With play under way Castlerahan seen the first chance of the game go wide off the boot of Cormac Daly. Laragh won the kick out and headed straight for goal where in the crowded box Laragh won a penalty. Sean Tierney took the kick and put the ball over the bar. Eoghan Cooney and Kieran Cooney followed with points before Conor O’Rourke pointed for Laragh from a free. It was 12 minutes into the game before Shane Reilly opened Castlerahan’s account with a well a pointed free. But Laragh kept the pressure on and by the 15 minute of the first half were four points ahead when full forward Liam McKenna added to their tally. Karl Cosgrove cut the deficit by a point but Laragh were relentless and when Sean Tierney found a opening he made no mistake and found the back of the net. Castlerahan were finding it hard to get passed the Laragh back line with Fergal McKenna and Jason Rahill in top form, but they got the last two points of the half when Redmond Egan got on the end of a good pass and then Daire McEnroe from a free. And that brought to an end the first half which was a hard hitting half.
Half Time Score Laragh 1-09 Castlerahan 0-04.
With the second half underway Laragh continued where they had left off with points from Conor O’Rourke and Jack McKenna. The game was starting to get a bit feisty and Castlerahan lost Aaron Reilly to a black card. Daire McEnroe put two points on the score board before Castlerahan had Gavin Daly sent to the line when he received a black card having already been on a yellow so were now down to 14 men. With both teams hitting hard and following a melee Sean Tierney received a yellow card for his part in it. However Castlerahan got another hammer blow when their influential mid fielder Cormac Daly received a black card having already been on a yellow and so they were now down to 13 men. Laragh pushed on with points from Eoghan Cooney , lee Reilly and Liam McKenna before Ryan Brady got the last for score of the game for Castlerahan.
Full Time Score Laragh 1-17 Castlerahan 0-08.
Laragh: Joe O’Donoghue, Jason Rahill, Fergal McKenna, Stephen Cooney, Kieran Cooney(0-01), Cian Carolan, Ian Leddy, Oisin Carolan(0-01), Eoin Donoghue(0-01), Sean Tierney(1-01), Jason Walsh, Raymond Lackey, Conor O’Rourke(0-05), Liam McKenna(0-02), Eoghan Cooney(0-03). Subs: Paul Smith, Lee Reilly(0-01), Jack McKenna(0-02), Peter Donnelly.
Castlerahan: Aaron Cornell, Paul Brady, Keith Fitzsimons, Jamie Reilly, Ryan Farrelly, Ryan Egan, Gavin Daly, Cormac Daly, Shane Reilly(0-01), Redmond Egan(0-01), Jamie McGrath, Aaron Reilly, Cormac Lynch, Daire McEnroe(0-04), Karl Cosgrove(0-01). Subs: Ryan Brady(0-01), Ian Foy.
Referee: Mickey Lee.
In what was prefect conditions for camogie referee Paul Flanagan (Dublin) got this must anticipated division 1 minor Championship final underway in Kill on Saturday. Denn having beaten Laragh earlier in the competition won the throw in and made the first attack of the game but seen their shot go wide before Niamh Keenaghan pointed at the other end. The game moved up and down the field before Denn won a 45 and Shanise Fitzsimions put it over the black spot to level the game. Laragh won the puck out and Emma Plunkett sent a long ball in to Niamh Keenaghan who got the opening goal of the game for Laragh followed by a point. Denn kept working hard and had 5 wide's in a row before Emma Plunkett, Clodagh Keenaghan and Ashling Cooney pointed for Laragh. Emer Tierney pulled one back for denn with a point from a free before Laragh's Niamh Keenaghan again found the back of the net to close the first half.
Half time score Laragh 2-06 Denn 0-02.
The second half started with Laragh taking up where they left off. Laragh dominated this half but Denn to their credit never gave up and played to the end with their only score of the second half, a goal well taken by Emer Tierney. Laragh gave a well rounded preformance team with Suzanne Cusack and Meghan McKenna very strong in the defence, Clodagh Keenaghan and Emma Plunkett playing well at mid field and Niamh Keenaghan and Ashling Cooney playing well in attack. Denn had Emer Tierney playing well along with Jasmine Brady and Casey Maher and had it not been for their wides total it would have been a different game.
