The dream of Leinster and All Ireland glory for Portlaoise was cruelly dashed again at Parnell Park on Sunday, when they lost out in extra time to St Brigid’s of Dublin in a thriller that produced one of the best club championship games imaginable.
St Brigid’s 2-16 (aet)
At the end of three sections of this memorable clash the sides were tied on level scores, but at the end of the fourth and decisive quarter it was the Dublin champions that claimed victory with a goal and a point to spare as Portlaoise were held scoreless for the final 10 minutes.
A tight competitive game had been predicted, but no one could have visualised the quality of the contest that both teams were part of with commitment, endeavour and football of the highest quality produced. At the end, Portlaoise were left to rue a litany of missed chances that could have changed the result.
While they scored a classic goal they missed as many as five other golden goal chances that could have left the result beyond doubt and have them in the final against Garrycastle. Instead, they will have to live with what might have been and wait another year for this group of players to try and emulate their teams of the past and that could get harder and harder as the years progress.
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