean Burke, Seamus Moynihan (0-1), Liam O Flaherty, Dara Ó Sé (0-2), John Crowley, Connie Murphy, Dara Ó Cinnéide (0-2, frees), Billy O Shea (0-1), Cormac Kennedy, Geni Farrell (0-1). Subs: Maurice Fitzgerald (0-1) for C. Murphy, Sean Geaney for C. Kennedy, Bingo Driscoll (0-1) for J. Crowley, Conor Kearney. Mike Hassett was injured.
Rd. 1 on Sun. 15th Oct. at Tralee: Kildare 0-11; Kerry 0-8.
Kerry: Peter O Leary, Johnny O Driscoll, Sean Burke, Morgan Nix, Billy O Shea (capt.), Mike Hassett (0-1), Eamonn Breen, Dara Ó Sé, Seamus Moynihan, Bingo Driscoll (0-1), John Crowley (0-2), Timmy Fleming (0-2, 1 free), Geni Farrell, Liam Hassett, Dara Ó Cinnéide.
Rd. 2 on Sun. 29th Oct. at Ballinascreen: Derry 0-7; Kerry 2-15.
Kerry: Peter O Leary, Johnny O Driscoll, Sean Burke, Morgan Nix, Stephen Stack, Tommy Byrne, Eamonn Breen, Seamus Moynihan (1-1), Dara Ó Sé (0-1), Bingo Driscoll, Billy O Shea (capt.) 0-2, John Crowley (0-1), Sean Geaney (1-1), Geni Farrell (0-3), Dara Ó Cinnéide (0-6, 3 frees). Subs: Jack Ferriter for S. Geaney, Anthony Gleeson for B. Driscoll, William Kirby for S. Moynihan. Laune Rangers had withdrawn the services of Mike and Liam Hassett, as they were playing the Co. U-21 Championship on the following day.
Railway Cup (Football)
Semi-final on Sun. 5th Feb. at Newbridge: Leinster 3-14; Munster 1-9.
Munster: Peter O Leary (Kerry), Mark Farr (Cork), Niall Cahillane (do), Mike Hassett (Kerry), Seamus Moynihan (do), JJ Rouine (Clare), T. Macken (Tipperary), Larry Thompkins (Cork), B. Burke (Tipperary), Joe Kavanagh (Cork), Billy O Shea (Kerry), Francis McInerney (Clare), Peter Lambert (Tipperary), John O Driscoll (Cork), Colin Corkery (do). Subs: Liam O Flaherty (Kerry) for M. Farr, D. Fitzgibbon (Limerick) for J. O Driscoll, Geni Farrell (Kerry) for P. Lambert.
Jack Boothman, Cill Manntáin, was Uachtarán CLG. Congress was held in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin on 9th April. Motions passed, as follows: 1) An exclusion zone would be marked, so that players taking penalties would not be impeded. 2) Frees in football could be taken from the ground as well as from the hand. James Coffey was a member of the Kerry delegation to Congress.
Munster Convention was held in the Silver Springs Hotel, Cork, on 25th February. Tom Boland (Luimneach) was Chairman, Donie Nealon (Tiobrad Árainn) was Secretary and Declan Moylan (Luimneach) was Treasurer.
Kerry Co. Convention was held in the Earl of Desmond Hotel, Tralee on Fri. 9th Dec. 1994. The following officers were elected: President – Mícheál Ó Ruairc, Chairman – Sean Kelly, Vice-Chairman – Liam Cotter, Secretary – Tony O Keeffe, Joint-Treasurers – James Coffey and John McMahon, Central Council Delegate – Gerald McKenna, Munster Council Delegates – Dave Geaney and Teddy O Sullivan, PRO – Eamonn O Sullivan, Development Officer – Sean Walsh, Oifigeach Cultúra – Diarmuid Ó Murchú, Youth Officer – Joe Langan (134 votes), Michael McCarthy (63 votes).
Co. Senior Football Selection Committee (appointed in September 1994): Ogie Moran, Pat O Shea, Johnny Mulvihill, Eamonn Fitzgerald (Dr. Crokes) and Sean Walsh (Kerins O Rahillys).
Pat Lynch was appointed onto the Co. GPC and James Coffey onto the Co. Finance Committee.
At the Co. Board meeting on Mon. 12th June a Sub-Committee was set to examine the size of District Boards and to examine Co. Championship structures. The sub-committee consisted of P.J. McIntyre (Chairman), Jerome Conway (Secretary), Bernie O Callaghan (North-Kerry), John Kelly (East-Kerry), Justin Brosnan (St. Brendan’s), Liam Ó Rócháin (Gaeltacht), Donie Sheehan (Dr. Crokes), Paul Scanlon (Dingle), Maurice O Mahony (Ballydonoghue) and Tony O Keeffe.
At the Co. Board meeting on Mon. 11th July, it was recommended by Munster Council that the original agreement between Laune Rangers and Cromane, which had been brokered by the Munster Council, was still in place and had not been changed, except that a juvenile player who had begun to play with Cromane could continue to play adult football with that club. John Clifford proposed that the recommendation be accepted and Pat Lynch seconded. The Cromane delegate objected but the recommendation was accepted by the committee.
The Annual Convention of Kerry Co. Bord na nOg was held on Tues. 24th Jan. The following officers were elected: President – Sylvie Mason, Chairman – Dan Kelliher, Vice-Chairman – Bro. John Guinane, Secretary/PRO – Willie O Connor, Treasurers – Liam Moriarty and Con Griffin, Registrar – Liam Ó Rócháin, Hurling Officer – John Canty, Football Fixtures Secretaries – U-12 (John Linehan), U-14 (Christy Walsh), U-15 (Der Flynn), U-16 (Johnny Brosnan), Hurling (Paudie County). Referees’ Secretary – John Clifford (Cordal). It was decided (having been introduced for Féile Peile na nOg) that all U-14 games would continue to be played on a full-size pitch.
The Annual Convention of the Mid-Kerry Board was held. The following officers were elected: Chairman – Michael McCarthy (Milltown/Castlemaine), Vice-Chairman – John Dowling (Keel), Secretary – Peter Twiss, Treasurers – Edward Stack, Dan Carey and George Evans, PRO – Mike Carroll.
Mid-Kerry Bord na nOg was organised by Keel – Chairman was John Cahillane, Secretary was John Dowling.
The AGM of St. Mary’s Hurling Club was held in Firies Well and the following officers were elected for 1995: President – Bill Hearne, Chairman – Karl Daly, Vice-Chairman – Mike Kennedy, Secretary – Aidan Spillane, Treasurers – Pat Lynch and P. Skehan, PRO – Michael O Sullivan and Mike Kennedy, Membership Officer – John Purcell, Delegate to Co. Board – Pat Lynch, Delegates to South-Kerry Hurling Board – Mike Kennedy and John Purcell.
There were 20 Laune Rangers’ club meetings during the year, all of which were held in the Manor Inn. The following matters were transacted:
Mon. 13th Feb. in the Manor Inn – Dermot O Shea, Michael Foley, Donal Pigott and John Clifford were appointed as delegates to the Mid-Kerry Convention. Laune Rangers agreed to sponsor a race, to the amount of £200, at the Mid-Kerry Board Race Night. The Chairman expressed disappointment that there had been no coverage of the club’s AGM in the Kerryman. Maurice Corkery was asked to instruct Bernadette Corkery PRO to rectify that in the following issue. Plans for the Annual Social were put in place. The Chairman advised that proper lighting for the JP O Sullivan Park would cost £5,000. It was decided to obtain planning permission from Kerry Co. Council for same.
Tues. 14th March in the Manor Inn – Frankie Russell expressed disappointment at not being approached for the position of minor selector. He said that he had been involved with that team down through the years and had been a long servant of Laune Rangers. He felt that he had been brushed aside and left down by the club. He also complained that no food had been provided for the Co. Minors when they brought the All-Ireland Cup to Killorglin and the club minors on the team had not been given mementos of the occasion. The Chairman assured Frankie that he had not been brushed aside and acknowledged the work by him down through the years. He explained that Patsy Joy had approached him and said that he would not be in a position to train the minor team in 1995. After some failed attempts, James Sheehan had agreed to train the team on condition that he could appoint his own selectors. The minor selection committee had been appointed at the Bord na nOg AGM. As for the other points raised by Frankie, the Chairman said that they had been overlooked by the club and James Ferris had undertaken to make presentations to Pa O Sullivan and Mike Frank Russell. James Ferris also suggested that the club invest in an answering machine and fax machine in order to improve communication.
Tues. 11th April in the Manor Inn – It was reported that John Noonan, engineer, had visited the JP O Sullivan Park. He agreed to contact the ESB with regard to the lighting of the pitch and he suggested that the present roof on the old dressing-rooms would be replaced with a cladding roof. He suggested that the club should decide the exact purpose of the old dressing-rooms – the meeting decided to convert them into a weights-room. £50 was donated to the Rwanda Appeal. Bart Moriarty was appointed as the club’s Insurance Officer, dealing with the Players’ Injury Scheme, Public Liability Insurance and Employers’ Liability Insurance. A meeting between the senior club and the Bord na nOg sub-committee had decided the following: 1) all juvenile players should pay membership fee rather that paying for the bus to matches, 2) all juvenile players should be provided with a club kit-bag.
