Emo, Graigue win as Portlaoise concede

Emo and Graiguecullen both picked up victories over the weekend but the real shock in ACFL Division 1 was that Portlaoise conceded their game against Arles-Killeen.

Emo and Graiguecullen both picked up victories over the weekend but the real shock in ACFL Division 1 was that Portlaoise conceded their game against Arles-Killeen.

Portlaoise had won all seven of their games up until Saturday evening, but they awarded the points to Arles-Killeen to bring an end to their perfect record. The points move Killeen up to fifth place, but they are still three points behind fourth placed Emo.

Elsewhere in ACFL Division 1, Graiguecullen just had too much for a spirited Crettyard outfit, as they claimed a 0-12 to 0-10 win. In the last of the games played on Saturday night, St Joseph’s remained rooted to the bottom of the table after a 2-10 to 1-10 loss to Emo.

St Joseph’s sit bottom of the Division with just three points, and they are joined on that number by The Heath, who stay ahead of them on scoring difference. If either side wants to avoid the drop to Division 2, then they will have to start winning soon, as there are just three rounds left to be played.

In ACFL Division 2, table toppers Portarlington weren’t in action over the weekend but those in pursuit, namely Killeshin and Ballyroan Abbey, closed the gap. Killeshin strengthened their growing reputations with a three point win away to The Rock, 0-13 to 1-7, while Ballyroan-Abbey were given a walkover by Ballyfin.

Portlaoise also made up some ground on Portarlington, thought probably not as much as they would have liked, as they were held to a draw by Courtwood.

At half time they looked to be breezing to another victory as they lead 1-7 to 0-2, with Gareth Dillon’s goal just before half time giving them a healthy cushion.

Courtwood have found some form of late though, and inspired by a Luke Doyle goal and two points from 16 year old Robert Boland, they fought their way back into the game. Doyle, recently returned from a cruciate ligament injury, then kicked the last two points of the game to earn Courtwood a draw.

The Heath picked up their fourth win of the campaign on Sunday morning with a 0-11 to 0-8 win over Annanough. The sides had been evenly matched for most of the game, but a Donal Miller injury just before half time left Annanough with a major headache.

The game remained close until the last ten minutes, when points for The Heath from Robbie Dowling, Evin Keane and Mick Clancy earned them the win.

Their parishioners Park-Ratheniska also claimed a win over the weekend, with their’s a much-needed seven point victory over Graiguecullen to see them put some daylight between themselves and the relegation scrap.