Rosenallis booked their place in this year’s Feile with a deserved eight point victory over a battling Clough-Ballacolla side in Ballacolla on Monday last.
In a curtain-raiser to Laois’ Centenary game against Cork in Ballacolla on Easter Monday, Clough-Ballacolla opened the scoring through Evan Hawkes to take an early lead, before Rosenallis went on to fire 1-2 without reply.
David McKane opened the Rosenallis account shortly after Hawkes’ point to level the game before Billy Friel’s effort nudged them in front to pave the way for Shane Farrell’s goal five minutes in to send Rosenallis into a four point lead.
Clough-Ballacolla replied well to level the game with 1-1 of their own, both compliments of the menacing midfielder, Evan Hawkes, as we reached the half way point in the opening half. Rosenallis matched Clough-Ballacolla’s feat as they too notched 1-1 directly after with Robbie McEvoy rattling the Ballacolla net before Billy Friel grabbed his second point of the day to ease them into the lead once again.
Ballacolla reduced the margin to three points shortly after when Kevin Mulhall lifted the white flag, but Shane Farrell’s second goal of the game just before the break ensured that Rosenallis held a comfortable six point lead at the interval on a scoreline of 3-3 to 1-3.
David McKane restarted the scoring just a minute after the throw-in, but a Joseph Corby free two minutes later kept the gap at six points. Rosenallis went on to score 2-1 in a quick-fire three minutes, with the goals coming from the clinical Shane Farrell as he brought his tally to four for the day.
Clough-Ballacolla struck back with 2-2 of their own as the game moved into the final quarter. Killian Dunne fired over a point from a narrow angle before Joseph Corby and Darragh Hogan both lifted the green flag for the Ballacolla men. Corby completed the blitz with his first point of the day to leave just five points separating the sides.
Rosenallis closed out the game strongly with Darragh McEvoy firing a brace and Conor Cosgrove a point to see Rosenallis over the line for an eight point victory and book their place in this year’s Feile.