With Portarlington chalking up another big win in our featured game fro m Division 2 of the football league, it was imperative for the chasing pack that they stay in touch. Ballyroan-Abbey did just that with an equally resounding win over Clonaslee St-Manman’s on home soil. It was a tight affair after the opening half hour with only two points separating the sides but the hosts put in a tremendous second half showing to put Clonaslee to the sword. They racked up a massive 3-10 after the break to hand them a 4-15 to 1-3 win and they remain Port’s nearest challengers.
Killeshin are hot on the heels of the leading pair however. They faced the difficult task of an away fixture to an inconsistent but always capable Graiguecullen side but they just shaded the tie and took the points thanks to a clinical goal from corner-forward Eoin Lowry. That was the only difference between the sides with Killeshin the victors on a 1-11 to 0-11 scoreline.
Another side to record an away win were The Heath who travelled to Mountmellick and came away with spoils thanks to goals from Padraig Whelan and Evin Keane. Both sides are struggling to put a consistent run of good results behind them but The Heath fully deserved their 2-13 to 2-8 win. Mountmellick were the architects of their own demise with a spate of wides, and a more clinical and fitter looking Heath side made the hosts regret their inaccuracies.
Down the road at The Rock it was better news for the locals as they saw off a plucky Annanough challenge in a prickly affair. Stephen Conlon struck the decisive goal in the first half to hand his side a 1-3 to 0-4 lead at the interval and as hard as they tried Annanough couldn’t claw their way back into contention and went down to a 1-7 to 0-8 defeat.
That win sees The Rock jump to fourth place and not counting the concession of their fixture against Portarlington that should have been played last month they are now on a five game winning streak. Annanough’s fortunes seem to be heading in the opposite direction, with one win and three defeats from their last four after a promising start to the campaign.
The league action in the division continues this Saturday with some interesting ties on the cards. Leaders Portarlington visit Courtwood who have just the one win from their opening seven games and will find it difficult to improve on that over the Port men. The chasing duo meet each other as Killeshin entertain Ballyroan-Abbey while an in-form Rock side will look to extend that run when they take on Clonaslee. The card is completed by Portlaoise’s trip to Park-Ratheniska and Annanough’s home game against Mountmellick.