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Kelly to the fore as Graiguecullen beat Portarlington to reach U-20 football semi-final

Graiguecullen 2-12 Portarlington 0-5
Laois U-20 ‘A’ FC Quarter-final

Graiguecullen are through to this year’s Laois U-20 FC semi-final thanks to a comfortable win over Portarlington this evening.

Senior player Conor Kelly helped himself to ten points while second half goals from Conor Harte and Jack Byrne ensured Graigue had 13 points to spare at the final whistle.

Port, who had Cathal Bennett and Sean Michael Corcoran in their ranks from their senior championship-winning campaign but were without Rioghan Murphy, never got going and after trailing 0-3 to 0-2 at the first water break, were 0-8 to 0-4 down at half time.

Graiguecullen pulled further clear in the second half thanks to the two goals and now go forward to play Portlaoise in the semi-final.

Ballyroan-Abbey, who were minor champions at U-17 three years ago, play St Joseph’s in the other semi-final.

Those games are scheduled to take place in the Centre of Excellence next Wednesday evening.

SCORERS – Graiguecullen: Conor Kelly 0-10 (five frees), Conor Harte and Jack Byrne 1-1 each, John O’Shea and Oisin O’Reilly 0-1 each. Portarlington: Sean Michael Corcoran, Darragh Galvin (free), Aaron Coss, PJ Ward and Caelum Coughlan-Maher 0-1 each.

GRAIGUECULLEN: Craig Doyle; Aaron Cullen, Sean McGrath, Conor Holohan; Oisin O’Reilly, Aaron Dorgan, Mikee Horohan; Cillian O’Reilly, Lee Nolan; Conor Harte, Jack Byrne, Naoise Brennan; John O’Shea, Conor Kelly, Ivan Murphy

PORTARLINGTON: Jack Hynes; Ryan Clancy, Cathal Bennett, Dylan Murphy; James Haberlin, Darragh Slevin, Aaron Coss; Sean Michael Corcoran, Iarlaith Galvin; Caelum Coughlan-Maher, PJ Ward, Adam Burns; Reece Donagher, Darragh Galvin, Ciaran Ward.

REFEREE: Joe Brennan (Crettyard)

Portlaoise 4-15 Clonaslee-St Manman’s 3-11
Laois U-20 ‘B’ HC Quarter-final

Elsewhere, Portlaoise were seven-point winners over Clonaslee in the U-20 ‘B’ HC in the Centre of Excellence on Wednesday evening to set up a semi-final meeting with Rosenallis.

That semi-final is scheduled for this Sunday in Rosenallis.

The other semi-final will be on the following Saturday, December 4, between Ballinakill-Ballypickas and Raheen Parish Gaels.

PORTLAOISE: Kevin Swayne; Sean Luc Taylor, Colin McEvoy, Ben Dempsey; Dylan Cahill, Jamie Keenan, Barry Fitzpatrick; Eddie Critchley, Niall Carey; Ben Brennan, Damon Larkin, Mark O’Reilly; DJ White, Liam Brennan, Conor Brown

CLONASLEE-ST MANMAN’S: Christy Conroy; Paddy Purcell, Daire Hogan, Ciaran Fitzgerald; Senan Barrett, Darragh Scully, Cian Callaghan; Jack Hillard, Bob Downey; Oisin Murray, Cian Conroy, Cathal Lee; Tom Smith, Josh Flynn, DJ Callaghan.

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