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Portlaoise 3-12 St Joseph’s 0-7
Laois Shopping Centre IFC Round 2 Losers
Last year’s beaten finalists Portlaoise are back into the quarter-final of this year’s Laois IFC thanks to a big win over St Joseph’s in Ratheniska this evening.
Portlaoise had been well beaten by Rosenallis in the opening round but they bounced back in style here and were always in control.
First-half goals from Jack Brown and Aaron Rafter set them on their way and they led 2-7 to 0-4 at the break.
Rafter added a second after the break as Portlaoise stretched 14 points clear at one stage and they eased through in the end.
They now go forward to play Timahoe or The Rock in the quarter-finals while St Joseph’s – who were junior champions last year – will play the losers of Barrowhouse and Mountmellick to decide who makes the drop.
SCORERS – Portlaoise: Aaron Rafter 2-0, Jack Brown 1-1 (0-1 free), Martin Staunton 0-4 (two frees), Jason Maher 0-3 (one free), Shane Smith 0-2, Adrian Kelly 0-2 St Joseph’s: Peter Kealy 0-2 (both frees), Conor Kealy 0-2 (one free), James Smith, Murtagh Condron and Niall Brennan 0-1 each
PORTLAOISE: Michael Nolan; Michael Dowling, Brian McCormack, Darragh McAuley; Oisin Fitzpatrick, Jack Brown, Paddy Downey; Adrian Kelly, Shane Smyth; Ronan McEvoy, Jonathan Rafter, Ronan Molloy; Martin Staunton, Aaron Rafter, Jason Maher. Subs: Andrew Swayne for McEvoy, James Nerney for J Rafter, Jack Reddin for McAuley, Craig Scully for Molloy
ST JOSEPH’S: dDaniel Nelligan; Dylan O’Brien, William McDonald, Paddy Fleming; Niall Brennan, Cian Maher, Noel Leach; Murtagh Condron, Noel Garvan; Ciaran Ramsbottom, Peter Kealy, Bernard Wheatley; Conor Kealy, James Smith, David Brennan. Subs: James Michael Fleming for P Kealy