Portlaoise CBS 4-10 Heywood CS 1-11
Top Oil South Leinster Junior Football ‘C’ Semi Final
Emo sharpshooter Paddy Hosey was in inspired form this afternoon as his hat-trick helped Portlaoise CBS get the better of fellow Laois school Heywood and reach the U-16 ‘C’ South Leinster football final.
Hosey grabbed two goals in the first half and then completed his hat-trick early in the second half as he proved a thorn in Heywood’s side all game.
There were some fine performances on both teams with Josh Mulhall and Conor Goode particularly impressive for the victors while Davin McEvoy, Lawson Obular and Brian Whelan were dominant for Heywood in what was a very enjoyable game of football.
The throw-in was delayed by half an hour in order to let the pitch in Portlaoise CBS thaw out but when it got going, Portlaoise CBS flew out of the traps.
DJ White kicked the game’s first point and then some fine work from Conor Goode resulted in him setting up Hosey for his first goal from close range.
Brian Whelan responded for Heywood with the first of his seven points but the CBS kicked on again as another swift handpassing move ended with DJ White raising their second green flag before a Josh Mulhall free gave them a seven point lead after ten minutes.
Heywood were rattled but the breeze began to get up at this point and with it at their backs, they came roaring back into the game.
They kicked the next six points with Whelan helping himself to four along with one each from Alan McWey and Lawson Obular to cut the deficit to one.
Heywood had the chance to draw level but Whelan’s long range free just dropped short and the CBS worked the ball back up the field where James Connolly’s shot came back off the crossbar where Paddy Hosey reacted quickest to score his second goal of the game from close range.
CBS captain Josh Mulhall then brought the half to a close with a fine score into the wind to leave his side ahead by 3-3 to 0-7.
Paddy Hosey increased the CBS’ lead on the resumption of play with his first point but Heywood responded with frees from Davin McEvoy and Brian Whelan.
DJ White and Conor Goode wiped out those scores and when Goode set up Hosey to complete his hat-trick after 40 minutes, it looked like game over with the scoreline reading 4-6 to 0-9.
But to Heywood’s credit, they staged something of a revival. Cathal Murphy scored a goal after a bit of a scramble and Brian Whelan then kicked another point to cut the gap to five points.
But a Davin McEvoy free was the only other score that Heywood would get and that wasn’t going to be enough.
DJ White, Paddy Hosey, James Connolly and Cormac Dunne all pointed for the CBS before the end as they prevailed by eight points in the end to reach the final.
Portlaoise CBS are also in the South Leinster Senior ‘B’ football final where they will face Colaiste Choilm Tullamore.
SCORERS – PORTLAOISE CBS: Paddy Hosey 3-2, DJ White 1-3, Josh Mulhall 0-2 (one free), Conor Goode, James Connolly and Cormac Dunne 0-1 each HEYWOOD CS: Brian Whelan 0-7 (five frees), Cathal Murphy 1-0, Davin McEvoy 0-2 (both frees), Lawson Obular and Alan McWey 0-1 each
PORTLAOISE CBS: Conor Brown (Portlaoise); Jack Tobin (Portlaoise), Tommy Keegan (Emo), Gary Whelan (Portlaoise); Marc Ramsbottom (Park-Ratheniska), Simon Fingleton (Park-Ratheniska), Ben Dempsey (Portlaoise), Sam Birrane (Portlaoise), Josh Mulhall (Park-Ratheniska); Josh Hogan (Portlaoise), Conor Goode (Stradbally), James Connolly (Park-Ratheniska); Paddy Hosey (Emo), Cormac Dunne (Portlaoise), DJ White (Portlaoise). Subs: Aaron Thornton (The Heath) for Hogan (55m)
HEYWOOD CS: Liam Kehoe (Spink); Muashe Karigomba (Ballyroan-Abbey), Fionnan Mahoney (Ballyroan-Abbey), Eamon Fitzpatrick (Ballyroan-Abbey); Conor McWey (Ballyroan-Abbey), James Hennessy (Spink), James Whelan (The Heath); Lawson Obular (Ballyroan-Abbey), Davin McEvoy (Ballyroan-Abbey); Sam Quinn (Ballyroan-Abbey), Brian Whelan (Ballyroan-Abbey), Darragh Kelly (The Harps); Alan McWey (Ballyroan-Abbey), Cathal Murphy (The Harps), Odhran Delaney (Ballyroan-Abbey). Subs: Eoin Fitzpatrick (Spink) for Whelan (50m)