1987

1987

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Laune Rangers – 1987

 Laune Rangers retained the Co. Football League Division 1.

Laune Rangers won the Mid-Kerry Senior Championship for the fifth year-in-a-row and the twelfth time in total.

Laune Rangers retained the Mid-Kerry Senior League, winning it for the eighthth time.

Laune Rangers won the Mid-Kerry Senior ‘B’ Championship for the fifth time.

Laune Rangers won the Co. Minor Football Championship for the second time, the Mid-Kerry Championship for the twentieth time but lost the Co. Minor League Final to Dingle.

Laune Rangers won the County (5th time) and Mid-Kerry U-16 Championships (17th time).

Laune Rangers won the Mid-Kerry U-14 Championship for the eighteenth time.

Laune Rangers won the County (4th time) and Mid-Kerry U-12 Championships (12th time).

Laune Rangers were beaten in the final of Co. Minor Hurling League Div. 2.

The Kerry Vocational Schools’ team won the Munster Championship but were beaten in the All-Ireland Final – Patie Casey was on the team and Danny Cahill came on as a substitute.

Kerry won the Munster U-21 Football Championship but was beaten in the All-Ireland Final – Gerard Murphy was on the team.

James Coffey was Joint Treasurer of the Kerry Co. Board for the fifteenth successive year and Jerome Conway was on the Co. Minor Football Selection Committee for the second successive year.

Kerry lost the Munster Minor Football Final to Cork by one point. Timmy Fleming played at centre half-forward and Pat McKenna was a substitute.

Maurice Harmon was Joint-Treasurer of the Mid-Kerry Board for the eighth successive year.

Laune Rangers organised Bord na nOg Chiarraí Láir – Jerome Conway was Chairman and Pat Pigott was Secretary.

Bart Moriarty was Secretary of the Kerry Referees Committee for the ninth successive year.

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The AGM of the Laune Rangers Club was held in the Carnegie School on Mon. 19th Jan. 1987. Fifty or so members attended. (The Secretary’s Report was given at the end of 1986). The Treasurers’ Report showed an excess in expenditure over income for the year. The Chairman, Jerome Conway, in his address, pointed out that the only drawback to the club for the previous year had been the lack of input by the players to the ordinary running of the club. He hoped that there would be a marked improvement for the coming year, leading to an improvement in the club itself. He thanked the Treasurers for their comprehensive report. Special mention was made of James Coffey for his efforts in promoting the Co. Board Draw. But for him, the Draw would have been a flop in relation to rebates. He said that the club draw had been reasonably successful. He thanked the Manor Inn and Brian O Shea for the dancing facilities that they had just recently put at the disposal of the club. He congratulated the senior team on its achievements, along with Peter Gill and Noel O Mahony. The Mid-Kerry Final had brought the first sign of maturity in the team’s play. That would have to be built on and a serious effort would have to be made to win the Co. Senior Championship. Tom Johnston, Peter Lyons and Joe Shannon were congratulated on donning the county colours at various stages during the year, along with Kerry minors, Timmy Fleming and Paul Griffin. He stressed that a greater effort would have to be made by the club registrars to increase club membership. He outlined his wishes for 1987 as, 1) that there would be a greater degree of involvement in the club by the members, 2) that the senior team would set its sights higher and achieve even greater things and, 3) a Fund-raising Committee would be set up in order to bring normality to the finances of the club.

The following officers were elected:

Chairman – Jerome Conway.

Vice-Chairman – Jim Galvin.

Secretary – Tommy Woods (Joe Shannon did not seek re-election and Pat Pigott withdrew his name, having been nominated.).

Treasurers – James Coffey and Edward Stack.

Registrars – Liam Shannon and Brian O Shea.

Chairman of Laune Rangers Bord na nOg – Pat Pigott.

Delegate to Co. Board – Noel O Mahony.

PRO – Anthony Shannon.

Delegates to Mid-Kerry Board – John Clifford and Tommy Woods.

Senior Team Selectors – Noel O Mahony, Frank Russell and John Clifford.

‘B’ Team Selectors – Michael Foley, Maurice Corkery and Mike Murphy.

Senior Hurling Team Selection Committee – John Purcell, Pat Lynch and Val Broderick.

At that stage, Val Broderick spoke in very strong terms regarding the great wrongs that had been inflicted on the senior hurlers during the year. He pointed out two incidents in particular, namely the game versus Abbeydorney, which started at least three-quarters of an hour late and, because of fading daylight, only twenty minutes were played in each half. Laune Rangers had lost the game by one point. Abbeydorney had not played or won as many games as Laune Rangers in the Co. League but they had qualified for the play-offs of the competition. Bart Moriarty summed it all up when he said, ‘Hurlers in Kerry are a law unto themselves.’ Many concurred with his view. In order to remedy the situation, the hurlers would have to get stronger representation on the Co. Board.

It was reported that the U-21 team had good potential and something positive would have to be done with them.The senior trainer and mentors would look after that team also. Paddy Creagh was appointed as trainer of the minor and U-16 teams, while Val Broderick was appointed trainer of the U-14 and U-12 teams.

There were two motions for discussion at the AGM and both were carried.

  1. ‘That a separate night and trainer be appointed for the Senior ‘B’ Football team.’ The motion was accepted in principle but it was agreed that the separation would not take place until April or May. At that time a trainer would be appointed.
  2.  ‘That a position of PRO be formed in the club.’ That was agreed and Anthony Shannon was appointed.

 

Co. Senior Football Championship

Twenty teams played in the Co. Senior Football Championship, Dr. Crokes, Clanna Gael, Beale, Valentia, Austin Stacks, Castleisland Rangers, West-Kerry, Kerins O Rahillys, Killarney, Shannon Rangers, Feale Rangers, Gneeveguilla, Kenmare, St. Brendan’s, Desmonds, Mid-Kerry, South-Kerry, Gweestin Rangers, John Mitchels and Laune Rangers.

Laune Rangers’ Selection Committee – Noel O Mahony, John Clifford and Frank Russell.

Rd. 1 on Sun. 12th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 0-10; West-Kerry 0-13.

A purple patch by West-Kerry at the  start of the second half, which saw them score five points in six minutes without reply, set them on the road to victory over gallant Laune Rangers. At that stage of the game, Rangers had been well out in front by 0-7 to 0-5 and well worth their lead. Such was the Killorglin men’s early dominance they should have been further ahead. Centre half-forward, Pierce Prendiville, missed a glorious chance of a goal in the eighth minute, when clean through from a peach of a pass by Gerard Murphy. Prendiville, with only goalie Donncha O Sullivan to beat from the edge of the small parallelogram, kicked hopelessly wide. A goal at that juncture would have lifted the Laune men to possible victory.

It was not a great game. It was hard, uncompromising, but fair, throughout. So much of it had been seen in those days in Kerry football, the game being marred by overuse of the whistle by referees. The game had a total of 43 frees over the hour. Some had not been necessary. Another thing, which could only have happened in Kerry, had been prominent Kerry players seeming to get the benefit, when it came to the awarding of frees. In that game, Tommy Doyle, on two occasions, fell into that category, one of which was to be a vital score for West-Kerry at a delicate stage in the second half. One had to sympathise with the Killorglin men on meeting such stern opponents so early in the competition, as no doubt they would have won against many other teams. West-Kerry was a good, strong, well-balanced team. In that game they had to call on all their vast experience to shake off a very good Laune Rangers’ team, inspired by a superb performance from Joe Shannon. That was Joe Shannon at his supreme best, giving a masterful display of all that was good in the science of Gaelic Football. His appetite for the ball, his work-rate, fielding, kicking and pinpoint passing were absolutely great. It was some consolation to Laune Rangers, even in defeat, that they had the three best players of the match on view. Apart from Joe Shannon, Kerry minor Timmy Fleming displayed some lovely touches, while at the heart of the Rangers’ defence there was the other Shannon, Anthony. He was unbeatable in the left fullback position.

West-Kerry’s problems in that game stemmed from their halfback line, which had been recognised as the most stable part of the team, namely Jamesie O Sullivan, Paudie O Shea and Gearoid Casey. On that occasion, Casey and O Sullivan had to play second fiddle to Joe Shannon and Timmy Fleming. Paudie O Shea had some measure of success against Pierce Prendiville, though not leaving his mark as had become expected of him. At midfield, Michael O Reilly, for Rangers, worked very hard and scored the two finest points of the game from difficult angles, one in each half. Vincent O Connor did, however, take control after halftime. Tom Johnston was a big let down for Rangers in that sector. The one man who caught the eye for West-Kerry was Denis Higgins, who kicked two points and showed tremendous grit and dogged determination over the hour.

The breeze favoured Laune Rangers in the opening half. They lined out with Gene Evans in goals, taking over from the honeymooning Peter Lyons. From the throw-in West-Kerry got off the mark very quickly when Kevin Maunsell pointed a 13m free after Johnny Doyle was fouled. They had to wait until the 14th minute for their next score, a Tom Sayers’ point, whilst, in between, Laune Rangers had points from Michael O Reilly, a peach of a score from out on the right touchline, and another from a 20m free by Timmy Fleming for a foul Joe Shannon. Laune Rangers had West-Kerry at their mercy. Pierce Prendiville missed a goal. Gerard Murphy and Joe Shannon drove wide. Paudie O Shea tidied up in his own goal-line, while Kevin Maunsell was short with a free at the other end. At the end of the first quarter the sides were level at 0-2 each, which was no reflection of Laune Rangers’ supremacy.

Gerard Murphy and Timmy Fleming, from a free, eased the Rangers 0-4 to 0-2 in front and Kevin Maunsell got one back for West-Kerry from a 20m free, when Tommy Doyle was fouled. Laune Rangers were playing nice, constructive football, using the wide spaces. James Sheehan drove the ball up the wing to Timmy Fleming, who found the unmarked Gerard Murphy and the Kerry U-21 star made no mistake, when he sent the ball over the bar from 35m to leave the score 0-5 to 0-3 with 25 minutes gone. West-Kerry drew level when Vincent O Connor placed Tommy Doyle for a point and Kevin Maunsell sent over a 20m free. Another good movement out of defence by Rangers saw Joe Shannon loft over a mighty point from 40m out to leave his side 0-6 to 0-5 in front at halftime.

Within a minute of the restart Timmy Fleming, from a 35m free, when fouled himself, duly pointed to put Rangers two points ahead. Then came the turning point of the game, which saw the resurgent West-Kerry turn a two points’ deficit into a three points lead. With the breeze rising, Kevin Maunsell scored a 13m free, there were two fine efforts by Denis Higgins, another from Tom Flaherty and, when Higgins was fouled, Tommy Doyle sent the 40m free over the bar. Those points in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th minutes of the half put the Westerners ahead by 0-10 to 0-7. Laune Rangers did not throw in the towel. They rallied strongly. Gerard Murphy and Michael O Reilly, with well-taken points, narrowed the gap to the minimum entering the final quarter (0-10 to 0-9).

Rangers should then have gone in front but for some poor finishing by John Griffin, Timmy Fleming and substitute, Paul Griffin (Pat McKenna and Paul Griffin had come into the attack for Rangers). Apart from Gerard Murphy, the full-forward line posed little danger in front of goals. Paul Griffin and Pat McKenna roamed too far out, when they should have hung in around the square for the breaking ball. The West-Kerry attack finished the game as a contest with points from Johnny Doyle, Kevin Maunsell and a long range shot by Vincent O Connor to give them a lead of 0-13 to 0-9. Laune Rangers fought on to the finish, looking for the goal but the West-Kerry defence crowded them out. They had to be content with a Timmy Fleming pointed free as the final whistle sounded. Laune Rangers were a far better team than they were given credit for. They could have won that game but, even in defeat, they showed that a championship win could not be far away. Derry Murphy, Chairman of the West-Kerry Board, was loud in his praise of Laune Rangers afterwards. He was a much relieved man and he thanked Laune Rangers for providing such a keen, sporting contest and he wished them the best in the future.

Gene Evans did not have a shot to save. The fullback line was rock solid. Both wing-backs were under pressure. Michael O Reilly was on his own, virtually, in the middle of the field. Joe Shannon was the man-of-the-match and Timmy Fleming was not far behind. Pierce Prendiville and Gerard Murphy also played well.

Match arrangements by the host club were excellent. A well-prepared pitch, P.A. system and a free team-sheet contributed to the enjoyment of the spectators.

Laune Rangers: Gene Evans, Teddy Clifford, Paudie Sheahan, Anthony Shannon, Shane O Sullivan, Pat O Brien, James Sheehan, Tom Johnston (capt.), Michael O Reilly (0-2), Joe Shannon (0-1), Pierce Prendiville, Timmy Fleming (0-4, frees), John Griffin, Brian O Shea, Gerard Murphy (0-3). Subs: Pat McKenna for P. O Brien, Paul Griffin for T. Johnston, John Evans, Bertie O Riordan, Liam Foley, Pat Pigott, Mark O Connor. Also selected as substitutes were Michael Moriarty, James O Shea, Kieran O Callaghan and Patie Casey (the latter three from Cromane) but they failed to show up.

West-Kerry: Donncha O Sullivan (Lispole), Liam O Connor (Dingle), Bernard O Sullivan (do.), Tomás Hanafin (Lispole), Jamesie O Sullivan (Dingle), Paudie O Shea (Gaeltacht), Gearoid Casey (Lispole), Vincent O Connor (Dingle) 0-1, Gabriel Casey (Lispole), Kevin Maunsell (Castlegregory) 0-5, free, Tommy Doyle (Annascaul) 0-2, 1 free, Denis Higgins (Lispole) 0-2, Tom Flaherty (Gaeltacht) 0-1, Tom Sayers (Annascaul) 0-1, Johnny Doyle (do.) 0-1. Sub: James Hanafin for T. Flaherty.

Ref: Dan Moynihan (Legion).

 

Kenmare, captained by Tom O Sullivan, beat Dr. Crokes in the replayed Co. Final by 3-10 to 0-18.

Co. Senior Club Championship

 

Rd. 1 on Sat. 24th Oct. at Strand Road: Laune Rangers 2-11; Lispole 1-6.

This might sound incredible, but it certainly happened. Three minutes, plus injury time, were left to play and Lispole led Laune Rangers by one point, 1-6 to 0-8, and were looking like providing a shock win. Then, suddenly, it all came right for the Killorglin men and, with a blistering grand stand finish, they scored 2-3 without reply to win by a flattering eight points. On a beautiful, mild, dry day the very small attendance was treated to a game of football that had everything at its very best, three brilliant goals, fine point kicking, some fine individual displays coupled with hard, tough and great-hearted endeavour. The final score gave a wrong complexion to the game. For long periods it was Lispole, inspired by the three Casey brothers and the Hanafin brothers, who was the more impressive side.

Laune Rangers opened the scoring in the second minute with a Paul Griffin point from play. For the next fifteen minutes it was Lispole that dictated the trend of the game. James Hanafin opened Lispole’s account with a point in the fourth minute. Five minutes later, Hanafin struck for a cracking goal from the edge of the square, being at the end of a five-man defence splitting move. Tom Johnston and Gerard Murphy had wides for the Rangers before Timmy Fleming pointed a 30m free. James Sheehan followed that up with a point from play to leave the score at 1-1 to 0-3 in favour of the Westerners. Rangers then lost Pierce Prendiville through injury, Michael O Reilly coming in off the bench. At that stage, Rangers were finding it difficult to put their game together. A lot of their passing broke down as the Lispole defence held firm. James Hanafin stretched their lead with a peach of a point from an acute angle. James Sheehan, who had been making quite a name for himself since taking over the No. 14 jersey, cancelled that out with an equally brilliant point. Pat McKenna levelled matters with a close range point after picking up a casual Lispole clearance. On the stroke of halftime Gerard Murphy was fouled from behind after kicking the ball. Timmy Fleming pointed the 13m free to put the Killorglin men 0-6 to 1-2 in front.

Laune Rangers, playing into the canal goals, set the early play on the resumption and Donncha O Sullivan was called upon to make some fine anticipations, advancing to gather some dangerous lobbing balls. Gearoid Casey kicked a splendid equalising point from outfield after seven minutes. With the teams level and everything to play for, exchanges became heated and physical. Lispole were putting on a lot of pressure but Gene Evans, Anthony Shannon and Pat O Brien were rising to the challenge. It took the Killorglin men thirteen minutes to open their second half account, when Timmy Fleming was awarded a dubious point from play. James Sheehan, who always had the knack of popping up in the right place, pointed in the seventeenth minute to make it 0-8 to 1-3 for Rangers. However, points by James Hanafin and Gabriel Casey brought the teams level once again. Mickey Ferriter collected a low free by Gabriel Casey to shoot Lispole into the lead, 1-6 to 0-8, and it stayed that way until the twenty-seventh minute when Pat McKenna scored a delightful equaliser from 35m out on the right sideline. Then it all began to happen. Danny Cahill, who had replaced Paul Griffin in the Rangers’ attack, had a big say in what was to follow. Firstly, he placed Gerard Murphy for a scorching goal, which even the vigilant Donncha O Sullivan did not know anything about. Michael O Reilly kicked a point. Then it was the turn of Danny Cahill to rattle the net from close range and Timmy Fleming followed up with a point. What had gone wrong for Lispole? Minutes earlier, they were shaping up like winners but then they were truly buried with that late avalanche of Killorglin scores. Best for the Rangers were Peter Lyons, in goals, Gene Evans, Anthony Shannon and Pat O Brien in defence, Tom Johnston at midfield and Joe Shannon, James Sheehan, Gerard Murphy and substitute Danny Cahill in attack.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Pat O Brien, Paudie Sheahan, Teddy Clifford, Tom Johnston, Pierce Prendiville, Joe Shannon, Pat McKenna (0-2), Timmy Fleming (0-4), Paul Griffin (0-1), James Sheehan (0-3), Gerard Murphy (1-0). Subs: Michael O Reilly (0-1) for P. Prendiville (inj.), Danny Cahill (1-0) for P. Griffin, Shane O Sullivan for P. O Brien, John Evans, Liam Foley, Pat Pigott.

Lispole: Donncha O Sullivan, John P. O Sullivan, Tomas Hanafin, Sean Hanafin, K. Devane, Gearoid Griffin, Riobard Casey, Gabriel Casey (0-1), Gearoid Casey (0-1), Mickey Ferriter (0-1), James Hanafin (1-3), Brian Keane, Brendie O Sullivan, Denis Higgins, J. Ferriter.

Ref: Denis Reidy (Ballymac).

 

Quarter-final on Sat. 31st Oct. at Milltown: Spa 3-15; Laune Rangers 1-13.

A fantastic fight-back from the dead saw Spa snatch victory from Laune Rangers in extra time. Spa went on a scoring spree in the closing three minutes of normal time. With Maurice Cronin scoring a goal and a point and Michael McAuliffe another point, the game was forced into extra time.

Laune Rangers, who were lining out in maroon and white rather than their usual strip of blue and white, had the first score of the afternoon, when Joe Shannon pointed a 20m free from directly in front of the posts. Indeed Laune Rangers owed a lot to the free-taking ability of Joe Shannon, who was spot on form, especially in the first half. Spa seemed to have no answer, in those opening minutes, to the fast passing game of the Mid-Kerry boys. Six minutes into the game, a 35m free by Joe Shannon lofted into the Spa goal-mouth. The defence was slow to clear and, after a scramble, the ball fell to Pat McKenna and he made no mistake, pointing from 20m to put the men from the Laune two points up. Tom Johnston and Michael O Reilly were giving Sean and Mossy Cronin a hard time of it in the centre of the field. Rangers’ half-forward line of Paul Griffin, Michael Moriarty and Joe Shannon were also shining and from those two positions of strength, Laune Rangers laid siege to the Spa goals. Nine minutes into the game, Tom Johnston laid off a good hand-pass to Michael O Reilly and he took a long range point to put his side three points up. Joe Shannon pointed a 35m free from the dressing-rooms’ side of the field to increase the lead and there was no stopping Laune Rangers.

Fifteen minutes into the game Spa managed their first score of the afternoon. Sean Kelliher went on a good solo-run and pointed from 30m out on the wing. The hand-passing game was causing terrible problems for the Spa backs. Time after time, they were caught out of position but some erratic shooting and over-carrying of the ball saw Rangers pass up on many of those chances. Joe O Leary, the Spa goalkeeper, was on hand to make two brilliant reflex saves to deny Danny Cahill of  what looked an almost certain goal. There was no stopping the resultant ‘45’, however, which Joe Shannon slotted neatly between the posts. Seconds later it was the turn of Peter Lyons to display his talents when he reacted brilliantly to deflect a Pat Cronin shot over the bar. Playing some hard, direct football, Spa slowly began to come more into the game. Mossie Cronin moved out to give support to the midfielders and the Rangers’ dominance was interrupted for the time being, at least. Michael McAuliffe pointed a 30m free but that was cancelled out by a similar score from Joe Shannon to leave the Rangers ahead by 0-6 to 0-3 at the break.

The Rangers’ boys again raised their game on the resumption and Joe Shannon rounded Sean Cronin to point from 20m after two minutes. They were making a determined effort to put the result beyond doubt in those opening minutes. In the third minute, James Sheehan pointed from play from a pass by Joe Shannon. However, Spa quickly replied with a point by Sean Kelliher, whose long range shot bounced inside the square before going over the bar. With only nine minutes gone in that half, the game seemed to be all over when Pat McKenna drove a shot from 20m to the net through a crowded backline. Spa got their act together but the scores were slow coming, as the Rangers’ backs were a well-practised unit and it took a lot to get around them. Michael McAuliffe pointed a 35m free but, as the game entered the final ten minutes, Gerard Murphy rounded Dan Kennedy before pointing to put his side well in front. It looked to be all over bar the shouting but, in the twenty first minute, Pat Cronin received a short free from John Cahill and pointed from 25m. Mossie Cronin added another a minute later. Rangers quickly replied with a point from newly-arrived substitute Paul Griffin after a good build-up involving most of the attack.

As the game entered the final five minutes Spa were six points in arrears and Rangers were still doing most of the attacking. Their half-forward line was really shining, playing a good fluid passing game designed to rattle any defence. Then the Spa midfield reawakened and some good fielding by Sean Cronin and Mossy Cronin soon had their side on the attack. A thrilling finish was in store. Michael  McAuliffe opened the floodgates when he pointed a 20m free but Spa were still five points down and only four minutes to go – not an enviable position to be in against a side of the calibre of Laune Rangers. The Killorglin men were defending in numbers and Spa needed a goal. Right on cue, Maurice Cronin did the necessary. Spa were encamped on the Rangers 20m line but going nowhere. Mossy Cronin played the ball out to the unmarked Maurice Cronin and he let fly and buried the ball in the back of the net, to leave only two points separating the sides. A point by Michael McAuliffe narrowed the gap to the minimum with a minute to go. The crowd was on its feet, waiting for the whistle. From a sideline kick by Sean Cronin, the ball was played short to Maurice Cronin, the half-forward steadied himself and pointed to tie up the scores and the game went into extra-time.

Laune Rangers had been shattered by the Spa comeback. A brilliantly taken goal by Sean Kelliher in the second minute did nothing to help their morale. From that tonic start, the Spa boys never looked back. They took over at midfield and a point from a 30m free by Michael McAuliffe really had the Spa supporters in fine voice. Rangers tried valiantly to get their act together and rallied up the field, taking two fine points by Michael O Reilly and Joe Shannon (a free). Spa, however, were not letting go and a point by Pat Cronin left them ahead by 2-12 to 1-12 at halftime.

Hunting in packs, the Spa boys went straight into the attack. Four minutes into the half, Sean Kelliher intercepted a Laune Rangers’ clearance before pointing from 25m to increase the lead to four points. Michael McAuliffe added another from a 20m free. Joe Shannon pulled one back in the fifth minute but Laune Rangers were struggling to get any attack together. The Spa defence could have best been likened to a brick wall around which the Rangers’ boys just could not find a way. Michael McAuliffe was to take another point from play, this time from 30m out, to put an end to any hopes the Killorglin men might have had of pulling the fat out of the fire and he closed the scoring from 13m in the final seconds. That was Laune Rangers’ fifth weekend-in-a-row playing either, Club Championship, Mid-Kerry Championship and the final round of the Co. League.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Pat O Brien, Paudie Sheahan, Shane O Sullivan, Tom Johnston, Michael O Reilly (0-2), Pat McKenna (1-1), Michael Moriarty, Joe Shannon (0-7), Gerard Murphy (0-1), James Sheehan (0-1), Danny Cahill. Subs: Paul Griffin (0-1) for M. Moriarty, Mark O Connor for G. Murphy, Donal Hurley for G. Evans, Gerard Murphy for M. O Connor, Liam Foley, Pat Pigott.

Spa: Joe O Leary, Mike Cahill, Mike Dennehy, James Cahill, Dan Kennedy, John Cahill, Sean Moynihan, Sean Cronin, Mossy Cronin, Maurice Cronin (1-2), Michael McAuliffe (1-7), Sean Kelliher (1-3), Dermot Cronin, Ger Morris, Pat Cronin (0-3). Subs: Padraig Moynihan for D. Cronin, John O Keeffe for G. Morris, Mike Leary for S. Moynihan, Dermot Cronin for M. Cronin.

Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Ballymac).

 

Co. League Div. 1

 

Rd. 1 on Sun. 1st March at Valentia: Valentia 0-3; Laune Rangers 0-9.

Laune Rangers began the defence of the Co. League Div. 1 title in the best possible style at rain-swept Valentia. Underfoot conditions were atrocious and, consequently, the game was as much a test of endurance as of football skill. It was obvious from the beginning that the team with the greatest commitment and determination would triumph and in that area Rangers excelled.

Valentia immediately went on the defensive, having elected to play against the fairly strong wind. Joe Shannon opened the scoring for Rangers with a pointed free and that was followed by a great point from team captain, Tom Johnston. Valentia replied with a good point from corner-forward, Gallagher, but Joe Shannon and Gerard Murphy made it 0-4 to 0-1 in favour of Laune Rangers. Two points by Ger O Driscoll from frees ended the Valentia scoring for the entire game, with the Rangers’ backs excelling in the second half. John Evans, who played a great hour’s football for Rangers, closed the first-half scoring with a point (0-5 to 0-3).

On the resumption, Rangers displayed great character, driving forward relentlessly. Ger O Driscoll’s probing efforts were constantly repelled by a very vigilant backline, in which young Shane O Sullivan excelled. Tom Johnston and Joe Shannon dominated midfield for long periods, despite the good efforts of Fionán Murphy, while John Evans, James Sheehan, John Griffin, Gerard Murphy, Pierce Prendiville and substitute, Paul Griffin, exerted great pressure, in trying conditions, on the home defence. Their efforts were rewarded with four points in the second half, to clinch a most satisfying Rangers’ victory. At that time, very few teams went to Valentia and won as comprehensively as Rangers did on that occasion. Noel O Mahony and his selectors had every reason to feel well satisfied.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Pat O Brien, Paudie Sheahan, Shane O Sullivan, Joe Shannon (0-3), Tom Johnston (capt.) 0-2, Michael Moriarty, Pierce Prendiville, James Sheehan, John Griffin (0-1), John Evans (0-2), Gerard Murphy (0-1). Subs: Paul Griffin for M. Moriarty, Pat McKenna, Teddy Clifford, Michael O Reilly, Pat Pigott, Bertie O Riordan, Mark O Connor and Owen Mangan.

Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Ballymac) – good.

 

Rd. 3 on Sun. 5th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-10; Beale 0-6.

Laune Rangers’ forwards were very good, while the backs faltered occasionally. They laboured at midfield until Pierce Prendiville moved out to that sector. Paul Griffin was outstanding, with Timmy Fleming also in good form. Gerard Murphy scored his two goals with great authority. Some of the players could have been fitter.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Pat O Brien, Paudie Sheahan Shane O Sullivan, Joe Shannon, James Sheehan, Pat McKenna, Pierce Prendiville, Timmy Fleming, Paul Griffin, John Evans, Gerard Murphy. Subs: Teddy Clifford for G. Evans, John Griffin for P. O Brien, Bertie O Riordan for A. Shannon, Liam Foley, Mark O Connor.

Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Ballymac) – good.

 

Rd. 4 on Sat. 18th April at Castleisland: Desmonds 1-8; Laune Rangers 0-10.

Despite intense pressure on their defence in the last quarter, Desmonds managed to chisel out an important one-point victory over Laune Rangers. Desmonds’ defence coped efficiently with a second-half Rangers onslaught, as the Killorglin side tried to haul back a 1-6 to 0-3 interval deficit. The nearest Laune Rangers came to a goal was after 50 minutes, when Pierce Prendiville wriggled free but shot narrowly over the bar.

In the first half, Desmonds shrugged off a nervy start to go 1-3 to 0-1 ahead after 20 minutes, all their scores coming from full-forward, Christy Kearney. The former Cork player got a fist to a Martin Downey free to deflect home the only goal of the game.

However, with Laune Rangers’ forwards, Timmy Fleming and Gerard Murphy, finding more scope after halftime, Rangers threatened frequently, but they were repelled by further Desmonds’ points by Kearney and a Martin Downey free. Rangers whittled away at the lead, with a brace of points by Timmy Fleming and Gerard Murphy. Some poor shooting, however, decreed that they would not pierce Desmonds’ defence for the vital equalising score.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, James Sheehan, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Pat O Brien, Paudie Sheahan, Shane O Sullivan, Joe Shannon (0-2), Tom Johnston, Pat McKenna (0-1), Pierce Prendiville (0-1), Timmy Fleming (0-3), Paul Griffin, John Evans, Gerard Murphy (0-3). Subs: Gene Evans for P. O Brien, Michael Moriarty for J. Evans, Michael O Reilly, Martin Clifford, Teddy Clifford, Pat Pigott, Owen Mangan.

 

Rd. 5 on Sat. 16th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-6; Austin Stacks 0-7.

Laune Rangers were somewhat lucky to come away with full points from that game, as depleted Austin Stacks fought bravely. At one stage in the second half, it looked like Stacks were in with a chance of shocking the home side in that clash of champions. The Tralee side were without Mikey Sheehy, Ger Power and Owen Moynihan, while the Rangers lined out without Co. Minor star, Timmy Fleming, who would be out of the game for some time as a result of an ankle injury sustained in the minor game against Limerick.

Laune Rangers started the game in whirlwind fashion with John Griffin pointing inside a minute, but they were to wait twenty minutes more to score again and at that stage they trailed by 0-4 to 0-1. With three minutes to go to the interval, the sides were level but the Stacks finished strongly and points by Liam Kerins and Brian O Sullivan put them ahead 0-6 to 0-4 at the break. In the opening twenty minutes Stacks missed four scoreable frees and a penalty effort came off the crossbar. Ger O Keeffe and Kerins were dominating the midfield exchanges in that period and but for some great defensive work Shane O Sullivan, Gene Evans and Paudie Sheahan, Stacks would have put up a greater interval margin.

Stacks started the second half well but, with the Rangers’ defence then more tightly knit following the move of James Sheehan to the centre from the wing, the Tralee boys found it hard to penetrate for scores. However, Ger O Keeffe finished a fine solo-run with a great point after seven minutes. Disaster struck for the Stacks three minutes later, when a Joe Shannon free was deflected to the net and the asides were level. Paul Griffin sent over a beautiful point on the run to put his side in front at the end of the third quarter. Pat McKenna added another and Gerard Murphy clinched the game when he outsmarted the defence to score a fine goal. Austin Stacks fought on but they had lost the grip at midfield following the introduction of Pierce Prendiville to that sector and their attacks were fewer in the final ten minutes.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Paudie Sheahan Anthony Shannon, James Sheehan, Pat O Brien, Shane O Sullivan, Joe Shannon (1-1), Tom Johnston, Paul Griffin (0-2), Pierce Prendiville (0-1), Michael O Reilly (0-1), John Griffin (0-1), John Evans, Gerard Murphy (1-0). Subs: Pat McKenna for J. Evans, Teddy Clifford, Owen Mangan, Pat Pigott, Michael Moriarty.

Austin Stacks: Michael Hussey, Seanie O Callaghan, Eamonn O Brien, Pat Slattery, M. Tunney, Mike Counihan, Eddie Dowling, Liam Kerins (0-3), Ger O Keeffe (0-1), M. O Donnell, Brian O Sullivan (0-2), T. Ryan (0-1), Gordon Kerins, R. O Lehane, Darren Ahern. Sub: Joe Barrett for T. Ryan.

Ref: Denis Reidy (Ballymac) – had a fine game and was most consistent in his decisions.

 

Rd. 6 on Sun. 24th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 0-13; John Mitchels 2-5.

Two late points by Laune Rangers sent the Boherbue boys very near the relegation zone. Laune Rangers lined out short star Kerry minor, Timmy Fleming, but otherwise they had all the Callanfersy Soccer Cup winning heroes in action – Gene Evans, Pat O Brien, Tom Johnston, Peter Lyons and Pierce Prendiville. The main difference between the sides was in attack. All six Laune Rangers’ forwards and midfielder Tom Johnston put their names on the score-sheet, while Martin Dennehy and John Thorny O Shea (junior) were the only Mitchels’ sharpshooters.

With Mitchels trailing by 0-3 to 0-0, Martin Dennehy fielded a high ball, turned and blasted the ball to the net for a super goal. He followed that up with a point. Laune Rangers, with points by Joe Shannon (3), Gerard Murphy (2) and Pat McKenna (1), eased ahead of Mitchels. Then John O Shea got an opportunist goal to leave the halftime score 2-2 to 0-6 and everything pointed to an away win.

During the interval, the Laune Rangers’ mentors knew that their team was in trouble and Noel O Mahony made it clear he wanted an improved second-half showing and how the players responded! In quick succession there were three points in as many minutes from Brian O Shea, Pierce Prendiville and Tom Johnston to hit the front. Thereafter for a time the Rangers seemed to lose their shooting boots with three misses from easy positions. The Boherbue men also missed some easy frees and it was left to Martin Dennehy to finish off a good four-man move to draw the sides level entering the final quarter.

Tom Johnston was lording the midfield area for the home team and he pointed with his right foot to give his side the lead. With eight minutes left, John O Shea levelled the scores once more. Joe Shannon was causing the Mitchels’ backs some problems and his cross-field ball found Gerard Murphy who split the uprights. Dennehy, with a free, brought parity again – 2-5 to 0-11. Time was running out but it was Rangers that clinched the issue with two late match-winning points from Joe Shannon and Paul Griffin. Pierce Prendiville was Rangers’ man-of-the-match.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Paudie Sheahan, Anthony Shannon, Shane O Sullivan, Pat O Brien, Teddy Clifford, Michael O Reilly, Tom Johnston (0-2), Paul Griffin (0-1), Pierce Prendiville (0-1), Joe Shannon (0-4), Pat McKenna (0-1), Brian O Shea (0-1), Gerard Murphy (0-3). Subs: John Griffin, John Evans, Michael Moriarty, Pat Pigott, Owen Mangan, Mark O Connor.

John Mitchels: Rory Kilgallon, Derek Horgan, Joe Myers, Pat Costello, Robert Dowd, John Higgins, Martin Lowe, Anthony Gleeson, Carl Keohane, Kieran Kelliher, Timmy Dowd, Donal McEvoy, Noel Kelliher, Martin Dennehy (1-3), John ‘Thorny’ O Shea (1-2). Subs: Colm Bambury for R. Dowd, Pat White for N. Kelliher.

Ref: Pa Mannix (Listry).

 

Rd. 7 on Sat. 30th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 0-11; Kerins O Rahillys 0-8.

For the second time within a week, the reigning League Champions took the scalp of a Tralee team. This time they lowered the colours of O Rahillys in a very entertaining and well-contested game, played before a good-sized attendance on a beautiful evening at the J.P. O Sullivan Park, Killorglin. That was a game where the points were most important to both teams. Laune Rangers had to win to keep up the challenge at the top, while the Tralee men were near the relegation zone.

