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Portlaoise AFC left to rue missed chances against Knocklyon United

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Portlaoise AFC lost out to Knocklyon last weekend.

Portlaoise AFC 2 Knocklyon Utd 3

Portlaoise suffered a disappointing away defeat on Sunday morning going down 3-2 at Knocklyon.


The home side started the brighter and had two great chances to take an early lead but Mateusz Cwienk saved well from Conor Maguire's volley and Frank Brooks headed over from an excellent Cian Bates cross.


Portlaoise had their first opportunity after five minutes when a good break from Jimmy Dermody played to Paul Cahillane who beat two players but shot straight at Alex Meade-Wilson.


Portlaoise should have gone ahead following a corner but James Mullaney's strike was blocked on the line and Jason Murphy's follow up shot was pushed away by Meade-Wilson.


As the game flowed end to end Knocklyon had two chances, the first an excellent save from Cwienk, then Sean Gillen's strike came back off the bar.


On 34 minutes Portlaoise took the lead following an excellent team move. Mark Brennan played a pass into Cahillane and he set Dermody free to cut back for Jason Murphy to score from close range.


Cahillane went close again following another excellent team move involving Gary O'Sullivan and Murphy played Cahillane in but his shot hit the crossbar and went away to safety. A good break for Knocklyon almost got them an equaliser but Mark Dunne got in a brilliant block to keep his side ahead at the break.


Knocklyon started the second half at much higher tempo and scored three quick goals to leave Portlaoise stunned. The first on 52 minutes was an excellent team goal which was finished by Frank Brooks. Moments later Conor Farrell intercepted a loose pass to fire home before a mix up left Daniel Farrell with an easy finish.


Portlaoise got back into the game and created numerous opportunities but couldn't get the goal their play deserved before a good move involving Derek Beale and Jason Murphy ended with Shane Collins finishing with four minutes to go.


Portlaoise were piling on the pressure and had four great chances from corners but Knocklyon held out for the win.


Portlaoise resume league action in early January.

Team: Mateusz Cwienk, Mark Dunne, Eoghan White, Mark Brennan, James Mullaney, Gary O'Sullivan, Emmanuel Okpara, Jimmy Dermody, Colm Poole, Paul Cahillane, Jason Murphy. Subs: Oisin Fitzpatrick for Dunne (60 mins), Shane Collins for O'Sullivan (64mins), Derek Beale for Mullaney (78mins), Jayson Bergin, Brian Ging, Robbie Ging, Shane Brophy