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Portlaoise too strong for Annanough as they reach Intermediate semi final

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Portlaoise are through to the Intermediate football championship semi finals following a ten point win over Annanough in Ratheniska this evening.

Alan Daly’s charges took control of this game after an even opening quarter and fired five points in a row to take a lead that they would never relinquish to set up a last four encounter with Rosenallis.

2018 Junior champions Annanough competed well and a goal from former manager Colin Miller seven minutes into the second half had brought them back to within touching distance but they would only score one more point in the remainder of the game as Portlaoise prevailed.

Ben Conroy began the scoring in the opening minute for Portlaoise and while Oisin Fitzpatrick and Ronan Molloy added further efforts, Annanough were level by the midpoint of the half.

Two Killian Horgan efforts either side of a Damien McCaul free had the game tied 0-3 each but Portlaoise went on a scoring spree then as Jack Brown, Beano McCormack and two Brian Smith points moved them 0-7 to 0-3 ahead.

Colin Miller and McCaul reduced the arrears but Brian Smith brought the half to an end with a fine point to leave Portlaoise 0-8 to 0-5 in front.

Ronan Molloy got the second half underway with two more points before Annanough struck for their goal when a fine run from John Scully saw him centre the ball to Colin Miller who rattled Richie Downey’s net from inside the square.

Donal Horgan’s charges were revved up now but Portlaoise broke their spirit with the next four points thanks to Jack Brown, Beano McCormack and two more Brian Smith efforts.

Damien McCaul ended Portlaoise’s scoring spree with a free but Portlaoise finished the game well.

Aaron Rafter and Jack Brown raised white flags before Rafter smashed home a goal to leave ten between them at the finish.

SCORERS – Annanough: Colin Miller 1-1, Damien McCaul 0-3 (two frees), Killian Horgan 0-2 Portlaoise: Brian Smith 0-5 (two frees), Aaron Rafter 1-1, Jack Brown 0-3 (one free, one 45), Ben Conroy 0-1, Oisin Fitzpatrick 0-1, Beano McCormack 0-2, Ronan Molloy 0-3

ANNANOUGH: Sean Hennessy; Conor Stapleton, Rory Stapleton, Ronan Stapleton; Conor Donlon, Marty Stapleton, Johnny Fennelly; John Scully, Donal Miller; Ciaran Hennessy, Killian Horgan, Shane Stapleton; Damien McCaul, Colin Miller, James Miller. Subs: Cathal Connaughton for C Hennessy (35), Elliott Scully for S Stapleton (42), Jamie Fenlon for C Miller (47), Seamus Stapleton for Connaughton (53, inj), Fergal Scully for D Miller (55)

PORTLAOISE: Richie Downey; John Delaney, Aidan McGovern, Michael Dowling; Darragh McAuley, Dean Lynch, Oisin Fitzpatrick; Beano McCormack, Chris Lynch; Ross Brennan, Jack Brown, Ben Conroy; Johnny Rafter, Brian Smith, Ronan Molloy. Subs: Aaron Rafter for Conroy (40), Dean Cullen for Brennan (47), Andrew Swayne for C Lynch (59)

Referee: Brendan Hickey (Graiguecullen)

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