Five of the six forwards contributed to the eleven points scored by Laune Rangers. Midfielder, Michael O Reilly, who had a fine game, and left halfback Teddy Clifford also put their names on the score-sheet. Over the hour, the Killorglin men played industrious and scientific football. They found the man in the open spaces and, as a team, were better balanced than the Strand Road men. O Rahilly’s went into that game with three of the Kerry U-21 All-Ireland Final team in action – Ken Savage, Morgan Nix and Pierce Hoare. The Blues backroom team made a tactical blunder by playing Hoare at the top of the left instead of his customary full-forward position. Morgan Nix got a right run-around from Kerry minor, Paul Griffin. Credit must go the Killorglin defence for the manner in which they dominated the O Rahilly’s attack. Paudie Sheahan was a tower of strength. He gave as fine a display of safe catching and cool kicking as had been seen for many a day. On his left was the lion-hearted Anthony Shannon and, despite an injury, he showed why he is such a fearless defender, breaking up O Rahillys’ attacks with relative ease. Another young player, Shane O Sullivan, also showed up very well at right halfback and Michael O Reilly at midfield. Paul Griffin was the star of the attack with Joe Shannon, Pierce Prendiville, Gerard Murphy and Brian O Shea all combining effectively.

O Rahillys got the worst possible start when Frank O Connor sent a close-in free wide straight in front of the posts. Brian O Shea blazed wide at the other end, before Pierce Hoare opened the scoring after six minutes, with a neat left-legged point from play. Joe Shannon levelled matters with a 30m free. Cathal Sheehy and Paul Griffin exchanged points, leaving the score at 0-2 each at the end of the first quarter. Mikey Keane put his side ahead with a mighty outfield point but Michael O Reilly drew the teams level immediately afterwards. Rangers were motoring better with Paul Griffin the chief architect in making the scores. Three points by Brian O Shea, Joe Shannon and Pierce Prendiville, all taken with great aplomb, edged the champions 0-6 to 0-3 in front. Pierce Hoare, with a 20m free, pulled one back for Strand Road just before halftime.

Substitute, Tom Hoare, was quick into the action, being fouled from the throw-in. Pierce Hoare pointed the resultant free to narrow the gap to one point. That was as near as O Rahillys got to the winners on the scoreboard. A bad clearance by Mikey Keane, his only mistake of the hour, gave Paul Griffin a simple point. Brian O Shea, from play, and a magnificent sideline ball 35m out on the left, kicking with style and class, by Joe Shannon sailed straight between the sticks to put Laune Rangers well into the driving seat, entering the final quarter 0-9 to 0-5 in front. Further points by Pierce Hoare from a 45 and Cathal Sheehy for O Rahilly’s and Teddy Clifford and Gerard Murphy for Rangers left the score 0-11 to 0-7 with five minutes left to play. O Rahillys, with Ken Savage and Cathal Sheehy driving forward, pressed hard in the closing minutes. All they had was a good goal effort by Savage, which went over for a point. Rangers defence, marshalled by Paudie Sheahan took everything with confidence that O Rahillys threw at them in those closing minutes.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Paudie Sheahan, Anthony Shannon, Shane O Sullivan, Pat O Brien, Teddy Clifford (0-1), Tom Johnston, Michael O Reilly (0-1), Pat McKenna, Pierce Prendiville (0-1), Joe Shannon (0-3, 2 frees), Paul Griffin (0-2), Brian O Shea (0-2), Gerard Murphy (0-1). Sub: John Griffin for B. O Shea.

Kerins O Rahillys: John Crean, Mikey Keane (0-1), Noel O Sullivan, Morgan Nix, Cathal Sheehy (0-2), Ken Savage (0-1), Mike O Halloran, Chips Clifford, Jeremy Sheehy, Davy Keane, Pat Phelan, Mick Griffin, Pierce Hoare (0-4, 2 frees and a 45), Walla O Connor, Con O Connor. Subs: Mazi Moran for C. O Connor, Tom Hoare for M. Griffin.

Ref: Denis Reidy (Ballymac).

 

Rd. 8 on Sat. 13th June at Cahersiveen: St. Mary’s 0-11; Laune Rangers 2-14.

Laune Rangers dominated midfield for much of the game and it was from there that their victory came. Their forwards received a good amount of the ball and, with unerring accuracy, they marked up a formidable score. St. Mary’s pressed hard but their shooting was just not up to standard, kicking four wides in the first three minutes. The opening score of the game came from the boot of Tom O Sullivan, a great effort from 45m, after intercepting a Laune Rangers’ kick-out. With seven minutes gone, Laune Rangers took their first score, a point by Timmy Fleming. St. Mary’s were quick to reply, Seamus Fitzgerald pointing a 20m free. P.J. Clifford gave St. Mary’s a two points lead in the ninth minute, when he pointed from play. Immediately, Timmy Fleming reduced the lead with a converted free. In the next few minutes, St. Mary’s had points by Seamus Fitzgerald (free) and Tom O Sullivan to give them a three points’ lead. The match was really heating up as a contest when Timmy Fleming and Seamus Fitzgerald exchanged points, leaving the Cahersiveen side three points in the lead after 19 minutes. The closing minutes saw Gerard Murphy hit form, taking two points from play and a goal in the 28th minute. Even after such pressure, St. Mary’s managed to come back down the field for P.J. Clifford to reduce the gap to two points at the break.

Laune Rangers, playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the second half, opened the scoring when Brian O Shea pointed. Three points followed in quick succession, two from the boot of Joe Shannon and one from Gerard Murphy. The scoring spree was to continue and, over the next few minutes, Timmy Fleming and Michael O Reilly added their names to the score-sheet to leave St. Mary’s shattered after eleven minutes. Nevertheless, the home team struck back with Seamus Fitzgerald pointing a minute later but there was no stopping Laune Rangers. Brian O Shea pointed in the 15th minute. St. Mary’s kept on coming back and Paudie Murphy added his name to the scoring. A good pass from Kieran McCarthy found Seamus Fitzgerald in space and he pointed into the breeze. Laune Rangers piled on the pressure and had two points, one from Joe Shannon and one from Michael O Reilly. Seamus Fitzgerald closed the home side’s scoring with a point. Laune Rangers finished in dramatic fashion with a John Griffin goal in the final seconds.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Paudie Sheahan, Anthony Shannon, Shane O Sullivan, Pat O Brien, James Sheehan, Tom Johnston, Michael O Reilly (0-2), Timmy Fleming (0-4), Pierce Prendiville, Joe Shannon (0-2), John Griffin (1-0), Brian O Shea (0-3), Gerard Murphy (1-3). Subs: John Evans, Paul Griffin and Pat Pigott (all played).

St. Mary’s: Carl O Connell, John  Sheehan, Patrick Griffin, Dan Griffin, P.J. Casey, Mike O Leary, Maurice Coffey, Tom O Sullivan (0-2), Seamus Fitzgerald (0-6), Murt O Connell, Paudie Murphy (0-1), Kieran McCarthy, Mike Connell, Pat Connell, P.J. Clifford (0-2). Subs: Pierce Leary for Murt O Connell, Christy O Connell for Tom O Sullivan.

Ref: Pa Mannix (Listry).

 

Rd. 9 on Sun. 9th Aug. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 5-8; Moyvane 1-8.

U2 and Siamsa Cois Laoi deprived Laune Rangers of some of its young players. Danny Cahill made his senior debut and scored 3-2 from play. He had the making of a great player. Pat McKenna and John Evans scored the other goals. The backs played well but Tom Johnston was not playing well at midfield. Nevertheless, all things considered (bar exemptions), Rangers were still on course for the league title.

In perfect conditions, it was a dull, sporting game, with the only highlight being the performance of Danny Cahill. Rangers started the half applying heavy pressure on the Moyvane defence. However, they had to wait until the fifth minute to record their first score, a point from a 45 by Joe Shannon. Tom Mulvihill equalised for the visitors in the eighth minute. Joe Shannon pointed a free and that was followed by a fine point by Michael O Reilly in the fourteenth minute. Michael Flaherty replied for Moyvane with a point. Then Laune Rangers got their first goal in the seventeenth minute, scored by Danny Cahill after good work by Anthony Shannon and James Sheehan. Moyvane hit back for a goal by Tom Mulvihill from a penalty, which seemed a bit harsh on the Rangers’ defenders. In a goal-mouth scramble, Danny Cahill got the ball over the line for his second goal. Moyvane had points in the 24th, 27th and 29th minutes but those were cancelled out by a brilliantly taken goal by Pat McKenna. The move was started in the fullback line by Teddy Clifford, who combined with Joe Shannon, Tom Johnston and John Evans before Pat McKenna crashed home an incredible shot from 20m to leave the halftime score 3-3 to 1-5 in favour of Laune Rangers.

Moyvane started the second half well but their forwards could not take their chances. Rangers had points from Joe Shannon and Danny Cahill. John Stack was wide with three 45’s around that time for Moyvane and it was left to Eamonn Fitzmaurice to open their account in the twelfth minute with a point. Goals in the fourteenth and eighteenth minutes by John Evans and Danny Cahill stretched Rangers’ lead. A point by Joe Shannon was cancelled out by Pascal Sheehy in the seventeenth minute. He also pointed in the twentieth minute but Rangers closed the scoring with points by Danny Cahill and Joe Shannon.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Teddy Clifford, Paudie Sheahan, Pat O Brien, Tom Johnston, Michael O Reilly (0-1), Pat McKenna (1-0), Pierce Prendiville, Joe Shannon (0-5), James Sheehan, John Evans (1-0), Danny Cahill (3-2). Subs: Donal Hurley and Liam Foley (both played).

Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Ballymac).

 

Rd. 2 on Sat. 22nd Aug. at Ballylongford: Ballylongford 0-10; Laune Rangers 1-21.

That game had originally been scheduled for 29th March but was postponed because the Ballylongford pitch was unplayable due to the very inclement weather.

For that game, the team had been of the experimental nature and did not really play well in the first half, though leading by 0-9 to 0-5 at halftime. Tom Johnston returned to his best form at midfield, while Joe Shannon and Gerard Murphy also played well during that first half. Switches were made at the break and those had the desired effect. Paudie Sheahan went to fullback, Brian O Shea went to full-forward, Pat O Brien occupied the centre halfback position, Timmy Fleming went to left half-forward, Joe Shannon went to midfield and Michael O Reilly went to right half-forward. No one could remember when Laune Rangers scored 21 points in a senior game previously.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea (1-1), Anthony Shannon, Shane O Sullivan, Paudie Sheahan (0-1), Teddy Clifford, Tom Johnston (0-1), Michael O Reilly, Joe Shannon (0-3), Pierce Prendiville (0-1), Pat O Brien, Gerard Murphy (0-7), Timmy Fleming (0-3), James Sheehan (0-4). Subs: John Evans for A. Shannon (inj.), Donal Hurley, Pat Pigott.

Ref: Pa Mannix (Listry).

 

Rd. 10 on Sat. 5th Sept. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 1-13; Dr. Crokes 1-7.

Almost total dominance of midfield for the second half of that crucial Co. League Div. 1 game enabled Laune Rangers to turn a three points’ deficit into a six points winning margin. That victory left the Rangers ahead in the league points table and made them red hot favourites to take the title. The spirit and determination that Dr. Crokes showed in the first half deserted them in the second half, when they scored only two points. A fine evening’s entertainment was provided for up to 500 supporters over the sixty minutes.

Crokes were the first to score, when, in the second minute, Pa O Donoghue rose to collect a pass from John Galvin and drove over a point. Rangers replied with a goal in the eleventh minute, when James Sheehan was put through by Pierce Prendiville. Timmy Fleming, one of Rangers’ most effective men over the hour, followed quickly with a point from a free. Crokes rose well to the challenge and drew level with three points in four minutes, two from Connie Doherty and one from Pat O Shea. To break the flow, Rangers moved Joe Shannon to midfield in a switch with Michael O Reilly. In the eighteenth minute Joe Shannon brought down a poor clearance to take a point from close-in. The Killarney men hit back immediately, strolling through the home defence to let Pa O Donoghue crash home a goal for a two points lead. A Connie Murphy point after twenty one minutes left Crokes three points ahead at the break.

The Killarney side was first on the score-sheet again in the second half, with Ger O Shea supplying a point. Then Rangers got their act together and clawed back the deficit. Joe Shannon pointed a 40 yards free in the thirty seventh minute and tireless left half-forward, Timmy Fleming, picked off two fine points in the next four minutes. Pat O Shea responded with a point for the Killarney club but that was to be their last score of the game. Four Killorglin points came in the next eight minutes, two each from Joe Shannon and Timmy Fleming. Then James Sheehan scored twice within a minute, powering over the first with the boot and fisting in a ball, which Colm O Shea touched over the bar. Gerard Murphy scored the final two points to rub salt into Crokes’ wounds. The performance of the Rangers’ half-forward line of Joe Shannon, Pierce Prendiville and Timmy Fleming, was the key to the home victory. Gerard Murphy and James Sheehan had blinders. Paul Griffin also played well. There was elation afterwards, having beaten the Co. Finalists. Consensus amongst neutrals was that there was a Co. Championship in that Rangers’ team.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Pat O Brien, Paudie Sheahan Teddy Clifford, Tom Johnston, Michael O Reilly, Joe Shannon (0-4), Pierce Prendiville, Timmy Fleming (0-5), Gerard Murphy (0-2), James Sheehan (1-2), Paul Griffin. Subs: Pat McKenna, John Evans, Pat Pigott, Mark O Connor, Donal Hurley, Danny Cahill, Liam Foley.

Dr. Crokes: Colm O Shea, Donie O Leary, Mike Doody, Aidan Kiely, John Clifford (capt.), Liam Hartnett, Donal Mangan, Noel O Leary, John Galvin, Connie Murphy (0-1), Connie Doherty (0-1), Sean O Shea, Pat O Shea (0-3), Pa O Donoghue (1-1), Ger O Shea (0-1). Subs: Brian Looney for C. Murphy, Sean Clarke for J. Clifford.

Ref: Pa Mannix (Listry) – good.

 

Rd. 11 on Sun. 11th Oct. at Direen: Legion 0-7; Laune Rangers 0-11.

The rain, which fell before and throughout the game, made underfoot conditions treacherous, with players finding it extremely difficult to hold their footing. Legion adapted better to the conditions in the first half and their display certainly worried the Rangers, as they dominated midfield. Timmy Fleming opened the Killorglin men’s account with a pointed 20m free in the second minute. However, they had to wait another twenty minutes for their next score, as Legion forged ahead by 0-3 to 0-1. Then Paul Griffin and James Sheehan equalised with well-worked points. Indeed, the Rangers had never come to terms with their game in that half and Legion closed the scoring to leave them ahead at the break by 0-4 to 0-3.

When the teams took the field for the second half, Laune Rangers got stuck in immediately and Pierce Prendiville pointed in the first minute. After that score, they hit a purple patch. They were moving with a lot more purpose and were intent on winning. Paudie Sheahan was a towering figure at centre halfback, Teddy Clifford and Anthony Shannon were mopping everything behind and Joe Shannon and Tom Johnston were doing much better at midfield. Timmy Fleming and Paul Griffin were roving out, while James Sheehan and Padraig Brosnan were having a right good duel. The teams were still deadlocked at four points each after six minutes play and then Laune Rangers wrapped the game up with three points in four minutes, playing their best bout of man-to-man combination over the hour. James Sheehan gave his side the lead and he was then fouled 20m out from goal for Timmy Fleming to do the necessary. Tom Johnston was fouled and again Timmy Fleming popped over the resultant free to make it 0-7 to 0-4 in favour of the winners. Diarmuid O Donoghue replied for Legion after thirteen minutes. Laune Rangers’ urgency to win saw Timmy Fleming split the uprights after a good link-up with James Sheehan. And Paul Griffin gave his side some breathing space with an acute left-legged point to leave his side ahead by 0-9 to 0-5 with ten minutes left to play. Brian O Shea was penalised for barging and Donal Culloty pointed the 13m free for the Killarney side. Paul Griffin and John Culloty exchanged points to leave just three points separating the sides with three minutes left to play. That was a safe position for the Rangers as all they needed was a draw to lift the trophy, even if Legion did score a goal. However, that situation never arose and Timmy Fleming had the last say when he pointed a 13m free after Joe Shannon had been fouled.

Laune Rangers played poorly throughout, with the exception of Paudie Sheahan, who was outstanding, clearing his lines again and again. Nevertheless, with that victory Laune Rangers had retained the Co. League Div. 1 title. That was a great achievement, the team showing tremendous consistency. It had been a long, tough league, having commenced in February and ended in October. After the game, Denis McCarthy, Co. Board Development Officer, presented the shield to Tom Johnston, captain of Laune Rangers. The team ate in Bunkers and there were festivities in Coffey’s afterwards.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Pat O Brien, Paudie Sheahan, Teddy Clifford, Tom Johnston, Joe Shannon, Paul Griffin (0-3), Pierce Prendiville (0-1), Timmy Fleming (0-5, 4 frees), Gerard Murphy, James Sheehan (0-2), Michael O Reilly. Subs: Shane O Sullivan for P. O Brien, Mark O Connor for M. O Reilly, Pat McKenna, Danny Cahill, Bertie O Riordan, John Evans, Pat Pigott, Liam Foley, Michael Moriarty, Donal Hurley.

Ref: Maurice O Sullivan (Ballyheigue).

Laune Rangers – Co. SFL Div. 1 Winners 1987 Front: Bertie O Riordan, Peter Lyons, Teddy Clifford, Paul Griffin, Tom Johnston (capt.), Anthony Shannon, Gene Evans, Timmy Fleming, James Sheehan, John Evans. Back: Mark O Connor, Paudie Sheahan, Pierce Prendiville, Pat Pigott, Brian O Shea, Michael O Reilly, Pat O Brien, Gerard Murphy, Michael Moriarty, Joe Shannon, Shane O Sullivan, Donal Hurley, Liam Foley, Danny Cahill.

Laune Rangers – Co. SFL Div. 1 Winners 1987
Front: Bertie O Riordan, Peter Lyons, Teddy Clifford, Paul Griffin, Tom Johnston (capt.), Anthony Shannon, Gene Evans, Timmy Fleming, James Sheehan, John Evans.
Back: Mark O Connor, Paudie Sheahan, Pierce Prendiville, Pat Pigott, Brian O Shea, Michael O Reilly, Pat O Brien, Gerard Murphy, Michael Moriarty, Joe Shannon, Shane O Sullivan, Donal Hurley, Liam Foley, Danny Cahill.

 

Co. Club ‘B Championship (Molyneaux Cup)

Players who had played in the Co. Senior Championship were ineligible to play in that competition, unless they had been regraded. Laune Rangers regraded the following: Pat Brennan and Mark O Connor. It was a knock-out competition.

 

Rd. 1 on Sun. 3rd May at Spa: Spa ‘B’ 0-2; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 2-16.

That was a cakewalk. Outstanding for Rangers were Michael O Reilly, Shane O Sullivan, Mark O Connor and Pat McKenna.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Owen Mangan, Pat Pigott, Jerry Foley, Martin Clifford, Shane O Sullivan, Michael O Reilly, Pa Foley, Pat McKenna, Michael Moriarty, Mark O Connor, John Griffin, John Evans, Anthony Shannon. Subs: Tommy Woods, Bertie O Riordan, Joe Kennedy, Richard O Connor, Donal Pigott, Joe Purcell, Sean Whelan, Tommy Byrne (all played with the permission of the opposition). John O Dwyer, though selected, was unable to play due to injury.

Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Ballymac).

 

Rd. 2 on Sat. 20th June at Kilcummin: Dr. Croke’s ‘B’ 1-10; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-7.

That was a game that never got off the ground. It was lifeless and did not produce one worthwhile cheer for the 20-odd spectators. Laune Rangers were beaten at midfield throughout that game. The backs played well. However, they conceded a very soft goal in the second half, when a twenty-five metres’ free went all the way to the net.

Crokes had a great first half and looked the more cohesive outfit. After 25 minutes they led by 0-6 to 0-1 and were totally dominant at midfield. John Evans, who had returned from Knocknagoshel to his home club, was switched from full-forward to midfield in a bid to curb the towering Pat O Connor. He succeeded to some degree as Rangers closed the half with points by Robert Evans and Michael O Reilly to leave the score at 0-6 to 0-3 for Crokes.

Rangers introduced Dermot Griffin for Michael Fleming at the beginning of the second half. The first quarter of that half saw them make a determined bid to get back into the game. Mike Grady put Crokes four points in front from a 30m free. Laune Rangers played their best bout of football with Peter O Brien, the Crokes’ goalkeeper, saving well for two 45s. Michael O Reilly pointed the second one of those, followed by a Michael Moriarty point to bring Rangers within two points of the Killarney side. Then came the score that swung the issue away from the Killorglin men. Michael O Reilly was pulled for over-holding. Brendan Keogh’s weak-struck kick, 25m out, went all the way to the net for a very soft goal. The game was over after that. Both teams added points, Brendan Keogh and Mike O Grady for Crokes and Danny Cahill and John Evans, when it looked easier to score a goal, for Laune Rangers. Indeed, John Evans could have stolen the game from the East-Kerry men, when he squandered two more chances of goals in the closing minutes. Best for Rangers were Teddy Clifford, Shane O Sullivan, Pat Pigott, Michael O Reilly and Robert Evans.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Bertie O Riordan, Donal Hurley, Teddy Clifford, Shane O Sullivan, Jerry Foley, Pat Pigott, Michael O Reilly (0-3, frees), Tim Carey, Pat McKenna, Michael Moriarty (0-1), Robert Evans (0-1), Michael Fleming, John Evans (0-1), Danny Cahill (0-1). Subs: Dermot Griffin for M. Fleming; Richard O Connor, Sean Whelan and Brendan Corkery.

Dr. Crokes: Peter O Brien, Donie O Leary, Niall Keogh, Donal Mangan, Declan O Callaghan, Padraig O Shea, Eamon O Brien, Pat O Connor, Robert Willis, Ger O Shea, Harry O Neill, Sean O Shea, Pat O Shea (0-4, frees), Brian Looney (0-2), Mike O Grady (0-3). Sub: Brendan Keogh (1-1) for D. O Callaghan.

Ref: Chas Cronin (Duagh).

 

Co. Senior League Div. 4A

 

Rd. 1 on Sun. 22nd March at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-7; St. Michael’s 0-9.

Laune Rangers stole that game with a last minute goal by Bertie O Riordan. Until that score, they had never been in the lead and had been in arrears by 0-6 to 0-2 at halftime. At no stage did the Rangers give up the battle and eventually their perseverance paid dividends. Though they were completely outplayed at midfield, great play by all the backs repelled the opposition. Pa Foley tried his heart out, while John O Dwyer showed neat touches. The other forwards were well and truly rusty.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Owen Mangan, Pat Pigott, Tom O Connor, Jerry Foley, Richard O Connor, Michael O Reilly (0-1), Martin Clifford, Dermot Griffin (0-1), Tommy Woods (0-1), Bertie O Riordan (1-1), John O Dwyer (0-2), Pa Foley (0-1), Michael Sweeney. Subs: Tim Carey for T. O Connor, Mossy Joy for M. Sweeney, Donal Pigott, Patrick Brennan, Noel Doyle, Con Counihan, Michael Dermody, Robert Evans, Sean Whelan.

Ref: Richard Fitzgerald (Listry).

 

Rd. 2 on Sun. 29th March at Portmagee: Skellig Rangers 1-4; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-5.

Laune Rangers played quite poorly on a very dangerous pitch. Although having played uphill in the first half, Laune Rangers led by 0-3 to 0-2 at halftime. Skellig Rangers scored 1-1 on the resumption but the winners replied with a goal by John O Dwyer from a knock-down by Donal Pigott.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Owen Mangan, Pat Pigott, Jerry Foley, Martin Clifford (capt.), Tommy Woods, Michael O Reilly, Michael Moriarty (0-1), Dermot Griffin (0-1), Mossy Joy, Robert Evans (0-1), John O Dwyer (1-0), Pa Foley (0-1), Donal Pigott (0-1). Subs: Patrick McInery for M. Joy (inj.), Brendan Corkery.

Ref: Richard Fitzgerald (Listry).

 

Rd. 3 on Sun. 5th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-4; Kilgarvan 0-4.

Laune Rangers backs played very well. Bertie O Riordan scored the winning goal.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Owen Mangan, Pat Pigott, Richard O Connor, Jerry Foley, Tommy Woods, Martin Clifford, Michael Moriarty, Dermot Griffin, Pa Foley, Mark O Connor, Donal Pigott, John O Dwyer, Bertie O Riordan. Subs: Tom O Connor for R. O Connor (inj.), Patrick McInery, Brendan Corkery.

Ref: Jerry Keating (Renard).

 

Rd. 4 on Sun. 10th April at Milltown: Milltown/Castlemaine ‘B’ 0-3; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-6.

That was a tremendous performance with a weakened team. Laune Rangers defended against a strong wind in the first half and trailed by 0-3 to 0-1 at halftime. Brendan Corkery moved to corner-back and Joe Kennedy moved to wing-back and they both proceeded to play ‘blinders’. Michael O Reilly had the proverbial blinder at midfield. Rangers were top of the table with Sneem as a result of that win.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Owen Mangan, Pat Pigott, Richard O Connor, Martin Clifford, Mark O Connor, Michael O Reilly, Pa Foley, Donal Pigott, John Griffin, Joe Kennedy, Joe Purcell, Sean Whelan, Brendan Corkery.

Ref: Pat Sheehy (Clounmacon).

 

Rd. 5 on Sun. 17th May at Cromane: Cromane 0-6; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-5.

Gerard Murphy’s 21st birthday party on the previous night did not help the Rangers’ preparations for that game. Nevertheless, they should have won, John Griffin uncharacteristically missing an open goal. Jerry Foley was Laune Rangers’ man-of-the-match, with Donal Hurley and Shane O Sullivan close behind. That was the first senior game in Cromane’s new pitch and, boy, did they savour the victory!

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Owen Mangan, Pat Pigott, Jerry Foley, Martin Clifford, Shane O Sullivan, Michael O Reilly, Pa Foley, Teddy Clifford, Michael Moriarty, Pat McKenna, John Griffin, John Evans, Anthony Shannon. Subs: Mark O Connor for P. Foley, Bertie O Riordan for P. Pigott, Donal Pigott, Sean Whelan, Joe Kennedy, Joe Purcell, Richard O Connor.

Ref: Maurice O Sullivan (Ballyheigue) – very good.

 

Rd. 6 on Sun. 31st May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 2-9; Foilmore 1-4.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Owen Mangan, Pat Pigott, Jerry Foley, Martin Clifford, Joe Kennedy, Pa Foley, Michael Moriarty, Dermot Griffin, Michael O Reilly, Robert Evans, Donal Pigott, John Evans, Mark O Connor. Subs: Richard O Connor, Sean Whelan, Danny Cahill, Tommy Byrne (all played).

 

Rd. 7 on Sun. 14th June at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-7; Derrynane 1-5.

Michael Fleming scored 1-4 and Tim Carey scored 0-1.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Joe Purcell, Donal Hurley, Pat Pigott, Joe Kennedy, Jerry Foley, Bertie O Riordan, Michael Moriarty, Tim Carey, Robert Evans, John Evans, Mark O Connor, Michael Fleming, Danny Cahill, Donal Pigott. Sub: Owen Mangan for D. Pigott.

Ref: Tom Golden (Desmonds).

 

Rd. 8 on Sat. 4th July at Valentia: Valentia ‘B’ w/o. from Laune Rangers ‘B’.

Laune Rangers ‘B’ had to concede a walkover to Valentia ‘B’ as only ten players showed up in the square at Killorglin, namely Pat Pigott, Donal Pigott, Michael O Reilly, Jerry Foley, Joe Purcell, Sean Whelan, Liam Foley, Martin Clifford, Donal Hurley and Michael Fleming. Teddy Clifford had travelled to Valentia for the game.

 

Rd. 9 on Sat. 18th July at Gneeveguilla: Gneeveguilla ‘B’ 2-11; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-5

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Owen Mangan, Teddy Clifford, Jerry Foley, Gene Evans, Shane O Sullivan, Michael O Reilly, Michael Moriarty, Pat Pigott, John Evans, Danny Cahill, Michael Fleming, Pa Foley, Tommy Woods. Sub: Joe Purcell for T. Woods.

 

Rd. 10 on Thurs. 6th Aug. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 2-9; Sneem 1-8.

Sneem had been top of the table and that served as a motivation for Laune Rangers to beat them

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Danny Cahill, Joe Purcell, Richard O Connor, Jerry Foley, Teddy Clifford, Michael O Reilly, Michael Moriarty, Robert Evans, John Evans, Bertie O Riordan, Brian O Sullivan, Pa Foley, Donal Pigott. Subs: Sean Whelan, Michael Fleming, Tommy Byrne (all played).

 

Rd. 11 on Sat. 29th Aug. at Dromid: Dromid 2-7; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-9.

Laune Rangers had only 13 players as some of those who had promised to travel, failed to do so. The following players played: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Owen Mangan, Joe Purcell, Michael Moriarty, Pat Pigott, Donal Pigott, Robert Evans, Richard O Connor, Michael O Reilly, Shane O Sullivan, John Purcell and Michael Foley – the latter two had to make a comeback for the occasion.

 

Rd. 12 on Tues. 8th Sept. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-7; Dr. Crokes ‘B’ 2-10.

Dr. Crokes were much fitter than the opposition. Pat Pigott missed a penalty.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Joe Purcell, Owen Mangan, Donal Hurley, Martin Clifford, Jerry Foley, Richard O Connor, Michael O Reilly, Michael Moriarty, Robert Evans, Pat Pigott, Michael Fleming, Donal Pigott, Pa Foley, Danny Cahill. Subs: Tommy Byrne for D. Pigott, Sean Whelan for M. Fleming, Bertie O Riordan for J. Purcell, Pat McKenna for D. Cahill (inj.).

Ref: Pa Mannix (Listry) – good.

 

Mid-Kerry Senior Championship

The competition was run with a losers’ round.

 

Rd. 1 on Sun. 10th May at Milltown: Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-7; Laune Rangers 0-9.

Laune Rangers beaten! That was the big surprise in the Mid-Kerry Championship.  Glenbeigh/Glencar triumphed thanks to a goal from a penalty three minutes from fulltime by centre half-forward, Peadar O Sullivan.

Right from the start it was evident that the holders were not going to have things their own way, as the Glenbeigh men fought fiercely for every ball. Nevertheless, the Rangers’ forwards made better use of their scoring chances and at the end of the first quarter they led by 0-4 to 0-0. However, with the Glenbeigh backs playing particularly well, the trend of the game changed and by the 23rd minute, the scores were tied at 0-4 each. Then Rangers finished the first half stronger, having points from Pat O Brien, John Evans and Joe Shannon to lead by 0-7 to 0-4 at halftime.

Within three minutes of the restart, Rangers’ best forward, Gerard Murphy, pointed but Glenbeigh, with John Griffin excelling at midfield, had points from James Moriarty, John Griffin and Mike Moriarty to cut the deficit to a single point as the game entered the final quarter. The excitement was tremendous, as the decent-sized attendance felt that an upset was on the cards. Rangers’ goalie, Peter Lyons, twice saved brilliantly and, at the other end, Jimmy O Sullivan was having the game of his life, having been moved to centre halfback. A Gerard Murphy point, four minutes from the finish, gave Rangers a two-point lead. Then, two minutes later, Mike Murphy was grounded in the Rangers’ square and Peadar O Sullivan made no mistake from the penalty. Both sides had close calls in the final minutes but Glenbeigh managed to hold out for one of their finest wins in the Mid-Kerry Championship for many years.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, James Sheehan, Paudie Sheahan, Shane O Sullivan, Joe Shannon (0-3), Tom Johnston, Pat O Brien (0-1), Pierce Prendiville (0-1), Michael O Reilly (0-2), Paul Griffin, John Evans (0-1), Gerard Murphy (0-1). Subs: Mark O Connor for J. Evans, Teddy Clifford for M. O Reilly, Owen Mangan.

Ref: Aidan Kelly (Beaufort) – handled the game with his usual authority and decisiveness.

 

Losers’ Rd. on Sat. 6th June at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-14; Keel 0-5.

There was never any doubt about the outcome, as Laune Rangers dominated throughout, even though they struggled somewhat at midfield. The winners led by 1-4 to 0-3 at halftime and the second half proved to be very one-sided. Best for the Rangers were Peter Lyons, Paudie Sheahan, Anthony Shannon and Pat O Brien in defence, Michael O Reilly at midfield and Timmy Fleming, Pierce Prendiville, Pat McKenna and Joe Shannon in attack.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Paudie Sheahan, Anthony Shannon, Shane O Sullivan, Pat O Brien, James Sheehan, Tom Johnston, Michael O Reilly, Timmy Fleming, Pierce Prendiville, Joe Shannon, John Griffin, Brian O Shea, Pat McKenna. Subs: Pat Pigott, Michael Moriarty, Donal Hurley, Mark O Connor.

Keel: Brendan Corcoran, Sean Foley, James Long, Jim Foley, Danny Evans, Larry McKenna, Paddy Hilliard, Denis Foley, John Foley, Tommy Evans, John Laddin, Austin McGinley, Denny O Shea, Padraig Barton, C. McGinley.

Ref: John Griffin (Glenbeigh).

 

Losers’ Rd. on Fri. 28th Aug. at Glenbeigh: Laune Rangers 2-7; Cromane 0-4.

That was a very poor performance by the Rangers, particularly in the first half, after which the sides were level ay 0-3 each. The exceptions in that half were Teddy Clifford and Paudie Sheahan in defence, Donal Hurley, John Evans and Joe Shannon up front. John Evans played particularly well but the forwards made little use of his strong possession. On the resumption Laune Rangers improved. Gerard Murphy scored a fortuitous goal, when his speculative kick from 35m dropped over the head of the Cromane goalkeeper. Tom Johnston scored the second goal. Pat O Brien, Michael O Reilly and Pierce Prendiville played well in that half. Laune Rangers did not play their minors because they were in the Co. Minor Final on the following Sunday. Cromane, however, played minors Patie Casey and Tommy Stack. Thankfully, they were not injured.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea, Teddy Clifford, Pat O Brien, Paudie Sheahan, Shane O Sullivan, Tom Johnston (1-0), Michael O Reilly (0-1), Joe Shannon (0-3), Pierce Prendiville (0-1), James Sheehan, Donal Hurley, John Evans (0-1), Gerard Murphy (1-1). Subs: Liam Foley, Pat Pigott, Danny Cahill.

Cromane: John Teahan, Michael Stack, Tomás Hayes, Pádraig McMahon, Ciarán O Callaghan, Gerard Casey, Donie McKenna, James O Shea, Pádraig Teahan, Timmy Flaherty, Liam Hayes (0-3), Tommy Stack (0-1). Patie Casey, Frank Walsh, John O Shea.

Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).

 

Semi-final on Sun. 4th Oct. at Milltown: Laune Rangers 2-8; Beaufort 1-5.

That game had been scheduled for Sat. 19th September but, on the previous Thursday, Laune Rangers were notified that Beaufort would not play on that date. They had a player injured while playing with the Mid-Kerry U-21 team in the Co. Championship and the Chairman of the Board, Michael McCarthy, had promised the Beaufort club that they would not have to play the Mid-Kerry semi-final if they had a player injured while playing with Mid-Kerry! So much for his respect for Laune Rangers! At the subsequent Mid-Kerry Board meeting, the Chairman reported that he had made the guarantee to Beaufort in the best interest of Mid-Kerry football. Jerome Conway asked him to state the rule under which he had made that guarantee and reminded him that he, as Chairman, was governed by rules just the same as everybody else. The Beaufort delegate said that it was then ‘water under the bridge’ and that the game should be rescheduled. The Chairman readily agreed!

A nightmare start to the second half, in which they conceded two goals in the first four minutes, signalled the end of Beaufort’s gallant efforts to upset championship favourites Laune Rangers in that very entertaining Mid-Kerry Senior Championship semi-final played in ideal conditions in Milltown. Ironically, the result set Laune Rangers up to equal Beaufort’s proud record of having won five Mid-Kerry Senior Championships in-a-row when they would take on Milltown/Castlemaine in the final.

Beaufort led the Rangers by a point at halftime, 0-4 to 0-3, and Rangers could thank star goalkeeper, Peter Lyons, who twice thwarted the Beaufort forwards in the first half when goals looked certain. Beaufort’s fine first half display stemmed from a total midfield dominance, in which the high fielding of Francis Courtney was a feature. He got great support from former Kerry minor, Michael Moriarty. Indeed such was their dominance that Laune Rangers were obliged to move Joe Shannon and Timmy Fleming into that sector in exchange for Tom Johnston and Michael O Reilly. Beaufort led on merit at halftime and the fine attendance looked forward with great anticipation to the second half.