Full time score Laragh 5-14 Denn 1-02
Laragh: Lucy Sexton, Suzanne Cusack, Roisin Dolan, Sinead Cahill, Meghan McKenna, Emma Plunkett (0-01), Clodagh Keenaghan ( 0-05), Ashling Cooney (0-01), Niamh Keenaghan (3-07), Amy Cusack (1-00), Pauline Smith, Katie Sexton. Aoife Coyle, Aoife Callaghan (1-00).
Denn; Amy Kerrian, Sarah Curran, Daria Kaledek, Emer Tierney (1-01), Grainne Reilly, Sinead Reilly, Casey Maher, Leanne Conaty, Niamh Galligan, Deirdre Reilly, Roisin Cusack Smith, Aoife Galligan, Jasmine Brady, Martha Reilly, Aoife O'Reilly, Nomonde Majola, Shanise Fitzsimions (0-01), Nicola McSherry.
Referee Paul Flanagan (Dublin).
Spring League Division 3 Final Killinkere v Laragh United
Dolan Park, Virginia was the venue for this Division 3 Riverfront Hotel Spring League final on Sunday last between Killinkere and Laragh United. And it was Killinkere who got off to a flying start with points from Emmet Fitzsimons (2,1f) Anthony Brady and Jason McMahon with only 6 minutes played. Laragh started to find their feet and Kieran Cooney made a great run from the half back line to open their account with a point. However Killinkere kept the pressure on and put over 2 more unanswered points to leave them 6pts to 1 ahead with 10 minutes played. Laragh pushed hard and won a free which Ruairi Power converted before Eoin Donohoe split the posts to cut the deficit. Emmet Fitzsimons again pointed a free for Killinkere. Fergal O’Rourke’s found his brother Shane with the kick out who sent the ball in to Ruairi Power who found the back of the Killinkere net to leave the narrowest of margins in it 1 point. Killinkere replied immediately with another point from Emmet Fitzsimons. Both sided put the ball over bar before Martin Brady sound the whistle for half time to leave Killinkere 3 points ahead at the break.
Half time score Killinkere 0-10 Laragh United 1-04
With the second underway Laragh started better and when the ball when out for a 45 off Martin Reilly the Laragh goalie Fergal O’Rourke made no mistake and put it over the bar. Again Laragh pushed for a goal but Killinkere’s Eugene Clarke stood firm and pulled off a good save. Killinkere then score 3 unanswered points before Laragh lost their full back Fergal McKenna to a second yellow. Laragh again pushed hard and were rewarded with two points from frees by Ruairi Power and it was back to a 3 point game. Killinkere’s full forward Peter McCabe then pointed before Laragh put two over the bar. Laragh won the kick out and moved the ball into their forward line where Eugene Clarke again pulled off a super save from Paddy Rudden. Ruairi Power again pointed a free before Damien Sexton got a super point from a tight angle. Both sides exchanged scores with full time approaching. In injury time Ruairi Power spilt the posts from a free. From the kick out Laragh pushed forward and got a free in front of goal. Paddy Rudden’s shot which was kicked with force hit the upright and the final whistle sounded. This brought to an end an entertaining game of football.
Full time score Killinkere 0-17 Laragh United 1-12.
Killinkere: Eugene Clarke, Ollie Sharkey, Kevin McCabe, Martin Reilly, Lewis Fay Cooper, Jason McMahon 0-01, Gerard Brady, Emmet Fitzsimons 0-09 (8f), Breen Smith 0-01, Ciaran Sexton, Paul Kerr, Anthony Brady 0-01, Damien Sexton 0-02, Peter McCabe 0-01, Ciaran Smith. Subs: Gary Denning, Darren Smith 0-02, Noel McGovern.
Laragh United: Fergal O’Rourke 0-01(45), Phil Fitzsimmons, Fergal McKenna, Jason Rahill, Seamus Cooney, Ian Leddy, Kieran Cooney 0-01, Shane O’Rourke, Eoin Donohoe 0-02, Jack McKenna, Ruairi Power 1-08 (7f), Colm McKenna, Declan Brady, Paddy Rudden, Sean Tierney. Subs: Cian O’Rourke, Stephen Cooney, Conal Donohoe.
Referee: Martin Brady.
