Laune Rangers White 4-7, Kenmare 4-12
The second teams of both Laune Rangers and Kenmare Shamrocks served up a fantastic game on Wednesday evening in JP O’Sullivan Park, with the visitors coming out on top by five points in the end.
Down a number of players on the night, Laune Rangers had 14 available so the game was played at 13 a side, with five Under 13s coming up to play for the home team. Kenmare started brightly and scored an early goal as well as a couple of points, but points by Conor West (2, 1 free) and Liam O’Connell saw Rangers trailing by 1-2 to 0-3 with fifteen minutes played.
A Luke Moriarty point was cancelled out by one for Kenmare before a Conor West goal put Laune Rangers ahead. However, Kenmare responded immediately with a go ahead goal and followed up with three consecutive points. A superb Callum Robertson point from a tight angle saw Rangers trail by four at the break. Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers White 1-5, Kenmare Shamrocks 2-6.
Laune Rangers got the perfect start to the second half as Callum Robertson scored an excellent goal. Mikey Hynes was denied by a great save by the Kenmare goalkeeper, and momentum swung further in the visitors’ favour as they converted a penalty to restore their four point lead. Laune Rangers scored a third goal as Callum Robertson hit a rocket of a shot to the top corner from long range, and Conor West pointed a free to level the game at 2-6 a piece with a quarter of the game to play.
Kenmare Shamrocks responded in style and scored four points in the next three minutes, but Callum Robertson completed his hattrick with another great goal, having received a great pass by Conor West, leaving just a point between the sides. However, a point to double the lead was followed by a fourth Kenmare goal to effectively seal the win, although points were traded between the sides before the game finished with Conor West slotting a free for Rangers. Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers White 4-7, Kenmare Shamrocks 4-12.
While defeated, it was a great effort by a young Laune Rangers side. Midfield pair Luke Moriarty and Liam O’Connell put in a great shift, while Brian Foley settled excellently into a new role in defence. Meanwhile, the Under 13 cohort were all excellent, with Conor Murphy and Cormac Sweeney thriving at the back and Mikey Hynes & particularly Callum Robertson brilliant in attack.
Laune Rangers White:- Adam Radny, Conor Sheehan, Conor Murphy, Callum Russell, Brian Foley, Cormac Sweeney, Luke Moriarty (0-1), Liam O’Connell (0-1), Cian McGrath, Callum Robertson (3-1), Mikey Hynes, Conor West (1-4, 3f), Rhys Mangan. Sub: Luke Carey