Portlaoise set for Leinster after claiming eighth title in a row

Portlaoise captain Cahir Healy raises the Delaney cup after Portlaoise won the Laois Shopping Centre Senior Football final in O'Moore Park.Picture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie
Portlaoise made it an unprecedented eight Senior Football titles in a row last Sunday as they brushed aside the challenge of Arles Killeen with 11 points to spare in O’Moore Park.

Portlaoise made it an unprecedented eight Senior Football titles in a row last Sunday as they brushed aside the challenge of Arles Killeen with 11 points to spare in O’Moore Park.

Two late goals from Paul Cahillane and Ricky Maher put a gloss on the final scoreline but Portlaoise were in full control of the game from the 10th minute onwards.

Arles-Killeen started the game well and opened up an early 0-3 to 0-1 lead but that quickly disappeared as Portlaoise hit their stride.

By half-time, they had opened up a four point lead and they held a five point advantage into the closing minutes before the late goals removed any doubt over the outcome. Arles-Killeen managed just one point from play over the hour as Portlaoise cruised to a 2-14 to 0-9 win.

Portlaoise now go on to the Leinster Championship where they are all but guaranteed a bye through the first round. Even before the weekend, it was highly unlikely that the Wexford Championship would have been completed in time and that situation was exacerbated by Sunday’s draw in the county’s Senior Hurling Final involving two of the teams still in the Football Championship.

That would mean Portlaoise will advance to the quarter-final where they will host the Dublin champions in O’Moore Park on November 9.

St Vincent’s and Oliver Plunkett’s will contest the Dublin Final .

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See pages 90-95 of this week’s Leinster Express for SFC Final coverage