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Ballyfin go goal crazy to book senior football quarter-final for first time

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Ballyfin 5-17 Arles-Killeen 3-13
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Ballyfin are through to the Laois SFC quarter-finals for the first time ever following a stunning win over Arles-Killeen in a eight-goal thriller in O’Moore Park this evening

The brilliant Sean Moore and Jack Priestley helped themselves to two goals apiece as Ballyfin defied their 3/1 outsiders tag to run out 10-point winners in the end.

Having scored just seven points in their first outing against Graiguecullen, Ballyfin have now 4-13 against Crettyard and 5-17 against Arles-Killeen to book their place in the last eight of the Laois SFC. All but two points of their tally today was from play.

It was a game that entertained from the start with Sean Moore getting the game’s first goal after five minutes and going on to hit 2-3 from play in the first half.

Darragh Connolly was instrumental in most of their good play, the midfielder scoring three points from play and also playing a key role in their second goal.

Donie Kingston hit 1-6 in the opening half for Arles-Killeen in what was a hugely open game – but with Louis Duff getting a third Ballyfin goal before half time, they led 3-8 to 1-10 at the break.

Donie Brennan came on at half time for Killeen and got the first score of the half from a free. But Jack Priestley struck for Ballyfin’s second goal and points from Priestley and Louis Duff suddenly had them nine up and seemingly safe.

But it was a mad game and Killeen kept chipping away. The two Donies pointed and then the two Kingstons got goals within a minute of each other.

With 15 minutes to play the gap was back to a point.

But Killeen wouldn’t score again as Ballyfin got a settling point from James Finn and then hit 1-6 without reply, the goal coming from Priestly following an audacious lob over the over-worked Mick Leigh.

James Moore was outstanding too and hit a couple more points and by the closing moments the result was beyond doubt.

Arles-Killeen go out. Ballyfin look forward to another big day out.

SCORERS –  Ballyfin: Sean Moore 2-3, Jack Priestley 2-2, Louis Duff 1-1, James Moore 0-4 (one free), Darragh Connolly 0-4 James Finn 0-2 (one ’45), Alan Connolly 0-1 Arles-Killeen: Donie Kingston 2-7 (0-4 frees), Paul Kingston 1-2, Conor Keightley 0-2, Donie Brennan 0-1 (free), Sean O’Shea 0-1

BALLYFIN: Robert Foran; George Lanham, Ciaran Fingleton, Max Connolly; Kevin O’Rourke, David Connolly, Allan Connolly; James Finn, Darragh Connolly; Nick Cosgrove, James Moore, Dan Molloy; Jack Priestley, Sean Moore, Louis Duff. Subs: Barry Roche for O’Rourke (injured – 19), Ricky Quillinan for Cosgrove (45), Jason Horan for Duff (61), Jack Cleary for Molloy (62).

ARLES-KILLEEN: Mick Leigh; Brian Kennedy, Joe Mulhare, Niall O’Rourke; Enda O’Rourke, Shane Julian, Dermot Julian; John Mahon, Paul Kingston; Sean O’Shea, Donie Kingston, Cathal Moran O’Brien; Conor Keightley, Ian Scully, Brendan O’Shea. Subs: Donie Brennan for Scully (HT), James Mahon for Moran O’Brien (HT), Jason Enright for Kennedy (45), Ian Scully for B O’Shea (55)

REFEREE: Des Cooney (St Joseph’s)

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