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First half goals do the trick for Stradbally as they defeat Killeshin to reach SFC quarter finals

Conor Goode Stradbally

Stradbally 3-9 Killeshin 1-11
Laois SFC Round 3

Three first half goals proved crucial for Stradbally as they got the better of Killeshin in the third of this year’s Round 3 ties.

Killeshin battled back well in the second half but they could never get close enough to Stradbally on the scoreboard to land a meaningful blow.

Stradbally looked like they were going to run away with this one in the first half as they plundered through for those goals.

Full forward Darren Maher scored two of those while Garry Comerford also landed a brace as they led 2-2 to 0-1 at the first water break.

Killeshin improved after that as Eoin Lowry, David Aston and the impressive Michael Doran all scored.

But they remained leaky at the back and a swift attack from Stradbally saw Maher and Conor Goode combine for Eoin Buggie to smash home their third goal and lead 3-2 to 0-5 at half time.

Buggie briefly increased the advantage to seven at the start of the second half but Killeshin sparked into life when Eoin Lowry beat Keiran Delaney to a high ball and rounded Wayne Comerford for a goal.

Michael Doran and Lowry added points and now it was a three point game.

Eoin Buggie’s second free though gave Stradbally a 3-6 to 1-8 lead at the second water break.

Try as they might after that, Killeshin could never get closer than three points to Stradbally in the time that remained.

Sub Jody Dillon then kicked what proved to be the crucial score in injury time as Stradbally moved into the quarter finals.

SCORERS – Stradbally: Darren Maher 2-0, Eoin Buggie 1-2 (two frees), Garry Comerford 0-2 (one free), Conor Goode 0-2, Podge Fitzpatrick 0-1, Eamonn Delaney 0-1, Jody Dillon 0-1 Killeshin: Eoin Lowry 1-3 (one mark, two frees), David Aston 0-4 (one 45, two frees), Michael Doran 0-4 (one mark)

STRADBALLY: Wayne Comerford; Eamonn Delaney, Liam Knowles, Colm Clancy; Damian Murphy, Keiran Delaney, Ciaran O’Neill; Eoin Buggie, Colm Begley; Darragh Carolan, Colm Kelly, Podge Fitzpatrick; Garry Comerford, Darren Maher, Conor Goode Subs: Jack Langton for Carolan (4, inj), Kilian Mcgannon for Delaney (43), Jody Dillon for O’Neill (47), Colin Beale for Kelly (59)

KILLESHIN: Killian Roche; Simon attride, Jeremy Mahon, David McDermott; David Aston, Kevin Ryan, James Davis; Michael Doran, Adam O’Connor; Conor Heffernan, Adam Deering, Ross Bolger; Arnie Mahon, Eoin Lowry, Evan Lowry. Subs: Shane Bolger for S Attride and Brendan McDonald for Mahon (both ht), Mark McDermott for J Mahon (37), Paddy Walsh for Deering (49), Gavin Deering for Ryan (54)

REFEREE: Seamus Mulhare (The Heath)

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.