There were two games down for decision in the second and tier tiers of the ACFL this evening.
In Division 1B, Portarlington could clinch promotion for themselves and Ballylinan if they beat Killeshin.
While in Division 2, The Rock knew that defeat against Park-Ratheniska would leave them needing to win at least two of their remaining three games to stay up.
Killeshin 4-9 Portarlington 0-8
ACFL Division 1B
Killeshin blew the ACFL Division 1B promotion race wide open with an emphatic thirteen point win over Portarlington this evening.
Mark O’Regan’s side knew that only a win would keep them in the hunt for a league final place as three points separated themselves from their opponents with a further two points to Ballylinan in top spot.
Killeshin began well and built up a 1-5 to 0-4 lead at half time, as full forward Damien Lowry popped up with their opening goal.
Killeshin blew a big lead against Kilcruise last week but they were in no danger of doing that in the second half as they kicked on to win well.
Brian Lowry notched their second goal before Damien Lowry grabbed his second and Evan Lowry rounded things off with a fourth.
It means that Killeshin have closed the gap on Portarlington to just a point but they are on the road next week to face the league leaders Ballylinan.
Despite the defeat, the ball is still in Portarlington’s court and they know that if they win their final two games, they will be in the final regardless of what Killeshin do.
The first of those is at home to relegation threatened Crettyard next Thursday night.
Park-Ratheniska 2-14 The Rock 1-9
ACFL Division 2
Park-Ratheniska ensured that they will play Division 2 football next season by beating The Rock and edging their descent to Division 3 ever closer.
The Rock have failed to win a game all season and must now win two of their remaining three games if they are to have any chance of staying up.
The Heath pulled out of the league at the start of it, meaning that just one of the other eleven teams would be relegated with them.
This is looking increasingly like it will be The Rock as Park-Ratheniska inflicted a seventh straight defeat upon them.
The home side were in front early on thanks to a wonderfully taken goal by Stephen Knowles and the followed it with points from Mark Delaney and DJ O’Connell.
The Rock tried to keep in it with a Wesley Bergin goal but they found themselves 1-9 to 1-3 behind at the break.
The teams swapped points on the resumption of play but the game was settled a short time into the second half when Jimmy Langton fired home Rathensika’s second goal.
The Rock kept plugging away but they could never get close to Ratheniska who had the final say with points from DJ O’Connell and Stephen Knowles to clinch safety.
The Rock still have Clonaslee-St Manman’s, St Joseph’s and Kilcavan to play and they must win at least two of these games to have any chance of staying up.
SEE ALSO – All of Friday’s Laois GAA results