Laune Rangers 2-9, Austin Stacks 0-8
With the exact result required to qualify for the Corrib Oil County Senior League Division 4 final, Laune Rangers defeated Austin Stacks on Monday evening in their rescheduled tie in JP O’Sullivan Park.
It was played in silppery conditions with a some severe rain showers falling during the game, but a strong second half drove the home side on to win by the seven point margin required to progress on to the final.
Fodhla Houlihan opened the scoring with a goal for Laune Rangers in the second minute, but Austin Stacks would battle back to level matters as a Laura Leslie point for the hosts would leave scores at 1-1 to 0-4 with a quarter played, while Fodhla Houlihan saw a well struck penalty saved excellently by the Austin Stacks goalkeeper in this time.
Ciara O’Brien and Fodhla Houlihan added points for Laune Rangers with a single being added on the other end, leavng Austin Stacks trailing their hosts by a point at the break.
Half Time Score:- Laune Rangers 1-3, Austin Stacks 0-5.
Sara Leslie was introduced at the interval, and she made a big difference in the second half. Some great team movement saw the defence open and Sara Leslie struck for a crucial second goal. She also added two points as the sides traded scores. As the game moved towards its end, the heavens opened with a torrent falling, but Laune Rangers, led by a huge defensive effort at the back, held on for the seven point win they needed to progress to the Corrib Oil Division 4 Final.
Full Time Score:- Laune Rangers 2-9, Austin Stacks 0-8
Laune Rangers:- Sarah O Connor, Milly Foley, Andrea Nolan, Olivia Moriarty, Lucy O Donnell, Orla O’Brien (capt), Laura Patton, Kayleigh McGlashan, Erin Murphy, Maedbh Johnston, Sophia Doherty, Ailbhe Clifford, Laura Leslie, Fodhla Houlihan, Ciara O Brien; Isabella Doherty, Sara Leslie, Niamh Doyle, Eabha Dolan,Aine Hassett,Aisling O’Connor, Áine Hassett, Nessa Healy, Isobelle Sheehan