O’Dempsey’s and St Joseph’s will meet in the ACFL Division 1A final following Portlaoise’s failure to beat Ballyroan-Abbey in the final game of the league stages this evening in Rathleague.
Portlaoise were one point behind O’Dempsey’s on the table heading into their final game and knew a win at home against an already-relegated Ballyroan side would secure their place in the league decider.
But Ballyroan did O’Dempsey’s a massive favour by recording a 2-6 to 0-7 win. Portlaoise led 0-4 to 0-2 at half-time but two second-half goals saw Ballyroan claim a hard-earned win.
It means O’Dempsey’s will meet St Joseph’s in the final on Sunday week.
In the other main adult game played this evening Rathdowney-Errill claimed the ACHL Division 5 title thanks to a 2-10 to 1-7 win over Camross in Borris-in-Ossory.
BALLYROAN-ABBEY: Andrew Bonham; Mark Cahill, Gavin Tynan, Mick Brennan; Danny Molloy, Rory Dunne, Oisin Carroll; Eoin Reilly, Ciaran Carroll; Colin Kinsella, Sean Murphy, Jamie Whelan; Michael Whelan, Diarmuid Whelan, Eoghan Whelan. Subs: Liam Delaney for Cahill, Adam Brennan for E Whelan, Jamie Bartley for Reilly and Charlie Whelan for Kinsella
PORTLAOISE: Michael Nolan; Ronan Molloy, Frank Flanagan, David Holland; Colin Finn, Chris Finn, Paddy Norton; Ciaran McEvoy, Dean Cullen; John Kavanagh, Benny Carroll, Shane Smith; Kevin Fitzpatrick, Scott Lawless, Ricky Maher. Subs: Craig Rogers for Fitzpatrick, Daragh McAuley for Colin Finn and Kevin Fitzpatrick for Rogers (black card)
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Camross 1-7 Rathdowney Errill 2-10
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