However, just two minutes into the second half, Laune Rangers won a penalty, when a Timmy Fleming shot was illegally blocked by a Beaufort defender. Joe Shannon made no mistake with the kick. Then, just two minutes later, Tom Johnston gathered the ball from a rebound after a Gerard Murphy shot had been saved and his speculative shot under pressure crept in under the Beaufort crossbar. Rangers were then five points ahead. Beaufort battled back and the ever alert Peter Lyons tipped over a Francis Courtney drive for a point. Then in the 38th minute, Beaufort corner-forward Donie Courtney was adjudged to have been fouled in the Rangers’ parallelogram and Donie Hartnett hammered home the penalty. There was then just a point between the sides, 2-3 to 1-5, in favour of the Rangers. However, Beaufort failed to score again. The Rangers’ defence, in which Gene Evans was outstanding, began to dominate and, as the Beaufort midfield tired, the Rangers’ attack began to get a steady supply of ball. They duly utilised that possession, kicking some fine long range points in the last quarter.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Pat O Brien, Paudie Sheahan, Teddy Clifford, Tom Johnston (1-1), Michael O Reilly, Joe Shannon (1-0, pen.), Pierce Prendiville (0-1), Timmy Fleming (0-2), Paul Griffin (0-1), James Sheehan (0-1), Gerard Murphy (0-2). Subs: Pat McKenna for M. O Reilly, Michael Moriarty, Bertie O Riordan, Mark O Connor, Danny Cahill, John Evans, Pat Pigott, Liam Foley.

Beaufort: Kieran Breen, Randle Joy, D.D. O Sullivan, Simon O Sullivan, John B. O Brien, Donie Hartnett (1-0, pen.), Patie Hartnett, Michael Moriarty, Francis Courtney (0-1), Cormac O Shea (0-1), John O Connor, Michael Curran, Donie Courtney (0-2), John Crowley, Gerard Doyle. Subs: Ian O Shea for C. O Shea, Frank Coffey for G. Doyle.

Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).

 

Final on Sun. 18th Oct. at Milltown: Milltown/Castlemaine: 0-7; Laune Rangers 0-7.

Crowned Co. Senior League Champions for the second successive year the previous week and looking to equal Beaufort’s 5 titles in a row, Laune Rangers almost came down to earth with a thump when they had to dig deep to salvage a share of the spoils against a magnificent Milltown/Castlemaine challenge in a splendidly contested decider. The relief of the Laune Rangers’ mentors was palpable, as referee Michael O Sullivan signalled an end to a game, which was thoroughly enjoyed by a fair sized crowd in ideal footballing conditions, even though the sod was heavy after torrential week-end rain. In hindsight, that was probably a fair result, although Milltown/Castlemaine might have considered themselves somewhat unlucky not to have caused one of the big upsets of the season by dethroning Rangers, who had another marvellous year. Still, Rangers proved why they were champions and, when things looked somewhat bleak for them, trailing by 0-6 to 0-3 at halftime and again under intense second half pressure, their experience and composure were vital ingredients in getting them out of trouble and back into the game.

The opening exchanges indicated that Rangers were going to dominate as they raced into a two points lead within as many minutes, James Sheehan and Joe Shannon the scorers. Milltown/Castlemaine had other ideas and they quickly settled down to take the game to the Launesiders. With an excellent halfback line and having the better of the midfield duel, Milltown/Castlemaine was frequently on the offensive. Willie Maher opened their account from a 13m free after a late tackle 50m out on Paud Hogan. He then showed his class when swinging over a great point from over 40m range to tie the scores after eight minutes. They kept up the momentum and took the lead after twelve minutes with another marvellous score from Hogan from nearly 40m. Rangers were constantly under pressure and their wing-forwards, Paul Griffin and Timmy Fleming, were often seen deep in their own half in an effort to stem the tide. Rangers did occasionally lift the siege and one fine move, midway through the half, involving five or six players, ended with Tom Johnston shooting wide. Milltown/Castlemaine were quickly back at the other end of the field and Gerard Teahan, who had a thundering game, showed the way with a brilliantly executed point in a very tight space. Gerard Woods put them further ahead. However, Rangers kept in touch with a neat point by Paul Griffin, following a long range free by Teddy Clifford and, with four minutes to go to the interval, Willie Maher kicked a glorious point, off the post, from just inside the 45m line to leave his side three points clear.

Immediately on the resumption, Rangers signalled their intentions, as they tore into the fray. They reduced the leeway within a minute with an excellent James Sheehan point, after a nice move involving Gerard Murphy and Michael Moriarty. Gerard Murphy had another point with a neat effort from the left wing, as team-mate Timmy Fleming, who had taken the full force of the ball in the face late in the first half, was off the field. That left only a single point between the sides but the meticulous Maher edged his side two points in front again with a beautifully struck free from a very acute angle on the 13m line. After eighteen minutes Jim O Connor brought off a fine save from a dangerous, dipping 45m by Rangers hard-working Joe Shannon but, a minute later, Rangers did narrow the gap to the bare minimum with a Michael Moriarty point from a pass by Gerard Murphy after severe pressure. Then, as the game entered the final ten minutes, the fans were really on their toes, as the game swung from end to end, with goal-mouth thrills in abundance, as Rangers endeavoured to save the day and Milltown/Castlemaine strove to rock the champions. Joe Shannon brought off a great clearance. Liam Burke’s shot came back off the post and, when play swung to the other end, Rangers looked to have clinched the goal that might have proved the winner. As a long delivery broke between goalkeeper Jim O Connor and Timmy Fleming to substitute Pat McKenna 10m out, it looked like a certain goal as he first-timed the ball to an apparently empty net but, out of the blue, came Andrew Boyle, diving low to finger-tip the ball right off the line to a team-mate, who cleared to safety. Rangers duly got their equaliser, however, with five minutes remaining when Gerard Murphy rounded Jeremiah Murphy to score his second point of the day.

Rangers were best served by Peter Lyons, in goals, Anthony Shannon, Pat O Brien and Paudie Sheahan in defence, Tom Johnston had his moments with tireless Joe Shannon at midfield but in a disappointing forward division, Gerard Murphy and James Sheehan were always dangerous. Obviously, the first-half injury had shaken Kerry minor star, Timmy Fleming, who, although he came back on the field, was never really at his best thereafter.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Pat O Brien, Paudie Sheahan, Teddy Clifford, Tom Johnston, Timmy Fleming (0-1), Paul Griffin (0-1), Pierce Prendiville, Joe Shannon, Gerard Murphy (0-2), James Sheehan (0-2), Michael Moriarty (0-1). Subs: Pat McKenna for T. Fleming (inj.), Timmy Fleming for Paul Griffin, Mark O Connor for G. Murphy, Michael O Reilly, Shane O Sullivan, Bertie O Riordan, John Evans, Pat Pigott, Liam Foley.

Milltown/Castlemaine: Jim O Connor, Brian Kerins, Mike Colgan, Jeremiah Murphy, Paud Hogan (0-1), Gerard Teahan (capt.) 0-1, Andrew Boyle, Liam Burke, Seanie Burke, Liam Kelliher, Willie Maher (0-4), John P. O Sullivan, John Burke, Gerard Woods (0-1), Mike Heffernan. Subs: Seanie Counihan for M. Heffernan, Liam Cronin for J. Murphy.

Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).

 

Final replay on Sun. 15th Nov. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 1-9; Milltown/Castlemaine 1-5.

Laune Rangers had to pull out all the stops in the last quarter of that game to overcome another spirited challenge from their great rivals, Milltown/Castlemaine. As in the drawn game, the fair-sized attendance got excellent value for money as both teams strove might and main in a fine sporting encounter, despite the heavy conditions. That was a game that was brimful of good football all through and kept the respective fans on their toes right to the final whistle. Laune Rangers had broken the 5-in-a-row bogey, thereby equalling Beaufort’s similar feat between 1976 and 1980 and, in the end, the Co. League Champions were fully deserving winners. However, for three-quarters of the struggle, the played second-fiddle to a rampant Milltown/Castlemaine team that revelled in the muddy conditions.

Right from the throw-in the green-jerseyed Milltown were on the offensive and, after two early wides, Gerard Woods put them two points up with a brace of 13m frees. The attacks continued but some appalling marksmanship cost them dearly – they shot seven first half wides. There was some tremendous play up the left wing involving John P. O Sullivan and Sean Counihan, while veteran Willie Murphy was making life difficult for fullback, Brian O Shea. Laune Rangers pulled one back with a fine 40m shot by Michael O Reilly but Milltown edged two in front again with a cracking Paud Hogan shot just over the bar.

Timmy Fleming landed a marvellous 45m free with plenty to spare to narrow the gap but Rangers had a real let-off with three minutes to go to halftime. A raking free by Andrew Boyle was grabbed by Willie Murphy, who fed Willie Maher, coming in on the left, but Maher’s shot flashed wide of the far post. Timmy Fleming levelled the score with a splendid point from a 13m free far out on the right.

The second period started in explosive fashion with a Milltown/Castlemaine goal that seemed certain to put them on the road to victory. Another Andrew Boyle free was dropped by Laune Rangers’ Anthony Shannon, who seemed to have been the victim of the blinding sun, and, when the ball broke loose, Willie Maher first timed an unstoppable shot inside Peter Lyons’ right-hand post. Within a minute, however, play was back at the other end for a fine 30m point by Pat O Brien from a difficult angle on the right. Substitute, Gerard Murphy added another, before and after which Willie Maher shot wide and had a shot well saved by Peter Lyons. Gerard Woods had a bad miss from 25m in front of the posts after nine minutes. However, John P. O Sullivan made amends to put Milltown/Castlemaine ahead by 1-4 to 0-5 with twenty minutes left. It was at that stage that Rangers realised that they had to do something to stop the rot and to mount a challenge.

Paul Griffin went to midfield to mark Paud Hogan and when Timmy Fleming, from a free, and Gerard Murphy, from play, sent over points, Rangers were on level terms for the second time. As the game entered the last quarter, Rangers stepped up the tempo that immediately brought what proved to be the match-winning goal. And what a goal it was! A scintillating move that saw play swing from the left to the right wing and then back across goal in a series of bewildering passes between James Sheehan, Paul Griffin, James Sheehan again and finally Pat McKenna, who sent a scorcher past the helpless Jim O Connor. After that, Rangers’ experience and coolness took over and two further points by James Sheehan made up the final tally. Willie Maher closed the scoring with a point from a 30m free.

One had to admire that great performance in the second half. The Rangers produced twenty minutes of grand, open football that left most of their opponents, who had looked so much the masters early on, flatfooted. So they had capped another great season by adding the coveted Mid-Kerry title to their collection, with the added bonus of a 5-in-a-row. They were pleased with their performance even if they left it rather late to prove their worth. Their mentors could feel proud too as their inspired substitutions of Gerard Murphy and Paul Griffin had proved decisive. Gerard Murphy, in particular, gave a masterful display and it was great to see the Kerry U-21 player return to form after such a long lay-off with a serious knee injury that would have ended the career of many players. His man-of-the-match award was richly deserved. Rangers had other stars too in Gene Evans, Paudie Sheahan and Shane O Sullivan in defence. Tom Johnston tried hard at midfield, while, apart from Gerard Murphy and Paul Griffin, Pierce Prendiville, Timmy Fleming, particularly in the first half, and James Sheehan were most prominent.

Afterwards, the Michael O Connor Memorial Cup was presented to Rangers’ captain, Tom Johnston, by Mid-Kerry Chairman, Michael McCarthy, who congratulated both teams on a wonderful, sporting game. The man-of-the-match award, sponsored by the Manor Inn, Killorglin, was presented to Gerard Murphy by Michael O Shea. As the celebrations continued, one could get the feeling that Noel O Mahony and his charges were looking ahead to six-in-a-row.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Pat O Brien (0-1), Paudie Sheahan, Shane O Sullivan, Tom Johnston (capt.), Michael O Reilly (0-1), Joe Shannon, Pierce Prendiville, Timmy Fleming (0-3), Pat McKenna (1-0), James Sheehan (0-2), Michael Moriarty. Subs: Gerard Murphy (0-2) for M. Moriarty, Paul Griffin for M. O Reilly, Danny Cahill for P. Prendiville (inj.), John Evans, Donal Hurley, Pat Pigott, Liam Foley, Mark O Connor.

Milltown/Castlemaine: Jim O Connor, Jeremiah Murphy, Mike Colgan, Brian Kerins, Sean Burke, Gerard Teahan (capt.), Andrew Boyle, Liam Burke, Paud Hogan (0-1), Liam Kelliher, Willie Maher (1-1), John P. O Sullivan (0-1), Gerard Woods (0-2, frees), Willie Murphy, Sean Counihan. Subs: Mike Heffernan for L. Kelliher, Liam Spring for J. Murphy, Bertie Griffin for S. Burke. Willie Maher had been injured while playing with Kerry against Armagh in the NFL and was well below form in the game.

Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).

Laune Rangers – Mid-Kerry Senior Football Champions 1987 Seated: Timmy Fleming, Paul Griffin, Teddy Clifford, Tom Johnston (capt.), Gene Evans, Anthony Shannon, Peter Lyons, James Sheehan. Standing: Paudie Sheahan, Pierce Prendiville, Brian O Shea, Gerard Murphy, Pat O Brien, Joe Shannon, Michael Moriarty.

Laune Rangers – Mid-Kerry Senior Football Champions 1987
Seated: Timmy Fleming, Paul Griffin, Teddy Clifford, Tom Johnston (capt.), Gene Evans, Anthony Shannon, Peter Lyons, James Sheehan.
Standing: Paudie Sheahan, Pierce Prendiville, Brian O Shea, Gerard Murphy, Pat O Brien, Joe Shannon, Michael Moriarty.

 

Presentation of the Mid-Kerry SFC Cup to Tom Johnston by Michael McCarthy (Chairman) – 1987.

Presentation of the Mid-Kerry SFC Cup to Tom Johnston by Michael McCarthy (Chairman) – 1987.

Laune Rangers – 1987 Mid-Kerry Senior Champions (final replay) Front: Shane O Sullivan, Gene Evans, Tom Johnston (capt.), Joe Shannon, Timmy Fleming, Anthony Shannon, James Sheehan. Back: Paudie Sheahan, Pierce Prendiville, Michael O Reilly, Brian O Shea, Peter Lyons, Pat McKenna, Pat O Brien, Michael Moriarty.

Laune Rangers – 1987 Mid-Kerry Senior Champions (final replay)
Front: Shane O Sullivan, Gene Evans, Tom Johnston (capt.), Joe Shannon, Timmy Fleming, Anthony Shannon, James Sheehan.
Back: Paudie Sheahan, Pierce Prendiville, Michael O Reilly, Brian O Shea, Peter Lyons, Pat McKenna, Pat O Brien, Michael Moriarty.

Mid-Kerry Senior League

 

Rd. 1 on Sun. 15th Feb. at JP O Sullivan Park: Laune Rangers 1-8; Cromane 1-2.

That was a very rusty performance from the Rangers, typical beginning-of-the-year play. Brian O Shea played very well.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Owen Mangan, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Pat O Brien, Paudie Sheahan, Shane O Sullivan, Joe Shannon (0-1), Michael Moriarty, Pat Pigott, Pierce Prendiville, James Sheehan (0-2), John Griffin (0-2), John Evans, Gerard Murphy (1-2). Subs: Michael O Reilly (0-1) for P. Pigott; Teddy Clifford for M. Moriarty.

Cromane: Michael McCarthy, Michael Stack, Frank Walsh, William Joy, Gerard Casey, Ciarán O Callaghan, Padraig McMahon, Liam Hayes, James O Shea, Tommy Stack, Donie McKenna, Patie Casey, Michael Teahan, John Teahan. Sub: Terence McCarthy for M. Teahan.

Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).

 

Rd. 2 on Sun. 22nd Feb. at Glenbeigh: Glenbeigh 2-1; Laune Rangers 6-17.

That was a much better performance from Laune Rangers even though the opposition was pitiful.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Teddy Clifford, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Gene Evans, Paudie Sheahan, Shane O Sullivan, Joe Shannon, Pat O Brien, Michael Moriarty, Pierce Prendiville, James Sheehan, John Griffin, John Evans, Bertie O Riordan. Subs: Michael O Reilly and Owen Mangan (both played). Ref: Aidan Kelly (Beaufort).

 

Rd. 3 on Sun. 8th March at Milltown: Milltown/Castlemaine 0-5; Laune Rangers 1-12.

John Griffin, Laune Rangers, and Podge Leen, Milltown/Castlemaine, were sent off by the referee. He reported them for rough play and the Chairman, at the subsequent Mid-Kerry Board meeting, suspended them for two weeks.

 

Rd. 4 on Sun. 22nd March at Keel: Keel 1-3; Laune Rangers 0-9.

Laune Rangers commenced with 14 players, as some of the selected inexplicably failed to turn up for the game. Paul Griffin, Timmy Fleming, James Sheehan and Peter Lyons had excused themselves. Rangers led at halftime by 0-3 to 0-1 but bunched too much in the second half.

Laune Rangers: Gene Evans, Pat McKenna, Brian O Shea, Teddy Clifford, Pat O Brien, Paudie Sheahan, Shane O Sullivan, Joe Shannon, Tom Johnston, Pat Brennan, Pierce Prendiville, Gerard Murphy, John Griffin, John Evans. Sub: Liam Foley went into goals, Gene Evans went to right fullback and Pat McKenna went to left full-forward; Michael O Reilly.

Ref: Dermot Ryan (Milltown/Castlemaine).

 

Rd. 5 on Sun. 12th April at Beaufort; Beaufort 2-7; Laune Rangers 1-8.

Beaufort made sure of a semi-final spot in the Mid-Kerry League with that win. They had to win the game to be at least guaranteed a play-off, while the Killorglin men had already booked their semi-final spot. On the day, with no rain, conditions were good for football. Laune Rangers, knowing that they could lose and still qualify, adopted a casual approach to the game, lining out without six of their regular players, including Peter Lyons, Tom Johnston, Pat O Brien, Timmy Fleming and Pierce Prendiville. Still, they had a good balanced team on duty. Beaufort, on the other hand, had to get a good result and that saw them play the more committed and determined football, contesting every ball with fierce vigour.

Joe Shannon pointed a free and set up the goal for Rangers when he gave to John Evans who put the ball beyond the stunned Kieran Breen. Beaufort recovered from those early lapses with points from Michael Moriarty and James Courtney before Anthony Shannon picked off a neat point for the Killorglin men. Beaufort, urged on by the home supporters, still kept driving forward. They cut the deficit to two points and were rewarded for constant endeavour when Francis Courtney’s shot deceived the Laune Rangers’ defence and goalkeeper Liam Foley and the ball ended up in the net after 18 minutes of play. That left the home side ahead by 1-3 to 1-2.

Rangers, with points from Gerard Murphy and a Joe Shannon free, edged Rangers out in front again before Beaufort availed of another mix-up by Rangers at the back, when Michael Moriarty punched home a goal from close range. Joe Shannon, who was very accurate from long-range frees, closed the first-half scoring with a splendid point to leave Beaufort in the lead by 2-3 to 1-5.

On the resumption, Laune Rangers were favoured by whatever breeze there was, but it was Beaufort that continued to play the more forceful football, inspired by some beautiful point-kicking by Cormac O Shea, while it was the accurate boot from frees by Joe Shannon, which kept Rangers in close contention. O Shea had two points from play and Joe Shannon two from frees. It took a good save from the Rangers’ goalkeeper, Liam Foley, to foil Beaufort of a goal. A point by Michael O Reilly brought the sides level, 2-5 to 1-8, after 20 minutes of the second half. Beaufort’s fate hung in the balance as the outcome was delicately balanced. Nevertheless, they rose to the occasion and points by John Guerin and Cormac O Shea sealed the issue. James Sheehan was man-of-the-match for Laune Rangers.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea, Teddy Clifford, James Sheehan, Paudie Sheahan, Shane O Sullivan, Joe Shannon (0-5, frees), Owen Mangan, Gerard Murphy (0-1), Michael Moriarty, Martin Clifford, Michael O Reilly (0-1), John Evans (1-0), Anthony Shannon (0-1). Subs: Bertie O Riordan, Pat Pigott.

Beaufort: Kieran Breen, Derry Coffey, D.D. O Sullivan, Simon O Sullivan, Patie Hartnett, Donie Hartnett, Randal Joy, Francis Courtney (1-0), Ger O Sullivan, Cormac O Shea (0-3), John O Connor, Seamus Courtney, John Guerin (0-2), Mick Moriarty (1-1), Gerard Doyle (0-1). Subs: Bernie Coffey, Michael Curran.

Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).

 

Final on Sun. 29th Nov. at Milltown: Laune Rangers 1-13; Beaufort 0-3.

Laune Rangers added the Mid-Kerry League Maurice Kelliher Cup to their impressive collection of trophies for 1987. That final, played before a small attendance, was a rather one-sided affair. Though the day was calm, the underfoot conditions were very sticky and irritating for forward play.

Rangers were first to attack and Joe Shannon shot wide. Tom Johnston opened their account with a good right-footed kick in the third minute. Joe Shannon shot a good point a minute later. It was obvious, even at that stage, that Beaufort was labouring at midfield, where Tom Johnston was dominant. However, the Rangers’ forwards found the going tough against the experienced, no-nonsense opposition defenders. Shane O Sullivan and Pat McKenna had wides before Timmy Fleming pointed a free after a foul on the enterprising Shane O Sullivan. Beaufort brought Donie Hartnett to midfield in an effort to stem the tide. In a good Beaufort attack, Anthony Shannon dispossessed Donie Hartnett and the ball flowed from Tom Johnston to Pierce Prendiville to Timmy Fleming, who shot the ball between the posts. A good move involving Pat O Brien, Gerard Murphy and Timmy Fleming, ended with the latter taking a good score. In the twenty seventh minute Gerard Murphy got another point and just on the whistle, Donie Hartnett pointed a free to open Beaufort’s account. The halftime score was 0-6 to 0-1 in favour of the Launesiders.

At halftime Patie Hartnett was introduced to the loser’s halfback line in an effort to curb the rampant Timmy Fleming. During the first ten minutes of the half Beaufort played their most determined football of the game and were rewarded with a point from a free by Cormac O Shea. A high, speculative shot by Michael Moriarty was well held by Peter Lyons. In the tenth minute Joe Shannon stretched the winner’s lead with a good point. It was noticeable at that stage that Pierce Prendiville was coming into the game at midfield and he placed Gerard Murphy for another good point. Entering the final quarter, Laune Rangers introduced Danny Cahill for the injured Anthony Shannon and Michael Moriarty for Pat McKenna. Immediately, Paudie Sheahan, who was outstanding in defence, broke up a promising Beaufort move and transferred to Tom Johnston, who passed to Danny Cahill and his good pass put Timmy Fleming through for a capital point. With ten minutes to go, Michael O Reilly placed Pat O Brien, who transferred to Paul Griffin but the Beaufort goalie, John Cronin, made an excellent save. A good move involving Michael Moriarty and John B. O Brien ended with Ian O Shea kicking wide. The resulting quick kick-out came to Brian O Shea, who was very sound throughout, and his long ball found Pierce Prendiville who, in turn, put the lively Gerard Murphy through for the only goal of the game. The last five minutes were a matter of form. Francis Courtney got a very good point for Beaufort, while the winners finished with a flourish with points by Timmy Fleming, Gerard Murphy and Danny Cahill.

For the winners, Peter Lyons had a quiet hour. Gene Evans, Brian O Shea and Anthony Shannon defended excellently. The halfback line of Pat O Brien, Paudie Sheahan and Shane O Sullivan was the springboard of the victory. Tom Johnston and Pierce Prendiville dominated throughout. Best in the attack were Joe Shannon, Timmy Fleming, Paul Griffin and Gerard Murphy. Timmy Fleming was awarded man-of-the-match, the trophy for which was sponsored by Liam Burke, Victualler, Killorglin. Jeremiah Kerins, Callanfercy, made the choice.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Pat O Brien, Paudie Sheahan, Shane O Sullivan, Tom Johnston (capt.) 0-1, Pierce Prendiville, Joe Shannon (0-2), Pat McKenna, Timmy Fleming (0-5), Paul Griffin, James Sheehan, Gerard Murphy (1-4). Subs: Danny Cahill (0-1) for A. Shannon (inj.), Michael Moriarty for Pat McKenna, Michael O Reilly for Pat O Brien.

Beaufort: John Cronin, Derry Coffey, D.D. O Sullivan, Simon O Sullivan, John B. O Brien, Frank Coffey, Randal Joy, Francis Courtney (0-1), Michael Moriarty, Cormac O Shea (0-1, free), Donie Hartnett (0-1), Michael Curran, Gerard Doyle, Donie Courtney, Seamus Courtney. Subs: Ian O Shea for S. Courtney, Patie Hartnett for M. Curran, John O Connor for G. Doyle.

Ref: Johnny Sheehan (Keel).

 

Mid-Kerry ‘B’ Championship

Players who had played in the Mid-Kerry Senior Championship of the previous year were ineligible to play in that competition unless they had been regraded. The competition was played on a league basis.

 

Rd. 2 on Tues. 26th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 4-15; Cromane ‘B’ 0-1.

Laune Rangers: Joe Purcell, Tommy Byrne, Owen Mangan, Pat Pigott, Michael Sweeney, Donal Hurley, Joe Kennedy, Jerry Foley, Pa Foley, Dermot Griffin, Danny Cahill, Robert Evans, Donal Pigott, Tommy Woods, Sean Whelan. Subs: Michael Fleming, Pat McInery, John Galvin (all played), Brendan Corkery, Richard O Connor.

Ref: Michael Murphy (Milltown/Castlemaine).

 

Rd. 1 on Thurs. 28th May at Milltown: Milltown/Castlemaine ‘B’ 4-1; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-9.

That game had been postponed from Tuesday 19th May. Laune Rangers did not play well – the four goals spoke for themselves.

Laune Rangers: Joe Purcell, Tommy Byrne, Owen Mangan, Pat Pigott, Michael Sweeney, Donal Hurley, Martin Clifford, Jerry Foley, Pa Foley, Dermot Griffin, Danny Cahill, Robert Evans, Donal Pigott, Tommy Woods, Sean Whelan. Subs: Michael Fleming, Michael Cronin, Pat McInery.

Ref: Tom Evans (Keel).

 

Rd. 3 on Tues. 9th June at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 2-14; Keel ‘B’ 0-2.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Owen Mangan, Joe Purcell, Joe Kennedy. Martin Clifford, Michael Sweeney, Jerry Foley, Danny Cahill, Dermot Griffin, Pat Pigott, Robert Evans, Michael Fleming, Sean Whelan, Donal Pigott. Subs: Pat McInery, John Galvin (both played).

 

Rd. 4 on Tues. 16th June at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 2-9; Glenbeigh ‘B’ 1-7.

Patsy Joy, at 41 years of age, was drafted in to the team, but was unfortunately put off for ‘clocking’ his opponent, Denis Sheahan, who was also sent off. The referee reported both players for fighting. At the subsequent Mid-Kerry Board meeting, the Chairman, observing that there was no mention of striking, suspended both players for the minimum two weeks.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, John Clifford, Owen Mangan, Joe Purcell, Richard O Connor, Donal Hurley, Michael Sweeney, Jerry Foley, Danny Cahill, Michael Fleming, Pat Pigott, Brendan Corkery, Donal Pigott, Patsy Joy, Sean Whelan. Subs: Conor O Mahony and Robert Evans (both played).

 

Semi-final on Tues. 30th June at Cromane: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-9; Keel ‘B’ 0-6.

Laune Rangers made very heavy work of winning that game. Martin Clifford excelled. Owen Mangan, Donal Hurley and Richard O Connor also played well. Danny Cahill was man-of-the-match and capped a great performance with a splendid goal and some good points from frees. Jerry Foley, Robert Evans and Dermot Griffin, when he came on, played well.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Martin Clifford, Owen Mangan, Joe Purcell, Richard O Connor, Donal Hurley, Tommy Woods, Jerry Foley, Danny Cahill, Sean Whelan, Pat Pigott, Robert Evans, Michael Fleming, Pa Foley, Donal Pigott. Subs: Dermot Griffin for S. Whelan, Michael Sweeney for T. Woods, Pat McInery, John Galvin.

Ref: Aidan Kelly (Beaufort).

 

Final on Sat. 11th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 1-5; Milltown/Castlemaine ‘B’ 0-5.

That was an outstanding and sporting game. Michael Sweeney and Richard O Connor excelled. Jerry Foley and Danny Cahill gave Laune Rangers a slight edge at midfield. Pat Pigott was awarded man-of-the-match, principally because he scored 1-2 and Pa Foley was only a whisper behind him. Rangers had regained that championship after a lapse of one year.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Owen Mangan (capt.), Joe Purcell, Michael Sweeney, Martin Clifford, Richard O Connor, Jerry Foley, Danny Cahill, Robert Evans, Pat Pigott, Dermot Griffin, Michael Fleming, Pa Foley, Tommy Woods. Subs: Joe Kennedy, Sean Whelan.

Ref: Aidan Kelly (Beaufort).

 

Mid-Kerry Novice Championship

Players who had played in the 1986 Co. Senior Football Championship were ineligible to pay in that competition. It was a knockout competition.

 

Rd. 1 on Sat. 1st Aug. at Milltown: Milltown/Castlemaine 2-4; Laune Rangers 1-5.

With two minutes or so remaining, the referee abandoned the game because some Milltown supporters came on to the field of play. At that stage, Laune Rangers were two points in arrears. Having played against a strong wind, Rangers were 2-4 to 0-1 in arrears at halftime. In the second half, Danny Cahill scored a great goal and Brian O Sullivan hit the post soon afterwards. Owen Mangan was sent off, even though it was he that had been kicked by Willie Murphy, who was also dismissed. Afterwards, the referee said that he had not abandoned the game – confusion. The score at the time of the abandonment was 2-4 to 1-5 in favour of the home side. At the subsequent Mid-Kerry Board meeting the referee’s report was read as follows, ‘The game was played in anything but in a sporting manner. I sent off Willie Murphy (Milltown/Castlemaine) and Owen Mangan (Laune Rangers) for fighting. In the fifty seventh minute, I awarded a free to Laune Rangers. Some Milltown supporters came out on to the field and started fighting with a Laune Rangers’ player. In the confusion, I thought that the time was up and blew the whistle for full-time but afterwards I realised that there were three minutes to go.’ Conflicting reports of what happened were given by the Milltown/Castlemaine and Laune Rangers’ delegates. The Chairman ruled that the game would have to be replayed in Glenbeigh, with Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh) as referee. Milltown/Castlemaine Club was warned about the stewarding of its field. Willie Murphy and Own Mangan were suspended for 2 weeks.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Joe Purcell, Owen Mangan, Anthony Shannon, Teddy Clifford, Michael Moriarty, Bertie O Riordan, Jerry Foley, Michael O Reilly, Pat Pigott, John Evans, Richard O Connor, Brian O Sullivan, Pa Foley, Danny Cahill.

Ref: Tom Evans (Keel).

 

Replay on Sat. 26th Sept. at Milltown: Milltown/Castlemaine 1-4; Laune Rangers 1-5.

That was a very satisfying win for Laune Rangers, in view of the antics on the first day. The sides were level at 0-2 each at halftime, Brian O Sullivan and Shane O Sullivan being the Rangers’ scorers. All through, Teddy Clifford and Jerry Foley excelled. Bertie O Riordan scored a point after halftime. Then Milltown/Castlemaine scored 1-2 without reply. Rangers seemed to be in trouble. With ten minutes remaining, Rangers introduced Michael O Reilly, who had been unable to start and he proceeded to dominate midfield. A great ball over the fullback by Pat Pigott sent Brian O Sullivan away on a race with the Milltown goalie. O Sullivan got to the ball first, rounded the goalie and scored a great goal. Bertie O Riordan scored a beautiful point from the sideline and, with time running out, Brian O Sullivan scored the winner.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Owen Mangan, Anthony Shannon, Martin Clifford, Jerry Foley, Teddy Clifford, Michael Moriarty, Shane O Sullivan (0-1), Bertie O Riordan (0-2), Pat Pigott, Robert Evans, Brian O Sullivan (1-2), Pa Foley, Danny Cahill. Subs: Michael O Reilly for R. Evans, Richard O Connor, Joe Purcell. John Evans was at a wedding and Pat McKenna was working.

Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).

 

Semi-final on Sun. 25th Oct. at Glenbeigh: Laune Rangers 4-9; Cromane 2-4.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Owen Mangan, Anthony Shannon, Shane O Sullivan, Jerry Foley, Teddy Clifford, Michael O Reilly, Michael Moriarty, Bertie O Riordan, Pa Foley, Pat Pigott, Brian O Sullivan, John Evans, Danny Cahill. Subs: Pat McKenna for T. Clifford (inj.), Robert Evans for J. Evans, Martin Clifford for A. Shannon, Joe Purcell, Dermot Clifford.

When the mentors attended to Teddy Clifford on the field, he said that he could not feel his legs. That sent shockwaves through the mentors and he was eventually removed to hospital. Thankfully, nothing was broken but that ended Teddy Clifford’s career as a footballer.

 

Final on Sun. 1st Nov. at Milltown: Glenbeigh 3-7; Laune Rangers 2-6.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Owen Mangan, Anthony Shannon, Shane O Sullivan, Jerry Foley, Bertie O Riordan, Michael O Reilly, Michael Moriarty, Pat McKenna, Pa Foley (capt.), Danny Cahill, Brian O Sullivan, John Evans, Pat Pigott. Subs: Martin Clifford for D. Hurley (inj.), Joe Purcell, Dermot Clifford.

 

Challenge/Tournament Games

 

Sun. 15th March at Wormwood Scrubs, London: Laune Rangers 1-7; Kingdom 0-7.

All things considered, Laune Rangers did exceedingly well – it was said that they were the first team to beat the Kingdom in London.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Mossy Joy, Owen Mangan, Anthony Shannon, James O Shea (Shanara), James Sheehan, Pat Pigott, Joe Shannon, Michael Moriarty, John Horgan, Sean Sheehan (Keel), Gerard Murphy, John Griffin, Stephen Russell, Tommy Woods. Subs: Michael Sweeney, Donal Pigott, Patrick McInery (all played).

 

Sun. 28th June at Killorglin: South-Kerry beat Laune Rangers by 1 point.

Laune Rangers: Gene Evans, Donal Hurley, Paudie Sheahan, Anthony Shannon, Shane O Sullivan, Pat O Brien, Teddy Clifford, Tom Johnston, Michael O Reilly, Joe Shannon, Pierce Prendiville, Paul griffin, Michael Moriarty, Brian O Shea, James Sheehan. Subs: John Evans, Pat Pigott, Liam Foley (all played).

Ref: Peter Lyons (Laune Rangers).

 

Laune Rangers v The Kingdom at the Scrubs, London, 1987 Front: James Sheehan, Michael McSweeney, Sean Sheehan (Keel), Pat Pigott, Joe Shannon, Stephen Russell, Patrick McInery, John Griffin. Back: Jim Daly (Milltown), Donal Pigott, John Sheehan, Michael Moriarty, Tommy Woods, Gerard Murphy, Mossy Joy, John Horgan, James O Shea.

Laune Rangers v The Kingdom at the Scrubs, London, 1987
Front: James Sheehan, Michael McSweeney, Sean Sheehan (Keel), Pat Pigott, Joe Shannon, Stephen Russell, Patrick McInery, John Griffin.
Back: Jim Daly (Milltown), Donal Pigott, John Sheehan, Michael Moriarty, Tommy Woods, Gerard Murphy, Mossy Joy, John Horgan, James O Shea.

 

Sneem 7-a-side Tournament

Sun. 19th April: Rd. 1: Laune Rangers 2-9; Castlebar St. Enda’s 2-6

Semi-final: Laune Rangers 4-10; Longford Slashers 3-11 (after extra time).

Final: Laune Rangers 4-10; Castlebar Mitchels 2-10 (after extra time).

Laune Rangers: Tom Johnston (capt.), James Sheehan, Pat O Brien, Joe Shannon, Shane O Sullivan, Pierce Prendiville, Anthony Shannon, Gerard Murphy, Paudie Sheahan, Bertie O Riordan.

 

Glenbeigh Carnival Tournament

Rd. 1 on Fri. 14th Aug. at Glenbeigh: Glenbeigh 1-5; Laune Rangers 1-12.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Teddy Clifford, Paudie Sheahan, Shane O Sullivan, Tom Johnston, Michael O Reilly, Michael Moriarty, Pierce Prendiville, Joe Shannon, Peter Lyons, John Evans, Gerard Murphy. Subs: Robert Evans, Joe Purcell (both played).

