There was a full round of ACFL Division 1A games down for decision this evening with wins for leaders Portlaoise, Ballyroan-Abbey, an O’Dempsey’s side that went goal crazy and for Portarlington.
We round up all the action below.
Ballyroan-Abbey 2-13 Arles-Kilcruise 0-12
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Goals proved the difference tonight as MJ Tierney’s first half three-pointer and Scott Conroy’s second half success in raising the green flag pushed Ballyroan-Abbey towards their third victory in five games tonight.
Ballyroan-Abbey set their stall through two Conroy points in the opening minutes, followed by Tierney’s shot on goal. Arles-Kilcruise were a little more unlucky in front of the posts, missing roughly five chances on goal during the game.
Laois footballers Ross Munnelly and Kevin Meaney were a huge addition back to Arles-Kilcruise, both putting in fine performances, with Munnelly raising the white flag numerous times throughout both halves.
Laois U-20 captain and sharpshooter Diarmuid Whelan fired one from play in the opening half, along with a point from midfielder Shaun Murphy, to contribute to Ballyroan-Abbey’s 1-6 at the half-time whistle.
Ballyroan-Abbey finished the first half four points ahead – 1-6 to Arles Kilcruise’s five points.
Laois senior footballer Marty Scully put his name on the board in the latter half, showing his versatility and ease in front of the post as well as in defence.
Whelan added two from play while Conroy and Tierney slotted over one from play and another two from frees, respectively.
There wasn’t much between these two teams for long periods, roughly two to four points during that second half.
Injury time would prove the saving grace for Ballyroan-Abbey and the finisher for Arles-Kilcruise. Conroy hit the net in those dying minutes to make it two goals for the home side with Whelan adding a point to make the final score Ballyroan-Abbey 2-13 Arles-Kilcruise 0-12 as Arles’s wait for a first win continues.
SCORERS -Ballyroan-Abbey: MJ Tierney 1-3 (0-2 frees), Scott Conroy 1-3, Diarmuid Whelan 0-4, Marty Scully 0-1, Shaun Murphy 0-1 Arles-Kilcruise: Ross Munnelly 0-8, David Conway 0-2, Fran Egan 0-2
BALLYROAN-ABBEY: Andrew Bonham; Ciaran Moffitt, Gavin Tynan, Ruairi Dunne; Aaron Carroll, Marty Scully, James Whelan; Shaun Murphy, Cathal Doyle; Ciaran Carroll, Scott Conroy, Dylan Cuddy; MJ Tierney, Padraig McMahon, Diarmuid Whelan. Subs: Enda McWey on for D Cuddy (half-time), Liam Delaney for S Murphy, Paudie McDonald for C Carroll, Mark McDonald for P McDonald (black card)
ARLES-KILCRUISE: Ciaran Lawlor; Cialann Mulhall, Stephen Miller, Conal Brennan; John P Conway, Colm Munnelly, Anthony McElroy; Kevin Meaney, Chris O’Donovan; Francis Egan; Brendan Conway, David Conway; Chris Conway, Ross Munnelly, Jason McLoughlin. Subs: Dylan Walters, PJ Lawlor, Dermot Nolan
Referee: Vincent Dowling (O’Dempseys)
O’Dempsey’s 6-13 St Joseph’s 0-6
O’Dempsey’s hit six goals in a comfortable win over St Joseph’s to maintain their second place spot behind unbeaten Portlaoise.
O’Dempsey’s led 3-8 to 0-3 at the break and continued to be at their ease in the second half by adding three more goals.
Matthew Finlay hit 2-3 while Michael Finlay, Barry Finlay, Brian Nugent and sub Johnny Kelly all got a goal apiece.
O’DEMPSEY’S: Eugene Nolan; Cormac O’Hora, Shane Nerney, Tommy Kehoe; Conor Meredith, Bryan Meredith, Tom Kelly; Rory Bracken, Barry Kelly; Brian Nugent, Mark Barry, Barry Howlin; Michael Finlay, Eoin Finlay, Matthew Finlay. Subs: Johnny Kelly, Keith Kavanagh, Tom Behan and Eoin Cunningham
ST JOSEPH’S: Dan Nelligan; Niall Brennan, Tom Dunne, Jack Lacey; Dean Brophy, Adam Campion, Murtagh Condron; Brian Daly, Bernard Wheatley; Mikie Dempsey, Enda Butler, Peter Kealy; Matty Campion, Noel Garvan, Conor Kealy. Subs: Seamus Farrelly, Noel Leech, Oisin Lacey
Elsewhere in the other two games down for decision this evening, Portarlington were 2-14 to 0-10 winners over The Heath.
Jake Foster and Darragh Galvin got a goal apiece for Port while Colm Murphy hit eight points. Chris Bergin top scored for The Heath with seven points.
Portlaoise, meanwhile, maintained their 100% record with their fifth win from five games, a narrow 0-12 to 0-11 win away to Graiguecullen.
With April now drawing to a close, the county players can be expected to go back fully to John Sugrue’s set up but there is a full schedule of games this coming Thursday. Graiguecullen are at home to Arles-Kilcruise; Portarlington host O’Dempsey’s; Portlaoise are at home to The Heath and St Joseph’s are at home to Ballyroan-Abbey.
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