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)