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Stradbally rise to second in the table after win over The Heath

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Stradbally 0-11 The Heath 0-9

ACFL Division 1A

Stradbally rose to joint second place in the ACFL Division 1A table as Colm Kelly led them to a two point win over The Heath this evening.

He kicked five points and was a real vocal point for the home team from start to finish.

Barney Maher’s men have now won four of their last five games and join The Heath, O’Dempsey’s and Portlaoise on eight points in the table.

The Heath played with the breeze in the first half but it was Stradbally who got the first two points.

A long period of passing led to the first which was expertedly curled over by Jamie Devoy while full forward Colm Kelly got the second after a pass from Damien Murphy.

Chris Bergin replied for The Heath but Stradbally were three clear after ten minutes thanks to a brace of frees from Colm Kelly.

The Heath then enjoyed a purple patch. Daithi Carroll slotted a brace after Robbie Dowling smashed one over to level matters after 18 minutes.

Stradbally then had a great goal chance. Eoin Buggie got through and forced a great save from keeper JP Nerney. The rebound came to Buggie who was still on the ground and he fisted the ball towards Colm Kelly who volleyed it wide.

Damien Murphy regained the lead for Stradbally but a late Andrew Booth point sent us in level at 0-5 apiece.

Stradbally almost had the perfect start to the second half when Colm Kelly released Podge Fitzpatrick but his shot just nipped over the bar and he had to settle for a point.

Eoin Buggie added another but Eoin Delaney replied for The Heath before Conor Delaney regained the two point lead.

Colm Kelly and Daithi Carroll traded frees before another Kelly free put Stradbally three clear as we entered the final quarter.

The gap remained so with 50 minutes played as Daithi Carroll saw a free cancelled out by one from play by Podge Fitzpatrick for Stradbally.

The Heath threatened to draw level though after 55 minutes when Daithi Carroll was put through on goal one on one with Wayne Comerford but the Stradbally stopper pulled off a fine save.

Daithi Carroll kicked a free as we entered injury time but that would be the final score as Stradbally sealed a vital win.

SCORERS: Stradbally: Colm Kelly 0-5 (four frees), Podge Fitzpatrick 0-2, Jamie Devoy, Damien Murphy, Eoin Buggie and Conor Delaney 0-1 each The Heath: Daithi Carroll 0-5 (three frees), Chris Bergin, Robbie Dowling, Andrew Booth and Eoin Delaney 0-1 each

STRADBALLY: Wayne Comerford; Liam Clancy, Liam Knowles, Jamie Kavanagh; Justin Lalor, Eoin Buggie, Charlie O’Brien; Darren Maher, Conor Delaney; Jamie Devoy, Podge Fitzpatrick, John Clancy; Tadhg Murray, Colm Kelly, Damien Murphy. Subs: Podge Langton for Murray (45mins), Colm Clancy for Devoy (58mins)

THE HEATH: JP Nerney; Alan Whelan, Gary Roe Smith, Neil Keane; Mark Dowling, Jimmy Nerney, Ciaran Booth; Daithi Carroll, Andrew Booth; PJ Daly, Robbie Dowling, Brian Ging; Eoin Delaney, Chris Bergin, Daniel Hennessy. Subs: Liam Kinsella for Hennessy (41mins)

Referee: Eamon Strong (Emo)

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