Rosenallis 2-13 Ballylinan 2-3
Laois MFC ‘B’ Final
Rosenallis won their second consecutive minor B final tonight in Annanough following a ten point win over Ballylinan.
Charlie Friel was on fire as he scored 2-10 while David Dooley ran the show from centre back as Rosenallis got what is going to be a very busy weekend for the club off to the perfect start.
Ballylinan were underdogs coming into this game and they kept it competitive for as long as they could – with the game really only over five minutes from the end when Friel grabbed his second goal.
Rosenallis played with the wind in the first half and they made sure to take advantage of this in slippery conditions.
Rosenallis were extremely dominant in the opening period with Charlie Friel kicking three points in six minutes. Patrick Julian replied with a point of his own, which was Ballylinan’s only score of the half.
Rosenallis continued to control the game but only for goalkeeper Alex McDonagh and great defenisve blocks from Ballylinan’s full back line, Rosenallis would’ve been even further ahead at the water break – instead they led 0-3 to 0-1.
After the water break Rosenallis continued to look threatening going forward and they were finally rewarded with a goal from Charlie Friel. John Kellet played a delightful ball over Ciaran Cronin which found Friel on the edge of the box. He made no mistake, placing the ball into the corner of the net.
Friel continued to dissect the posts as he landed a brace. Rosenallis captain Alex Marron then got his name on the scoresheet as he converted a brilliant solo point from a tight angle to give Rosenallis an eight point lead.
Ballylinan operated with a sweeper in order to try to stop Friel from scoring. However, this allowed Leinster rugby star David Dooley’s influence on the game to grow greatly.
Ballylinan were unable to deal with Dooely’s direct running through the heart of the defence and he was rewarded with a point of his own just before the half time whistle to leave it 1-9 to 0-1.
Ballylinan began the second half lively as Jesse McEvoy got the first score of the second half. Friel then lodged two frees over to keep eight points between the sides.
Ballylinan scored their first goal of the game soon after through McEvoy. The centre back’s long range free looped over Paul Egan into the top corner.
Ballylinan then added another goal through Fergal Murphy. Seamus Hickey took a free kick from distance but his shot dropped short, the ball fell to Murphy and he put the ball into the net.
With just under five minutes left on the clock Rosenallis put the game to bed with a goal.
Rosenallis’ two standout performers Dooley and Friel combined to see the latter smash the ball into the back of the net to give them a ten point win over their opponents.
SCORERS – Rosenallis: Charlie Friel 2-10 (six frees), Alex Marron, Aodh Bowes and David Dooley 0-1 each. Ballylinan: Jesse McEvoy 1-1, Fergal Murphy 1-0, Micheal Downey and Patrick Julian 0-1 each.
ROSENALLIS: Paul Egan, Eoin Sharp, Fionn Kemptster, Alex Redmond; Cathal Keady, David Dooley,Colin Bennett; Jimmy Hyland, Aodh Bowes; Alex Marron, Diarmuid Dooley, John Kellet; Ciaran Cuddy, Charlie Friel, Eoin McEvoy. Subs: Padraic Glancy for Bennett (35), Denis Grehan for Hyland (40), Gerard Glancy for Friel (60).
BALLYLINAN: Alex McDonagh, Mikey Walsh, Ciaran Cronin, Kaylem Curtis; Patrick Julian, Jesse McEvoy, Micheal Downey; Seamus Hickey, Ryan Brady; Robert Moore, James Walsh, Darragh Loughman, Conor Loughman, Fergal Murphy, Joey Walsh. Subs: Tom Bride for Moore (HT), Eoin Dunne for Murphy (53)
Referee: Eric Ward (Portarlington)
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