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Remember the Game: 2001 Feile hurling win for Portlaoise

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Portlaoise who played The Harps in the Feile Hurling final at Shanahoe
Portlaoise who played The Harps in the Feile Hurling final at Shanahoe

Portlaoise 2-7 The Harps 0-2

Feile Hurling Final 2001

Portlaoise were crowned Laois Feile hurling champions 16 years ago after beating The Harps by 11 points in Shanahoe.

Eoin Fitzpatrick opened the scoring for Portlaoise after six minutes but The Harps replied instantly through Lee Campion.

However, that would be the only time that the sides were level as Joe Delaney put Portlaoise back in front and they wouldn’t relinquish it again.

The first Portlaoise goal arrived courtesy of a great finish by Tony Byrne while JP Seale then landed a brace to leave the Town 1-4 to 0-1 ahead at half time.

Eoin Fitzpatrick was Portlaoise's top scorer in the game
Eoin Fitzpatrick was Portlaoise’s top scorer in the game

The Harps reduced the margin on the resumption of play thanks to a Shane Donohue free but they wouldn’t score again.

Joe Delaney and Tony Byrne hit points for Portlaoise before Eoin Fitzpatrick scored their second goal after a great ball from the before mentioned Delaney.

And it was Portlaoise’s top scorer Fitzpatrick who rounded off the game with a late point to claim the victory.

The Harps who played Portlaoise
The Harps who played Portlaoise

SCORERS – PORTLAOISE: Eoin Fitzpatrick 1-2, Tony Byrne 1-1, JP Seale and Joe Delaney 0-2 each THE HARPS: Lee Campion and Shane Donohue (free) 0-1 each

PORTLAOISE: Adrian Kelly; Gary Delaney, Jack Fennell, Donal Cooke; Shane Colgan, Darren Murphy, Derek Bergin; Paul Bonham, Fintan Walsh; Tony Byrne, Eoin Fitzpatrick, Joe Delaney; Gareth Dillon, Michael Dowling, JP Seale

THE HARPS: Brian Galvin; Thomas Delaney, Dan Delahunty, Liam Dowling; Paddy Holland, David Lalor, Shane Donohue; Conor Dunne, John Prior; Seán Bourke, Johnathon Boyhan, Lee Campion; Seamus Clancy, John Paul Deegan, Paul Dunne

Referee: Jimmy Fitzpatrick

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