On form Portlaoise reach fifth successive final

Rugby U-17 Area League

On form Portlaoise reach fifth successive final

Portlaoise overcame Cill Dara in Togher to reach there fifth final in a row. Portlaoise are the reigning area champions having lifted the cup for the previous four years.They now face the winners of Athy and North Kildare

This semi final clash was a close affair with the teams deadlocked at half-time. Portlaoise lifted their game at the start of the second half with tries from captain Joyce and a great solo try from full back Michael Nurney with a two point conversion from Adam Poole who started to dictate the game the game from the out-half position.

Portlaoise were 12-0 up and finished the game off with a Jack Murphy try under the posts with Poole adding two to make it 19-0.

Cill Dara worked hard and were rewarded with a late try to leave the score 19-7 at full time.

This game was especially important as it doubled up as a Leinster League match with the winners taking all the spoils. Portlaoise are now joint leaders along with Dundalk in the Leinster League. Portlaoise's next game is away to longford.

Team: Diarmuid Joyce, Liam Holohan, Christopher Cahill, Cian Crossan, Niall Hearns, Adam Poole, Dylan Kavanagh, Gary Considine, Gleb Vykhodstev, Maik Ikpomwen, Michael Dowling, Shane Buggy, Dan O, Rouke, Conor O, Dwyer, Aaron Bates, Dan Cremmin, Michael Hyland, Conor Hancock, Michael Nurney, Jack Murphy, Rhys Grehan, Matthew Daly-Minogue, Eoin Donoghue.