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Murphy and Bennett to the fore as Portarlington defeat St Loman’s to set up Leinster semi in Croke Park


Portarlington 1-14 St Loman’s 1-12
Leinster Senior Club Football Championship Quarter Final 

Portarlington are off to Croke Park following a two point win over St Loman’s in O’Moore Park this afternoon.

Colm Murphy led Martin Murphy’s charges from attack while Cathal Bennett was immense in defence as they set up a Leinster semi final clash against Kilmacud Crokes.

This was a brilliant game of football where Portarlington were pushed to the pin of their collar but showed just how good they are to win.

Just like they did in the Laois final three weeks ago, Portarlington made a blistering start to the game.

Ronan Coffey and Paddy Dowdell swapped points early on before Martin Murphy’s charges took control of the game.

Points from Colm Murphy, Paddy O’Sullivan and Adam Ryan followed before the Laois men struck for a goal.

Colin Slevin, in from the start in place of the injured Diarmuid Bennett, intercepted a kick-out and was fouled. Colm Murphy took the free quickly and found Rioghan Murphy who drove a shot off his left foot into the corner of the net.

David Murphy and Rioghan Murphy added points to put Port up by eight points after ten minutes.

They missed a couple of opportunities after that and were then thankful for a remarkable block by Cathal Bennett to deny TJ Cox at point blank range.

But the Westmeath men settled with a free from John Heslin and a score from Ronan O’Toole left it 1-6 to 0-3 at the first water break.

St Loman’s were beginning to get joy off the Portarlington kick-out and the latter were thankful to a great save from Scott Osbourne on Shane Dempsey to keep his clean sheet in tact.

Nevertheless, further points followed from Heslin and O’Toole before Portarlington’s almost 20 minute scoring drought was ended by Colm Murphy.

Portarlington were then reduced to 14 men in the 28th minute when Alex Mohan was shown a black card – with Heslin pointing the resulting free.

Fola Ayorinde added another point before half time to cut the gap to three – with Portarlington leading 1-7 to 0-7 at half time.

Adam Ryan and Sam McCarten swapped points when play resumed before St Loman’s became only the second team in two years to score a goal against Portarlington.

A short kick-out went wrong and Loman’s pounced with TJ Cox breezing through to rattle the net.

John Heslin then kicked a free just as Alex Mohan returned to the field and St Loman’s took the lead for the first time after 38 minutes.

Port then lost keeper Scott Osbourne to injury but a free from Colm Murphy in the 42nd minute levelled the game again.

Jake Foster and Peter Foy then traded points to leave us level 1-10 apiece at the second water break.

Adam Ryan and Colm Murphy gave Port a two point lead when play resumed but Helsin replied with a free after 50 minutes.

Sam McCarten’s second point a minute later briefly tied the game but Jake Foster’s second and then sub Stephen O’Neill’s first reestablished Port’s lead once again.

Neither team scored again and as we headed for injury time, Portarlington still held a two point advantage.

St Loman’s were reduced to 14 men in the second minute of it when Ken Casey was shown a black card for a high tackle on Cathal Bennett.

It mattered little as Portarlington held on to win.

SCORERS – Portarlington: Colm Murphy 0-4 (one free), Rioghan Murphy 1-1, Adam Ryan 0-3, Jake Foster 0-2, Ronan Coffey 0-1, Paddy O’Sullivan 0-1, David Murphy 0-1, Stephen O’Neill 0-1 St Loman’s: John Heslin 0-5 (all frees), TJ Cos 1-0, Sam McCarten 0-2, Ronan O’Toole 0-2, Fola Ayorinde 0-1, Paddy Dowdall 0-1, Peter Foy 0-1

PORTARLINGTON: Scott Osbourne; Cathal Bennett, Robbie Pigott, Alex Mohan ; Colin Slevin, Stuart Mulpeter, Paddy O’Sullivan; Keith Bracken, Sean Byrne; Adam Ryan, Ronan Coffey, Rioghan Murphy; Jake Foster, David Murphy, Colm Murphy. Subs Sean Mooney for Osbourne (37, inj), Stephen O’Neill for Slevin (43), Jordan Fitzpatrick for D Murphy (55)

ST LOMAN’S: Jason Daly; David Whelan, Darragh O’Keeffe, Oisin Hogan; Kelvin Ryan, Paddy Dowdall, Jack Geoghegan; Sam McCarten, Fola Ayorinde; Peter Foy, Ronan O’Toole, Kevin Regan; TJ Cox, John Heslin, Shane Dempsey. Subs: Ken Casey for Dempsey (43), Rory Sheehan for Regan (55)

Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow)

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.