The domestic soccer season is ticking along towards its conclusion and there are a number of Laois teams in line to win trophies.
One of these is Clover United and they moved nine points clear at the top of Division 1 of the Kilkenny League.
The Rathdowney outfit saw off Castlewarren Celtic 4-1 and are now just one win away from being crowned champions with games to spare.
There was further good news for the other Laois team in Kilkenny action as Lions AFC defeated Stoneyford United 3-1 to ease their relegation fears.
In the CCFL on Saturday, Emo Celtic, who won the U-19 Premier Division last week, were bidding to reach the last eight of the LFA Youths Cup.
However, they fell two down to Carlow side Nurney Villa and despite Niall Dunne pulling one back, they just couldn’t find the equaliser.
In the CCFL, there was disappointment for the two Laois teams in cup action.
Despite Colin Beale giving Stradbally Town the lead in their Division 2 cup semi final against Clonown Rovers, they conceded twice in the second half to go out.
Brian Russell was on the scoresheet for St Aengus in the Division 3 Cup quarter final but they went down 3-1 to Colmcille Celtic.
While in the league, Clonaslee missed the chance to rise to third from bottom of the Senior Division when they lose 5-3 to the side directly above them – Mullingar Athletic.
In Division 1, Portlaoise Shamrocks are up to second after a 5-3 win away to Walsh Island Shamrocks.
They leapfrogged Towerhill Rovers who, despite a Paul Sutton goal, lost 1-0 to Horseleap United.
In Division 2, O’Moore FC’s title ambitions took a major dent when, although Paddy Norton scored for them, they lost 2-1 to Portarlington Town.
While in Division 4, Mountmellick Celtic’s remote league winning hopes were ended by fellow Laois side Abbeyleix Athletic.
In Carlow, Crettyard United’s grip on the Premier Division is over as Hannover Harps have been crowned champions but they are on the march to finish second and defeated fellow Laois sides St Fiacc’s and Killeshin on Friday and Sunday respectively.
In the cup action, St Patrick’s Boys advanced to the quarter finals of the Premier Cup while Wolfhill Athletic have reached the Division 3 final.
Trailing 2-0 to St Fiacc’s B at one stage, Trevor Reardon’s men pulled off a remarkable turnaround to win.
Sean Meaney scored a hat-trick, Colin Campion got two while Seám Reilly and Enda Butler got one each to turn the game around dramatically. They will now play Nurney Villa in the final.
LFA Youths Cup 4th Round
Emo Celtic 1 Nurney Villa 2
CCFL Youths Cup 1st Round
Portlaoise 3, Mullingar Ath 5
Under 19 Cup Quarter Final
Clonaslee Utd 0, Birr Town 1
Dennis Delaney Div 2 Cup Semi Finals
Clonown Rovers 2, Stradbally Town 1
Oliver Ward Div 3 Cup Quarter Finals
Colmcille Celtic 3, St Aengus 1
Clonaslee Utd 3, Mullingar Ath 5;
Coolraine 3, Mountmellick Utd 2;
Horseleap Utd 2, Towerhill Rovers 1;
Walsh Island Shamrocks 2, Portlaoise Shamrocks 5;
O’Moore FC 1, Portarlington Town 2
Abbeyleix Ath 2, Mountmellick Celtic 0;
Crettyard United 6 St Fiacc’s 0 (Friday)
Crettyard United 4 Killeshin 0
St Fiacc’s 0 Celtic Stars 3
St Patrick’s Boys 5 Ballymurphy Celtic 1
Division 1 Cup
Dolmen/Mill 3 Crettyard B 1
Division 3 Cup
St Fiacc’s B 4 Wolfhill Athletic 7
Women’s Division 1 Cup Final
Crettyard 0 Ballymurphy Celtic 1
Women’s Division 2 Cup Final
St Fiacc’s 0 Thomastown 1
Lions 3 Stoneyford United 1
Castlewarran Celtic 0 Clover United 4