The Heath 3-17 Stradbally 1-15
ACFL Division 1A
A run of six consecutive defeats means that Stradbally will play in Division 1B next season after The Heath got the better of them this evening.
In a high-scoring and sometimes fiery encounter, Barry McNamee’s men were more clinical in front of goal as Evin Keane led the way with a tally of 1-7.
The Heath won by eight points and had it not been for the exploits of Colm Kelly, things would have been even worse for Stradbally as he scored nine points.
The sides were level after ten minutes but scores from Evin Keane and James Phelan moved The Heath four clear by the 25th minute.
But Stradbally enjoyed a good end to the half as Colm Kelly, Tom Shiel and Jack Langton all pointed to leave them behind by one at the break – with the score reading 0-8 to 0-7.
Conor Delaney levelled matters after 32 minutes and although Mark Dunne and Andrew Booth both fisted the Heath back in front, Stradbally responded well.
They pumped high ball into Darragh Mulhall and points started to come off this tactic as Tom Shiel and a brace of Colm Kelly points put them ahead by one.
But The Heath struck back emphatically. Robbie Dowling swung one over before Brian Ging wriggled away from Liam Knowles to score the game’s opening goal.
The sides then traded points before Evin Keane struck for The Heath’s second goal with 12 minutes to play.
Stradbally replied with a Darragh Mulhall goal and had two more chances to add further goals but The Heath keeper JP Nerney pulled off brilliant saves to deny Tom Shiel and Colm Kelly.
And The Heath made the game safe two minutes from the end as Andrew Booth rattled the net before Robbie Dowling kicked an insurance point with the final act.
SCORERS – The Heath: Evin Keane 1-7 (three frees), Brian Ging and Andrew Booth 1-1 each, James Phelan 0-3, Robbie Dowling 0-2, Mark Dunne, Joe McEvoy and Aidan Bergin 0-1 each Stradbally: Colm Kelly 0-9 (four frees), Tom Shiel 0-3, Darragh Mulhall 1-0, Jack Deegan, Conor Delaney and Jack Langton 0-1 each
The Heath: JP Nerney; Alan Whelan, Aidan Bergin, Neil Keane; Ciaran Booth, Jimmy Nerney, Gary Roe Smith; Colin Nestor, Robbie Dowling; James Phelan, Brian Ging, Mark Dunne; Eoin Delaney, Andrew Booth, Evin Keane. Subs: Gary Hogan for E Delaney (15m), Joey McEvoy for Whelan (19m), Shane Booth for C Booth (49m), Benny Conroy for Dunne (53m), David Conroy for S Booth (57m), James Conroy for A Booth (59m)
Stradbally: Wayne Comerford; Damien Murphy, Jamie Kavanagh, Liam Clancy; Colin Beale, Liam Knowles, Joe Lacey; Darren Maher, Conor Delaney; Jack Deegan, Tom Shiel, Podge Fitzpatrick; Jack Langton, Darragh Mulhall, Colm Kelly. Subs: John Clancy for Langton (57m)
Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Courtwood)
Portarlington 1-14 St Joseph’s 1-13
In a game that had absolutely no significance to it whatsoever, Portarlington recorded their sixth straight win in the league to cement a third place finish.
It was a second consecutive defeat for St Joseph’s who will now prepare for the league final against O’Dempsey’s next weekend.
Portarlington led this one by 0-10 to 0-5 at half time and never really looked back.
Eoin McCann scored a goal five minutes from the end to push Portarlington six clear.
However, St Joseph’s refused to go away and a late Dan Dunne goal straight from a free reduced the arrears to one but time ran out.