Heath slip to bottom as league nears end

The Heath slipped to the bottom of the table last Wednesday night after a five point loss to Emo, but they look set to avoid relegation for the second year in a row due to the performances of their second team in ACFL Division 2.

The Heath slipped to the bottom of the table last Wednesday night after a five point loss to Emo, but they look set to avoid relegation for the second year in a row due to the performances of their second team in ACFL Division 2.

They started well against Emo last week but a Mick Lawlor goal for the hosts late in the first half swung the momentum back the way of Emo, and they pulled clear in the second half to move into second place in the table.

St Joseph’s win over O’Dempsey’s means that they move above The Heath, but the Kellyville side could still be relegated as The Heath cannot drop down to Division 2, as the club already has a team competing in the league.

Elsewhere in Division 1, Timahoe’s recent good run of form came to an end against Crettyard, as they fell to a 1-11 to 1-7 defeat. Down in Killeen, Arles-Killeen couldn’t make home advantage count as Graiguecullen, perhaps the most inconsistent team in this year’s league, picked up a two point win, 2-7 to 0-11.

In ACFL Division 2, Portarlington maintained their 100% record with a 1-13 to 2-3 win over Portlaoise in McCann Park.

Portlaoise had the better of the first half, with two goals helping them into a comfortable 2-2 to 0-4 lead at the break. It was almost all Portarlington on the restart though, as they pulled well clear to record their tenth victory in a row.

Ballyfin and The Rock played out a thriller in Ballyfin, with the hosts desperate for a win to move them out of the relegation zone. They cam mightly close, but a 2-12 to 1-13 The Rock means Ballyfin remain in serious relegation trouble.

They currently have just two points on the board, with Courtwood just a point ahead of them, and they also came close to easing their relegation fears against Graiguecullen, but, like Ballyfin, just lost out by two points in the end, 2-10 to 2-12.

The Heath recorded a good win over Clonaslee-St Manman’s last Wednesday, and almost made it two wins in a week against Killeshin on Monday night, but a strong second half from last year’s intermediate champions saw them claim a narrow 1-11 to 0-13 win.

Park-Ratheniska also picked up an impressive win last Wednesday night, as they overcame some horrendous underfoot conditions to record a 0-8 to 0-6 victory.

The next round of games in ACFL Division 2 will be tonight (Wednesday).