A COORACLARE man was central to Laois’ recent success in Division 4 of the Allianz National Football League.

Laois were crowned Division 4 champions at the end of March when they recorded a 3-14 0-9 win over Andy Moran’s Leitrim in Croke Park.

Lining out between the posts for the Leinster side was Cooraclare native Killian Roche. He took the headlines in the opening round of the competition after kicking five points, three of which came from play in their 1-12 2-7 win over Longford.

In their fourth round win over Tipperary, Killian made a penalty save when they overcame the Premier County 0-11 1-7.

Throughout the course of the league he kept a total of six clean sheets during a very impressive campaign for the West Clare netminder.

Killian previously represented Clare at minor, U21 and senior level, he transferred from Cooraclare to Killeshin in 2021 and was recruited to the Laois senior football panel in 2023 and went on to make his debut that season, starting the very first game of the season against Longford in the O’Byrne Cup.

Roche delivered a man of the match display in the Tailteann Cup quarter-final win over Limerick last year, he made three outstanding saves and also nailed a 45m free as they recorded a three point win over the Treaty County.

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