Portlaoise have now won their opening six games in the Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1A after a comfortable success at home to St Joseph’s this evening.
And O’Dempsey’s continue to lead the chasing pack as their impressive form carried into tonight with a big win over Ballyroan-Abbey.
The results mean that Portlaoise are on top of Division 1A with 12 points after six games with O’Dempsey’s second on 10 points – their only loss coming in Round 2 to Portlaoise.
Portlaoise 2-18 St Joseph’s 2-6
Portlaoise had 12 points to spare over St Joseph’s in Rathleague this evening as goals from Ciaran McEvoy and Aaron Rafter helped them to maintain their 100% start to the league.
The home side led 1-12 to 1-3 at the break and continued to control the game after the break to ease home.
Ciaran McEvoy, who helped himself to 1-4, and Paddy Downey impressed for Portlaoise while Aaron Rafter hit 1-1 and Adrian Kelly 0-3.
Brian Mulligan also made an appearance having missed all of the 2018 campaign.
Conor Kealy and Enda Butler got the goals for St Joseph’s but now lie inside the relegation zone with just four points from six outings.
The next round of games isn’t until Saturday two weeks, May 18, when Portlaoise will play The Heath and St Joseph’s host Ballyroan-Abbey.
PORTLAOISE: Richie Downey; David Holland, Beano McCormack, Mikey Dowling; Paddy Downey, Gary Saunders, Colin Finn; Ciaran McEvoy, Craig Scully; Damon Larkin, Benny Carroll, Ronan McEvoy; Jason Maher, Adrian Kelly, Aaron Rafter. Subs: Brian Mulligan, Dean Cullen, Ross Brennan.
ST JOSEPH’S: Ray Kealy; Noel Leech, Aidan Brennan, Jack Lacey; Dean Brophy, Tom Dunne, Murtagh Condron; Brian Daly, Bernard Wheatley; Oisin Lacey, Enda Butler, Niall Brennan; Conor Kealy, Noel Garvan, Seamus Farrelly. Subs: Dylan Doyle, Ryan Hogg and David Brennan
O’Dempsey’s 5-10 Ballyroan-Abbey 1-13
O’Dempsey’s continued their red hot form in front of goals by firing five past Ballyroan-Abbey this evening, just a couple of days after they hit St Joseph’s for six.
It means the Killenard men – by a considerable distance the top scorers in the division – and going for a third league title in a row have scored an impressive 20 goals in six league outings in 2019.
Midfielder Barry Kelly was the top scorer with 2-1 while Micheal Finlay hit 1-3, Eoin Finlay 1-2 and Johnny Kelly got their fifth goal.
O’Dempsey’s led 4-4 to 0-5 at the break and while Ballyroan battled on well with Padraig McMahon getting a goal and finishing with 1-2 and youngsters Diarmuid Whelan 0-4 and Enda McWey 0-3 also on target.
O’Dempsey’s now make the short trip to take on Portarlington in two weeks time while Ballyroan-Abbey are up against St Joseph’s next.
O’DEMPSEY’S: Padraig Bannon; Ciaran McManus, Peter O’Leary, Cormac O’Hora; Bryan Meredith, Robbie Kehoe, Conor Meredith; Rory Bracken, Barry Kelly; Barry Howlin, Eoin Finlay, Bryan Nugent; Michael Finlay, Dan McCormack, Johnny Kelly. Sub: Tom Behan
BALLYROAN-ABBEY: Andrew Bonham; Cian Moffitt, Padraig McMahon, Ruairi Dunne; Jamie Whelan, Aaron Carroll, Rob Wall; Liam Delaney, Cathal Doyle; Liam Delaney, Scott Conroy, Dylan Cuddy; MJ Tierney, Diarmuid Whelan, Enda McWey. Subs: Aaron McEvoy, Mark McDonald, Paudie McDonald, Jamie Bartley, Mark Cahill
How they stand in ACFL Division 1A