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St Joseph’s impress with win over Portarlington to reach SFC quarter-finals

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St Joseph’s 1-15 Portarlington 0-10
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St Joseph’s have booked their place in the Laois SFC quarter-finals this evening thanks to a workmanlike performance against Portarlington in O’Moore Park.

Dessie Brennan’s men got ahead early on and while they never threatened to pull away, they never trailed after the first couple of minutes.

Brian Daly and Mattie Campion were their key scorers in that opening half although county panellist Michael Keogh also caught the eye.

Ronan Coffey got Port off the mark with a free in the opening stages but Joseph’s hit the next four points, three of them from Daly (two frees) and the other the first of Mattie Campion’s three first-half points from play.

Adam Ryan responded with a good point from play after a powerful run and although Joseph’s keeper Dan Dunne stroked over a ’45 – after a great save from Scott Osbourne on Keogh – two Jason Ward frees had Port back within one by the 21st minute.

Campion and Ward (free) exchanged points but further scores from Campion and Daly (free) sent Joseph’s in at the break leading by 0-8 to 0-5.

David Murphy and Ronan Coffey pointed frees either side of a Daly free in the opening exchanges of the second half but another Campion point – his second off his left – was quickly followed by the goal that sealed the win for St Joseph’s.

A Michael Keogh effort for a point in the 42nd minute was half blocked but it bounced dangerously in the square where it was won by Dylan Doyle and buried in the back of the net.

Port responded with another Ward free but Daly and Keogh got points from play and with a seven-point lead St Joseph’s were comfortable with ten minutes still to play.

David Murphy added a couple of late frees – indeed Port only scored twice from play in the entire game – but on both occasions Tom Kelly cancelled it out and Brendan Hickey wrapped it up in injury time.

Onwards to the quarter-finals for St Joseph’s then. Port are back in Round 3 action in two weeks time.

SCORERS – St Joseph’s: Brian Daly 0-6 (four frees), Mattie Campion 0-4, Dylan Doyle 1-0, Tom Kelly 0-2, Dan Dunne 0-1 (’45), Michael Keogh 0-1, Brendan Hickey 0-1. Portarlington: Jason Ward 0-4 (all frees), David Murphy 0-3 (two frees), Ronan Coffey 0-2 (both frees), Adam Ryan 0-1

ST JOSEPH’S: Dan Dunne; Aidan Brennan, Tom Dunne, Adam Campion; Donal Ramsbottom, Cathal Fleming, Dean Brophy; Enda Butler, Brian Daly; Mikie Dempsey, Michael Keogh, James Kelly; Mattie Campion, Tom Kelly, Dylan Doyle. Subs: Ian Donnelly for Butler (53), Brendan Hickey for

PORTARLINGTON: Scott Osbourne; Dean Foster, Diarmuid Bennett, Alex Mohan; Graham Weldon, Adam Ryan, Paddy O’Sullivan; Sean Byrne, Cathal Ryan; Jonathan Fulham, Jordan Fitzpatrick, Ronan Coffey; Jason Ward, David Murphy, Stephen Lyons. Subs: Eoin Kennedy for Foster (18), Hayden Weldon for C Ryan (46), Eoin McCann for Coffey (47), Chris Booth for Ward (53)

REFEREE: John Flynn (The Rock)

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