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Port U21s claimed the Laois U21 Championship Saturday evening for the first time since 1993 in emphatic style against a spirited Graiguecullen in a damp O’Moore Park, Saturday evening. Hopes were high of a high quality encounter as both teams have played out an absorbing rivalry over the past few seasons with Port Minor Champions in 2014, and Graigue champions in 2015.
Graigue opened the scoring through Brian Byrne with a quick response from Colm Murphy to leaveeit 0-1 to 0-1 after the opening exchanges. Murphy struck again only for Danny O’Reilly to leave the game tied at 0-2 apiece nearing the 10 minute mark.
Coming up to half time Port led 0-6 to 0-4 through scores, 2 apiece from Graham Weldon and Colm Murphy, while Graigue had tagged on scores through a Danny Bolger free and a fine effort from Thomas Brennan. Port had dominated possession and scoring chances in the first half and truth be told should had been another five or six scores up given the amount of chances they created.
Graigue hit the ground running at the start of the second half with points from two Danny Bolger frees and a nice score from Eoin Aylsbury to leave them one up coming up to the 40 minute mark.
Port who had made a lethargic start to the half then sprung into life, points from Jordan Fitzpatrick, Colm Murphy, Jake Foster and Curtis Lyons without reply from Graigue left the score at 0-10 to 0-07 going into the final quarter.
Colin Slevin then scored a brace of lovely points to put some air between the sides going into the final ten minutes. At this stage Port started to motor as Graigue necessarily abandoned their defensive strategy to commit numbers forward, this left space at the back which Port ruthlessly exploited on the counter with a Colm Murphy goal to bring his personal tally to 1-7 and the lively Jake Foster with 1-1 to leave the final score at 2-15 to 0-8.
Best for Port in a fine team performance were Captain Paddy O’Sullivan and Graham Weldon at centrefield, Robbie Pigott was commanding at centre back, and Colm Murphy with Jake Foster the pick of the forwards. Special mention to the minor stars who made the step up to U21; Eoin Kennedy, Alex Mohan, Colin Slevin, Curtis Lyons, Ronan Coffey and Jordan Fitzpatrick who were all excellent. Scott Osbourne in goal made a couple of timely saves and his accurate kick outs provided the platform for a considerable amount of Port attacks. Diarmuid Bennett was excellent in marshalling a youthful fullback line with Steven Lyons and Evan Clancy providing guile and industry in the forwards.
Huge congratulations to both team and mentors on a great achievement in what is the final U21 championship to be played in Laois. Well done to all those involved.
Video Courtesy of www.laois-tv.ie
Portarlington: Colm Murphy 1-7 (0-4 frees), Jake Foster 1-2 (0-1 free), Graham Weldon 0-2, Colin Slevin 0-2, Jordan Fitzpatrick 0-1, Curtis Lyons 0-1
Graiguecullen: Danny Bolger 0-3 (frees), Eoin Aylsbury 0-1, Trevor Collins 0-1, Brian Byrne 0-1, Thomas Brennan 0-1, Ryan O’Grady 0-1
Scott Osbourne; Eoin Kennedy, Diarmuid Bennett, Alex Mohan; Colin Slevin, Robbie Pigott, Curtis Lyons; Graham Weldon, Paddy O’Sullivan; Jordan Fitzpatrick, Evan Clancy, Ronan Coffey; Jake Foster, Colm Murphy, Stevie Lyons. Subs: Cormac Curtis for S Lyons
Ger Kieran; Trevor Collins, Tunde Ogunfowora, Sean Farrell; Kyle O’Brien, Eoin Alsybury, Martin Doyle; Jamie Sheehan, Danny Bolger; Dean Malone, Brian Byrne, Paul Mulready; Thomas Brennan, Danny O’Reilly, Ethan O’Neill. Subs: Musa Sulaiman for O’Brien (47 mins), Ryan O’Grady for Kieran (52 mins), Dean Kelly for Malone (54 mins), Conor Hayden for Farell (57 mins), Ian Bradley for Mulready (61 mins)
Match Reports from Leinster Express and Laoistoday in links below
On Saturday Port U21 came through a one sided affair against Stradbally Parish Gaels in the Laois U21 semi-final replay. Played in atrocious conditions Port led 0-11 to 0-5 at half time with Jake Foster to the fore with a personal tally of 4 points (3 from play and one from a free). The second half saw Port up the ante with pressure on the Stradbally rear guard leading to defensive errors that Port capitalised on with goals from Evin Clancy, Colm Murphy (pen) and Colin Slevin to leave the final score 3-17 to 1-10.