 

Semi-final on Sun. 16th Aug. at Glenbeigh: St. Mary’s beat Laune Rangers.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Donal Hurley, Brian O Shea, Anthony Shannon, Shane O Sullivan, Gene Evans, Teddy Clifford,  Tom Johnston, Michael O Reilly, Joe Shannon, Paudie Sheahan, Gerard Murphy, Joe Purcell, Peter Lyons, Robert Evans.

Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).

 

Co. U-21 Football Championship

 

Rd. 1 on Sun. 6th Sept. at Spa: Dr. Crokes 2-12; Laune Rangers 2-4.

Laune Rangers were well beaten in the end by a physically stronger Dr. Crokes outfit. Mark O Connor (penalty), and Danny Cahill scored the goals. Gerard Murphy had a good first half but faded completely thereafter. Shane O Sullivan was Laune Rangers’ man-of-the-match.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Padraig McMahon, Owen Mangan, Bertie O Riordan, Shane O Sullivan, Michael Moriarty, Richard O Connor, James O Shea, Timmy Fleming, Paul Griffin, Gerard Murphy, Mark O Connor, Robert Evans, Patie Casey, Danny Cahill. Subs: Tommy Byrne for R. Evans, Joe Purcell for R. O Connor. We were missing the following: Pat McKenna (working), Gerard Casey (England), Brian O Sullivan (holidays), Pat Brennan (holidays).

Ref: Denis Reidy (Ballymac) – very good.

 

U-21 Football Challenge Games

 

Thurs. 16th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 3-8; South-Kerry 2-9.

South-Kerry had only 13 players and Laune Rangers gave them Andrew Doona and the teams played 14-a-side.

Laune Rangers: Liam Foley, Danny Cahill, Owen Mangan, Joe Purcell, Richard O Connor, Shane O Sullivan, Joe Kennedy, James O Shea, Michael Fleming, Paul griffin, Mark O Connor, Brian O Sullivan, Michael Moriarty, Robert Evans.

Ref:  Jerome Conway.

 

Fri. 24th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 0-18; Kerins O Rahillys 0-5.

Laune Rangers had to play seniors Peter Lyons, Anthony Shannon and John Evans as they were short players.

Laune Rangers: Peter Lyons, Tommy Byrne, Owen Mangan, Anthony Shannon, Gerard Casey, Michael Moriarty, Shane O Sullivan, James O Shea, Danny Cahill, Gerard Murphy, John Evans, Robert Evans, Brian O Sullivan, Patie Casey, John O Shea. Sub: Patrick Teahan for J. O Shea.

Ref: James Sheehan (Laune Rangers).

 

Co. Minor Football Championship

Trainer/Selector – James Sheehan. Selectors – Maurice Corkery and Tom Johnston.

The Minor team commenced training on Sun. 1st March – players, in attendance, were Tommy Byrne, Gerard Clifford, Mark O Connor, Bertie O Riordan, Danny Cahill, Brian O Keeffe, John F. O Brien, Frankie Brennan, Joe Hoare, Michael Cronin, Brendan Corkery and Fergus O Meara.

 

Rd. 1 on Tues. 7th July at Milltown: Mid-Kerry 0-7; Laune Rangers 0-10.

Laune Rangers struggled for a long time in that game. They were 0-3 to 0-0 in arrears after ten minutes. However, all the backs excelled, particularly Danny Cahill, Brian O Keeffe and Bertie O Riordan. It took ages for Rangers to establish control at midfield but when they did, that was that. Paul Griffin played his heart out. Patie Casey and Tommy Stack played well. Timmy Corkery made a big difference when he came on as a substitute, scoring a good point.

Laune Rangers: Fergus O Meara, Mark O Sullivan, Danny Cahill, Brian O Keeffe, Mark O Connor (capt.), Bertie O Riordan, John F. O Brien, Timmy Fleming, Pat McKenna, Paul Griffin, Tommy Stack, Francis Brennan, Brendan Corkery, Patie Casey, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Timmy Corkery for B. Corkery, Joe Hoare, Patrick Costello (Mountain View), Sean Moriarty, Gerard Clifford.

Ref: Teddy Keane (Moyvane).

 

Quarter-final on Tues. 4th Aug. at Ardfert: St. Brendan’s 0-5; Laune Rangers 1-9.

Danny Cahill and Bertie O Riordan had proverbial blinders, with Mark O Sullivan not far behind. Timmy Fleming and Tommy Byrne controlled midfield. Billy O Sullivan, when moved to the 40, Patie Casey and Timmy Corkery played very well.

Laune Rangers: Fergus O Meara, Mark O Sullivan, Danny Cahill, Brian O Keeffe, Mark O Connor, Bertie O Riordan, John  F. O Brien, Timmy Fleming, Tommy Byrne, Francis Brennan, Tommy Stack, Patie Casey, Timmy Corkery, Pat McKenna, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Joe Hoare, Brendan Corkery, Gerard Clifford, Patrick Costello. Paul Griffin was injured and unable to play.

Ref: Tommy Sugrue (St. Pat’s) – excellent.

 

Semi-final on Tues. 18th Aug. at Tralee: Laune Rangers 3-5; West-Kerry 2-7

That was Laune Rangers second successive Co. Minor Final – a great performance. Rangers played against the breeze in the first half and went into a 2-0 to 0-0 lead after ten minutes, per Francis Brennan and Billy O Sullivan. During the remainder of the half, they missed at least two other goals, while West-Kerry scored 1-0. The halftime score was 2-1 to 1-0.

The Westerners began the second half in more determined fashion, kicking some good points. They actually went ahead on the scoreboard. Then Billy O Sullivan fielded a high ball, rounded the corner-back and blasted to the net. West-Kerry responded with a similar score. Eventually, Timmy Fleming got the winner from a free. Rangers defended doggedly thereafter with Danny Cahill and Mark O Sullivan effecting great clearances. Those two with Bertie O Riordan, Brian O Keeffe, John F. O Brien and Mark O Connor played well. Fergus O Meara was good in goals. Both midfielders had average games. Frankie Brennan, Patie Casey, Billy O Sullivan and Timmy Corkery were the pick of the attack.

Laune Rangers: Fergus O Meara, Mark O Sullivan, Danny Cahill, Brian O Keeffe, John F. O Brien, Bertie O Riordan, Mark O Connor, Timmy Fleming, Tommy Byrne, Francis Brennan, Tommy Stack, Patie Casey, Timmy Corkery, Pat McKenna, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Paul Griffin for P. McKenna, Owen Joy for John F. O Brien, Michael Cronin, Joe Hoare, Brendan Corkery, Gerard Clifford, Patrick Costello, Sean Moriarty.

Ref: Tom Golden (Desmonds).

 

Final on Sun. 30th Aug. at Tralee: Laune Rangers 6-13; Castleisland Rangers 3-5.

In 1977, Laune Rangers had defeated the same opposition in the final having been beaten in the Co. Minor League final earlier that year. Rangers lost the Co. Minor League Final to Dingle earlier in 1987, so everybody was hoping that history would repeat itself. The management of the team appealed for huge support from Killorglin parish and district for the team in the final.

Having lost the final in 1986, that victory was really appreciated by all concerned. Laune Rangers faced the breeze in the first half and, after twelve minutes, they were 2-3 to 0-1 in arrears. Shades of the previous year! At halftime, however, they were level, 2-4 to 1-7, due mainly to Billy O Sullivan, who scored 1-2 in that half. The goal was a gem. Patie Casey, fielding brilliantly, gave an inch perfect fisted 30m pass to Billy O Sullivan, who did the rest. In that half, Timmy Corkery had replaced Brian O Keeffe at left fullback and proceeded to play a blinder.

Immediately on the resumption, Laune Rangers conceded another goal. Pat McKenna came to midfield and Tommy Byrne went to full-forward. Both switches worked miraculously. Laune Rangers began to dominate midfield. Timmy Fleming had a blinder. They then went on to give an exhibition. Billy O Sullivan scored another beautiful goal. Tommy Byrne, who was outstanding, scored another, while Pat McKenna, Paul Griffin and Patie Casey got the others.

Pascal Sheehy described the final in the Kerryman as follows: ‘Favourites Laune Rangers showed great heart to make a spirited comeback and score an emphatic victory over a young Castleisland Rangers side in the Co. Minor Football Final. Slow to start and playing into a slight breeze, Laune Rangers found themselves trailing by 2-3 to 0-3 after the first quarter. They conceded two goals in as many minutes, something that might have killed off the challenge of many teams of this age. But showing courage and spirit beyond their years, the Killorglin lads, inspired by Kerry minor Timmy Fleming at midfield, ran at the Castleisland defence in the second quarter and were rewarded with points by Paul Griffin, Billy O Sullivan, Francis Brennan and Pat McKenna.

Castleisland Rangers must be asking themselves why they allowed this to happen. They got the perfect start by scoring two early goals. The first of these was particularly well executed by their full-forward, Bryan Prendiville. D.D. Rahilly kicked in a long ball, which was carried by the breeze over both defenders and attackers and Prendiville showed a good turn of foot to latch onto to it and he unleashed a shot to the corner of the net. Castleisland’s second goal resulted from a mistake by Fergus O Meara, in goals for Killorglin. Jimmy Scanlon fluffed a 13m free but the ball bounced off the goalkeeper’s chest into the net. This score should have been enough to demoralise any team and indeed Laune Rangers were in some disarray for a while after it. They conceded a point from the kick-out to Scanlon and on two occasions their defence was forced to kick the ball out over the sideline through sheer pressure. They pulled themselves together after D.D. Rahilly added another point for Castleisland and got two points in succession through Billy O Sullivan and Paul Griffin. Timmy Fleming’s influence was to tell in their next score. He received the ball in his own fullback line, soloed up the field and delivered a pass to Pat McKenna. He transferred to Francis Brennan, who had no difficulty in picking off his point.

Castleisland seemed to drop the head at this point for no obvious reason but the fact that it is such a young team – thirteen of them are underage for minors again next year – must have had a great bearing on their demise. Laune Rangers kept up the pressure for the remainder of the half, adding to their tally. They were rewarded with a goal by Billy O Sullivan in the twenty-sixth minute but not before Patrick Roche, in the Castleisland goal, had made a brilliant save and O Sullivan tapped home the rebound. This score, along with another point from Paul Griffin and a point for Castleisland by Donal Murphy, drew the teams level at halftime, 1-7 to 2-4. To the credit of both teams, they used the wings well in the first half and allowed the forwards space to run at the defence, which they did with a good deal of skill. Paul Griffin and Billy O Sullivan, Laune Rangers’ corner-forwards, were two who impressed in this way.

Castleisland had a dream start to the second half, when halftime substitute Donal Rahilly poached a first minute goal. He rose highest to punch a 30m free to the net from the edge of the square. Timmy Fleming pointed a free for Laune Rangers before Kyran Prendiville pointed Castleisland’s last score of the game twenty-five minutes from time. Billy O Sullivan goaled in the thirty-eighth minute when Castleisland’s D.D. Rahilly was robbed coming out of defence with the ball and it was deflected to O Sullivan, with only the goalkeeper to beat. The game was a draw at this stage and realistically could have gone any way, but, on the day, character was the difference between the teams and it was on the side of Laune Rangers. They tacked on point after point, punctuated by goals from Tommy Byrne, Paul Griffin, Pat McKenna and Patie Casey, to run out easy winners at the finish.

Laune Rangers’ display was the product of many years’ work at underage level in Killorglin. They played like a team who had been together for a long time and knew each other’s play. Interestingly, Laune Rangers won the Co. U-16 League two years ago with what would be the corresponding team and many of their stars on Sunday were also present on that occasion.’

After the Co. League defeat, team trainer, James Sheehan, vowed that his charges would win the championship and, after making a few alterations, the team began to blend beautifully and were just splendid on final day. There were ecstatic scenes afterwards as Mark O Connor received the trophy from Co. Board Chairman, Sean Kelly. The last time that Laune Rangers had won the Co. Minor Championship had been in 1977, when James Sheehan had played at centre half-forward. The cavalcade toured the town and retired to Bunkers for a meal.

Laune Rangers: Fergus O Meara, Mark O Sullivan, Danny Cahill, Brian O Keeffe, Mark O Connor (capt.), Bertie O Riordan, John F. O Brien, Tommy Byrne (1-0), Timmy Fleming (0-6), Francis Brennan (0-1), Tommy Stack, Patie Casey(1-1), Paul Griffin (1-3), Pat McKenna (1-1), Billy O Sullivan (2-1). Subs: Timmy Corkery for B. O Keeffe, Michael Cronin, Owen Joy, Brendan Corkery, Gerard Clifford, Joe Hoare, Patrick Costello, Sean Moriarty.

Castleisland Rangers: Patrick Roche, Tim Nolan, Donal Healy, Mike Curtin, Simon Kelliher, Joe Casey (capt.), Richard Murphy, D.D. Rahilly (0-1), Mike Moriarty, Sean Lambe, Pat Dennehy, Donal Murphy (0-1), Jimmy Scanlon (1-1), Kyran Prendiville (1-2), Johnny Brosnan. Sub: Tommy Dennehy for D. Healy, Con Fleming for M. Curtin, Donal Rahilly (1-0) for J. Brosnan.

Ref: Maurice O Sullivan (Ballyheigue).

 

Laune Rangers – Co. Minor Football Champions1987 Front: Tom Johnston (selector), Maurice Corkery (selector), Sean Moriarty, Frankie Brennan, Paul Griffin, Billy O Sullivan, Mark O Connor (capt.), Bertie O Riordan, Tommy Stack, Eoin Joy, Timmy Corkery, Gerard Clifford, Brendan Corkery.  Back: Michael Cronin, Timmy Fleming, Patie Casey, Fergus O Meara, Danny Cahill, Tommy Byrne, Mark O Sullivan, Pat McKenna, John F. O Brien, Brian O Keeffe, Patrick Costello, Joe Hoare, James Sheehan (Trainer/Selector).

Laune Rangers – Co. Minor Football Champions1987
Front: Tom Johnston (selector), Maurice Corkery (selector), Sean Moriarty, Frankie Brennan, Paul Griffin, Billy O Sullivan, Mark O Connor (capt.), Bertie O Riordan, Tommy Stack, Eoin Joy, Timmy Corkery, Gerard Clifford, Brendan Corkery.
Back: Michael Cronin, Timmy Fleming, Patie Casey, Fergus O Meara, Danny Cahill, Tommy Byrne, Mark O Sullivan, Pat McKenna, John F. O Brien, Brian O Keeffe, Patrick Costello, Joe Hoare, James Sheehan (Trainer/Selector).

Co. Minor Football League

 

Rd. 2 on Mon. 6th April at Knockreer: Dr. Crokes 2-4; Laune Rangers 3-13.

Laune Rangers won rather easily in the end, despite taking a lot of stick from the opposition, with precious little protection from the referee. Timmy Fleming was superb with Paul Griffin and Patie Casey also playing well. Tommy Stack was put off rather harshly by the referee (At a subsequent Co. Board meeting, he was suspended for one month).

Laune Rangers: Gerard Clifford, Brendan Corkery, Tommy Byrne, Bertie O Riordan, Mark O Connor (capt.), Danny Cahill, John F. O Brien, Timmy Fleming, Pat McKenna, Paul Griffin, Tommy Stack, Patie Casey, Francis Brennan, Michael Cronin, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Sean Fenton for M. Cronin, Pat Hannon, Joe Hoare, Bernard O Sullivan, Maurice O Shea.

Ref: John Griffin (Listry).

 

Rd. 3 on Mon. 13th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 9-6; Gneeveguilla 2-3.

Laune Rangers: Gerard Clifford, Brendan Corkery, Tommy Byrne, Maurice O Shea, Mark O Connor, Bertie O Riordan,  John F. O Brien, Timmy Fleming, Danny Cahill, Paul Griffin, Pat McKenna, Billy O Sullivan, Francis Brennan, Pat Hannon, Michael Cronin. Subs: Sean Fenton, Joe Hoare, Fergus O Meara, Mark O Sullivan, Patrick Costello.

Ref: Patrick Pigott (Laune Rangers) – as the official referee did not show up.

 

Rd. 4 on Fri. 17th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 6-14; Desmonds 3-7.

Laune Rangers: Gerard Clifford, Brendan Corkery, Tommy Byrne, Maurice O Shea, Mark O Connor, Bertie O Riordan, John F. O Brien, Timmy Fleming, Danny Cahill, Paul Griffin, Pat McKenna, Patie Casey, Sean Fenton, Michael Cronin, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Fergus O Meara, Francis Brennan, Mark O Sullivan, Patrick Costello, Joe Hoare, Pat Hannon (all played by permission of the opposition), Bernard O Sullivan.

Ref: Gerald McCarthy (Gneeveguilla).

 

Rd. 1 on Mon. 20th April at Mitchels’ Pitch: John Mitchels 3-4; Laune Rangers 6-9.

That game had been scheduled for Sat. 28th March, but had to be postponed due to the condition of the pitch, after the incessant rain.

Laune Rangers: Fergus O Meara, Gerard Clifford, Tommy Byrne, Maurice O Shea, Mark O Connor, Bertie O Riordan, John F. O Brien, Timmy Fleming, Pat McKenna, Mark O Sullivan, Billy O Sullivan, Brendan Corkery, Francis Brennan, Michael Cronin, Joe Hoare. Sub: Patrick Costello.

 

Rd. 5 on Mon. 4th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 6-15; Legion 2-6.

Laune Rangers: Fergus O Meara, Mark O Sullivan, Tommy Byrne, Sean Fenton, Mark O Connor, Bertie O Riordan, John F. O Brien, Danny Cahill, Patie Casey, Paul Griffin, Tommy Stack, Billy O Sullivan, Francis Brennan, Michael Cronin, Brendan Corkery. Subs: Patrick Costello, Brian O Keeffe, Gerard Clifford, Joe Hoare (all played). Maurice O Shea and Timmy Fleming were injured and unable to play.

Ref: Richard Fitzgerald (Listry).

 

Semi-final on Tues. 19th May at Beaufort: Laune Rangers 0-12; Kerins O Rahillys 0-4.

Laune Rangers had to play without the injured Timmy Fleming. Mark O Connor had a blinder and Danny Cahill played well at centre halfback. Paul Griffin scored four points from play. The midfield partnership of Patie Casey and Pat McKenna held their own.

Laune Rangers: Fergus O Meara, Mark O Sullivan, Tommy Byrne, Bertie O Riordan, Mark O Connor, Danny Cahill, John F. O Brien, Patie Casey, Pat McKenna, Paul Griffin, Tommy Stack, Billy O Sullivan, Francis Brennan, Michael Cronin, Brendan Corkery. Subs: Maurice O Shea for B. Corkery, Brian O Keeffe for M. Cronin, Joe Hoare, Patrick Costello, Gerard Clifford.

Ref: Dan O Sullivan (Currow).

 

Final on Fri. 22nd May at Tralee: Dingle 2-10; Laune Rangers 0-11.

The handicap of having to play without the injured Timmy Fleming proved to be too much. Rangers struggled at midfield throughout. They fluffed some good goaling chances in the first half. Nevertheless, the better team won on the night. Laune Rangers’ best players were Pat McKenna, Danny Cahill, Mark O Connor, Mark O Sullivan, Bertie O Riordan and Billy O Sullivan.

Both teams gave of their best and produced a thrilling game of football, which held the attention of the large crowd for the full sixty minutes. Dingle were first to settle and, playing fast first-time football, they tallied a score of 1-6 to 0-3 by halftime. Rangers only settled in the final minute of the first half and although they raised their game in the second half, the better team held out to win.

Dingle’s first score came from Murt Moriarty. That point was followed by points from Fintan Ashe, Sean Moriarty, Colm Geaney (2) and another from Murt Moriarty. Brian Murphy placed Dingle in a commanding position when, in the fifteenth minute, his shot found the back of the net. Slowly but surely the Rangers boys began to find their feet. Billy O Sullivan scored two good points from play before Mike Cronin flicked over a Billy O Sullivan free to give them three points.

Dingle got a dream start to the second half. A long ball in by Sean Moriarty was fielded by Murt Moriarty, who went on a good solo-run to the wing, before picking out Sean Moriarty, who blazed the ball to the back of the Rangers’ net from seven yards. Rangers countered immediately and Billy O Sullivan pointed from 20m. Colm Geaney replied for Dingle with a point. The Rangers’ boys were really beginning to come into the game with Paul Griffin, Tommy Stack and Billy O Sullivan constantly placing the Dingle goalkeeper under pressure. The pressure paid off when Pat McKenna intercepted a Dingle kick-out and pointed. Over the next four minutes Pat McKenna took another point and Paul Griffin got his name on the score-sheet to leave six points between the teams. Rangers, in their rush, were squandering chances and allowing Dingle back into the game. Dingle’s Johnny Ferriter scored a point to stretch the lead to seven points.

Rangers recovered their form and, in the eighteenth minute, Pat McKenna struck a great point from 50 yards. Billy O Sullivan kicked another before Colm Geaney pointed from a 30m free. Billy O Sullivan and Murt Moriarty exchanged points with two minutes left to play. Paul Griffin closed the scoring but, to their credit, Rangers, urged on by their mentors, never gave up and such strength of character was a reward in itself.

Laune Rangers: Fergus O Meara, Mark O Sullivan, Tommy Byrne, Bertie O Riordan, Mark O Connor (capt.), Danny Cahill, John F. O Brien, Patie Casey, Pat McKenna, Paul Griffin, Tommy Stack, Billy O Sullivan, Francis Brennan, Michael Cronin, Brendan Corkery. Subs: Brian O Keeffe, Joe Hoare, Patrick Costello, Gerard Clifford, Maurice O Shea.

Ref: Tommy Sugrue (St. Pat’s) – excellent.

 

Mid-Kerry Minor Championship

Originally, Laune Rangers were drawn against Keel but they informed the Mid-Kerry Board that they would not be partaking in the competition.

 

Semi-final on Tues. 15th Sept. at Glenbeigh: Glenbeigh scr; Laune Rangers w/o.

Glenbeigh had only eleven players and Laune Rangers played them in a challenge game.

 

Final on Sat. 28th Nov. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-16; Milltown/Castlemaine 1-5.

That Rangers team was a thrill to watch as it always entertained. Fergus O Meara had little to do but did it well. Mark O Sullivan, Danny Cahill and Brian O Keeffe were never beaten during the game. Mark O Connor played a captain’s part. Bertie O Riordan, though giving away inches to his direct opponent, still stuck to his task well. John Francis O Brien had a very good game. Timmy Fleming played well and scored frees from all angles and distances. Pat McKenna was man-of-the-match. Paul Griffin was tireless as usual and scored 1-4 at least. Tommy Stack had a very good first half but faded. Patie Casey was a class player, except, possibly, when it came to shooting. Timmy Corkery was outstanding throughout, while both Tommy Byrne and Billy O Sullivan had an off day.

Laune Rangers: Fergus O Meara, Mark O Sullivan, Danny Cahill, Brian O Keeffe, Mark O Connor, Bertie O Riordan, John F. O Brien, Timmy Fleming, Pat McKenna, Paul Griffin, Tommy Stack, Patie Casey, Timmy Corkery, Tommy Byrne, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Patrick Costello for B. O Sullivan, Brendan Corkery for T. Byrne, Joe Hoare for T. Stack, Gerard Clifford.

Ref: Aidan Kelly (Beaufort).

 

Minor Football Challenge Games

 

Mon. 29th June at Cahersiveen: South-Kerry beat Laune Rangers by two points.

That was a very good performance.

Laune Rangers: Gerard Clifford, Joe Hoare, Danny Cahill, Brian O Keeffe, John F. O Brien, Mark O Connor, Mark O Sullivan, Patie Casey, Pat McKenna, Francis Brennan, Tommy Stack, Paul Griffin, Patrick Costello, Billy O Sullivan, Sean Moriarty.

 

Fri. 14th Aug. at Spa: Laune Rangers 1-14; Nemo Rangers 0-8.

Timmy Fleming was magic at midfield, with Tommy Byrne very impressive. Tommy Stack scored about six points from play. Danny Cahill was the prince of fullbacks.

Laune Rangers: Fergus O Meara, Gerard Clifford, Danny Cahill, Brian O Keeffe, Mark O Sullivan, Mark O Connor, John F. O Brien, Timmy Fleming, Tommy Byrne, Francis Brennan, Tommy Stack, Patie Casey, Joe Hoare, Michael Cronin, Patrick Costello. Missing from the team were Pat McKenna, Bertie O Riordan, Billy O Sullivan, Timmy Corkery and Paul Griffin, who was injured.

 

Co. U-16 Inter-Divisional Board Championship

That competition was run on a knock-out basis.

Mid-Kerry Coach/Selector – Jerome Conway (Laune Rangers). Selector – Pat Lynch (Beaufort).

 

Mid-Kerry Trial on Mon. 20th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers/Keel v Beaufort/Glenbeigh/Cromane.

Laune Rangers/Keel (all Laune Rangers except where stated): Tom Fitzgerald, John O Donnell, Willie Evans (Keel), Owen Corkery, Simon Evans (Keel), Pa Murphy, Gene Evans (Keel), Brian Mangan, John Doona, Timmy Corkery, Stephen Corkery, Michael Lynch, Owen Joy, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Michael Flynn (Keel), Adrian Hassett, Owen O Sullivan, Stephen O Sullivan.

Beaufort/Glenbeigh/Cromane: Raymond Galvin (Beaufort), Danny Teahan (do.), Anthony Joy (do.), Timmy O Sullivan (Glenbeigh), Donal Casey (Beaufort), Donal Clifford (Glenbeigh), Patrick Conway (Cromane), Kieran Breen (Beaufort), Donal Murphy (Keel), Sean Doyle (Beaufort), Diarmuid O Sullivan (Glenbeigh), Kevin Clifford (do.), Vincent O Donoghue (Beaufort), Brian Cremin (do.), Tom Hilliard (Keel).

 

Mid-Kerry Trial on Fri. 24th July at Milltown:

Team A: Tom Fitzgerald, Danny Teahan, John O Donnell, Pa Murphy, Simon Evans, Kieran O Shea (Beaufort), Kieran Breen, Stephen Corkery, John Doona, Timmy Linehan, Sean Casey (Beaufort).

Team B: Raymond Galvin, Owen Corkery, Donal Casey, Gene Evans, Owen Tangney (Beaufort), Timmy Corkery, Diarmuid O Sullivan, Kevin Clifford, Vincent O Donoghue, Owen Joy, Billy O Sullivan.

 

Challenge on Fri. 31st July at Churchill: Mid-Kerry beat St. Brendan’s by two points.

Mid-Kerry: Kieran O Shea, Timmy Corkery, John O Donnell, John Casey, Simon Evans, Timmy Linehan, Brendan Breen, Brian Mangan, John Doona, Vincent O Donoghue, Sean Doyle, Kevin Clifford, Michael Lynch, Brian Cremin, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Stephen Corkery for M. Lynch, Michael Lynch for K. Clifford.

Ref: Frank Wallace (Ardfert).

 

Quarter-final on Wed. 5th Aug. at Spa: Mid-Kerry 5-17; Kenmare 0-5.

The score at halftime was 0-6 to 0-3 in favour of Mid-Kerry, who had missed several chances. In the second half, Mid-Kerry took their chances and won easily. Stephen Corkery came on as a substitute and scored three goals.

Mid-Kerry: Kieran O Shea, Liam Griffin (Milltown/Castlemaine), John O Donnell, John Casey, Simon Evans, Timmy Linehan, Brendan Breen, Brian Mangan, John Doona, Vincent O Donoghue, Billy O Sullivan (capt.), Sean Doyle, Michael Lynch, Brian Cremin, Timmy Corkery. Subs: Stephen Corkery and Owen Corkery (both played).

Ref: Mike O Grady (Dr. Crokes) – excellent.

 

Semi-final on Wed. 19th Aug. at Currow: Tralee 1-10; Mid-Kerry 1-7.

Mid-Kerry played very poorly on a wet evening against a physically stronger Tralee outfit. Play was quite even in the first half. A dubious penalty in the second half was the difference between the two sides. Kieran O Shea was very good in goals. Timmy Linehan tried hard in defence. Mid-Kerry lost the midfield battle. Vincent O Donoghue and Timmy Corkery were the best of the forwards.

Mid-Kerry: Kieran O Shea, Sean Doyle, John O Donnell, John Casey, Simon Evans, Timmy Linehan, Brendan Breen, John Doona, Brian Mangan, Vincent O Donoghue, Owen Joy, Timmy Corkery, Michael Lynch, Brian Cremin, Billy O Sullivan (capt.). Subs: Stephen Corkery, Owen Corkery, Tom Fitzgerald, Raymond Galvin, Mícheál Spillane (Beaufort), David Lynch (do.), Liam Griffin.

Ref: Dan O Sullivan (Currow).

Co. U-16 Football Championship

Coach/Trainer – Jerome Conway. That competition was played on a league basis. There were 6 teams in the competition, Austin Stacks, Kerins O Rahillys, John Mitchels, Dr. Croks, Legion and Laune Rangers.

The U-16 team commenced training on Mon. 23rd March. Those present were Billy O Sullivan, John O Donnell, Timmy Corkery, Brian Mangan, David Gillespie, Nigel Reidy, Pa Murphy, Timmy Linehan, John Doona, Michael Lynch, Owen Joy, Billy O Shea, Owen Corkery, Paudie O Shea, Nessan Diggin, Owen O Sullivan, Kieran Moriarty, Rory O Connor, Paudie Foley, Adrian Hassett.

 

Rd. 1 on Wed. 1st July at Fitzgerald Stadium: Legion 2-9; Laune Rangers 2-12.

Laune Rangers played well but the size of the pitch caused weariness.

Laune Rangers: Tom Fitzgerald, David Gillespie, John O Donnell, Owen Corkery, Billy O Shea, Pa Murphy, Adrian Hassett, Brian Mangan, John Doona, Timmy Corkery, Timmy Linehan, Stephen Corkery, Michael Lynch, Owen Joy, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Nigel Reidy, Owen O Sullivan, Noel Conroy, Stephen O Sullivan.

Ref: Jerome Conway (Laune Rangers), as the appointed referee did not show up.

 

Rd. 3 on Wed. 15th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 7-14; Kerins O Rahillys 1-4.

Laune Rangers certainly reversed the result of two years previously, when both teams were U-14. Laune Rangers team was developing into a solid unit and were putting their game together well. They trained diligently and that showed in their play. They were very anxious to learn the game. O Rahilly’s simply had no answer to their play n the night. Patsy Joy joined Jerome Conway as a selector for that competition. Also in attendance, to give support, were John Evans, James Sheehan, Seamus Murphy and Liam Shannon.

Laune Rangers: Tom Fitzgerald, Nigel Reidy, John O Donnell, Owen Corkery, Billy O Shea, Pa Murphy, Adrian Hassett, Timmy Linehan, Brian Mangan, Timmy Corkery, Billy O Sullivan, Stephen Corkery, Michael Lynch, Owen joy, Paudie O Shea. Subs: Anthony O Sullivan for P. O Shea, Noel Conroy, Stephen O Sullivan.

Ref: Michael Healy (Cromane) – good.

 

Rd. 2 on Fri. 17th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 10-9; John Mitchels 0-6.

That game had been originally scheduled for Wed. 8th July. John Mitchels failed to show up but they rang the following day to apologise and offered Laune Rangers the game. However, Rangers invited them to come to Killorglin on another date and they accepted. Laune Rangers won well and it could as easily have been by twice as much.

Laune Rangers: Tom Fitzgerald, Nigel Reidy, John O Donnell, Owen Corkery, Billy O Shea, Pa Murphy, Adrian Hassett, John Doona, Brian Mangan, Timmy Corkery, Timmy Linehan, Stephen Corkery, Michael Lynch, Owen Joy, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Paudie O Shea, Owen O Sullivan, Noel Conroy (all played).

Ref: Michael Healy (Cromane).

 

Rd. 4 on Mon. 27th July at Knockreer: Dr. Crokes 0-1; Laune Rangers 6-9.

Laune Rangers played poorly on a poor pitch, against a poor, indisciplined team, on which there were three thugs, with an extraordinarily poor referee. Rangers were lucky to escape without a serious injury. Pa Murphy was excellent at centre halfback, while Billy O Sullivan scored a Mikey Sheehy-type goal from a 14 yards’ free.

Laune Rangers: Tom Fitzgerald, Nigel Reidy, John O Donnell, Owen Corkery, Anthony O Sullivan, Pa Murphy, Adrian Hassett, Brian Mangan, John Doona, Timmy Corkery, Timmy Linehan, Stephen Corkery, Michael Lynch, Owen Joy, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Paudie O Shea for O. Joy, Owen O Sullivan for M. Lynch, Noel Conroy, Jason Griffin.

 

Rd. 5 on Wed. 29th July at Connolly Park: Austin Stacks 1-10; Laune Rangers 3-4.

That was a wholehearted performance against a physically bigger team. Rangers elected to play against the breeze in the first half and were only two points in arrears at halftime, 1-4 to 1-2. The backs had withstood tremendous pressure and Michael Lynch scored the goal. The second half was a ding-dong affair. Billy O Sullivan scored a good goal to put Rangers ahead. Stacks stormed back, to go two points ahead with time running out. Then Timmy Linehan, a great wholehearted player, fought hard to win a ball on the opposing end-line. He soloed along the line and somehow blasted the ball to the net. Stacks got the equaliser on the stroke of fulltime.

Laune Rangers: Tom Fitzgerald, Nigel Reidy, John O Donnell, Owen Corkery, Billy O Shea, Pa Murphy, Adrian Hassett, Brian Mangan, John Doona, Timmy Corkery, Timmy Linehan, Stephen Corkery, Michael Lynch, Owen Joy, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: David Gillespie for P. Murphy, Owen O Sullivan, Paudie O Shea, Noel Conroy, Stephen O Sullivan, Jason Griffin.

Ref: Jerome Conway (Laune Rangers) as the appointed referee did not show up.

 

Semi-final on Thursday 13th Aug. at Listry: Laune Rangers 3-9; Legion 2-12.

Laune Rangers were the better team but they were subjected to an endless barrage of biased decisions by an unbelievably biased referee. (His anti-Laune Rangers bias arose from an incident during the Co. Senior Championship game versus West-Kerry earlier in the year. He had been an umpire for referee, Dan Moynihan. During the game he reported Joe Shannon to the referee for some indiscretion. Frank Russell gave him some of his mind, reminding the referee that his umpire was not totally neutral – he originally had come from West-Kerry. The umpire complained to Laune Rangers’ Chairman, Jerome Conway, afterwards about Frank Russell’s abuse but, needless to say, he got little sympathy.) When the Laune Rangers’ Chairman, who was coach/trainer to the U-16 team, arrived at Listry for the game, the referee never saluted him and he suspected that the referee would extract some revenge. Little did he know how right he was!

Legion elected to play against a strong wind in the first half and Rangers raced into a 1-1 to 0-0 lead. Then the referee gave Legion some easy frees and allowed the Rangers’ forwards to be given some rough treatment, which was unpunished. When Pa Murphy protested against one of his decisions, he sent him off the field. Then the fat was in the fire. Rangers led by only 1-6 to 1-5 at halftime. During the first half, he had also ordered all of the Rangers’ supporters outside the wire that surrounded the pitch.

Rangers restarted with great determination. Timmy Corkery played himself to a standstill. Timmy Linehan did likewise. Michael Lynch scored a great goal. Both Billy O Sullivan and John Doona were outstanding. Michael Lynch set up another goal for Brian Mangan. That put Laune Rangers six points ahead with eight minutes left to play. Legion retaliated and got a goal. That was followed by a point. Then the referee gave them two soft frees to allow them to equalise. After he blew the whistle, he wanted the teams to play extra-time. He was wasting his time! Never before had a Laune Rangers’ team been subjected to such biased refereeing.

All things considered, the effects of Puck Fair included, that was an excellent result. Puck Fair had concluded on the previous day but the team had trained on that evening. That showed their enthusiasm.

Laune Rangers: Tom Fitzgerald, Pa Murphy, John O Donnell, Adrian Hassett, Nigel Reidy, Owen Corkery, Billy O Shea, John Doona, Brian Mangan, Timmy Corkery, Timmy Linehan, Stephen Corkery, Michael Lynch, Owen Joy, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Anthony O Sullivan, Owen O Sullivan, Noel Conroy, Stephen O Sullivan, Jason Griffin.

Ref: John Griffin (Listry).

