There was disappointment on the double for Laois sides in CCFL finals on Saturday evening with both Raheen and Portlaoise AFC ending up on the losing side.
CCFL Dennis Delaney Division 2 Cup Final
Raheen FC 0 Horsleap 2
After an incredibly successful season that saw them crowned league champions, Raheen couldn’t add that extra gloss by claiming a league crown losing to Horsleap in the Division 2 Cup final in Tullamore this evening.
The sending off of Jamie Whelan on two yellow cards had a major bearing on the outcome as the Westmeath side took the chances that came their way.
It was the second cup final that Raheen lost but they can look back on a good season and plan for a division higher in 2017-2018.
RAHEEN: Joseph Walsh; Cian Moffitt, Colm Kavanagh, Mark McDonald, Darren Brennan; Mikey Dalton, Conor Dunphy, Chris Murray, Matthew Wallace, Gearoid Parkinson; Jamie Whelan. Subs: Clive Thompson for Brennan, Niall Gavin for Wallace, Wayne Carter for Dalton and Daniel Butler for Moffitt
CCFL Youths Cup Final
Hodson Bay Celtic 4 Portlaoise AFC 1
Portlaoise AFC Youths were also in Cup final action this Saturday evening – but Athlone side Hodson Bay emerged victorious in Birr.
Hudson Bay only took the lead before half time thanks to a penalty and they led 1-0 at the break. They doubled their lead within four minutes of the restart and then went three up when they scored on a counter attack ten minutes later and added a fourth shortly afterwards.
Portlaoise, to their credit, refused to lie down and sub Liam Frazer pulled one back with his first touch after coming off the bench. They were then unfortunate to see a Fionn Scully penalty missed and they hit the woodwork twice late on.
Many of those Portlaoise players are now back in action next weekend in the U-19 Cup final.
PORTLAOISE: Sean McCormack; Conor Comiskey, Tyler Dempsey, Stephen Hitchcock, Brian Sheehy; Niall Doran, Aaron Keane, Keith Ryan, Fionn Scully; Raphael Mapawata, Aaron Wright. Subs: Cathal Hughes, Shane Lynch, Craig Reddin, Liam Frazer, Conor McKenna