Port will now meet Graiguecullen in the final to be played next Saturday the 18th of November, throw in time is 19:00 in O’Moore Park.
Scorers: Colm Murphy 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-2 frees), Jake Foster 0-6 (0-1 free), Colin Slevin 1-3, Evan Clancy 1-1, Paddy O’Sullivan 0-1.
Team: Scott Osbourne; Alex Mohane, Diarmuid Bennett, Eoin Kennedy; Curtis Lyons, Robbie Piggott, Colin Slevin; Graham Weldon, Paddy O’Sullivan; Jordan Fitzpatrick, Evan Clancy, Ronan Coffey; Jake Foster, Colm Murphy, Steven Lyons. Subs: Cormac Curtis for S Lyons (52 mins), Eoin O’Donnell for Kennedy (53 mins), Iain Higgins for Coffey (58 mins), Jack Whelan for Mohane (58 mins), Seán Higgins for O’Sullivan (59 mins, BC).
Stradbally Parish Gaels
Scorers: Tom Shiel 1-6, Eoin Buggie 0-2 (0-1 free), Liam Knowles and Jack Deegan 0-1 each.
Team: Jack Larkin; Andy Daly, Jimmy O’Connor, Justin Lalor; Jack Langton, Liam Knowles, Killian Horgan; Eoin Buggie, Jack Deegan; Damien McCaul, Jamie Fenlon, Conor Whelehan; Brendan Lawlor, Tom Shiel, John Clancy. Subs: Elliott Scully for Fenlon (38 mins), Colum Dunne for McCaul (41 mins), Liam Clancy for Langton (52 mins), Seán Hennessy for Lawlor (53 mins).
Click through the links from Laois Today and The Leinster Express below for full match reports
A huge congratulations to the U13 team and their mentors who won the Midlands Park Hotel u13 Shield final Sunday morning in McCann Park. A great performance saw them claim the victory against Ballylinan 5-13 to 1-05.
Port came from behind to reach the semi finals of the U21 Football championship in a hard fought encounter with neighbours Sarsfields played last Thursday in the Laois Training centre. Final score Portarlington 2-11, Sarsfields 1-8. Best for Port on the night were Paddy O’Sullivan, Robert Pigott, Alex Mohan and Ronan Coffey.
Next up is Stradbally in the Semi final who overcame Killeshin-Crettyard 1-10 to 1-08 Saturday afternoon, Match is fixed for this Thursday 2nd November @ 8:00pm Venue: Laois GAA Training Centre.
Laois U15 Panel
Well done to PJ Ward, Dylan Murphy, Iarlaith Galvin and Adam Burns who were named on the 2018 Laois U15 Football Panel
Presentation Primary Girls School won the Cuman Na MBunscol Final against Timahoe NS, last Wednesday in a brilliantly organised finals day in O’Moore Park. In a sporting encounter they came away victors with a score of 7-7 to 1-5
Colaiste Iosagain Senior Football
Colaiste Iosagain beat Ard Scoil Rathangan 4-12 to 1-13 in the Port Primary Leinster Senior B League, Bank Holiday Monday.
Reminder Bingo will not take place Halloween Night 31/10/2107 and will resume as normal next Tuuesday 3rd of November.
Minor Footballer of the Year
Huge congratulations from all at the club to Ronan Coffey who was last night named Minor Footballer of the year 2017 by Laois GAA. Ronan was an integral part of both the Laois U17 and Minor teams this year and played a starring role in Port’s Minor Championship and League success; kicking 9 points in the championship semi final and contributing 1-5 in the final.
Cumann Na mBunscol Final
Best of luck to the Presentation Primary team who take on Timahoe in the Cumann Na mBunscol football finals this Wednesday at 13:30 in Laois Centre of excellence. Unbeaten so far in this years competition hopes are high that the team can bring home the silverware.