Portarlington claim Feile 'A' football title

Greg Mulhall

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Portarlington  claim Feile 'A' football title

The victorious Portarlington team that will be heading to Galway/Mayo for the Feile finals this summer.

Midland Park Hotel Feile 'A' Football Final

 

Portarlington 3 - 5

Portlaoise 2 - 0

 

Portarlington claimed their first ever Feile title with an eight point win over Portlaoise in the LOETB Centre of Excellence on Sunday afternoon.

The eventual winners trailed by four-points at the interval with Portlaoise firing two-goals through Conor Ragget and Josh Finn in the opening half, while Portarlington kept in touch with two-pointed free from captain Corey Geoghegan.

Portarlington booked their place in the final with a comfortable ten-point win over Ballylinan while Portlaoise narrowly got the better of Stradbally Parish Gaels with a one-point win on a low-scoring encounter that ended 1-2 to 1-1.

An early goal from Conor Ragget paved the way for Portlaoise, and Josh Finn followed suit shortly after as Portlaoise looked to pull away but a brace of pointed frees from Corey Geoghegan to close the gap to four points - and that was margin as the half-time whistle sounded.

Portlaoise were held scoreless in the second-half as Port fired three goals through Kian Barry, Luke McEvoy and finally Geoghegan as well as points from McEvoy, Daniel Stanfanov and Conor Weldon to lift the cup.

 

Portarlington

Scorers: Corey Geoghegan 1-2 (0-2 frees), Luke McEvoy 1-1 (0-1 free), Kian Barry 1-0, Daniel Stanfanov and Conor Weldon 0-1 each.

Team: Patrick Bennett; Jack Murphy, Ben McEvoy, Kian Barry; Fionn Ryan, Sean Michael Bracken, Hugo Emerson; Conor Weldon, Corey Geoghegan; Sean Bennett, Jordan Downey, Daniel Stanfanov; Eoin McEvoy, Luke McEvoy, Kaylen Flood.

Portlaoise

Scorers: Conor Ragget and Josh Finn 1-0 each.

Team: Cian O’Gorman; Paddy Reddin, Eoin Murphy, Rory Tully; Davin Dunne, Conor Ging, Eoin Brosnan; Conor Ragget, David Harrington; Cillian Lovegrove, Sean Devitt, Kacper Banasik; Cian Cleary, Josh Finn, Cillian O’Connell. Subs: Tadhg Dwyer

REFEREE: John Murphy (Crettyard)