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Big win for Ballyroan-Abbey in U-20 ‘A’ football as Rosenallis and Killeshin book ‘B’ semi-final places

Ballyroan-Abbey were massive 11-12 to 5-1 winners over Courtwood-Emo in the opening round of the Laois U-20 football championship in Courtwood on Saturday afternoon.

Corresponding minor champions in 2018, as well as in 2020, Ballyroan-Abbey bring a strong team into this grade and they were way too strong in this fixture, scoring eight goals in the opening half.

They now go forward to a semi-final meeting with St Joseph’s or Park-Ratheniska/Spink in three weeks time.

The other opening round games are delayed until the various adult competitions are complete – with Stradbally Parish Gaels meeting Portlaoise in one quarter-final and Portarlington facing Graiguecullen in the other.

BALLYROAN-ABBEY: Killian Byrne; Eamon Fitzpatrick, Danny Brennan, Conaire Gee; Conor McWey, Fionan Mahony, Ciaran Byrne; Cathal Doyle, Davin McEvoy; Enda McWey, James McWey, Shaun Fitzpatrick; Lawson Obular, Brian Whelan, Odhran Delaney. Subs: Liam Bannon, Alan McWey, Dylan Cuddy, Matthew Gibney, Ben McDonald, Patrick Whelan, Padraig Rafter, Ben O’Dea, Conor Carroll

COURTWOOD-EMO: Conor Strong; Adam O’Halloran, Nathan Little, Sean Downey; Tommy Keegan, Eoin Fitzpatrick, Paul O’Flynn; Sean Greene, Eoin Montague; Mick Fennelly, Michael Doyle, Dylan Keane; Paddy Hosey, Ross Meredith, Edward Boland. Subs: Aron Whelan, Jack Dangan, Patrick Owens

REFEREE: Brendan McCann (Portarlington)

In the two U-20 ‘B’ quarter-finals played on Saturday, Rosenallis beat their neighbours Mountmellick Parish Gaels by 1-11 to 0-9 in the Centre of Excellence.

Rosenallis led by 0-5 to 0-3 at half time and were five-point winners in the end.

In the other quarter-final Killeshin were 3-9 to 2-6 winners over Clonaslee-St Manman’s.

Rosenallis now go forward to play Ballylinan or Na Fianna Og in the semi-final next Friday. The Ballylinan v Na Fianna Og quarter-final is down for decision on Monday night under lights in Stradbally.

Ballyfin Gaels play The Heath in the last outstanding quarter-final next Friday with the winners of that going forward to play Killeshin in the semi-final.

ROSENALLIS: Paul Egan; Eoin Sharp, Fionn Kempster, Donal Bennett; Colin Bennett, Aodh Bowes, Cathal Keady; Matthew Bennett, James Hyland; Conor Conroy, Shane Farrell, Denis Grehan; Diarmuid Dooley, Charlie Friel, Pauric Glancy. Subs: Eoin McEvoy, Sam Leech, Gearoid Glancy

MOUNTMELLICK PARISH GAELS: Declan White; Ben Pedro, Jarlath Connolly, Jamie Fitzpatrick; Jack Gorman, Victor Olodapu, Ben Carroll; Kai Byrne, Tadhg Culliton; Cian Rafter, Finn Culliton, Evan Dempsey; Dylan Payne, Cian Royal, Darragh McEvoy.

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