Laune Rangers 1-06
Milltown/Castlemaine Go Top of the Mid Kerry League After Victory Over Near Neighbours
Report by Dara O'Connor
Milltown/Castlemaine played host to Round 2 of the Mid Kerry Senior Football League today against near neighbours & arch rivals Laune Rangers.
The home side came into the contest on the back of an opening round ten point win away to Keel last Sunday so spirits were high whilst Laune Rangers were coming off the back of a disappointing opening round heavy defeat to Glenbeigh/Glencar in Cloon which they lost by nineteen points so a response was expected from the visitors.
It was the home side who were quickest out of the blocks however and early points from full forward and corner forward Jeremiah Hayes and Jamie O'Shea from a tight angle put us 0-2 to 0-0 ahead inside two minutes.
Jamie O'Shea on four minutes from a close in free after he was fouled whilst bearing down on goal pushed the lead out to three points after four minutes.
Laune Rangers registered their first score of the contest after six minutes when midfielder Shane McSweeney landed a big score from a long way out after Colm O'Shea laid the ball off to him. A minute later and O'Shea through a 21 yard free converted after Daniel Whittleton had been held back when trying to break free from a tackle to narrow the gap further, Milltown/Castlemaine now leading 0-3 to 0-2. The hosts thereafter hit a purple patch, scoring 1-4 without reply as two frees from Jerome Flynn (One in the 10th minute from 14 yards after Vinny Costello touched the ball on the ground and another in the 23rd minute after a long ball from Pa Wren caused confusion in the Rangers goalmouth leading to a simple free in front of the goals). Sandwiched in between Flynn's two pointed frees, centre-forward Gavin Horan hit the net for a goal on 14 minutes after Flynn popped the ball off the shoulder to an on-rushing Horan who buried to the corner of the Rangers net to make it three goals in two games for an in-form Horan and also an interesting statistic being that Jerome Flynn has been the man who has played the final pass for every Milltown/Castlemaine goal so far in 2019 highlighting his importance to the team.
Milltown lead at the half-way stage
Jamie O'Shea also pointed just before this Horan goal from play to round off the home sides first half scoring by the 23rd minute leading 1-7 to 0-2 by this stage.
Laune Rangers failed to drop their heads and would finish the opening half with a flurry as 1-1 before half-time, the goal coming from a palmed finish to an empty net by Colm O'Shea after a pointed effort from Jack O'Connor came back off the upright to the waiting O'Shea who showed great anticipation to finish to the net. Their young centre-forward Darragh O'Connor slotted over a point on the brink of half time also in the 31st minute to leave four points between the sides at the midway point.
HT- Milltown/Castlemaine 1-7 Laune Rangers 1-3
Laune Rangers who undoubtedly had their best spell of this encounter either side of half-time started where they left off before the interval as two early points in the 32nd and 38th minutes respectively, both from the boot of Colm O'Shea, a 21 yard free after David Costello was fouled and another free from 14 yards had only two between the sides at 1-7 to 1-5 and rounded off a spell where the visitors had hit 1-3 without reply to make it game well and truly on.
Unfortunately this was to be as good as it got and as close as they would come to turning the match in their favour as they would only notch one more score between the 38th and 60th minutes. They would wait eighteen minutes to register their next point whilst during this spell, Milltown/Castlemaine put four points on the board to widen the gap.
Milltown-Castlemaine drive on to claim victory
Donal Dennehy who led by example in midfield when the going got tough got the home teams scoring underway for the second half on thirty nine minutes from play off his left peg (Milltown/Castlemaine's first score since the 23rd minute, the only slight negative from the overall very positive performance).
Pa Wren on forty minutes with a peach of a point from play after good build-up play from substitute John Dennehy and Jerome Flynn & Jeremiah Hayes on forty four minutes off his left from play after Wren intercepted a ball in the middle of the park before feeding David Roche who popped the ball to Hayes who was in the better position put us 1-10 to 1-5 ahead with the final quarter to come.
Jerome Flynn tagged on a 14 yard free on fifty three minutes to punish a Laune Rangers error when a free-kick they had near their own goal didn't travel the required distance to push the gap out to six points, 1-11 to 1-5.
Shane McSweeney for Laune Rangers ended the aforementioned eighteen minute barren spell for the men from the banks of the River Laune when he pointed on fifty six minutes following good interchange play with corner forward David Costello, this however would be their final score of the day.
Milltown/Castlemaine pushed for home in the latter stages of this Mid Kerry League contest as points from Jerome Flynn in the 57th and 64th minutes respectively, one from a free which he won and converted from 14 yards, the other a super point from a tricky angle after the standout performer of the second half Pa Wren played a sublime pass which cut open the Rangers rearguard.
Sandwiched in between and right on the hour mark (60th min) it was the turn of the new breed of youngsters to lay down their own marker as two minors in substitute Dylan O'Neil and wing-back David Leane combined in only their second senior appearance for Milltown/Castlemaine to rattle the net as O'Neil played a ball across the square which was fumbled by Vinny Costello and buried by Leane.
Referee Billy O'Shea called full-time after 65 minutes and Milltown/Castlemaine move to the top of the standings with a second ten point win in the space of seven days.
FT- Milltown/Castlemaine 2-13 Laune Rangers 1-06
A hugely positive start to 2019 for the Seniors with two 10 points wins to get the year up and running, for the second week in succession they have scored 13 points (3-13 last week, 2-13 today, 5-26 in total), 5 goals in 2 games and only 3 scores conceded from open play in 65 minutes of Football today providing a welcome confidence boost to the defenders on the team.From an attacking perspective the team scored 2-8 from open play today with 0-5 from frees. Well done to both the players and management.
C Leane, C O'Connor, T McCarthy, S Roche, K O'Carroll, P Wren (0-1), D Leane (1-0), D Dennehy (0-1), D Roche, K Kerins, G Horan (1-1), C Counihan, J O'Shea (0-3, 1 Free), J Flynn (0-5, 4 Frees), J Hayes (0-2)
Laune Rangers Scorers:
Colm O'Shea (1-3, 3 Frees)
Shane McSweeney (0-2)
Darragh O'Connor (0-1)