Laune Rangers 0-9, Skellig Rangers/Valentia 2-13
Laune Rangers White team suffered a home defeat to Skellig Rangers/Valentia in the County Minor League Division 6 on Thursday evening.
Rangers led by 0-3 to 0-1 at the first water break, with Rian O’Sullivan and Adam Owens (2 frees) scoring for the home side. However, Skellig/Valentia controlled the second quarter scoring five points to Rangers two (both from Cillian Buckley), and a goal for the visitors at the end of the half gave Skellig/Valentia a strong lead at the break.
Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-5, Skellig Rangers/Valentia 1-6.
Skellig/Valentia pointed three in succession at the start of the second half to extend their lead to seven, before Adam Owens scored a point at the other end. The visitors pointed again but Cillian Buckley got one back to leave Laune Rangers trailing by 1-10 to 0-7 at the second half water break.
David Crowley and Tim Mangan got on the scoreboard for Rangers in the final quarter – the latter in particular just reward for a great shift put in at full back. The visitors scored three further points before hitting the net for a second goal in the last minute. Skellig/Valentia may have worried the left side of the scoreboard more, but for the heroics in goal of young goalkeeper Patryk Radny – the only U15 player starting on either Laune Rangers Minor team.
Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 0-9, Skellig Rangers/Valentia 2-13.
Having won against the only other second team at Minor level in the County – Dr Crokes – last week, it was a steep learning curve for the White team to face an ‘A’ team for the first time. All in all, it was a promising performance, where two further players made their seasonal reappearace bringing to 30 the number of players in the Minor grade to start a game so far this season.
Laune Rangers White:- Patryk Radny, James Prendiville, Tim Mangan (0-1), Colin Griffin, Micheál O’Shea, Devon Hogan, Joseph O’Neill, Jack Lynch, Joseph Cronin Langham, John Tuohy, Rian O’Sullivan (0-1), Cillian Buckley (0-3), Oisín Lynch, Adam Owens (0-3, 2f), Darragh Evans. Subs: Cillian Foley for Cronin Langham, David Crowley (0-1) for O Lynch, Killian Spillane for Prendiville, Darragh Clifford for Buckley, Eoin O’Connell for J Lynch.