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Donie returns as Killeen win again while Stradbally lose 100% Division 1B record against Rosenallis

Arles-Killeen 2-9 Arles-Kilcruise 0-11
ACFL Division 1B Round 5

Donie Kingston returned to competitive action for the first time in 2022 as Arles-Killeen defeated Arles-Kilcruise this evening.

It was the Laois footballer’s first action since late last year and his return to fitness will serve as a boost for the county side ahead of the Tailteann Cup next month.

This was a tight encounter between the two teams that started the evening locked together at the foot of the table.

But goals in either half did the trick for Killeen as they won for the second week in a row.

Conor Keightley, Paul Kingston and Colin Dunne pointed for the home side early on but Kilcruise replied through Brendan Conway, David Conway and Arran Moore.

The first goal arrived just after the midpoint of the half when Arnie Mahon kicked in a long ball which was won by Colin Dunne.

He flicked it off to Sean O’Shea who clipped on in to Paul Kingston and he rounded the advancing Ciaran Lawlor before smashing a shot into the top corner of the net.

Kingston added a point soon after but Kilcruise’s response was good and they drew level by half time.

David Conway landed three more points while Ross Munnelly slotted a free to leave it 1-4 to 0-7 at the break.

Donie Kingston and Ross Munnelly traded points when play resumed and then Kingston set up another sub, Donie Brennan, to give Killeen the lead.

Both sides were then reduced to 14 men when Cialann Mulhall and Colin Dunne were shown straight red cards for an incident which took place off the ball and was spotted by the umpires.

Killeen powered on as a Munnelly point from play was wiped out by a Brennan mark and a third of the evening for Paul Kingston.

And the contest was over ten minutes from the end when Paul Kingston carved the Kilcruise defence open and fed Sean O’Shea who rifled home another goal.

Munnelly hit back with another free but Donie Brennan ended the contest with his third and Killeen took the points.

SCORERS – Arles-Killeen: Paul Kingston 1-3, Sean O’Shea 1-0, Donie Brennan 0-3 (one free, one mark), Conor Keightley, Colin Dunne (free) and Donie Kingston 0-1 each Arles-Kilcruise: Ross Munnelly 0-5 (three frees), David Conway 0-4 (three frees), Brendan Conway and Arran Moore 0-1 each

ARLES-KILLEEN: Ciaran Bizzell; Demot Julian, James Mahon, Gerry McWey; Michael Wall, Enda O’Rourke, Conor Keightley; John Mahon, Joe Mahon; Sean O’Shea, Paul Kingston, Niall O’Roukre; Brendan O’Shea, Arnie Mahon, Colin Dunne. Subs: Donie Kingston for B O’Shea and Ricky Dunne for McWey (both ht), Donie Brennan for A Mahon (35)

ARLES-KILCRUISE: Ciaran Lawlor; Darragh Murphy, Mark Wall, Cialan Mulhall; Jamie Conway, Conal Brennan, Shane Creed; Aodhan Lowry, PJ Lawlor; Fran Egan, Brendan Conway, Arran Moore; Ross Munnelly, David Conway, Darragh Kealy. Subs: Dylan Waters for Moore (40), JP Conway for Creed and Mick O’Shea for Murphy (both 55), Alan McLaughlin for B Conway (58)

Referee: Brendan Hickey (Graiguecullen)

Rosenallis 2-9 Stradbally 1-11
ACFL Division 1B Round 5

Rosenallis withstood a ferocious comeback to end Stradbally’s 100% Division 1B record and leapfrog them at the top of the table.

The home side were 11 points up with 42 minutes played but in the end they had to hold on for a one point win.

Rosenallis started the game very well and led 1-9 to 0-2 at half time.

Stradbally grabbed the first two scores of the second half but a second Rosenallis goal had them 2-9 to 0-4 ahead.

Stradbally came roaring back but their recovery just fell short as Rosenallis held on to win.

Rosenallis make the long trip to Killeshin next Friday for the second last round in this phase of the competition while Stradbally are at home to Arles-Killeen on Saturday.

ROSENALLIS: Conor Conroy; Nicholas Dunne; Ruadhri C-Fennell, John Maher; Paddy Keating, John O’Loughlin, Matthew Bennett; Eoin Dunne, James Hyland; Joe Shelly, Fionn Kempster, Jack Claffey; Diarmuid Dooley, James Jackson, Donnagh Callally

STRADBALLY: Derek Beale; Colm Clancy, Eamon Delaney, John Clancy; Jack Langton, Ciaran O’Neill, Podge Fitzpatrick; Killian McGannon, Eoin Buggie; Noah Delaney, Darragh Carolan, Conor Buggie; Luke Kelly, Brendan Lawlor, Cillian Maher. Subs: Colin Beale for N Delaney, Tom Shiel for Kelly

SEE ALSO – Check out all our ACFL Division 1A coverage here

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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.