 

Semi-final replay on Sun. 23rd Aug. at Listry: Laune Rangers 3-13; Legion 2-8.

Laune Rangers got down to business straight away and Billy O Sullivan scored a goal. Towards the end of the half, Michael Lynch scored another goal and, with points from Timmy Corkery, Billy O Sullivan, Brian Mangan and John Doona, Rangers led at the break by 2-5 to 0-4.

In the second half, Rangers’ defence had to endure fierce pressure but Owen Joy, John O Donnell, Nigel Reidy, Owen Corkery, Adrian Hassett and Anthony O Sullivan rose to the occasion. Billy O Sullivan scored the important goal in that half, while Michael Lynch and Timmy Corkery scored some good points. In that half, also, the contribution of Timmy Linehan was immense – he covered every inch of the pitch in determined fashion. The Rangers’ midfield was very good, while all the forwards did their part well. Listry club had the field in very good condition and the officials did a good job.

Laune Rangers: Tom Fitzgerald, Nigel Reidy, John O Donnell, Adrian Hassett, Anthony O Sullivan, Owen Joy, Owen Corkery, John Doona, Brian Mangan (capt.) 0-1, Timmy Corkery (0-4), Timmy Linehan, Stephen Corkery, Michael Lynch (1-2), Billy O Sullivan (2-7), Billy O Shea. Subs: Owen O Sullivan, Paudie O Shea, Jason Griffin, Noel Conroy, Stephen O Sullivan. Pa Murphy had been suspended.

Ref: John Griffin (Listry).

 

Final on Wed. 2nd Sept. at Castleisland: Laune Rangers 3-9; Austin Stacks 1-13.

That was a fantastic victory. There were emotional scenes of delight afterwards. That was that team’s first Co. Championship win and what determination they showed to win! Though that Stack’s team had not beaten that Laune Rangers’ team since their U-12 days – they had drawn at U-14 level two years previously and at U-16 level earlier that year – Stacks were hot favourites going into the final. Conditions were ideal for football.

Rangers raced into a two goals’ lead in the first ten minutes per Billy O Sullivan. They added to that with points from Timmy Corkery, Michael Lynch, Billy O Shea and Billy O Sullivan. Stacks then retaliated and made a comeback to leave the halftime score at 2-4 to 1-6 in favour of Rangers.

The second half was very closely contested. Billy O Sullivan kept the Killorglin boys in contention with some excellent free-taking. With eight minutes to go, Stacks went a point ahead. A great counter-attack led to Billy O Sullivan splitting the defence and both Billy O Shea and Brian Mangan were on hand to boot the ball to the net. Billy O Sullivan got another point to put the Rangers three points ahead. The last minutes were hectic, as Stacks strove might and main for the equaliser and the Killorglin defence withstood severe pressure, conceding only one point. Before that point, Tom Fitzgerald made a point-blank save to keep the Rangers in the game. Timmy Corkery was moved to wing-back where he excelled, having played his heart out at wing-forward. He really was the man-of-the-match.

Needless to say, everybody had to play their part in that victory. Tom Fitzgerald brought off two great saves, one in each half. The fullback line of Nigel Reidy, John O Donnell and Adrian Hassett was very solid. Anthony O Sullivan played well. Owen Joy played his heart out throughout, while Owen Corkery played his best football when he was moved to right corner back. John Doona and Brian Mangan played well against physically bigger players. Timmy Corkery covered the field with a confident display. Timmy Linehan played his heart out, countering Pa Laide, who moved to midfield. Stephen Corkery had a quiet game, by his own standards. Michael Lynch worked very hard and was seldom beaten for possession. Billy O Sullivan got the goals that mattered – he scored a total of 2-6 – and really played an outstanding part. Billy O Shea had improved with every outing and, in that game, he certainly played his part. Owen O Sullivan tried hard when he was introduced. Considering that the team had to play without Pa Murphy who was injured, that win was a major achievement. There was huge Laune Rangers’ support present and the players appreciated that. Cathaoirleach Bord na nOg Chiarraí, Derry Sheehan, when presenting the cup to Brian Mangan, said that it was the best game of football he had ever seen. Needless to say the team was paraded in cavalcade through the town and retired to Bunkers for a meal.

Laune Rangers: Tom Fitzgerald, Nigel Reidy, John O Donnell, Adrian Hassett, Anthony O Sullivan, Owen Joy, Owen Corkery, Brian Mangan (capt.), John Doona, Timmy Corkery, Timmy Linehan, Stephen Corkery, Michael Lynch, Billy O Sullivan, Billy O Shea. Subs: Owen O Sullivan for A. O Sullivan, Paudie O Shea, Jason Griffin, Noel Conroy, Stephen O Sullivan, Nessan Diggin. Pa Murphy was injured and unable to play.

Ref: Dan O Sullivan (Currow) – very good.

 

Mid-Kerry U-16 Championship

That competition was played on a league basis. All the teams were to play each other.

 

Rd. 1 on Mon. 30th March at Beaufort: Beaufort 1-2; Laune Rangers 3-9.

As the appointed referee was not present at the beginning of the game, Laune Rangers agreed that Noel Spillane (Beaufort) would referee the game (Normally, it those circumstances, the travelling team would supply the referee but Jerome Conway, Laune Rangers trainer, was on his own and could not referee). Rangers, playing against the stiff breeze, laboured at midfield. Billy O Sullivan scored a vital goal just before halftime to leave the teams level at 1-2 each at the break. During the halftime break, the referee ranted about the attitude of the Rangers’ players, who were questioning his decisions. Thankfully, the appointed referee, Michael Healy, Cromane, arrived for the second half. Rangers then played well, scoring 2-7 without reply. Owen Joy and Kieran Moriarty scored the other goals. All the team played well.

Laune Rangers: Tom Fitzgerald, David Gillespie, John O Donnell, Owen Corkery, Nigel Reidy, Pa Murphy, Billy O Shea, Brian Mangan (capt.), John Doona, Timmy Corkery, Timmy Linehan, ,Stephen Corkery, Michael Lynch, Owen Joy, Billy O Sullivan. Subs: Kieran Moriarty for S. Corkery, Nessan Diggin for N. Reidy, Paudie O Shea for M. Lynch, Rory O Connor, Paudie Foley, Noel Conroy, Jason Griffin, Adrian O Connor.

Ref: Michael Healy (Cromane).

 

Semi-final on Sat. 3rd Oct. at Glenbeigh: Laune Rangers 10-19; Cromane 0-0.

The opposition was pathetically weak. The ball crossed the halfway line on three occasions approximately.

Laune Rangers: Tom Fitzgerald, Nigel Reidy, John O Donnell, Adrian Hassett, Billy O Shea, Owen Corkery, Anthony O Sullivan, John Doona, Brian Mangan, Timmy Corkery, Timmy Linehan, Stephen Corkery, Michael Lynch, Billy O Sullivan, Owen O Sullivan. Subs: David Gillespie for O. O Sullivan, Jason Griffin for S. Corkery, Noel Conroy for M. Lynch, Rory O Connor, Stephen O Sullivan.  Pa Murphy (capt.) and Owen Joy were injured and unable to play.

Ref: Michael O Sullivan (Glenbeigh).

 

Final on Sun. 18th Oct. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 4-13; Beaufort 0-3.

Laune Rangers started slowly but, once Billy O Sullivan came to the ‘40’, he tore the opposition to pieces. Timmy Corkery, despite special treatment from the opposition, had a blinder. Billy O Shea and Michael Lynch played well. Neither Timmy Linehan nor Stephen Corkery really got going. The midfield partnership was adequate. All the backs played well, dominating their opposing numbers, with Owen Joy playing a blinder. Tom Fitzgerald had little to do.

After the game, Seamus Murphy presented the Corn Nóirín Uí Mhurchú to the Laune Rangers captain, his son, Pa Murphy. That was the first time that the trophy had been presented. That team went undefeated through the year.

Laune Rangers: Tom Fitzgerald, Nigel Reidy, John O Donnell, Adrian Hassett, Pa Murphy (capt.), Owen Joy, Owen Corkery, John Doona, Brian Mangan, Timmy Corkery, Timmy Linehan, Stephen Corkery, Michael Lynch, Billy O Sullivan, Billy O Shea. Subs: Anthony O Sullivan for P. Murphy (inj.), Owen O Sullivan for B. O Shea, Jason Griffin for S. Corkery, Rory O Connor, Paudie O Shea, Noel Conroy, Stephen O Sullivan.

Ref: Michael Murphy (Callanfersy) – good.

 

U-16 Challenge Games

 

Sat. 4th April at Listry: Listry 0-1; Laune Rangers 4-12.

Laune Rangers: Tom Fitzgerald, Adrian Hassett, John O Donnell, Owen Corkery, Nigel Reidy, Pa Murphy, Billy O Shea, Brian Mangan, John Doona, Timmy Corkery, Timmy Linehan, Kieran Moriarty, Michael Lynch, Billy O Sullivan, Stephen Corkery. Subs: Owen Joy, Anthony O Sullivan, Nessan Diggin, Enda Foley, Paudie O Shea, Noel Conroy (all played), Stephen O Sullivan.

 

Fri. 26th June at Kenmare: Laune Rangers beat Kenmare.

 

Sat. 29th Aug. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers beat Kilcloon, Co. Meath.

Pa Murphy was injured during the game and was unable to play in the Co. Final on the following Saturday.

 

Co. U-15 Seven-a-side Football Blitz

That was held on Sat. 18th July. Laune Rangers travelled in John O Meara’s bus, leaving the square at 12.15pm. They were based in Killeen with Ballydonoghue and Na Gaeil. Laune Rangers coach/selector – Jerome Conway. Billy O Sullivan and John O Donnell were on hand to give support. Mark Conway was the water-boy for the day.

Rd. 1: Laune Rangers 2-3; Na Gaeil 0-1.

Laune Rangers struggled, as they had not got the hang of the game.

Rd. 2: Laune Rangers 3-7; Ballydonoghue 1-0.

Semi-final in John Mitchel’s Pitch: Laune Rangers 2-5; Austin Stack’s 1-6. Ref: Mick Galwey (Currow).

Laune Rangers struggled in that game and were in arrears by 0-2 to 0-1midway through the half, though playing with the aid of the breeze. Then Stacks had a player dismissed for dissent and the teams were level at 0-2 each at halftime. Against the breeze, they battled bravely and John Doona and Jason Griffin scored the all-important goals.

Final: Laune Rangers 9-4; Tarbert 2-2. Ref: Denis Reidy (Ballymac).

Laune Rangers faced the breeze in the first half and were 2-1 to 0-0 in arrears after 3 minutes. They clawed their back into the game and won easily in the end. Michael Lynch and Jason Griffin scored four goals each and Owen O Sullivan scored the other. They were a great bunch of lads and Owen Corkery was a worthy captain. They retired to the Allegro, Killorglin (later Bunkers) for some food.

Laune Rangers’ Panel: Adrian Hassett, Owen Corkery (capt.), Nigel Reidy, John Doona, Billy O Shea, Michael Lynch, Owen Joy, Jason Griffin, Owen O Sullivan, Tom Fitzgerald.

 

Co. U-14 Div. 1 Football Championship

That competition was run on a league basis. There were six teams, Austin Stacks, Kerins O Rahillys, Legion, Dr. Croke’s, John Mitchels and Laune Rangers.

Laune Rangers’ coaches/selectors – Pat Pigott and Joe Shannon.

 

Rd. 1 on Wed. 1st April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 0-3; Legion 1-10.

That was a very poor performance. Laune Rangers were generally outplayed with the exception of James Hurley and Sean O Sullivan.

Laune Rangers: Karl Griffin, James Hurley, Declan Byrne, Raymond O Sullivan, Eamonn Kissane, Sean O Sullivan, Kealon O Sullivan, John Foley, Pat Cahill, Kevin Jones, Jason Griffin, Mikey Griffin, Joe Healy, Carl O Sullivan, Adrian O Connor. Subs: Stephen Gamble for A. O Connor, Nicholas Bainton, Leonard Mangan.

Ref: Frank Walsh (Cromane).

 

Rd. 2 on Wed. 22nd April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 5-14; Dr. Crokes 2-2.

That was a very good performance, the first glimmer of hope from that team. Dr. Crokes were most indisciplined.

Laune Rangers: Liam Hassett, Colm Joy, Declan Byrne, Raymond O Sullivan, James Hurley, Sean O Sullivan, Kevin Donovan, Pat Cahill, Jason Griffin, Mike Hassett, John Foley, Kevin Jones, Mikey Griffin, Carl O Sullivan, Joe Healy. Subs: Karl Griffin for K. Donovan ( Karl Griffin into goals, Mike Hassett to left halfback, Mikey Griffin to right half-forward and Liam Hassett to right full-forward), Kevin O Donovan for R. O Sullivan.

 

Rd. 3 on Fri. 24th April at Strand Road: Kerins O Rahillys 4-3; Laune Rangers 2-14

That was another great performance by the forwards but the backs were a little shaky. Carl O Sullivan and Jason Griffin played very well. Unfortunately, Colm Joy had his leg broken in a freak accident.

Laune Rangers: Karl Griffin, James Hurley, Declan Byrne, Raymond O Sullivan, Kevin o Donovan, Sean O Sullivan, Robert Kennedy, Jason Griffin, John Foley, Mike Hassett, Colm Joy, Mikey Griffin, Joe Healy, Carl O Sullivan, Kevin Jones. Subs: Liam Hassett for Colm Joy (broken leg), Kealon O Sullivan for K. Donovan.

 

Rd. 4 on Wed. 29th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-7; Austin Stacks 0-10.

Laune Rangers were 0-10 to 0-3 in arrears at halftime. A revitalised performance in the second half, though there was no wind, kept Stacks scoreless, while the home side piled on the scores. Sean O Sullivan and Robert Kennedy were fantastic. Many of the players had played earlier in the day with the Intermediate School. On the previous day, James Hurley broke his hand while training with the Intermediate School for their game on the following day! The team then had three casualties – James Hurley, Colm Joy and Paudie Russell (knee injury).

Laune Rangers: Karl Griffin, Raymond O Sullivan, Declan Byrne, Robert Kennedy, Kevin Donovan, Sean O Sullivan, Kealon O Sullivan, Pat Cahill, Jason Griffin, Kevin Jones, Liam Hassett, Mikey Griffin, Joe Healy, Carl O Sullivan, Liam Hassett. Subs: Kieran Clifford for K. Donovan, Eamonn Kissane.

 

Rd. 5 on Mon. 4th May at Boherbue: John Mitchels 1-9; Laune Rangers 1-10.

Sean O Sullivan was outstanding, as were both midfielders, Pat Cahill and Jason Griffin. Kieran Clifford played well when he came on as a substitute. The forwards were knitting well – Joe Healy scored 0-3 and Kevin Jones scored 1-3.

Laune Rangers: Liam Hassett, Robert Kennedy, Declan Byrne, Raymond O Sullivan, Kevin Donovan, Sean O Sullivan, Kealon O Sullivan, Pat Cahill, Jason Griffin (capt.), Mike Hassett, John Foley, Mikey Griffin, Joe Healy, Carl O Sullivan, Kevin Jones. Subs: Kieran Clifford for K. Donovan, Stephen Gamble, Eamonn Kissane, Adrian O Connor, Nicholas Bainton.

Ref: Denis Reidy (Ballymac) – very good.

 

Semi-final on Sun. 10th May at Milltown: Austin Stacks 3-4; Laune Rangers 1-6.

Laune Rangers were defeated by a stronger Stacks side, which led by 2-2 to 0-2 at the break. Rangers recovered well in the second half and were well in contention near the end but Karl Griffin was adjudged to have brought the ball over his own line for a goal. Nevertheless, they fought on well, hitting the upright and bringing two great saves out of the Stacks’ goalie. Sean O Sullivan and Jason Griffin played their hearts out. Many of the others only played in spurts and starts.

Laune Rangers: Karl Griffin, Raymond O Sullivan, Declan Byrne, Kieran Clifford, Kealon O Sullivan, Sean O Sullivan, Robert Kennedy, Jason Griffin 9capt.), Pat Cahill, Mike Hassett, John Foley, Mikey Griffin, Joe Healy, Carl Griffin, Kevin Jones. Subs: Kevin Donovan for K. O Sullivan, Liam Hassett for M. Griffin, Stephen Gamble, Eamonn Kissane, Nicholas Bainton.

Ref: Dan O Sullivan (Currow).

 

Co. final on Sun. 31st May at Connolly Park: John Mitchels 0-16; Austin Stacks 2-4.

 

Co. U-14 Div. 5 Football Championship

None of the other Div. 1 teams would field a ‘B’ team and Laune Rangers were forced to play club teams in the lower divisions in order to provide games for the players that did not make the ‘A’ team.

Laune Rangers’ Coach – Jerome Conway.

 

Rd. 1 on Wed. 8th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-2; Castlegregory 1-10.

Laune Rangers played well in the first half, trailing by 0-3 to 0-2 at halftime. However, the opposition was too strong and wore them down in the second half.

Laune Rangers ‘B’: Pat O Keeffe, Cathal Crowley, Derry O Donoghue, Kieran Clifford, Mark Conway, Eamonn Kissane, Joe O Sullivan, Ray Khan, Ivor Ferris, Stephen Gamble, Tory O Sullivan, Francis O Sullivan, Turlough Byrnes, Michael Cahillane, Leonard Mangan. Subs: Adrian O Connor, Tony O Sullivan, Nicholas Bainton, Rory Corkery, Ronan Curtayne, Donncha Costello (all played).

Ref: Michael Curran (Beaufort).

 

Rd. 2 on Wed. 15th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-0; Milltown/Castlemaine 6-17.

Laune Rangers ‘B’: Pat O Keeffe, Ronan Curtayne, Michael Cahillane, Cathal Crowley, Mark Conway, Eamonn Kissane, Joe O Sullivan, Kieran Clifford, Ray Khan, Stephen Gamble, Ivor Ferris, Francis O Sullivan, Turlough Byrnes, Glen Evans, Leonard Mangan. Subs: Nicholas Bainton, Adrian O Connor, Tony O Sullivan, Rory Corkery (all played).

Ref: Bernie Coffey (Beaufort).

 

Rd. 3 on Wed. 22nd April at Cromane: Cromane 6-18; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-5.

Laune Rangers: Pat O Keeffe, Rory Corkery, Derry O Donoghue, Michael Cahillane, Mark Conway, Kieran Clifford, Cathal Crowley, Eamonn Kissane, Ray Khan, Turlough Byrnes, Stephen Gamble, Francis O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan (Shanara), Glenn Evans, Leonard Mangan. Subs: Nicholas Bainton, Adrian O Connor, Redmond Fitzgerald, Donncha Curran (all played).

Ref: Mick O Toole (Glenbeigh).

 

Rd. 4 on Wed. 29th April at Blennerville: St. Pat’s 3-13; Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-5.

Laune Rangers: Pat O Keeffe, Mark Conway, Eamonn Foley, Rory Corkery, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig), Rory O Sullivan, Adrian O Connor, Ray Khan, Cathal Crowley, Stephen Gamble, Michael Cahillane, Ronan Curtayne, Turlough Byrnes, Glen Evans, Francis O Sullivan. Subs: Leonard Mangan, Michael O Neill, Ivor Ferris, Thomas Walsh, Tony O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan (Shanara), Fiachra O Donoghue, Nicholas Bainton.

Ref: Seamus Rafter (Castlegregory).

 

Mid-Kerry U-14 Football Championship

That competition was run on a league basis, with the six clubs playing each other initially, the top team, after the preliminary rounds, going into the final and the next two playing in the semi-final.

 

Rd. 1 on Sat. 28th March at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 4-7; Glenbeigh 0-2

Laune Rangers were missing quite a few, as there was a school tour to Galway and Michael Griffin’s and James Hurley’s grandmother had died and they were unable to play. The evening was very wet. The issue was never in doubt, as Glenbeigh seemed to have gone from bad to worse at juvenile level.

Laune Rangers: Liam Hassett, Rory O Sullivan, Sean O Sullivan, Raymond O Sullivan, Kevin Donovan, Pat Cahill, Kealon O Sullivan, Declan Byrne, Mike Hassett, Adrian (Andy) O Connor, John Foley, Eamonn Kissane, Stephen Gamble, Karl Griffin, Kevin Jones.

Ref: Frank Walsh (Cromane).

 

Rd. 2 on Sat. 2nd May at Cromane: Cromane 0-2; Laune Rangers 9-15.

Laune Rangers: John Foley, Karl Griffin, Declan Byrne, Raymond O Sullivan, Kevin O Donovan, Sean O Sullivan, Kealon O Sullivan, Jason Griffin, Pat Cahill, Mike Hassett, Liam Hassett, Mikey Griffin, Joe Healy, Carl O Sullivan, Kevin Jones. Subs: Kieran Clifford, Eamonn Kissane, Nicholas Bainton, Adrian O Connor (all played).

Ref: Pat Pigott (Laune Rangers).

 

Rd. 3 on Mon. 18th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 8-10; Keel 0-1.

Laune Rangers: Adrian O Connor, Raymond O Sullivan, Declan Byrne, James Hurley, Kevin Donovan, Sean O Sullivan, Kieran Clifford, Jason Griffin, Pat Cahill, Mike Hassett, John Foley, Mikey Griffin, Joe Healy, Carl O Sullivan, Kevin Jones. Subs: Stephen Gamble, Liam Hassett, Eamonn Kissane, Nicholas Bainton, Leonard Mangan (all played).

Ref: Thomas Evans (Keel).

 

Final on Wed. 17th June at Milltown: Laune Rangers 0-10; Beaufort 1-3.

Karl Griffin was sound in goals. The fullback line of James Hurley, Paudie Russell and Raymond O Sullivan excelled. The halfback line of Sean O Sullivan, Robert Kennedy and Mike Hassett, when he moved there, was very good. Liam Hassett and Joe Healy played very well but the other forwards were only fair. Carl O Sullivan’s father brought him from Trobolgan for the game – fair commitment. Jerome Conway, Chairman of Mid-Kerry Bord na nOg, presented the trophy to Laune Rangers’ captain, Jason Griffin. The cavalcade toured the town afterwards.

Laune Rangers: Karl Griffin, James Hurley, Paudie Russell, Raymond O Sullivan, Kevin Donovan, Sean O Sullivan, Robert Kennedy, Pat Cahill, Jason Griffin (capt.), Mike Hassett, John Foley, Mikey Griffin, Joe Healy, Carl O Sullivan, Kevin Jones. Subs: Liam Hassett for K. Donovan (Mike Hassett to right halfback, Joe Healy to right half-forward and Liam Hassett to right full-forward), Leonard Mangan, Nicholas Bainton, Adrian O Connor.

Ref: Frank Walsh (Cromane).

Laune Rangers – Mid-Kerry U-14 Champions 1987 Seated: James Hurley, Mikey Griffin, Robert Kennedy, Joe Healy, Jason Griffin (capt.), Nicholas Bainton, Raymond O Sullivan, Adrian O Connor, Liam Hassett, Mike Hassett. Standing: Carl O Sullivan, Leonard Mangan, Kevin Donovan, Paudie Russell, Karl Griffin, Kevin Jones, Pat Cahill, Sean O Sullivan, John Foley, Colm Joy.

Laune Rangers – Mid-Kerry U-14 Champions 1987
Seated: James Hurley, Mikey Griffin, Robert Kennedy, Joe Healy, Jason Griffin (capt.), Nicholas Bainton, Raymond O Sullivan, Adrian O Connor, Liam Hassett, Mike Hassett.
Standing: Carl O Sullivan, Leonard Mangan, Kevin Donovan, Paudie Russell, Karl Griffin, Kevin Jones, Pat Cahill, Sean O Sullivan, John Foley, Colm Joy.

 

Milltown/Castlemaine U-14 Blitz (7-a-side)

 

That was held on Sat. 4th July at the Paddy Burke Memorial Park, Milltown. Laune Rangers were in Group A with Ballymacelligott, Kilcummin and Beaufort. Two teams emerged from that group – Laune Rangers won all their games. They were pitted against Kilcummin in the final, which they won after extra-time. Cromane won the ‘B’ trophy, defeating Milltown ‘B’ in the final.

Laune Rangers’ Panel: John Foley, Paudie Russell, Sean O Sullivan, Pat Cahill, Jason Griffin (capt.), Kevin Jones, Carl O Sullivan, Raymond O Sullivan and Robert Kennedy.

 

Community Games Football

That competition was for players that were under twelve and a half years (The first of July was the cut-off date for Community Games). Teams were grouped at various venues throughout the county and the winner of the group progressed. Laune Rangers were grouped with five other teams at Kilcummin on Sat. 25th April. Laune Rangers were instructed to be present at 1.00pm, which they were, but the competition did not commence until 2-20pm.

Laune Rangers’ Coaches/Selectors – Patsy Joy and Bertie Houlihan.

 

Rd. 1: Laune Rangers 3-7; Marian Park 1-4.

Semi-final: Laune Rangers 3-8; Castleisland 3-5.

Final: Laune Rangers 0-7; Kilcummin 2-1.

As Laune Rangers had played three games and Kilcummin only two, Laune Rangers refused to play extra-time but agreed to return on the following week for the replay.

Laune Rangers’ Panel: Pat O Keeffe, Ronan Curtayne, Derry O Donoghue, Rory Corkery, Mark Conway, Ray Khan, Cathal Crowley, Liam Hassett, Raymond O Sullivan, Turlough Byrnes, Karl Griffin, Francis O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig), Glen Evans, James Murphy, Alan O Sullivan (Shanara), Redmond Fitzgerald, Fiachra O Donoghue, Thomas Walsh, Tony O Sullivan, Michael O Neill.

 

Replay on Sun. 3rd May at Kilcummin: Kilcummin 0-3; Laune Rangers 1-6.

Laune Rangers: Pat O Keeffe, Rory Corkery, Mark Conway, Redmond Fitzgerald, Ronan Curtayne, Ray Khan, Cathal Crowley, Liam Hassett, Raymond Fitzgerald, Turlough Byrnes, Karl Griffin, Francis O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan, Glen Evans, James Murphy. Subs: Alan O Sullivan (Shanara), Michael O Neill, Thomas Walsh, Tony O Sullivan, Fiachra O Donoghue.

 

Because of injuries to players, Laune Rangers did not take any further part in that competition that year.

 

Co. U-12 Div. 1 Football Championship

Trainers/coaches – Patsy Joy and Bertie Houlihan. The U-12 team commenced training indoors in the unfinished sports complex on Mon. 9th Feb. There were eight teams in Division 1 and they were divided into two groups:

Group ‘A’: Austin Stacks, Kerins O Rahillys, An Ghaeltacht and John Mitchels.

Group ‘B’: Dr. Crokes, Legion, Laune Rangers and Na Gaeil.

 

Rd. 1 on Thurs. 7th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 1-6; Dr. Crokes 3-13.

Laune Rangers were well and truly beaten at midfield. Redmond Fitzgerald and Mark Conway were the best of the defence. Kenneth Mangan, also, played well when he moved to the halfback line.

Laune Rangers: Pat O Keeffe, Redmond Fitzgerald, Derry O Donoghue, Mark Conway, Ronan Curtayne, Ray Khan, Cathal Crowley, Liam Hassett, Kenneth Mangan, Turlough Byrnes, Francis O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan (Shanara), Fiachra O Donoghue, Glen Evans, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig). Subs: Tony O Sullivan, Michael O Neill (both played), Stephen Foley.

Ref: Jerome Conway (Laune Rangers) – as the appointed referee did not show up.

 

Rd. 2 on Thurs. 14th May at Killeen: Na Gaeil v Laune Rangers.

Laune Rangers were unable to travel as there was not sufficient transport. Na Gaeil agreed to a refixture.

 

Rd. 3 on Wed. 20th May at Killarney: Legion 0-3; Laune Rangers 3-6.

That was an incredible performance, considering that Dr. Crokes had only beaten Legion by 1 point! Laune Rangers were in arrears by 0-3 to 0-1 at halftime.

Laune Rangers: Pat O Keeffe, Mark Conway, Redmond Fitzgerald, Rory Corkery, Ronan Curtayne, Ray Khan, Cathal Crowley, Liam Hassett, Kenneth Mangan, Turlough Byrnes, Francis O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig), Fiachra O Donoghue, John Cronin, Alan O Sullivan (Shanara). Subs: Eamonn Foley for A. O Sullivan (Tullig), Glen Evans for J. Cronin, Derry O Donoghue for A. O Sullivan (Shanara). Michael O Neill.

 

Rd. 2 on Thurs. 4th June at Killeen: Laune Rangers beat Na Gaeil.

Laune Rangers: Pat O Keeffe, Rory Corkery, Redmond Fitzgerald, Mark Conway, Ronan Curtayne, Ray Khan, Cathal Crowley, Liam Hassett, Ken Mangan, Turlough Byrnes, Francis O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig), Fiachra O Donoghue, Eamonn Foley, Glen Evans. Subs: Alan O Sullivan (Shanara) for A. O Sullivan, Derry O Donoghue, Michael O Neill, John Cronin, Tony O Sullivan, Donncha Curran.

 

Semi-final on Sun. 21st June at Milltown: Laune Rangers 2-3; John Mitchels 1-5.

Laune Rangers showed great character in coming back from a two points’ deficit in the second half. Eamonn Foley scored the goal that mattered. The referee disallowed a goal for Mitchels at the end for a square infringement. They were incensed and did not congratulate the winners afterwards. Laune Rangers were in their seventh U-12 Co. Final in a trot.

Laune Rangers: Pat O Keeffe, Rory Corkery, Redmond Fitzgerald, Mark Conway, Ronan Curtayne, Ray Khan, Cathal Crowley, Liam Hassett (capt.), Ken Mangan, Turlough Byrnes, Francis O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig), Fiachra O Donoghue, Eamonn Foley, Glen Evans. Subs: Derry O Donoghue for A. O Sullivan, Michael F. Russell for G. Evans, Alan O Sullivan (Shanara), Tony O Sullivan, Michael O Neill, Donncha Curran, John Cronin.

Ref: John Griffin (Listry).

 

Final on Wed. 24th June at Annascaul: Laune Rangers 1-3; An Ghaeltacht 1-2.

Thrills, spills and excitement marked that U-12 Co. Football Final, played in wet and windy Annascaul.  Gaeltacht had come, in the previous five seasons, from Division 5 to match their skills against the big fish in Division 1. The dream of a unique five-in-a-row was dashed, however, by a Laune Rangers side that had known more that its fair share of disappointment in the U-12 grade in the previous number of years. Not only had they not won the U-12 championship since 1974, but they had lost the previous six finals-in-a-row.

Patsy Joy and Bertie Houlihan had set out early that year to reverse the situation. The U-12 team commenced training indoors in the unfinished Sports Complex on Mon. 9th Feb. By beating An Ghaeltacht by the slimmest of margins, they achieved their ambition. At halftime, Rangers were 1-2 to 0-0 in arrears, having played against the breeze. Things looked gloomy. Then Liam Hassett and Ken Mangan began to play and the scores began to come. Fiachra O Donoghue got the first score of the second half, a point. Then Eamonn Foley scored another point and the all-important goal. It was only fitting that man-of-the-match Liam Hassett, following good outfield play by Francis O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan and Turlough Byrnes, should get his side’s winning point. Rangers’ backs were outstanding while under tremendous pressure near the end. Everybody, in truth, played their part. The cup was on its way to the Laune at last. The celebrations afterwards served as an outlet for the frustrations of six long years.

The referee had his own umpires and linesmen and that added to the game immensely. The Annascaul club had the pitch in excellent condition. Muiris Ó Suilleabháin, Rúnaí Bord na nOg Chiarraí, presented the trophy to the Laune Rangers’ captain, Liam Hassett.

Laune Rangers: Pat O Keeffe, Mark Conway, Redmond Fitzgerald, Ronan Curtayne, Rory Corkery, Ray Khan, Cathal Crowley, Liam Hassett (capt.), Ken Mangan, Francis O Sullivan, Turlough Byrnes, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig), Fiachra O Donoghue, Eamon Foley, Glen Evans. Subs: Derry O Donoghue for G. Evans, Alan O Sullivan (Shanara) for D. O Donoghue, John Cronin, Anthony Foley, Donncha Curran, Tony O Sullivan, Tommy Murphy, Michael F. Russell.

An Ghaeltacht: Cian Ó Cíobháin, Pádraig Ó Cinnéide, Labhrás Ó Curnáin, Deaglán Ó Conchúir, Seán Ó Conchúir, Dara Ó Sé, Antoine de Brún, Cathal Ó Dubhda, Dara Ó Cinnéide, Breandán Mac Gearailt, Ciarán Ó Coileáin, Ciarán Ó Flatharta, Caoimhín Ó Piogóid, Dónal Ó Dúláinne, Mícheál Ó Murchú.

Ref: Séamus Rafter (Castlegregory) – very good.

Laune Rangers – Co. U-12 Champions 1987 Kneeling: Tommy Murphy, Fiachra O Donoghue, Rory Corkery, Francis O Sullivan, Turlough Byrnes, Liam Hassett (capt.), Ronan Curtayne, Mark Conway, Mike Frank Russell, Alan O Sullivan, Donncha Curran. Standing: Derry O Donoghue, Tony O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig), Cathal Crowley, Anthony Foley, Kenneth Mangan, Ray Khan, Pat o Keeffe, Redmond Fitzgerald, Glenn Evans, Eamonn Foley, John Cronin Patsy Joy (Trainer). Back – Bertie Houlihan (Trainer).

Laune Rangers – Co. U-12 Champions 1987
Kneeling: Tommy Murphy, Fiachra O Donoghue, Rory Corkery, Francis O Sullivan, Turlough Byrnes, Liam Hassett (capt.), Ronan Curtayne, Mark Conway, Mike Frank Russell, Alan O Sullivan, Donncha Curran.
Standing: Derry O Donoghue, Tony O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig), Cathal Crowley, Anthony Foley, Kenneth Mangan, Ray Khan, Pat o Keeffe, Redmond Fitzgerald, Glenn Evans, Eamonn Foley, John Cronin Patsy Joy (Trainer). Back – Bertie Houlihan (Trainer).

 

Co. U-12 Div. 5C Football Championship

 

Rd. 1 on Thurs. 7th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 0-5; Dr. Crokes ‘B’ 2-1.

Laune Rangers deserved a draw but the referee saw to it that they did not get it. All the team played well.

Laune Rangers: Tony O Sullivan, John Sheehan, Thomas Walsh, Joe Hayes, Eamonn Clifford, Nelius Lynch, Paudie Finnegan, John Cronin, Donncha Curran, Pa O Sullivan, Stephen Foley, John O Sullivan, David Lynch, Fergal O Brien, Thomas Murphy. Subs: Colm Conway, Timothy McGillycuddy, Anthony Foley, Stephen Clifford (all played), Aidan Leahy, Pat Leahy, Michael F. Russell, Cormac Brick.

Ref: Mike Cooper (Dr. Crokes).

 

Rd. 2 on Wed. 13th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 4-6; Fossa 2-4.

Laune Rangers: Tony O Sullivan, Joe Hayes, Thomas Walsh, Stephen Clifford, Eamonn Clifford, Nelius Lynch, Paudie Finnegan, John Cronin, Donncha Curran (capt.), Pa O Sullivan, Stephen Foley, John O Sullivan, David Lynch, Fergal O Brien, Michael F. Russell. Subs: John Sheehan, Colm Conway, Pat Leahy, Aidan Leahy, Brendan O Doherty, Timothy McGillycuddy, Cormac Brick (all played).

 

Rd. 3 on Wed. 20th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers ‘B’ 5-10; Listry 2-2.

Laune Rangers’ backs were very good. The midfield played well, with the forwards very clever, especially Michael F. Russell.

Laune Rangers: Tony O Sullivan, Nelius Lynch, Thomas Walsh, Joe Hayes, Stephen Clifford, Anthony Horgan, Paudie Finnegan, Donncha Curran, Eamonn Clifford, Pa O Sullivan, Stephen Foley, John O Sullivan, David Lynch, Fergal O Brien, Michael F. Russell. Subs: Tommy Murphy, Anthony O Sullivan, Pat Leahy, Colm Conway, Nicholas Foley, John Sheehan, Brendan Doherty, Cormac Brick, Liam Fitzgerald (all played), Brian O Neill, Timothy McGillycuddy.

Ref: Mick O Toole (Glenbeigh).

 

Semi-final: Kerins O Rahillys ‘B’ defeated Laune Rangers ‘B’.

