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Rangers rally to win close encounter!

posted 11 May 2014, 16:13 by Kissee Wardlaw
County League Division 2 Round 4 Match Report:
John Mitchels 1-8 Skellig Rangers 2-8. In a repeat fixture of the earlier Intermediate Championship, Rangers came to Tralee and gained 2 valuable points in the County League after another pulsating match which had goals, some great points, black cards and brilliant moves all packed into the hour.
Despite playing into a strong wind, Rangers got off to a great start when Diarmaid Keating tucked a goal into the back of the net and Alan Devane along with Brian Hickey pointed. Brian Costelloe equalised with a penalty and Mitchels pointed again through Jamie Moriarty. Ronan O' Shea and Brendan and Brian O' Sullivan showed great determination, composure and work rate around the middle but Rangers went in at half time with the score 1-6 to 1-2 to the home side.Micheal O' Sullivan was introduced for Brendan O' Sullivan after receiving a black card.
The second half began with a point from Ciaran Keating after good work from Alan Devane and Brian Hickey who was the main organiser all day. Mitchels with their running game kept asking Rangers defenders questions but the defence in particular Brian O' Sullivan stood tall and had more points from Keating with Costelloe popping over for the home side. With the game in the balance and with ten minutes remaining, a searching ball into the square found Diarmaid Keating in space and he cooly rounded the keeper to slot the ball into the empty net. Ronan O' Shea, operating as a third midfielder, showed an exemplar of tenacious tackling in stopping the attacks of Mitchels and this allowed Rangers to break and again Ciaran Keating scored a sublime point from close to the sideline to end the game on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-8 despite Shane O' Connor scoring one for the home side, a three point win for Skellig Rangers.

Padraig O' Sullivan, Brian Murphy, Shamus O' Sullivan, Stephen O' Sullivan, Anthony Driscoll, Brian O' Sullivan, Gerard O' Sullivan, Alan Devane, Stephen O' Sullivan, Brendan O' Sullivan, Brian Hickey, Mike Keating, Diarmaid Keating, Ciaran Keating, Ronan O' Shea.
Subs: Micheal O' Sullivan for Brendan O' Sullivan(black card) Bernard Casey for Mike Keating, Brendan Murphy for Stephen O' Sullivan(black card) Martin O' Sullivan for Stephen O' Sullivan(inj)

Fixture: Next Friday the 16th May our Juniors face Dromid in the first round of the County League.
Sunday the 18th May our senior team face Spa at home at 2pm in the County League.
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