Lacken GAA were the hosts on Sunday last of the Riverfront Hotel division 3 spring league semi final between Cornafean and Laragh United. And it was Laragh who got the better start with points from Ruairi Power (2) and Sean Tierney before Paddy Rudden found the back of the net to leave the score Laragh United 1-03 to no score with 5 minutes played. Cornafean who were winning the mid field battle kicked two wides before a long ball in from Andrew Wharton drop in to the Laragh net and it was game on. Jack Wharton then got a brace of points to leave 1 in it. Both sides exchanged wides before both tagged on a couple of points to leave 1 in it at the break.
Half time score Cornafean 1-04 Laragh United 1-05
With the second half under way Laragh put the pressure on and had 2 or 3 chances in front of goal, the best of which was a kick off the boot of Declan Brady which dropped short and in to the hands of Rory Geoghegan. Cornafean however took their chances and were rewarded with points from Jack Wharton and the two wing forwards, Pauric Tully and Aiden McCaffery to leave them now two points ahead. With both side working hard Declan Brady and Conor Sheridan exchanged points before Declan Brady again had a chance in front of goal and this time made no mistake when the ball came in he palmed it to the back of the net. Cornafean replied with a point from Niall Sheridan before Paddy Rudden levelled the game once more. Cornafean pushed hard to find the winner but the Laragh backs worked extremely hard and Fergal McKenna in particular letting nothing pass them. And with time running out Ruairi Power and Paddy Rudden split the posts for Laragh to give them a two point win. Laragh will now play Killinkere in the Final over the coming weekend.
Full time score Cornafean 1-10 Laragh United 2-09.
Cornafean: Rory Geogehegan, Paul Brady, Jason Miney, Daniel Cullivan, Conor Sheridan 0-01, Mark Johnston, Pauric Woods, Niall Sheridan 0-01, Jack Wharton 0-04, Andrew Smith, Andrew Wharton 1-00, Cormac Geogehegan, Pauric Tully 0-01 (1f), Liam Duignan 0-01, Aiden McCaffery 0-02. Subs: Brian Sheridan.
Laragh United: Joe O’Donoghue, Phil Fitzsimmons, Fergal McKenna, Jason Rahill, Seamus Cooney, Ian Leddy, Kieran Cooney, Shane O’Rourke, Eoin Donohoe, Jack McKenna, Ruairi Power 0-03 (1f), Colm McKenna 0-01, Declan Brady 1-01, Paddy Rudden 1-03(1F), Sean Tierney 0-01. Subs: Cian O’Rourke, Stephen Cooney.
Referee: Mickey Lee.
Division 3 ACFL Rd 5 30/04/2016
Laragh United V Redhills.
Laragh United welcomed Redhills to Duke Park Stradone for this Division 3 ACFL rd 5 match on Friday evening last. Oliver Og O’Reilly got the game under way and Redhills Cormac Brides got the first score a point before Colin Reilly got the second. In the 6th minute Eoin Donohoe opened Laragh’s account with Paddy Rudden also getting on the score sheet. Laragh were taking control of this game with Paddy Rudden finding the back of the next. Redhills responded with a point from wing half back Alan Dunne. With 15 minutes played Laragh’s mid fielder Shane O’Rourke was black carded and as Laragh found their feet again Redhills put the pressure on and got a point off the boot of Cormac Brides who was having a great game. This was to be Redhills last score of the half while Laragh tagged on points from Captain Ruairi Power and Paddy Rudden.
Half time score, Laragh United 1-05 Redhills 0-05
Again Redhills got the 1st score of the half, a well taken point by Gary Kelly. However Paddy Rudden again found the net for Laragh, before Cormac Brides converted a free to leave 4 points between the sides. Redhills pushed hard and with the United defence under pressure were awarded a penalty, from which Turlough Mooney made no mistake and got the goal. From the kick out Laragh worked the ball up the field and Sean Tierney’s shot from distant just dropped into Paul Martin’s net. Laragh finished out the game with another couple of point’s from Ruairi Power and the inform Paddy Rudden. This was an entertaining game played by two teams who just wanted to play football, which was reflected in the fact that only one score coming from a free.
