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Remember the Game: 1999 U-17 football win for Stradbally Parish Gaels

The Stradbally Parish Gaels U-17 team who won the championship final against Portlaoise
The Stradbally Parish Gaels U-17 team who won the championship final against Portlaoise

Stradbally Parish Gaels 1-9 Portlaoise 1-7

U-17 Football Championship Final Replay 1999

These two met at the end of 1999 but Peter O’Sullivan’s late point ensured a second meeting which didn’t take place until April 2000.

In 1999, Portlaoise won the senior, U-21, junior, minor and U-16 championship titles but they were derailed in their efforts to make it a clean sweep thanks to a dogged Stradbally side.

In the drawn game, Darragh McEvoy’s late point looked to have sealed the win for the Gaels, however, O’Sullivan had other ideas.

In the replay, the Gaels made the better start as Brendan Quigley and Darragh McEvoy both pointed early on to give them the lead.

Portlaoise came back through Willie Farrell and Alan Kingsley and the scoring remained tit-for-tat after that as the sides went in level at 0-5 apiece at half time.

Stradbally stepped up a gear on the resumption of play with points coming from Damien Murphy, Donal Miller and McEvoy before Jamie Kavanagh’s well taken goal put daylight between the teams.

It looked as if the Gaels would cruise to victory but Portlaoise had other ideas. John Mulligan and Kingsley raised white flags before Peter O’Sullivan found the net to reduce the arrears to just two points.

Nevertheless, the Town ran out of time in the quest to complete the comeback and Stradbally Parish Gaels were crowned champions.

SCORERS – Stradbally Parish Gaels: Darragh McEvoy and Donal Miller 0-3 each, Jamie Kavanagh 1-0, Brendan Quigley, Damien Murphy 0-1 and Benny O’Connell 0-1 each Portlaoise:  Peter O’Sullivan 1-2, Alan Kingsley 0-3, Willie Farrell and John Mulligan 0-1

STRADBALLY PARISH GAELS: Anthony Brady; Joe Dwyer, Dan Dunne, Billy Murphy; Paul Begley, Darragh McEvoy, John Lowry; Donal Miller, Fran Muldowney; Damien Murphy, Darragh McEvoy, Jamie Kavanagh; Brendan Quigley, Benny O’Connell, Derek Beale. Subs: John Donohue for D. Murphy (50mins)

PORTLAOISE: Michael Nolan; Liam Kelly, John Breen, Dermot Hughes; Malachy McNulty, John Mulligan, Brian Delaney; Peter O’Sullivan, Tommy Fitzgerald; Seán Browne, Liam Phelan, Willie Farrell; Alan Kingsley, Tadgh Murphy, Kieran Daly. Subs: John Delaney for Browne

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