In the end, it was almost embarrassing. The challenge from St Patrick’s was so meek that at one point in the second half, when Brian Mulligan was in possession, he had the time to stand still in the middle of the field and look around for someone to pass the ball to.
AIB Leinster Club SFC quarter final
St Patrick’s (Wicklow) 0-4
Portlaoise were so utterly dominant that Sunday’s Leinster Club SFC quarter-final won’t have provided them with too much insight ahead of a clash with Emmet Óg of Longford.
Portlaoise got their first point after 20 seconds, had five registered in the opening ten minutes, and when Conor Boyle rifled a shot into the top corner midway through the half it finished the game as a contest. After that it was only a matter of how much Portlaoise would win by, and they had scored 2-6 by half time, having kept St Patrick’s scoreless in that same period.
The Wicklow champions showed some signs of life early in the second half, but it quickly evaporated as Portlaoise just kept tagging on points and pulling further ahead. They played superbly throughout, putting on a show of something approaching ‘total football’, with members of the full-back line attacking on more than one occasion, and nine different players finding themselves on the scoresheet too.
See this week’s Leinster Express for full report and reaction from the game