Emo’s highly impressive recent form came to a halt on Sunday evening, as a determined Ballylinan outfit turned the form books on their heads to claim a two point win.
Ballylinan had put in one of the worst performances of the year to date in the last round against Timahoe, when they lost 0-10 to 0-2, with both scores coming from placed balls. Needing a reaction to that they duly provided it, as they welcomed a high-flying Emo side to Ballylinan.
In a scrappy game due to the poor conditions, Emo had the better of the first half thanks to the sharp shooting of Evan Costello, but Ballylinan hit back strongly at the start of the second half with a goal from Kieran Kelly, and they held out long enough to claim a two point win.
Not far away in Crettyard, The Heath needed a late penalty from corner-forward Cathal Whelan to rescue a draw against the hosts.
Played in abysmal conditions, the final scoreline of 1-4 apiece tells its own story of the game, and Crettyard thought they were about to snatch victory when Keith Nolan goaled late in the second half. The Heath would have one more chance, however, and when awarded a penalty in injury time, Cathal Whelan held his nerve to slot past Jason Kealy.
Elsewhere, O’Dempsey’s failed to make it an Arles double, as they were well beaten by Arles-Kilcruise in Arles.
Having defeated Arles-Killeen the week before, and playing some nice football in the process, form abandoned them against Arles-Kilcruise, as the men in maroon were too strong.
With wind advantage in the first half things started well for O’Dempsey’s, as they lead by three at half time, but Arles-Kilcruise’s experience would stand to them in the second half, as they made better use of the elements.
Points from Chris Conway and Francis Egan had them back in control, and when sub James Conway strifk for goal, there was only every going to be one outcome.
Finally, in the first game played over the weekend, Stradbally and Graiguecullen played out a draw last Friday night in Graiguecullen.
See this week’s Leinster Express for and extensive coverage of the weekly football and hurling action in Laois