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O’Dempsey’s get the better of neighbours Portarlington as Ballylinan and St Joseph’s finish all square

St Joseph’s 1-7 Ballylinan 1-7

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Ballylinan, inspired by county man Gary Walsh, looked to be on their way to their first league win this evening before a late St Joseph’s rally and an equalising point from Mick Keogh saw the neighbours and rivals finish level.

The result maintains St Joseph’s unbeaten start and puts them joint level with O’Dempsey’s at the top of the table while Ballylinan move off the bottom.

In front of a big crowd in Kellyville, St Joseph’s led 1-3 to 0-2 at the break, their goal coming midway through the half after a mix-up in the Ballylinan square after a long ball in.

Ballylinan had the aid of the wind in the second half and with Walsh showing great accuracy from frees and play, Ballylinan over took St Joseph’s.

But the home side battled on and Keogh’s late point earned a share of the spoils.

SCORERS – St Joseph’s: own goal 1-0, Brendan Hickey 0-2, Donal Ramsbottom, Brian Daly, Enda Butler, James Kelly and Mick Keogh 0-1 each. Ballylinan: Gary Walsh 1-6, Ciaran Farrell 0-1

ST JOSEPH’S: Dan Dunne; Donal Ramsbottom, Tom Dunne, Aidan Campion; Murtagh Condron, Aidan Brennan, James Kelly; Cathal Fleming, Matty Campion; Peter Kealy, Mick Keogh, Dean Brophy; Brian Daly, Brendan Hickey, Dylan Doyle. Subs: James Smith, Enda Butler, Mikey Dempsey, Paddy Hickey, Jack Lacey

BALLYLINAN: Darren Burke; Kevin Byrne, Conor Behan, Ciaran Fennessy; Alan Farrell, Pauric McEvoy, Robbie Donoher; John Kealy, Jamie Farrell; Seamus Lacey, Ciaran Farrell, Gary Walsh snr; Andy McEvoy, Gary Walsh jnr, Liam Kealy. Subs: Cathal Fennessy, Larry Kealy, Cathal Leonard

O’Dempsey’s 3-12 Portarlington 1-12

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There was another local derby in McCann Park this evening when Portarlington and O’Dempsey’s met for the first time since 2011.

But it’s the Killenard men that claimed the bragging rights thanks to an impressive second-half performance that sees them remain unbeaten and claim top spot in Division 1A.

Goals from Mark Barry, Matthew Finlay and Barry Kelly helped O’Dempsey’s to a six-point win.

Port’s top scorer was David Murphy with 1-3 while Ronan Coffey hit 0-5 in what his his debut senior season.

O’Dempsey’s are at home to Stradbally next Saturday while Portarlington travel to Portlaoise.

SCORERS – O’Dempsey’s: Mark Barry 1-5 (0-2 frees), Matthew Finlay 1-2 (0-1 free), Barry Kelly 1-1, Eoin Finlay 0-2, Rory Bracken 0-1, Pat Maher 0-1. Portarlington: David Murphy 1-3 (1-0 penalty), Ronan Coffey 0-5 (two frees), Colm Murphy (free), Colin Slevin, Jason Ward (free) and Jake Foster 0-1 each

O’DEMPSEY’S: Padraig Bannon; Richard Whelehan, Peter O’Leary, Shane Nerney; Robbie Kehoe, Tommy Kehoe, Cormac O’Hora; Rory Bracken, Barry Kelly; Matthew Finlay, Conor Meredith, Michael Finlay; Eoin Finlay, Dan McCormack, Mark Barry.

PORTARLINGTON: Sean Mooney; Dean Foster, Cathal Ryan, Alex Mohan; Robbie Pigott, Diarmuid Bennett, Colin Slevin; Hayden Weldon, Paddy O’Sullivan; Graham Weldon, David Murphy, Steven Lyons; Jake Foster, Colm Murphy, Ronan Coffey.

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