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Harte’s saves help Graiguecullen lift the title

The victorious Graiguecullen team who won the B Feile today
The victorious Graiguecullen team

Graiguecullen 4-3 Clonaslee-St Manman’s 1-2

U-14 ‘B’ Football Feile Final

Graiguecullen will also represent Laois at the All-Ireland football Feile this summer after their keeper Conor Harte pulled off a number of remarkable saves as the Barrowsiders had 10 points to spare over Clonaslee-St Manman’s this afternoon.

A margin such as this suggests there was a lot of daylight between these two but had Clonaslee managed to convert the penalty they were awarded just before half time, things may have been very different.

Up the other end, Graiguecullen had a hat-trick hero in Ricky Timmons while centre forward Jake Haughney was a constant thorn in the Clonaslee St Manman’s side.

In what was an extremely open first half, both sides had early goal chances before Lee Byrne finally opened the scoring with a point for Graiguecullen after five minutes.

Jake Haughney then combined with Conor Kelly to set up Ricky Timmons for the first of his three goals.

But Clonaslee responded well and Senan Barrett, who had seen an earlier shot saved by Conor Harte, smashed a shot off the underside of the crossbar with the ball adjudged to have crossed the line by the umpire.

But we soon had a third goal of the half when Kian Lawler’s long range effort just dropped over the outstretched arm of Clonaslee keeper Christy Conroy and into the net.

Cathal Lee popped up with a brace of points for Clonaslee though to lessen the blow and while Lee Byrne did get one for Graiguecullen before the break, Clonaslee had the chance to go in level at half time.

Senan Barrett was fouled in the penalty area and Darragh Scully took the resulting spot kick but Conor Harte pulled off a fine save to leave the scoreline reading 2-2 to 1-2 at half time.

Graiguecullen scored their third goal straight from the throw-in when Lee Byrne set up Ricky Lawlor for a tap in and Haugney then added another point.

Clonaslee went in search of goal to get them back into the tie by Conor Harte refused to be beaten again and he spread himself well once again to stop Darragh Scully from point blank range.

Graiguecullen were worthy winners and they ended the game on a high as Timmons completed his hat-trick.

SCORERS – Graiguecullen: Ricky Timmons 3-0, Kian Lawler 1-0 Lee Byrne 0-2, Jake Haughney 0-1 Clonaslee-St Manman’s: Senan Barrett 1-0, Cathal Lee 0-2

GRAIGUECULLEN: Conor Harte; Tommy Deere, Cillian O’Reilly; Aaron Dorgan, Kian Lawler, Jack Byrne; Conor Kelly, John Hayes; John O’Shea, Jake Haughney, Lee Byrne; Cillian Morrissey, Ricky Timmons. Subs: Seán McGrath, James Cowan, Gerald Duggan, Joshua Drea-Bienko, Terry French, Aaron Scully-Keightley, Brandon Walsh

CLONASLEE-ST MANMAN’S: Christy Conroy; Cormac Murray, Josh Flynn; Paddy Purcell, Cian Conroy, Tom Smith; Darragh Scully, Luke Dunne, Ciarán Hogan, Noah Flynn, 20Cathal Lee; Alex Keenan, Senan Barrett. Subs: Joe Conroy, Peter Foyle