SOCCER SHORTS compiled by Tom Moss

Penalty Heart-Break for Mountmellick

Penalty Heart-Break for Mountmellick

After last week’s stirring league win over the mighty Willow Park, Mountmellick Utd were hoping for an Athlone double against Monksland in the Counties Cup quarter finals in Conor Davis Park on Sunday afternoon. The hosts took the lead through a John Watchorne strike but the vistors hit back and it took a Colm Coss goal to send the tie to extra time. Mountmellick’s hopes of reaching a second cup final in two years looked to be dashed after the away side went 3-2 up late in extra time but Mark Goodwin’s last minute strike sent the contest to penalty kicks. Unfortunately for the Laois men, Robbie Hibbitts had his spot kick saved and when Colm Coss’ vicious effort cannoned back off the post, Monksland advanced and Mountmellick were out.

Gracefield U-17s Lose Out In League Decider

After a magnificent league scrap, it came down to a winner-takes-all clash between Killavilla and hosts Gracefield to see who would rise to the top of the u-17 Division 1 title. Gracefield were very well supported in Botley Lane but they never got going and they were well beaten by the Roscrea men who fully deserved their 3-1 win. Nigel Murphy found the net for the hosts but they lost out and the title slipped from their grasp.

Kilcormac Complete Ballyrittas Double

Ballybrittas won’t be sorry to see the back of Kilcormac for another season after the Offaly side dumped the Rath men out of the Division 2 Cup at the weekend. That made it two wins in two weeks for Kilcormac over the Laois men after the 2-1 league win in Ballybrittas last weekend, and it was the same scoreline that saw the Laois men lose out in Roscrea on Sunday. Substitute Colin Kehoe smashed home a fine effort with a quarter of an hour to go to give his side a glimmer of hope but they Ballybrittas ran out of time and they will now have to get their minds back to league action where they face Gentex in Athlone this Sunday in a must win game to ensure their place in Division 2 next season.

Noreside Beat Clonmore To Boost Survival Hopes

Castletown’s Noreside Celtic were handed a huge boost in their hopes of Division 1 survival by edging past fellow strugglers Clonmore Utd in Raheen on Sunday. The three points sees the Laois men climb out of the drop zone, and while they still remain in trouble, the win could well be the difference come the end of the season. They finish their campaign next weekend against Ballinahown at home, with a win being an absolute must should they wish to stay in the third tier.