This was a game that was fast and competative for all the 90 minutes with two teams with contrasting styles of play. The teams had played a preseason friendly that had ended 2-2 and Saturdays night’s encounter was almost as close.
LSL PREMIER SUNDAY
Alpine Express 0
Alpine started the better and the home side’s defence had to deal with an early barrage of high balls aimed mainly at the impressive Kevin Homan who proved a handfull throughout. However it was Portlaoise who were to make the breakthrough on 28 minutes. Alan Dunne, Jason Murphy and Shane Brophy with some great first time passing set up Stephen Goggins for a diving header to score his first goal for the club.
Alpine respnded well and Homan had a header that hit the crossbar on 34 minutes and Danny Browne did well to cut out a dangerous cross from Chris Meade on 41 minutes as Alpine kept up the pressure. The second half saw a few postitional changes for Portlaoise but again it took some good defending to deal with Alpine’s direct style of play. Portlaoise almost went two up on 67 minutes but a fine double save by Sean Power, first from Shane Brophy’s 20 yard shot and then from the rebound he denied Alan Dunne from point blank range to keep his team in the game.
Alan Dunne then hit the crossbar on 78 minutes as Portlaoise began to get more into the game but Alpine, from throw ins and corners, were always a threat. Portlaoise were denied twice in eight minutes as two efforts hit the crossbar. First on 80 minutes Jason Murphy’s flick from a right wing cross hit the woodwork and on 88 minutes Murphy’s free kick from just outside the penalty area did the same.
Alpine did force a free kick on full- time just outside the penalty area and it took a fine save from Danny Browne to deny Gary Murphy. The three points for Portlaoise were down to a good team display with the defence outstanding at times.
Portlaoise: Danny Browne, Niall Guilfoyle, Dan Dunne, Mark Brennan, James Furlong, Brian Bowe, Cathal Dunphy, Jason Bergin, Alan Dunne, Shaun Tobin, Stephen Goggin, Luke O,Brien, Darren Rogers, Shane Brophy, Jason Murphy Martin Staunton.