Stradbally Parish Gaels 1-18 Rosenallis 0-11
Laois MFC ‘B’ Final
Stradbally Parish Gaels had ten points to spare over Rosenallis in the Minor ‘B’ football championship final tonight as the curtain came down on juvenile action for 2021.
Cillian Maher, Jake Darcy and captain Conor Buggie were all to the fore as the amalgamated side had too much for their opponents in the Centre of Excellence.
Playing against the wind in the first half, it was actually Rosenallis who made the better start as midfielder John Kellet kicked a fine point.
But Stradbally Parish Gaels soon took over with Buggie and Maher linking the play in the half forward line and Darcy rampaging forward at will from centre back.
The Gaels fired eight points in a row with the aforementioned trio all scoring along with Cathal Molloy and Ronan Creery.
Diarmuid Dooley landed Rosenallis’ second point on the stroke of the water break but they trailed 0-8 to 0-2 at this stage.
Dooley added another free in the third quarter but that would be Rosenallis’ only score in that period as the Gaels piled on the pressure.
Creery, Maher and Buggie all pointed before Conor Fitzpatrick became their sixth different scorer to leave it 0-13 to 0-3 at half time.
Three excellent Cillian Maher points were cancelled out by a brace from Jimmy Hyland and one from Colin Bennett but Rosenallis were left ruing two missed goal chances in the third quarter too.
The first came following a brilliant run from Diarmuid Dooley that ended with a shot that beat Oisin Ramsbottom in the Stradbally Parish Gaels goal only to be scooped off the line by Enda Shortall.
Rosenallis appealed that he had handled the ball on the ground but referee Johnnie Brennan did not agree and waved play on.
A couple of minutes later, Dooley once again got free and fed Gerard Glancy who saw his shot strike the post and then Dooley had the rebound cleared off the line by Noah Delaney.
The goalmouth drama wasn’t finished there either as right on the stroke of the water break, the excellent Enda Shortall who played the sweeper role brilliantly, was fouled for a penalty.
Captain Conor Buggie took it but Rosenallis keeper Daniel Wren-Bennett pulled off a stunning save to keep his side in the game – albeit down 0-16 to 0-6 at the second water break.
But Stradbally Parish Gaels didn’t have to wait much longer as when play resumed, Cillian Maher’s pinpoint pass set up Conor Fitzpatrick who deliciously lobbed the advancing Wren-Bennett for the night’s only goal.
In fairness to Rosenallis, they refused to give up with Hyland, Dooley, Kellet and Bennett all pointing before the end.
But Stradbally Parish Gaels just had too much as subs Danny Langton and Adam Hennessy kicked fine points before the finish to see them home.
SCORERS – Stradbally Parish Gaels: Cillian Maher 0-6 (three frees), Conor Fitzpatrick 1-1, Ronan Creery (one free) and Conor Buggie (one free) 0-3 each, Jake Darcy 0-2, Danny Langton, Cathal Molloy and Adam Hennessy 0-1 each Rosenallis: Jimmy Hyland 0-4, Diarmuid Dooley 0-3 (all frees), John Kellet and Colin Bennett (one free) 0-2 each
STRADBALLY PARISH GAELS: Oisin Ramsbottom; Mark Ramsbottom, David Miller, Noah Delaney; James Devoy, Jake Darcy, Kevin Fennelly; Finn Maher, Cathal Molloy; Conor Buggie, Cillian Maher, Aaron Foley; Ronan Creery, Conor Fitzpatrick, Enda Shortall. Subs: Adam Hennessy for Foley (40), Danny Langton for Creery, Billy Ramsbottom for Fennelly and Ronan Donlon for Fitzpatrick (all 50), Fionn Abbey for Devoy (53)
ROSENALLIS: Daniel Wren-Bennett; Padraig Glancy, Eoin Sharp, Alex Redmond; Conor Whelan, Jimmy Hyland, Peter Foynes; John Kellet, Fionn Kempster; Eoin McEvoy, Colin Bennett, Oran Gorman; Barry McEvoy, Diarmuid Dooley, Gerard Glancy. Subs: Nathan Walsh for G Glancy, Joe Hyland for B McEvoy, David McGrath for Foynes and Andrew Glancy for E McEvoy (all 50)
REFEREE: Johnnie Brennan
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