Kilkenny League Roundup
Ballacolla have been crowned Division 3 champions of the Kilkenny & District Soccer League following a 3-1 victory over Deen Celtic B this morning.
The Laois side went into the game knowing that a win would guarantee them title glory but a point might be enough depending on what second place Ormonde Villa did in their game.
But Ballacolla took the Kilkenny side out of the equation by winning and they got off to a great start when Shane Hanlon found the net inside ten minutes.
The visitors equalised midway through the half and almost took the lead before the break but keeper Darren Maher produced a fine side to keep Ballacolla level.
In fact, the Laois team went straight down the other under and regained the league. Mick Dunphy produced a scintillating lob to give them a 2-1 lead at half time.
Deen Celtic pushed hard for the equaliser but Ballacolla, who finish the league campaign today with an unbeaten record, struck late on to seal the win.
Stephen Bergin evaded several tackles before planting the ball in the corner of the net to cement Ballacolla’s place at the summit of the table.
Elsewhere, Clover United’s promotion prospects received a massive dent as they went down 2-1 at home to Deen Celtic A.
The Rathdowney outfit sat in second position before kick-off but, despite remaining there, they are now just one point ahead of their opponents but they have played three games more.
Highview Athletic remain in first place in the table, two clear of Colver United, but they also have three games in hand on the Laois team.