U14 Central League Final: Austin Stacks 5-15 Laune Rangers 2-14 We retained our Central League Div 1 title after a hard fought & bruising win over Laune Rangers in Currow last Monday evening. After fifteen minutes of end to end action the sides were level five points apiece with our scores coming from Conor Myers 3, Joe Bastible & Padraic Linnane one each. A much improved second quarter started with a long range free from Sean Quilter, a left legged point from Myers before three goal chances in three minutes with Joe bastible firing into the bottom corner. Conor was again unlucky when he flicked the ball onto the crossbar & Jordan Barry took the paint off the post with a cross goal shot but Padraic Linnane found the net after a fabulous run through the Rangers defence. Two more Myers pts had us ahead 2-10 V 1-7 at the short whistle.
Once the whistle went again we knew Rangers would throw everything at us but when David Oba was ‘Black carded’ after Gearoid Hassett had rounded him in the second minute of the half things looked ominous. Jordan Barry took the No.1 jersey & on came Liam Nolan. A purple patch from the killorglin boys with four pts in five minutes had our lads on the ropes but a Liam Nolan goal gave us a much needed lift & with Dara Barry Walsh, Captain Eoghan Carroll & Padraic Linnane superb in defence we pushed on. Craig Teahan & Luke Chester had by now steadied the back line & in the final quarter we outscored Rangers 2-4 to 3pts with Joe Bastible & Conor Myers both finding the net & Nolan & Quilter both pointing twice.
In midfield both Leon Shalemba & Sean Quilter won an amount of ball with Daniel O Rourke as always taking on the whole halfback line & taking some heavy knocks in the process. Cian Purcell & James Fernane supplied some lovely passes & tracked back when needed. Adam Curran was his usual tenacious self mopping up any loose ball.
Probably the best performance of the year in a year of so much success but Laune Rangers are a top side at this age & we will have plenty more finals against them in the years to come, hopefully !
Captain Eoghan Carroll received the Division 1 trophy & as quiet as he is he still managed a fine speech !! Leon Shalemba was awarded the Man of the Match after a lung bursting performance. Thanks again to the Central league committee & Damien McCarthy for all the calls & texts.
Final Score Austin Stacks 5-15 Laune Rangers 2-14.
Next up is the Town Championship over the next three Wednesdays where we are away to Churchill, home to Strand Rd & away to Na Gaeil.