O’Dempsey’s 2-15 Portlaoise 2-11
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1A
Mark Barry helped himself to 1-4 as O’Dempsey’s got the better of Portlaoise this evening in the Old Pound, a result that sees them end the first phase of league games in joint second place alongside Portlaoise, Stradbally and The Heath.
It was a game that pitted last year’s county champions against the league champions and for the second year running, O’Dempsey’s continued their good league form against Malachy McNulty’s side.
First-half goals from Mark Barry and Michael Finlay helped them to a 2-8 to 0-7 win and although Bruno McCormack and Ronan McEvoy got goals for Portlaoise in the second half, it wasn’t enough to reel in O’Dempsey’s who won by four points in the end.
The result means Portlaoise now have lost their two games since their incredible 40-point win over Stradbally, with Graiguecullen beating them last week. They end the first phase of games with four wins and three losses, the same as O’Dempsey’s.
The other Division 1A game this evening saw Stradbally get the better of The Heath while St Joseph’s were given a walkover by Portarlington. Ballylinan play Graiguecullen in the other Round 7 game on Monday evening.
SCORERS – O’Dempsey’s: Mark Barry 1-4, Matthew Finlay 0-4, Michael Finlay 1-1, Conor Meredith 0-3, Brian Nugent 0-2, Eugene Nolan 0-1; Portlaoise: Bruno McCormack 1-5, Ronan McEvoy 1-1, Scott Lawless 0-3, Conor Dunphy 0-1, Shane Smyth 0-1
O’DEMPSEY’S: Padraig Bannon; Richard Whelehan, Peter O’Leary, Liam Whelehan; Cormac O’Hora, Robbie Kehoe, Tom Kelly; Barry Kelly, Conor Meredith; Matthew Finlay, Michael Finlay, Eugene Nolan; Brian Nugent, Daniel McCormack, Mark Barry.
PORTLAOISE: Michael Nolan; Beano McCormack, Gary Saunders, Michael Dowling; Paddy Downey, Colin Finn, David Seale; Ciaran McEvoy, Shane Smyth; Craig Rogers, Ronan McEvoy, Conor Dunphy; Bruno McCormack, Scott Lawless