There was five games down for decision on Monday night on the Laois GAA scene.
In ACFL Division 1A, Portlaoise kept their league final hopes alive thanks to a seven-point win over leaders St Joseph’s in Kellyville.
With two games remaining, St Joseph’s still lead the table on 18 points with O’Dempsey’s on 16 and Portlaoise on 15. The top two go forward to the decider so there’s still a lot to play for.
In Division 2, Clonaslee secured their status in that league for another year by scoring the last three points of the game to beat neighbours Rosenallis on a scoreline of 0-14 to 0-11.
The loss means Rosenallis will have to win their final game of the league against relegation-threatened Kilcavan to have a chance of making the semi-final. The result has also done leaders Mountmellick a favour as they now can’t be caught at the top of the table and so are guaranteed a final place and promotion to Division 1B for 2018.
In Division 1A of the hurling league, Rathdowney-Errill maintained their hopes of a semi-final place thanks to a 1-20 to 2-16 win over a Mountrath side who are now out of the running for a knockout place and promotion.
Finally, there was two juvenile games down for decision. Ballyroan-Abbey continued their impressive underage run of form by capturing the U-14 football league title. They beat St Joseph’s 5-5 to 0-10 in the Division 1 final in The Heath.
In the U-14 football Division 2 playoff, Clonaslee got the better of Rathdowney-Errill.
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1A
St Joseph’s 2-4 Portlaoise 2-11
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 2
Clonaslee St Manmans 0-14 Rosenallis 0-11
Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 1A
Rathdowney Errill 1-20 St Fintan’s Mountrath 2-16
Midlands Park Hotel U-14 Football League Final
Ballyroan Abbey 5-5 St Joseph’s 0-10
Midlands Park Hotel U-14 ‘B’ Football League Play off
Clonaslee St Manmans 4-8 Rathdowney Errill 1-5