Wed. 9th May in the Manor Inn – Bart Moriarty advised the meeting in great detail in relation to the Players’ Injury Scheme and how claims had to be forwarded to Coyle Hamilton Agents within 30 days. He also advised the meeting about the new playing rules, which were 1) any player could take a free from the hand, 2) the semi-circle, outside of which all players except the penalty-taker must stand, must be 13 metres from the penalty spot, 3) a penalty must be retaken if the goalkeeper advances from the goal-line before the kick is taken and saves the shot. The Chairman explained that he had contacted Jason Griffin to ask him if he had any surplus material after having made the advertising boards, which could be used for the developing of the advertisement boards by Joe Flynn, painter. He hadn’t anything of significance left. However, Donie Griffin took exception to the Chairman asking Jason and complained to the Secretary that he (the Chairman) seemed to have something against his family and said that he was disappointed at how Jason had been dealt with by the Chairman with regard to the completion of the advertising boards. The Chairman advised the meeting that he had nothing but respect for the Griffin family. The club donated £100 to the Kerry Branch of the Samaritans. The Chairman reported that he, the Secretary and James Coffey had travelled to Limerick for a meeting with the Munster Council concernng the agreement between Laune Rangers and Cromane. Cromane was seeking to make the whole parish an open area for the two clubs, citing the argument that the club was a small struggling club by comparison to Laune Rangers. The Rangers’ representatives reminded the Council that the agreement had been reached on condition that Cromane would not be allowed to become a rival club in the parish. The Munster Council explained that, as per the 1992 agreement, the parish had been opened up at juvenile level and that, it was their understanding, if a juvenile player from the Killorglin area opted to play with Cromane, or vice versa, that player would be allowed to play at senior level with that club when he reached the appropriate age. Laune Rangers accepted that but Cromane wanted to have the parish opened to both clubs. The Council’s recommendation would be put to the Kerry Co. Board. A Social Sub-committee was appointed with the main purpose of organising a club tour at the end of the year. Michael Foley was appointed Chairman, with other members being Maurice Corkery, Johnny Galvin and Michael O Shea. The Social Chairman was given permission to co-opt others if required. It was agreed that the senior captain would also be a member of that sub-committee.
Tues. 22nd May in the Manor Inn – Michael O Shea suggested that the club should purchase a P.A. system for the J.P. O Sullivan Park. Dominic Crowley suggested the running of a Parish League – agreed. The Secretary reported that he had no success with finding a window in the town, which the club could use for promotional purposes.
Mon. 4th June in the Manor Inn – Denis O Neill, the Square, had offered the use of his window for promotional purposes to the club but the meeting felt that the window was too small. The Munster Council’s recommendations with regard to the agreement between Laune Rangers and Cromane will be voted on at the Co. Board meeting on Mon. 11th June – it was decided not to canvass support from clubs, as the recommendations were such that they should be able to stand on their own merits.
Tues. 19th June in the Manor Inn – The Munster Council recommendation was passed at Co. Board level. It was decided to accept Denis O Neill’s offer of the use of his window, as Eric Champ’s window was not available. The commencement of the senior Parish League was scheduled for Sat. 1st July. Michael Ahern suggested that all juvenile players should be given a team-photograph free of charge. The Chairman agreed provided the money could be recouped through increased membership as agreed with Bord na nOg at a previous meeting.
Mon. 3rd Jul in the Manor Inn – Bernadette Corkery was asked to put posters of fixtures in Denis O Neill’s window. The main focus of the meeting was the preparations for the Co. Senior Football Championship verus Shannon Rangers. Responsibilities were delegated as follows: P.A. System – Michael O Shea, tricolour and club flags – Matty Cahill, possible change of jerseys, distribution of programmes – Jerome Conway, Civil Defence ambulance, programmes and possible sponsor of same, contact with Gardaí – Dermot O Shea, tea for the Press – Bernadette Corkery, tea for the referee – Bart Moriarty, membership gate – Liam Shannon and Matty Cahill, big gate – Johnny Galvin and Maurice Corkery, Score-board – Timmy Moroney, Dressing-rooms – Jerry O Sullivan and Matty Cahill, Entrance to pitch – Jim Galvin and Maurice Corkery, Stewards – John Purcell, Jimmy Hayes, John Clifford, Johnny Galvin, Jerry O Sullivan and Sean Moriarty.
Mon. 17th July in the Manor Inn – It was agreed that the club would purchase a P.A System from McElligott’s, Kilflynn. Bart Moriarty pointed out that the club had five active referees, namely John Griffin, Peter Lyons, Patrick O Shea, Timmy Moroney and Michael O Reilly. Michael Foley and the Chairman was asked to meet with Edso Crowley, proprietor of the Fishery, to discuss sponsorship. It was reported that O Regan’s window, Lower Bridge Street, was available to the club for promotional purposes.
Mon. 31st July in the Manor Inn – The PRO was asked to use Denis O Neill’s window and O Regan’s window for the display of fixtures. The club agreed to pay for Gerard Purcell’s ticket to Lourdes (£385) so that he could accompany his brother Patrick.
Mon. 28th Aug. in the Manor Inn – Michael Foley reported that his sub-committee had procured the following sponsorships for the minor and U-16 teams, which were in their respective Co. Finals: Socks Ridgeview (socks for the minors, through Joe Cronin), AIB (bags), Declan Falvey (togs), Credit Union (polo shirts). Matty Cahill reported that many of the pillars in the wall on the western side of the field were in bad condition and were being repaired.
Mon. 11th Sept. in the Manor Inn – James Ferris reported that he had received the following quotation from Mary Johnston to decorate O Regan’s window: Top printing of Laune Rangers’ Club (£120), 3 display boards (£250). The meeting decided to proceed with the venture. The club agreed to host a reunion of Laune Rangers (1958 – 1967) in the Manor Inn on Sat. 23rd September. Bart Moriarty proposed that the following motions should be forwarded for Co. Convention: 1) that an assistant be found for the PRO (it was decided that the Chairman should ask Eamonn O Sullivan, the PRO, for his opinion on that motion), 2) that there should be at least one person under the age of 30 on every future committee (passed).
Mon. 18th Sept. in the Manor Inn – It was decided to get the following sponsored gear for the ‘C’ team players, who were in the Barrett Cup final: Bags (James Coffey), Polo Shirts (Credit Union), Ridgeview Socks (socks). Liam Shannon volunteered to get Micheál O Mahony’s scrap-books for the Laune Rangers’ reunion on the following Saturday night.
Mon. 25th Sept. in the Manor Inn – The Chairman thanked Micheál O Mahony and Christy O Rordan for providing memorabilia for the reunion. He also thanked Mary Johnston and James Ferris for the excellent decorating of O Regan’s window. It was decided to obtain sponsorship for the senior team, which had reached the Co. Final. The Chairman had been in discussions with Killorglin Credit Union re the provision of blazers for the players/management. The Fishery offered to provide a bus to the game for the players/management and £500 towards a meal in the Grand Hotel afterwards, as part of its sponsorship of the club. Peter Keane offered to sponsor bags, Joe Cronin socks and John Griffin togs.
Mon. 23rd Oct. in the Manor Inn – The main focus of the meeting was to address the tasks, which needed to be done in preparation for the Munster Senior Club Championship game versus Claughaun, Limerick. It was decided not to charge for the programme. The following tasks were delegated: Civil Defence ambulance, steward bibs, Puck Fair barriers, stewards – Dermort O Shea, P.A. system – Michael O Shea, Field, flags and score-board – Matty Cahill, Gardaí, distribution of programmes and operation of the score-board – Jerome Conway, referee – Bart Moriarty, Press – Bernadette Corkery.
Mon. 13th Nov. in the Manor Inn – The Chairman congratulated all, both on and off the field, for the success of the game versus Claughaun. Bart Moriarty proposed and it was passed that the club would contribute £50 to the Kinnitty GAA Club. Bill McSwiney raised the matter of withdrawing of the club players from the county team and the Chairman explained in detail how the matter was dealt with by John Evans and Páidí Ó Sé. Michael Foley agreed to attend the public meeting in the Killorglin Sports and Leisure Complex. It was reported that the Fishery, the club sponsors, would provide jerseys for the senior team and a team bus to the Munster Senior Club Final in Cork.
Mon. 27th Nov. in the Manor Inn – The senior team/management were congratulated on winning the Munster Senior Club Championship for the first time in 103 years. The Chairman reported on the meeting with the Chairman and Secretary of the Co. Board in relation to the club withdrawing the services of our players from the county senior team before the Munster Club final. The club must respond satisfactorily to the Board in writing. Michael Foley reported from the public meeting and expressed the view that the matters discussed had little relevance to the club. James Feris and Bart Moriarty reported from the Co. Youth Congress and they felt that it was well worth attending. Bart Moriarty suggested that the club should hold its own Youth Congress in the future. The main item on the agenda was fund-raising and the following tasks were identified: 1) proceed with the idea of selling club jerseys prior to Christmas, 2) Liam Shannon to approach Donie Griffin to ascertain how the team photographs could be presented as a commercial item, 3) examine the feasibility of a Race-night, concentrating on outside sponsors, 4) investigate the idea of chartering a train, should the club reach the All-Ireland final. It was decided to meet with Ger Counihan, Edso Crowley and Declan Falvey in order to get their opinions. Bart Moriarty was asked to book the Grand Hotel, Malahide, in anticipation of reaching the club final.
