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Ballylinan survive Heath revival to book U-21 final place

Ballylinan 0-13 The Heath 1-7

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Ballylinan are through to the Laois U-21 FC ‘B’ final thanks to a three-point win over The Heath in Timahoe this afternoon.

Fielding a number of players who featured in the recent senior county final, they laid the foundations for their win with a good first-half performance which saw them lead 0-9 to 0-3 at the break.

Cathaill Dunne, who scored seven points in total, scored four in the first half with Jak Delaney, David Bride and Ciaran Fennessy also on target.

For The Heath Shane Keane and PJ Daly accounted for their first-half scores.

The Heath fought back well in the second half and a string of points from county minor Daly and a goal from Shane Keane had them right back in contention.

But Ballylinan finished well and a couple more points from Dunne and one from McEvoy got them over the line.

The other semi-final in this competition on Saturday saw Na Fianna Og (a combination of Ballylinan’s neighbours Barrowhouse and the two Arles clubs) drew with Rosenallis in a dramatic encounter.

SCORERS – Ballylinan: Cathaill Dunne 0-7 (four frees), Jak Delaney 0-2, David Bride 0-2, Ciaran Fennessy 0-1, Andy McEvoy 0-1 The Heath: PJ Daly 0-5 (four frees), Shane Keane 1-2 (0-1 free)

BALLYLINAN: Aaron Baldwin; Kevin Byrne, Oisin Leonard; James Redmond, Conor Behan, Ciaran Fennessy; Seamus Lacey, Liam O’Dea; Cathal Fennessy, Cathail Dunne, Tomas Lacey; Jak Delaney, David Bride. Subs: Andy McEvoy for L O’Dea, Evan Philips for T Lacey, James Murphy for Leonard, Emmet Doyle for McEvoy

THE HEATH: Joe Walsh; David Conroy, James Conroy; Dylan Kavanagh, James Phelan, David Phelan; Liam Kinsella, Jordan Walsh; PJ Daly, Shane Keane, Benny Conroy; Niall Keane, Dan Hennessy. Sub: Gareth O’Brien for Hennessy

SEE ALSO – Na Fianna Og snatch dramatic draw with Rosenallis to send U-21 semi-final to replay

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