Small town Stradbally shocks big town Portlaoise to win Laois football championship

Stradbally end Portlaoise's ten in a row dream with dramatic late goal

Laois Senior Football final at O'Moore Park Portlaoise

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Stradbally end Portlaoise's ten in a row dream with dramatic late goal

Stradbally have ended Portlaoise's dream of ten in a row with a dramatic late goal by Jody Dillon handing them an incredible one point victory, deep into injury time in the senior football championship. The final score was Stradbally 2-10, Portlaoise 1-12.

Portlaoise led by two points on the 59th minute, courtesy of Stuart Nerney in the 56th minute and Brian Mulligan in the 59th.

The match was a veritable thriller with both sides level at 1-10 apiece with five minutes to go.

Gary Comerford put the ball in the for Stradbally early in the second half.

Stradbally led by two points at half time on a scoreline of 0-9 to 1-4.


Bruno McCormack scored a goal for Portlaoise eight minutes in but bowed out to injury towards the end of the first half, with Adrian Kelly taking his place.

 

SCORERS - Stradbally: G Comerford 1-05 (0-03f), J Dillon 1-01, J Donohue 0-02, C Begley, P Fitzpatrick 0-01 each. Portlaoise: P Cahillane 0-05 (0-02f), B McCormack 1-00, A Kelly, B Mulligan, D Seale, G Dillon, S Nerney, B Smyth and C Rogers (f) 0-01 each

PORTLAOISE: G Brody; C Finn, D Seale, C Healy; B Mulligan, K Lillis, G Dillon; C Boyle, S Nerney; C Dunphy, B Smyth, B Glynn; P Cahillane, B McCormack, C Rogers. Subs: A Kelly for McCormack (inj - 25), C McEvoy for Dunphy (50). R Maher for Kelly (54)

STRADBALLY: D Beale; C Beale, L Knowles, J Kavanagh; Cormac Delaney, E Buggie, J Donohue; D Maher, C Begley; D Murphy, G Comerford, Conor Delaney; P Fitzpatrick, J Dillon, G Ramsbottom. Subs: S Lawlor for Cormac Delaney (26), T Shiel for Fitzpatrick (34), D McEvoy for Conor Delaney (48), Cormac Delaney for Shiel (59), Colm Kelly for Ramsbottom (59)

REFEREE: E Kinsella (Courtwood)

 

 

Stradbally have ended Portlaoise's dream of ten in a row with a dramatic late goal by Jody Dillon handing them an incredible one point victory, deep into injury time in the senior football championship.

The match was a veritable thriller with both sides level at 1-10 apiece with five minutes to go.

Portlaoise led by two points on the 59th minute, courtesy of Stuart Nerney in the 56th minute and Brian Mulligan in the 59th.

Gary Comerford put the ball in the for Stradbally early in the second half.

Stradbally led by two points at half time on a scoreline of 0-9 to 1-4.


Bruno McCormack scored a goal for Portlaoise eight minutes in but bowed out to injury towards the end of the first half. His loss had a huge impact on Portlaoise.

Former Aussie Rules player and Laois inter county footballer Colm Begley was a key man throughout for Stradbally while Gary Comferford also had a big game but Damien Murphy got the vote for Man of the Match.

The final score was Stradbally 2-10, Portlaoise 1-12.

SCORERS - Stradbally: G Comerford 1-05 (0-03f), J Dillon 1-01, J Donohue 0-02, C Begley, P Fitzpatrick 0-01 each. Portlaoise: P Cahillane 0-05 (0-02f), B McCormack 1-00, A Kelly, B Mulligan, D Seale, G Dillon, S Nerney, B Smyth and C Rogers (f) 0-01 each

PORTLAOISE: G Brody; C Finn, D Seale, C Healy; B Mulligan, K Lillis, G Dillon; C Boyle, S Nerney; C Dunphy, B Smyth, B Glynn; P Cahillane, B McCormack, C Rogers. Subs: A Kelly for McCormack (inj - 25), C McEvoy for Dunphy (50). R Maher for Kelly (54)

STRADBALLY: D Beale; C Beale, L Knowles, J Kavanagh; Cormac Delaney, E Buggie, J Donohue; D Maher, C Begley; D Murphy, G Comerford, Conor Delaney; P Fitzpatrick, J Dillon, G Ramsbottom. Subs: S Lawlor for Cormac Delaney (26), T Shiel for Fitzpatrick (34), D McEvoy for Conor Delaney (48), Cormac Delaney for Shiel (59), Colm Kelly for Ramsbottom (59)

REFEREE: E Kinsella (Courtwood)