Mon. 4th Dec. in the Manor Inn – The Chairman reported that he had met with Ger Counihan, Declan Falvey and Joe O Sullivan and all were willing to co-operate with the Race-night. Michael Foley produced a list of possible £200 sponsors. The Chairman suggested that the club crest should be put on the blazers, which the players were receiving from Killorglin Credit Union.
Mon. 18th Dec. in the Manor Inn – It was reported that the club had been awarded Club-of-the-Year by the Co. Board and Sportstar-of-the-Month of November by the Kerryman. The columns for the lighting of the pitch in the JP O Sullivan Park had been delivered. The Chairman reported that he had met with Denis Crowley, Western Union, but he did not seem interested in sponsoring the club to the sum expected by the Chairman. Preparations for the Race-night were advanced.
Mon. 8th Jan. 1996 in the Manor Inn – The Chairman thanked everybody who had helped during the Xmas holidays to erect the columns for the lighting of the pitch. The ESB, which had been given the contract of wiring the project, had five lights operational presently and the others were virtually completed. The question of the unwarranted big senior panel was raised and the financial burden it had been placing on the club was worrying. It was felt that it was too late to rock the boat at that stage but that a policy on the matter should be put in place for the future. The Chairman and Michael Foley had arranged to meet with Killorglin Credit Union on the following day with a view to sponsorship of the All-Ireland senies and perhaps long-term.
The following attended the club meetings during the year: John Clifford (20), Jerome Conway (19), Matty Cahill (19), Maurice Corkery (19), Michael Foley (17), Michael O Shea (17), Dermot O Shea (15), Liam Shannon (15), James Coffey (15), Bart Moriarty (15), James Ferris (13), Johnny Galvin (13), Jim Galvin (12), Bernadette Corkery (12), Jimmy Hayes (4), John Evans (2), Timmy Moroney (2), Frank Russell (1), Mikey Kennedy (1), Gerard Murphy (1), Dominic Crowley (1), Bill McSwiney (1), Donie Griffin (1), Mary Griffin (1).
Laune Rangers continued with the Club Lotto, as a fund-raising project.
The jackpot of £350, or the snowball of £500, was not won on Sun. 8th Jan. and the consolation prizes went to Steve McMahon, Langford St. (£50), Denis Costello, Douglas (£25) and Pat Pigott, c/o Falvey’s Bar (£25).
There was no winner of the £400 jackpot or the £500 snowball on Sun. 15th Jan. at the prize-winners were Peggy O Shea, c/o Manor Inn (£50), John O Shea, Gurrane (£25) and Tim O Sullivan, Droum, Glenbeigh (£25).
There was no winner of the £450 jackpot or the £500 snowball on Sun. 22nd Jan. and the prizes went to P.J. Foley, c/o Falvey’s Bar (£50), Mary Kelliher, Kilgobnet (£25) and Ann O Shea, c/o O Shea’s Bar, Langford St. (£25).
The jackpot of £500, or the snowball of £500, was not won on Sun. 29th Jan. The prize-winners were Paddy O Donoghue, Fish Man, Cahersiveen (£50), Robert Kennedy, c/o Liebherr’s (£25), Pat Kelliher, c/o Castle Bar (£25).
There was no winner of the £550 jackpot or the £500 snowball on Sun. 5th Feb. and the prize-winners were Brendan Corkery, Tullig (£50), Brendan O Neill, Langford St. (£25) and Mary Flynn, Tinnahalla (£25).
The jackpot of £600, or the snowball of £500, was not won on Sun. 12th Feb. The prizes went to Philomena Courtney, Inch (£50), Mary Murphy, Listry (£25) and Tommy Moriarty, Laharn (£25).
Eoin Joy transferred to Cromane from Laune Rangers at the beginning of the year.
Laune Rangers availed of the Fás Scheme, which allowed the club to employ Mattie Cahill and Jerry O Sullivan in the J.P. O Sullivan Park, and the field was a credit to their endeavours.
The Department of Social Welfare ran a scheme, whereby clubs/organisations were allowed to sponsor Third-Level students, who would perform suitable duties for clubs during the summer holidays. Laune Rangers sponsored Mike Hassett, Billy O Shea and Liam Hassett and they coached juveniles during the summer months and were remunerated by the Department.
The Kerry U-16 Football Coaching panel attended at Limerick for a weekend of coaching (Og Pheil na Mumhan) in July. The following was the panel: Donncha Enright (Tarbert), Enda Galvin (Finuge), Liam Higgins (Dingle), Sean Begley (An Ghaeltacht), Garrath Sheehan (Laune Rangers), John McCarthy (Churchill), Bryan Hickey (Skellig Rangers), Billy Sheehan (Austin Stacks), David McCarthy (Kilcummin), Eoin Maguire (Currow), John Callaghan (Ballymac), Noel Kennelly (Emmett’s), Adrian Fitzmaurice (St. Senan’s), Mícheál O Shea (Castlegregory), William Harmon (Milltown/Castlemaine), John Moriarty (Laune Rangers), Bernard O Connor (St. Mary’s), Brendan Galvin (St. Michael’s/Foilmore), Jonathan Sparling (Dr. Crokes), Sean Hegarty (Legion), Edmund Hussey (Kenmare).
Co. Inter-firm Football Final on Mon. 29th May at Strand Road: Klinge 0-14; Lee Strand 2-2. Points by Brian O Sullivan (Cromane) – 3 frees, Pa Dennehy (Currow), Gerard Murphy, Pat McKenna and Billy O Shea left Klinge ahead by 0-8 to 0-0 at halftime. Shane O Sullivan tried his heart out for Lee Strand, but the Killorglin side were worthy winners. Klinge: Ian Foley, Sean O Donoghue, Patie Griffin (capt.), Noel Doyle, Billy O Shea (0-2), James Brosnan, Dermot Twomey, Gerard O Connor, Pierce Prendiville, Darren Whyte, Pa Dennehy (0-2), Pat McKenna (0-2), Brian O Sullivan (0-4, 3 frees), Johnny Joy, Gerard Murphy (0-4). Lee Strand: Dick Linehan, Mike O Connor, Kieran Savage, Eoin Callaghan, Benny Clifford, Ken Savage, Sean O Connor, Shane O Sullivan (0-1), Denis Dennehy, Aidan Moynihan (0-1), Eamonn Ferris, Liam Galvin, Brian Shanahan (1-0), Benny Murphy (1-0), Seamus Murphy. Ref: Albert O Sullivan (Kerins O Rahillys). Man-of-the-match – Brian O Sullivan.
Eamonn Horan, interviewed Timmy Fleming at the end of May for the Kerryman as follows: “Whilst Kerry are through to the semi-final stages of the Guinness Munster SFC, following last Sunday’s triumph over Limerick, star player Timmy Fleming confirmed that he will still not be available to play with Kerry for the remainder of the championship season. Acknowledging that he had ‘a bit of a tiff’ with trainer Ogie Moran, the Laune Rangers man said he was too busy with his sheep farming, and he would only be available to play with his club for the rest of the year. ‘I have been very busy all along, and I’m still very busy,’ said the 26-year old stalwart, whose last game with Kerry was in last year’s Munster Championship semi-final against Cork in Killarney when he captained the team. ‘I wouldn’t be available for Kerry as I am only playing club football with Laune Rangers,’ said Fleming whom many supporters regard as a key man if Kerry are to hold any aspirations of championship success in the season ahead. If Kerry defeat Tipperary at the end of the month and progress to the Munster final, would he reconsider his decision? ‘I don’t think so,’ replied Fleming, who runs a sheep farm in Muckross. ‘I told Ogie earlier on I wouldn’t be available to him. I have my mind made up for this year.’ Pressed on whether he would change his mind if Kerry get to a provincial final, he stressed, ‘I have my mind made up to give it a rest for this year.’ Did he have a tiff with Ogie Moran? ‘We were not getting on too well,’ said the Laune Rangers man who won a Munster championship medal with Kerry in 1991. ‘It’s best forgotten. There is no point in cribbing about it.’
A most enjoyable reunion of the 1958 to ’67 Laune Rangers teams was held in the Manor Inn, Killorglin on Sat. 23rd Sept. in conjunction with the Wild Flower of the Laune festival. The tales were flying, some even taller than had been expected. Christy O Riordan had a collection of memorabilia for the occasion. Micheál O Mahony had his scrap books of the Kerry and Laune Rangers teams. Those present were Teddy Mangan, Sean McKenna, Pat Ahern, Noel Lucey, Paul Lucey, Jackie O Dwyer, Joe Foley, Dan Sheehan, Batty Foley, Denis O Neill, Noel O Mahony, Tadhg Corkery, Mike Murphy, Christy O Riordan, Patsy Joy, Michael O Riordan, Pat O Shea, Tom Curran, Brendan Mangan, Tony Lyons, Donal Mangan, John A. O Brien, Myles Coffey, Willie Murphy.
