No change at the bottom

The fight for survival in Division 1 is really heating up. The two bottom teams, The Heath and Portarlington, met last Saturday in McCann Park Portarlington, with both sides needing a win if they were to push themselves higher up the table and closer to survival.

The fight for survival in Division 1 is really heating up. The two bottom teams, The Heath and Portarlington, met last Saturday in McCann Park Portarlington, with both sides needing a win if they were to push themselves higher up the table and closer to survival.

Within three minutes The Heath had gone ahead thanks to a point from corner forward Cathal Whelan. Port quickly cancelled it out and brought the sides back level after a point from Chris Bergin.

Portarlington again wasted no time in cancelling out the deficit. Both sides were tit for tat with each other, neither showing any sign of taking control of the dour affair.

There was no real bite in the game, but on the stroke of half time corner forward Cathal Whelan gave The Heath side the advantage at the break when his shot hit the back of the net

The second half was equally as poor with the bulk of the game being played in or around the middle third of the field. The teams seemed very equally matched in all areas of the field.

Heading into the last five minutes The Heath had a thrree point lead only for Barry Mitchell to level the game, that was the way it finished.

Both The Heath and Portarlington are firmly rooted to the bottom of the table and it is gong t take a lot of luck and work from either side if they are to pull themselves out of this situation.

SCORERS - The Heath: Cathal Whealan 1-3 (0-2 frees), Chris Bergin 0-3, Luke Hyland 0-1; Potarlington: Barry Mitchell 1-3 Peter Turley, Johnny Fulham, Ryan Cleary, Eric Ward 0-1 each

THE HEATH: Alan Bell; Mick Lenihan, Sean Ryan, Eoin Delaney; Conor Bergin, Jimmy Nerney, James furlong; Seamus Mulhare, Simon Norton; Luke Hyland, Donal Bigley, Nathan Carpenter; Cathal Whelan, Chris Bergin, Ciaran Hyland

PORTARLINGTON: Mick Wester; Stephen Hoey, Paddraig Dwyer, Euan Lyons; Ryan Cleary, Jason Moore, Dean Foster; Cathal Ryan, Barry Mitchell; Coin murphy, Johnny Fulham, Chris Both; Eric Ward, Peter Turley, Alan Bracken