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Wins for Portlaoise Shamrocks, Raheen and Rosenallis in CCFL cup action

Portlaoise Shamrocks reached the Division 1 Cup final
Portlaoise Shamrocks

There were a raft of all-Laois ties in the Combined Counties Football League today as the cup competitions got into full swing.

Portlaoise Shamrocks 1 Stradbally Town 1
(Portlaoise Shamrocks win 4-3 on penalties)

Portlaoise Shamrocks, Raheen and Rosenallis all emerged as winners in games that had red cards, penalty shoot out and much more.

It took penalties to separate Stradbally Town and Portlaoise Shamrocks the CCFL Division 1 Cup quarter final tie in the Lawn this afternoon.

The visitors took the lead after ten minutes when Kevin Fitzpatrick’s shot was saved by Darragh Mulhall but the ball rebounded into Colm Parkinson’s path and he kept his cool to score.

However, the game changed ten minutes later when Portlaoise Shamrocks were reduced to 10 men after their goal scorer was shown a straight red card.

This put the leaders on the back front but the best Stradbally Town could muster was a long range shot from Justin Lalor which was saved by Bruno McCormack.

Stradbally Town introduced Tom Shiel in the second half and they automatically looked more threatening with Podge Fitzpatrick and Seán Devoy going close.

Their cause was aided further when the away side were reduced to nine men and Stradbally Town took full advantage on 87 minutes when Alan Delaney rose highest from a corner to send the game to extra time.

The sides couldn’t be separated after two periods of extra time and so we headed for penalties.

And it was Shamrocks who won it after Conor Brady and Podge Dunne missed for Stradbally while Seán Brown, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Brian Farrell and Philip Kehoe all scored for the away side as they moved into the last four.

Raheen 4 Portarlington Town 2

Raheen’s season continues to get better as they reached the Division 2 Cup semi-final following a real scrap against Portarlington Town.

Raheen went 2-0 up inside the opening five minutes. Colm Kavanagh popped up with the first from a corner before Mikey Dalton doubled the advantage soon after.

It remained this way until half time and the visitors looked to have wrapped up this cup tie when they went 3-0 ahead after Dan Dalton converted a penalty.

But Portarlington Town, who finished runners up to Raheen in Division 2, came roaring back. Scott Osbourne scored a penalty and Tom Behan found the net shortly after to set up a tense finish.

Portarlington threw everything at Raheen in a bid to find an equaliser. Raheen cleared the ball off their line on three separate occasions before they caught Portarlington on the counter attack.

Dan Dalton was fouled in the penalty area again and he dispatched the ball home from the spot to seal victory.

Elsewhere

Portlaoise AFC Leinster Senior League Division 1B progress was dented as they were held to a draw by Leicester Celtic this morning.

The Portlaoise outfit fell behind early on but Jody Dillon equalised to leave things 1-1 at the break.

But try as they might, Portlaoise couldn’t find the winner as they were left frustrated.

Rosenallis reached the quarter finals of the CCFL Cup when they came out the right end of a 3-1 scoreline against local rivals Clonaslee.

The Rosenallis men were 2-0 up at half time and kept their cool to secure the win that sees them face Birr Town in the last eight.

There was a big win for O’Moores FC in Division 3 which keeps their title quest firmly alive.

They took Monksland B to the cleaners as Joe Brogan scored four times with Nigel Foix and Ger McInerney grabbing one each in a 6-0 win.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.