At the Kerry Communications Awards in the Skellig Hotel, Dingle, in November, Laune Rangers Club was given the Football club of the year. Presenting the award to Dermot O Shea, Rúnaí, Sean Kelly, Chairman of the Co. Board, stated the the strength of the club was absolutely based on its roots in the community. ‘They have a whole host of people on a voluntary basis from national school up to senior level,’ Mr. Kelly said. ‘I wouild say to other clubs to have a look at how Laune Rangers do their business and to emulate them.’ Derry Sheehan and Jerome Conway, Chairman and Secretary respectively of Féile Peile na nOg in Kerry for 1993/1994, were given an award for their contribution to ‘the most successful and least expensive of all Féiles.’ Mr. Kelly said they brought honour to the county and great pleasure to many people.
On Tues. 21st Nov. the Chairman of Laune Rangers Club, Jerome Conway, and the Secretray, Dermot O Shea, attended a meeting with the Co. Board Chairman, Sean Kelly, and Secretary, Anthony O Keeffe. The meeting had been called to give the club an opportunity to explain why it had withdrawn its players from the Co. Senior team prior to the NFL v Meath in Tralee on Sun. 12th Nov. The Chairman of the club explained that the club had been in the Munster Club Championship Final on the following Sunday and it had been decided not to risk the players in question, Tommy Byrne and Billy O Shea. He quoted the oftime used phrase of the Co. Secretary, ‘Leagues are for playing, championships are for winning.’ He apologised for the lateness of the notification of the withdrawal. He assured the Board officers that the players would be available for the game versus Donegal. The officers were requested to put that assurance in writing. That was done. However, when the Co. Selectors sat down to select the team, there was no place for any of the Laune Rangers’ players. Sean Kelly told the Kerryman, ‘We discussed the whole matter from A to Z and we had a satisfactory outcome to the meeting. The matter has been resolved. We are awaiting a response in writing from Laune Rangers and we would expect that to be to our satisfaction. Of course, everybody was delighted with Laune Rangers’ victory in the Munster Club final last Sunday. Everybody is very proud of their achievement and we wish them every success in the All-Ireland. Any matters of misunderstanding or disagreement would have to be taken apart from that and certainly would not impinge on anybody’s position in their quest for All-Ireland glory.’ He also said that Laune Rangers’ players would be available for the forthcoming NFL. He pointed out that some players were after having a very long season.
Laune Rangers Chairman, Jerome Conway, told the Kerryman that they had a satisfactory meeting with the officers of the Co. Board. Commenting on the fact that Laune Rangers had no player on the Kerry team for the game versus Donegal, he said, ‘They are probably taking into account the fact that the lads are after a long year. I imagine that is the line they would be taking.’ He added that Billy O Shea had felt unwell in the course of the Munster Club final against Moyle Rovers.
Kerry trainer Paidí Ó Sé said that the position of the selection committee was that they had been let down twice. ‘The last day at the last minute we had two late defections,’ he said. ‘As a selection committee we have an obligation to take everything into consideration and we decided we were going to select the fellows who were loyal to us.’ He said he felt sure the matter would be sorted out. He could also see Laune Rangers’ side of things. ‘I know the lads in question are fellows of the highest calibre,’ he added. He said the Hassett brothers, Liam and Mike, were being rested until after Christmas and were not part of the equation.
Fri. 24th Nov. at Keel – Mid-Kerry Scór na nÓg finals.
For the second year in succession Laune Rangers brought home the Lee Strand Shield as the most successful club in the Mid-Kerry finals of Scór na nÓg at Keel on Fri. 24th Oct. Laune Rangers’ representatives won the solo singing, the instrumental music and the quiz, where they achieved a 100% answer rate. They were also runners-up in the figure dancing and the ballad group. The details were as follows:
Solo singing – Muireann Clifford.
Instrumental music – Erroll Flynn, Fergus Clifford, Sharon Langston, Muireann Clifford.
Quiz – Jamie Cahillane, Seamus Galvin, Eoin Clifford.
Figure dancing – Ann Marie Cahillane, Sandra Joy, Michaelle Fallon, Grainne O Connor.
Ballad Group – Lucy Byrnes, Aine Knightley, Sheila Sheehan, Caragh O Connor.
Recitation – Regina O Riordan.
Fri. 1st Dec. at Waterville – Co. Scór na nÓg semi-final.
Laune Rangers quiz team and instrumental music group qualified for the Co. Finals.
Sun. 10th Dec. at the Gleneagle Hotel – Co. Scór na nÓg finals.
Laune Rangers quiz team was runner-up.
On Tues. 12th Dec. Laune Rangers Club was awarded the Kerry Sportstar of the Month of November. The award was made at the Gleneagle Hotel and was accepted by the club Chairman, Jerome Conway. ‘We are deeply honoured to receive the Kerry Sports Star of the Month Award for November,’ he said. ‘It has been the kind of year you only dream about and probably won’t happen again in our lifetime. We will savour it while it is there.’ Representing Laune Rangers at the function were Jerome and Eva Conway, Dermot and Karina O Shea, Michael and Kathleen Foley, James and Kitty Coffey, John and Bridie Evans, James and Gina Sheehan, John and Mary Griffin, John and Eileen Clifford, Shane O Sullivan and Siobhán Gallagher, Gerard Murphy, Billy O Shea and Michael O Shea.
The death took place in early Dec. of Teddy O Connor, Killarney. He was born in Ardmoniel in 1920 and played with the Kerry minors in 1938. He, who was a very well known publican in Killarney until his retirement, was a former Laune Rangers player along with his brothers Tom and Mick. Later he played with Dr. Croke’s and won an All-Ireland medal with Kerry in 1946.
Rory O Connor, of the Atlantic Star, spoke to Jerome Conway, Chairman of Laune Rangers Club, at the end of 1995. ‘When I took over as Club Secretary in 1971 we were at a low ebb, I’m afraid. So we decided to embark upon a youth policy. Between 1973 and 1982, we did not win one Mid-Kerry Championship at senior level. We had some great players but they were starved of success, players like Frankie Russell, Barry Harmon, Gerry Coffey and Michael O Shea (the latter three won an All-Ireland U-21 Championship with Kerry).
The youth policy paid off almost immediately with the U-12s winning their first county championship in 1972 and going on to complete the hat-trick in 1973 and 1974. From those teams we have Joe Shannon, Paudie Sheahan and Pierce Prendiville playing on the senior team today. These fellows have given great service to the club over the years and form the backbone of today’s senior team.
Further rewards were reaped in the latter half of the 1980’s with Laune Rangers’ minors competing in five consecutive Co. Championship finals (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990) losing the first and the last and winning the treble in between. All those players form the bulk of the Munster Champion’s squad today.
What are the senior team’s strengths? They play as a team and their great strength is that they have natural forwards. Coming into the All-Ireland semi-final, they now have the experience of having played in two previous Munster campaigns (1989 defeated by Castlehaven and 1993 defeated by Nemo Rangers). The loss to Dr. Croke’s in the county semi-final in 1994 has matured the team no end. In training there is a greater emphasis on ball handling skills. Some people go mad on lapping the field. As far as I’m concerned, all that produces are marathon runners, which can be detrimental to football. After all, it is a ball game.’
Speaking about the Kerry team, Jerome wished well to Páidí Ó Se and Séamus Mac Gearailt, with whom he was a Kerry minor selector from 1986 to 1988. ‘I know they will be successful. Séamus is a very efficient man when it comes to football.’ He explained the lull in the inter-county scene by saying that, “there were many great players during the era of the ‘Great Team’ who looked at those fellows and thought they would never make the grade. So, they gave up the challenge. Then Kerry, like most clubs who have successful seniors, neglected the youth. In the rural areas in Kerry, underage football is well catered for but there isn’t sufficient competition for the youth in urban districts. It is up to the GAA to provide more games for these. If a young lad only gets 7 or 8 games of football in a year, then we can hardly complain if he begins to lose interest.”
On the basis of the club’s performance this year, the same issue isn’t likely to happen in Killorglin. It has been the most successful year ever in the club’s history and probably in the history of any club in the county. Laune Rangers are showing how it is done and in a style that is beautiful to watch.
Jerome Conway, on behalf of Laune Rangers would like to thank the following: The Fishery, Killorglin Credit Union, Bunkers, Starlite, Western Union Money Transfer, all the generous business people of the town and last, but not least, our fantastic and loyal supporters. Thank you, one and all.
Co. Senior Football Final on Sun. 6th Oct. at Austin Stacks Park: Laune Rangers 1-7; East-Kerry 0-6.
Co. Minor Football Final on Sat. 23rd Sept. at Austin Stack Park: Laune Rangers 3-7; Feale Rangers 0-9.
Co. U-21 Football Final on Sat. 2nd Dec. at Fitzgerald Stadium: Laune Rangers 1-13; John Mitchels 0-9.
