Yesterday Saturday April 13 saw two heart-stopping games take place in the battle for two places in this year’s All-Ireland Feile competition in Galway.
St Conleth’s and Ballyfin came out winners of their respective A and B competitions which finished facing gale force winds in both The Heath and Clonad.
St Conleth’s 1-4 Portlaoise 0-4
Laois Feile ‘A’ final
Portlaoise fought until the very end but sheer resilence and only allowing The Town kick two points in the opening half meant St Conleth’s saw this final out as Feile winners for the second year in a row.
On their path to the final St Conleth’s came up against a determined St Brigid’s side but showed great character to win out by two points. Portlaoise topped thier group and faced Sarsfields in the semi-final, winning 2-4 to 1-3.
Stephen Hoary’s St Conleth’s side then faced Portlaoise in the final, playing against a gale force wind in the first half.
A magnificent display of determination saw them only conceed tw points in the opening half.
Aoibhe Byron, daughter of Laois All-Star keeper Fergal Byron, showed she could also rule over the goals, raising the green flag in what proved as a crucial as St Conleth’s went to win on a scoreline of 1-4 to 0-3.
ST CONLETHS: Eibhinn Hodgins, Aoibhe Hoary, Siofra Dillon, Mellissa Donnelly, Orlaith Cooper Keogh, Laoise Cooper Keogh,
Hayley Murray, Roisin Kehoe, Alice Kerins, Aoibhe McMahon, Ciara Doyle, Sarah Hynes, Holly Hanway, Megan Murray, Aoife Cummins, Sinead Slevin, Rachel Donagher, Aoibhe Byron, Hannah Booth, Sarah Hyland, Niamh Conroy, Nora Garcia, Sorcha Booth, Aoife Donohoe, Eimear Gildea, Niamh Fenlon, Neala Byrne,
Ava Luttrell, Susannah Hoey Moore.
Stephen Hoary, Pat Cummins, Siobhan Hanway, Tyrone Murray, Lisa Doran, Brian Donagher.
Ballyfin 5-4 Mountrath 3-1
Laois Feile ‘B’ final
The ‘B’ final was another exciting affair between Ballyfin and Mountrath in Clonad yesterday.
Both teams having played very tough semi finals, with Ballyfin defeating Killeshin in the semi-final to emerge to the grand finale.
Both teams left it all on the field but it Ballyfin who finished victors on a scoreline of 5-4 to 3-1.