Rosenallis 1-15 Portlaoise 0-8
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Rosenallis opened their championship campaign with a win over Portlaoise, beaten finalists last year, in Portarlington this afternoon.
The first 15 minutes of play were run by Rosenallis with Johnny Irwin’s men going six points ahead in the opening quarter with no response from The Town.
Fiachra Fennell scored the first point of the game to get Rosenallis off to a flying start in the 3rd minute followed by two points from corner forward Colm Poole.
Eoin Dunne and Colm Poole split the posts to add to the lead and moments later was topped by Rosenallis’ 6th point from Donal Lalor.
It was in the 18th minute when Portlaoise put their first point on the board with a free from goalkeeper Mick Nolan. The next play saw Ronan McEvoy raise the white flag with a point from play followed by a free to put three points between the sides.
Colm Parkinson tapped the ball over the bar for the Town but Rosenallis had a quick response with points from Donal Lalor and Colm Poole widening the gap.
Rosenallis headed for the dressing rooms a half time leading by 0-8 to 0-4.
The impressive Eoin Dunne opened the second half with a 5th minute point but Portlaoise’ Jason Maher soon responded to keep Portlaoise in the game.
Colm Poole stepped up for Rosenallis and rattled the Portlaoise net in the 42nd minute and it seemed as though there would be too much work to do for Portlaoise to get back in the game.
Midfielders for both sides Adrian Kelly and Eoin Dunne traded points and Colm Parkinson scored his second point of the game for Portlaoise in what was a low intensity second half.
Rosenallis did not pull back as Ronan Murray and Brian Fitzpatrick score a point each and while Portlaoise substitute Darren Rogers kicked a point for the town, the final blow for Portlaoise came with the sending off of key player, Jack Brown having received his second yellow card.
Eoin Dunne and Jack Friel put the nail in the coffin for Portlaoise with a couple of late points as Rosenallis comfortably advances to the Round 2 winners section to join Courtwood, Timahoe and the winners of The Rock and Barrowhouse.
SCORERS – Rosenallis: Colm Poole 1-4 (0-1 free), Eoin Dunne 0-5 (one free), Donal Lalor 0-2 (both frees), Ronan Murray, Fiachra Fennell, Brian Fitzpatrick, Jack Friel 0-1 each Portlaoise: Ronan McEvoy 0-2 (one free), Colm Parkinson 0-2 (one free), Mick Nolan 0-1, Jason Maher 0-1, Adrian Kelly 0-1, Darren Rogers 0-1.
ROSENALLIS: Barry Farrell; Paul Maher, Marcus Redmond, Jack Friel; Adam McDermott, Ruaidhri Fennell, Fiachra Fennell; Eoin Dunne, Cathal Fennell; Patrick Keating, Ronan Murray, Joe Shelly; Colm Poole, Donal Lalor, Brian Fitzpatrick. Subs: Mark Dunne for Lalor (55)
PORTLAOISE: Mick Nolan; Darragh McAuley, Beano McCormack, Michael Dowling; Oisin Fitzpatrick, Paddy Downey, Ronan Molloy; Adrian Kelly, James Nerney; Ronan McEvoy, Jack Brown, Shane Smyth; Colm Parkinson, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Jason Maher Subs: Darren Rogers for McEvoy (28 – injured), Jack Reddin for K Fitzpatrick (35), Niall Gavin for O Fitzpatrick (58)
REFEREE: Michael Tarpey (Kilcavan)