MATCH REPORT: Powerful Portarlington claim Cumann na mBunscol title
1:00 p.m. (Wednesday, May 16) Hurling Group F Final Portarlington N.S. vs Rahan N.S.
Portarlington N.S 6-11
Portarlington shot into a two-point lead in this contest thanks to points from Luke McEvoy and Jordan Downey. An Alex Gleeson free stemmed the tide for Rahan but a goal after a scramble in the square for Ben McCann had Portarlington in a 1-2 to 0-1 lead after just six minutes.
Jordan Downey was Portarlington's key man and he won huge ball in midfield and started and finished a number of first half moves. He hit two points without reply between the 7th and 9th minutes before Gleeson replied with a free for Rahan.
Portarlington took over for the remainder of the half with Finn Lyons firing over three points and Jordan Downey continuing his fine form by grabbing a late goal, a lovely finish to the bottom corner. Portarlington led 2-7 to 0-2 at the break.
Finn Lyons pointed within seconds of the restart, setting the tone for another brilliant half from Portarlington. Jordan Downey followed that by rasping a shot to the top corner of the Rahan net, while Benny McCann got back in on the act with his second goal of the game on the half-hour mark.
Downey nailed two quick frees soonafter as Portarlington found themselves in a commanding 4-10 to 0-2 lead. Alex Broderick was the catalyst for a lot of Port's good work, winning huge ball and advancing play from midfield.
It was his opposite number, Michael Grennan, who grabbed the next score for Rahan but that proved to be his team's last as Portarlington finished with a flourish.
Ben McCann flicked a long ball to the back of the net to secure his hat-trick, before Declan McGee raised a green flag of his own and Finn Lyons completed his five-point tally in the final minutes. Portarlington ran out comfortable 6-11 to 0-3 winners.
Teams and Scorers:
St. Patrick’s BNS Portarlington: Luca McLaughlin, Ben McEvoy, Oisin Hannigan, Eoin McEvoy, Charlie Keogh, Sam McLoughlin, Alex Broderick, Hugo Emerson, Craig Weldon, Jordan Downey (2-5), Finn Lyons (0-5), Luke McEvoy (0-1), Morgan Murphy
Subs: Ben McCann (3-0), Conor Maher, Declan McGee (1-0),19. John Cooney, Stephen Connolly
Scoil Charthaigh Naofa, Rahan: Evan Monaghan, Adam O'Meara, Jamie Leonard, Joe Grennan, Finnan Conroy, Eoin Corcoran, Patrick Mooney, Michael Grennan (0-1), Aron Keyes, Dylan Murphy, Alex Gleeson (0-2), Max Cullen, Liam Grennan
Subs: Kaylum Healy, James Meacle, Felipe Wojtyra