Portlaoise AFC 3 Usher Celtic 1
Lummy O’Reilly Cup 1st Round
Two goals from Scott Osborne and one from Paul Cahillane helped Portlaoise AFC to a somewhat surprise win over Usher Celtic in the opening round of the Lummy O’Reilly Cup in Rossleighan on Friday night.
Though Usher are a division below Portlaoise in the Leinster Senior League, they are nine points clear at the top of the Senior 1B table and have dropped just four points from 18 games all season.
As well as that they included the highly-rated Jordan Buckley, a former Shelbourne player and most recent Ireland Junior International player of the year.
But Portlaoise contained him well enough and hit the net three times in the first half to make sure of the win.
A sweetly struck Paul Cahillane volley put the home side ahead early on after a ball in from Colm Poole and the Rosenallis man also sent in the corner that centre-half Scott Osborne headed home to double Portlaoise’s lead.
Usher brought it back to 2-1 when they converted a penalty but a Cahillane free into the box was poked home by Osborne to leave it 3-1 at the break.
There was no further goals in the second half as Portlaoise booked their place in the next round of this competition which is for the teams in their Senior 1A division and the 1B league below them.
They are back in action next Wednesday when they host St Francis in the league, an important tie against the side just below them in the battle for promotion.
Meanwhile, Friday night’s win rounds off a good week for a handful of the Portlaoise players. Colm Poole, Evan McEvoy and Scott Osborne were all called into the Regions Cup squad, a representative competition for players who have never played in the League of Ireland.
They are in action next weekend with the winners representing Ireland in a Uefa event later this year. Crettyard Utd’s Lee Salter is also included.
You can watch all of the goals from Friday’s night’s win below.
PORTLAOISE: Joe Walshe; Evan McEvoy, Aidan McGovern, Scott Osborne; Oisin Fitzpatrick, Colm Poole, Jack Priestley, Paul Cahillane, Jimmy Dermody; Jason Murphy, Chris Mulhall. Subs: Aaron Rafter for Priestley, David Doyle for Mulhall