Full time score, Laragh United 3-07 Redhills 1-08
Laragh United: Fergal O’Rourke, Phil Fitzsimmons, Fergal McKenna, Jason Rahill, Seamus Cooney, Ian Leddy, Ciaran Cooney, Shane O’Rourke, Eoin Donohoe 0-01, Jason Walsh 0-01, Ruairi Power 0-02, Colm McKenna, Cian O’Rourke, Paddy Rudden 2-03, Sean Tierney 1-00, Subs Jack McKenna.
Redhills: Paul Martin, Alan Brady, Conor McMahon, Owen McDonald, Desmond Gumley, Rory Dunne, Alan Dunne 0-01, Packie Leddy, Turlough Mooney 1-02, Luke McEntee, Colin Reilly 0-01, Darragh Duggan, Tom McCormack, Cormac Brides 0-03, Gary Kelly 0-01, Subs Andrew Dunne.
Referee: Oliver Og O’Reilly.
Laragh United V Denn, 17/04/2016
Duke Park Stradone was the venue for this spring league game. Laragh opened the scoring with a point off the boot of Ruairi Power, before Cian O’Rourke added another. Denn were winning their kick-outs and moving the ball forward but were being met by a wall of Laragh backs who were not allowing them to get a shot in. However in the 10th minute Cavelle Keogan got Denn off the mark with a point from a free. This however was to be their only score of the half as Laragh were fully in control of this game. Cian O’Rourke got the only goal of the game after surging run by Laragh up the field. By half time all of Laragh’s forwards had their name on the score sheet.
Half time Score: Laragh United 1-09 Denn 0-01.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first with Laragh coming out on top all over the field. Denn to their credit didn’t give up and Stephen McPartland split the posts for a point. However it was Laragh’s day and they would have to be happy scoring 1-18 from play. Laragh United have now got them-selves a semi final place in the spring league.
Full time score: Laragh United 1-20 Denn 0.03.
Laragh United: Fergal O’Rourke, Jason Rahill, Fergal McKenna, Phil Fitzsimmons, Seamus Cooney, Ian Leddy 0-01, Ciaran Cooney 0-02 , Colm McKenna 0-02, Eoin Donohoe, Jason Walsh 0-03, Ruairi Power 0-03 (2f), Cian O’Rourke 1-03, Gerry Murray 0-01, Paddy Rudden 0-01, Sean Tierney 0-02. Subs: Declan Brady 0-01, Conor O’Rourke, Raymond Lackey, Jack McKenna and Conal Donohoe 0-01.
Denn: Mark Fegan, James Smith, Cormac Cusack Smith, Andrew Cusack Smith, Damien Callaghan, Martin Cahill, Bernard Galligan, Stephen McPartland 0-01, Micheal Gaffney, Shane Rehill, Alan Tierney, Michael Keogan, Cavelle Keogan 0-02, Adrian Cahill, Brechan McGiveny. Subs: Aiden McKiernan.
Referee: Chris McCaffery.
Laragh travelled to Butlersbridge on Sunday last for the second round of the ACFL division 3. On a dry, bright and very windy day Jimmy Galligan (Lacken) got this game underway. It was a nervy opening 5 minutes with both sides making mistakes before Liam Canning opened the bridge account with a point. And it would be another 5 minutes before the Laragh captain; Ruairi Power got their first score, a point. Butlersbridge were kicking into a strong wind toward the village end and missed several chances. Both sides exchanged points before Colm McKenna hit the back of the Butlersbridge net with force. Laragh continued to build on this with Paddy Rudden splitting the posts. Laragh were in control at this stage and having been awarded free in their own half took it quickly and lost the ball, the Bridge then moved the ball forward and with a mix up in the Laragh back line Darren Fitzpatrick got a goal. Ruairi Power slotted a free over the bar before the half time whistle went.
Half time score Butlersbridge 1-04 Laragh 1-06.
The second half started off much the same as the first ended with Laragh’s Eoin Donohoe getting a point. Laragh were now kicking into the wind and had a few wides before Johnaton Leddy kicked a point from a free to keep Butlersbridge in touch. With Laragh’s mid fielder Shane O’Rourke playing at his best, Laragh was winning the mid field battle and tagged over points from Paddy Rudden and Sean Tierney. The Bridge however kept fighting and was rewarded with a point from the returning Lorcan Mulvey. But Laragh held firm and with a point from wing half back Kieran Cooney sealed the win. This was an entertaining game in which Jimmy Galligan let both teams play free flowing football.
