Laune Rangers 1-09
Both Milltown/Castlemaine and Laune Rangers renewed their local rivalry in Cromane in the Final of The Mid Kerry Junior Football League. It was a contest of the highest quality and it took 80 plus minutes to separate these two sides after scores were level after the full-time whistle went following a pulsating duel. On their way to the Final both sides had 4 rounds to complete, Laune Rangers beat Glenbeigh/Glencar, Beaufort and Cromane whilst they had experienced defeat to Milltown/Castlemaine by a solitary point in Round 1. Milltown/Castlemaine beat Glenbeigh/Glencar, Laune Rangers and Cromane en route to the decider whilst falling to a one point defeat to Beaufort so there was expected to be little between these two neighbours. Milltown/Castlemaine played with the aid of a strong breeze in the opening half but it was the Launesiders who started more sharply and John O'Shea opened their account on 5 mins off his left boot. This propelled M/C into action and Kieran O'Carroll who went on to score 0-3 in total from wing-back and receive Man of The Match got M/C on the scoreboard with an immediate reply. Further points from Brendan Delaney, Eoin O'Mahony & Paul Carroll seen M/C open up a commanding 0-5 to 0-1 lead by the 15th minute as Rangers found the wind hard to get any return from. Kieran Doona & O'Shea tagged on 0-2 more points for Rangers to leave it 0-5 to 0-3 but a late Jamie O'Shea free in the half saw M/C lead 0-6 to 0-3 at the interval.
Three late Rangers' points take it to extra time
Laune Rangers would play with the aid of the elements for the 2nd half but Eoin O'Mahony & Kieran O'Carroll tagged on two frees early doors with no little use of force required in order to push the ball through the gale winds. M/C had extended their lead out to 0-9 to 0-5 by the time the 45th min came but Laune Rangers brought themselves right back into matters with 1-1 on the trot as Eamonn Carey goaled from a penalty after a leg block & Shane Daly had pointed from distance just before the penalty so it was game on heading down the home straight. M/C with the help of Jamie O'Shea from frees and another massive Kieran O'Carroll point opened the lead back out to three points heading into injury time but Daniel Whittleton from a '45', John O'Shea and Kieran Doona with an equaliser with the last kick of the match took matters into extra time.
Milltown-Castlemaine bounce back to claim the victory
Despite Rangers ecstasy at equalising so late on it was all Milltown/Castlemaine over the two periods as super sub Jonathan O'Sullivan pointed 3 times alongside Jamie O'Shea & a tremendous score on the brink of 1st half injury time by Captain Tadgh McCarthy seen Milltown score 0-6 over the two extra time halves to take their total to 0-18 and a great defensive display kept Laune Rangers scoreless to aid the cause. Well done to the 30+ players on show tonight, it really was a Panel effort as over 20 players were needed on a hot evening for sport. Special thanks to the management of Garry, Ger and Mike also, to our supporters and as always our sponsors Larkins Bar and Restauraunt and Londis Topshop/PR team for keeping everyone updated, it really is a team effort! Panel : (No Particular Order) Bryan O'Sullivan, Eoin O'Mahony, Paul Carroll, Jono O'Connor, Thady O'Sullivan, Jonathan O'Sullivan, Jamie O'Shea, Roan Hegarty, Linus Og Burke, John Blenner Hassett, Mark Wren, Tadgh McCarthy (Capt), Dara O'Connor, Matthew Ahern, Brendan Delaney, Patrick O'Connor, Mike Burke, Damian Murphy, Cathal O'Connor, Craig Counihan, John McAuliffe, Aaron O'Brien, Liam Burke, Michael Quirke, Daniel Cronin, Killian Kerins, Kieran McKenna, Adam Scanlon, Seamus O'Dowd & Kieran O'Carroll (Man of The Match). Also a few missing from above Panel due to Injuries, unavailability etc Report courtesy of Dara O'Connor.