 

Mid-Kerry U-12 Football Championship

 

Rd. 1 on Fri. 26th June at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 8-16; Cromane 0-0.

Laune Rangers: Pat O Keeffe, Donncha Curran, Derry O Donoghue, Ronan Curtayne, Rory Corkery, Redmond Fitzgerald, Cathal Crowley, Liam Hassett, Ken Mangan, Francis O Sullivan, Turlough Byrnes, Fiachra O Donoghue, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig), Eamonn Foley, Michael F. Russell. Subs: Alan O Sullivan (Shanara), Tony O Sullivan, Michael O Neill, Tommy Murphy, John Cronin (all played).

Ref: Michael Healy (Cromane).

 

Rd. 2 on Mon. 6th July at Milltown: Milltown/Castlemaine 3-6; Laune Rangers 6-9.

Liam Hassett was outstanding at midfield, while his partner, Ken Mangan, tried very hard. Francis O Sullivan scored three goals. Rory Corkery, Mark Conway and Ronan Curtayne were the best of the defence, while Fiachra O Donoghue, Turlough Byrnes and Francis O Sullivan were the pick of the forwards.

Laune Rangers: Pat O Keeffe, Donncha Curran, Redmond Fitzgerald, Ronan Curtayne, Rory Corkery, Mark Conway, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig), Liam Hassett, Ken Mangan, Fiachra O Donoghue, Turlough Byrnes, Glen Evans, Tommy Murphy, Francis O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan (Shanara). Subs: Joe Hayes for D. Curran, Michael F. Russell for A. O Sullivan (Shanara), Derry O Donoghue for G. Evans, Tony O Sullivan, David Lynch, Pa O Sullivan, John O Sullivan, Brendan O Doherty. Missing were Ray Khan (France), Eamonn Foley (Gaeltacht) and Cathal Crowley (Holidays).

Ref: Michael Healy (Cromane).

 

Rd. 3 on Fri. 10th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 6-15; Keel 0-0.

Laune Rangers: Pat O Keeffe, Donncha Curran, Redmond Fitzgerald, Rory Corkery, Ronan Curtayne, Mark Conway, Cathal Crowley, Liam Hassett, Ken Mangan, Fiachra O Donoghue, Derry O Donoghue, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig), Alan O Sullivan (Shanara), Francis O Sullivan, Michael F. Russell. Subs: John O Sullivan, Pa O Sullivan, Joe Hayes, Tony O Sullivan, David Lynch (all played).

Ref: Tom Evans (Keel).

 

Rd. 4 on Fri. 17th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 5-13; Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-1.

Laune Rangers: Pat O Keeffe, Donncha Curran, Redmond Fitzgerald, Derry O Donoghue, Mark Conway, Rory Corkery, Cathal Crowley, Liam Hassett, Ken Mangan, Fiachra O Donoghue, Francis O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig), Glen Evans, Turlough Byrnes, Tommy Murphy. Subs: Alan O Sullivan (Shanara), John O Sullivan, Pa O Sullivan, Eamonn Clifford, Tony O Sullivan, Joe Hayes.

Ref: Matty Murphy (Glenbeigh/Glencar).

 

Rd. 5 on Fri. 24th July at Beaufort: Beaufort 2-3; Laune Rangers 5-9.

Laune Rangers: Pat O Keeffe, Donncha Curran, Redmond Fitzgerald, Mark Conway, Ronan Curtayne, Rory Corkery, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig), Liam Hassett, Ken Mangan, Fiachra O Donoghue, Francis O Sullivan, Turlough Byrnes, Michael F. Russell, Eamonn Foley, Glen Evans. Subs: Tony O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan (Shanara), Derry O Donoghue (all played).

 

Final on Mon. 17th Aug. at Milltown: Laune Rangers 4-13; Beaufort 1-2.

Laune Rangers played against the breeze in the first half and began well, but they did not take the scores from the chances created. The backs played well, especially Rory Corkery, Ray Khan, Cathal Crowley and Mark Conway. Eamonn Foley then scored a goal to leave the halftime score at 1-3 to 0-2. Immediately on the resumption, Beaufort scored a goal. That, however, was their final score as the Rangers’ midfield took command. Eamonn Foley scored another goal and that was immediately followed by a similar score from Michael F. Russell. Points by Liam Hassett, Francis O Sullivan and Turlough Byrnes stretched the lead. Eamonn Foley then scored his third goal and Rangers ran out easy winners. The Chairman of Mid-Kerry Bord na nOg, Jerome Conway, presented the trophy to Liam Hassett. That was Laune Rangers’ first double at U-12 level (county and district) since 1974. There was a huge cavalcade through the town thereafter.

Laune Rangers: Pat O Keeffe, Mark Conway, Redmond Fitzgerald, Ronan Curtayne, Rory Corkery, Ray Khan, Cathal Crowley, Liam Hassett (capt.), Ken Mangan, Turlough Byrnes, Francis O Sullivan, Alan O Sullivan (Tullig), Fiachra O Donoghue, Eamonn Foley, Glen Evans. Subs: Michael F. Russell for G. Evans, Tommy Murphy for F. O Donoghue, Donncha Curran for R. Curtayne, Alan O Sullivan (Shanara) for A. O Sullivan, Derry O Donoghue for T. Byrnes, Joe Hayes, John O Sullivan, Pa O Sullivan, David Lynch.

Beaufort: Brian Murphy, P. Sweeney, Rory McGrath, M. O Connor, Mícheál Foley, Kieran Tangney, Cormac O Malley, A. O Connor, Eamonn Breen, A. Rooney, C. Breen, B. Doyle, Eanna O Malley, A. O Reilly, Ronan Spillane. Subs: Raymond Kelliher, Mícheál Doyle, John A. O Sullivan, N. Tuohy, J. Sugrue, J. Ferris.

Ref: Michael Healy (Cromane).

 

U-12 Parish League

That competition commenced before Christmas and concluded in Feb. It was played on a league basis and consisted of four teams, with captains Liam Hassett, Ronan Curtayne, Francis O Sullivan (Reen) and Turlough Byrnes.

‘A’ Semi-final on Sun. 15th Feb. at Killorglin: Liam Hassett’s team beat Ronan Curtayne’s team

Sun. 22nd Feb.: ‘A’ Final: Liam Hassett beat Francis O Sullivan.

‘B’ Final: Ronan Curtayne beat Turlough Byrnes.

 

Schools’/Colleges’ Football

 

Laune Rangers Primary Schools’ Competition

The competition consisted of two even teams from Scoil Mhuire and one each from Douglas and Glounaguillagh. Teams consisted of nine-a-side and it was played as a blitz in 1987 on Sun. 28th June in the J.P. O Sullivan Park. Games were 10 minutes per half.

Semi-final at 11.15: Douglas beat Scoil Mhuire ‘A’.

Scoil Mhuire ‘B’ beat Glounaguillagh.

‘B’ Final at 12.00 noon: Glounaguillagh beat Scoil Mhuire ‘A’

‘A’ Final at 12.30pm: Scoil Mhuire ‘B’ beat Douglas.

Scoil Mhuire ‘A’: Tony O Sullivan, Mark Conway, Raymond O Sullivan (capt.), Redmond Fitzgerald, Ken Mangan, Tommy Murphy, Eamonn Foley, Fiachra O Donoghue, Michael F. Russell, Francis O Sullivan, Joe Hayes, Colm Conway, Anthony Horgan.

Scoil Mhuire ‘B’: Cathal Crowley, John O Sullivan, Eamonn Clifford, John Cronin, Brendan O Doherty, Ronan Curtayne, Fabien Jegouzo, Paudie Finnegan, David Lynch, Cormac Brick, Anthony Foley.

 

Mid-Kerry Primary Schools’ Competition

For that competition, Scoil Mhuire had two equal teams of 15-a-side – in order to give games to as many players as possible. Obviously, that militated against their chances of winning the competition, as both Milltown Monastery and Cullina were quite strong at the time. The competition was played on a league basis.

Fri. 22nd May at Killorglin: Scoil Mhuire ‘A’ 0-3; Milltown Monastery 5-5.

At Beaufort: Cullina 5-4; Scoil Mhuire ‘B’ 0-1.

 

Milltown Monastery beat Cullina in the final at Killorglin.

 

Munster/All-Ireland Vocational Schools Championship

That was an inter-county championship and was played on a knockout basis. Kerry had received a bye into the Munster Final.

 

Munster Final Sat. 7th March at Croom: Kerry 2-16; Tipperary 1-12 (AET).

Danny Cahill played in goals and Patie Casey scored a point from left half-forward following a great drive down the right-hand side of the field.

 

All-Ireland Semi-final on Wed. 15th April at Ballygiblin: Kerry 3-7; Wicklow 2-8.

Patie Casey played at left half-forward and Danny Cahill came on a sub at right fullback.

 

All-Ireland Final on Sun. 26th April at Croke Park: Kerry 2-13; Donegal 3-9.

Kerry: Paudie Kelliher (Rathmore), Pat Shanahan (Listowel), John Shanahan (Tralee), Aeneas Looney (Rathmore), John McCarthy (do.), Tom Leslie (Killarney), John B. O Brien (Killarney) 0-1, Anthony Gleeson (Tralee) 0-1, Michael Doherty (Rathmore), Brendan O Shea (Cahersiveen) 0-4, Patie Casey (Killorglin) 0-1, Sean O Shea (Kenmare), Pa Dennehy (Castleisland) 1-0, Maurice O Carroll (Tralee) 0-3, Michael O Dwyer (Waterville) capt. 1-3. Subs: Michael Galvin (Kenmare) for S. O Shea; Danny Cahill (Killorglin) for M. Doherty.

 

Kerry Vocational Schools’ First Years’ Championship

At the end of Feb: Killarney V.S. 5-7; Killorglin V.S. 2-2.

 

Kerry Vocational Schools’ Ladies’ Football

Fri. 23rd Jan. at Castleisland: Killorglin V.S. 1-4; Castleisland V.S. 0-3. Ref: Mary Geaney (Castleisland).

Fri. 6th Feb: Killarney V.S. beat Killorglin V.S. by two points.

 

Kerry Vocational Schools’ Senior Football Championship

Rd. 1 at the beginning of Oct. in Killorglin: Killorglin V.S. 2-3; Rathmore V.S. 3-7.

Although Killorglin had enjoyed wind-advantage in the first half, Rathmore led by 2-3 to 1-2 at the interval. Danny Cahill missed from the penalty spot in the nineteenth minute. Brian Mangan scored a good goal for Killorglin in the thirty-fifth minute to reduce the margin to the minimum. However, Rathmore had a series of points and a goal from a penalty to win easily. Best for Killorglin were Danny Cahill, Brian Mangan, Brendan Breen and Colman O Shea. Scorers for Killorglin were Brian Mangan (1-1), D. O Sullivan (1-0), Brendan Breen (0-1) and Colman O Shea (0-1). Ref: Frank Walsh (Cromane).

 

Rd. 2 on Fri. 16th Oct. at Tralee: Tralee V.S. 1-11; Killorglin V.S. 1-3.

Killorglin had a very young side on duty (nine of the players were eligible for the U-15 Championship) and, having played against the wind in the first half, they were in arrears by 0-7 to 0-1 at the break. Joe Sweeney scored a goal and a point for Killorglin at the start of the second half but they flattered to deceive as Tralee took over to win convincingly. Scorers for Killorglin were Joe Sweeney 1-1, Adrian Hassett 0-1 and Colman O Shea 0-1. Ref: Jerry Gleeson (John Mitchels).

 

Rd. 3 on Fri. 13th Nov. at Knockreer: Killarney V.S. beat Killorglin V.S. by one point.

 

Kerry Vocational Schools’ U-16A Championship

Semi-final on Fri. 13th Nov. at Knockreer: Killarney V.S. lost to Killorglin V.S.

Final on Fri. 11th Dec. at Fitzgerald Stadium: Killarney V.S. 6-5; Killorglin V.S. 2-12.

Killorglin seemed to be coasting, having played a most attractive brand of football. After some great play by Diarmuid O Sullivan, Colman O Shea and Adrian Hassett, they led by 2-9 to 2-2 at the interval. After forty minutes, they had increased their lead to 2-11 to 2-2. Then, however, Denis O Sullivan scored three goals for Killarney and left the Killorglin boys very disappointed. Best for the Launesiders were Diarmuid O Sullivan, Colman O Shea, Adrian Hassett, M. Breen, J. O Sullivan, D. Teahan and D. Hickey.

 

Kerry Vocational Schools’ U-15 ‘A’ Football Championship

Wed. 21st Oct. at Listry: Killorglin V.S. 2-7; Rathmore V.S. 1-2.

That was an entertaining game of football. Killorglin led by 2-2 to 1-2 at the interval. Rathmore played stubbornly in the second half but once team captain, Colman O Shea, pointed in the forty-third minute, Killorglin ran out deserving winners. Declan O Keeffe had an outstanding game in the Rathmore goal, denying the Killorglin attack on several occasions. Scorers for Killorglin were S. O Sullivan (1-4), D. Costello (1-0), Colman O Shea (0-1), S. Foley (0-1) and Mike Hassett (0-1). Ref: Pa Mannix (Listry).

 

Co. Vocational Schools Ladies Intermediate Football Championship

Final on Fri. 15th May: Killorglin V.S. 2-5; Causeway Comprehensive 2-0.

Killorglin V.S: M. Corkery, A. Lynch, A. Hayes, G. Diggin, P.N. Foley, E. O Sullivan M. O Sullivan, S. Foley, B. Joy, T. Foley, C. Foley, K. Foley, S. Griffin, S. Morris, F. O Brien. Subs: B. Sheehan, C. Moriarty, J. Russell, D. Ní Chrú, F. Ahern, P. Fitzgerald.

 

Third Level Football

Trench Cup (All-Ireland Advanced Colleges’ Championship):

Rd. 1: Tralee RTC defeated Magee College, Derry.

 

Rd. 2 on Thurs. 26th Feb. at Moneygall, Co. Tipperary: Tralee RTC 3-13; Dundalk RTC 1-1.

Liam Foley played in goals, Shane O Sullivan at left halfback and Gerard Murphy at right half-forward, scoring an early goal.

 

Quarter-final on Sat. 7th March at the UCD, Belfield: Tralee RTC 2-5; St. Mary’s T.C., Belfast 1-6.

Liam Foley made two excellent saves in goals to keep his side in the game. Shane O Sullivan put in some good defensive work to keep the St. Mary’s tally down. Gerard Murphy flicked a Kevin Barry centre beautifully to the net before halftime. In the second half, Ger Looney played a long ball to the roving Gerard Murphy on the right wing. He beat two defenders, passed to centre half-forward Joe Joe Rovine (Enistymon), who cleverly chipped it over the advancing goalkeeper for a classic goal.

 

Munster Minor Football League

 

Trial on Sat. 7th Feb. at Austin Stacks Park: Blues 4-11; Greens 2-8.

Blues: Kenneth Linehan (Churchill), Sean Begley (Gaeltacht), Noel Curran (Derrynane), Billy O Connor (Beale), Joe Casey (Scartaglin), Brian Kerins (Milltown/Castlemaine), Simon O Sullivan (Glenflesk), Eamonn Breen (Finuge), Maurice Cronin (Spa), Tommy O Sullivan (Churchill), Colman O Shea (Listry), M. Moriarty (Brosna), Darren Ahern (Austin Stacks), Peter Lyons (St. Senan’s), P.J. Doherty (Ballylongford).

Greens: Charlie McCarthy (Firies), Paul Guerin (Beale), Aidan O Connell (Finuge), Moss Lyons (Na Gaeil), Declan O Connor (Ballydonoghue), Cyril Morris (Firies), Liam Lynch (Kenmare), Pierce Ferriter (Castlegregory), Pat Slattery (Brick Rangers), Donal Murphy (Desmonds), Pat McKenna (Laune Rangers), Leonard McInerney (Moyvane), Colm Geaney (Dingle), Murt Moriarty (do.), Liam Randles (Kenmare).

Subs: David O Connor (Dingle), Noel Curran (Valentia), Padraig O Connor (Brosna), Paul Griffin (Laune Rangers), Timmy Fleming (do.).

 

Trial on Sun. 8th Feb. at Seminary Field: Kerry Minors 3-17; Kerry Voc. Schools 0-8.

Kerry Minors: Kenneth Linehan, Billy O Connor, Aidan O Connell, Moss Lyons, Joe Casey, Brian Kerins, Cyril Morris, Eamonn Breen, Mossy Cronin, Tommy O Sullivan, Pat McKenna, Timmy Fleming, Peter Lyons, Murt Moriarty, Colm Geaney.

Subs: Charlie McCarthy, Pat Slattery, Sean Begley, Colman O Shea, Paul Griffin (all played).

Kerry Voc. Schools: Danny Cahill, D. McAuliffe, John Shanahan, D. Lynch, J. McCarthy, Aeneas Looney, John B. O Brien, Anthony Gleeson, Tom Leslie, J. O Sullivan, Patie Casey, Maurice Carroll, Brendan O Shea, Sean O Shea, Pa Dennehy. Sub: John F. O Brien (Laune Rangers).

 

Rd. 1 on Sat. 14th Feb. at Cooraclare: Clare 4-5; Kerry 0-8.

Timmy Fleming played at left half-forward, Pat McKenna at left full-forward and Paul Griffin was a sub.

 

Rd. 2 on Sat. 21st Feb. at Listowel: Kerry 3-20; Limerick 0-0.

Timmy Fleming played at left half-forward, scoring 0-3, and Paul Griffin played at left full-forward.

 

Rd. 3 on Sat. 28th Feb. at Dungarvan: Waterford 1-4; Kerry 4-10.

Timmy Fleming scored 2-5 from left half-forward and Paul Griffin was a sub.

 

Challenge on Tues. 31st March at Caherslee: Kerry U-21’s beat Kerry Minors by one goal.

Pat McKenna played at right half-forward and Timmy Fleming at left half-forward.

 

Final on Sat. 4th April at Limerick: Kerry 1-8; Tipperary 1-5.

Kerry: Charlie McCarthy (Firies), Billy O Connor (Beale), Aidan O Connell (Finuge), John Hartnett (Emmets), Joe Casey (Scartaglin), Robbie O Dwyer (Waterville), Cyril Morris (Firies), Eamonn Breen (Finuge), Pat Slattery (Brick Rangers), Maurice Fitzgerald (St. Mary’s) 0-3, 2 frees, Mossy Cronin (Spa), Timmy Fleming (Laune Rangers) 0-1, Pat Kelly (Emmets), Murt Moriarty (Dingle) 1-0, Karl O Dwyer (Waterville) 0-4. Subs: Paul Griffin (Laune Rangers) for P. Kelly, Pat McKenna (Laune Rangers), Sean Begley (An Ghaeltacht), Kevin Devane (Lispole), Pierce Ferriter (Castlegregory), Kenneth Linehan (Churchill).

Tipperary: Eoin Cummins, Paul Norris, Michael McGrath, Gerry McGrath, Mark Hoctor, Brendan Coughran, Justin Quinlan, Colm Moran (0-1), John Leahy (1-1), Niall O Brien, Donal Bonner, Brian Leamy, Eamonn Meagher (0-2), Liam Mooney, Brendan Ryan (0-1). Subs: Pat Ryan for B. Leamy, Willie Morrissey, Michael Lovett, Willie Tarrant, Brian Moriarty, Eoin Cooney.

 

Munster Minor Football Championship

 

Rd. 1 on Thurs. 30th April at Dungarvan: Waterford 0-5; Kerry 2-17.

Timmy Fleming played at left half-forward and scored 0-6. Paul Griffin came on as a substitute for Michael O Dwyer and scored 1-1. Pat McKenna came on for Murt Moriarty. Patie Casey was a substitute.

 

Semi-final on Fri. 15th May at Moyvane: Kerry 1-14; Limerick 0-5.

Timmy Fleming gave an exhibition of football at left half-forward, scoring 0-7 but, unfortunately, he was injured in the process. Paul Griffin played at right full-forward but was replaced by Patie Casey. Pat McKenna was, also, a sub.

 

Challenge on Sat. 30th May at Tralee: Kerry 1-10; Galway 2-13.

Kerry: Peter O Leary (Legion), John Shanahan (Brick Rangers), Aidan O Connell (Finuge), Robbie O Dwyer (Waterville), Joe Casey (Scartaglin), Pat Slattery (Brick Rangers), Cyril Morris (Firies), Anthony Gleeson (John Mitchels), Eamonn Breen (Finuge), Maurice Fitzgerald (St. Mary’s), Mossy Cronin (Spa), Pat McKenna (Laune Rangers), Michael O Dwyer (Waterville), Murt Moriarty (Dingle), Karl O Dwyer (Waterville). Sub: Michael Keane (St. Senan’s) for J. Shanahan.

Challenge on Sun. 31st May at Tralee: Kerry 1-10; Galway 1-10.

Kerry: Ken Linehan (Churchill), Aeneas Looney (Gneeveguilla), Sean Begley (Gaeltacht), John Hartnett (Emmets), Pierce Ferriter (Castlegregory), Billy O Connor (Beale), Paul Geaney (Dingle), Noel O Mahony (Kerins O Rahillys), Pat Slattery, James Doherty (Spa), Pat McKenna, Joe Casey, Paul Griffin (Laune Rangers), Murt Moriarty, Pa Dennehy (Currow).

 

Final on Sun. 26th July at Páirc Uí Chaoimh: Cork 0-8; Kerry 0-8.

Timmy Fleming scored 0-2 from left half-forward. Pat McKenna came on as sub.

 

Final replay on Sun. 2nd Aug. at Killarney: Kerry 1-8; Cork 0-12.

Kerry: Peter O Leary, Billy O Connor, Aidan O Connell, Paul Guerin, Joe Casey, Pat Slattery, Cyril Morris, Anthony Gleeson (0-1), Noel O Mahony, Maurice Fitzgerald (1-4, 3 frees), Timmy Fleming (0-1), Eamonn Breen, Mossy Cronin (capt.) 0-1, Murt Moriarty, Darren Ahern. Subs: Michael O Dwyer (0-1) for N. O Mahony, Karl O Dwyer for D. Ahern, Sean Begley, Pat McKenna, Ken Linehan, Robbie O Dwyer (inj.), Pierce Ferriter, Francis O Doherty.

Cork: Aidan Cawley, Damien O Callaghan, Michael Lyons, Peter Healy, Seamus Coughlan, Stephen O Brien, David Bourke, Liam Honahan (0-1), Stephen Dineen (0-1, a 45), Garry McPolin, Michael Burke (0-4), Don Davis (0-1), John Barrett (0-4, 2 frees), Denis O Sullivan, Noel Twomey (capt.) 0-1. Subs: Frank Fitzgerald for S. Dineen, Denis Harrington for P. Healy.

 

Munster/All-Ireland U-21 Football Championship

 

Trial on Sat. 14th Feb. at Strand Road: Kerry South v Kerry North.

Gerard Murphy, James O Shea (Cromane) and Padraig McMahon (Cromane) were on the South Kerry panel.

Trial on Sat. 21st Feb. at Strand Road: Team ‘A’ v Team ‘B’.

James O Shea (Cromane) was at right halfback on the ‘B’ team, and Gerard Murphy (Laune Rangers) was at left half-forward.

 

Challenge on Sat. 11th April at Fermoy: Kerry 4-6; Waterford 0-14.

Gerard Murphy played at centre half-forward.

 

Rd. 1 on Wed. 15th April at Austin Stack Park, Tralee: Kerry 3-10; Clare 3-4.

Gerard Murphy played on the ‘40’ and, though kicking some bad wides, he scored a good point and was involved in many other scores.

 

Semi-final on Wed. 29th April at Ballylongford: Kerry 0-13; Limerick 1-7.

Gerard Murphy was one of Kerry’s best players, scoring 0-4 from right half-forward.

 

Final on Wed. 6th May at Tralee: Kerry 0-7; Tipperary 0-7.

Gerard Murphy played at left full-forward.

 

Final replay on Sat. 23rd May at Clonmel: Tipperary 1-11; Kerry 0-15 (after extra-time).

Kerry: Kieran Moran (Derrynane), Ken Savage (Kerins O Rahillys), Mike Brosnan (Knocknagoshel), Morgan Nix (Kerins O Rahillys), Pat Coughlan (Rathmore), Noel O Leary (Dr. Crokes) capt, Tom Walsh (Emmets), Mick Galway (Currow), Stephen Stack (Emmets), Ger Looney (Gneeveguilla), Pierce Hoare (Kerins O Rahillys) 0-5, frees, Donal McEvoy (John Mitchels) 0-2, Martin Downey (Desmonds) 0-2, frees, Martin Dennehy (John Mitchels) 0-2, P.J. Gaire (Duagh) 0-1. Subs: James Brosnan (Gneeveguilla) for T. Walsh, Gerard Murphy (Laune Rangers) 0-2 for M. Downey, Owen Moynihan (Austin Stacks) 0-1 for G. Looney.

Tipperary: Ger Enright, David Walsh, Richie Quirke, John O Meara, Frank Howlin, Jerry Ryan, John Owens (capt.), Declan Hallissey, Brian Burke, Jim O Meara, Michael Goonan, Dermot O Shea, Peter Lambert, Tom Sheehan, Anthony Crosse. Subs: Colm Egan for P. Lambert, J. O Loughlin for D. Walsh, Ned Ryan for M. Goonan, Peter Lambert for C. Egan, Colm Egan for J. O Meara.

Ref: Michael Griffin (Clare).

 

Semi-final on Fri. 29th May at Ennis: Kerry 1-9; Galway 1-7.

Gerard Murphy played at right half-forward but was replaced by James Brosnan.

 

Final on Sun. 7th June at Tuam: Kerry 0-10; Donegal 1-7.

Gerard Murphy came on as a substitute and he rose to new-found heights in the Kerry attack. He read the game to perfection and when he got the ball, he used it to very telling effect. But for his sure-footedness, it was unlikely that Kerry would still have been in contention. He scored 0-3.

 

Final replay on Sun. 28th June at Roscommon: Donegal 1-12; Kerry 2-4.

Kerry: Kieran Moran, Ken Savage, Mike Brosnan, Morgan Nix, Pat Coughlan, Noel O Leary (capt.), Stephen Stack, Mick Galway (1-0), James Brosnan, P.J. Gaire, Martin Dennehy, Donal McEvoy, Ger Looney (0-1), Pierce Hoare (0-3), Gerard Murphy (1-0). Subs: Martin Downey for M. Dennehy, Tom Walsh for P. Coughlan.

Donegal: D. Gallagher, John Joe Doherty, John Connors, Thomas Maguire, D. Keon, John Cunningham (capt.), P. Carr, Barry Cunningham, J. Gallagher, Paddy Hegarty, Tommy Ryan (0-1), Barry McGowan (0-1), Dermot Ward (0-2), Manus Boyle (1-7), Luke Gavigan. Sub: Seamus Ward (0-1) for J. Gallagher.

Ref: Mickey Kerins (Sligo).

 

National Football League 1987/’88

 

Rd. 1 on Sun. 8th Nov. at Tralee: Kerry 1-9; Armagh 1-4.

Kerry: Charlie Nelligan (Desmonds), John O Dwyer (Waterville), Sean Walsh (Kerins O Rahillys), Mike Brosnan (Knocknagoshel), Tommy Doyle (Annascaul) 0-1, Tommy Spillane (Templenoe), Eamonn Walsh (Knocknagoshel), John Joe Sheehy (John Mitchels), Fionán Murphy (Valentia), Connie Murphy (Dr. Crokes), Willie Maher (Milltown/Castlemaine) 0-3, Joe Shannon (Laune Rangers), Donal McEvoy (John Mitchels) 1-0, Pat Spillane (Templenoe) 0-4, Michael McAuliffe (Spa) 0-1.

 

Rd. 2 on Sun. 15th Nov. at Páirc Uí Chaoimh: Cork 1-10; Kerry 1-10.

Kerry: Charlie Nelligan, John O Dwyer, Sean Walsh, Mike Brosnan, Tommy Doyle, Tommy Spillane, Eamonn Walsh, John Joe Sheehy, Fionán Murphy, Connie Murphy (0-1), John Kennedy (Asdee) 1-2, Joe Shannon, Donal McEvoy, Pat Spillane (0-3), Michael McAuliffe (0-4, 1 free). Sub: Dermot Hannifin for J.J. Sheehy.

 

Rd. 3 on Sun. 6th Dec. at Croke Park: Dublin 1-9; Kerry 2-5.

Kerry: Michael Hussey (Austin Stacks), John O Dwyer, Sean Walsh, Mike Brosnan, Tommy Doyle, Tommy Spillane, Eamonn Walsh, John Joe Sheehy, Fionán Murphy, John Kennedy (0-2, 1 free), Connie Murphy (1-0), Joe Shannon (0-1), Donal McEvoy, Pat Spillane (0-1), Michael McAuliffe (1-1). Sub: Willie Maher for D. McEvoy.

 

Rd. 4 on Sun. 13th Dec. at Tralee: Kerry 0-8; Meath 0-12.

Kerry: Charlie Nelligan, John O Dwyer, Sean Walsh, Mike Brosnan, Tommy Doyle, Tommy Spillane, Eamonn Walsh (0-1), John Joe Sheehy, Fionán Murphy, Connie Murphy, John Kennedy (0-4, 3 frees), Donal McEvoy (0-3), Joe Shannon, Pierce Hoare, Michael McAuliffe. Subs: Mike O Shea for P. Hoare, Timmy Fleming for M. McAuliffe.

 

Co. Senior Hurling Championship

As Laune Rangers did not have a team in the Senior Co. Hurling Championship, some Laune Rangers players played with South-Kerry.

 

Rd. 1 on Sat. 25th July at Austin Stacks Park: Kilmoyley 6-13; South-Kerry 2-5.

South-Kerry: Pat O Shea, Vincent Hearne, Pat Kelliher, Danno Keeffe, Sean O Shea, Fintan Ryan, Michael Sweeney, Eddie Murphy (0-3), Conor Maher, Joe Kennedy (0-1), Richard O Connor, Joe Purcell (0-1), R. Delaney, Tom Houlihan (2-0), John Culloty. Subs: P. Kennelly for R. Delaney, John Fitzpatrick for V. Hearne.

 

Co. Senior Hurling League Div. 3

 

Rd. 1 on Wed. 20th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers v Causeway ‘B’.

Rd. 2 on Wed. 27th May at Lixnaw: Lixnaw ‘C’ Laune Rangers

Rd. 3 on Wed. 3rd June at Ballyheigue: Ballyheigue ‘B’ 2-12; Laune Rangers 1-5.

 

South-Kerry Senior Hurling Championship

Rd. 1 on Wed. 15th July at Milltown: Laune Rangers scr; Austin Stacks w/o.

 

South-Kerry Senior Hurling League

 

Rd. 1 on Sat. 18th April: Austin Stacks 5-9; Laune Rangers 1-6.

Rd. 2 on Sat. 25th April: Kerins O Rahillys w/o; Laune Rangers scr.

 

Co. Minor Hurling League Div. 2

 

Rd. 1on Sat. 28th March at Killarney: Laune Rangers 4-5; St. Patrick’s 1-4.

Laune Rangers: Michael Lynch, Brendan Corkery, Brendan Hearne, David Lynch (Beaufort), Barry Lynch, Liam Spring (Milltown/Castlemaine) 1-0, Brian Mangan, Tommy Byrne, Mark O Sullivan, Gerard Hearne, Sean Fenton (0-4), Gerard Clifford (3-0), Billy O Sullivan, Dominic Jones, Adrian O Connor (0-1).

 

Rd. 2 on Sun. 5th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers w/o; Lixnaw scr.

 

Rd. 3 on Sun. 12th April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 4-4; Crotta O Neill’s 2-3.

Laune Rangers: Michael Lynch, Brendan Corkery, Liam Spring, Bertie O Riordan, David Gillespie, Sean Fenton (0-2), Gerard Hearne, Tommy Byrne (1-0), Billy O Sullivan (0-2), Alan Guilfoyle, Gerard Clifford, Laurence Hogan, Bernard O Sullivan, Patrick Costello (3-0), Dominic Jones. Subs: Padraig Lynch for D. Jones (inj.), Adrian O Connor for A. Guilfoyle (inj.).

 

Rd. 4 on Sun. 19th April at Tralee: Austin Stacks scr; Laune Rangers w/o.

 

Rd. 5 on Sun. 25th April at Ballyheigue: Causeway 4-5; Laune Rangers 3-3.

Laune Rangers were five points behind at halftime. However, their play improved in the second half and they were leading by two points with five minutes remaining in the game. Then Causeway scored two quick goals to win.

Laune Rangers: Michael Lynch, Bertie O Riordan, Liam Spring (0-1), Brendan Corkery, Gerard Hearne, Sean Fenton (0-1), Barry Lynch, Tommy Byrne, Mark O Sullivan (0-1), Gerard Clifford (1-0), Brendan Hearne, Padraig Lynch, Billy O Sullivan, Patrick Costello (1-0), Laurence Hogan. Subs: Brian Mangan (1-0), David Gillespie and Dominic Jones.

 

Semi-final on Sun. 9th May: Laune Rangers 3-4; Causeway 1-2.

 

Final on Sun. 17th May at Austin Stack Park: Crotta O Neill’s 1-6; Laune Rangers 1-3.

Crotta scored a goal from the throw-in and led by 1-5 to 0-0 after twenty minutes. Laune Rangers’ backs dominated the game after that but poor forward play, plus an outstanding display by Crotta’s Brendan O Mahony at centre halfback kept the score low.

Laune Rangers: Michael Lynch, Bertie O Riordan, Liam Spring, Brendan Corkery, Gerard Hearne, Brendan Hearne, David Gillespie (0-1), Tommy Byrne (1-1), Sean Fenton, Padraig Lynch, Mark O Sullivan, Laurence Hogan (0-1), Billy O Sullivan, Patrick Costello, Gerard Clifford. Subs: Tommy Stack for B. O Sullivan, Barry Lynch for G. Clifford, Adrian O Connor, Dominic Jones.

 

Co. Minor Hurling Championship

Rd. 1 on Tues. 28th July at Glenflesk: Kenmare beat Laune Rangers.

 

All-Ireland U-16 ‘B’ Hurling Championship

Trial on Mon. 20th April at Castleisland – Michael Lynch, Billy O Sullivan and Timmy Corkery (all Laune Rangers) were invited to attend.

 

Munster Inter-Divisional U-16 Hurling Championship

 

Rd. 1 on Sat. 18th April at Cloughduv: Carrigdoun 9-5; South-Kerry 1-1.

The game was played in driving rain and a gale-force wind was blowing. Gerard Hearne played at right halfback and Michael Lynch played at centre half-forward. Alan Guilfoyle and David Gillespie were substitutes.

 

Co. U-16 Hurling League

Laune Rangers were grouped with Kenmare and St. Pat’s. They lost both games.

 

Co. U-15 Hurling Blitz

Sat. 24th Oct/Mon. 26th Oct. at Tralee: Laune Rangers beat Kenmare but lost to St. Pat’s.

 

Féile na nGael (U-14 Hurling)

Laune Rangers were in a group with Kenmare, St. Patrick’s and John Mitchels. Coach – Joe Crowe.

 

Rd. 1 on Sun. 5th April at Beaufort: Laune Rangers 1-5; St. Patrick’s 7-6.

Laune Rangers: Tommy Byrne, Kieran Clifford, Gary McGrath, Kevin Donovan, Liam Hassett, Pat Cahill, Mark Conway, Kevin Jones, Mike Hassett, Declan Byrne, Robert Kennedy, Raymond O Sullivan, Glenn Evans, Tim O Connor (Beaufort), Adrian O Connor. Subs: A. Kelliher (Beaufort) and Michael O Connor.

 

Rd. 2 on Sun. 12th April at Kenmare: Kenmare 6-2; Laune Rangers 4-4.

Laune Rangers: Turlough Byrnes, Kieran Clifford, Pat Cahill, Kevin Donovan, John Cronin, Kevin Jones, Pat O Keeffe, Mike Hassett, Liam Hassett, Raymond O Sullivan, Robert Kennedy, Sean Gamble, Adrian O Connor, A. Kelliher, Michael O Connor. Subs: Pat O Connell and Nicholas Bainton.

 

Sun. 28th June in Killarney: Trial for Co. U-14 Hurling team.

Robert Kennedy and Kevin Jones were invited to attend.

 

South-Kerry U-14 Hurling Championship

Four teams participated, Kenmare, Laune Rangers, St. Pat’s and John Mitchels.

