Slick Rosenallis prove too strong for Portlaoise in Laois IFC

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Slick Rosenallis prove too strong for Portlaoise in Laois IFC

Rosenallis secured a ten point win over Portlaoise today.

A very impressive performance from Rosenallis saw the open their Laois IFC campaign with a one-sided win over Portlaoise in McCann Park on Sunday.

Rosenallis 1-15

Portlaoise 0-8

Leading from gun to tape, Rosenallis kicked some lovely scores and managed the game well against a Portlaoise team looking to make it a second successive final.

Personnel has changed a bit for Portlaoise since last year and they looked disjointed for much of the game, although that shouldn't take from a very impressive display by Rosenallis.

They dominated in the middle of the field and but for some wayward shooting in the second half, they could have won by more.

They had six points on the board before Portlaoise managed to register their first, and will take a lot of confidence from this performance.

They were the ones forcing the issue early on, as wing-back Fiachra C Fennell got forward to kick the opening point in the third minute. Colm Poole then slotted over a free after he was fouled, and then a driving run from Joseph Shelly ended with Poole hitting his first from play.

Eoin Dunne then caught the kick out from that score and ran clear to kick Rosenallis' fourth point, and Poole and Donal Lalor (free) then sent them six ahead, as Portlaoise struggled to get a foothold in the game.

Their first score came in the 18th minute, from an unlikely source, as Michael Nolan stroked over a 45. That sparked them into life, and for a short spell they got on top in midfield, which allowed them a platform to attack.

Points quickly followed from Ronan McEvoy (2) and Colm Parkinson, and within three minutes they had gotten themselves within two. Rosenallis responded to the threat, and another superb point from Colm Poole was added to by a Donal Lalor free, and that saw them 0-8 to 0-4 in front at the interval.

Portlaoise needed a strong start to the second half, but they didn'tget it, as Rosenallis kicked the first point on the restart. It was a stunning score too, as Eoin Dunne kicked a brilliant point from way out on the left wing. Jason Maher responded for Portlaoise, but the game-clinching score arrived next.

Donal Lalor cut in along the left wing for Rosenallis and got a shot at goal, only to see Michael Nolan make a superb save. However, the ball bounced kindly for Colm Poole, and he tucked away the rebound for the only goal of the game.

Portlaoise never looked like scoring enough to claw back a seven point deficit, and instead Rosenallis added to it steadily for the remainder of the game, as they wrapped up a well-deserved win.

ROSENALLIS

Scorers: Colm Poole 1-4 (0-1 free), Eoin Dunne 0-5 (0-1 free), Donal Lalor 0-2 (frees), Jack Friel, Fiachra C Fennell, Ronan Murray, Brian Fitzpatrick 0-1 each.

Team: Barry Farrell; Paul Maher, Marcus Redmond, Jack Friel; Adam McDermott, Ruaidhri C Fennell, Fiachra C Fennell; Eoin Dunne, Cathal C Fennell; Patrick Keating, Ronan Murray, Joseph Shelly; Colm Poole, Donal Lalor, Brian Fitzpatrick. Subs: Mark Dunne for Lalor (57 mins).

PORTLAOISE

Scorers: Colm Parkinson, Ronan McEvoy (0-1 free) 0-2 each, Darren Rogers, Michael Nolan (45), Adrian Kelly, Jason Maher 0-1 each.

Team: Michael Nolan; Daragh McAuley, Brian 'Beano' McCormack, Michael Dowling; Oisín Fitzpatrick, Paddy Downey, Ronan Molloy; Adrian Kelly, James Nerney; Ronan McEvoy, Jack Brown, Shane Smyth; Colm Parkinson, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Jason Maher. Subs: Darren Rogers for McEvoy (29 mins, inj), Jack Reddin for K Fitzpatrick (35 mins), Niall Gavin for O Fitzpatrick (55 mins).

Referee: Mick Tarpey (Kilcavan)