Arles-Killeen 0-15 Ballyroan-Abbey 1-8
ACFL Division 1A
Arles-Killeen ended a four game losing streak with a fine home victory over Ballyroan-Abbey last night.
Seven points from Laois senior footballer Donie Kingston did the trick for Eoin Kearn’s side as they moved level on points in the relegation zone with Ballyroan-Abbey and Stradbally at this early stage.
The sides traded points early on with Paul Kingston and Donie Kingston seeing efforts for Killeen cancelled out by MJ Tierney and Adam Brennan.
However, Arles-Killeen got a run on manager Kearn’s native side towards the end of the half with scores from Donie Kingston, Jason Enright and Donie Brennan granting them a 0-8 to 0-4 lead at half time.
Ballyroan-Abbey grabbed the game’s only goal ten minutes into the second half when wing back Oisin Carroll struck for his second in six days but that was as close as they would come.
Arles-Killen saw out the game with further points from the Kingston brothers as well as efforts from Enright and Seán O’Shea to record a valuable four point win.
Next up for them is a home clash with The Heath next Sunday while Ballyroan-Abbey are on the road again as they travel to face the league leaders St Joseph’s on the same day.
ARLES-KILLEEN: Mick Leigh; Niall O’Rourke, James Mahon, Joe Mulhare; Dermot Julian, Enda O’Rourke, Cathal Moran; Donie Kingston, Joe Mahon; Seán O’Shea, Paul Kingston, Shane Byrne; Conor Keightly, Jason Enright, Donie Brennan. Subs: Gerry McWey for Keightly, Enda McDonald for Brennan
BALLYROAN-ABBEY: Andrew Bonham; Mark Cahill, Gavin Tynan, Ruairi Dunne; Mick Brennan, Conor Brennan, Oisin Carroll; Liam Delaney, Aaron Carroll; Ciarán Carroll, Pádraig McMahon, Colin Kinsella; Mark McDonald, MJ Tierney, Adam Brennan. Subs: Martin Scully for Kinsella, Eoghan Whelan for C. Carroll
Referee: Joe Brennan (Crettyard)