O’Dempsey’s 2-15 Portlaoise 2-10
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1
2017 league champions O’Dempsey’s have booked their place in this year’s Division 1A final thanks to a five-point win over Portlaoise in Rathleague this evening.
They will once again face St Joseph’s in what will be a repeat of last year’s final which the Killenard men won.
First-half goals from Kevin Fitzpatrick and Bruno McCormack helped Portlaoise to a 2-5 to 1-7 lead at half time.
O’Dempsey’s goals came from a Conor Meredith penalty and Eoin Finlay while Matthew Finlay hit 0-5 and Michael Finlay got 0-3.
The result means that only The Heath v Stradbally game in the final round on Thursday will have any significance with Stradbally needing to win to stay up. If they do win, they will relegate Graiguecullen who have completed their schedule of games.
Ballylinan are already relegated from that league.
O’DEMPSEY’S: Padraig Bannon; Richard Whelehan, Peter O’Leary, Eoin Cunningham; Liam Whelehan, Robbie Kehoe, Cormac O’Hora; Conor Meredith, Barry Kelly; Mark Barry, Michael Finlay, Matthew Finlay; Eugene Nolan, Dan McCormack, Eoin Finlay. Subs: Daithi Howlin, Tom Kelly, Ciaran McManus, Pat Maher, Brian Nugent
PORTLAOISE: Michael Nolan; Beano McCormack, Gary Saunders, David Seale; Chris Finn, Conor Dunphy, Colin Finn; Ciaran McEvoy, Dean Cullen; Ricky Maher, Conor Boyle, Brian Smith; Bruno McCormack, Craig Rogers, Kevin Fitzpatrick
REFEREE: Tomas Moore (Park-Ratheniska)
Ballyroan-Abbey 3-16 Crettyard 0-10
ACHL Division 1B
Ballyroan-Abbey have taken a step closer to promotion and a Division 1B final place thanks to a big win over Crettyard this evening.
Michael Tierney was Ballyroan’s top scorer with 1-7 with Padraig McMahon and Diarmuid Whelan also chipping with goals.
Ballyroan are now two points clear of Killeshin in second place with one round to play.
Ballyroan and Emo clash on Thursday night in the final round with Emo now out of contention. Killeshin play Crettyard also in the final round, with Crettyard now relegated.
So unless Ballyroan lose to Emo and Killeshin defeat Crettyard, Ballyroan will join Arles-Kilcruise in the league decider.
The other final round game is between an Arles-Kilcruise side already through to the final and Arles-Killeen who are comfortably midtable and safe for another year.
Rosenallis have given Mountmellick a walkover in their final game, which sees Rosenallis drop back to Division 2 and Mountmellick stay up.