Austin Stacks 2-12, Laune Rangers 0-12
Laune Rangers were defeated by Austin Stacks on Wednesday evening in the Central Region Under 15 Division 1 Final, which was played in John Mitchels GAA complex in Tralee.
A good start for Laune Rangers saw them claim the first two scores, as Charlie O’Sullivan & Bryan McKenna kicked excellent points. Somewhat against the run of play, Austin Stacks broke upfield in the sixth minute and scored a goal to take the lead, but Laune Rangers responded well with points by John Horgan and Adam O’Neill. A point for Austin Stacks saw scores level at 0-4 to 1-1 with a quarter of the game played.
A pointed free was followed by an excellent point by Patrick O’Donnell to put Laune Rangers ahead but it was short lived, as Austin Stacks hit for their second goal a minute later. A strong end to the half saw Stacks add a further four points (one free) with Adam O’Neill kicking one back for Rangers to leave Austin Stacks ahead by four at the break.
Half Time Score:- Austin Stacks 2-5, Laune Rangers 0-7.
Having started the game without key players in Tomás Joy & Colm Evans, Laune Rangers saw Liam O’Connell withdraw with injury at the start of the second half, which was disappointing as he had been excellent in the opening period. A pointed free by John Horgan was followed by a well taken point by Oran O’Sullivan, a well deserved reward for his efforts throughout the game. However, Austin Stacks were always able to pick up the pace to keep Rangers out of reach, and they added four successive points (two frees) to lead by two goals at 2-9 to 0-9 with a quarter remaining.
To their credit, Laune Rangers kept battling away and further points were added by John Horgan and Charlie O’Sullivan – the latter an excellently struck ’45. These scores were quickly nullified by a brace at the other end and, after points were traded by Rangers’ Ned O’Grady and Stacks, the final whistle was blown to give the Tralee side the victory.
Full Time Score:- Austin Stacks 2-12, Laune Rangers 0-12
Laune Rangers:- Adam Radny, Ciarán Birmingham, Aaron Doyle, Rian Hogan, Patrick O’Donnell (0-1), Dylan Flynn, Liam O’Connell, James Jones, Charlie O’Sullivan (0-2, 1 ’40), Adam O’Neill 0-2), John Horgan (0-4, 2f), Oran O’Sullivan (0-1), Jamie Flynn, Alex Garry, Bryan McKenna (0-1). Subs: Daniel Kelly for O’Connell, Conor West for McKenna, Callum Russell for J Flynn, Ned O’Grady (0-1) for D Flynn, Conor Sheehan for Birmingham.