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Back to back wins for Portlaoise as they put under strength Kilcruise to the sword

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Portlaoise 2-5 Arles-Kilcruise 0-8

ACFL Division 1B

Portlaoise made it back to back wins in Division 1B of the ACFL as two Scott Lawless goals helped them get the better of an under strength Arles-Kilcruise team.

Johnny Irwin’s side were without their county contingent of Ross Munnelly, David Conway and Kevin Meaney and they suffered as a result.

The game was even enough in the first half with Kilcruise managing five points thanks to Chris Conway, Fran Egan and Jimmy McDonald.

However, Portlaoise kept pace with points from Craig Rogers and Scott Lawless while the latter then struck for a goal to leave the scoreline reading 1-2 to 0-5 at the break.

Things remained tight in the second half but the game was settled when Lawless smashed home a second goal from the penalty spot to move Portlaoise up to fourth in the table.

And the Town will have a chance to peg back one of the early pace setters next week when they travel to McCann Park to take on Portarlington.

Meanwhile, Arles-Kilcruise will host Annanough in a game which will have massive permutations in the race to avoid the drop into Division 2.

SCORERS – Portlaoise: Scott Lawless 2-3, Craig Rogers and Dean Cullen 0-1 each Arles-Kilcruise: Chris Conway 0-4, Fran Egan, Colm Munnelly, Jimmy McDonald and Anthony McElory 0-1 each

PORTLAOISE: Michael Nolan; Aindle McGearalt, Colin Finn, JP Seale; David Holland, Jack Brown, Ray Nerney; James Smyth, Craig Scully; John Kavanagh, Craig Rogers, Jack Fennell; Dean Cullen, Martin Staunton, Scott Lawless. Subs: Liam McGovern for Fennell, Darragh McAuley for Seale

ARLES-KILCRUISE: Ken Kealy; Mick O’Shea, Michael Wall, Anthony McElroy; Cialan Mulhall, Colm Munnelly, Mark Wall; James Moore, Dermot Nolan; Conor Collins, Ciarán Lawlor, Jimmy McDonald; Chris Conway, Fran Egan, Dylan Waters. Subs: Brendan Conway for Collins, Liam Whelan for Waters

Referee: Brendan McCann

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.