Raheen FC’s CCFL Cup journey is over after they were narrowly beaten at home this morning by a side ranked two divisions above them.
Cup holders and Senior Division champions St Peters became the first side to win at the Laois venue all season as they recorded a 2-1 win.
The Athlone side had the better of the early exchanges and scored twice in the first half to take a 2-0 lead at the break.
However, Raheen refused to give up and they grabbed one back through the prolific Dan Dalton but it wasn’t enough to force extra time.
Division 2 winners Raheen are still involved in cup competitions in the coming weeks as they are still competing in the Paddy Cotter and Division 2 Cups.
Today was decision day in Division 1 of the CCFL and Stradbally Town did their Portlaoise neighbours Towerhill Rovers a massive favour by drawing with league leaders Derry Rovers in the Lawn.
Botton side Stradbally needed to pick up at least a point to give their slim survival chances a boost and they did that following a 0-0 draw.
Derry Rovers knew a win would guarantee them the title but Stradbally stood firm with keeper Darragh Mulhall pulling off a number of saves while Justin Lalor and Conor Brady also stood out.
Towerhill Rovers then travelled to Clonown Rovers in the afternoon knowing that a win would force a playoff for the league title against Derry Rovers.
The Portlaoise side looked to have blown their chance as the score stood at 1-1, Jack Fennell with the goal, as we headed into second half stoppage time.
However, there was late drama when Towerhill were awarded a penalty after an inswinging free kick was handled in the area.
Paddy Downey stepped up to score and the full time whistle sounded shortly after.
Meanwhile, O’Moore FC reached the semi-final of the O’Neills LFA Junior Shield following a 3-0 win over Beech Park this afternoon.
Ger McInerney was on the scoresheet twice for the Laois side while Mark O’Sullivan converted a penalty to send them into the last four.