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Emo 1-20 Arles-Killeen 3-6
Laois Shopping Centre SFC Round 1 Replay
What a difference a couple of days makes. On Sunday, Emo played the entire game against Arles-Killeen with an extra man following a red card to goalkeeper Michael Leigh in the opening minute but in the end they needed a late free from Darren Strong to rescue a draw.
This evening in O’Moore Park in the replay they ran Killeen ragged, scored 1-20 and booked a place in Round 2 of the Laois SFC where they’ll play Arles-Kilcruise.
Killeen must now play league champions O’Dempsey’s in the losers section, a game they must win to avoid being dragged into a relegation scrap.
It was an exceptional performance from Emo with Stephen Norton hitting 1-4 and Paul Lawlor, Evan Costello,Jack Owens and Nigel Murphy all on top form too.
Emo were incredibly dominant in the opening half. Playing with the wind and into the Town End, they completely got on top straight from the throw in.
While Killeen welcomed back Donie Kingston from suspension and he went straight back into the team at midfield where he was picked up by Darren Strong, he struggled to make an impact as Emo’s powerful running game poked holes in the Killeen defence from all angles.
After seven minutes they were 0-4 to 0-0 up, the points coming from Paul Lawlor, Nigel Murphy, Darren Strong and Evan Costello.
Killeen responded with a cracking goal from Paul Kingston after he was picked out by a quickly-taken Donie Brennan free.
But Emo’s reply was emphatic – they hit the next six points, two each from the impressive Jack Owens and Costello and one apiece from Lawlor and Stephen Norton.
That had them 0-10 to 1-0 up by the 18th minute and while Donie Kingston finally got Killeen’s first point from a close range free, Emo got the next two – from a booming Costello free from outside the ’45 and another from Murphy after good work from his brother Shane.
A Jason Enright free stopped the rot for Killeen and they then snuck in for the second goal when an effort for a point from Conor Keightly dropped short but found Shane Julian. Julian twisted and turned but found enough space for himself to finish low past Niall Gorman.
A Paul Lawlor free rounded off the first-half scoring and sent Emo in at the break leading 0-13 to 2-2. After all their dominance, a five-point lead barely did them justice.
But Killeen had a lifeline and within a minute of the restart, they had a third goal, Paul Kingston again finishing brilliantly after a long ball got in behind James O’Rourke.
But while Enright and the Kingstons got a couple of points to have just one between the sides midway through the half, Emo made a break for it again.
A cracking goal from Stephen Norton with seven minutes of normal time remaining set them free and the same player added three points before the finish to see Emo eventually win by eight.
SCORERS – Emo: Stephen Norton 1-4, Paul Lawlor 0-5 (three frees), Evan Costello 0-4 (two frees), Nigel Murphy 0-3, Jack Owens 0-2, Padraig Kirwan 0-1, Darren Strong 0-1. Arles-Killeen: Paul Kingston 2-1, Shane Julian 1-0, Donie Kingston 0-3 (free), Jason Enright 0-2 (one free)
ARLES-KILLEEN: Willie Moran; Joe Mulhare, James Mahon, Enda O’Rourke; John Mahon, Niall O’Rourke, Dermot Julian; Donie Kingston, Shane Julian; Sean O’Shea, Conor Keightley, Brendan O’Shea; Jason Enright, Paul Kingston, Donie Brennan. Subs: Brian Kennedy for E O’Rourke (18)
EMO: Niall Gorman; Paddy Dunne, James O’Rourke, Shane Murphy; Thomas Scully, Finbarr Crowley, Nigel Murphy; Brian Gorman, Darren Strong; Stephen Norton, Padraig Kirwan, Evan Costello; David Gorman, Paul Lawlor, Jack Owens. Subs:
REFEREE: Davy Moore (St Joseph’s)