Portarlington school Colaiste Íosagáin booked thier place in the South Leinster ‘B’ final last Friday, as they proved far too good for Portlaoise CBS.
Football South Leinster Colleges SFC ‘B’ Semi-Final
Colaiste Iosagain 1-13
Portlaoise CBS 1-7
Played in the CBS school grounds, the visiting team were much sharper than the hosts, with their support play and passing seeing them through this tricky local derby.
They enjoyed a strong wind advantage in the first half and dominated the opening 30 minutes, taking an eight point lead in at the break.
They had to wait until the sixth minute for their first score, with Colm Murphy firing over from distance.Jack Walsh and Jake Foster quickly added further points, as Portlaoise CBS struggled to pick their way forward.
Íosagain were taking advantage of that lack of cutting edge from Portlaoise, and they rattled off four unanswered points before the hosts finally opened their account, as Robbie Dowling popped over a free.
It was only brief respite for Portlaoise, however, as Íosagáin hit back with a point before winning a penalty. Paddy O’Sullivan stepped up to take it, but Joseph Walshe produced a top class save to keep it out.
Íosagáin still got one more before half time, and they lead 0-9 to 0-1 at the interval.
Portlaoise needed to make inroads quickly in the second half, and Daniel Delaney got them off to a good start with a point. Matthew Finlay responded with a superb curling free into the wind, but a run of three points to one for Portlaoise got them within six, and then a Delaney goal had them back within three with ten minutes left.
That should have set up a grandstand finish, but Íosagáin wrestled back control of the game and saw the game out. Another Íosagáin penalty brought a different result, as Matthew Finlay rifled it low to the bottom corner, and that was the crucial score as it broke Portlaoise hearts, and Íosagáin saw out the game comfortably from there.
SCORERS - Colaiste Íosagáin: Matthew Finlay 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-3 frees), Jack Walsh, Jamie Connolly, Jason Walsh, Jake Foster (0-1 free) 0-2 each, Colm Murphy 0-1; Portlaoise CBS: Daniel Delaney 1-2, Mark Dunne (frees), Shane Smyth 0-2 each, Robbie Dowling (free) 0-1
PORTLAOISE CBS: Joseph Walshe (The Heath); Eoin Buggie (Stradbally), Shane Whelan (Portlaoise), Ciaran O’Brien (The Heath); Ciaran Flynn (Portlaoise), Eoin Phelan (Portlaoise), Conor Whelehan (Timahoe); Oisín Nolan (Park-Ratheniska), Robbie Dowling (The Heath); James O’Connor (Timahoe), Jack Brown (Portlaoise), Theo Kavanagh (Portlaoise); Shane Keane (The Heath), Mark Dunne (Portlaoise), Daniel Delaney (Portlaoise). Subs: Shane Smyth (Portlaoise) for Whelehan (37 mins), Conor Ryan (Portlaoise) for Nolan (45 mins - injured), James Phelan (The Heath) for Keane (47 mins)
COLAISTE ÍOSAGÁIN: Ross McGrath (Portarlington); Liam Whelehan (O’Dempsey’s), Ryan Havill (Gracefield), Dermot Bennett (Portarlington); Cormac O’Hora (O’Dempsey’s), Graham Weldon (Portarlington), Gavin Smith (Gracefield); Paddy O’Sullivan (Portarlington), Eoin McCann (Portarlington); Matthew Finlay (O’Dempsey’s), Jack Walsh (Gracefield), Colm Murphy (Portarlington); Jamie Connolly (Portarlington), Jason Ward (Portarlington), Jake Foster (Portarlington)