Portlaoise’s dominance of the Laois club scene continued on Sunday evening at O’Moore Park as they picked up their fifth Division 1 league title in six years with a nervy but deserved victory over a plucky Emo side who left it too late in their attempt to upset the odds.
ACFL Division 1 Final
Their second-half fightback was admirable but Portlaoise’s big-game experience told and Emo came up short. Emo never held the lead at any stage in their first appearance at a Division 1 league final since their win over The Heath in 2005.
Portlaoise lead by 0-8 to 0-5 at Joe Brennan’s half-time whistle and that lead grew to six in the second-half.
However Emo threw off the shackles and battled back bravely and Portlaoise lead down to a solitary point with four minutes left.
Portlaoise responded again however and rbuilt a three point lead with time running out.
Emo had one last chance when a long punt into the area saw a loose ball fall for Paul Lawlor but he just let it slip past his feet and the final whistle sounded seconds later to end the Emo charge.
See this week’s Leinster Express for full report and photographic coverage.