An in brief look at some of the results making the headlines in the CCFL this week. Compiled by Tom Moss.
‘Mellick Rue Missed Chances in Willow Loss
The 5-1 score-line might suggest it was all one way traffic in Athlone on Friday night but Mountmellick Utd could well have gotten something out of this one. Trailing 2-0 they got right back into contention when Ronan McCormack applied a sweet finish to a great United move and when Willow were reduced to ten men the visiting Laois men must have fancied their chances but as so often is the case the ten men upped their game and with Mountmellick chasing the game Willow showed their class to fire three second-half goals without reply to leave the Laois outfit still searching for their opening win of the campaign.
Town March On With Birr Win
Dynamo Town’s fine run continued at the weekend with a 2-0 away win against Birr Town. Travelling with a skeleton squad, the Portlaoise men dug deep and goals either side of the interval meant that they stay top of Division 2 with 16 points from a possible 18. Tommy Scully’s free got them on their way and Ross Gill’s strike in the second half sealed the win with Ferghal Fennell heavily involved. Town boast one of the meanest defences in the season so far and they look to be the team to beat in the division this season.
Port Town Stay in Touch With Strad Win
Portarlington Town defeated Stradbally Town B 2-0 at The Lawn to keep them in touch near the top f Division 4A thanks to goals from man of the match Chris Floody and Kevin Kelly. Floody’s deft chip over the keeper in the fifth minute got Town off to a flyer and Kelly wrapped up the points with four minutes to go after great work from Colin Lennon and Chris Booth.
Brittas Thump Kilcormac in 3A
Paul Lynch helped Ballybrittas to a superb 6-1 demolition away to rivals Kilcormac Utd to see Noel Whelehan’s men stay in second spot in Division 3A. Lynch bagged a brace and enjoyed a fine game in the centre of the park for the Laois men and with Tom O’Connell, Pauric Dunne and two from Kieran Connolly also adding to their haul ‘Brittas ran out comfortable winners.
Athletic Falter at Botley Lane
Gracefield don’t often lose on their own patch but Birr side Highfield bucked that trend with a 3-1 win against the Port side on Sunday morning. Conor McBride’s goal proved to be a mere consolation strike for Gracefield who slip to third following this disappointing result against a side that they would have been strong favourites to dispose of.
Arlington and Rosenallis Both Held 2-2
It was a 2-2 double for two other Laois side’s as both Senior Division side Arlington and the Premier’s Rosenallis shared the spoils against their respective opponents. Arlington followed on from their superb win over Willow Park to gain a hard-earned point away to Gallen Utd, while in the Premier Rosenallis shipped a last-minute strike to dash their hopes of a win over Willow’s second team. They twice went in front through Mark Gorman and James Jackson but Willow hit back with a penalty that saw the Grove men reduced to ten and an injury time corner was nodded home to dash Rosenallis’ hopes.
Lions AFC Table Quiz
Lions AFC are holding a Table Quiz in Peadars Bar this Friday, October 5 at 9.30pm. Quizmaster on the night will be David Finnegan, and a table of four will cost 40, and there will also be a raffle on the night. All support for the club would be greatly appreciated.