Co. Intermediate Football Final (replay) on Sat. 4th Nov. at Austin Stack Park: Valentia 3-10; Spa 0-9.
Co. Club ‘B’ Final on Sat. 28th Oct. at Castleisland: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-10; Austin Stacks ‘B’ 0-9.
Co. Football League Div. 1 Final on Sun. 17th Dec. at Austin Stack Park: Laune Rangers 1-7; Dingle 0-6.
Dublin, captained by John O Leary, won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship when they beat Tyrone in the final by 1-10 to 0-12. Westmeath won the All-Ireland Minor Football final by beating Derry on the score of 1-10 to 0-11.
The Annual Laune Rangers Social was held on Fri. 29th March 1996. The presentation of medals to the winning teams took place at 8pm. Music was provided by the Kerry Blues (£350). Tickets cost £12.50 each. 2 buses for patrons left the Square at 7.15pm. In excess of 300 attended.
The following contributed, as sponsors, to Laune Rangers Club in 1995: The Fishery, Killorglin Credit Union, Bunkers Bar and Restaurant, The Starlite Laundrette, AIB, Joe Cronin, James Coffey, FEXCO, Falvey’s Bar, Jacko Foley, PK’s, Griffin Builders, Tatler Jack (Killarney), Beaufort Bar, Jerry Houlihan, Jerry Murphy, Patrick O Grady (Londis), Paul O Donoghue, Dr. Gillespie, John O Donnell, John Purcell, Garden of Eden, Cahillane Victuallers, Kingston’s Bar, Declan Crowley, Bank O Ireland, J.B. Healy & Co., Neal Peevers, O Sullivan’s Bakery, Eddie O Donoghue, Mulvihill Pharmacy, Liam Crowley, Kathleen Keating, Nora O Connor, The Forge, James Sheehan, Patrick Horgan, Quinlan’s Fish-shop, Oisín Cinema, Eric Champ Super-valu, Mary Johnston McKeown Graphics, Tim O Connor, J. & M. Oils, Michael Hoare, Flynn’s Bus Hire, J.A. Woods, Buckley’s Builders Prov., T. & S. O Shea, Maurice Corkery (Plastering Contractor), Murphy’s Bar (The Mall, Keel), Kilnge Pharmacy, Fujisawa Irl. Ltd., Liebig, Irish Crane & Lifting, Nick’s Restaurant, Deasy’s Minerals, Willibold Irl. Ltd., Ferris Memorials, Blossoms, Richard Boyle & Sons, Buckley & Prendergast, Bernadette Coffey & Co., Jim Galvin, Mattie Cahill, Kingprint, P. & D. Cash & Carry, Houlihan Butchers, Looney Bros., Wood’s Electrical, Francis McGillycuddy, The Manor Inn, Michael C. Ahern, Killorglin Furniture, Mike & Mgt, Moriarty at Jacko Foley’s, Teresa Foley, Joe O Shea, Frank & Mary Slattery, Kerry Educational Supplies, Cora’s Gallery, The Bianconi, Jim Burns Irish Permanent, The Shamrock Bar, Liam Burke, The Castle, Mangan’s Shop, Killorglin Auto’s, The Betting Shop, Catherine O Sullivan, Castle Heights (Killarney), Maura O Boyle, The Kingdom Bar, Dr. Edmond Prendiville, Coffee Shop, Stephen Clifford EBS, Jim O Shea (Clifford’s Tavern), Leen’s Bar, Veronica O Neill’s Bar, Kathleen Finnegan, Houlihan’s Drapery, Duffy Newsagents, Prendiville & Mangan & Clifford, Corkery’s Bar, Karl Daly, O Grady’s Bar, James O Connor, Melia’s Bus Hire, O Shea’s Laundrette, John Noonan, Michael A. Ladden, Pat Foley Florrie’s, O Neill’s Bar, Sean Taaffe, Golden Hours, O Shea’s Bar, Phil Browne, Donal Mangan, Laune Sports, Mid-Kerry Mart (Milltown), Steve Cotter (Milltown), Larkin’s Bar (Milltown), Denny O Shea’s Bar (Milltown), O Shea’s Bakery (Milltown), Lee Strand (Tralee), Munster Bar (Tralee), Donie O Sullivan Meats (Tralee), Dawn Dairies (Killarney), CRL Oil Ltd. (Killarney), Kerry Business Systems, Ross Inn (Glenbeigh), Hartnett’s Meat, Mid-Kerry GAA Board, Gene Ahern, Prodent, Michael Little, Willie Fitzgerald, Costello’s Garage, M.F. Quirke & Sons, Paddy Corcoran, John McGillycuddy, O Sullivan Motors, Donal Clifford, Red Fox Inn, Vincent Prendergast, Schmitter Irl. Ltd., Cromane Sea Foods Ltd., Christy Fitzgerald.
At the end of the Co. Senior Championship, Tommy Conroy, the Kerry’s Eye, chose his team ‘of the best fifteen I saw in consistency’ as follows: Declan O Keeffe (East-Kerry), Pat Twomey (Kenmare), Pat Flahive (Annascaul), Mike Hassett (Laune Rangers), Charlie McCarthy (Gneeveguilla), Tommy Byrne (Laune Rangers), Niall Healy (John Mitchels), Timmy Fleming (Laune Rangers), Seamus Moynihan (East-Kerry), Dara Ó Connéide (West-Kerry), John Crowley (East-Kerry), John Kennedy (Shannon Rangers), Paul Griffin (Laune Rangers), Geni Farrell (Annascaul), Billy O Shea (Laune Rangers).
Manager of the Championship – John Evans. Player of the Championship – Billy O Shea.
As Laune Rangers Club did not have a Ladies’ Football team in 1995, some Killorglin girls played with Beaufort. Kerry won the All-Ireland Ladies’ Minor Football Championship by defeating Wexford in the final on Sat. 26th Aug. at Tipperary Town on the score of 4-8 to 4-3. Kerry O Connor played at right fullback, Teresa Hoare played at right half-forward and Elaine Grandfield came on as a substitute for Teresa Hoare.
The AGM of the Mid-Kerry Board was held on 31st Jan. 1996. The Rúnaí, Peter Twiss, gave the following Secretary’s Report for 1995: “I have great pleasure in presenting my report of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael in Mid-Kerry during 1995. The year under review was dominated by Laune Rangers achieving unprecedented success. By contrast, Mid-Kerry teams performed only moderately – the best results coming from our minors who, alas, fell at the penultimate fence once again in the Co. Championship. Let us salute Laune Rangers – County and Munster Champions – and wish them well in their quest for All-Ireland honours.
Senior Co. Championship
A home draw against St. Brendan’s in the first round augured well for Mid-Kerry. With J.P. O Sullivan again at the helm, a well-prepared Mid-Kerry team eventually overcame their rivals and won the day on a scoreline of 2-9 to 1-7. In the quarter-finals, however, we came up against a bang in form Annascaul. Inspired by Gene Farrell, they played some superb football and, despite the valliant efforts of our own players, they ran out the winners by a five points’ margin, 1-12 to 1-7. While defeat is always disappointing, the performance of some of the younger players on the team was impressive. It will take time but, I believe, Mid-Kerry’s best hopes for the future now rest with this new generation of players.
Laune Rangers were always going to be the team to beat in this year’s championship and so it proved. Ironically, their toughest game was their first round match at home to Shannon Rangers. In a contest where Billy O Shea and Liam Flaherty gave outstanding displays for their respective teams, Laune Rangers eventually prevailed to two points. After that it was plain sailing for the Laune siders. They easily accounted for Gneeveguilla and Kenmare and, in a disappointing final, they beat East-Kerry without ever playing above themselves. Laune Rangers have a lot of very talented players. They have great strength in depth and they give 100% commitment to their trainer, John Evans. In the Munster Club Championship, their first and most difficult match was away to Cork Champions, Bantry Blues. Inspired by their captain, Gerard Murphy, they held on for a famous victory. At home in the next round to Cloghane, they struggled but did enough to qualify for the Munster Final. There they reached new heights and fairly hammered Moyle Rovers of Tipperary.
When one looks at what happened afterwards in the Mid-Kerry Minor Championship, our failure to win that elusive Co. title was all the more frustrating. Inspired by Michael Burke, we beat West-Kerry in the first round in spite of being reduced to 14 men in the second half. In the quarter-finals, we easily beat St. Brendan’s. Forward then to the semi-final and our bogey round. I’m sure that if trainer, Tim Coffey, had his way, he would ban semi-finals from all competitions! The aforementioned Tim had, as usual, his team in excellent shape but, on the day, things just did not work out. A player arriving late didn’t help matters and Feale Rangers got scores at vital times during the game. My sincerest thanks to Tim, one of the game’s true gentlemen, to his fellow selectors and to the players for their great effort.
Laune Rangers, backboned by five county minors, had a tough first round battle against South- Kerry, eventually winning after a replay. They beat Dr. Croke’s in the next round and then encountered their great rivals, Austin Stack’s, in the semi-final. They won after a great match. In the final, Rangers stared defeat in the face, when Feale Rangers had a free to win the game. However, the ball went wide and the match ended level. In the replay, led by star player Michael F. Russell, Laune Rangers made no mistake and won well in the end.
