St Aengus advance in cup on penalties

Portarlington Towns Chris Booth on the ball as St. Aengus' Declan Sydes looks to steal with this sliding tackle.
Photo Denis Byrne.

Portarlington Towns Chris Booth on the ball as St. Aengus' Declan Sydes looks to steal with this sliding tackle. Photo Denis Byrne.

On another weekend when the CCFL Fixture list was decimated due to the heavy rain that fell on Saturday night, only a handful of games went ahead on Sunday.

Almost the entire programme of league games fell foul of the conditions and some teams are facing a major fixture backlog in the weeks and months ahead.

The majority of games that went ahead were cup games but there was some outstanding games played with the pick of them coming in an all Laois tie in the Red Shop Division 4 Cup.

Played in Colaiste Iosagain, the game between Portarlington Town and St Aengus provided all the thrills and spills possible in a cup tie. Level after normal time, the teams were still inseparable after extra-time with the game finishing tied at 3-3. And so it went to penalties and with the tension building, it was St Aengus who managed to hold their nerve eventually winning out 6-5 in the shoot out.

Also through to the third round are Division 4A leaders Abbeyleix Athletic B who had too much on the day for CR Forest coming through by 5-2.

The one league game played on Sunday was also in Division 4A and it proved to be another good result for Abbeyleix B as Portlaoise Shamrocks held second placed side Rosenallis B to a 2-2 draw.

In the Division 1 Cup, Highfield and Boro Celtic advanced while Walsh Island Shamrocks caused an upset in the Division 2 Cup 1st Round 1st leg as they had a 1-0 win over league leaders Killeigh Ramblers.

Raheen faced a long trip to play Longford Wanderers in the Division 3 Cup but it was a worthwhile journey for the Laois side as they came back with a 5-3 win and a place in the third round. Frankford Utd also advanced.

The underage league action on Saturday escaped the weather pretty much unscathed and there were some big results for Laois sides.

In the U-17 Division, St Aengus were held by neighbours Portlaoise to a 2-2 draw while Willow Park wrapped up the title with a 7-0 win over Rosenallis. That result also hurts Rosenallis’ chances of overtaking Longford Town for the runners up spot.

Abbeyleix remain well in the hunt in the U-18 Division after a 3-1 over Portlaoise and their chances were helped by the fact that Tullamore Town defeated league leaders Newbridge 5-4. Edenderry remain just ahead of Abbeyleix in second after a 6-0 win over Birr Town.

In the U-19 Division Mountmellick lost 3-0 at home to Tullamore.




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