Arles-Killeen manager Joe Higgins admitted he had ‘no complaints whatsoever’ after watching his side lose their second Laois SFC final in two years.
On a day to forget for Arles-Killeen, nothing seemed to go right for them, and with Portlaoise pressuring their defence they found themselves in trouble for most of the game.
Looking back afterwards, the St Joseph’s man admitted their performance didn’t merit a victory. “It wasn’t good enough. If you were comparing this year to last year, Paul Kingston was relatively unknown twelve months ago and he got one goal and three points. Today, he was being very tightly marked as we were all over the field.
“We were probably carrying the ball into the tackle a little bit too much against a big physical Portlaoise team.”
Arles-Killeen looked out of sorts early on, and they had their fair share of distractions, as Donie Kingston required treatment on the morning of the game. “We had Donie Kingston with a doctor this morning which wasn’t ideal. Donie Brennan got a bit of punishment throughout the game as he’s not a big man who needs a bit of space.
“But I’ve no complaints whatsoever as Portlaoise were by far the better team on the day. They’re not eight times champions for nothing and they proved it out there today.”
In spite of how poorly they played on the day, Arles-Killeen were still only five points down going into injury time, when a couple of late goals put some added gloss on the scoreboard for Portlaoise, and Higgins paid tribute to his players for battling all the way to the final whistle. “I’ve nothing only praise for the lads at the end of the day. Anything that I’ve asked throughout the year, they’ve given and they never gave up in the game today. It’s not in their nature to give up and unfortunately it just wasn’t to be.”