Drawn against St. Kieran’s in the first round, I’m afraid this fixture turned into a farce. A week before the match, the Mid-Kerry trainer informed me of his resignation due to work commitments. The team had not been together once. Beaufort, due to play in the Co. Junior Championship three days after the U-21 game, withdrew their players. St. Kieran’s refused to put back the fixture when informed of our difficulties. On the evening of the game, some players from other clubs failed to turn up. We started with 13 players, one of these being U-16. We eventually finished up with 16 players, 10 of which were from Milltown/Castlemaine. Needless to say, we were well beaten. Mid-Kerry football can do without this.
Laune Rangers entered the competition without great expectations. In the quarter-final they met highly fancied East-Kerry. Five points down with seven minutes to go, it looked all over for the Rangers but, in a great comeback, they scored 2-4 without reply to march into the semi-final. Here they overcame unlucky South-Kerry and in the final, inspired by the Hassett brothers, they overcame John Mitchel’s.
Laune Rangers were the club of the year. As well as the victories, which I have already mentioned, they won the following: Div. 1 Co. League, Div. 1 Co. Minor League, Co. ‘B’ Championship, Co. ‘B’ League and Co. ‘C’ Championship.
Milltown/Castlemaine more than held their own in Div. 1 of the Co. League and were unlucky to be beaten by Legion in the Club Championship.
Beaufort showed their pedigree by easily retaining their Div. 1 status in the Co. League. However, they will be bitterly disappointed at losing to Tarbert in the Junior Co. Final.
Glenbeigh/Glencar continued to improve under trainer Peadar O Sullivan Gaining promotion to Div. 3 of the Co. League was a great achievement.
Keel were unlucky to miss out on promotion to the same division. However, they have some good young footballers on the way up.
Cromane started well in their division but faltered badly at a crucial period.
Within the Board area a total of 49 games were played in senior and minor competitions and Bord na nOg ran six competitions at club and national school level. Laune Rangers won the Senior League as well as the Senior Championship. However, in the latter competition, they were pushed all the way by brave Beaufort in the final. Milltown/Castlemaine won the O Sullivan Cup but will be diaappointed at their overall impression over the year. Cromane’s failure to compete in the Senior Championship, after participating in the draw, was disappointing.
The Minor Championship was the best competition of the year, the highlights being the narrow margins of victory in all games, Milltown/Castlemaine’s win over reigning Co. Champions, Laune Rangers, in the semi-final and a cracking final in which Beaufort was unlucky to lose by a point. The Board also ran a Minor ‘B’ League. Four teams competed, the winners being Milltown/Castlemaine.
At Bord na nOg level, Laune Rangers’ dominance of previous years was well and truly broken by Milltown/Castlemaine, who won U-14A and U-16A. If the respective senior teams could emulate in ’96 what their minors produced in ’95, we would have no problems with falling attendances or loss of interest in the games.
The results of the competitions were as follows:
Winners Runners-up Games
Senior Championship Laune Rangers Beaufort 6
Senior League Laune Rangers Milltown/Castlemaine 16
Senior ‘B’ Championship Laune Rangers Beaufort 11
O Sullivan Cup Milltown/Castlemaine Beaufort 4
Minor Championship Milltown/Castlemaine Beaufort 4
Minor ‘B’ League Milltown/Castlemaine Beaufort 8
Bord na nOg
U-16A Milltown/Castlemaine Laune Rangers
U-16B Keel Milltown/Castlemaine
U-14A Milltown/Castlemaine Laune Rangers
U-14B Milltown/Castlemaine Beaufort
U-12A Laune Rangers Beaufort
U-12B Beaufort Cromane
1 Teacher Bunglash Kiltallagh
2 Teachers Fybough Ballyfinnane
3 Teachers Cromane Douglas
4 Teachers (11 aside) Glenbeigh Kilgobnet
4 Teachers (15 aside) Scoil Mhuire ‘B’ Scoil Mhuire ‘A’
The Board held five meetings during the year. Four of these were well attended. As this was my first year as secretary, I would like to thank my fellow officers for their help, particularly Chairman Michael McCarthy. After serving 13 years as Chairman, Mike has indicated his desire to take a break. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Mike and his family for the huge amount of work and effort he has put into the job. His enthusiasm and pride in Mid-Kerry football gained him everyone’s respect. We congratulate him and wish him well in his new job as Youth Officer in the Co. Board. Their gain will be our loss. All the clubs have a responsibility to ensure that we have a representative and active Board and they should actively encourage their members to get involved at District level.
As will be outlined later, the finances of the Baord could be better. Lack of sponsorship and falling attendances are the main problems. There should be no reason why we cannot get the finances of the Board back in the black if we (a) secure sponsorship for our competitions, (b) organise one main fund-raising event during the year where we get everybody’s support and (c) control our costs. This should be a priority for the Board in 1996.
A sincere thanks to all the referees in the Mid-Kerry district, who gave the Board great service during the year. I hope it will continue for the coming year. Hopefully, we will organise a few more referees’ meetings in ’96. These meetings provide a great opportunity for people who might be interested in taking up the whistle, to find out what is involved and develop their skills. Again, encouragement and support from the clubs is very important in this regard.
Bord na nOg
Bord na nOg was run by the Keel club during the year and I wouild like to thank the two people concerned, John Dowling and John Cahillane. As mentioned earlier, competition this year was very keen. Congratulations to Milltown/Castlemaine U-14 team, which won the Co. Féile Peile na nOg and represented Kerry in Mayo. Also, well done to our U-17 team (combined) and mentors, whose progress in their Co. Championship continues.
Scór Sinsear was run by the Cromane Club but the participation level was low. Scór na nÓg was run by Keel and it was encouraging to see participation by all the clubs. Congratulations to Beaufort on winning the county title for Rinnce Fóirne.
(1) To our Co. U-21s on winning the All-Ireland in 1995 – special mention to Mike and Liam Hassett.
(2) To Jerome Conway on winning an award for his work with Féile Peile na nÓg.
(3) To the Keel club on the great development work being done on their pitch.
(4) To all the clubs who did well in the District and/or County competitions.
(5) To Bunglash School on winning the county title.
(1) To Mike Cahill and ‘The Ross Inn’ for sponsoring our teams.
(2) To the clubs for the use of their fields and their co-operation with fixtures.
(3) To those who patronise our games and all those who contribute to the running of clubs.
(4) To those who sponsored ‘man-of-the-match’ awards.
(5) To the trainers and selectors of our teams.
(6) To our referees and to Bart Moriarty for his help.
(7) To the media for their coverage of our games.
(8) To my fellow officers for their help.
(9) To our Convention hosts, Beaufort.
It is fashionable these days to criticise District Boards as being meaningless and irrelevant. Clubs seem to be much more focussed on the county competitions now than was the case before. Certainly in Mid-Kerry this seems to be the case. As a District Board we suffer from the huge imbalance that exists between Laune Rangers and the smaller clubs. This, along with the size of the Board – only six clubs – adds up to a lot of apathy. I’m confident that the Committee set up by the Co. Board to look at the whole structure of District Boards will come up with recommendations that will sort out these problems and bring renewed interest and competitiveness to the District Boards.
Within the county itself, there is a lot of frustration and criticism by people involved at club level and amongst the general supporters at the whole GAA scene in Kerry. It seems to me that, with the best will in the world, different people are trying to achieve different things, each being convinced that their’s is the correct agenda and they do not want to know about anybody else’s problems. We badly need to establish what our priorities are within the county. Where there is a conflict of interest, somebody has got to stand second in line. At least then we would all be going in the one direction.
My Hopes for 1996
(a) That Laune Rangers will go all the way and win the All-Ireland Club Championship.
(b) That Tim Coffey will train the Mid-Kerry Minors to win the Co. Minor Championship.
(c) That Kerry will get to this year’s All-Ireland Senior Final.
Finally, thanks to everybody for their co-operation and best wishes to all clubs in 1996.”
The AGM of Laune Rangers Club was held on Mon. 22nd Jan. 1996 in the Manor Inn and the Secretary, Dermot O Shea, reported as follows: “The Chairman, in concluding his address to the AGM last year, set out that one of his wishes for 1995 was that all teams would prosper. His wish, and that of every Laune Ranger, was fulfilled. 1995 was the best year in the long history of the Laune Rangers. Each of the teams, minor, U-21, senior ‘A’, senior ‘B’ and senior ‘C’ won their respective Co. Championships, plus many other titles.
On and off the field of play, 1995 was a busy year. The club met regularly throughout the year. Whilst all the meetings were constructive and ensured that the affairs of the club were dealt with, we would ask that more people would attend these meetings. Everyone is welcome and can contribute greatly, especially in these successful years when there is quite a lot of work to be done.
The Social was the first item on the 1995 calendar. It was held in the Manor Inn on Fri. 24th Feb. It was a most enjoyable night with an attendance of 135, which was bigger than previous years. The date and the venue for this year’s Social will be decided very shortly and should be a very good night.
