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Drama as O’Dempsey’s and Graiguecullen draw while Portarlington and The Heath claim wins

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There was drama in the game between O’Dempsey’s and Graiguecullen this evening as the tie was deemed a draw by referee Joe Brennan, despite arguments from O’Dempsey’s that they had won by two points.

The official score recorded in the Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1A game was O’Dempsey’s 2-9 Graiguecullen 1-12. But O’Dempsey’s officials claimed they had won 2-10 to 1-11.

O’Dempsey’s had goals from Michael Finlay and Dan McCormack and felt they were level 1-3 to 0-6 at the break. Instead, the official score was 0-7 to 1-2.

There was little between the sides in the second half but most of the attendance thought O’Dempsey’s had done enough only for the referee to deem it a draw.

Elsewhere this evening, Portarlington got back to winning ways thanks to a 2-11 to 0-7 win over Ballylinan.

Portarlington went down heavily to Portlaoise on Saturday last and were 0-4 to 0-1 down after 20 minutes in this game with Gary Walsh doing most of the scoring for Ballylinan.

But first-half goals from Adam Ryan and David Murphy helped them into a 2-2 to 0-4 lead at the break and they pushed on in the second half with Ryan, Johnny Fulham, Jake Foster and Graham Weldon.

Gary Walsh and Andy McEvoy were on target for Ballylinan but Port were too strong.

In the other game in Division 1A, The Heath were 2-12 to 1-14 winners away to St Joseph’s in what was a first defeat for the Kellyville men.

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