Killeen win as Portlaoise slip up again

Sean Ramsbottom rises to secure this breakin ball for Timahoe in their ACFL Div 1 calsh with Emo.Photo Denis Byrne.
Stradbally, Arles-Killeen and St Joseph’s all recorded big wins with twelve, eleven and nine point wins respectively, Ballyroan Abbey dismissed the efforts of O’Dempsey’s with five points to spare, while both Graiguecullen and Emo claimed victory by the narrowest of margins in an action packed weekend of football.

Stradbally, Arles-Killeen and St Joseph’s all recorded big wins with twelve, eleven and nine point wins respectively, Ballyroan Abbey dismissed the efforts of O’Dempsey’s with five points to spare, while both Graiguecullen and Emo claimed victory by the narrowest of margins in an action packed weekend of football.

St Joseph’s followed up their win last time out over Ballyroan Abbey with a comprehensive nine point win over Arles-Kilcruise on Saturday evening.

Joseph’s commanded the game from the early stages, and held a 1-8 to 0-3 point half time lead. Brendan Conway landed two points from centre-forward, and Chris Conway picked up Kilcruise’s third as Joseph’s dominated the half.

Matty Campion led the charge for Joseph’s with 1-3 to his name by the break, while James Doyle, Danny Hickey, Dan Dunne, Jason Campion and Mick Keogh completed the Joseph’s scoring.

Arles-Kilcruise put up a sterner test in the second half as they fired three, all from Chris Conway, while Joseph’s notched four through Matty Campion (2), Mick Byrne and Padraig Condron as their first half display proved enough to push them over the line.

Ballyroan Abbey recovered from their recent slump of a draw and a defeat to overcome O’Dempsey’s in Ballyroan on a scoreline 0f 3-8 to 2-6 on Saturday evening.

Ballyroan returned to their scoring roots with Scott Conroy getting back to his best with 1-3 by the final whistle, while Martin Scully and Eoin Kearns landed goals, Christy Lalor notched three points from corner-forward, with Mark McDonald and Ciaran Keegan completing the Ballyroan Abbey scoring.

Michael Finlay and Steven O’Leary accounted for the majority of the O’Dempsey’s scoreline with 1-2 and 1-1 respectively, while Brian Nugent landed two points, and Mark McCormack a point as O’Dempsey’s slumped to their fourth defeat in six outings.

On Friday night, in the first of the games played at the weekend, Arles-Killeen made it six wins from six against The Heath. Killeen lead 1-4 to 0-5 at half time but The Heath had gotten back on level terms with 10 minutes to go, only for a superb goal from Jason Enright to spark a late Killeen rally and secure a 3-14 to 0-12 win for the hosts.

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See this Tuesday’s Leinster Express for full reports on Timahoe and Emo and Stradbally and Crettyard