Rosenallis 1-15 The Rock 1-6
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 2
Rosenallis are a coming force on all fronts in Laois GAA and they continued their good start to the 2017 thanks to a nine-point away win over The Rock tonight.
Last year’s Leinster junior champions are under the guidance of former Rock player Paddy Dunne and they got off to a dream start here when Brian Fitzpatrick got the game’s opening goal after a couple of minutes.
Despite playing against the breeze Rosenallis dominated the opening half with Fitzpatrick, Ronan Murray and Joe Keating all to the fore.
Keating kicked two nice points from play in the opening quarter and with Murray, James Jackson, Joe Shelley and Cathal Fennell all on target they led 1-6 to 0-1 with 23 minutes gone, The Rock’s only point coming from Stephen McDonald.
The Rock got the last two scores of the half thanks to well-taken frees from Jonathan Allen but Rosenallis were full value for their six-point lead at the break.
Jack Carroll scored a nice point to narrow the gap for The Rock early in the second half but Keating and Fitzpatrick hit back for Rosenallis before Carroll landed a free from a tight angle.
Colm Poole was introduced on the 40-minute mark and he made an instant impression by landing the fits of his four points to send Rosenallis eight points clear.
A Carroll penalty – after Stephen Conlon was fouled – gave The Rock a glimmer of hope but Rosenallis responded decisively by scoring four points on the trot and while Stephen McDonald would kick a lovely point for The Rock late on, a Poole free would round off the win for Rosenallis and ensure their third straight win in this league.
Their season will ramp up a notch now with their next two games away to Timahoe and Mountmellick.
For The Rock it was a second loss and they will face another local derby in two weeks time when they make the short trip to take on Mountmellick.
SCORERS – Rosenallis: Brian Fitzpatrick 1-2, Colm Poole 0-4 (two frees), James Jackson 0-3 (one free), Joe Keating 0-3, Ronan Murray, Cathal Fennell and Joe Shelley 0-1 each. The Rock: Jack Carroll 1-2 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free), Stephen McDonald and Jonathan Allen (both frees) 0-2 each
ROSENALLIS: Barry Farrell; Stephen McEvoy, Marcus Redmond, Cormac White; Nickey Dunne, Thomas Keating, Paul Maher; Cathal Fennell, Fiachra Fennell; Joe Keating, Ronan Murray, Darren McEvoy; Brian Fitzpatrick, James Jackson, Joe Shelley. Subs: Colm Poole for Shelley, Adam McDonald for White, Dean Maher for Murray, Ronan Doolan for Dunne
THE ROCK: Conor Allen; Conor Flynn, Brendan Murphy, Niall Dunne; Anavil Storey, Kieran Conroy, Paul Allen; Fionn Kirwan, Diarmuid Dooley; Stephen Brew, Stephen McDonald, Stephen Conlon; Jonathan Allen, Philip Peake, Jack Carroll. Subs: Brian Conlon for Brew, Rory Doyle for Kirwan, Wes Bergin for Peake, Cormac Joyce for Storey
REFEREE: Vincent Dowling (O’Dempsey’s)
Wins for Mountmellick, Ballyfin, Courtwood and Kilcavan
Elsewhere in Division 2, a strong second-half from Courtwood saw them record their third win thanks to a 5-18 to 2-11 win over the home side Park-Ratheniska.
Goals from Matt Kelly and David Duffy helped Courtwood into a big early lead but Sean Tynan and Paddy Kelly struck back for Park and the sides were level at 2-7 each at the break.
However, Courtwood pulled well clear in the second half. Niall Donoher was in top form and two goals from Paddy Wilson and one from a Colm Wilson penalty ensured Eddie Kinsella’s side maintained their 100% start.
After two losses, Kilcavan got their first win of the season thanks to a 3-11 to 1-7 win away to Barrowhouse.
First-half goals from Derek Conroy and Jason Maher helped Kilcavan to a 2-5 to 0-5 lead at half time and with Ollie Dixon kicking six points, Kilcavan were relatively comfortable throughout the second half.
Senior outfit Mountmellick did just enough to beat junior side St Joseph’s in Milltown on a scoreline of 2-10 to 3-6, Mountmellick’s two goals coming from Niall Mullen and Conor Comiskey.
In the other game tonight, Ballyfin recorded a massive 30-point win over Clonaslee St Manman’s. Even without the services of Laois forward Sean Moore, Ballyfin romped to an 8-18 to 1-9 win over the home side with James Finn and James Moore both on form.