The West 6-15 The South 1-5
The West are the second ever winners of the Laois Divisional Football Competition as they won for the third consecutive weekend to claim overall success.
This completes a remarkable turnaround in form for the winners who lose all four of the games they contested last year.
Players like Niall Corbet, Colm Coss and Robert Tyrell have been very impressive for The West in this competition and they were on top as they ran out 25 point winners.
The South, who have struggled for numbers throughout this competition, were particularly weakened tonight as selectors John Kealy and Barry Ryan had to tog out to make 15.
They lost Paul Simms to injury in the first half so The West gave them Slieve Bloom’s Darragh Delaney to make up 15 for the second half.
The West had ten different scorers and every single one of their scores came from play as they showed exactly why they were the best team in this competition this year.
This game was over as a contest by the midpoint of the first half as The West wracked up 2-5 without reply.
Rob Tyrell began the scoring with a point before Niall Corbet breezed through for a brilliant goal.
Bob Downey, Darren Strong, Sean O’Neill and Corbet added points before Jack Priestley slotted home the game’s second goal.
Brian Byrne finally opened The South’s account after 16 minutes but Evan O’Carroll and Michael Doran would be their only other scorers in the second half.
Strong, Downey and Tyrell all added further points as The West took a 2-9 to 0-3 lead at half time.
And things quickly unraveled for The South on the resumption of play as The West struck for three more goals before the 40th minutes.
Sub Jack Owens (Emo) grabbed two of those with Niall Corbet getting his second of the game as they pushed well clear.
Pa Reilly did get a goal for The South and Evan O’Carroll kicked a couple of points but Clonaslee sub Sean Condon put gloss on the scoreline with his side’s sixth goal.
SCORERS – THE WEST: Niall Corbet 2-1, Jack Owens (Emo) 2-0, Jack Priestley and Sean Condon 1-0 each, Rob Tyrell, Bob Downey and Darren Strong 0-3 each, Sean O’Neill, Jack Owens (Clonaslee) and Eoin Dunne 0-1 each THE SOUTH: Evan O’Carroll 0-4 (three frees), Pa Reilly 1-0, Brian Byrne and Michael Doran 0-1 each
THE WEST: Eoghan Keogh (Mountmellick); Adam McDermott (Rosenallis), Jack Owens (Clonaslee), George Lanham (Ballyfin); Darren Strong (Emo), Diarmuid Conroy (Clonaslee), Brian Gorman (Emo); Rob Tyrell (Camross), Colm Coss (Mountmellick); Darragh Delaney (Slieve Bloom), Nigel Murphy (Emo), Bob Downey (Clonaslee); Sean O’Neill (The Rock), Niall Corbet (Clonaslee), Jack Priestley (Ballyfin). Subs: Jack Owens (Emo), Eoin Dunne (Rosenallis), Joey Shelly (Rosenallis), Tommy Shelly (Rosenallis), Sean Condon (Clonaslee), Shane Farrell (Slieve Bloom)
THE SOUTH: Darragh Phelan (Barrowhouse); James Brennan (Barrowhouse), Martin Doyle (Graiguecullen), Luke Alsybury (Graiguecullen); Conor Mulhall (Crettyard), Podge Lawlor (Spink), Barry Ryan (Killeshin); Emmett Malone (Barrowhouse), Pa Reilly (Crettyard); Evan O’Carroll (Crettyard), Michael Doran (Killeshin), Brian Byrne (Graiguecullen); Paul Simms (Spink), Cormac Murphy (Crettyard), John Kealy (Ballylinan)
The North 2-12 The East 1-10
Any chance The East had of retaining their title evaporated in the first game of the evening as they were well beaten by The East.
O’Dempsey’s Matthew Finlay was on fire for the victors as, in his only appearance in this year’s competition, he contributed 1-8 of The North’s total.
And indeed the scoreline could’ve been even worse for the East had it not been for some excellent saves in both halves by keeper Aaron Cooney.
The North flew out of the traps as, after Ciaran Farrell had opened the scoring for The East, the winners reeled off 1-6 without reply.
Finlay, Damien McCaul, Alan Kinsella and Danny Luttrell fires over points before Finlay combined well with Johnny Kelly to score a great goal.
Podge Dunne tried to rally the East with a thunderbolt of goal which was followed by Cathail Dunne and Dylan Doyle points but the North finished the half strongly.
Sean O’Flynn breezed through the East’s defence to net a brilliant goal that left his side 2-7 to 1-5 in front at half time.
The second half saw both teams effectively cancel each other out as they both scored five points apiece.
Mikie Dempsey, Jamie Farrell and Cathail Dunne kept plugging away for The East but with Finlay continuing to point down the other end, The North prevailed and finish runners up this year.
SCORERS – THE EAST: Ciaran Farrell 0-1, Dylan Doyle 0-2, Cathail Dunne 0-4, Podge Dunne 1-1, Jamie Farrell 0-1, Mikie Dempsey 0-1 THE NORTH: Matthew Finlay 1-8 (six frees), Alan Kinsella 0-1, Danny Luttrell 0-2, Damien McCaul 0-1, Sean O’Flynn 1-0
THE EAST: Aaron Cooney (St Joseph’s); Aaron Carroll (Ballyroan-Abbey), Gavin Tynan (Ballyroan-Abbey), Kevin Byrne (Ballylinan); Dean Brophy (St Joseph’s), Alan Farrell (Ballylinan), Conor Whelehan (Timahoe); Jack Deegan (Stradbally), Jamie Farrell (Ballylinan); Mikie Dempsey (St Joseph’s), Dylan Doyle (St Joseph’s), Podge Dunne (Park-Ratheniska); Ciaran Farrell (Ballylinan), Cathail Dunne (Ballylinan), Peter Kealy (St Joseph’s). Subs: Cathal Doyle (Ballyroan-Abbey), Colum Dunne (Timahoe)
THE NORTH: Matthew Byron (Courtwood); Cormac O’Hora (O’Dempsey’s), Mark O’Halloran (Courtwood), Alan Whelan (The Heath); Niall Walsh (unattached), Conor Hogan (Courtwood), Jimmy Nerney (The Heath); Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood), Danny Luttrell (Courtwood); Johnny Kelly (O’Dempsey’s), Barry Kelly (O’Dempsey’s), Matthew Finlay (O’Dempsey’s); Damien McCaul (Annanough), Dan McCormack (O’Dempsey’s), Alan Kinsella (Courtwood). Subs: Killian Horgan (Annanough), Dylan Kavanagh (The Heath), Eoin Finlay (O’Dempsey’s), Barry Howlin (O’Dempsey’s)