There were wins for Timahoe, St Joseph’s and Mountmellick in tonight’s ACFL Division 2 games.
These, along with Rosenallis’s decision to give Ballyfin a walkover, gives us a clearer picture of how the Division will unfold as we have now reached the closing stages of the competition.
Timahoe 5-11 Courtwood 1-7
Timahoe gave their chances of gaining promotion to Division 1B a real shot in the arm thanks to a big victory over Courtwood.
Eddie Kinsella’s team still sit in second place in the table and will reach the semi-finals if they win their remaining two games but Timahoe are now snapping at their heals just a point back in fourth place.
Courtwood took the lead in the first minute via an Alan Kinsella effort which sailed between the posts but the home team quickly asserted their dominance.
The drew level through Ruairi O’Connor a moment later and never looked back. Martin Bergin raised the game’s first green flag before the midpoint of the half and a second followed for Robbie Foyle when he capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score.
Luke Doyle tried to keep Courtwood in it with a flurry of points but the visitors still trailed by 2-5 to 0-4 at the break.
Timahoe set about making the game safe on the resumption of play and they did that by scoring three more goals.
Robbie Foyle completed his hat-trick while Tom Doyle came off the bench to slot home the fifth.
Colm Wilson did manage a goal for Courtwood but they were beaten by 16 points in the end.
Next up for Timahoe is an away trip to St Joseph’s where they will look for a win to keep the pressure on Rosenallis and Courtwood above them.
Meanwhile, Courtwood will look to get back on track when they travel to face Barrowhouse.
SCORERS – TIMAHOE: Robbie Foyle 3-1, Ruairi O’Connor 0-5, Martin Bergin 1-1, Tom Doyle 1-0, Mick Ramsbottom and Colum Dunne 0-2 each, Seán Ramsbottom and Joe O’Connor 0-1 each COURTWOOD: Luke Doyle 0-5, Colm Wilson 1-1, Alan Kinsella 0-1
TIMAHOE: Eoin Culleton; Geoff Kennedy, James O’Connor, Patrick Brady; Richie Oxley, Joe O’Connor, Conor Whelehan; Michael Kennedy, Seán Ramsbottom; Pádraig Kelly, Colm Lalor, Colum Dunne; Robbie Foyle, Ruairi O’Connor, Martin Bergin. Subs: Mick Ramsbottom for Whelehan, Tom Doyle for S Ramsbottom, Liam McEvoy for Oxley, Anthony Brady for Bergin
COURTWOOD: Eoghan O’Neill; Matt Malone, Andrew Mulhare, Liam Duffy; Michael O’Connell, Mark O’Halloran, Colm Wilson; Paddy Wilson, Liam Hogan; Brian Hogan, Matt Kelly, David Duffy; Alan Kinsella, Luke Doyle, Robert Boland. Subs: Tom O’Connell for Kelly, Michael Gilneagh for L. Hogan, Enda Dunne for Kinsella
St Joseph’s 2-10 Park Ratheniska 1-11
Park-Ratheniska remain deep in relegation trouble following a defeat to St Joseph’s in Kellyville tonight.
The visitors trailed by 1-5 to 0-3 at half time but rallied in the second half to draw level.
Points from Benny Conroy and Podge Dunne got them back in it before a DJ O’Connell goal tied the game at 1-8 apiece.
But St Joseph’s replied with their second goal and despite a late brace of points from Paul Holohan, Ratheniska ran out of time.
Despite this defeat, Ratheniska still have the chance to keep themselves up as they face bottom side The Rock in their final game.
A win there will keep them up for another year and relegate The Rock in the process.
St Joseph’s still have an outside chance of reaching a semi-final but they must beat Timahoe if they are to have any chance of achieving that.
Mountmellick 2-13 Barrowhouse 1-5
Mountmellick moved two points clear at the top of the ACFL Division 2 thanks to an 11 point win over Barrowhouse tonight.
The top team in the Division will go straight through to the final, while second and third will play in a semi-final, so Mountmellick will want that to be them.
Mountmellick led this one from the off and were 0-9 to 0-3 up when they struck for two goals via Niall Mullen and David Kelly to put the game beyond Barrowhouse.
Mountmellick will face Ballyfin next where a win will almost certainly see them through to the league final.
Barrowhouse still have a slim chance of making the semi finals but they must beat Courtwood if they are to have any hope.
Neither of the two other games scheduled to take place tonight went ahead.
Third placed Rosenallis gave Ballyfin a walkover – a result which means that Donnacha Phelan’s side now also have an outside chance of making the semi-final.
Rosenallis are still in pole position to claim it and a win over Clonaslee-St Manman’s next week would almost guarantee it for them.
The Rock’s home tie against Kilcavan was called off due to a bereavement and will take place at a later date.
The Rock sit four points from safety but face Park-Ratheniska next and must not lose as if they do, they will be relegated.
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