The Lotto continues to be our main means of raising funds for the club. Whilst it is proving to be a very fine fund-raiser, we would encourage other people to sell tickets. We know how other clubs are generating much more money from their lotto. Again, this year, we took advantage of the three days of Puck Fair, during which time we sold lotto tickets from 3pm to 9pm. A large number of tickets were sold and I wish to thank all those who helped with the selling. I would like to thank the CYMS for allowing us to use the hall every Sunday night. I would like to thank all those who attend bingo and who religiously buy a lotto ticket every Sunday night. To those who help with the lotto, a very sincere thank you. And most of all, to those who sell lotto tickets, a very sincere thank you.
Again this year, Laune Rangers were accepted as sponsors in the Student Summer Job Scheme, which is run by the Department of Social Welfare. This year, Michael Hassett, Liam Hassett and Billy O Shea were employed under the scheme and used their talents to coach our young players. I would like to thank the Department of Social Welfare for this scheme and for the efficient manner in which it is administered by them.
Laune Rangers remains a sponsor of the Fás Scheme. Last year, I said that the grounds were in the best hands, in that Mattie Cahill and Jerry O Sullivan were employed. Thankfully, both are with us for another year and I wish to thank them both for the great work they are doing and making us all proud of the J.P. O Sullivan Park.
During the year, Laune Rangers hosted the first round of the Co. Senior Football Championship and the semi-final of the Munster Club Football Championship. I would like to thank all those who helped with stewarding, etc. on those days and ensured that everything went off to perfection. I would especially like to thank Mattie and Jerry for the manner in which the field and surrounds were presented.
At last year’s convention, the club was requested to look at improving the lighting in the field. This task became a priority for the officers and acted upon immediately after the convention. I am happy to report that this project is now complete and the result most satisfactory. I would like to thank Jerry Coffey for transporting the poles for us and a sincere thanks to those who helped in the erection of same. The club also purchased its own P.A. system this year ansd all contribute to making the J.P. O Sullivan Park a fine sports-ground capable of hosting any foolballing occasion.
This year, the agreement between ourselves and Cromane was up for review. We duly attended a Munster Council meeting in Limerick. The result of the meeting is that the parish remains open at juvenile level and not so at senior level. However, if a juvenile player opts to play for Cromane, he is allowed to continue playing senior with Cromane, also. The same applies where a juvenile opts to play for Laune Rangers.
In an effort to promote the club, we decided to get a club window so as to display our achievements, display memoirs and advertise fixtures and results. O Regan’s window (Lower Bridge Street) was chosen and I would like to congratulate James Ferris and Mary Johnston for the very fine job they did. It has been commented on by many people. I would also like to thank those who update the window regularly. I would also like to thank Denis O Neill (The Square) who gave us his window for displaying fixtures.
In conjunction with the Wild Flower of the Laune Festival, Laune Rangers were asked to host a reunion of its players for the years between 1958 and 1967. The club decided to proceed and held the reunion on Sat. 23rd Sept. (in the Manor Inn). The reunion was well attended and a great night was had by ball and, as a result, may well be something the club will do again. I would especially like to thank Mícheál O Mahony and Christy O Riordan for the many items of memorabilia they provided for the occasion.
The club decided that, in the interest of the juvenile players, a separate Bord na nOg would be set up. James Ferris was elected as Chairman, William Joy as Secretary and Michael Ahern as PRO.
This year, the club decided to appoint an Insurance Officer to look after the Players’ Injury Scheme, plus ensure that the J.P. O Sullivan Park was a safe place for all who attend there. Bart Moriarty was appointed and I would like to thank Bart most sincerely for his efforts.
This year, a Finance Committee was formed to manage various events in order to raise much-needed finance. This committee, under the chairmanship of Michael Foley, worked very hard and did a marvellous job. From making money through sponsorship, to the making and selling of flags, caps and neckties, the committee tirelessly worked and raised a considerable amount of money. The committee is very busy at the moment organising the upcoming Race Night to be held in the Fishery on Sun. 28th Jan. This promises to be a great night and your support will be greatly appreciated. The club wishes to thank each and everyone of the Finance Committee.
The club received the Club of the Year award from the Co. Board this year. The club, also, received the Sportstar of the Month for November from the Kerryman.
On the playing field, Laune Rangers were represented at all ages. In my past two reports, I was able to give pride of place to the team, which won its respective Co. Championship. In 1993 it was the senior team, in 1994 it was the senior ‘C’ team. This year, pride of place goes to all the teams, because it was an historic year for all our teams.
The minor team was managed this year by James Sheehan, Maurice Corkery, Noel O Mahony and Jerry Coffey. The four selectors were elected at the Bord na nOg AGM. A lot was expected of the team and it did not disappoint. Their first outing was in the Co. League. Some fine performances against Spa, arch-rivals Dr. Crokes and Kilcummin saw them contest the League Final against Austin Stacks on Sat. 13th May in Castleisland. Both teams knew each other very well as they had contested the Co. U-16 Final two years previously. This was to be your typical tough final. In the end, Laune Rangers won the title by the narrowest of margins, 0-9 to 0-8.
In the championship, the team really displayed some very fine performances. One of the best games of football I saw this year was the replay with South-Kerry. South-Kerry took the initiative early on and a brilliant second-half performance by Laune Rangers saw them win this great match on a score-line of 1-11 to 1-10. The next game was against Austin Stacks, in Tralee. Laune Rangers were by far the better team but poor judgement by an umpire resulted in Austin Stacks being awarded a goal that should not have been. However, the lads stuck to their task and were eventual winners on a score-line of 0-12 to 1-7. Feale Rangers provided the opposition in the final. The game was fixed for 8th September at Austin Stack Park. Laune Rangers got off to a great start but some determined play by Feale Rangers in the second half saw them bring the game to a replay. The replay was set for Sat. 23rd September, again at Austin Stack Park. Laune Rangers played some great football and were deserving Co. Champions, winning on a score-line of 3-7 to 0-9.
For some unknown reason, there was no Urban Minor League this year, a competition, which began two years ago and one which Laune Rangers won both years. I would not expect many to dispute that, had it been played this year, Laune Rangers would have made it three-in-a-row. The Mid-Kerry Championship was disappointing, when we were beaten by Milltown/Castlemaine on a score-line of 1-9 to 1-8. I would like to sincerely congratulate James, Maurice, Noel and Jerry. I would also like to congratulate the entire minor panel. A great night was had by all, when they brought the Co. Championship Cup over the Laune on that Saturday night.
As if it was not good enough to bring one county championship to Killorglin on that Saturday night in Killorglin in September, another one of our senior teams retained its Co. Championship that same day. I speak of the Senior ‘C’ team. This team was managed this year by the ever hard-working Michael O Shea and Peter Lyons. The ‘C’ team had a good run in the League and reached the semi-final. However, on that occasion, they were beaten by St. Mary’s ‘B’ by just 1 point. However, after the previous year, their minds were set on the Barrett Cup. A very serious effort was made and again the combination of youth and experience was to pay off. In Round 1, they played Milltown/Castlemaine ‘B’, winning on a score-line of 3-12 to 1-6. Beaufort ‘B’ were next and the teams drew. Having reached the quarter-final, Moyvane ‘B’ provided the opposition. The lads won on a score-line of 1-14 to 1-7. In the semi-final, Laune Rangers beat Dingle ‘B’ by 0-16 to 1-7. Gneeveguilla ‘B’ had also reached the final and the date was set for 23rd September in Castleisland, following the minor final. All left Tralee and on to Castleisland. Some brilliant performances saw Laune Rangers ‘C’ retain the Barrett Cup, winning on a score-line of 3-7 to 2-7. A number of minors lined out for the ‘C’ team that day, having played their hearts out earlier to win the Co. Minor Championship. Both teams got on Quirke’s lorry and made that proudest of trips up the town. It was a marvellous occasion for both teams and the fact that it coincided with the Wild Flower of the Laune, plus the Laune Rangers reunion, made it all the better. Congratulations to Mike O Shea and Peter Lyons for achieving the two-in-a-row. Well done to each one of the players who lined out for the ‘C’ team during the League and Championship.
The U-21 Championship will probably go down as one of the most exciting competitions that Laune Rangers played in this year. The team was managed by those four wise men, James Sheehan, Maurice Corkery, Noel O Mahony and Jerry Coffey. These four will be remembered mostly for the shrewd and match-winning changes, which were made at different stages of the games. The opening game was against Shannon Rangers on a very wet evening in Killorglin. At halftime, it looked as though we would be making a quick exit, but a rousing halftime talk saw Laune Rangers come out a different team in the second half and they went on to win on a score-line of 1-7 to 0-8. The much-fancied East-Kerry were the next opponents. Again this game was played in Killorglin and, with just five minutes left, we were trailing by 6 points. A team change was made and the immediate result was a goal for Laune Rangers. The team went on to play some absolutely brilliant football and win the game by 3-10 to 1-11. South-Kerry were next, again in Killorglin on a bitterly cold day. South-Kerry got off to the better start and led at halftime. However, they were not to score in the second half and Laune Rangers won by 1-8 to 1-4. John Mitchels were to provide the opposition in the final, which was played in Killarney. This was a typical tough game and some great football played. However, the boys in blue were the better on the day and won deservedly on a score-line of 1-13 to 0-9. Once more, we were to convene at the end of the bridge and, with blaring horns, drive up the town with the trophy aloft. Well done again James, Maurice, Noel and Jerry for what was for you a tremendous year. Congratulations also to the entire U-21 panel.
