MSL U-14 Major Division Champions Portlaoise finished their league campaign in style with this hard fought win over third place Killavilla Utd in Rossleighan Park last week as the Town team have completed their league campaign with a 100% record .
This is a great achievement for any team in a league campaign and well done to all concerned the management the players and the parents for having them at training and at matches every week since September. Portlaoise started this game in good form and created a few chances in the first 15 minutes but Joe Nevin and Brian Sheehy were wide with long range efforts. Killavilla then began to dominate midfield and had two good chances themselves but poor finishing by their forward line let them down. They did break through on 25 minutes but Sean McCormack made a brilliant double save to deny them the opening goal. Portlaoise hit back on 30 minutes when Oran Murphy was put through by a brilliant Aaron Wright pass and he was taken down by the Killavilla defender in the box. Murphy then dispatched the penalty to make it 1-0 and this is how it finished at the break.
Killavilla then started the second half in fine style and went close on 40 minutes before scoring on 45 minutes when their center forward fired a shot into the top corner after being set up with a fine through pass to make it 1-1.
They then went close to taking the lead but good defending by Niall Doran and Ciaran Rowney and Craig Reddin kept the scores level going into the last 10 minutes. Portlaoise the went ahead on 65 minutes when Ross Brennan was taken down by the Killavilla keeper when he was clean through on goals and the referee awarded the penalty. Up stepped Kaelyn Thompson to take the penalty but his shot hit the crossbar and he headed the rebound into the net to make it 2-1 to the Town and it preserved their 100% record in the league campaign this season as the final whistle went 5 minutes later.
Portlaoise were best served by Sean McCormack, Conor Lacken, Ciaran Rowney, Brian Sheehy, Ronan McEvoy, Craig Reddin and man of the match Niall Doran. Their next match is the semi-final of the Midlands Cup which is a two leg affair and they await the winners of the the Thomastown A or Rathangan V Nenagh AFC Quarter final tie.
Portlaoise Squad: Sean McCormack Craig Reddin Conor Lacken Ciaran Rowney Niall Doran Ross Brennan Ruairi Lewis Brian Sheehy Kaelyn Thompson Aaron Wright Oran Murphy Ronan McEvoy Joe Nevin Aaron Feane Fionn Scully