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Remember the Game: Sluggish Killeen manage to overcome spirited Emo challenge in 2010

Arles Killeen 1-10 Emo 0-9
Laois SFC Round 1 2010

This weekend, the 2018 Laois Senior Football Championship will commence and one of the closest games to call over the eight games down for decision is Emo versus Arles Killeen.

Emo are making their return to the senior grade following their one year drop to intermediate in 2017, which they won by beating Portlaoise’s second side.

Arles Killeen on the other-hand, will be hoping that they can get back to the final for the first time since 2014, and a win against Emo would set them on the right path.

But we take a look back to the last time these two met in the championship, in 2010, and it was close and intense affair, with plenty of hard hitting.

A dreadful start from Arles Killeen nearly scuppered their hopes, but they managed to reel back the Emo men, whose spirited effort was highly noted.

After ten minutes on the clock, Emo had taken a 0-5 to 0-1 lead and it looked like a shock could be on the cards but when Jason Enright rattled the net halfway through the opening 30 minutes, Killeen settled and never looked back.

Emo fell apart in the second half, and the accuracy that had been so good in the opening half seemed to desert them fast as nine wides in the second can be ultimately labelled as their downfall.

The closest Emo crawled back was to a single point, but they could never get any closer, with their final score coming over twenty minutes from the end of play.

Arles Killeen won a lot possession around the middle, largely to the exploits of the towering Donie Kingston, while going forward Kingston was key in both scoring two crucial points and providing service to the ever-clinical Jason Enright.

A four point win in the end for Killeen, despite a nervy start they came good in the end and set up a round two clash with their bitter rivals Arles Kilcruise, while Emo faced a clash with Portarlington, knowing a loss would send them to a relegation battle.

SCORERS – Arles Killeen: Jason Enright 1-3 (0-1 free), Donie Kingston 0-2, Donie Brennan 0-2, Sean O’Shea 0-1, Niall O’Rourke 0-1, Conor Keightley 0-1. Emo: Paul Lawlor 0-3 (all frees), Shane Murphy 0-2, Billy Sheehan 0-1, Ciaran Finane 0-1, Evan Costello 0-1, Johnny Booth 0-1.

ARLES KILLEEN: Michael Leigh; Joe Mulhare, Paul McDonald, Enda O’Rourke; Brendan O’Shea, Shane Julian, Niall O’Rourke; Donie Kingston, Arnie Mahon; Donie Brennan, Brian McDonald, Billy Brennan; Sean O’Shea, Jason Enright, Conor Keightley. Subs: Eamon Mahon.

EMO: Mick Kirwan; Colm Brophy, Shane Carney, Ian Murphy; Shane Murphy, Darren Brophy, Glen Brophy; Mark Carney, Ciaran Finane; Paul Lawlor, Killian Finane, Evan Costello; David Gorman, Johnny Booth, Billy Sheehan. Subs: Tomas Nolan, Robert Wilkinson.

REFEREE: Joe Brennan (Crettyard)

Michael Leigh in action for Arles Killeen
Billy Sheehan in action for Emo against Arles Killeen in the SFC in 2010
Donie Kingston, Arles Killeen, gets tangled up with Darren Brophy
Referee Joe Brennan in control between Emo and Arles Killeen
Paul Lawlor, Emo, takes on Niall O’Rourke
Billy Sheehan, Emo, is covered by Brian McDonald
Glen Brophy and Shane Julian clash during the 2010 Laois SFC meeting between Emo and Arles-Killeen
Johnny Booth, Emo, holds off Joe Mulhare
Billy Sheehan, Emo, has ball under one arm and Donie Brennan, Arles Killeen’s head under the other

Donie Kingston wins this ball for Arles Killeen against Shane Carney
Johnny Booth in possession for Emo
Paul Lawlor scores for Emo against Niall O’Rourke
Evan Costello, Emo, holds off Brendan O’Shea
This ball escapes Shane Carney, Emo, and Donie Kingston

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