It was a big night in the ACFL Division 1B with three games down for decision.
Stradbally, Ballylinan and Courtwood were the winners and we have a rundown of each of the games below:
Stradbally 3-16 Mountmellick 1-8
A dominant second half display from Stradbally saw them score a 14 point win over Mountmellick in Bill Delaney Park this evening.
Derek Conroy’s charges struggled to get going early on but a goal just before half time proved crucial as Stradbally got on top from their and never looked back to claim their third win of the campaign.
The signs were bright for Mountmellick early on as they led by 0-6 to 0-3 after 20 minutes despite playing against a stiff breeze.
Former Laois keeper Eoghan Keogh kicked three points in that period while Bernard Rochford also notched a brace and Eddie Melia added another.
Jack Deegan was Stradbally’s main man on the night and it was his goal which proved the catalyst for the change in the game.
The move was actually started by Stradbally corner back Tadhg Murray who made a great interception inside his own square and that started a counter attack involving Colm Begley, Eoin Buggie and Tom Shiel before Deegan rattled the back of the net.
Eoin Buggie, Tom Shiel and Deegan all raised white flags in the first half too to make it 1-6 to 0-6 in Stradbally’s favour at half time.
Mountmellick failed to score in the third quarter of the game as Stradbally extended their lead to nine points with scores from Deegan, Buggie, Shiel and Colm Kelly.
A misplaced Stradbally pass in attack gave Mountmellick their first score of the second half after 46 minutes as they broke up field where Eoin George smashed the ball to the net after gathering a great pass from Eoghan Keogh.
George and Bernard Rochford would add further points for Mountmellick but that would be as good as it would get for them.
Stradbally made the game safe with late goals from Colm Kelly and John Clancy to seal a fine win.
SCORERS – STRADBALLY: Jack Deegan 1-5, Tom Shiel 0-4 (three frees), Eoin Buggie 0-4, Colm Kelly 1-2 (two frees), John Clancy 1-0, Colm Begley 0-1 MOUNTMELLICK: Eoghan Keogh 0-3 (one free), Eoin George 1-1, Bernard Rochford 0-3 (two frees), Eddie Melia 0-1
STRADBALLY: Jack Larkin; Liam Clancy, Liam Knowles, Tadgh Murray; Jack Langton, Eoin Buggie, Podge Fitzpatrick, Wayne Comerford, Colm Begley; John Clancy, Colm Kelly, Kilian Mcgannon; Tom Shiel, Jack Deegan, Andrew Hoolihan.
MOUNTMELLICK: Adam O’Reilly; Ciaran Rochford, Gearoid Hanrahan, Cian Thompson; Oisin Morris, Mark Dowling, Redmond McEvoy; Colm Coss, Stephen Lynch; Eoghan Keogh, Eoin George, Curtis Lee; Eddie Melia, Bernard Rochford, Shane Dowling. Subs: Michael Dowling for Coss (50, black card)
Referee: Brendan Hickey (Griaguecullen)
Killeshin 0-7 Courtwood 3-5
Three goals for Courtwood did the trick as they claimed their third win of the season and moved up to second place in the table.
Goals from Niall Donoher and Luke Doran helped them into a 2-3 to 0-5 lead at half time.
Killeshin kept battling away in the second half but Doran’s second goal settled the tie as Courtwood won by seven in the end.
Courtwood will have the chance to cement their spot in the promotion places when they host third-placed Arles-Killeen next week.
Meanwhile, Killeshin will be looking to climb out of the relegation zone when they face Mountmellick next weekend.
KILLESHIN: Shane Coakley; Pat Doyle, David McDermott, Podge Bolton; Adam Deering, Kevin Ryan, Stephen Attride; Gavin Brennan, Brian Lowry; James Davis, Michael Doran, Eoin Lowry; Evan Lowry, Cathal Brennan, Ross Bolger
COURTWOOD: Matthew Byron; Barry Donnolly, Mark O’Halloran, Colm Wilson; Sean O’Flynn, Robert Flynn, Seth Burns Mooney; Paddy Wilson, Conor Hogan; Alan Kinsella, Luke Doran, Niall Donoher; Cian Doyle, Danny Luttrell, Niall Dunne
Referee: John Murphy (Crettyard)
Arles-Killeen 3-11 Ballylinan 3-15
Ballylinan emerged from this top of the table clash with their 100% record still intact thanks to a four point win over Arles-Killeen tonight.
In a pulsating affair, Ballylinan shaded the first half as they ended it in front 2-6 to 1-8.
Gary Walsh smashed home two goals for the visitors but Killeen were never far away.
Paul Kingston, Jason Enright and Donie Kingston all raised green flags but it wasn’t enough for Killeen as Ballylinan ran out four point winners in the end – their fifth straight win.
They face bottom club St Joseph’s on Tuesday night in a bid to continue their winning ways while Arles-Killeen will look to get back into the promotion places when they face Courtwood next weekend.
ARLES-KILLEEN: Mick Leigh; Enda McDonald, Joe Mulhare, Enda O’Rourke; Dermot Julian, Shane Julian, Conor Keightley; Donie Kingston, Niall O’Rourke; Paul Kingston, Sean O’Shea, Jason Enright; Gerry McWey, Ian Scully, Donie Brennan
BALLYLINAN: Tom Wright; James Redmond, Dermot Leonard, Kevin Byrne; Alan Farrell, Richie Ryan, Robbie Donoher; Jamie Farrell, John Kealy; Cathal Fennessy, Ciaran Farrell, Ciaran Fennessy; Andy McEvoy, Cathail Dunne, Gary Walsh
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Stradbally)