Minor Co. Championship: Laune Rangers 6-9 (27); Austin Stacks 3-12 (21).
Our Minors have to go back 32 games – back to April 2016 – to put up a similar score and not to win the game. Conceding four goals in the first half and two more in the second half put paid to any chances of winning our opening round game of Group 4 of this season’s new format Co. Championship played in extreme warm conditions in Killorglin on this Tuesday evening (26th June). We lead on four different occasions – the last time four minutes into the second half. But when Rangers scored their fifth goal in the 38th minute they never lost the lead again and went on to close out the game with a six points winning margin at the end.
No fault could be attributed to any one individual, certainly not Ben Quilter in goals, for any of the Laune Rangers goals. It was just one of those occasions which no doubt our Management team will have analyzed and rectified for our next encounter.
We were just two points in arrears at half time (4-2 to 2-6). Daniel O’Rourke, who had another brilliant game, scored our two goals with five different players scoring our six points – Michael Slattery (2) and one each from Adam Curran, Michael O’Gara, Seán Quilter (free) and Gearóid Fitzgerald.
In the second half the Killorglin boys outscored us again by 2-7 to 1-6. Our goal came four minutes on the resumption from Michael Slattery and our six points came also from Slatts and Conor Myers with two each and one each from Donagh McMahon and Seán Quilter.
So we now prepare for our second and final round robin game at home to Feale Rangers on next Tuesday evening (3rd July) – a game which we must win if we have any chance of going through to the knock-out quarter final stage.
Team: Ben Quilter, James Quigley, David Burke, Eoghan Carroll, Niall Fitzmaurice, Donagh McMahon (Capt) (0-1 free), Luke Chester, Dara Barry Walsh, Seán Quilter (0-2 frees), Adam Curran (0-1), Michael O’Gara (0-1), Daniel O’Rourke (2-0), Dean Scanlon, Gearóid Fitzgerald (0-1), Michael Slattery (1-4 – one free).
Subs used: Conor Myers (40m) (0-2 – one free), Gearóid Sheehan (48m), Craig Teahan (56m), Tom O’Farrell (59m).