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Remember the Game: Portlaoise claim senior football glory in 2009

Portlaoise 1-9 Arles Kilcruise 0-8
2009 Laois SFC Final

Portlaoise will face Killeshin on Sunday in a bid to claim a three in a row of county championships.

Ahead of that game, we look back ten years ago to when Portlaoise’s control of the Laois championship was getting underway.

This match was the start of Portlaoise dominance in the Senior championship, with it being the third of Portlaoise’s nine in a row county championships.

Portlaoise’s star studded team included players like Cahir Healy, Zach Tuohy, Adrian Kelly and Brian ‘Bruno’ McDonald.

Still playing for Kilcruise, their team included Chris Conway, Ross Munnelly and Kevin Meaney.

In a low-scoring game, the sides were level 0-3 apiece at half time.

An early Michael Nolan save proved vital, as a wasteful Portlaoise side struggled to score.

Underdogs Kilcruise played a defensive system which made it difficult for both sides to score.

However, the game was settled right before the end when Colm Byrne was fouled in the square and Paul Cahillane fired home the spot kick.

Check out some great Alf Harvey pictures from the game below:

PORTLAOISE: Michael Nolan; Aidan Fennelly, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Malachy McNulty; Brian Mulligan, Cahir Healy, Kieran Lillis; Adrian Kelly, Brian McCormack; Conor Boyle, Craig Rogers, Brian Glynn; Paul Cahillane, Zach Tuohy, Peter McNulty. Subs: Colm Byrne for Kelly (injured – 54 mins), Barry Fitzgerald for Boyle (57 mins), Jack Fennell for Mulligan (59 mins)

ARLES-KILCRUISE: Jimmy McDonald; Mick O’Shea, Diarmuid Carroll, Paudge Conway; JP Conway, Colm Munnelly, Anthony McElroy; Kevin Meaney, James Conway; Jason McLoughlin, Chris Conway Stephen Miller; Ross Munnelly, Lar Wall, David Conway. Sub: Francis Egan for Wall (48 mins)

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Stradbally)

Referee Maurice Deegan with Portlaoise captain Brian McCormack and Arles Kilcruise captain Chris Conway prior to the Campion Sparrow Insurances SFC Final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Arles Kilcruise who played Portlaoise in the Campion Sparrow Insurances SFC Final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Portlaoise fans had some anxious moments against Arles Kilcruise in the Campion Sparrow Insurances SFC Final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
All over for Arles Kilcruise in the Campion Sparrow Insurances SFC Final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Ross Munnelly, Arles Kilcruise, congratulates Kevin Fitzpatrick
Zach Tuohy celebrates with Aidan Fennelly after the game
Craig Rogers celebrates with grandparents Mick and Brigid Murray after Portlaoise did the three-in-a-row in 2009
Young fans celebrate after Portlaoise’s 2009 county final win

Portlaoise celebrate after winning the Campion Sparrow Insurances SFC Final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

Joe Daly and Teddy Fennelly
Man of the match Adrian Kelly celebrates with his grandfather Joe Byrne

Portlaoise captain Brian McCormack with his son Aaron
Fans celebrate with captain Brian McCormack after Portlaoise won the 2009 Laois SFC final
Fans celebrate with goal scorer Paul Cahillane
Zach Tuohy celebrates in the Portlaoise changing room
Adrian Kelly, Zach Tuohy and Malachy McNulty celebrate in the Portlaoise changing room
Oisin Kieran Coyle celebrates with Brian Glynn and Kieran Lillis
Cian Dowling Byrne, Vinny Dowling, chairman, and Seamus Fitzgerald
Brian Smyth, Brian Mulligan, Paul Cahillane and man of the match Adrian Kelly

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