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WATCH: Portlaoise AFC striker scores screamer against Irish Defence Forces

Portlaoise AFC give their title ambitions a shot in the arm with big win

Portlaoise AFC striker Jason Murphy was their top scorer as his side finished last season as Leinster Senior League Division 1B champions.

And the sharpshooter has made a positive start to this season by scoring an absolute cracker in a recent friendly.

Portlaoise were playing the Irish Defence Forces when a long ball broke to him on the edge of the D and he pulled off a great piece of skill to get away from an opposing defender before cracking a shot into the corner of the net.

Manager Ger Dunne will be hoping that Murphy can carry that form in Division 1A this year after Portlaoise were defeated in their first league game at the weekend.

They travelled to Dublin to take on Newtown Rangers on Sunday but went down 2-0.

The hosts have started well with big victories over Lucan United and Skerries Town and are now top after this win.

Portlaoise move on to FAI Intermediate Cup action this week against Senior 1 side Home Farm.

This game will bring back memories of the 1991 FAI Senior Cup game where Portlaoise ran out 3-1 winners over the then League of Ireland side.

And manager Dunne will be hoping some of his new recruits can shine.

Mountmellick man Colm Coss, who began the year at the heart of Athlone Town’s midfield in the League of Ireland, has now joined and came off the bench last weekend.

While another Mountmellick man, Jason Caffrey, has also come on board following spells with Bohemians and Shelbourne in the past few years.

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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.