Russell kicked nine points, eight from frees, and was ably assisted by former county player Liam Hassett, current defender Peter Crowley, and teenager Jack O’Connor.
One note of concern for Rangers and Kerry fans was a suspected hamstring injury to Peter Crowley which resulted in his replacement five minutes into the second half.
Scorers for Laune Rangers: MF Russell 0-9 (8f), J O’Connor 1-3, G Mahony 1-0, C O’Shea 0-2, C Riordan 0-1, P Sheehan 0-1.
Scorers for Shannon Rangers: M Boyle 0-4 (3f), G O’Sullivan 0-4 (3f), J King 0-2, T Joy 0-1, E Mangan 0-1.
LAUNE RANGERS: T Lyons; J Carey, J O’Callaghan, K Crowley; M O’Sullivan, P Crowley, C Riordan; T McGillycuddy, J Sheehan; J O’Connor, MF Russell, G Mahony; P Joy, L Hassett, P Sheehan.
Subs: J Lynch for P Crowley(35), C O’Shea for P Joy (41), R Lucey for M O’Sullivan (44), C Johnston for C Riordan (55), P Murphy for K Crowley (55).
SHANNON RANGERS: S Dee; P Collins, K Wrenn, J Griffin; D Wrenn, S Enright, J King; E Doyle, M O’Mahony; P Boyle, A Lanigan, G O’Sullivan; T Joy, M Boyle, E Mangan.
Subs: D Bambury for P Collins (39), M McEllistrim for E Doyle (46), JP Leahy for J Griffin (50), D Behan for D Wrenn (58).
Referee: P O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses).