It was another extremely busy day on the Laois club scene as 15 games went ahead this evening.
See below for all results:
Clough-Ballacolla 1-18 The Harps 0-14
Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 1 Round 2
Tonight saw Clough-Ballacolla secure their spot at the top of division 1 after a tough battle against The Harps.
It was neck and neck throughout, until a Sean Corby goal eventually pushed Clough-Ballacolla into a five point which they managed to hold onto against a tough The Harps side.
The Harps began the match raising the white flag three times, with Richie Saunders gettting his scoring exploits off to a start with a free and point from play while Padraig Delaney joined in with a point.
A free from Stephen Maher got Clough-Ballacolla on the scoreboard while Saunders added a third point to his name.
Jordan Walshe and another Stephen Maher free pushed Canice Coonan’s Clough-Ballacolla ahead by two before The Harps came back through Saunders and Delaney to level it nine points a piece at half-time.
Clough-Ballacolla’s Ronan Broderick managed to put his side ahead and a Stephen Maher free left the three between the teams after 42 minutes.
However the real match winner was Sean Corby who’s goal put Clough-Ballacolla ahead 1-14 to 0-12 after 50 minutes.
There was no questioning The Harps workrate tonight. Although many of their scores came from frees, they worked hard for each and every one of them.
Saunders continued to keep tipping The Harps over on frees while Conor Dunne put in a fine performance at wing-back, before needing to be taken off due to injury.
Aidan Corby, Willie Dunphy and a Stephen Maher free managed to bring Clough-Ballacolla up to 1-18.
While Saunders and full-forward Eoin Clancy both added one a piece for the The Harps, Clough-Ballacolla came out seven on top in this encounter.
Clough-Ballacolla retain top spot with two wins from two while The Harps go to fourth on the table.
SCORERS – Clough-Ballacolla: Stephen Maher 0-9 (0-7 frees), Sean Corby (1-2),
Jordan Walshe 0-2, Willie Dunphy 0-1, Aidan Corby 0-2, Ronan Broderick 0-1 (0-1 frees) Brian Corby 0-1
The Harps: Richie Saunders 0-9, Padraig Delaney 0-4, Eoin Clancy 0-1
CLOUGH-BALLACOLLA: Danny Hanlon; Ronan Broderick, Darren Maher, Diarmuid Conway; Mick McEvoy, Brendan McEvoy, Lee Cleere; John Dwyer, Brian Corby; Willie Dunphy, Shane Hanlon, Sean Corby; Stephen Maher, Jordan Walshe, Stephen Bergin. Subs: Mark Hennessy for J Dwyer, Aidan Corby, D Bergin for M McEvoy, Chris Rafter for S Corby
THE HARPS: Peter Walsh; Cathal Phelan, Daniel Comerford, David Doheny, Conor Dunne, Padraig Delaney, Conor Brophy; Shane Fitzpatrick, Padraig Dunne; Evan Deegan, John Brophy, Pat Walshe; Richie Saunders, Eoin Clancy, Ciaran Comerford. Subs: Conor Deegan for E Deegan (31 minutes), Darren Maher for S Fitzpatrick (43 minutes), Ross Young for C Dunne (56 minutes – injured), Ronan Delahunty for P Walshe (60 minutes)
Stradbally 1-12 Killeshin 0-12
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1B Round 3
A Jody Dillon penalty would prove crucial to Stradbally’s success tonight as those three points remained the sole difference between the teams in this division 1B showdown – the first of two championship dress rehearsals before the sides meet again in the summer.
Cathal Brennan was the first to put Killeshin on the scoreboard, kicking four points within the first 23 minutes. Aiding Brennan on the scoreboard was Aaron McGrath.
The sides went level three times within the first 16 minutes, before a Stradbally penalty at the foot of Jody Dillon caused them to go three ahead on 1-3 to 0-3 after 18 minutes.
Stradbally led 1-7 to five points at half-time.
David Aston, Cathal Brennan, Adam Deering and Jeremy Mahon all cemented their names on the scoreboard however Stradbally maintained their lead from there on out.
Even as Killeshin pushed it back to within three after 50 minutes the Little Town remained resolved to see this round three game out to the end. It finished Stradbally 1-12 Killeshin 0-12.
STRADBALLY: Wayne Comerford; Colm Clancy, Eamon Conlan, Liam Clancy; Jack Langton, Liam Knowles, Padraig Fitzpatrick; Darren Maher, Jack Deegan; John Clancy, Colm Kelly, Killian McGannon; Tom Shiel, Jody Dillon, Brendan Lawlor. Subs: Jamie Kavanagh for Tom Shiel, Colin Beale for Podge Fitzpatrick, P Fitzpatrick for Jody Dillon (injured)
KILLESHIN: Shane Cookley; Jeremy Mahon, David McDermott, Keelan Galligan; Kevin Brennan, Brian Lowry, Shane Bolger; Gavin Brennan, Michéal Doran; Paddy Doyle, Cathal Brennan, Niall Brennan; Fionn Maher; Aaron McGrath, David Aston. Subs: Luke Attride for F Maher (27 minutes), Adam Deering for Niall Brennan (30 minutes), James Davis for Kevin Brennan (half-time), Paddy Walsh for P Doyle (43 minutes), Alan Brennan for C Brennan (57 minutes)
Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 1A Round 2
Rathdowney Errill 0-8 St Fintan’s Mountrath 0-13
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 3 Round 2
Ballyfin win – walkover Rosenallis
Mountmellick 1-8 Camross 2-11
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 4 Round 1
Graiguecullen 3-13 Timahoe 4-5
Annanough 0-7 Arles/Killeen 1-14
Spink 1-8 Portlaoise 1-11
Midlands Park Hotel Under-17 “A” Football League Round 3
Ballyroan Abbey 2-14 Graiguecullen 1-7
Midlands Park Hotel Under-17 “B” Football League Group A Round 3
The Heath 2-11 O’Dempseys 3-10
Feile na nGael A Group A Round 2
Rathdowney Errill 0-2 Camross 3-8
Portlaoise gave a walkover to Castletown
Feile na nGael A Group B Round 2
Clough Ballacolla 3-3 The Harps 1-10
St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix 1-3 Borris-in-Ossory-Kilcotton 4-8
Feile na nGael B Group A Round 2
St Paul’s 0-2 Na Fianna 6-9
Feile na nGael B Group B Round 2
St Fintan’s Mountrath 1-2 Ballinakill 0-6
Park Ratheniska Timahoe 1-3 Raheen Parish Gaels 1-2