Ballyroan-Abbey 1-2 Portlaoise 2-9
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1A
A strong second half performance from Portlaoise saw them pick up their fourth win in ACFL Divison 1A as they defeated Ballyroan Abbey today.
The conditions in the first-half were far from ideal for free-flowing, quick football, and the score line proved as much as both sides went in at 1-1 apiece. The rain eased off in the second half, which allowed Portlaoise to play their usual quick style. They scored 1-8 in the second thirty minutes, with 1-5 coming from play.
It took seven minutes for the first score of the game to arrive. John Kavanagh got the first score on the board for Portlaoise when he found the net after some patient build up play around the half-forward line created space in front of goal.
Adam Brennan responded a minute later for Ballyroan Abbey with a free.
Fourteen minutes later Conor Brennan made an excellent burst from centre-back and found Ciarán Carroll with a pass and Carroll rose to punch it past Mick Nolan.
Ciarán McEvoy levelled the sides on the stroke of half-time with a well taken point.
Portlaoise took the lead seconds after the restart when Scott Lawless kicked over a free. Conor Dunphy quickly followed with one from play. Lawless added two more frees and Portlaoise suddenly led by four points.
Dean Cullen and Shane Smith combined well with some good passing before Cullen stepped up to kick the ball over the bar. Martin Staunton then scored his first of the game, a good effort off his left foot from a tight angle.
The game went beyond the reach of Ballyroan Abbey on 44 minutes when Lawless found the net. Corner-back David Holland made a fantastic run down the left wing before squaring to Dunphy, who passed the ball on to Lawless to rattle the net.
Substitute Adrian Kelly added Portlaoise’s eighth point of the game,
Ballyroan Abbey got their only score of the second half when Mark McDonald played a clever one-two from a free with Oisín Carroll to set himself up to kick over a point.
The final score of the game came from Portlaoise’s other substitute Craig Rogers when he got on the end of a good period of passing for The Town to kick it over just inside the ’45.
SCORERS – Portlaoise: Scott Lawless 1-3 (0-3 frees), John Kavanagh 1-0, Ciarán McEvoy, Dean Cullen, Conor Dunphy, Adrian Kelly, Martin Staunton, Craig Rogers 0-1 each; Ballyroan-Abbey: Ciarán Carroll 1-0, Adam Brennan (free) and Mark McDonald 0-1 each
BALLYROAN-ABBEY: Christopher Lalor; Mark Cahill, Ruairí Dunne, Cian Moffitt; Michael Brennan, Conor Brennan, Oisín Carroll; Eoin Reilly, Aaron Carroll; Ciarán Carroll, Mark McDonald, Colin Kinsella; Adam Brennan, Jamie Whelan, Eoghan Whelan
PORTLAOISE: Mick Nolan; David Holland, Frank Flanagan, Ronan Molloy; Colin Finn, Conor Boyle, Chris Finn; Ciarán McEvoy, Dean Cullen; John Kavanagh, Conor Dunphy, Gareth Dillon; Martin Staunton, Scott Lawless, Shane Smith. Subs: Adrian Kelly for Staunton (40 mins), Craig Rogers for Kavanagh (45 mins)
REFEREE: Eddie Kinsella (Courtwood)