 

Sat. 3rd Oct. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers lost heavily to John Mitchels.

The visitors were far too powerful for the young Laune Rangers team, which featured seven U-12 players. The losers never ceased trying, with captain, Robert Kennedy, all class and brilliance right through the game and Kevin Jones elegant as ever at centre half-forward. Tony O Mahony played well on his championship debut. Gary McGrath played well at fullback and Pat Cahill was very reliable in the corner. Others to catch the eye were Kieran Clifford, Kevin Donovan, Mark Conway and the Hassett brothers at midfield.

 

Co. U-12 Hurling Championship Div. 2B

 

Rd. 1 on Wed. 27th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers v Kenmare.

 

South-Kerry U-12 Hurling Championship

Four teams participated, Kenmare, Laune Rangers, St. Pat’s ‘A’ and St. Pat’s ‘B’.

 

Rd.1 on Sun. 10th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-2; Kenmare 4-0.

Laune Rangers led for most of the game and it was only in the last five minutes they conceded two goals.

 

Rd. 2 on Sun. 17th May at Killarney: St. Pat’s ‘A’ v Laune Rangers.

Rd. 3 on Sun. 24th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers v St. Pat’s ‘B’.

Quarter-final at the end of June: Kenmare beat Laune Rangers.

 

Administration/Miscellany

 

Mick Loftus, Maigheo, was Uachtarán CLG.

James Coffey (Laune Rangers) was on the Kerry delegation to Annual Congress, which was held in…………….

 

The Annual Convention of the Munster Council was held in Hayes’ Hotel, Thurles on Fri. 6th March. The following officers were elected: Chairman – Michael O Connor (Ciarraí), Secretary – Donie Nealon (Tiobrad Árainn) and Treasurer – Tadhg Crowley (Ciarraí). James Coffey (Laune Rangers) was on the Kerry delegation.

 

Kerry Annual Co. Convention was held in the CYMS Hall, Tralee on Sun. 11th Jan. 1987. Laune Rangers Club delegates were John Clifford, Liam Shannon and Jerome Conway. The following officers were elected: President – Mícheál Ó Ruairc, Chairman – Sean Kelly 174 (Frank King 111), Vice-Chairman – Bernie O Callaghan 183 (Donie Sheehan 101. Michael McCarthy, Milltown/Castlemaine, and Joe Keohane had also been nominated but had withdrawn), Rúnaí – Tony O Keeffe, Joint Treasurers – James Coffey and John McMahon, PRO – Eamonn O Sullivan, Youth Officer – Joe Langan (John O Keeffe, Austin Stacks, Donie O Leary, Rathmore and Jerome Conway had also been nominated but had withdrawn), Oifigeach na Gaeilge – Diarmuid Ó Murchú (Con O Riordan, Moyvane, Denis P. O Sullivan, Kilgarvan and Tom Fitzgerald, Listowel, had also been nominated but had withdrawn), Development Officer – Denis McCarthy, Central Council Delegate – Gerald McKenna, Delegates to Munster Council – Dave Geaney, Gerald Whyte (Pat O Shea and Denis McCarthy had been also nominated but had withdrawn).

Senior Football Selection Committee: Mick O Dwyer (appointed), Kevin Griffin, Tim Kennelly, Joe Keohane and Mickey O Sullivan (Liam Higgins, Lispole, Eddie ‘Tatler’ O Sullivan, Dr. Crokes, and Chas Cronin, Duagh, had also been nominated but had withdrawn).

Minor Football Selection Committee (That committee had been elected for a two-year term at the Co. Board meeting on 8th Sept.): Séamus Mac Gearailt (appointed), Jim Wrenn (Churchill) 125, Jerome Conway (Laune Rangers) 109, Robert Barry (St. Senan’s) 104 and Dan O Sullivan (Currow) 84. The other candidates were Jim Foley (Keel) 66 and P.J. Gorman (Dingle) 40.

U-21 Football Selection Committee – Buddy O Grady (appointed), Donie O Leary (Rathmore) 108 votes, PJ Donovan (St. Mary’s) 98 votes, Eric Brown (Emmett’s) 93 votes, Patrick Brosnan (Brosna) 91 votes (all elected), Con O Riordan (Knockanure) 87 votes, Euge Devane (Lispole) 84 votes, John Griffin (Listry) 55 votes.

 

John Fitzpatrick, formerly of Killorglin Hurling Club, was trainer/selector of the Kerry Minor Hurling team, with Phil Healy (St. Brendan’s), Timmy Weir (O Dorney), Gerald Whyte (Causeway) and Mick Wharton (Kenmare).

James Coffey and John McMahon were joint-chairmen of the Co. Draw & Finance Sub-Committee.

Bart Moriarty was Secretary of the Referees’ Sub-Committee. A seminar for all affiliated referees, organised by Bart Moriarty, was held in the Manor Inn, Killorglin on Thurs. 26th Feb.

 

Kerry Co. Board organised the ‘Golden Years’ Banquet in the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney on Sat. 14th Nov. Nearly 600 people attended. The organising committee consisted of Sean Kelly, Tony O Keeffe, Bernie O Callaghan, John McMahon, James Coffey, Derry Murphy and Eamonn O Sullivan.

 

The AGM of Bord na nOg Chiarraí was held in the Pavilion, Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Mon. 15th Dec. 1986. The following officers were re-elected: President – Sylvie Mason, Chairman _ Derry Sheehan, Vice-Chairman – John Fitzpatrick, Secretary/PRO – Maurice O Sullivan, Fixtures Secretary – Michael O Callaghan, Treasurers – Bernie O Connor and Michael McSweeney, Registrar – Liam Moriarty. GPC – John Fitzpatrick, Patsy Cremin, Joe Linnane, John Mike McCarthy and Paudie County.

 

The Annual Convention of the South-Kerry Hurling Board was held in the Park Place Hotel, Killarney on Thurs. 12th Feb. The following officers were elected: President – Richie Purcell (Kilgarvan), Vice-Presidents – Gary Scollard and Brother Murphy, Chairman – P.J. McIntyre (Kenmare), Vice-Chairman – Pa Doyle (St. Pat’s), Secretary/PRO – Jim O Malley (Beaufort), Treasurer – John Fitzpatrick (Kerins O Rahillys).

 

The Mid-Kerry Board Annual Convention was held in the new club-rooms, Glenbeigh, on Sun. 18th Jan. 1987. Laune Rangers’ delegates were John Clifford, Joe Shannon and Jerome Conway. (The Secretary’s Report was given at the end of 1986). The following officers were elected: President  – Murt Kelly (Beaufort); Chairman – Michael McCarthy (Milltown/Castlemaine); Vice-Chairman – Noel Spillane (Beaufort); Secretary – Pat Clifford (Milltown/Castlemaine); Treasurers – Maurice Harmon (Laune Rangers), Frank Twiss (Milltown/Castlemaine), George Evans (Keel); PRO – Colm Kelly (Beaufort). There was a contest for the position of Treasurer and the result of the vote was as follows: Maurice Harmon 31 votes, George Evans 27 votes, Frank Twiss 19 votes and Pat Casey (Cromane) 16 votes. The former three were elected. The Secretary, Pat Clifford, had indicated that he wished to step down from his position but he was persuaded to stay on for another year. A Cromane motion that the Board meetings should rotate between all the clubs was beaten but it was agreed that the meetings would rotate between Killorglin and Milltown. The following motion from Keel was passed: ‘That a player who played for the Mid-Kerry Senior team in the previous year’s Co. Senior Championship, cannot play in the Mid-Kerry Novice Championship but a player who played in the current year’s Co. Championship can play novice.’

 

Laune Rangers organised Bord na nOg, Chiarraí Láir during 1987. Jerome Conway was Chairman and Pat Pigott was Secretary.

 

The minutes of twelve Mid-Kerry Board meetings are available. They were mainly for the purposes of fixtures-making and the administration of fixtures. The following business was conducted, also:

  1. Officers’ Meeting on 3rd March – Maurice Harmon was put in charge of the Finances of the Board. It was further decided that major games should not be played in the J.P. O Sullivan Park, Killorglin, because of the fact that Laune Rangers’ members were allowed free entry to all games by the club and that was being abused by some members.
  2. At the meeting of 22nd April, permission was granted to Laune Rangers Club to allow a Sports’ Meeting to be held in the J.P. O Sullivan Park on 26th April. Pat O Shea (Cromane) was appointed as Mid-Kerry Senior Trainer. The entrance fees for games in Mid-Kerry during 1987 were as follows: Double fixture – £2; Single League game – £1; Senior League Final and Single Championship Semi-final – £1.50; Senior Championship Final – £2.
  3. At the meeting on 25th Oct. a Scór Committee was set up, which included Pat Joy and Mike Dowd from Laune Rangers.

 

Laune Rangers had 12 club meetings during the year. The following matters were discussed:

Mon. 2nd Feb – Michael Sweeney was re-employed under the Youth Employment Scheme. The short tour to London would be from Fri. 13th March to Wed. 18th March. Active members and their wives/girlfriends would be charged £40, while all others would be charged £90. The raffles organised by the club yielded £104 profit on Fri. night 30th Jan. in Bunkers, where Ger Counihan donated a bottle of whiskey as a prize, and £86 at the dance in the Manor Inn on Sat. 31st Jan.

Tues. 17th Feb. – It was decided that Michael Sweeney should spike and sand the centre of the field. James Coffey informed the meeting that the Public Liability Insurance for clubs had been reduced from £350 to £150 and suggested that, in that situation, the Killorglin Hurling Club should be reformed – that course of action would ensure more All-Ireland tickets and extra votes at Co. Convention. It was agreed that Bart Moriarty would be Chairman and James Coffey would be Secretary. It would be known as the Killorglin Hurling Club and would hold its meetings with the Laune Rangers Club meetings and the Laune Rangers Club would support it financially.

Tues. 3rd March – Makeshift lighting had been erected at the lower end of the JP O Sullivan Park to facilitate outdoor training. Declan Crowley donated £100 towards the lighting. Peter Lyons donated a set of jerseys to the senior team. Laune Rangers’ club jumpers, with the GAA crest, were on sale in Anthony Shannon’s shop, Casualand. James Coffey raised the matter of the club history, which was being compiled by Pat O Shea. It was agreed that a Centenary Committee would be formed to prepare for the launch of the history in 1988.

Mon. 23rd March – There was an ongoing problem with the gas for the showers in the dressing-rooms. The gas-tanks had been stolen, the connections had been stolen, the pipes, carrying the gas to the burner, were leaking, etc. It was decided to enter a team in the Sneem 7-a-side tournament.

Mon. 6th April – Some of the training-shy senior players were to be approached with a view to coaxing them to make an effort. The pitch was in a very poor state, not helped by the fact that surface water was flowing from the road in the gate and onto the upper goalmouths. It was agreed that home games should be advertised better, using billboards and posters. Vincent O Shea, Shanara – an U-16 player – was playing illegally with Beaufort. The Chairman and Secretary would approach Austin O Reilly, Principal Vocational School, with a view to acquiring a lease on the Vocational School grounds for training and the playing of games.

Tues. 21st April – Details of the Co. Board Draw were circulated by James Coffey. The celebration of the centenary of the club’s foundation was discussed and a special meeting was scheduled for Tues. 5th May in the Manor Inn.

Mon. 11th May – The Mid-Kerry Board had sought a list of paid-up members from the club, as those people were allowed free entrance to the JP O Sullivan Park for all games. It was suggested to the Mid-Kerry Board that members should be asked to produce their membership card before being allowed free into the grounds. It was decided to seek a change of date for the Co. Senior Football Championship game versus West-Kerry, as Peter Lyons was getting married on the proposed date.

Mon. 22nd June – James Coffey was ratified as Chairman of the Centenary Committee and Patsy Cronin was Secretary. It was agreed that Brian O Shea would organise some dances in the Manor Inn for the club on Sunday nights. Money was available from Man-Power, which could be used for the purchase of equipment and materials to be used in the employment of Michael Sweeney.

Mon. 31st Aug. – Edward Stack informed the meeting that the club was £800 overdrawn in the bank and there was nothing in the deposit account. However, a rebate of £2,500+ was expected from the Co. Board Draw. The club decided to embark on a club draw to be known as the Centenary Draw.

Mon. 21st Sept. – It was decided to write a letter of protest to the Mid-Kerry Board over the postponement of the Mid-Kerry Championship game, Laune Rangers v Beaufort. The letter was to state quite strongly the club’s disgust at the treatment meted out to Laune Rangers by the Board’s Chairman. For the Centenary Draw, it was decided to divide the parish into a number of districts, each with a director and a number of sellers. The districts, directors and sellers were as follows:

Dungeel – James Ferris, Tom Johnston and Mrs. John Foley.

Mountain View/St. James’ Gardens – Liam Shannon, Jimmy Hayes, Mrs. Patsy Clifford and Batty Foley.

Iveragh Park – James Murphy, Kevin O Sullivan, Derry O Brien, Liam Russell, Seamus O Sullivan.

Dromin/Bansha/Steelroe – Jerome Conway, Jeremiah Clifford, John Clifford.

Gurrane/Reen/Douglas – Seamus Hurley, Bertie Houlihan, Jerry Houlihan, Michael Foley.

Tullig/Scrahan – Maurice Corkery, Michael O Sullivan, Pat Donovan.

Caragh Lake/Muingaphouca – Myles O Brien, Mike Hassett, John Anthony O Brien, Josie Fenton.

Glencuttane/Aunagarry/Shanara/Keelcoulaght/Meanus – John O Donoghue, Joe O Sullivan, David O Sullivan, Jim Galvin, Matty Cahill.

Ardmoniel/Farrentoreen/Rangue – Sean O Reilly, Johnny Galvin.

Laharn – Brian O Shea.

Killarney Road – Edso Crowley, Willie Fitzgerald, Tom Curtayne.

Mill Road/Iveragh Road/Upper Bridge Street – John Purcell, Patrick O Grady, Anthony Shennon.

St. Mary’s Terrace – Patrick Pigott, Andy Pigott, Patrick O Connor, Joe Purcell.

The Square/Market Street – Denis O Neill, Tommy Woods, Donal Pigott.

Langford Sterrt – Gina Sheehan, Tommy O Riordan, Eileen O Sullivan.

Lower Bridge Street – James Coffey.

Mon. 12th Oct. – For the Centenary Draw, all houses in the parish would be circulated with information on the draw and, a week later, the sellers would call. There would be three free-lance sellers – Edward Stack, Maurice Harmon and Bart Moriarty – to supplement the work of the other sellers.

Mon. 7th Dec. – The draw had been successful due to the outstanding efforts of the promoters/sellers. A letter of thanks was drafted to Donal Culloty, Dawn Dairies, which had donated, through Liam Shannon, milk for the senior players after training for the Mid-Kerry Championship. James Coffey proposed the following motion for Co. Convention: ‘That where a club team is defeated by a group team in the Co. Football Final, such team will represent Kerry in the Munster Club Championship. Furthermore, if a club team fails to reach the Co. Football Final, the winners of Div. 1 of the Co. League of that year will represent Kerry in the Munster Club Championship.’ Bart Moriarty notified the meeting that Michael O Reilly and Patrick O Shea were being trained as young referees and, if they were successful in the examination, they would qualify to referee football games from U-21 downwards.

The following members attended Laune Rangers’ Club meetings during the year: Tommy Woods (12), Liam Shannon (11), Jerome Conway (10), Maurice Corkery (8), Jim Galvin (8), Patrick Pigott (7), Edward Stack (7), Bart Moriarty (7), James Coffey (6), Brian O Shea (5), James Sheehan (5), John Purcell (4), Michael Foley (4), Peter Lyons (3), Pat Lynch (3), Joe Shannon (2), Anthony Shannon (2), Thomas Evans (2), Seamus Murphy (1), John Clifford (1).

 

Laune Rangers organised a dance in the Manor Inn on Sat. 31st Jan. Music was provided by ‘Crescendo’ and the admission fee was £2. It was a great night out but the profit was small – £20.

A ‘Victory’ Dance was organised in the Manor Inn on Sat. 25th April, during which William Kennedy, M.D. of Lee Strand, presented track-suits to the senior players as part of the sponsorship of the Co. League, which Laune Rangers had won the previous year. Brian O Shea organised the band, Sierra, tickets @ £2, etc. Maurice Corkery volunteered to supervise the door and the dance in general.

 

Laune Rangers organised a Golf Classic on Sat. 7th March at Dooks to raise funds for the trip to London. The results were: 1st Johnny Byrnes (13) – 41 pts., 2nd Autie Boyle ((12) – 41 pts, 3rd Peter Gill (7) – 40 pts, 4th Michael Breen (11) – 40 pts, 5th Eric Brick (15) – 39 pts, 6th Brendan Mangan (9) – 38 pts. Gross: Pat Lynch (7) – 30 pts, Guest Conor O Mahony (11) – 39 pts. Special: 1st Pa O Grady, 2nd Colin Walsh. Sponsors: AIB, Bank of Ireland, Killorglin Credit Union, Klinge, Liebig, Lee Strand, O Donoghue Insurances, Liam Woods, Nick’s Restaurant, Killorglin Furniture Centre, Casualand (Anthony Shannon).

 

At the Co. Board meeting on 9th March, Patrick Brennan and Mark O Connor were regraded from senior status.

Laune Rangers Senior team and supporters departed, by coach, for a short visit to London on Fri. 13th March, arriving at 7.00am. The accommodation was at the Royal Eagle Hotel, 22 Craven Road, Paddington, London. There were 42 people in total, 34 of whom were accommodated in the hotel. They were guests at the Cock, Kilburn, (proprietor Christy Kissane) on Sat. at 8.00pm. A long night ensued. The game against the Kingdom Club Senior team was played at 3.00pm on Sun. 15th. They were guests of the Kingdom Club afterwards at the Willesden Junction, receiving a trophy from the Chairman, and former Laune Rangers player, Pat O Mahony, and another long night followed. The team departed London on Tues. 17th March and arrived home on Wed. at 2.30pm.

 

Laune Rangers on Tour 1987 Pat Clifford, Jerome Conway, Seamus Murphy, Donie Griffin at the Regents Palace Hotel, London.

Laune Rangers on Tour 1987
Pat Clifford, Jerome Conway, Seamus Murphy, Donie Griffin at the Regents Palace Hotel, London.

Laune Rangers took part in the Co. Board five-monthly draw which commenced on 25th May. Tickets cost £10 monthly for 5 months. If the club sold 25 tickets, its public liability insurance would be paid for by the Co. Board.

Draw on Mon. 10th Aug: £100 each to Eamonn Crowley, Dunmaniheen, Kathleen Finnegan, Upper Bridge St. and Mike Murphy, Iveragh Park.

 

Laune Rangers organised a Centenary Draw to help defray expenses during Centenary Year (1988). The draw commenced in Nov. and ran for twelve months. Tickets cost £5 per month or one payment of £55.

November winners: £400 John Dunlea, 75 Iveragh Park; £100 Sheila McCall, c/o Christy’s Tavern; £100 Christy and Mary Clifford, Muingaphouca; £50 Bríd Moriarty, Dunmaniheen; £50 John Clifford, Dromin. Special £100 prize – John O Reilly, Rangue.

December Draw: £400 Pat Galvin, Ardmoniel; £100 Con Corkery, c/o Klinge; £100 Denis Russell, Anglont; £50 John Horgan, The Square; £50 Michael O Sullivan, 32 Iveragh Park.

 

The Scór na nOg Co. Finals were held in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney on Sat. 17th Jan. 1987. Colette Finnegan, Laune Rangers, was the solo-singing winner and qualified for the Munster Semi-finals in Tallow, Co. Waterford on Sat. 24th Jan.

Mid-Kerry Senior Scór finals were held in Beaufort on Fri. 13th Feb. Laune Rangers Figure Dancing group (Jacqueline West, Helen Horgan, Eileen Houlihan, Bridie Moriarty, John Riordan, Paddy Moriarty, Eamonn Ahern and Bertie Houlihan) was the winner and qualified for the Co. Semi-finals in Gneeveguilla on Fri. 20th Feb. Laune Rangers’ other representatives were, Question-Time (Michael Costello, Michael Cronin and Vincent Moriarty), Solo Singing (John O Riordan), Set Dance (Ann O Riordan, Jacqueline West, Gene Horgan, Michael Horgan, M. O Connor, Eamonn Ahern, L. O Connor and E. O Connor).

 

The Kingdom Club, London, held its AGM on Sun. 8th Feb. at the Willesden Junction Pub, Harlesden, NW10. Pat O Mahony was re-elected as Chairman.

Pat O Mahony, formerly of Laune Rangers and Templenoe, was a member of the Kingdom Club ‘B’ team, London, that won the Garryowen nine-a-side tournament in early January.

On Sun. 10th May at New Eltham: Kingdom ‘B’ 2-13; St. Anne’s 0-3.

Stephen Russell played at midfield.

Sun. 4th Oct. London Co. Final at Ruislip: Kingdom 2-5; Round Towers 0-7.

Stephen Russell scored 0-2 from right full-forward.

 

At the Co. Board meeting on 9th Feb. the transfer of Paul McKenna from Laune Rangers to Cromane was sanctioned. James Coffey expressed concern at the ease with which Cromane were allowed to get players on transfer (Paul McKenna was entitled to transfer to Cromane in accordance with the agreement between Laune Rangers and Cromane). He expressed a wish that there would be stricter guidelines.

At the Co. Board meeting on 9th March, the transfer of Tim Carey from Cromane to Laune Rangers was sanctioned. John Evans transferred back to Laune Rangers from Knocknagoshel and long-serving Laune Rangers player, James O Shea, Caragh Lake, transferred to Westmeath.

At the Co. Board meeting on 8th June, the transfer of Conor O Mahony from Dr. Crokes to Laune Rangers was sanctioned.

At the Co. Board meeting on 13th July, the transfer of Stephen Russell from Laune Rangers to London was sanctioned.

 

A Centenary Sub-Committee Meeting of the Laune Rangers Club was held in the Manor Inn on Tues. 5th May. In attendance were Jerome Conway, Tommy Woods, James Coffey, Pat Lynch, Kevin Foley, Mícheál O Mahony, Sean O Reilly, Paudie Foley, Patsy Cronin and Very Rev. Canon Keane. James Coffey was appointed as Chairman and Patsy Cronin as Secretary.

 

In May, Brian  McCarthy, M.D. of FEXCO, presented a cheque to Bart Moriarty, Chairman of Laune Rangers Hurling Sub-committee, towards the purchase of helmets for the U-10 hurlers. Also present on that occasion were Maurice Lynch, Bill Hearne and Joe Crowe.

 

Jerome Conway refereed the following games, amongst others, in 1987 for the Mid-Kerry Board:

SFL on Sun. 12th April at Milltown: Milltown/Castlemaine 1-4; Glenbeigh 2-5.

SFC on Sun. 24th May at Killorglin: Milltown/Castlemaine 1-15; Keel 1-5.

SFL Semi-final on Sat. 6th June at Killorglin: Beaufort 0-7; Milltown/Castlemaine 0-5.

 

Patrick O Shea refereed the following game, amongst others, for the Kerry Co. Board:

SFL Div. 5A on 13th June at Lispole: Lispole ‘B’ v Annascaul ‘B’.

 

Patrick O Shea refereed the following game, amongst others, under the auspices of the Mid-Kerry Board:

SFL on Sun. 22nd March at Glenbeigh: Glenbeigh v Cromane.

 

Mid-Kerry U-14B Football Final at the end of Sept. at Killorglin: Milltown/Castlemaine 1-7; Beaufort 2-3.

Ref: Michael O Reilly (Laune Rangers).

 

The Kerry Referees’ Sub-Committee organised a five-weekly draw. Both Bart Moriarty and Patrick O Shea were sellers. Killorglin had a few winners as follows:

1st Draw on Sat. 31st Jan. – £5 each to Bowler’s Garage, Killarney (Bart Moriarty), Frank Lewis, Fossa (Bart Moriarty), Sean Geaney, Dingle (Patrick O Shea).

2nd Draw on Sat. 7th Feb. – £5 to Paul O Donoghue, Killorglin (Bart Moriarty).

3rd Draw on Sat. 14th Feb. – £100 to Joe Crowley, Killorglin (Patrick O Shea), £5 to D.J. Murphy (Patrick O Shea).

4th Draw on Sat. 21st Feb. – £100 to Peggy O Donnell, Mill Road (Bart Moriarty), £5 each to Noel O Mahony, Langford Street (Patrick O Shea), Peter Lyons, Iveragh Road (Bart Moriarty).

5th Draw (final) on Thurs. 26th Feb. – £5 each to Denis O Neill, The Square (Bart Moriarty), Eamonn Crowley, Dunmaniheen (Patrick O Shea), John Cronin, Iveragh Park (Bart Moriarty).

 

The Kerry Referees organised a dinner in mid-April in the Manor Inn, Killorglin. Special guest was Frank King, former Chairman of the Co. Board. Committee Secretary, Bart Moriarty said that the occasion was very nostalgic as he and Frank King had known each other for many years. He thanked Frank King for his support for the referees and he felt that the turnout from the referees at the dinner was a true reflection of the high regard in which they held Frank King. James Coffey was one of the Co. Board officers in attendance.

 

The Annual Co. Bord na nOg Church Gate Collection was taken up in Killorglin on Sat. 30th/Sun. 31st May.

 

The death occurred in July of Mícheál O Donoghue, Mountlyne. He had been principal of the Killorglin Boys’ N.S. He had a keen interest in all things Irish, including Gaelic Games. He had been an area correspondent for the Kerry Champion and Kerryman newspapers, writing under the pseudynm Maidrín Rua, thus contributing, considerably, information for this history of Laune Rangers.

The death occurred in September in Drogheda of Paddy Foley, Caragh Lake. He had been a Laune Rangers footballer prior to his departure to the ‘Wee’ County, where he carried on a pharmacy business. He had been elected Mayor of Drogheda on two occasions.

 

Laune Rangers held their Annual Social on Sat. 9th Jan. 1988 in the Manor Inn, Killorglin. Maura Tuohy was declared the first person to win the Supporter-of-the-Year Award. When the Chairman, Jerome Conway, presented her with the award, there was prolonged applause and cheering from the large attendance. Maura had only missed one game that Laune Rangers were involved in during 1987. She had been the most loyal and staunchest supporter down through the years. The raffle for a beautiful stereo recorder was won by Margaret O Shea, Laharn. The Toss-the-Coin competition, which was sponsored by Bunkers Bar, was won by John Purcell.

 

Munster Senior Football Final replay on Sun. 2nd Aug. at Killarney: Kerry 1-5; Cork 0-13.

Kerry: Charlie Nelligan, Paudie O Shea, Sean Walsh, Mick Spillane, Tommy Doyle (0-1), Tommy Spillane, Ger Lynch, Dermot Hannafin (1-0), Ambrose O Donovan, John Kennedy, Jack O Shea (0-2), Pat Spillane, Mikey Sheehy (capt.) 0-1, Eoin Liston, Ger Power. Subs: Timmy Dowd for J. Kennedy, Mike McAuliffe for T. Dowd, Vincent O Connor (0-1) for A. O Donovan, Willie Maher, John Higgins, Gearoid Casey, Eamonn Walsh.

Cork: John Kerins, Tony Davis (0-2), Colman Corrigan, Denis Walsh, Niall Cahillane, Conor Counihan (capt.), Tony Nation (0-1), Shay Fahy (0-2), Teddy McCarthy (0-1), Paddy Hayes, Larry Thompkins (0-3, 2 frees), Jimmy Kerrigan, John O Driscoll (0-1), Christy Ryan, John Cleary (0-2). Subs: Tony Leahy (0-1) for P. Hayes, Danny Culloty for J. Kerrigan, Finbarr Delaney, Niall Creedon, Michael Slocum, Barry Coffey, Colm O Neill, Martin McCarthy.

 

Tommy Conroy, in Kerry’s Eye, chose the following Kerry senior players as the best in their positions for their clubs in 1987: Goalkeeper – Richard McKenna (Finuge), Right fullback – Sean Clarke (Dr. Croke’s), Fullback – Liam Browne (Beale), Left fullback – Anthony Shannon (Laune Rangers), Right halfback – Liam Liddy (Tarbert), Centre halfback – Paudie Sheahan (Laune Rangers), Left halfback – Dan Sheehy (Annascaul), Midfield – Gearoid Casey (Lispole) and Michael Chips Clifford (Kerins O Rahillys), Right half-forward – Maurice Fitzgerald (St. Mary’s), Centre Half-forward – Eamonn Breen (Finuge), Left half-forward – Martin Dennehy (John Mitchels), Right full-forward – Martin Downey (Desmonds), Full-forward – John Costello (Beale), Left full-forward – Johnny Doyle (Annascaul). Of Anthony Shannon, he said, ‘There are not many forwards in Kerry who can say they beat Anthony Shannon, in the left corner. I have yet to see him give a poor display. A serious leg injury early on threatened his career but he has bounced back to become one of the most solid and great whole-hearted defenders in the game, with positional sense and raking clearances the hallmark of his play.’ Of Paudie Sheahan, he said, ‘This man is at home either at fullback or centre halfback. Laune Rangers owe much to this towering defender, strong in the air and forceful on the ground. He breaks up many attacks and has proven to be a stonewall barrier difficult to break down. It amazes me why his talents have not won him County Senior honours as, during 1987, he was by far the leading light at centre halfback.’

 

When Tommy Conroy, of Kerry’s Eye, sat down to select his Kerry Sports-stars for 1987, he chose Joe Shannon as Kerry’s outstanding Gaelic footballer. Amazingly, he did not choose him on the best Kerry football team for 1987. Of Joe Shannon, he said, ‘from what I have witnessed throughout 1987, Joe Shannon was the most consistent player in Kerry. His displays helped his club to win the Lee Strand First Division County League and the Mid-Kerry double. His work rate and influence on his team-mates makes the Killorglin team click. Some players turn in a blinder once or twice, but Joe Shannon consistently was the best of the year. The Kerry selectors thought likewise, by selecting the Dingle-based banker in the National League team. He, also, gets my nomination, ahead of many close contenders, as Kerry’s outstanding footballer in 1987.’

 

As there was no Ladies’ Football team in Killorglin, some Killorglin girls played with Beaufort during the year.

Rd. 1 National Football League (senior) on Sun. 1st March at Abbeydorney: Kerry 1-8; Westmeath 0-2.

Jacqueline McGillycuddy played at fullback.

Rd. 2 NFL (senior) on Sun. 15th March at Austin Stack Park: Kerry 2-11; Wexford 1-2.

Jacqueline McGillycuddy played at fullback.

Rd. 2 NFL (junior) on Sun. 15th March at Austin Stack Park: Kerry 1-5; Wexford 4-7.

Elaine McGillycuddy played at right halfback.

NFL (junior) on Sun. 10th May at Beaufort: Kerry 4-12; Louth 0-1.

Elaine McGillycuddy played in goals and Jacqueline McGillycuddy played at fullback.

NFL (junior) on Sun. 17th May at Islandbridge: Dublin 1-6; Kerry 3-7.

Elaine McGillycuddy played at fullback and Jacqueline McGillycuddy played at centre halfback.

NFL (senior) on Sun. 24th May at the Heath, Co. Laois: Laois 5-8; Kerry 3-10.

Jacqueline McGillycuddy played at fullback.

NFL (junior) on Sun. 24th May at the Heath: Laois 0-0; Kerry 5-5.

Elaine McGillycuddy played at fullback.

NFL (senior) semi-final on Sun. 7th June at Tipperary Town: Kerry 1-11; Waterford 1-4.

Jacqueline McGillycuddy was injured and unable to play.

NFL (junior) semi-final on Sun. 7th June at Tipperary Town: Dublin 0-4; Kerry 0-2.

Elaine McGillycuddy played at centre halfback and was one of the best of Kerry’s performers.

NFL (senior) Final on Sun. 28th June at Claughaun Pitch, Limerick: Kerry 6-12; Laois 1-2.

Jacqueline McGillycuddy, nicknamed the ‘Bomber’ at that stage, scored 3-2 from full-forward. That was Kerry’s seventh NFL title.

Munster Senior Final on Sat. 29th Aug. at Castleisland: Kerry 1-9; Waterford 0-4.

Jacqueline McGillycuddy scored 0-1 from full-forward.

All-Ireland Senior Final on 4th Oct. in Croke Park: Kerry 2-10; Westmeath 2-2.

Jacqueline McGillycuddy, playing at full-forward, scored 2-2. That was Kerry’s sixth title-in-a-row.

Kerry: Kathleen Curran (Beaufort), Bridget Leen (Castleisland), Dell Whyte (Austin Stacks), Tess O Carroll (do.), Marian O Doherty (Castleisland) 0-1, Mary Lane (do.), Phil Curran (Beaufort), Annette Walsh (Castleisland) 0-2, Ann Costello (Abbeydorney), Marina Barry (Austin Stacks), Mary Jo Curran (Beaufort) 0-2, Eileen Lawlor (Abbeydorney), Margaret Lawlor (do.) 0-2, Jacqueline McGillycuddy (Beaufort) 2-2, Margaret Flaherty (Castleisland) capt. Subs: Mary Buckley (Beaufort) 0-1 for A. Costello, Ann O Callaghan for E. Lawlor, Mary Ellen Cronin for M. Barry, Siobhán O Sullivan, Barbara Whyte, Pat Murphy, Alice McCarthy, Helena O Connor, Pat Meade.

Challenge on Sun. 8th Nov. at John Mitchels Grounds: Kerry 5-10; Rest of Ireland 1-5.

Jacqueline McGillycuddy scored 2-0 from full-forward.

 

Co. Senior Football Final on Sun. 4th Oct. in Austin Stack Park, Tralee: Kenmare 3-10; Dr. Crokes 0-18.

Co. Minor Football Final on Sun. 30th Aug. in Tralee: Laune Rangers 6-13; Castleisland Rangers 3-5.

Co. Intermediate Football Final on Sun. 29th Nov. at Tralee: Annascaul 1-10; Spa 1-7

Co. Junior Football Final on Sun. 4th Oct. in Austin Stack Park: Ardfert 0-8; Finuge 0-5.

Co. Novice Football Final replay on Sun. 4th Oct in Tralee: Knocknagoshel 2-7; An Ghaeltacht 0-10.

Co. U-21 Football Final on Sun. 20th Dec. at Tralee: South-Kerry 0-11; Castleisland Rangers 0-8.

Co. Club Football Final on Sun. 15th Nov. at Tralee: Dr. Crokes 1-6; St. Mary’s 0-7.

Co. Club ‘B’ Final on Sun. 20th Sept. in Tralee: Kerins O Rahillys ‘B’ 0-7; Austin Stacks ‘C’ 0-3.

Co. Football League Div. 1 Champions – Laune Rangers.

 

Co. U-14 Football Final on Sat. 30th May in Tralee: John Mitchels 0-16; Austin Stacks 2-4.

 

Senior Challenge on Sat. 17th Oct. at Naas: Kildare 1-8; Kerry 1-11.

Joe Shannon played at left half-forward. Timmy Fleming came on as a substitute in the second half.

 

A General Election was held on Wed. 18th Feb. The total pole was 42,702. The total valid pole was 33,211.The following were elected for the South-Kerry constituency: John O Leary (FF), John O Donoghue (FF) and Michael Begley (FG). Other candidates were Michael Ahern (PD), Marcus Counihan (Green), James Falvey (Ind.), Breandán Mac Gearailt (FF), Michael Moynihan (Lab), Sean O Grady (WP), Denis Sheahan (FG).

 

Callanfersy F.C. won the Kerry KO Cup on Sun. 17th May at Cahermoneen, when they beat St. Brendan’s Park ‘B’ by 3-2 in the final.

Callanfersy: Gene Evans, Dermot Goggin, Pierce Prendiville, Pat O Brien, David Griffin, Mícheál Johnston, Robbie Evans, Tom Johnston, Phil Delaney, Ger O Driscoll (garda), Tim Carey (capt.). Subs: Paul Griffin for R. Evans, Peter Lyons for P. Delaney, Kevin Martin (Portmagee), Brian O Sullivan, Michael Kissane (Beaufort).

The AGM of Callanfersy F.C. was held in June. The following officers were elected: Chairman – Jimmy Doona, Hon. Sec. – Dolores Johnston, Hon. Treasurers – Phil Delaney and Tom Johnston, PRO – Fiona Foley.

