Arles-Killeen had a hard fought win over Portarlington on Monday afternoon, in what was a hotly contested and entertaining SFC Round 1 game.
Arles Killeen started strong, hitting four scores in as many minutes right from the off. Jason Enright and Donie Kingston slotted over points, before Shane Byrne punished a poor Port kick out with another point.
Arles-Killeen were on the attack once more after that as Kingston ran through the Port defence and unleashed a rocket into the back of the net; his side leading by an impressive 1-3 to 0-0 after only four minutes of play.
Despite Killeen leading, it was Port who had the majority of the possession for the half and they failed to covert their ample scoring chances until the 12th minute, when Jason Moore got on the end of a good Port move to raise the white flag.
Jake Foster scored back-to-back frees, coolly slotting them over from the ground to leave just a goal separating the sides with ten minutes of the half remaining. Kingston put four between the sides with a point but Port continued to create good chances with Foster pointing and Evan Lyons opening the Arles-Killeen defence before popping it over the bar.
Jason Enright hit a free for Arles just before the break to leave his side 1-5 to 0-5 ahead at half time.
The second half got off to a cracking start when Port's Stephen O'Neill sent a high and dangerous ball into the square. It was caught by Kevin McGrath who passed it on the ground to Johnny Fullam, and Fullam blasted it into the back of the net to bring the sides level for the first time.
Rob Pigott and McGrath added quick points to give Port the lead, but Arles-Killeen responded with a lovely point from Sean O'Shea. He almost followed this up with a goal when he found himself on the edge of the square, but it was saved by Brian McAuley.
Kingston brought the sides level with a long range effort with twenty minutes remaining. Kingston followed this up with a point from a free but this was cancelled by Evan Lyons to keep the sides level, and both teams giving it everything.
Kingston continued his impressive free taking to give his side the lead by the minimum with 45 minutes in the clock. Sean O'Shea put two between the sides with a point from a tight angle after the ball was overturned. Arles-Killeen sub Beano McDonald pointed to put three between the sides with five minutes remaining.
Jake Foster pulled one back for Port after good running by Jason Moore, but Kingston cancelled this out with two points in quick succession to see his side over the line.
Arles-Killeen will be happy with the win but Port know that, given the amount of possession they squandered, the game was there for the taking.