As was the case in the home game last September, Brendanville proved tough opponents for Portlaoise in a game that was one of the few to beat the weather.
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In the end Portlaoise had enough to win the game and continue their recent good run of form.
Playing into the wind, Portlaoise took time to settle but they restricted the home team to long range shots.
The first good chance that fell to Portloaise came on 19 minutes when Alan Dunne set up Darren Rogers who shot just wide of the right post from the right hand side of the area.
The breakthrough eventually came on 31 minutes. Good play on the Portlaoise right from Cathal Dunphy, Stephen Goggin and Alan Dunne set up and chance for Darren Rogers who scored from 10 yards out.
Portlaoise kept up the pressure and Paul Cahillane twice went close to increasing the advantage before the break.
The second half was a tough game with a lot of play in midfield. It was very competitive and few clear chances were created though Brenadanville almost equalised on 68 minutes when a deflected cross fell to a home side player but his shot was blocked on the line by Eoghan White and cleared.
It was a very route one goal that put Portlaoise two up. Mark Brennan’s long ball out of defence set Paul Cahillane free and he evaded some heavy challanges to fire home from 18 yards out after 74 minutes. The second goal gave Portlaoise breathing space and but for a brilliant save by the home ‘keeper on 79 minutes from Darren Rogers it could have been more. Portlaoise were tested hard and it took a good defensive display to win the points.
Portlaoise: D Browne; C Dunphy, M Brennan, E White, N Guilfoyle (L O’Brien); A Dunne (J Bergin), S Tobin, B Bowe (J Delaney), P Cahillane, S Goggin; D Rogers