Just two games involving Laois soccer teams took place today after the recent bad spell of weather got the better of most of the counties pitches.
Among the games called off because of the weather were:
Combined Counties Shield QF: Gracefield Athletic v O’Moore FC
Premier Division: Birr Town v Rosenallis AFC
Clara Town v Clonaslee Utd
Division 1: Stradbally Town A v Derry Rovers A
Clonowen Rovers v Towerhill Rovers
Indeed just two games took place in the CCFL and both were played at Portlaoise Leisure Centre.
Maryborough and Arlington B did battle in the Division 3 Cupand produced a right ding-dong battle on a saturated pitch.
The young side from Portarlington took an early lead when Cormac Boland found the net but the home side soon found their rhythm.
Chris Coleman and Seán Hoffmeister both scored to give the Portlaoise outfit a 2-1 lead at half time.
Maryborough went further ahead on the resumption of play when Dan Langan netted from the penalty spot and they looked to have put the game beyond Arlington when Hoffmeister tapped in his second of the morning to move them 4-1 ahead with 13 minutes to play.
But Arlington stuck to the task and Cormac Boland grabbed one back after 80 minutes to set up the prospect of a tense final ten minutes.
Nevertheless, Maryborough sealed their spot in the quarter finals when Dan Langan’s long range free kick sailed into the top corner of the net to leave the final score reading 5-2.
Elsewhere Portlaoise Shamrocks, who are set for a comfortable mid-table finish in Division 1, ended Coolraine’s title hopes with a 4-2 win this afternoon.
A brace from Eoin O’Riordan either side of efforts from Brian Farrell and a penalty via Seán Brown was enough for the Laois side.
Meanwhile, the Carlow League was a complete washout as the organising committee decide to postpone all fixtures this weekend due to the inclement weather.