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Big win over local rivals Tullamore sees Portlaoise AFC continue brilliant league start

Tullamore Town 1 Portlaoise AFC 5
Leinster Senior League Division 1A

Portlaoise AFC moved into top spot in Division 1A of the Leinster Senior League following a big win over neighbours Tullamore Town last night.

Shane Keegan’s outfit were on the front foot from the opening minutes after a 0-0 draw with Kilbarrack Utd in their last outing and won this one comfortably to maintain their six game unbeaten start to the season.

The away side started well against a new look, young and energetic Tullamore side and opened the scoring on 9 minutes when a teasing Paul Cahillane corner was turned into his own net by the Tullamore defender.

Portlaoise continued their bright opening start and after dominating possession for the opening 20 minutes, Chris Mulhall got on the end of a Paul Cahillane delivery after what was a series of tantalising crosses into the Tullamore six yard box to put the visitors two goals in front.

Jason Murphy made it three shortly after with a low drive from the edge of the area following a delightful back heel into his path from Cahillane.

Portlaoise rang the changes at half time and early in the second half with the most notable appearance being a debut for 16-year-old academy graduate Kieran O’Donnell.

This substitute made it two 16-year-olds in the Portlaoise side on the night with Kieran joining Robbie Farrell who was completing his second 90 minutes in a row in central midfield.

The changes made no difference in the flow of traffic towards the Tullamore goal in the second half as Chris Mulhall laid a second goal of the night on for Jason Murphy who finished from 10 yards on 54 minutes.

Chris turned from provider to scorer soon after when a throw in from Jimmy Dermody on the left found Chris with a yard of space on the edge of the Tullamore box, he controlled the ball on his chest, turned quickly and sent a vicious volley into the roof of the net from 22 yards rolling back the years for the former League of Ireland winner.

Tullamore grabbed a consolation goal on 90 minutes when the Portlaoise defence failed to deal with a routine long ball and the centre forward slipped the ball low past Joe Walshe making the final score 5-1 to the visitors.

It was too little too late for the young Tullamore side who just couldn’t get to grips with the class and energy of this Portlaoise side.

Portlaoise AFC move on to a home fixture against Newtown Rangers on Thursday August 12 in Rosleighan Park.

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