Full time score Butlersbridge 1-10 Laragh 1-14.
Butlersbridge: Gareth Henry, Declan Callaghan, Patrick Flynn, Carlos Conlon 0-01, John Fitzpatrick, Andrew McConnell, Darren Fitzpatrick 1-00, Lorcan Mulvey 0-01, Peter Conaty 0-01, Shane O’Rourke, Johnaton Leddy 0-05(5f), Killian Leddy 0-01, Liam Canning 0-01, Padraig O’Reilly, John Shannon.
Laragh: Fergal O’Rourke, Philip Fitzsimmons, Fergal McKenna, Jason Rahill, Jason Walsh, Ian Leddy, Kieran Cooney 0-01, Shane O’Rourke, Eoin Donohoe 0-01, Cian O’Rourke 0-01, Ruairi Power 0-05 (2f), Colm McKenna 1-01, Sean Tierney 0-01, Paddy Rudden 0-04, Conor O’Rourke. Subs used Conal Donohoe, Declan Brady.
Ref: Jimmy Galligan, Lacken.
Laragh V Ballinagh 6/02/16
Laragh United 1.10
The minor league got underway on Saturday last in a wet and windy Stradone. Gerry Sheridan got the game going and Ballinagh went straight for the Laragh goal but Shane Finnegans shot went wide. Ballinagh who were playing with a strong wind on their backs kept the pressure on and were rewarded a free which Thomas Smith slotted over the bar. Ballinagh won the kick out and this time Craig Donegan got the score. Ballinagh lost Shane Finnegan at this stage to a ham string injury. Laragh started to get more in to the game and Jack McKenna scored a super goal before he added a point. Ballinagh again came strong and Craig Donegan found the back of the net following a mix up in the Laragh defence. Thomas Smith added another point before Cormac Timoney won the kick out and got a second goal for Ballinagh. Lee Reilly (2) and Mark Brady got points for Laragh to keep them in touch. Half time score Laragh 1.04 Ballinagh 2.04
Ballinagh started the second half the stronger side and opened the scoing with a point from Barry Connelly. Laragh again came alive and with some great team play got points from Pauric Reilly & Max O'Dea, Ballinagh who worked hard all over the pitch kept pushing forward and Kyle Tyler got a point. Laragh just kept at it and got Paul Smith got a point to leave one between them. Both sides tried hard but Lee Reilly got the equalizer before Pauric Reilly got the final score to put Laragh one up. This was a good game of honest football played in a in very harsh conditions. Full Time Score Laragh 1.10 Ballinagh 2.06.
Laragh Utd. 0-13
Butlersbridge qualified for the Div 2 Final of the Breffni League where they will play Shercock with a narrow one point win over Laragh, played in ideal conditions at Drumalee on Saturday.
It was the 6th min when Jason Walsh opened the scoring with a Laragh point. Jonathon Leddys equaliser a minute later set the tone for the first half when it was score for score up to half time. Points from Paddy Rudden, Oisin Carolan and two Liam McKenna scores brought Laraghs total to 0-5 while Jonathon Leddy (2) and 3 points from Caoimhin O’Reilly had Butlersbridge leading 0-6 to 0-5 at the break.
Butlersbridge were the better side early in the second half. Points from Shane O’Rourke (2), Caoimhin O’Reilly (2) and Fergal Flannagan to Laraghs solitary Oisin Carolan point, had the winners leading 0-11 to 0-6 after 15 mins. Liam McKenna and Jonathon Leddy scored frees and an Eoin Donohoe point made it 0-12 to 0-8. In the 22nd min Shane O’Rourke got through for a Laragh goal after good movement and when Liam McKenna pointed the game was level, with 4 mins to go. In the 28th min right half back Carlos Conlon came up field and kicked the winning point.
Overall the general apathy towards the Breffni League was very evident as neither team reached great heights in their quest for victory.
Butlersbridge: Stephen Murphy, Andy McConnell, Paddy Flynn, Kiernan Greenan, Carlos Conlon (0-1), Noel McPhillips, Declan Callaghan, Martin Fitzpatrick, Peter Conaty, Shane O’Rourke (0-2), Caoimhin O’Reilly (0-5), Darren Fitzpatrick, Fergal Flanagan (0-1), Jonathon Leddy (0-4), Killian Leddy.
