Ballyroan-Abbey 2-8 Arles-Kilcruise 1-11
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1B
A late point from Ciaran Lawlor earned Arles-Kilcruise a draw against Ballyroan-Abbey in the top of the table Division 1B clash in Ballyroan this evening.
Ballyroan were two up heading for for injury time but late points from Kevin O’Neill and Lawlor made a draw of it.
Arles-Kilcruise got off to a great start and led 1-3 to 0-0 after ten minutes, their goal coming from Dermot Nolan, who hit 1-2 early on.
Ballyroan fought back and a Michael Tierney goal helped narrow the gap but Liam Whelan with three points and Kevin Meaney, Kevin O’Neill and Fran Egan all pointed to leave Arles leading 1-8 to 1-5 at the break.
A Colm Walsh goal brought Ballyroan level and they pushed ahead before Arles’s late fightback drew the game.
The result means Ballyroan-Abbey remain in first place in the league after eight games on 13 points with Arles on 12, the same as Emo.
SCORERS – Ballyroan-Abbey: Michael Tierney 1-4, Colm Walsh 1-0, Liam Delaney, Scott Conroy, Shaun Murphy and Stephen Thompson 0-1 each. Arles-Kilcruise: Dermot Nolan 1-2, Liam Whelan 0-3 Kevin O’Neill and Ciaran Lawlor 0-2 each, Kevin Meaney and Fran Egan 0-1 each
BALLYROAN-ABBEY: Andrew Bonham; Colin Kinsella, Ruairi Dunne, Mark McDonald; Jamie Whelan, Aaron Carroll, Barry Walsh; Liam Delaney, Shaun Murphy; John Rodgers, Padraig McMahon, Stephen Thompson; Colm Walsh, Scott Conroy, MJ Tierney. Subs: Ger Whelan, Eoghan Whelan, Andrew Brennan
ARLES-KILCRUISE: Colm Munnelly; Anthony McElroy, Ciaran Lawlor, Cialann Mulhall; JP Conway, Mikey Wall, Mark Wall; Kevin Meaney, Stephen Miller; Conal Brennan, Fran Egan, Kevin O’Neill; Liam Whelan, Dermot Nolan, Chris Conway. Subs: John Michael McDonald for C Conway, Conor Collins for McElroy, Dermot Lawlor for McDonald
Arles-Killeen 1-16 Rosenallis 2-11
Gay Campbell’s Arles-Killeen side found their winning form against Rosenallis at home tonight.
It only took 26 seconds for the first score to be registered with a kick from Jason Enright to put Arles-Killeen one in front.
Glen Shaw replied with a point for Rosenallis before Seán O’Shea hit the back of the net for Arles-Killeen in the seventh minute.
Shaw added another for Rosenallis and Johnny Irwin’s side dominated much of the rest of the half with a Donal Lalor free and points from full-forwards Joey Shelly and Brian Fitzpatrick.
Rosenallis’ Jack Conroy rattled the net in the 15th minute and Shaw added his third point for the side in the 19th minute.
Arles-Killeen got a revival late in the first-half from O’Shea and Conor Keightley points to leave the score at half-time Rosenallis 1-6 Arles-Killeen 1-4.
But while Rosenallis may have led at half-time, it was Arles who took control of the match in the second-half, keeping Rosenallis scoreless for 19 minutes.
O’Shea added another to his tally followed points from John Mahon, Dermot Julian, Keightley, a fist over the bar from Niall O’Rourke and Donie Brennan.
However Rosenallis weren’t going to go away that easily. Lalor and Colm Poole kicked the first points for the men in the green in the second-half while youth led with Paul Maher finding the back of the net. Shaw, Lalor and Poole all secured points to give Rosenallis the lead.
But Campbell’s side hung on through points from Enright, Keightley and stalwart Billy Brennan – who rolled back the years with his right-footed effort from near the sideline – to come out two-point winners on a scoreline of 1-16 to 2-11.
SCORERS – Arles Killeen: Sean O’Shea 1-4, Conor Keightley 0-5, Jason Enright 0-2, John Mahon 0-1, Dermot Julian 0-1, Niall O’Rourke 0-1, Donie Brennan 0-1, Billy Brennan 0-1 Rosenallis: Glen Shaw 0-4, Donal Lalor 0-3 (0-1 frees),Paul Maher 1-0, Jack Conroy 1-0 , Joey Shelly 0-1, Brian Fitzpatrick 0-1, Colm Poole 0-2
Elsewhere this evening, there were wins for Emo over Killeshin at home and Crettyard over Mountmellick.
Emo beat Killeshin 2-9 to 1-8 while Crettyard beat Mountmellick 3-12 to 2-10.
Those results mean that Emo stay in touch at the top of the table and in the mix for promotion while it sees Killeshin lose ground while Crettyard’s win over Mountmellick mean that there’s now a three-way tie at the bottom of the table between Crettyard, Mountmellick and Rosenallis, who are all on four.