Soccer teams across Laois are gearing up for a summer tournament that is being dubbed ‘The Battle of Laois’.
Portlaoise are through to the final of the Mid-Leinster Cup after this impressive victory over Nenagh last Thursday night in Rossleighan Park.
Two goals in the final 15 minutes ultimately ended Arlington’s hopes in the Paddy Cotter Cup Final in Leah Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon.
Portlaoise won the League title on Thursday night with Seafords win over Greenhills. However they went a goal down after two minutes.
In the final of the CCFL Shield, Portlaoise made it a double when they defeated Melville Celtic in a very good final played in Birr. Portlaoise raced into a two goal lead in the first quarter of the game through Shane Collins and Nathan Carpenter, but Melville never gave up the fight and hit the crossbar an agonising three times before the break. In the second half Melville continued to play good football, but the Portlaoise defence did an excellent job keeping them at bay.
After scoring four minutes into injury-time to force the game to extra-time, Abbeyleix Athletic ultimately suffered the heartbreak of defeat after a penalty shoot-out in the Division 4 Cup Final last Sunday.
Portlaoise AFC is hosting an inter-county U-10 Blitz in Rossleighan Park this Sunday which wil feature teams from Laois, Offaly, Kildare, Westmeath, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Dublin.
Midlands United Power Soccer team went into the last round of matches, held in Gormanston Co Meath on Saturday, knowing that avoiding defeat in either match would be enough to retain the Premier League title.
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