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Clonaslee get the better of neighbours Rosenallis while Stradbally and The Heath have big wins in Division 1B

ACFL Division 1B
Photos: Shay Mulhare, Paul Dargan and Ross Molloy

Clonaslee-St Manman’s 2-10 Rosenallis 1-8
ACFL Division 1B Round 2

A Niall Corbet inspired Clonaslee-St Manman’s got the better of neighbours Rosenallis in an entertaining clash in Division 1B this afternoon.

Mark Bates’ charges started this one very well and built up a lead which they held right until the end.

In truth, only a fortuitous goal from Donnagh Callally made things look a little closer in the end with Clonaslee much the better team.

Sean Condon, DJ O’Callaghan and two Corbet points – one a 45 and the other a free after he had been fouled set the home team on their way in this one.

A perfect ten minute spell was then completed when teenager Tom Flynn and Bob Downey worked hard to turnover the ball and the latter found Corbet on the 21.

He set off on a run and then sold two defenders with a beautiful dummy before cracking a shot into the top corner of the net.

Rosenallis struggled against the wind in the first half but they found their range through Paddy Keating and a brace of Ronan Murray frees.

Nevertheless, Clonaslee continued to push forward with Corbet, Paddy Hyland and teenager Cathal Lee raising white flags to leave them 1-7 to 0-3 ahead at half time.

Niall Corbet and Cian Callaghan saw points for Clonaslee cancelled out by Donnagh Callally and Ronan Murray when play resumed before Clonaslee put the game to bed after 48 minutes.

A minute earlier Bob Downey had been denied a goal following a goal-line clearance but nothing could stop substitute Niall Hogan from finding the net after some quick thinking by Paddy Hyland.

To Rosenallis’ credit, they kept going as Murray and Callally grabbed further points before the latter scored a goal after a great turnover by sub Alex Marron – but it wasn’t enough.

The result leaves both teams with two points on the board after two matches.

SCORERS – CLONASLEE ST MANAMN’S: Niall Corbet 1-4 (two frees, one 45), Niall Hogan 1-1, Sean Condon, DJ O’Callaghan, Cathal Lee, Paddy Hyland and Cian Callaghan 0-1 each ROSENALLIS: Ronan Murray 0-5 (four frees), Donnagh Callally 1-2, Paddy Keating 0-1

CLONASLEE: Barry Kelly; DJ O’Callaghan, Willie Young, Diarmuid Conroy; Tom Smith, Cian Conroy, Cian Callaghan; Sean Condon, Liam Senior; Bob Downey, Niall Corbet, Jack Owens; Cathal Lee, Paddy Hyland, John Rigney. Subs: Niall Hogan for Rigney (40, inj), Darragh Hogan for Hyland and JJ Kennedy for Smith (both 50), Josh Flynn for Callaghan (58)

ROSENALLIS: Tommy Shelly; Paul Maher, Marcus Redmond, Tommy Keating; Paddy Keating, John O’Loughlin, Cathal C-Fennell; Ruaidhri C-Fennell, Ronan Murray; Jack Friel, Donnagh Callaly, Joey Shelly; Glen Shaw, Brian Fitzpatrick, James Jackson. Subs: Alex Marron for Shaw (47)

Referee: Brendan McCann (Portarlington)


The meeting of Ballylinan and Killeshin was postponed due to a bereavement while the other two games were one-sided affairs.

Stradbally sit top of the Division after two games following a big win over Arles-Kilcruise.

While The Heath have their first win of the season after they had 27 points to spare over Arles-Killeen.

ARLES-KILCRUISE: Dermot Nolan; Sean Meaney, Mark Wall, Ciaran Lawlor; Cialan Mulhall, Conal Brennan, Shane Creed; Kevin Meaney, PJ Lawlor; Fran Egan, Brendan Conway, Arran Moore; Liam Whelan, David Conway, Darragh Kealy

STRADBALLY: Jack Larkin; Colm Clancy, Liam Knowles, Jack Langton; Damien Murphy, Colin Beale, Ciaran O’Neill; Colm Begley, Eoin Buggie; Podge Fitzpatrick, Benny Lawlor, Conor Buggie; Colm Kelly, Darren Maher, Cillian Maher

ARLES-KILLEEN: Ciaran Bizzell; Tom McWey, Aidan O’Rourke, Niall Dunne; Kevin Lambe, Dermot Julian, Gerry McWey; John Mahon, Michael Wall; Jason Enright, Sean O’Shea, Niall O’Rourke; Brendan O’Shea, Conor Keightley, Keith Hosey Subs: Richard Dunne for Hosey

THE HEATH: Joe Walshe; David O’Brien, Mark Dowling, Alan Whelan; PJ Daly, Mark Phelan, Brian Ging; Denis Booth, Jimmy Nerney; Aaron Thornton, James Phelan, Andrew Booth; Jake Ratcliffe, Conor Booth, Leon Holland Subs: Daniel Hennessy for A Booth, Tom Reddy for J Phelan, Robbie Dowling for Holland, Jack Reddy for M Phelan

ACFL Division 1B 
Arles-Killeen 0-3 The Heath 4-18
Arles-Kilcruise 1-7 Stradbally 3-15
Ballylinan V Killeshin – OFF DUE TO A BEREAVEMENT
Clonaslee-St Manmans 2-10 Rosenallis 1-8


SEE ALSO – Two goals for Fitzpatrick as Portarlington continue winning run in Courtwood

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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.