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Stradbally Town the big winners as weather wipes out local soccer games

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The weather caused mayhem in the local soccer fixtures this weekend as virtually all games were called off.

Just four games involving Laois team tooks place and all of those were in the CCFL.

Portlaoise AFC’s Leinster Senior League games were called off while the entire fixture list in the Carlow League and Kilkenny League also fell victim to the rain.

On Saturday, Portlaoise AFC’s U-19 B team increased their lead at the top of the Division with a win over second placed Mountmellick.

The gap is now nine points but it looked like it would e cut to three with ten minutes to play as Mountmellick led 1-0 at the Portlaoise Leisure Centre.

Curtis Lee grabbed the goal for the visitors but Portlaoise struck for three goals in the time that remained to win.

Stradbally native Jack Langton helped himself to a brace while Jason Woods, a recent recruit from Shamrock Rovers, bagged the other to bring the title within touching distance.

On Sunday, Stradbally Town moved their Paddy Cotter Cup Round 2 game against Highfield United to the Leisure Centre and the pair played out an en-trawling affair.

Stradbally had early chances through Podge Fitzpatrick and Alan Delaney to take the lead and it was this pair that eventually combined on 28 minutes to put the home side ahead when Fitzpatrick hit the end line and cut back to Delaney who finished calmly from 6 yards.

Highfield roared back and were level on 38 minutes when they whipped in a set piece from the right, it was half cleared and a shot at goal from 12 yards from a Highfield attacker forcing Jack Larkin into a fantastic save only for luck to desert him with the rebound that was forced home from close Range.

Both sides did all they could to win it in the second period, the Birr side forced a number of corners and were enjoying more possession but Stradbally always looked like they could pounce on the break when the Highfield attacks broke down with Ray Mullally and Billy Murphy in full control at the heart of the home defense.

1-1 it ended and after 20 minutes of Extra-Time, we faced penalties.

Ray Mullally, Podge Langton and Podge Fitzpatrick made no mistake from the spot with the Highfield Keeper pulling off fine saves from Conor Brady and Liam Knowles with his feet and right hand respectively.

Jack Larkin played his part making a fantastic stop down to his left with Highfield blasting wide and striking the woodwork with another two spot kicks meaning Stradbally made it through by the narrowest of margins 3-2.

Elsewhere, there were defeats for two Laois sides in Division 4 of the CCFL.

Mountmellick Celtic went down 2-1 away to St Cormac’s Athletic while Ballinahown defeated Abbeyleix Athletic 3-1.

Results

Under 19 Division 1
Portlaoise 3 Mountmellick Utd 1

Paddy Cotter Cup 2nd Round
Stradbally Town 1 (3) Highfield Utd 1 (2) pens aet

Division 4
St Cormacs Ath 2 Mountmellick Celtic 1
Ballinahown 3 Abbeyleix Ath 1

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.