There were three games down for decision in Division 1B and one game in Division 2.
Here is run down on how each of them went:
Emo 3-12 Mountmellick 3-10
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1B
Nigel Murphy helped himself to three goals from wing-back as Emo moved into second place in Division 1B following a hard-earned win in an enjoyable game away to Mountmellick this evening.
The away side had to come from five points down at one stage in the second half to outscore Mountmellick by 1-6 to 0-2 in the final quarter.
It was a keenly-contested game between last year’s intermediate champions and the side relegated from senior.
Mountmellick got off to a dream start, Gary Dowling firing to the net after a long ball into the Emo square.
Such a tactic would reap huge dividends for Mountmellick in the opening half with big full-forward Darragh Hanlon getting an almost identical goal ten minutes later – and the same player could have had another soon after only for his effort to come back off the cross bar and out to safety.
Dowling, Niall Mullen (free) and Karl Donoher also pointed for Mountmellick but Emo were able to keep in touch with Murphy palming into the net after good buildup play from county men Darren Strong and Finbarr Crowley.
Accurate free-taking from player-manager Paul Lawlor and last year’s Laois minor player Jack Owens, as well as nice point from play from Pauric Kirwan helped Emo back on level terms.
And they took the lead when Murphy fisted another goal to the net from a Lawlor delivery, although Mountmellick protested that it should have been a square ball.
Eoin George pulled one back for Mountmellick but at half-time Emo led 2-6 to 2-4.
Mountmellick came racing out of the traps in the second half. Three quick points from the in-form Niall Mullen put them back into the lead and they went four clear when Mark Grennan tucked away a penalty.
Another Mullen free had them 3-8 to 2-6 up after 42 minutes.
Emo still had plenty of ball but their wide tally was accumulating all the time until Strong finally stopped the rot with a nice effort from play.
Paul Lawlor got it back to three with his fourth of the evening and then a Jack Owens free had the gap back to two with ten minutes remaining.
Mullen responded with another free for Mountmellick but Emo were gathering momentum and Strong and Lawlor pointed to leave one between the sides before Murphy got his third goal when his latest fisted effort was helped over the line by Mountmellick’s unfortunate full-back Michael Lawlor.
Another Lawlor point pushed Emo three up and while Mullen got another free for Mountmellick, Emo had enough to hold on.
The result sees Emo move into second place, one behind leaders Arles-Kilcruise.
SCORERS – Emo: Nigel Murphy 3-0, Paul Lawlor 0-6 (three frees), Jack Owens 0-3 (all frees), Darren Strong 0-2, Pauric Kirwan 0-1. Mountmellick: Niall Mullen 0-7 (four frees), Gary Dowling 1-1, Mark Grennan (penalty) and Darragh Hanlon 1-0 each, Eoin George and Karl Donoher 0-1 each
EMO: Niall Gorman; James Coman, Sean Ryan, Thomas Scully; Paddy Dunne, Shane Murphy, Nigel Murphy; Darren Strong, Niall Wheeler; Brian Gorman, Pauric Kirwan, Cian Langford; Jack Owens, Paul Lawlor, Finbarr Crowley. Sub: Mark Carney for Ryan (45)
MOUNTMELLICK: Eoin Keogh; Ciaran Rochford, Michael Lawlor, Laurence Kenny; Bernard Rochford, Eoin George, Mark Dowling; Stephen Lynch, Shane Conlon; Karl Donoher, Niall Mullen, Mark Grennan; Gary Dowling, Darragh Hanlon, Cian Thompson. Sub: Michael Dowling for Thompson (52)
REFEREE: Clifford Ward (Portarlington)
Arles-Kilcruise 1-23 Crettyard 1-13
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1B
Arles-Kilcruise maintained their position at the top of Division 1B with a ten point win over Crettyard.
The visitors led by five points at half time and they extended that in the second period to win well in the end.
Crettyard were ahead early on with Evan O’Carroll and Cormac Murphy in fine form but Kilcruise soon got on top.
Ross Munnelly and David Conway found their range while so too did Fran Egan as they ended the half 0-13 to 0-8 ahead.
Cormac Murphy added 1-4 to his tally in the second half but Crettyard could never get close enough to really trouble Kilcruise.
And in the end, substitute Liam Whelan scored a late goal to be the gloss on things for the victors.
SCORERS – Arles-Kilcruise: David Conway 0-8, Ross Munnelly 0-6, Liam Whelan 1-1, Fran Egan 0-3, PJ Lawlor 0-2, Dermot Nolan, Jason McLaughlin and Caomhan Brennan 0-1 each Crettyard: Cormac Murphy 1-9, Evan O’Carroll 0-3, Eddie O’Reilly 0-1
ARLES-KILCRUISE: Colm Munnelly; Seán Meaney, Ciarán Lawlor, Cialann Mulhall; JP Conway, Mikey Wall, Mark Wall; Kevin Meaney, Fran Egan; Jason McLaughlin, David Conway, PJ Lawlor; Ross Munnelly, Caomhan Brennan, Dermot Nolan. Subs: Stephen Miller, Liam Whelan, Brendan Conway, Kevin O’Neill, Conall Brennan, Anthony McElroy
CRETTYARD: Cormac Phelan; Jason Dunne, Seán O’Shea, Conor Mulhall; Michael Nash, Pa Brennan, Michael Jordan; Pa O’Reilly, Seán O’Reilly; Aran Murphy, Evan O’Carroll, Ciarán Hosey; John Murphy, Cormac Murphy, Eddie O’Reilly. Subs: Eoin Delaney, James Kelly
Referee: Michael Tarpey (Kilcavan)
In the other 1B game, Killeshin ran out 2-16 to 1-11 winners over Rosenallis.
David Aston grabbed both of Killeshin’s goals as they led by three points at half time and pushed on to inflict a third straight defeat on Rosenallis.
While in Division 2, Courtwood’s 100 per cent start is over after they were defeated 1-11 to 0-10 by Timahoe.
The hosts led by 1-7 to 0-4 at half time. Timahoe’s goal came from Colum Dunne with Ruairi O’Connor chipping in with some lovely efforts from play.
Courtwood came back well in the second half with Alan Kinsella and Rory Doyle popping over scores but Timahoe continued to pick off scores through Colum Dunne, Robbie Foyle and Ruairi O’Connor again.
Timahoe were 1-11 to 0-8 ahead going in to last five mins and while Courtwood got two more points towards the end, they couldn’t grabbed the goal they needed and their winning run ended.