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Emo and Courtwood share the spoils in seven-goal thriller

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Emo 3-13 Courtwood 4-10
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Competitive meetings between parish rivals Courtwood and Emo have been rare enough occurrences over the years – but they met this evening in Emo in the opening round of ACFL Division 1B where they played out a cracker.

Danny Luttrell earned a point for Courtwood with a long-distance free in injury time in a game that saw seven goals as last year’s intermediate champions came back from a seven-point half-time deficit.

This game was due to take place a couple of weeks ago but was postponed due to the sad death of Jude Norton, father of Emo’s Stephen Norton in Longford.

Re-fixed for this evening, Emo were on top in the opening half with two goals from Paul Lawlor, one from the penalty spot helping them to a 2-8 to 1-4 lead at the break. Darren Strong, Nigel Murphy, Pauric Kirwan, Lawlor and Jack Owens were all on target with points.

Courtwood’s first-half goal came from David Duffy – but they were to find the net three times in a frantic second half.

Niall Dunne, Luke Doran and Colm Wilson – from a scrambled effort after his initial penalty was saved – pushed Eddie Kinsella’s side into the lead.

Darren Strong got a goal for Emo and the home side looked as if they had done just about enough to win as the game entered injury time before Luttrell held his nerve to land the equaliser.

Luttrell, Alan Kinsella, Niall Donoher and Cian Doyle were among Courtwood’s point scorers.

Both teams are in action agains next weekend with Courtwood hosting Ballylinan and Emo making the short trip to Mountmellick.

EMO: Niall Gorman; Paddy Dunne, James O’Rourke, Jim Coman; Finbarr Crowley, Shane Murphy, Eibhin Joyce; Brian Gorman, Darren Strong; Rory Meredith, Nigel Murphy, Stephen Norton; Jack Owens, Paul Lawlor, Padraig Kirwan. Subs: Cian Langford for Meredith, Chris Gleeson for O’Rourke

COURTWOOD: Matthew Byron; Barry Donnelly, Andrew Mulhare, Mark O’Halloran; Conor Luttrell, Robert Flynn, Colm Wilson; Niall Dunne, Conor Hogan; Cian Doyle, Niall Donoher, Luke Doran; Danny Luttrell, Alan Kinsella, David Duffy.

ACHL Division 1A and ACFL Division 2 and 3

There were wins for Rathdowney-Errill, Ballinakill and Ballyfin in this evening’s ACHL Division 1A action.

Rathdowney-Errill’s second team had a 0-19 to 2-12 win over Portlaoise’s first team while Ballyfin had a narrow 1-12 to 0-14 win over neighbours Mountrath and Ballinakill’s first choice were 2-16 to 2-12 winners over Clough-Ballacolla’s intermediate outfit.

Elsewhere this evening, there was a handful of games down for decision in Divisions 2 and 3.

Barrowhouse and Timahoe drew in Division 2 – Barrowhouse 1-11 Timahoe 0-14 – while Portarlington’s second team beat The Heath’s second team 3-12 to 2-9. The other game down for decision was between Clonaslee and Graiguecullen – with Graigue giving Clonaslee a walkover.

The game between Rosenallis and Annanough on Friday evening was postponed as a mark of respect to the late Louis Darcy, father of Annanough’s Cyril Darcy whose funeral was taking place in Ferbane in Offaly.

In Division 3, Kilcavan scored seven goals as they got the better of O’Dempsey’s third team on a scoreline of 7-11 to 3-9.


All Ireland Minor ‘B’ Camogie Championship
Laois 0-14 Limerick 2-5 – Report here

ACFL Division 1B
Emo 3-13 Courtwood 4-10

ACFL Division 2
Barrowhouse 1-11 Timahoe 0-14
Portarlington 3-12 The Heath 2-9
Clonaslee v Graiguecullen – conceded by Graiguecullen
Annanough v Rosenallis – postponed

ACFL Division 3
Kilcavan 7-11 O’Dempsey’s 3-9
Killeshin v Ballylinan – conceded by Ballylinan
Mountmellick 4-9 Stradbally 0-8

SEE ALSO – Laois football team named for crucial clash with Carlow this Sunday

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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.