Portlaoise Town continued their impressive run in the MSL U-13s Major Division with this victory on Saturday in Portlaoise.
Portlaoise, whose passing and movement all day was a joy to watch, opened the scoring after ten minutes with a good strike from Aaron Wright. Aaron Feane added the second after twenty minutes following a great pass from Brian Sheehy, and Aaron Wright added his second after twenty five minutes after good work by Ronan McEvoy and Craig Reddin.
Portlaoise went in at the break 3-0 up.
Portlaoise Town strikers Joe Nevin and Oran Murphy along with Ruairi Lewis and Ross Brennan, who were all rested for the first half, were introduced for the second half. Oran Murphy then produced an outstanding performance to score four goals in this half to bring his total to fifty goals this season.
This is a outstanding achievement for Oran Murphy and must be a record for this League. Aaron Feane added his second and Joe Nevin, Fionn Scully and Ross Brennan finished the scoring to leave the final score 11-0. This was an all-round team performance with good displays from Sean McCormack, Jason Maher, Conor Lacken, Oisin Kiernan, Niall Doran and those already mentioned. Ciaran Rowney was missing due to exam commitments.
Portlaoise Squad: Sean McCormack, Fionn Scully, Jason Maher, Conor Lacken, Oisin Kiernan, Niall Doran, Craig Reddin, Brian Sheehy, Aaron Feane, Aaron Wright, Ronan McEvoy, Joe Nevin, Ruairi Lewis, Ross Brennan, and Oran Murphy.
Portlaoise have now two games left in the MSL Major Division and need to win both of these games to claim their second league title in three seasons. These games are home to Tullamore in Rossleighan Park and the final league game away to Willow Park, Athlone with date to be confirmed.
Portlaoise are also in the semi-final of the MSL U-13s Midlands Cup where their opponents are also Willow Park.
Portlaoise bowed out of the SFAI Cup a few weeks back when they lost to Corinthians of Cork on a 4-2 scoreline, Oran Murphy and Aaron Wright being the scorers. The scoreline did not do justice to Portlaoise as two decisions by the Cork referee favoured the home side.
Corinthians first goal was a clear handball by the forward before he scored and for Corinthians third goal the Corinthians forward was in an offside position before scoring. Portlaoise can be proud of getting to the last thirty two in Ireland and next season can look forward to hopefully going the whole way.