Subs: Kevin Connolly, Cahir Reilly, Liam Canning.
Laragh: Joe Donohoe, Ciaran Cooney, Kieran Donohoe, Jason Rahill, Eoin Donohoe (0-1), Colm McKenna, Declan King, Shane O’Rourke (1-0), Derek Hand, Jason Walsh (0-1), Gerry Murray, Oisin Carolan (0-2), Sean Tierney, Liam McKenna (0-4), Patrick Rudden (0-1).
Subs: Cian O’Rourke, Phil Fitzsimons, Seamus Cooney, Darren Brady, Fergal McKenna.
Referee: Padraig Sheridan (Ballymachugh)
Laragh Utd 2-9
Southern Gaels 0-12
Laragh Utd qualified for their first Minor Championship Final since 1977 with a hard earned win over a gallant Lacken-Gowna combination in KIlleshandra on Saturday evening. Played in perfect conditions, the fact that it was their third meeting in this year’s championship led to a tense hectic battle from start to finish.
Laragh started the better team and a fine Lee Reilly point from a free opened their account. Points from Eoin Cooney and Conor O’Rourke increased Laragh’s lead 3 nil after 8 mins. It got even better for the eventual winners in the 10th min when a high ball from the hard working Fergal McKenna ended up in the net. It was the 12th min before Mark Wilson pointed to open Southern Gaels scoring. A min later Fergal O’Rourke’s pointed 45 restored Laragh’s six point lead. With county minor Robbie Fitzpatrick moving out the field Southern Gaels came more into the game. Points from Robbie Fitzpatrick and Mark Wilson narrowed the gap but a Jack McKenna point in the 19th min kept Laragh in the lead 1-5 to 0-3. In the 22nd min Laragh lost their centre half back to a black card, replaced by Hayden Smith and it was to have an unsettling effect on their defence, with Paul Leddy (Southern Gaels) having a growing influence on the game. Three Robbie Fitzpatrick points and points from Cian Madden and Paul Leddy before half time left it level at the break, Laragh 1-5 to 0-8.
The opening 10 mins of the second half saw Southern Gaels on top. Three pointed frees, 2 from Robbie Fitzpatrick and one from Cian Madden, edged them 3 points in front. It took some great defending by the Laragh defence ably led by goalkeeper Fergal O’Rourke to keep Southern Gaels at bay, although some poor finishing didn’t help the amalgamated side. Laragh lifted the siege in the 7th min with a massive Conor O’Rourke point from free, 40 meters near the side-line, to narrow the gap 1-6 to 0-11. In the 15th min the crucial score came. A long clearance from Jake McGovern found county minor Eoin Cooney in space and he sped through the defence and buried a goal in the corner of the net, to put Laragh back in the lead 2-6 to 0-11. A min later a Conor O’Rourke free increased the lead. In the 23rd min Cian Madden narrowed the gap with a point, only for Eoin Cooney to point for the would be winners. The scoring closed in the 26th min with a long range point from a Fergal O’Rourke free. Before the end Southern Gaels lost their full back to a red card.
All in all an entertaining match well referred by Packie Smith (Killygarry) ended with the Div. 2 League side Laragh reaching the final on a score line of Laragh 2-9 Southern Gaels 0-12.
Laragh Utd: Fergal O’Rourke (0-2), Aaron Reddington, Peter Donnelly, Ryan Smith, Jake McGovern, Ian Leddy, Paul Smith, Fergal McKenna (1-0), Cian Carolan, Pauric Reilly, Conor O’Rourke (0-3), Lee Reilly (0-1), Eoin Cooney (1-2), Jack McKenna, (0-1), Stephen Cooney. Subs: Hayden Smith, Conor Tully.
Southern Gaels: Jimmy Smith, Ryan Coyle, Brian Lake, Conor Halton, Paul Langtry, Ronan Halton, Peter Galligan, Conor Brady, David Wilson, Ruan McDonnell, Paul Leddy (0-1), Shane Moynagh, Mark Wilson (0-2), Robbie Fitzpatrick (0-6), Cian Madden (0-3). Subs: Aaron Brady.