Last Thursday night’s final round of ACFL Division 1 games saw Stradbally and Arles-Killeen miss out on the last semi-final place to Arles-Kilcruise.
A fine performance from David Conway helped Arles-Kilcruise to claim the win they needed to push them on to 15 points, one ahead of Arles-Killeen and two ahead of Stradbally.
All three clubs were in the running for the last semi-final place, although with Stradbally’s final game against a high-flying Portlaoise team, it was always going to be very difficult for them to advance.
Both Arles clubs won their games comfortably, but it is Kilcruise who now progress to meet Portlaoise in the semi-final. In the other game, Portarlington will take on St Joseph’s, with both teams looking very impressive at stages this year.
Portarlington rounded off their league campaign with a superb comeback win over Emo. Emo lead 2-9 to 0-5 at half time, but were well and truly blitzed in the second half, as Portarlington ran out 3-14 to 2-15.
St Joseph’s also head to the semi-finals with a win under their belts, as PJ Dempsey’s men came out on top in another high-scoring affair, beating Killeshin 3-15 to 2-12.
The semi-finals will take place this Sunday evening, as Portlaoise take on Arles-Kilcruise in Ratheniska at 5.30pm, while Portarlington and St Joseph’s mlock horns at 7pm in Stradbally.
Portlaoise are the obvious favourites for the title, having breezed through the league phase, but it is great opportunity for all four teams to test their mettle as the championship approaches.
The Division 2 semi-finals are on Friday night, with The Heath taking on Portlaoise, and O’Dempsey’s meeting Mountmellick.