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A quarter-final for Castletown and wins for Barrowhouse and Camross in tonight’s JFC games

Three games were down for decision in tonight’s junior A championship.

Barrowhouse earned a win in their qualifying game, while Castletown’s victory over Portlaoise ensured them a quarter-final spot.

In the remaining qualifier game for tonight, Camross saw off Ballylinan to stay in the junior A competition.

Barrowhouse 2-11 Portarlington 0-13
Laois Shopping Centre JFC Round 2 Qualifier

Two first half goals from Barrowhouse carried them through this qualifer in McCann Park against the home side.

Solid defending from the visitors was evident in the first half, leaving Port with only four points on the scoreboard at the interval.

Barrowhouse’s first goal came just two after the throw-in, with Michael Langton palming the ball into the net.

A Fergal Murphy point followed, while steady goalkeeping down the opposition end by Michael Langton kept Port from raising the green flag.

Barrowhouse were supplying excellent balls into their full-forward line, while Brian Malone found the post for the visiting team.

Jason Ward got the scoring off to a start for Port, one of his four wihte flags raised during the game, but Barrowhouse had another goal brewing.

The Portarlington kickout was caught by Luke Malone, who sent a long ball in to James Baldwin who buried the ball into the back of the net to set Barrowhouse up nicely.

Portarlington were winning ball around the middle of the field but Barrowhouse’s defence, particularly Thomas McDonald, were within a hare’s breath of their opponents at all times.

Points from Michael Langton, Fergal Murphy, Brian Malone and Martin Murphy set up Barrowhouse for 2-5 at the break, while Andrew Evans and Aaron Coss converted to leave Portarlington with four points at the half-time whistle.

Evans conversion of a ball along the ground from 35 metres out got Portarlington on the scoreboard first after the break.

Portarlington showed appetite for the game, but Luke Malone remained resolute in midfield for the Barrowhouse men.

Mikey Bennett made huge strides for Port, adding two points to their tally, while Brian Malone and James Baldwin raised the white flags for Barrowhouse.

Port managed to gather nine points in the second half; Darragh Galvin, Aaron Coss, Graham Weldon, Ciaran Ward and Hayden Weldon all aiding in this, but the first-half lead Barrowhouse built up was too much, and they emerged three point victors tonight.

SCORERS – Barrowhouse: Michael Langton 1-2, James Baldwin 1-1, Fergal Murphy 0-4 (0-2 frees), Emmet Malone 0-2, Brian Malone 0-1, Martin Murphy 0-1 Portarlington: Jason Ward 0-4 (0-1 frees), Andrew Evans 0-2, Mikey Bennett 0-2, Darragh Galvin 0-1, Aaron Coss 0-1, Graham Weldon 0-1, Hayden Weldon 0-1, Ciaran Ward 0-1

BARROWHOUSE: Darragh Phelan; Denis Brophy, Thomas Page, Thomas McDonald; Andrew Baldwin, Sean Langton, Steven Langton; Luke Malone, Martin Murphy; Emmet Malone, Brian Malone, James Baldwin; Scott Flynn, Michael Langton, Fergal Murphy. Subs: James Brennan for Scott Flynn (50 mins), Martin Langton for Michael Langton, David Brennan for Steven Langton (Both 53 mins), Padraig Whelan for Fergal Murphy (60 mins)

PORTARLINGTON: Jack Whelan; Jack O’Neill, Padraig Coffey, Conor McCarthy; Mikey Bennett, Jordan Fitzpatrick, Curtis Lyons; Graham Weldon, Hayden Weldon; Andrew Evans, Darragh Galvin, Aaron Coss; Jason Ward, Chris Booth, Ciaran Ward Subs: Evan Clancy for Conor McCarthy (blood sub – six minutes), Conor McCarthy for Jack O’Neill (20 mins)

Laois Shopping Centre JFC Round 2 Winners
Castletown 1-14 Portlaoise 3-6

Laois Shopping Centre JFC Round 2 Qualifier
Ballylinan 0-6 Camross 1-14

SEE ALSO – Mountmellick and Errill to meet in the junior B championship football final