The senior ‘B’ team had a wonderful year, winning all competitions available to it. The team was managed by Ger Counihan, Maurice Corkery and Mike O Shea. The team had a great run in the Co. League, with impressive wins over Beaufort, Ballydonoghue, arch-rivals of last year, Kerins O Rahillys, Dr. Crokes, John Mitchels and Desmonds. The final was contested by Austin Stacks and ourselves. We had met in the first round of the League and had shared the points, on a score-line of 1-5 to 0-8. The final was played in Farranfore on a very windy day. Following a great performance, Laune Rangers were crowned League Champions on a score-line of 2-12 to 1-11. The Mid-Kerry ‘B’ Championship proved no problem for the lads. They very quickly put the first defeat to the hands of Keel behind them and went on to contest the final with Beaufort. They won very convincingly on a score-line of 1-15 to 0-4.
The Co Club ‘B’ Championship (Molyneaux Cup) draw was made and we were pitted against Kerins O Rahillys in the first round. The game was played in Killorglin and we won on a score-line of 1-13 to 0-9. The semi-final was a meeting with John Mitchels at Milltown, which the lads won easily, 3-16 to 1-4. Once again, Austin Stacks were our opponents in competing for the Co. Championship. The game was played in Castleisland on a Saturday afternoon. This was to prove to be a much tougher encounter than the League final, with Austin Stacks desperate for revenge. Again some wise decisions by the management saw the introduction of Brian Gannon late in the game, and he scored a fabulous goal. They won on a score-line of 1-10 to 0-9. Well done to Ger, Maurice and Mike and the entire Senior ‘B’ panel for such a commited performance and all the success that came with it.
Our Senior team had an historic year, winning every competition in Mid-Kerry, County, Munster and are now in the All-Ireland Club Championship semi-final on 18th Feb. The team was managed by John Evans, Patsy Joy and new man, John Griffin. In the Mid-Kerry League, the team had huge wins over Milltown/Castlemaine, Glenbeigh and Cromane, who they beat by 10-11 to 0-3. The final saw the usual pairing of Milltown/Castlemaine and ourselves, which was played in Killorglin. This was totally one-sided, with Laune Rangers winning by 1-17 to 0-1.
In the Mid-Kerry Championship, Laune Rangers qualified for the final without playing a game, as Cromane decided not to play the semi-final. Beaufort provided the opposition in the final, which was played in Milltown. The lads made it six-in-a-row on a score-line of 0-13 to 1-5. This year, the team won the Co. League for the second year-in-a-row. That campaign began back on 26th March against Austin Stacks. On the day, we were beaten by one point. However, this was quickly put behind them, as they won the following eight games, by which time they had qualified for the League final. That was played in Tralee on 17th Dec. We played some marvellous football in the opening 20 minutes, when we might have well put the game far beyond Dingle. Although Dingle came strong in the second half, our lads were not going to be denied the two-in-a-row and they won the game by 1-7 to 0-6.
The Co. Championship is the premium competition for every team in Kerry. The disappointment of last year was still fresh in the minds, as we faced Shannon Rangers in the first round in Killorglin. This was the toughest game of the competition, as it went right down to the wire. However, we won on a score-line of 1-10 to 0-11. Next was Spa/Gneeveguilla in Tralee. This was one-way traffic and we won by 2-10 to 1-3. Kenmare, with the Spillanes, was the opposition in the semi-final that was played in Tralee. On the day, the lads put up a fine score of 3-12 to Kenmare’s 2-4. On the same day, East-Kerry beat Annascaul to earn its way to the Co. Final. The excitement in Killorglin was unprecedented, as we got ready for our second final in just three years. The Finance Committee was hard at work raising money – selling flags, caps, neckties and T-shirts all over the town. Again this year, Maurice Corkery’s van was used as a mobile shop. At the same time, the team was preparing very hard so as to ensure no stone was left unturned in the quest of the Bishop Moynihan Cup. October 8th was set for the final, which was played in Tralee. On the days coming up to the final, the town was again decked out in blue, with even Santa Claus being taken out of the attic early and dressed in a blue and white jersey. The day arrived and, as Gina Sheehan was busy decorating the team bus, the players, decked out in their blazers, gathered outside the cinema. It was onto the bus, with the customary throw of holy water from Francie Sheahan, and on to Tralee. All the preparations were complete and the hour had come. Laune Rangers dominated throughout and won the game on the score-line of 1-7 to 0-6. It was indeed a very proud moment for all when Gerard Murphy held the Bishop Moynihan Cup aloft in the stand. After a meal in the Grand Hotel, it was on to Killorglin for that trip up the town on the lorry to the acclaim of all Laune Rangers supporters. A great night, and a few days, was had, but it was clear that this would all finish quickly as their sights were set on even greater things.
And so it was, as the team very quickly began preparing for the game with Bantry. What a day this was! As Killorglin was vacated, all headed for Bantry. This was a most memorable game and one in which the team showed its best football and determination to win. It was a very tough game, with a draw seeming almost inevitable. However, the lads made one more assault on the Bantry goal and a wonderful point was put over the bar by Paul Griffin.
Claughaun was next in Killorglin. This was a rather dull game but, more importantly, it was a win for the lads and we had now reached the Munster Final. Moyle Rovers of Tipperary was the opposition. Remembering back to the dressing-room before the game that day, John Evans asked for 110% display from every player. On the day, he got a lot more, as the lads turned in a display of football that not many people could draw comparison with. They were crowned Munster Club Champions, defeating Moyle Rovers by 3-19 to 2-4. The team is now busy preparing for the semi-final encounter with Corofin on 18th Feb.
In the Kerry Club Championship, Laune Rangers defeated Desmonds by 3-10 to 0-10. The next game is against Dr. Crokes but no definite date has been set for this game.
Heartiest congratulations to John Evans, Patsy Joy, John Griffin and the entire senior panel. You have had a phenomenal year and we know it has not happened by chance. It is the culmination of so much hard work and determination. We now wish you every success in the semi-final and from there in the All-Ireland Final on St. Patrick’s Day.
Laune Rangers Club continues its association with Firies in forming St. Mary’s Hurling Club, which takes part in the South-Kerry Hurling Championship, Co. League and Championship. We wish St. Mary’s many years of continued success.
Laune Rangers were well represented at county level in 1995. At senior level, Mike Hassett, Liam Hassett, Billy O Shea, Conor Kearney, Gerard Murphy, Timmy Fleming and Tommy Byrne wore the green and gold. At U-21 level, we were represented by Mike and Liam Hassett. We wish to congratulate both on winning the All-Ireland title for the Kingdom. At minor level, Laune Rangers had an unprecedented representation on the county team. John Sheehan, John O Sullivan, Mike Russell, John Lynch, Pa O Sullivan and Fergal O Brien were on the county panel, whch lost the Munster semi-final replay to Cork.
Laune Rangers provided seven referees to the county this year. Pat O Shea, John Griffin, John Evans, Pat Pigott, Peter Lyons, Michael O Reilly and Timmy Moroney were all available to officiate at games in the county.
James Coffey continues as Joint-Treasurer of the Co. Board, a position he has now held for twenty-four years.
The club would like to thank its main sponsor, The Fishery, for everything during the year. The club would also like to thank Bunkers Restaurant for, on many occasions, providing food for its players. The club would also like to thank the Manor Inn for allowing us to have our AGM here tonight, plus all our club meetings during the year.
The club would like to thank Mary Clifford for her work in preparing our youngsters for competition in Scór na nÓg.
The club would also like to thank John Quirke for, without fail, making available his lorry to bring our victorious teams across the Laune. And, John, I hope we will require you many more times in the future.
I would like to also thank Donie Griffin for not failing to turn up with his camera at every final contested by all our teams and taking that all important photograph, which we will all cherish in years to come.
On a personal note, I would like to thank all my fellow officers, all those people I called on for help with various things during the year and you, the members of this fine club, for affording me the responsibility of Secretary for the past three years. I have been most fortunate to have worked with such fine fellow officers, trainers and players and to have been part of such successful times for Laune Rangers. Secretary of a club like Laune Rangers, which, thank God, is so successful, requires a lot of time. Over the past three years, I have tried to serve the club as best I could. Unfortunately, I am not in a position at present to promise that level of commitment, as there are other demands on my time. It is for that reason, and no other, that I have decided to step down. I am glad to be handing over this position in such good times and I wish my successor the very best of luck and hope that he will get as many hours/days of satisfaction and fun as I have.
I wish the club every success in 1996. I would dearly love to spend St. Patrick’s weekend in Dublin this year.
Go raibh maith agaibh,
Diarmuid Ó Sé.”