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Six-star start to new Leinster Senior League season as Portlaoise AFC off to a flyer

Ardmore Rovers 0 Portlaoise AFC 6
Leinster Senior League Division 1A

After a quick pitstop at new sponsors – The Wandering Elk – Portlaoise AFC travelled to Bray on Sunday morning for the start of the new Leinster Senior League season.

Shane Keegan’s charges opened tentatively but settled into the game against Ardmore Rovers after 15 minutes and started to find their rhythm.

Former League of Ireland star Chris Mulhall had a strong claim for a penalty after being brought to the ground in the penalty area but the ref waived it away.

Quick thinking from Jason Murphy five minutes later however released Mulhall and he was brought down from behind resulting this time in a penalty. Chris dusted himself off and coolly dispatched the spot kick to put Portlaoise 1-0 up after 20 minutes.

The game turned on 30 minutes when Niall Doran was fouled from behind and an altercation resulted in an Ardmore player being sent off.

Portlaoise then took control of the game and Jason Murphy took advantage of a poor clearance to put the away side 2-0 up at the break.

Ten minutes after the restart, Chris Mulhall was brought down once more in the box and got back up to score his second penalty of the day.

As Portlaoise were now well on top, a Jason Murphy effort deflected into the Ardmore net to make it 4.

On 65 minutes, Colm Poole delivered a sensational corner on to the toe of Mark Dunne who tapped in at the back post to put the away team 5 goals up.

The scoring was finished by Aaron Rafter in the 75th minute after a lovely pass from Chris Mulhall.

In what was a great result for Portlaoise and it was especially satisfying to see two young players – Robbie Farrell and Finn Culleton – come through the academy and make their debuts.

PORTLAOISE: Sean McCormack; Oisin Fitzpatrick, Mark Dunne, Jimmy Dermody; Niall Doran, Colm Poole, Robbie Farrell, Michael Rogers; Aaron Rafter, Jason Murphy, Chris Mulhall. Subs: Jason Woods for Fitzpatrick, Finn Culleton for Rogers, Darren Rogers for Farrell.

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