Portarlington steamroll Killeshin to claim one-sided victory

Portarlington maintained their perfect record as they powered past Killeshin with a thirteen point victory on Sunday morning to leave them sitting pretty at the top of the table.

Portarlington maintained their perfect record as they powered past Killeshin with a thirteen point victory on Sunday morning to leave them sitting pretty at the top of the table.

Portarlington were first out of the blocks as they built a 1-1 to no score lead within three minutes of the start. Hayden Weldon registered the first score as he rattled the Killeshin net to give the visitors the ideal start. Graham Weldon followed up with a well-taken point to ease them into a four point cushion.

Killeshin opened their account shortly after with Eoin Lowry splitting the posts before Barry Ryan halved the deficit to two points.

Paddy O’Sullivan pushed the Portarlington lead back to three, but Killeshin hit-back through a Stephen Attride free to keep within striking distance.

Port restored their four point lead with Cathal Ryan landing a huge score from range before Hayden Weldon added to his tally with a point as Portarlington continued to dictate the pace.

Approaching the final ten minutes of the half Fionn Maher narrowed the gap to three points with a free for the home side, but Portarlington closed out the half strongly with 1-2 in the final minute - with Shane McAuley firing 1-1. Hayden Weldon called a halt to the half with a point from a well-worked quick free to see Portarlington lead by 2-6 to 0-4 at the break.

Playing with a strong wind behind their backs in the second half, Portarlington dominated for the majority. Despite this, Killeshin started the half well with Eoin Lowry and Fionn Maher both converting frees, with Paddy O’Sullivan sandwiching a point in between for the Port.

They took control from here and landed 1-2 without reply. Graham Weldon slotted his second point before McAuley stormed through for his second goal of the day.

Killeshin briefly got in on the scoring 47 minutes in with substitute Eoin Brennan finding his range to cut the gap to eleven points, but Port finished strongly with O’Sullivan and McAuley both lifting the white flag to see Port claim a comfortable thirteen point win to book their spot at the top of the League table.