It was a horrible night weather-wise in O’Moore Park yesterday but it was one that footballers from Rosenallis and O’Dempsey’s will never forget.
Rosenallis will play in the 2020 Laois senior football championship after they defeated their neighbours Clonaslee in a dramatic Intermediate football decider.
Clonaslee played with 14 men for 41 minutes and were reduced to 13 men with ten minutes to play but every time they lost a player, their response was unreal.
Darren Hogan went early on with Diarmuid Conroy shown his marching orders later in the second half before Glen McEvoy was shown red with the game in injury time.
But after the dismissals of Hogan and Conroy, Clonaslee hit back with points and the game’s only goal respectively and they actually took the lead for the first time as we entered what would be nine minutes of injury time.
Rosenallis had man of the match Mark Dunne sent off too near the end when he picked up a black card after already being on a yellow but it was substitute Joey Shelly who kicked the winning points in a marathon game.
O’Dempsey’s led by four points at half time but Castletown came back to draw level as we entered the final quarter.
However O’Dempsey’s, who lost this final to Annanough last year, had a real eye for goal this time and substitute Stephen O’Leary came off the bench to score a third goal minutes from the end to seal the win.
O’Dempsey’s will move up to the Intermediate ranks next year while for Castletown, their year is not yet over, as they will go on to represent Laois in the Leinster Junior championship as second teams of clubs are not allowed to compete.
As always, our intrepid photographer Julie Anne Miller was out on the pitch at full time to capture some great images.
Check out the selection of celebration shots from Rosenallis first and the from O’Dempsey’s below: