Eight in-a-row for Portlaoise

Portlaoise 2-14 Arles-Killeen 0-9

Laois SFC final: Portlaoise made it eight Laois SFC titles in-a-row with an 11 point win over Arles-Killeen at O’Moore Park yesterday.

Paul Kingston’s quick-fire double of pointed frees gave Arles-Killeen the initiative with ten minutes gone, but Portlaoise hit back with six points in a row to lead 0-7 to 0-3 at half-time.

The reigning champions made a bright start to the second half as well, outscoring Arles-Killeen 0-4 to 0-1 in the opening ten minutes, to take a firm grip.

Killeen never really threatened a comeback and two late goals, from Ricky Maher and Paul Cahillane, ensured Portlaoise would march on into yet another Leinster Club SFC campaign.

Scorers for Portlaoise: P Cahillane 1-4 (0-3f), C Rogers 0-4 (fs), R Maher 1-0, B McCormack 0-2, D Seale, S Nerney, C Boyle, G Dillon 0-1 each.

Scorers for Arles-Killeen: P Kingston 0-4 (fs), J Enright 0-3 (fs), D Kingston 0-2 (1f)

PORTLAOISE: M Nolan; B Mulligan, P Cotter, D Seale; E Whelan, C Healy, C Boyle; S Nerney, K Lillis; A Kelly, B McCormack, B Glynn; P Cahillane, G Dillon, C Rogers.

Subs: G Brody for Kelly (26, BC), E Feane for Boyle (44, BC), R MAher for Glynn (60), L McGovern for Lillis (60)

ARLES-KILLEEN: M Leigh; James Mahon, P McDonald, N O’Rourke; John Mahon, J Mulhare, S Julian; D Kingston, J Enright; D Julian, D Brennan, S O’Shea; C Keightley, P Kingston, B O’Loughlin.

Subs: B O’Shea for O’Loughlin (26), E O’Rourke for James Mahon (ht), B McDonald for Keightley (40)

Referee: M Deegan (Stradbally).

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