The football championship has resumed and you know what that means – it is our first installment of the Team of The Week for 2019.
We had action in the first, second and third grades of the club football championship over the last seven and we did our very best to bring you reports on all of the games.
The football was spread out over a full week as two senior games were put back to allow U-20 players involved get a bit of a break following their Leinster final defeat to Dublin 13 days ago.
A total of 38 teams played in games in senior, intermediate and junior level with the only sides not appearing being the Killeshin juniors who received a walkover from Graiguecullen.
Courtwood lead the way with two players but a total of 14 clubs are represented on our first selection of 2019.
Check it out below:
1 – Eoghan Keogh (Mountmellick)
Mountmellick and Timahoe engaged in a nail-biting battle at the weekend with the 2018 defeated finalists emerging two point winners in the end.
Timahoe had plenty of goal chances in the game but they could not find a way past Eoghan Keogh who was in simply inspired form throughout – making save after save.
2 – Luke Alsybury (Graiguecullen)
Graiguecullen really struggled at times against Ballyfin at the weekend but their best performer was defender Luke Alsybury.
He tackled and blocked efficiently while he also got up the field to kick a great point in the first half.
3 – Ruaidhri C-Fennell (Rosenallis)
Ruaidhri C-Fennell was not part of the Laois panel this year after making his debut last season but he was in fine form for Rosenallis in their win over Annanough.
He made a great block in the first half which was the catalyst for his side’s opening goal and his power in the full back line was a feature.
4 – Conor Flynn (The Rock)
The Rock were involved in a crazy game with St Joseph’s second team at the weekend where there were five red cards dished out in the final 15 minutes of the game.
But one man who kept his cool was Conor Flynn. He really impressed in the Divisional championship last year and put in another fine performance of strong running and clever footpassing here.
5 – Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood)
2019 was a break-through year for Sean O’Flynn who, despite sitting his Leaving Cert, made four senior championship appearances for Laois, including two starts, and also played a big role as the Laois U-20s reached the Leinster final.
And one of the county’s most promising talents made his senior debut against Kilcruise last night where he held the dangerous David Conway scoreless and also played a big role in his side’s first goal.
6 – Stephen Attride (Killeshin)
Laois senior football captain Stephen Attride played almost all of this year at corner back for his county but he showed once again how good he is further up the field in Killeshin’s win over Stradbally.
Operating at centre back, he controlled the defence and then popped up right at the end to score Killeshin’s third goal after brilliantly skipping by the Stradbally defence.
7 – Jimmy Langton (Park-Ratheniska)
Soccer, football, hurling – is there anything that Jimmy Langton can’t do?
The Park-Ratheniska man is the only junior player to make our list and he simply had to after his man of the match display against Kilcavan. He kicked three points and set up several others as just like a fine wine – he seems to be getting better with age.
8 – Niall Dunne (Courtwood)
Niall Dunne started the Laois U-20s first two games against Kildare and Westmeath but lost his place for the semi final when Mark Barry returned to the fold.
Out in midfield for his senior debut last night, he was on experienced campaigner Kevin Meaney but went on to kick 1-3 and his goal is certainly an early contender for goal of the season.
9 – Nigel Murphy (Emo)
Nigel Murphy was named at wing forward for emo but popped up all over the field and scored two goals in their dramatic draw with Ballyroan-Abbey.
Murphy got the first goal in opening minute and then the equalizing goal in the last minute of the match – over an hour apart.
10 – Bryan Meredith (O’Dempsey’s)
After many years spent travelling, Bryan Meredith now seems to be fully on board for O’Dempsey’s this year and he was very effective in their win over St Joseph’s.
In the absence of the injured Tom Kelly, Meredith slotted in seamlessly and drove forward at every opportunity. He is certainly a big addition.
11 – Padraig McMahon (Ballyroan-Abbey)
Padraig McMahon is once again joint manager of his native club this year and he must’ve thought his personal haul of 1-4 was going to be enough to see his side past Emo.
He kicked two particularly good points from very difficult angles, one in either half, and also scored a brilliant goal after a great pass from Scott Conroy. He is in serious shape too.
12 – Ronan McEvoy (Portlaoise)
Portlaoise began the championship eight days ago but the manner of their win against Ballylinan has not been forgotten.
Three players made their debuts with Ronan McEvoy being one of them and he kicked six points from play and was desperately unlucky not to have a goal too.
13 – Colm Murphy (Portarlington)
Colm Murphy nailed down a place on the Laois senior football team this year and he has taken his form from there into the club championships where he was the leading light for Portarlington.
They defeated The Heath with relative ease and have all the tools to challenge Portlaoise perhaps. Murphy’s form will be central to that though.
14 – Evan O’Carroll (Crettyard)
The only player to make this team from a side which lost in the championship last week is Evan O’Carroll.
Crettyard’s game with Arles-Killeen turned into a shoot-out between O’Carroll and Kingston and although he came out the wrong end, he landed 1-8 and showed just why he is one of our best forwards.
15 – Donie Kingston (Arles-Killeen)
In the absence of suspended younger brother Paul, Arles-Killeen really needed Donie Kingston to be at his very best in the encounter with Crettyard and he was.
He scored 1-9 and led the line brilliantly in a narrow win that displayed once again just how exceptional he is.
Laois Shopping Centre Senior Football Championship Round 1
Portlaoise 2-18 Ballylinan 0-11 – SEE REPORT HERE
Stradbally 2-6 Killeshin 3-14 – SEE REPORT HERE
The Heath 0-7 Portarlington 0-19 – SEE REPORT HERE
St Joseph’s 0-11 O’Dempsey’s 2-15 – SEE REPORT HERE
Ballyfin 0-7 Graiguecullen 2-11 – SEE REPORT HERE
Arles-Killeen 1-13 Crettyard 1-11 – SEE REPORT HERE
Ballyroan-Abbey 1-13 Emo 2-10 – SEE REPORT HERE
Courtwood 4-14 Arles-Kilcruise 1-11 – SEE REPORT HERE
Laois Shopping Centre Intermediate Football Championship Round 1
Mountmellick 0-10 Timahoe 0-8 – SEE REPORT HERE
Portlaoise 2-12 Clonaslee 0-9 – SEE REPORT HERE
The Rock 2-9 St Joseph’s 0-8 – SEE REPORT HERE
Rosenallis 2-14 Annanough 3-4 – SEE REPORT HERE
Laois Shopping Centre Junior Football Championship Round 1
Portarlington 1-15 The Harps 3-10 SEE FULL REPORT HERE.
Portlaoise 2-11 Barrowhouse 0-14 SEE FULL REPORT HERE.
Spink 4-6 Ballyroan Abbey 5-22 SEE FULL REPORT HERE.
Kilcavan 2-10 Park Ratheniska 1-15 SEE FULL REPORT HERE.
The Heath 9-23 Stradbally 0-1 SEE FULL REPORT HERE.
O’Dempsey’s 6-15 Camross 4-10 SEE FULL REPORT HERE
Castletown 3-12 Ballylinan 1-8
Killeshin received a walkover from Graiguecullen