Rosenallis supporters who made the trip to Edinburgh. Pic courtesy Rosenallis GAA Facebook page.
One of the most incredible seasons in recent Laois GAA history came to an end at the weekend, as Rosenallis were beaten in the All-Ireland quarter-final in Edinburgh on Saturday.
The home side, Dunedin Connolly's, just had a little too much for Rosenallis in the end, who themselves came into the game after an exhausting season.
After battling on two different fronts right up until early December, the exploits eventually took their toll, as they just couldn't haul themselves back into the game after Dunedin's goal midway through the second half.
The game had been a cagey affair in the opening stages, with Rosenallis keeping pace with Dunedin in the early exchanges. Mark Dunne and James Jackson hit early points to see the sides level at 0-2 apiece after the opening ten minutes or so.
Dunedin were a much bigger side than a youthful Rosenallis, however, and that would prove a crucial difference in the end. They dominated the remainder of the first half, scoring five points without reply to lead 0-6 to 0-2 at the interval.
With a difficult task awaiting them on the restart, Rosenallis showed plenty of appetite for the battle by pushing themselves into the lead. Ronan Murray supplied the goal, with points coming from James Jackson and Colm Poole, and the Laois champions lead 1-4 to 0-6.
However, the game turned with around 45 minutes gone when Dunedin got their goal. Prior to scoring it, Rosenallis had intercepted a short Dunedin kickout, but failed to take advantage of the chance and Dunedin cleared their lines.
Moments later, Dunedin then intercepted a short Rosenallis kickout, but they made no mistake as they worked the ball to Frank Connolly, who fired to the net.
The three point gap between the sides would prove to be a bridge too far for an exhausted Rosenallis team, and Dunedin shut up shop to repel their attempts for an equaliser, and eventually won the game on a 1-9 to 1-6 scoreline.
Dunedin had one Laois man in their ranks, former St Joseph's footballer Aaron Moore, who lined out at corner-back, while they had plenty of talent on display. Chief among them were midfielder Brendan Parsons, a brother of Mayo intercounty star Tom Parsons.
While it was a disappointing end to the season for Rosenallis, it fails to take the gloss off what has been a truly remarkable few months for everyone involved in the club, with two Laois county titles and a Leinster junior football crown to boast of as they look forward to a well-earned rest over Christmas.
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