Portlaoise finish strong to keep five-in-a-row bid alive

Portlaoise’s relentless march to a record fifth consecutive Laois SFC title moved a step closer on Sunday afternoon, as they eventually ground down a determined Stradbally side in their semi-final clash in O’Moore Park.

Portlaoise’s relentless march to a record fifth consecutive Laois SFC title moved a step closer on Sunday afternoon, as they eventually ground down a determined Stradbally side in their semi-final clash in O’Moore Park.

Portlaoise 0-16

Stradbally 1-5

After two difficult games against Arles-Kilcruise, Portlaoise could hardly have had better preparation for the challenge Stradbally presented to them here. Dogged and direct, Stradbally’s first half display left a whiff of an upset in the air at half time, but that was quickly blown away by Portlaoise when play resumed.

Their second half performance was laced with some vintage play from this group, with strong running and ruthless finishing highlighting a half where they outscored Stradbally by 0-10 to 0-2. With Zach Tuohy making a second half appearance too, it all just kept getting better for Portlaoise as the game went on.

With Paul Cahillane also recovered from the shoulder injury which has blighted his season, the Portlaoise juggernaut is approaching top speed.

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