In a repeat of the 2011 Intermediate County Final, Ballyroan Abbey turned the tables on Killeshin to emerge victorious with three points to spare, and secure Division 1 football for next season, in the opening game of the double-header in O’Moore Park on Sunday evening.
ACFL Division 2 Final
Ballyroan Abbey 2-8
In what had been a somewhat lacklustre opening period, Killeshin found themselves three points to no-score ahead after fifteen minutes. That said, it wasn’t for the want of trying from Ballyroan Abbey as they racked-up a wasteful six wides in fifteen minutes before they eventually claimed their opening score.
Finally, with sixteen minutes elapsed Ballyroan Abbey broke the deadlock through Laois Minor, Martin Scully with an incisive run down the end-line before calmly slotting the ball to the goalkeeper’s near-post to level the proceedings and the side’s exchanged scores to remain level at the break.
Ballyroan blasted out of the blocks in the second-half and opened a four point lead thanks to a second goal and that soon grew to seven as they piled on the scores.
Killeshin looked to claw their way back into the game, and very nearly did so as they hit four unanswered points but the revival ran out of steam, and a late Ciaran Keegan point sealed a three point victory, as well as a spot in Division 1 next season for Ballyroan Abbey.
See this week’s Leinster Express for full report and photographic coverage.