Crettyard 1-12 Arles-Kilcruise 3-9
ACFL Division 1B
Three first half goals were they key for Arles-Kilcruise as they scored a major win in the race to avoid relegation from the ACFL Division 1B.
Annanough’s decision to give Ballylinan a walkover tonight meant that they were already down and one of Crettyard or Arles-Kilcruise will join them.
Before the game, just a point separated the two but this win moves Arles-Kilcruise three points ahead of Crettyard with two games to play.
Chris Conway was Kilcruise’s main man on the night. Despite missing at least five minutes of the first half after being replaced as a blood sub, the forward still helped himself to 2-5 and played a crucial role in Kilcruise’s third goal for Padge Conway.
Kilcruise opened the scoring through a Chris Conway free but Crettyard replied with the game’s first goal.
Corner back James Kelly was fouled in the penalty area and Cristóir Maher planted the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
The home side kicked the next two points via Eddie O’Reilly and Pa Brennan before Chris Conway struck for Kilcruise’s first goal.
Pa Brennan and Aran Murphy hit the next two points for Crettyard but Kilcruise then raised three white flags in a row via Fran Egan, Jason McLaughlin and Chris Conway to level the game.
Eddie O’Reilly kicked two more points for Crettyard but Kilcruise ended the half with two goals.
Chris Conway netted his second moments after returning to the field of play having been forced off as a blood sub and he then laid the ball on a plate for Padge Conway to palm home a third to leave the score reading 3-5 to 1-6 at the break.
Chris Conway pushed Kilcruise six clear on the resumption of play but Crettyard began the second half well as Patrick Reilly complimented a brace from Cristóir Maher to narrow the gap to three points.
Jason McLaoughlin and Dermot Nolan split the posts for Kilcruise but the margin was back to three when Pa Brennan and Maher did the same for Kilcruise.
Aran Murphy landed Crettyard’s twelfth point but Chris Conway had the final say with the last score of the game to seal the win.
Arles-Kilcruise face Portlaoise, who got the better of Emo tonight by 4-7 to 3-8, and they now know that a win there will secure their Division 1B status.
Crettyard need Kilcruise to slip up and they must win their next game to have any chance of staying up – but that is against promotion seeking Portarlington.
SCORERS – ARLES-KILCRUISE: Chris Conway 2-5 (0-4 frees), Padge Conway 1-0, Jason McLaughlin 0-2, Fran Egan and Dermot Nolan 0-1 each CRETTYARD: Cristóir Maher 1-3 (1-0 penalty, 0-2 45), Pa Brennan and Eddie O’Reilly 0-3 each, Aran Murphy 0-2, Patrick Reilly 0-1
ARLES-KILCRUISE: Ken Kealy; Ciarán Lawlor, Seán Meaney, Cialan Mulhall; JP Conway, Colm Munnelly, Mark Wall; Alan McLaughlin, Dermot Nolan; Jason McLaughlin, Brendan Conway, Dylan Waters; Padge Conway, Fran Egan, Chris Conway. Subs: Anthony McElroy for B. Conway (ht)
CRETTYARD: Jeff Moran; Jason Dunne, Ciarán Hosey, James Kelly; Conor Barry, Pa Brennan, Michael Jordan; Patrick Reilly, Seán O’Reilly; Aran Murphy, Cristóir Maher, Niall Purcell; Eoin O’Shea, Eddie O’Reilly, Willie Fitzpatrick
Referee: Michael Tarpey (Kilcavan)
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