Home We Are Laois Remember the Game Remember the Game: Late Delaney goal sees the Gaels topple the Town

Remember the Game: Late Delaney goal sees the Gaels topple the Town

Kieran Lillis passes for Portlaoise to Jo Jo Salmon against Cormac Delaney Stradbally Parish Gaels in the Under 21 Football Championship at Ratheniska. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Stradbally Parish Gaels 2-6 Portlaoise 1-7
Laois U-21 FC Quarter Final Replay 2008

A Portlaoise U-21 team with Zach Tuohy, Kieran Lillis, Conor Boyle, Brian Glynn and Paul Cahillane in their ranks were left stunned by a late Cormac Delaney goal this time ten years ago.

The highly fancied Portlaoise side looked on course to reach the semi final after the sides had drawn the first day out in 2008 a couple of weeks previous.

And when a Zach Tuohy 65 drew them level with just moments remaining, it looked like Portlaoise would go on to win.

But Stradbally Parish Gaels had other ideas as Ruairi O’Connor combined with Cormac Delaney and the latter rattled the net.

Touhy landed another 65 but time ran out and the Gaels held on to win by two points.

Having only scraped a draw the last day thanks to a Ruairi O’Connor penalty, Stradbally Parish Gaels had improved massively.

Simon Shortall got the scoring underway in the fifth minute from a free which was shortly followed by a point from Zach Touhy.

Conor Delaney then put his side back in front with a fantastic score from 50 meters out.

But Portlaoise finished the half well as points from Chris Mulhall and Craig Scully gave them a 0-4 to 0-3 lead at half time.

Conor Delaney levelled things up on the resumption of play but Paul Cahillane’s goal after a fine run by Tuohy pushed Portlaoise back ahead.

Ruairi O’Connor responded with a free and then Sean Ramsbottom’s goal gave the Gaels the advantage again.

Tuohy levelled it up before Delaney’s late goal won it for the Gaels who went forward to face The Heath Gaels in the semi final.

STRADBALLY PARISH GAELS: Robert Kelly; Kevin Molloy, John Scully, Martin O’Connor; Colin Beale, Joe O’Connor, Kieran Delaney; Michael McEvoy, Sean Ramsbottom; James Whelahan, Simon Shortall, Cormac Delaney; Ruairi O’Connor, Conor Delaney, Simon Miller. Subs: Michael Kelly for James Whelahan (half time), Ciaran Hennessy for Simon Miller (43 minutes)

PORTLAOISE: Colin Rochford; Murray Rodgers, David Browne, JP Seale, Kieran Lillis, Paul Cotter, Conor Boyle; Brian Glynn, Craig Scully; Joe Joe Salmon, Paul Cahillane, Zach Touhy; Barry McEvoy, Adrian Kelly, Chris Mulhall. Subs: Evan Prendergast for Murray Rodgers (50 mins), Ricky Maher for Barry McEvoy (52 mins)

SCORERS: Stradbally Parish Gaels: Sean Ramsbottom and Cormac Delaney 1-0 each, Conor Delaney (one free) and Ruairi O’Connor (one free) 0-2 each, Simon Shortall and Michael McEvoy 0-1 each Portlaoise: Paul Cahillane 1-0, Zach Touhy 0-3 (2 ’45s), Craig Scully 0-2, Chris Mulhall and Barry McEvoy 0-1 each

Kieran Lillis wins this ball for Portlaoise against Stradbally Parish Gaels in the Under 21 Football Championship at Ratheniska.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

Kieran Lillis passes for Portlaoise to Jo Jo Salmon against Cormac Delaney in the Under 21 Football Championship at Ratheniska.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

Michael McEvoy, Stradbally Parish Gaels halts Kelly, Portlaoise in the Under 21 Football Championship at Ratheniska.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

SEE ALSO – Farcical U-19 football championship creates plenty of food for thought

Previous articleSafety issues and lack of parking outside Laois secondary school seen as major issue
Next articleLaois Abroad: Meet the Graiguecullen man living in Canada for 29 years