Senior Football Championship Semi – Final Preview
Port enter the penultimate stage of the championship for the first since 2001 against a resurgent Ballylinan team this coming Sunday at O’Moore Park, Throw in 3:30pm.
Both sides will be familiar with each other, this being their fourth meeting in all competitions in 2017. These games have been tight affairs with little to choose between the teams.
Port came out on top in both of the league stage ACFL 1B games, winning 2-13 to 0-14 in McCann Park and coming away from Ballylinan with a 0-12 to 1-08 win. In the League final when both teams fielded without key attacking players, an injury time brace from Cathal Dunne ensured victory for the Kildare Border side who claimed the silverware 1-08 to 1-07 after Port had looked on course for the win following a late Stephen Lyons penalty.
Port overcame Arles – Killeen in the first round after a replay and extra time, this was followed by a comprehensive victory of 2-23 to 0-10 over Ballyroan-Abbey. Drawn again against Killeen in the quarter finals, Port came through to win 3-10 to 0-13.
Ballylinan met Mountmellick in the first round winning 1-13 to 1-07. In the second round they beat fancied local rivals St. Josephs 3-13 to 2-7. In the quarter final they accounted for Killeshin 3-08 to 1-05.
Both teams have a blend of youth and experience, the emergence of Cathal Dunne brings extra potency to a full forward line that will surely include Laois senior Gary Walsh. Ballylinans defence anchored by veterans Richie Ryan and Dermot Leonard have been miserly, conceding on average a meagre 8 scores per game so far in the championship. With the Farrell’s, Ciaran, Jamie, and Alan bringing energy around the middle third.
Port have improved with every game in the championship so far, with young players Patrick O’Sullivan and Robbie Piggott prominent in each game. The return of Kevin McGrath has strengthened the forward line where brothers David and Colm Murphy provide the attacking fulcrum. Around the centre Johnathon Fullam and Jason Moore give Port pace and power both in attack and defence, with strong options off the bench where Jordan Fitzpatrick has had an impact when introduced.
The sides League and Championship form point to a tight encounter, where 1 or 2 scores may separate the sides come the final whistle. If the League final is any indicator, Referee Eddie Kinsella will allow a free flowing encounter and given both sides attacking form goals are expected.
Best of luck to the Port team and mentors from all at the Club.
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