Portlaoise 4-14 Ballylinan 2-4
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1A
In a repeat of last year’s county final, Portlaoise proved far too strong for Ballylinan in Rathleague this evening.
Portlaoise had lost their opening game to St Joseph’s but welcomed back their Laois contingent for this one and dominated from start to finish.
They led 2-9 to 1-3 at the break and added another couple of goals in the second half to run out 16-point winners.
Ronan McEvoy got two goals for Portlaoise while Chris Finn and sub Paddy Downey got one each. Gary Walsh and Brian McEvoy got the Ballylinan goals.
The result means that Ballylinan, promoted from 1B last season, have lost their first two games of the campaign.
PORTLAOISE: Graham Brody; David Holland, Gary Saunders, Brian ‘Beano’ McCormack; Chris Finn, Colin Finn, David Seale; Kieran Lillis, Brian Glynn; Ronan McEvoy, Benny Carroll, Gareth Dillon; Jason Maher, Scott Lawless, Ricky Maher. Subs: Michael Dowling, Paddy Downey, Craig Rogers, John Kavanagh, Dean Lynch, Frank Flanagan
BALLYLINAN: Darren Burke; Ciaran Fennessy, Dermot Leonard, Kevin Byrne; Alan Farrell, Conor Behan, Robbie Donoher; Seamus Lacey, Liam Kealy; Jack Delaney, Cathaill Dunne, Ciaran Farrell; Andy McEvoy, Gary Walsh, David Bride. Subs: John Kealy, Larry Kealy, Brian McEvoy
O’Dempsey’s 0-10 The Heath 0-10
Meanwhile, O’Dempsey’s hit the last two points of the game to rescue a draw in the other Division 1A game played this evening.
They led 0-5 to 0-4 at the break but a run of Heath points in the second half put them in front and they led 0-10 to 0-8 with time almost up with sub Padraig Whelan, Daithi Carroll and Eoin Delaney all among their scorers.
But O’Dempsey’s leading scorer Matthew Finlay pulled one back with a free and sub Mark Barry – a county minor last year – got the equaliser with the last kick of the game.
The clash between Graiguecullen and Portarlington was postponed.
THE HEATH: Billy Hennessy; Neil Keane, Gary Hogan, Alan Whelan; Ciaran Booth, Jimmy Nerney, Mark Dowling; Daithi Carroll, Liam Kinsella; Colin Nestor, Chris Bergin, Robbie Ging; Eoin Delaney, Andrew Booth, James Phelan. Subs: Dylan Kavanagh, Padraig Whelan, Robbie Dowling, PJ Daly
O’DEMPSEY’S: Padraig Bannon; Richard Whelehan, Peter O’Leary, Liam Whelehan; Robbie Kehoe, Tommy Kehoe, Cormac O’Hora; Shane Nerney, Rory Bracken; Matthew Finlay, Conor Meredith, Barry Kelly; Michael Finlay, Dan McCormack, Eoghan Finlay. Subs: Stephen O’Leary, Tom Kelly, Mark Barry
In Division 1B, there were wins for Arles-Killeen, Killeshin and Emo – while the game between Rosenallis and Ballyroan-Abbey was postponed because of an unplayable pitch.
Arles-Killeen were far too strong for Crettyard as they romped to a 6-13 to 0-5 win, inflicting a second big defeat of the season on Crettyard.
Killeshin made the long trip to Mountmellick a worthwhile one thanks to a 0-15 to 1-11 and Emo got the better of Arles-Kilcruise on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-5 after recovering from a poor start.
ACFL Division 1A
Stradbally 0-9 St Joseph’s 0-11
Portlaoise 4-14 Ballylinan 2-4
The Heath 0-10 O’Dempsey’s 0-10
ACFL Division 1B
Emo 1-9 Arles-Kilcruise 1-5
Arles-Killeen 6-13 Crettyard 0-5
Killeshin 0-15 Mountmellick 1-11
ACHL Division 2
The Harps 1-9 Slieve Bloom 1-13
ACHL Division 4
Kyle 1-11 Colt 0-13
Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe 0-8 Camross 1-4