All-County Football League Division 1 Round-up
Graiguecullen pulled off a remarkable second half performance against the wind to get Pádraig Clancy’s reign as manager off to the perfect start this afternoon.
Things looked bleak for the Barrowsiders early on as, despite playing with the aid of a stiff breeze in Fr Maher Park, they trailed to Arles-Killeen by seven points after 12 minutes.
Brothers Paul and Donie Kingston were their tormentors in chief in an opening period where it looked like the away side were going to run away with things.
However, Graiguecullen came back with points from Ambrose Doran and Aaron Forbes as well as a goal from corner forward Lee Timmons to reduce the arrears at half time to two points with the scoreline reading 1-8 to 1-6 in Killeen’s favour.
Killeen now had the benefit of playing with the wind in the second half but they could only add two more scores to their account.
Conor Keightley kicked a point and Donie Kingston scored a brilliant goal after beating about four Graiguecullen defenders before rifling the ball to the net.
However, the home side slowly chipped away at Killeen’s advantage with points via Wayne Humphries, Martin Doyle and Luke Aylesbury.
In the end, they got over the line as Ambrose Doran scored from the penalty spot and Lee Timmons raised a second green flag to confirm a 3-10 to 2-9 victory.
The Heath put a poor end to 2016 behind them with a comprehensive victory over Ballyroan-Abbey this morning.
The game was in the melting pot at half time as the sides finished the first half level on a score of 1-4 to 0-7, Daithi Carroll grabbed The Heath’s goal.
But the home side scored four unanswered points on the resumption of play before Robbie Dowling netted their second goal which really knocked the stuffing out of Ballyroan-Abbey.
Further goals followed with a brace from Evin Keane and another via Eoin Delaney as 2016 league winners The Heath ran out emphatic 5-12 to 0-9 winners.
In the days other Division 1A game, newly promoted O’Dempsey’s got the better of Portlaoise by 2-8 to 1-8 in Killenard.
The home side raced into an early first half lead thanks to a penalty from Conor Meredith who has just returned from a stint in the USA.
Portlaoise responded with a Scott Lawless goal after some neat build-up play involving Paul Cahillane and Ricky Maher but the Town trailed by 1-1 to 1-6 at the interval.
Portlaoise played with the breeze in the second period but the crucial moment came when O’Dempsey’s were awarded a second penalty and Meredith was on hand to convert once more to seal a 2-8 to 1-8 win.
Elsewhere, Stradbally clash with St Joseph’s was postponed and will now take place on Tuesday March 21.