 

Killorglin NACAI Sports meeting took place on Sun. 21st June in the J.P. O Sullivan Park. The Killorglin athletes fared as follows:

Boys: U-6 60m – 1st Derek Twiss; U-8 80m – 3rd Eoin Ferris; U-9 100m – 1st Ian Twiss, 3rd T.J. Cronin; U-12 100m – 2nd Liam Hassett; U-13 100m – 3rd Mike Hassett; U-14 600m – 2nd Brendan O Brien; U-15 1500m – 1st Kevin Guilfoyle.

Girls: U-7 80m – 3rd Niamh Diggin; U-8 80m – 1st Helen O Connell; U-8 100m – 1st Angela Hassett, 3rd Helen O Connell; U-9 100m – 2nd Angela Hassett; U-12 600m – 2nd Christine O Brien; U-15 1500m – 3rd Loreto Linehan.

Men: Senior 1500m – 1st Gary O Connor, 2nd Joe Hoare.

Men: O-35 100m – 1st Kevin Griffin; 1500m – 1st Kevin Griffin.

Ladies: 0-30 100m – 3rd Kathleen O Dwyer.

 

At the end of Oct. Brian McCarthy, MD Fexco, Killorglin, received the Sean Lemass Award for Excellence in Marketing. In his speech to the Marketing Institute of Ireland after receiving the award, he said that there was no problem in running his business from Killorglin, as there was plenty of well-educated and well-trained staff in the area.

 

On Mon. 9th Nov. Mountain View Estate carried off first prize in Kerry Co. Council’s Tidy Estates Competition for the third successive year. Liam Shannon accepted the trophy and prize money of £250 on behalf of the residents of the estate.

 

The Annual Convention of the Mid-Kerry Board was held in the Old School, Cromane on Sun. 24th Jan. 1988. The Secretary, Pat Clifford, in his report stated, “The year under review was anything but a good year for Mid-Kerry GAA. Looking back at it now, it is a year that we all would not want to remember. Both at county level and at home level, nothing seemed to go well for us.

In the Co. Championships, two teams represented the area – Mid-Kerry and Laune Rangers. Mid-Kerry seniors, U-21’s and minors were beaten in the first rounds. The senior team was beaten by Desmonds at Castleisland. The selectors had their problems going into this game, with a player suspended and two injured. They were forced to bring in other players, who were not training and it did not work out. Also, some of our big name players put no heart into the game. Coming off the field after the game, I heard two players say that it was a good job that we were beaten. With that kind of spirit in the players, I ask how can we expect to win a Senior Co. Championship. I do not blame the trainer (Pat O Shea) and selectors – they did the best they could.

Our U-21’s were beaten by Castleisland Rangers in a replay. In the drawn game at Glenbeigh, we were unlucky not to have won. The whole team did everything that was asked of them by the trainer, Kevin Griffin, and, watching them that evening, they were a credit to Mid-Kerry. In the replay at Castleisland, we were again short some players and, having to travel to play a 6.00pm game on a Tuesday evening, did not help. They were well beaten at the finish but a lot of the players on this team were young. I think they will give a good account of themselves in 1988.

In the Minor Co. Championship, it was Mid-Kerry v Laune Rangers at Milltown. At the start of the year, I was hoping that Mid-Kerry and Rangers would form one team because I thought we would have a better chance of taking the title – but time proved me wrong in this. Laune Rangers went all the way and won the Championship, but I would say that Mid-Kerry was the next best team in the Minor Championship. It was our hard luck that we were drawn against a club team as good as Rangers in the first round.

Laune Rangers, it must be said, had a great year. In the Co. Senior Championship, they were beaten by West-Kerry but, if they had taken their chances in the first half, they could have put themselves out of reach of West-Kerry. Laune Rangers’ U-21’s were beaten by Dr. Crokes in the first round. The minors won out the Co. Championship. I must say it was a good minor team and great credit is due to the team and to their trainer and selectors. In the U-16’s and U-17’s, under Bord na nOg, both teams gave a good account of themselves in their competitions.

Within the area, all competitions were completed. The Board’s hands were tied by its own bye-laws, which are ten years out of date. Our Senior Championship was held up because clubs would not fulfil fixtures because some minor players were prevented from playing by the Co. Board. This caused our final to be played once again in October. The system of selecting Mid-Kerry teams was changed during the year to a trainer and two selectors. I think that it has worked well and should be retained. Laune Rangers made it five-in-a-row in the Senior Championship, after a replay in the final with Milltown/Castlemaine. They also won the Senior League, the Minor Championship and the ‘B’ Championship, with Glenbeigh taking the Novice Championship. Milltown/Castlemaine won the O Sullivan Cup.

The winners of all the competitions were as follows:

Senior Championship – Laune Rangers.

Senior League – Laune Rangers.

‘B’ Championship – Laune Rangers.

Novice Championship – Glenbeigh/Glencar.

Minor Championship – Laune Rangers.

O Sullivan Cup – Milltown/Castlemaine.

Bord na nOg:

U-12A – Laune Rangers. U-12B – Beaufort.

U-14A – Laune Rangers. U-14B – Milltown/Castlemaine.

U-16A – Laune Rangers. U-16B – Beaufort.

U-12 Football Skills – 1st Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers), 2nd Austin Rooney (Beaufort), 3rd Francis O Sullivan (Laune Rangers).

National Schools’ winners:

4-Teachers’ Schools (11-a-side) – Cromane.

4-Teachers-Schools (15-1-side) – Milltown Monastery.

3-Teachers’ Schools – Bohieshil.

2-Teachers’ Schools – Ballyfinnane.

Scór was run by Beaufort Club. It was, once again, a success. However, Glenbeigh Club, which made £1,000 from Scór in 1986 with the help of the other clubs, did not take part.

Cromane Club opened its new playing field for the playing of games and hope to officially open it in the not too distant future. Beaufort Club will have its new dressing-rooms available for the New Year.

For the New Year, I hope,

  • That our competitions will not be held up because of a club having a minor or U-21 player on the county team.
  • That the Senior Championship will be played on a knockout system.
  • That play-offs or replays are played midweek so as to avoid wasting weekends, but that Senior Championship and Senior League semi-finals and finals will be excluded from this.

I wish to congratulate,

Laune Rangers on winning the Co. Senior League for the second year-in-a-row and on winning the Mid-Kerry Senior Championship for the fifth year-in-a-row.

Laune Rangers Minor team, trainer and selectors on winning the Co. Minor Championship.

The other clubs which won or did well in other competitions.

In conclusion, I would like to thank,

  • All our referees for their kind services during the year.
  • Laune Rangers’ Club, and especially Jerome Conway and Pat Pigott, for the running of Bord na nOg during the year.
  • The O Sullivan Family, Glenbeigh, for the new cup they presented to the Board for the O Sullivan Cup competition.
  • The business people who sponsored trophies for the man-of-the-match for our finals and Lee Strand Co-op for sponsoring our Senior Championship.
  • The trainers of our three teams, Pat O Shea (Senior), Kevin Griffin (U-21) and Jeremiah Kerins (Minors).
  • All the clubs for their co-operation and for the use of their playing fields for our competitions.
  • All the other Board officers who did what was expected of them during the year.
  • Colm Kelly, PRO, who is not seeking re-election for the coming year. His service will be a great loss to the Board and I can say he was the true gentleman of the Board.

Finally, as the clock you gave me at last Convention is still ticking, I will stay on ticking as your secretary. Again many thanks to you all.”

 

The AGM of the Laune Rangers Club was held in the Manor Inn, Killorglin on Mon. 11th Jan. 1988. The Secretary, Tommy Woods, in a detailed account of the year’s activities, reported as follows: “1987 was indeed a remarkable year for the club, a year in which Laune Rangers consolidated its position as the top club in the county in many respects, as was evidenced last Saturday at our Annual Social.

Looking through the Chairman’s Address at last year’s AGM, it is nice to see that much progress has been made in some of the areas called for, noticeably, membership. This is of course due mainly to the sterling work of Liam Shannon, Brian O Shea and John Purcell. However, his call for better finances is still not solved. Looking through this year’s income and expenditure sheet, it is eveident that a much tighter control of the purse-strings is called for in many areas. This will have to be discussed again at club meetings. The Chairman also called for greater involvement by the senior players and members in the running of the club. However, the same few were left doing the work. Even though the club is running very efficiently, a greater involvement by members and players would be most welcome. There are many opportunities at underage level to become involved, not to mention the area of finance. Next year being our centenary year, I would ask any member, who would like to contribute, to do so. Coming to and contributing to club meetings is a very practical way to help out.

Last year’s AGM saw one change at administration level when Joe Shannon stepped down as Secretary after putting down a most gruelling year as Secretary, captain of the senior team and U-14 trainer. I’d like to thank Joe for his dedication and the advice he gave me. I’m sure, when the time comes for him to hang up his boots, Joe will again help in the administration of the club. Taking things a bit easier club-wise didn’t do any harm to his football career either!

As we enter 1988, the field is being rested at the moment. In general, the re-sodding, which took place in late 1986, has proved successful. However, with the twin problems of overuse and bad weather, the re-sodded areas, especially at the dressing-room end, are fairly battered again. This recurring problem will have to be solved shortly. To this end, it is hoped that the club will be able to lease an alternative pitch in the coming months. My thanks to Jim Galvin, Matty Cahill and Mike Sweeney for their great efforts during 1987 and to Pat Lynch for his advice.

During the year, the problem of wet ground at the dressing-room end of the field was sorted out by channelling this water, which is coming off the main-road, past the entrance gate and down the boithrín. The outside wall also received a much-needed facelift when it was painted in September. However, facility-wise, our biggest problem at the moment is the state of the dressing-rooms and everything inside in them, ceilings, floors, walls, showers, etc. Something will have to be done here shortly. I note that Joe made the same statement in his report last year. The club acquired a style at one entrance-gate during the year. We also had to acquire a grill to prevent our gas-tanks from disappearing. All in all, the grounds are in good condition and most of the praise must go to Mike Sweeney for his efforts. Mike is employed under the S.E.S, which has proved to be a big benefit to the club. He is finishing with us on Friday and we hope to have some other person instated within a few weeks. This scheme also provided the finance for the purchase of the paint for the wall. I would like to thank Pat Franklin of Manpower for his help and, also, Mary Griffin who sorted out the tax-forms for me.

After a lapse of many years, 42 members left town last March to visit London, at the invitation of Pat O Mahony, Chairman of the Kingdom Club. Much effort went into fund-raising, a dance was held, a raffle in Bunkers, a golf-outing in Dooks and a major raffle-selling tickets at £1 per line. Because of the success of the fund-raising, people, going on tour travelled to London and spent 3 nights at a good hotel for £40. Indeed, many could have got it cheaper if they knew before going out that The Cock had no charge for B&B! On the playing field, I am happy to record that the new look Laune Rangers team on duty in London was the first visiting team to defeat the Kingdom on the score of 1-7 to 0-7. The general consensus on the trip was that it was good and should be done on a more regular basis. I would like to thank the Kingdom Club, and especially Pat O Mahony, for the welcome they extended to our party. Thanks also to Christy Kissane for his hospitality. I hope that his year the Kingdom will visit us during our Centenary.

Membership of the club grew this year from 66 to 168, which is a credit to our registrars. This was a great boost to the club’s finances. This year, we hope to reach 200. But, as you can see from the balance sheet in front of you, the club is spending more than is coming in. This has happened for the past two years and will have to stop. You can see that the 300-club draw is not shown on this year’s statement because monies raised by this are for next year, when what comes in will have to run the club and pay for the centenary activities. Indeed, the proceeds of this draw will be stretched to achieve this. Indeed, the question of finance is one of the biggest problems most clubs have to face. If anyone here tonight could put forward a way of raising £150 or £200 per week, I would love to hear about it. My thanks to our Treasurers, James Coffey and Edward Stack, for looking after our affairs during 1987.

Once again, the club had many generous sponsors during 1987. We received much sponsorship for our golf-outing in Dooks last March from AIB, BoI, Lee Strand, Klinge, Liebig, Nick’s, O Donoghue Insurances, Liam Woods, Killorglin Furniture Centre, Casualand, Killorglin Credit Union. Other generous sponsors during ’87 were Donalton (Peter Lyons), Bunkers and the Manor Inn, who always provided their premises to use. Thanks also to the two Pat Foleys (Iveragh Road and Langford Street) for sponsoring player-of-the-year trophies and all the people who sponsored spots at our social on Saturday night.

On the playing side, our hurling counterparts went through a year of mixed fortunes. The brightest jewel in their crown at the moment is the U-12 squad which, for several months, has been attending a coaching course on Saturday mornings. Much is expected of this team in the future. The U-14’s challenge in Féile na nGael was not very strong as many of the players were too young. The U-15’s won their first match in the special ground-hurling championship and were beaten by eventual finalists, St. Pat’s. There is plenty of talent in this panel and their mentors feel there is an U-16 title to be won with them this year with proper coaching. The minor team, with the assistance of some St. Pat’s players, reached the Div. 2 Co. Final and put up a very good display against a fancied Kenmare team. The club was represented on the Co. U-21 panel by Joe Kennedy, Joe Purcell, Richard O Connor and Brian O Sullivan. The following players played with South-Kerry in the Co. Senior Championship: Joe Purcell, Joe Kennedy, Vincent Hearne, Paul Gillespie and Richard O Connor. Thanks to all the trainers of these teams and maybe 1988 will bring a few hurling titles to the town.

On the juvenile football scene, 1987 will go down in Laune Rangers’ history as their finest year so far at underage level. The basis for this success stems from the good work being done for many years now on Sunday mornings by Seamus Murphy, the best baby-sitter in town and the cheapest! The club is very lucky to have the likes of Seamus in its midst. Patsy (Joy) and Bertie (Houlihan) changed the old adage of 3rd time lucky to 7th time lucky when winning both the Mid-Kerry and County titles. The long wait for the Co. U-12 Title made it all the sweeter, when it arrived. Well done, Patsy and Bertie. We are looking forward to two-in-a-row for our centenary.

Our U-14’s, under the watchful eyes of Pat Pigott and Joe Shannon, captured the Mid-Kerry U-14 title but went down in the Co. Semi-final. 1988 should prove that these men can get back the championship they last won in 1986. While on the subject of our U-14’s, I would like to thank Pat Pigott for his tremendous contribution to the club in 1987. Pat played ‘A’, B’ and Novice Football, trained our U-14 team, refereed many matches and was Secretary of both Laune Rangers’ Bord an nOg and Mid-Kerry Bord na nOg.

The club took part in and won the Co. U-15 7-a-side Blitz in Tralee last July. The U-16 team was the only team in the club to go through the year undefeated. Jerome (Conway) was at the helm of this team, a team which always had promise but was unlucky up to this year. However, during some of their matches this year, one would think that they never heard of the word defeat, as they played some of the gutsiest football I have ever seen. The Mid-Kerry Championship was easily won and it was a nice moment to see captain, Patrick Murphy, receive Corn Uí Mhurchú, in memory of his late mother, Noreen, accept the trophy from his father, Seamus. The U-16 Co. Championship saw some of the best matches this year. The first match and semi-final ended in draws but, when we reached the final, the lads pulled out all the stops to defeat a fancied and physically stronger Austin Stacks team. That display was the best display of underage football I have ever seen.

This year, our minors reversed last year’s honours county-wise, by winning the Co. Minor Championship. The Co. Minor League campaign started way back in March v John Mitchels. The team was successful in all its matches up until the final, when they took on Dingle. On the day, the team didn’t play to its full potential and went down by 0-11 to 2-10. Many people at that time felt that this team was not good enough to win a Co. Championship but James Sheehan and his fellow selectors, Tom (Johnston) and Maurice (Corkery), had other ideas. About that time, they set about poaching a few U-16 players to bolster up any weakness. They also knew that they would have the assistance of Timmy Fleming, whose influence was missed in the League Final. In the second week of July, when the Co. Minor Championship started, Laune Rangers had a tough opening match v Mid-Kerry but ran out winners by 0-10 to 0-7. They followed this up with another fine display v St. Brendan’s, winning by 1-9 to 0-5. The semi-final was perhaps the real Co. Final as they won an epic battle with a very strong West-Kerry team by the narrowest of margins, 3-5 to 2-7. The final was an exhibition of scoring, as we saw this team in full flight, scoring 6-13 to 3-5 and indeed the number of goals could have been higher. The Mid-Kerry Championship was an easy affair. The team destroyed Glenbeigh in the semi-final. In the final v Milltown, there was no mistake this year, as they proceded to run out easy winners by 3-15 to 1-3. All in all, it was a great year’s work by this minor team and their mentors, James, Tom and Maurice, especially James, who has been with this team for six years now and all associated with the club hope that he will now turn his attention to winning more Minor Championships for the club. Congratulations to Timmy Fleming and Pat McKenna for representing Kerry in the Munster Minor Championship and to Jerome as selector.

Our U-21’s had only one outing this year v Dr. Crokes and went down by 2-4 to 2-12. I have no doubt that, considering the success of our minors over the past two years, success at this level is just around the corner. It is essential to this end that players, on leaving minor grade, continue to play football as, traditionally, there has been a big fall-off.

Our seniors started their glory year by winning what was billed as the All-Ireland 7-a-side tournament in Sneem last Easter. This was a hard-fought affair in which they accounted for Castlebar Mitchels in the final in atrocious weather conditions. The players who travelled and indeed the supporters who travelled are to be commended for their dedication. Once again, the foundation for 1987’s successes were laid in the nearly completed sports complex in February. Having won the Co. League in 1986, the confidence of the squad was not a problem and this was proved in the mud of Valentia when we started the defence of our title. Victory followed victory until the only hiccup of our league campaign was a one point defeat at the hands of Desmonds who, by the way, are well due a beating. The highlight of the league campaign was the comprehensive victory over Dr. Crokes by 1-13 to 1-7, which practically insured a second league victory for us. Legion proved troublesome in our last match but, nevertheless, a remarkable double was achieved in this competition.

The Mid-Kerry League was long drawn-out, running from February until December. The victory over Beaufort in the final by 1-13 to 0-3 was, even at the end of a long year, one of our best displays of the year.

The Mid-Kerry Championship this year was certainly won the hard way. A surprise defeat at the hands of Glenbeigh by 0-9 to 1-7 in Round 1 meant that we had to win two losers’ round matches. However, the jibes from the rest of Mid-Kerry and the humiliation of this defeat were to keep the team going for a long time afterwards. The semi-final v Beaufort was tough but we ran out comfortable winners in the end, 2-8 to 1-5. The final was delayed until October 18th and what a fright we got as we salvaged a draw v Milltown. However, things were easier in the eagerly awaited replay, as we ran out winners by 1-9 to 1-5. The 5-in-a-row had been achieved, the record equalled. Now we have to break it and create our own record. Thanks to John Clifford and Frankie Russell, two long-serving and loyal workers, who selected the team along with trainer supreme, Noel O Mahony. Noel has proved that when it comes to winning championships, he has no match and maybe next year the players will reward him with what he richly deserves and has patiently waited for – a Co. Championship. Our entry into the Club Championship this year was longer than usual. After a stirring victory over Lispole and 40 minutes of class-football v Spa, we collapsed in extra-time. Really, this competition is of no use and is unfair on clubs who play tough matches from March right through to November. The club has a motion into Co. Convention next Sunday to that effect. Thanks also to our captain, Tom Johnston.

The ‘B’ team did not have a victorious run in Div. 4 of the Co. League but acquitted themselves very well and, with a bit of an effort and more interest by everyone involved, they could do much better things. However, the highlight of the year for the ‘B’ squad and its mentors was the return of the Mid-Kerry ‘B’ Championship, won in splendid style v Milltown. Thanks to the players, selectors, Maurice Corkery, Mike Foley and Mike Murphy, and special adviser Jerome Conway for a good year’s work.

Before I conclude, I must mention our forthcoming centenary, which we hope to celebrate in style this year. A special Centenary Committee was set up in May 1987, under the Chaitmanship of James Coffey.In the course of the year it held 14 meetings. The initial meetings were mainly occupied with designing a suitable crest for the club. Mary Johnston was commissioned to do this and the result is something we all can be proud of. The publication of a book on the club is also one of the plans of the committee. Pat O Shea has spent many years on this work and the results are eagerly awaited. The committee is now looking for photographs and artefacts from the years back. Football tournaments are in the pipeline for later on in the year. A social evening is also planned in or around Oct/Nov. to round off the year’s celebrations. My thanks to all the members of this committee.

Finally, I want to thank anyone who helped Laune Rangers in any way in 1987, parents, underage players, senior players, trainers, selectors, fellow officers, field committee, supporters, those who took part in Scór, sponsors and those who supported our fund-raising efforts.

Congratulations to James Coffey on being returned a Joint-Treasurer of the Co. Board. Congratulations to Joe Shannon and Timmy Fleming on being selected to represent the Kerry team.

That only leaves me to say thank you to Jerome Conway, our Chairman, for another wholehearted year’s work in the chair and for all the help and advice he has given me. The last piece of advice I received last week was, and I quote, ‘the first three years as Secretary are the hardest.’

Go raibh maith agaibh,

Tomás Mac Coillithe.”

 

In the 1988 Kerry Year Book, which was a review of 1987 compiled and edited by Mícheál Lyne, Valentia, Jerome Conway wrote, under the heading ‘Brilliant Year for the Rangers’, “1987 must rank as the most successful year in the history of this great club in terms of winning trophies both at local and county level. The Co. Senior League Division 1, having been won for the first time in 1986, was retained with 20 points from eleven games – the sole defeat being at the hands of Desmonds by one point. During the campaign, the team scored 13 goals and 126 points and conceded 5 goals and 80 points. A total of 26 players were used with 7 players partaking in all the games – Joe Shannon, Pierce Prendiville, Peter Lyons, Gene Evans, Anthony Shannon, Pat O Brien and Paudie Sheahan. Joe Shannon was top scorer for the league with 1 goal and 32 points.

The opening game was against Valentia in wet and windy Chapeltown. The conditions after 24 hours of continuous rain were atrocious. We played with great heart, none more so than left halfback, Shane O Sullivan. The other backs were also great, allowing Valentia but one point from play and keeping them scoreless in the second half, even though they were aided by a strong wind. Tom Johnston and Joe Shannon excelled at midfield, while the forwards did well.

The league campaign was interrupted by a most enjoyable trip to London, during which we played and defeated the Kingdom (1-7 to 0-7). We were guests of Christy Kissane at the Cock in Kilburn on the Saturday evening and of the Kingdom Club at the Willesden Junction on the Sunday evening. We are very grateful to the Kingdom Club and Chairman, Pat O Mahony, in particular, for their incomparable generosity.

In the second game of the League, we defeated Beale on the score 2-10 to 0-6. Our forwards were very good, while the backs faltered at times in this game. We laboured at midfield until Pierce Prendiville moved out. Paul Griffin was outstanding, with Timmy Fleming also in good form. Gerard Murphy took his two goals with great aplomb.

We came a cropper against Desmonds at Castleisland. In the first half, our backs were at sixes and sevens and we were 1-6 to 0-3 in arrears at halftime. We recovered in the second moiety with points from Joe Shannon, Timmy Fleming, Gerard Murphy and Pat McKenna. At the end, Pierce Prendiville punched a high cross against the bar and the rebound was cleared to leave us 1-8 to 0-10 in arrears.

We made heavy work of defeating Austin Stacks, 2-6 to 0-7, in Killorglin. Gene Evans, Paudie Sheahan and Shane O Sullivan were very good. Pierce Prendiville was man-of-the-match, particularly when moved to midfield, where he was joined by Michael O Reilly, who also profited from the move. Pat McKenna played well, when he was introduced.

In the game against John Mitchels, all the stops had to be pulled out in order to win, 0-13 to 2-5. We were three points ahead after ten minutes of the first half, playing against the wind. Then we conceded two goals and were 2-2 to 0-6 in arrears at halftime. On the resumption, we scored three points and thereafter managed to stay ahead. Again Shane O Sullivan was brilliant, with Pat O Brien and Anthony Shannon also very good. Pierce Prendiville was again our man-of-the-match, while Michael O Reilly and all the forwards acquitted themselves well.

On the following Saturday evening we accounted for Kerins O Rahillys, 0-11 to 0-8, with an unchanged team. Three points from frees by Timmy Fleming and two good points, together with a smashing goal, by Gerard Murphy gave us an interval lead of two points against St. Mary’s. It was at midfield that we really won this game as Tom Johnston and Michael O Reilly almost totally dominated. Points by Brian O Shea, Joe Shannon, Gerard Murphy and Timmy Fleming increased our lead and then John Griffin, taking a return pass from John Evans, sealed the issue with an unstoppable shot to the net – final score 2-14 to 0-11.

The game against Moyvane will be best remembered for the dazzling display of young Danny Cahill, who was making his senior debut. He scored 3-2 and his overall performance indicates a very bright future with both club and county.

In the game against Ballylongford, we led at halftime by three points due mainly to the efforts of Tom Johnston, Joe Shannon and Gerard Murphy. At halftime, the selectors made some shrewd switches and we went on to win by 1-21 to 1-10.

Dr. Crokes and ourselves shared the top spot and the outcome of the league was at stake as the teams clashed in Killorglin. The large home crowd was a little despondent at halftime when we trailed by 1-5 to 1-2. But for a great goal by James Sheehan in this half, we would have been in even greater trouble, as we laboured at midfield. What a transformation there was in the team on the resumption! Joe Shannon came to midfield and played a blinder, with Pierce Prendiville also outstanding. Our backs held the lively opposition forwards in a vice-like grip, confining them to two points. Our forwards, particularly James Sheehan, Timmy Fleming, Paul Griffin and Gerard Murphy, excelled. We scored 11 points (10 without reply) in this half to win by 1-13 to 1-7. This was the best performance of the year.

We faced Legion with an unchanged team in Killarney to clinch the title. Paudie Sheahan shone like a jewel at the heart of the defence, as he cleared his lines time and again. We eventually won by 0-11 to 0-7 to retain the Co. League amongst great scenes of delight.

In 1987 the Rangers equalled the record of Beaufort by winning five Mid-Kerry Senior Championships in-a-row. Strangely, though, we began this year’s championship with a defeat by Glenbeigh in a game, which we dominated but conceded a penalty near the end and finally lost by 1-7 to 0-9. In the preliminary losers’ round, there was never any doubt about the outcome as we dominated throughout against Keel to win by 2-14 to 0-5. In the losers’ round proper, lack of match practice could account for our rusty first half. However, in the second half, goals by Tom Johnston and Gerard Murphy gave us a comprehensive win by 2-8 to 0-4. The semi-final against Beaufort was a tough encounter but goals by Tom Johnston and Joe Shannon, a penalty, and points by Gerard Murphy, Timmy Fleming, Pierce Prendiville, James Sheehan and Paul Griffin gave us a 2-8 to 1-5 victory. The final in Milltown resulted in a draw with the home side on the score 0-7 each. Many people felt that Rangers were fortunate to come away with a draw but one had to admire the point-taking ability of Gerard Murphy, James Sheehan and Michael Moriarty. A sub-standard performance by the champions in the first half of the replay while aided by a strong wind left the teams level at halftime at 0-3 each. When Milltown/Castlemaine got a goal on the resumption, an upset looked on but these Rangers are made of sterner stuff and, with a recovery reminiscent of the Crokes game, we stormed back. Astute changes by the selectors (Noel O Mahony, John Clifford and Frank Russell) swung the game in our favour. Pierce Prendiville and Tom Johnston dominated midfield in this half and how well the forwards responded! Pat McKenna used his vision to split the defence incessantly and Paul Griffin and Gerard Murphy, with strong running, reaped the reward. It was the experienced James Sheehan who set up the all-important goal for Pat McKenna and he sealed the issue with two great points. The backs were superb in this half, none more so than Shane O Sullivan. There was unrestrained rejoicing afterwards as the trophy was presented to the captain, Tom Johnston.

Our tale of woe in the Co. Senior Football Championship continued as we lost to West Kerry by 0-10 to 0-13. This was a game we could just as easily have won but we fluffed too many easy chances in the first half. Our fullback line of Teddy Clifford, Paudie Sheahan and Anthony Shannon never put a foot wrong. Joe Shannon tried his heart out and was our man-of-the-match, while Timmy Fleming, Gerard Murphy and Pierce Prendiville also played well. In the Co. Club Championship first round we accounted for Lispole in an ill-tempered encounter. The game was finely balanced until the introduction of Danny Cahill, who set up a great goal for Gerard Murphy and then scored one himself. The final score was 2-11 to 1-6. In the quarter-final against Spa, we seemed to be coasting to victory with a goal by Pat McKenna putting us seven points ahead but slack marking allowed the opposition back into the game to draw level by fulltime. In extra time, we were the victims of a goal scored in controversial circumstances early on and never thereafter recovered to lose by 3-15 to 1-13. We are still in the Mid-Kerry League Final against Beaufort, but no date for the fixture has yet been agreed. We attended the Sneem seven-a-side with unexpected success. In the first round, we accounted for St. Enda’s Castlebar by 2-9 to 2-6. In the semi-final we beat Longford Slashers by 4-10 to 3-11, after extra time. The final also went to extra time against St. Edna’s Castlebar and we eventually triumphed by 4-10 to 2-10.

Laune Rangers’ ‘B’ team regained the Mid-Kerry ‘B’ Championship, after a lapse of one year. They now have won five out of the six ‘B’ Championships run so far. In the first round, we defeated Cromane by 4-15 to 0-1 but lost the second round to Milltown/Castlemaine on the score of 4-1 to 1-9. Thereafter we defeated Keel by 2-14 to 0-2 and Glenbeigh by 2-9 to 1-7. In the semi-final we made hard work of beating Keel. Danny Cahill was our man-of-the-match and capped a great performance with a goal and some lovely points. Martin Clifford had an excellent game, while Eoin Mangan, Donal Hurley, Richard O Connor, Gerry Foley and Robert Evans also played well. The final score was 1-9 to 0-6 in favour of the Rangers. The final against Milltown/Castlemaine was played in Killorglin and was a great, competitive, sporting game. Michael Sweeney and Richard O Connor excelled. Midfielders Gerry Foley and Danny Cahill were very good. Pat Pigott got man-of-the-match, principally because he scored 1-2, while Pa Foley was but a whisper behind. The score at the end was 1-5 to 0-5.

In the Co. League Div. 4 we had a rather indifferent year. Interest seemed to wane as the year progressed. We began with a rather fortuitous victory over St. Michael’s when a great goal by Bertie O Riordan gave us a 1-7 to 0-9 win. Though we played poorly against Skellig Rangers, a goal by John O Dwyer gave us the points on the score 1-5 to 1-4. Bertie O Riordan again rescued us with a goal against Kilgarvan and we won by 1-4 to 0-4. Against Milltown/Castlemaine ‘B’ Michael O Reilly had a blinder at midfield. Joe Kennedy and Brendan Corkery were outstanding in the backs and we won by 0-6 to 0-3. We lost our next game to Cromane by 0-6 to 0-5. In this game Gerry Foley was our man-of-the-match, with Donal Hurley and Shane O Sullivan not far behind. We accounted for Foilmore by 2-9 to 1-4 and Derrynane by 1-7 to 1-5. In the latter game, Michael Fleming scored 1-4 of the total. From then on interest waned. We lost by 2-11 to 0-5 to Gneeveguilla, recovered to beat top-of-the-table Sneem by 2-9 to 1-8, lost to a fitter Dr. Crokes outfit, lost by a point to Dromid and failed to field against Valentia ‘B’.

In our first game in the Co. Club ‘B’ Championship (Molyneaux Cup), we had an easy win over Spa. Michael O Reilly, Shane O Sullivan, Mark O Connor and Pat McKenna were outstanding as we won by 2-16 to 0-2. In the next game, lack of fitness caused us to lose by 1-10 to 0-7 to a very good Dr. Crokes team. We entered a team in the Mid-Kerry Novice Championship, which is for players who did not play in the Co. Senior Championship in 1986. The first game was terminated early mistakenly by the referee and was refixed. At halftime, we were level with Milltown/Castlemaine, thanks to points by Brian O Sullivan and Shane O Sullivan. In this half, and throughout the game, Teddy Clifford and Gerry Foley were brilliant. With ten minutes remaining, we were four points in arrears, so we brought on Michael O Reilly, who had been unable to start. Immediately, we began to dominate midfield. A splendid ball, over the fullback line by Pat Pigott, saw Brian O Sullivan racing through and rounding the goalie for a capital goal. Bertie O Riordan equalised with a beautiful kick from out near the sideline. Brian O Sullivan got the winner in the dying seconds. In the semi-final we met Cromane and all our team contributed to what was a most comprehensive victory, the score being 4-9 to 2-4. We faced Glenbeigh in the final without the services of the injured Teddy Clifford and, after a very creditable showing, we succumbed by four points.

As they did in 1986, our minor team proved to be the most consistently successful team in the county. Whereas they won the county league last year and lost the county championship final, they reversed the victories this year. In the league, we coasted to the knock-out stages with victories over Dr. Croke’s by 3-13 to 2-4, Gneeveguilla by 9-6 to 2-3, Desmonds by 6-14 to 3-7, John Mitchels by 6-9 to 3-4 and Legion by 6-15 to 2-6. We had to face Kerins O Rahillys in the semi-final without the injured Timmy Fleming. However, the team rose to the occasion and with captain, Mark O Connor, outstanding, Danny Cahill dominating at centre halfback and Paul Griffin scoring four great points from play, we reached the final on the score of 0-12 to 0-4. The handicap of having to play the final without the still injured Timmy Fleming proved too great and, though the team strove valiantly, we had to succumb to a better Dingle outfit on the day on the score of 2-10 to 0-11. Our first game in the Co. Minor Championship was against local rivals, Mid-Kerry. It proved to be a tough struggle and it was the excellent play of our backs, particularly Danny Cahill, Brian O Keeffe and Bertie O Riordan, that kept us in the game in the first half. However, once Pat McKenna and Timmy Fleming established control at midfield, the scores began to accumulate mainly through Paul Griffin, Patie Casey and Tommy Stack and we won by 0-10 to 0-7. In the quarter-final, we faced St. Brendan’s without the injured Paul Griffin. Again it was the outstanding defensive qualities of Danny Cahill, Bertie O Riordan and Mark O Sullivan that laid the foundations of victory. Timmy Fleming and Tommy Byrne did well at midfield, while, in the attack, Patie Casey, Timmy Corkery and Billy O Sullivan tried hardest. We won by 1-9 to 0-5. In the semi-final, we opposed favourites, West-Kerry. We played against the breeze in the first half and went into a two-goals’ lead inside the first ten minutes, the scorers being Frankie Brennan and Billy O Sullivan. During the remainder of this half, we fluffed two other goaling chances, while, at the other end, West-Kerry succeeded in getting a goal to leave the halftime score at 2-1 to 1-0 in our favour. The losers resumed in more determined fashion and took the lead. Then that prince of forwards, Billy O Sullivan, fielding brilliantly, rounded his man and rocketed a great shot to the net. Again West-Kerry replied with a goal and Timmy Fleming pointed a free. The last few minutes were hectic, as we defended stubbornly, protecting our one point advantage. Magnificent clearances by Danny Cahill and Mark O Sullivan saw us through by 3-5 to 2-7. The final against Castleisland Rangers was indeed a strange game. After twelve minutes we were 2-3 to 0-1 in arrears. Then Patie Casey, fielding brilliantly, gave an inch perfect 30m fisted pass to Billy O Sullivan, who ran on and blasted it to the net. He also scored two points, which helped us to be on level terms at halftime, 2-4 to 1-7. Immediately on the resumption, we conceded another goal. The selectors now made some good switches and we began to play as we really can. From then to the end, we proceeded to give an exhibition of all that is good in Gaelic Football. Timmy Fleming had the proverbial blinder at midfield. Billy O Sullivan scored another beautiful goal and then the floodgates opened with goals from Tommy Byrne, Pat McKenna, Paul Griffin and Patie Casey. The final score was 6-13 to 3-5. This was our first minor title since 1977, when the present coach, James Sheehan, played at centre half-forward. His co-selectors were Maurice Corkery and Tom Johnston.

No doubt then 1987 has been an excellent year for the Rangers and they face their centenary year confident of scaling even greater heights. As of now, Joe Shannon and Timmy Fleming are on the Co. Senior panel and we wish them success, as they help Kerry to win back Sam. Hopefully, also, when the history of the second century of Laune Rangers comes to be written, as the history of the first century is presently being compiled, it will begin with a Co. Senior Championship victory. Roll on 1988!”

 

 

 

 

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