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Rosenallis and Stradbally win to keep soccer title hopes alive

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The number of Laois teams in CCFL soccer action today may have been down – but there was still a couple of hugely important fixtures with two Laois sides claiming vital wins in their bid for league glory.

We have reports on the wins for Rosenallis and Stradbally as well as all of the weekend CCFL soccer results from around the region.


Rosenallis 2 Gallen 1

A last minute goal was the difference in this game, even though Rosenallis dominated throughout.

The game started at a frantic pace, and after 10 minutes Rosenallis were ahead. Good build up play from Damien Gorman, Mark Dunne and Brian Fitzpatrick, created the chance and Donagh Calally was there to finish it off.

Gallen then worked their way into the game and on 15 minutes they were level. A slip at the back gave the Gallen number 9 an easy finish in the end.

Rosenallis had a number of good chances before the half ended, but wayward shooting meant it was 1-1 at half time.

The second half continued in the same fashion with all the chances being created by Rosenallis. Paul Dunne shot over after a mix up in the defence, then Marcus Redmond broke through the defence but the Gallen keeper saved well.

Gallen thought they had a case for a penalty late on, after their winger collided with Paul Friel in the Rosenallis goals after getting a shot away. But the referee waved it away.

The game looked to be heading towards a draw, but as the game hit 90 minutes Rosenallis were awarded a corner. Donagh Calally pinged in a great ball and Darren McEvoy rose the highest to head the ball into the top corner and give Rosenallis the win they needed to keep them in the hunt for the title.

ROSENALLIS: Paul Friel, Paddy Dunne, Darren McEvoy, Adam MacDermot, Marcus Redmond, Damien Gorman, Mark Dunne Brian Fitzpatrick, Shane Farrell, Donnagh Calally, Paul Dunne. Subs used: Niall Doolan, Conor Dowling, Cian Thompson


Moate Celtic 1 Stradbally Town 3

Stradbally travelled to Moate this morning needing 3 points to try keep the league title from being presented to Gentex today. Stradbally are the only team that can still catch the run away league leaders, even if it is a slim chance.

Stradbally started the brighter of the two teams and pushed hard for an opening goal creating plenty of chances but found the Moate keeper in fine form.

It took until the 30th minute before they would eventually get the goal that their aggressive forward pressing play deserved.

Damien Murphy played Jack Langton through on goal with a great delivery and Langton made no mistake with a fabulous finish with the outside of his boot to the bottom corner.

The second half started in a similar fashion but Stradbally keeper Robbie Moore, who had a great game in goal, had to be on his toes to make a great save from a fast moate breakaway.

Stradbally almost immediately had their own breakaway and Benny Lalor got the goal his hard work all game deserved to put stradbally 2-0 up.

Stradbally continued to press for a third goal and they got that from a beautiful Podge Fitzpatrick free kick. Moate did continue to press for a goal of their own and were rewarded with just that in injury time.

An overall strong performance from Stradbally who were comfortable at the back and dominant in midfield with Damien Murphy and Justin Lalor covering every blade of grass. Up front Benny Lalor and Jake Byrne never gave the Moate defense a minute to settle.

STRADBALLY TOWN: Robbie Moore, Colin Beale, Billy Murphy, Alan Delaney, Podge Fitzpatrick, Jack Langton, Damien Murphy, Justin Lalor, Jimmy Langton, Benny Lalor, Jake Byrne. Subs: Ray Mullally for Langton, Derek Beale for Byrne, John Clancy for Murphy, John Hayden for Delaney, Adam Murphy for C. Beale


CCFL Shield Quarter Finals
Cloneygowan Celtic 2 St Cormacs Ath 4
Banagher Utd 5 Maryborough FC 1
Abbeyleix Ath 6 Riverside FC 0
Mountmellick Celtic 1 Raharney Utd 2

Paddy Cotter Cup 2nd Round
Gentex FC 2, Derry Rovers 4

Saturday Divisions Cup 1st Round
UCL Harps 4, Castlepollard Celtic 2

Senior Division
Monksland Utd 4 Tullamore Town 1

Division 1
Rosenallis 2 Gallen Utd 1

Division 1 Saturday
Gaels Utd 3, Colmcille Celtic 4
Ballymahon 1 Camlin Utd 2

Division 2
Moate Celtic 1 Stradbally Town 3

Division 3
Ballinahown 3 Kinnegad Juniors 4
Derry Rovers 0 BBC Utd 3

Division 4
Kenagh Utd 0 Clonmore Utd 3

Womens Division
Willow Park 5 Birr Town 1

LFA Youths Cup Quarter Final
Willow Park 3 Vale Wanderers 2

U-17 Premier Division
Abbeyleix Ath 1 St Francis 1
Emo Celtic 5 Portlaoise 2 (Emo crowned Champions)

U-17 Division 1
Clara Town 2 Mullingar Ath 1

U-19 Division
Kinnegad Juniors 3, Mullingar Ath 5

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Steven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he's happiest when he's telling stories or kicking a point.