Portlaoise 2-15 Colt-Shanahoe 0-15
Laois Shopping Centre PIHC Round 2
Portlaoise are through to a Premier Intermediate semi-final after a fine display against Colt-Shanahoe.
Two goals from David O’Mahoney and Aaron Bergin proved decisive in the end as Portlaoise sealed their semi-final place.
Portlaoise started the game with a bang as David O’Mahoney got in for goal for the game’s first score.
Rhian Bergin opened his tally from play before O’Mahoney pointed from play. Colt-Shanahoe tacked on three unanswered scores to level the game early on.
Mark McDonald and two scores from Rhian Bergin, one from a free, levelled the match after Portlaoise’s early goal.
Portlaoise slotted over three scores without reply soon after as Aaron Bergin slotted over two frees with Cormac Rigney raising a white flag from play.
Henry Keyes and Gary Bergin traded points from play while James Keyes opened his tally with a score from play.
Two frees, one from Rhian Bergin and Aaron Bergin, left two points in it approaching half-time.
Dual star Ciaran McEvoy was superb all day for Portlaoise, coming out with the ball on numerous occasions. He scored a cracking score from the half-back line before Rhian Bergin pointed a free and one from play.
Tommy Fitzgerald opened his tally before Aaron Bergin scored one of the goals of the championship. After catching the ball twice already, he showed serious skill to score a rasping goal into the top corner.
Henry Keyes pointed a 65’ before the half-time whistle as Portlaoise led by four points at the break.
Jack Delaney got the first score of the second half before Rhian Bergin got another point from a free.
Portlaoise pushed their lead to five points soon after as Aaron Bergin pointed a free, while Cahir Healy and Gary Bergin raised white flags from play.
Cormac Rigney fired over two points from play as the game looked to have gotten away from Colt-Shanahoe.
After an injury to Rhian Bergin, James Keyes took over free-taking duties as he split the posts with a free.
Rob Delaney cut the lead back to five points but it looked to be too little too late. Substitute Niall Gleeson made an instant impact as he raised a white flag after he came on.
A free from Aaron Bergin and a point from Brian McDermott ended the game’s scoring.
Portlaoise have sealed their semi-final place while for Colt-Shanahoe they face a straight shootout with Ballyfin to see who avoids the relegation final.
SCORERS – Portlaoise: Aaron Bergin 1-5( five frees), David O’Mahoney 1-1, Cormac Rigney 0-3, Gary Bergin 0-2, Ciaran McEvoy, Cahir Healy, Niall Gleeson and Tommy Fitzgerald 0-1 each Colt-Shanahoe: Rhian Bergin 0-7( four frees), Henry Keyes 0-2(one 65’), Mark McDonald, Brian McDermott, Jack Delaney, Rob Delaney and James Keyes (free) 0-1 each
PORTLAOISE: Cian Taylor; Paddy Norton, Chris Lynch, Eoin O’Connor; Ross Brennan, Ciaran McEvoy, Frank Flanagan; Gary Bergin, Cahir Healy; Aaron Bergin, Ben Brennan, David O’Mahoney; Eddie Critchley, Tommy Fitzgerald, Cormac Rigney Subs: Niall Gleeson for O’Mahony (51), Dean Lynch for G Bergin (56)
COLT-SHANAHOE: Darragh Hiney; Shane Bowe, Brian Guilfoyle, Eoghan Brennan; Paddy O’Toole, Aaron McGowan, Robert Delaney; Dayle Bergen, Jack Delaney; James Keyes, Cian Mofitt, Henry Keyes; Dylan Cuddy, Mark McDonald, Rhian Bergin Subs: Brian McDermott for R Bergin (41), Owen Joyce for D Bergin (45), Rhian Bergin for Cuddy (57)
REFEREE: Anthony Stapleton (Rathdowney-Errill)
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