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Courtwood promoted, Arles-Kilcruise and Mountmellick set for relegation on a busy night of league football action

Courtwood will play in ACFL Division 1A in 2020 as they were promoted this evening despite losing a high-scoring affair away to Arles-Killeen.

Killeen recorded a 0-24 to 2-14 win over Eddie Kinsella’s men, but with Stradbally and Emo drawing 1-12 apiece, it means that Courtwood are two points ahead of Emo heading into next week’s final round of games.

Even if Courtwood were to lose to Mountmellick and Emo were to beat Killeshin, Courtwood would go up and through to this year’s final by dint of a better head-to-head record against Emo, having won one of the games and drawn the other.

The results means that Courtwood will meet Ballylinan in the final and go up to Division 1A next season, the highest level the club will have played at in many years.

While they were in Division 1 previously, it would have been had a bigger number of teams than the eight it currently consists of.

It continues a steady graph of improvement having been crowned intermediate and Division 2 champions (essentially the third tier) last year and in Division 3 (essentially the four fourth tier) as recently as 2015.

Elsewhere in that division, Killeshin had three goals to spare over Mountmellick, a result that condemns Mountmellick to relegation back to Division 2 along with St Joseph’s second team.

In Division 1A, Portlaoise lost to St Joseph’s which keeps Joseph’s in the hunt for a final place with Portlaoise. However, Portlaoise are still two points ahead and have two games to play in comparison to Joseph’s who just have one remaining.

At the other end of the table, Arles-Kilcruise have been relegated following a 3-13 to 1-13 loss to Portarlington.

The Heath and Graiguecullen drew which just about keeps The Heath’s survival hopes alive.

They are one point behind Port but Port have an extra game to play.

O’Dempsey’s, who are already through to the final, were comfortable winners over Ballyroan-Abbey who are safe from relegation.

Tonight’s results

ACFL Division 1A

  • St Joseph’s 3-10 Portlaoise 2-11
  • O’Dempsey’s 2-19 Ballyroan-Abbey 1-12
  • Graiguecullen 1-13 The Heath 0-16
  • Portarlington 3-13 Arles-Kilcruise 1-13

ACFL Division 1B

  • Arles-Killeen 0-24 Courtwood 2-14
  • Stradbally 1-12 Emo 1-12
  • Killeshin beat Mountmellick

Next week’s fixtures

ACFL Division 1A

  • Arles-Kilcruise v Graiguecullen
  • Ballyroan-Abbey v St Joseph’s
  • O’Dempsey’s v Portarlington
  • The Heath v Portlaoise

** Portarlington v Portlaoise, which was abandonded on June 13, has yet to be replayed. 

ACFL Division 1B

  • Ballylinan v Stradbally
  • Emo v Killeshin
  • Mountmellick v Courtwood
  • St Joseph’s v Arles-Killeen – conceded by St Joseph’s

SEE ALSO – St Joseph’s keep league hopes alive with win over Portlaoise

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.