Portarlington and Ballyroan-Abbey Gaels have qualified for the semi finals of the U-21 ‘A’ football championship following games this afternoon.
Portarlington, who were defeated minor finalists in 2015, got the better of Sarsfields while Ballyroan-Abbey Gaels defeated Ballylinan.
Portarlington travelled to Mountmellick where a fast start saw them wrap up the tie very early.
Colm Murphy, Ronan Coffey, Scott Osbourne, Eoin McCann and Sean Byrne all pointed as Portarlington went 0-7 to 0-0 ahead.
Sarsfields’ only score of the first half came via a Sean Moore penalty but a late Colm Murphy point gave Portarlington a 0-8 to 1-0 lead.
Aaron Dowling cut the deficit on the resumption of play but that was as good as it would get for Sarsfields as Daragh Galvin struck for Portarlington’s only goal a moment later.
From there, Portarlington pushed on with Colin Slevin, Sean Michael Corcoran, Curtis Lyons and Robbie Pigott getting in on the scoring as they won by 1-18 to 1-6 in the end.
Meanwhile, in the other game played today, Ballyroan-Abbey Gaels defeated Ballylinan by 1-13 to 0-6.
Both victors are in the semi final but who they will play has still to be determined.
Portarlington will play the winners of Portlaoise and Graiguecullen in a game schedule for Saturday December 15.
Meanwhile, Ballyroan-Abbey Gaels may have a wait on their hands to find out who they will play.
Courtwood-Emo and Stradbally Parish Gaels are due to clash in a preliminary game with the winners of that facing St Joseph’s in what would be a quarter final.
The team who triumphs in that game will then play Ballyroan-Abbey Gaels.