The CCFL season is back up and running this weekend after an almost total break last weekend for St Patrick’s Day.
Just two games took place and one of those involved a Laois team, Rosenallis, who kept their push to reach the summit of Division 1 alive.
They hosted Highfield United and had to dig deep here in order to keep their title charge on track. Trailing 1-0 at half time, they kept going right until the end and got the win which moves them within three points of league leaders Walsh Island.
Highfield actually had the better start, and within 10 minutes they were ahead. Some clever play down their right wing worked an opportunity for a great cross into the back post and the Highfield number 10 was waiting to finish from a tight angle.
The rest of the half was very even, with both teams having periods of possession, without threatening either keeper very much.
Right before the half, Rosenallis thought they were even after a free kick was directed towards goal by Adam MacDermot, only for the Highfield keeper to make a good save down to his right.
Rosenallis then upped the tempo in the second half and took over they game. Donagh Calally was a constant threat up front and Mark and Paul Dunne dominated the battles in the middle of the field.
It took until midway through the half however before Rosenallis could level the game. Highfield failed to clear their lines from a free kick and Mark Dunne took the ball down, turned and rifled the ball into the roof of the net.
Rosenallis now had their tails up, and with 10 minutes to go, a last ditch tackle from the Highfield defence forced a corner which Rosenallis converted.
Donagh Calally fired the ball into the box and Darren McEvoy was in the right place to head the ball past the onrushing keeper and into the back of the net.
Highfield created a few chances near the end, but a combination of great defending and Paul Friel making a great save right at the end, Rosenallis were able to see the game out and take the 3 points they needed.
ROSENALLIS: Paul Friel, Paddy Dunne, Darren McEvoy, Adam MacDermot, Cian Thompson, Jack Friel, Marcus Redmond, Mark Dunne, Niall Doolan, Donnagh Calally, Paul Dunne Subs used:
Check out all of this weekend’s fixtures below:
Saturday March 23
All games at 2.30 unless stated
Under 17 Cup 1st Round
Horseleap Utd v Willow Park; Offaly
Emo Celtic v Rosenallis; Community Centre Emo; Offaly
Under 17 Premier Division
Portlaoise v St Francis; Rossleighan Park Portlaoise; Offaly
Under 17 Division 1
Clara Town v Mullingar Ath; Stanley O’Hara Park Clara; Offaly
Under 19 Division
Kinnegad Juniors v Willow Park; Lagan Park Kinnegad; Midlands
Mullingar Ath v Edenderry Town; Gainstown Mullingar; Midlands
Division 1 Cup 2nd Round
Dynamo Rooskey v Castlepollard Celtic; Kiltrustan Sports Club, Strokestown; Midlands
Gaels Utd v Ballymahon; The Hill Bawn, Drumlish; Midlands
Division 1 Saturday
Camlin Utd v UCL Harps; The Mall Longford; Offaly
Colmcille Celtic v Grange Utd; The Rock Aughnacliffe; Midlands
Sunday March 24th
All games at 11.00 unless stated
Paddy Cotter Cup Quarter Finals
Derry Rovers A v Tullamore Town; 8.00 Fri 22nd; Brian’s Park Edenderry; Offaly
Towerhill Rovers v Clonaslee Utd; Leisure Centre, Portlaoise; Offaly
Birr Town v Willow Park; Frank O’Connell Park, Birr; Offaly
Moate Celtic v Monksland Utd A; Community College, Moate; Midlands
Division 2 Cup Quarter Finals
St. Carthages Athletic v Geashill Utd; Leabeg, Leamore, Boora; Offaly
Gentex FC v FC Killoe; Leisure World, Athlone; Midlands
Stradbally Town v Clonown Rovers; The Lawn, Stradbally; Offaly
Division 3 Cup Quarter Finals
Kinnegad Juniors v Ballinahown B; Lagan Park, Kinnegad; Midlands
Cloneygowan Celtic v St Aengus; Fenter Park Killeigh; Offaly
Derry Rovers B v Raharney Utd; Brians Park, Edenderry; Offaly
Division 4 Cup Quarter Finals
Rosenallis B v Clonmore Utd; The Grove, Rosenallis; Offaly
Kenagh Utd v Abbeyleix Athletic; The Mall, Longford; Midlands
Riverside FC v Mountmellick Celtic; Clonboniffe Road, Belmont; Midlands
Monksland Utd B v St. Cormacs Athletic; Cushla Park, Monksland, Athlone; Midlands
Women’s Cup Quarter Final
Clara Town v Birr Town; 2.00; Stanley O’Hara Park, Lisanisky, Clara; Offaly
Womens Cup Semi – Final
Willow Park v Bealnamulla; 2.00; Willow Park, Athlone; Midlands
Ballinahown A v Mountmellick Utd; Sportspark, Ballinahown; Midlands
Idle Clara Town, Mullingar Athletic
Mullingar Town v Walsh Island Shamrocks; Dalton Park, Mullingar; Midlands
Idle Horseleap, Coolraine, Gallen, Rosenallis
Clara Town B v Maryborough; Stanley O’Hara Park, Lisaniskey, Clara; Offaly