Lions Club U-13 National Cup Semi Final Portlaoise United were drawn away and travelled to College Corinthians AFC in Douglas, Co. Cork to play the Lions Club U-13 National Cup Semi Final. At this stage of the competition, Utd knew that they would come up against some of the strongest sides in the country and College Corinthians indeed had a fine pedigree. Corinthians were a very talented side who were technically strong and could pass the ball the ball at speed. Utd had an excellent start to the game however and were well able to compete with their opponents. Conor Brown was called into action a few times in goal and the defence was being well tested. Utd did manage to take the lead on 12 minutes when Ben McDonald's excellent delivery into the box led to a handball by the Cork defence. Evan Hewitt stepped up and slotted home an excellent penalty into the bottom corner. Corinthians struck back twice however to take the lead within 10minutes despite first time saves by Conor Brown on both occasions. Indeed Conor went on to produce one of the finest saves seen this season just before half time as he was diving at full stretch to his right in the air and superbly blocked a thumping strike send it over the bar. Really strong for a lad of his age to keep that out and over the bar. Utd thought that they would have more luck in the second half with the strong wind behind them but Corinthians of course play here all the time and had a strategy. They changed their keeper to a much taller keeper at half time and that proved to prevent a few Utd chances in the second half. A very early shot from Corinthians after the restart signalled what was to come. Utd had tried to penetrate forward but were not getting the results to get back into the game. Barry Fitzpatrick and Evan Hewitt were under a lot of pressure at the back as Corinthians moved the ball into attacking positions very quickly. Corinthians flew through the half and put away a few goals taking the wind out of Utd as they huffed as puffed to get back into it. Utd kept going to the very end and Corinthians held out to be comfortable winners and progress to the final. Corinthians themselves admitted that this was the best performance of their season and to be fair to Utd they gave it all to the end and everyone who travelled was proud of what they had achieved so far this season. Referee's United Man Of The Match was Barry Fitzpatrick who was marking a player in the best form of his season and was closely followed by Conor Brown in goal.
MSL U14 Cup Final PORTLAOISE AFC 2 MULLINGAR ATHLETIC 1 (aet) Portlaoise Town and Mullingar Athletic jousted for the U14 MSL Cup Final at Clara last Saturday afternoon. Portlaoise elected to play with the diagonal breeze at their backs in the first half and immediately took the game to their opponents who seemed quite nervous in their play. Portlaoise captain Aaron Brennan was the first to have a shot in anger from 25 meters after good approach play from Michael Culliton and Samuel Emmanuel down the left flank. However; Aaron’s effort was wide of the mark. Ben Dempsey then split the Athletic defence with an excellent long ball but Alan Colgan was quick off his goal line to grasp the ball. After ten minutes of play Athletic had their first opportunity when a long range free was well secured by keeper Conall Rowney under the close attention of Steven Cleary. David Olubowale found Brian Smith who deftly laid it off for Ben Dempsey to fire over the bar from 25 meters. Portlaoise were dominating in the middle of the park through their excellent central pairing of Aaron Brennan and David Olubowale, while Samuel Emmanuel and Ben Dempsey were on the front foot on either wing. Yet, Portlaoise seemed incapable of squeezing the Athletic central defence. Conall Rowney did well to cut out a rare foray from Athletic involving Daithi Martin and Warwick Kirby. Aaron Brennan then shot high and handsome after an excellent double one two between David Olubowale and Samuel Emmanuel. Kyle Enright had to be at his best to cut out a wonderful probing ball from Steven Cleary seeking to release the busy Tadg Nolan. Warwick Kirby then played a wonderful raking diagonal ball to Daithi Martin which was expertly cut out by Jamie Preston. A long range free by Darragh Kelly was won by Brian Smith who teed up Tiernan Cahill who’s delicate lob just went over the top. With 15 minutes gone Portlaoise were turning the screw. David Olubowale then played a fabulous diagonal ball to Ben Dempsey wide on the right. Andrew Cunningham’s well timed tackled averted the danger. Ben Dempsey shot wide of the mark after a good interchange between Aaron Brennan and Brian Smith. On 18 minutes Josh Hogan replaced Jamie Preston at right full and within two minutes Athletic replaced Darra McLoughlin with the strong Rhys Massey. Josh Hogan at right full played a wonderful cross for his left full partner Michael Culliton to fire a powerful shot into Colgan’s midriff. Portlaoise got a wonderful opener in the 26th minute when centre half Darragh Kelly played a tremendous long range pass through the centre. Tiernan Cahill challenged hard with the centre half, the ball broke kindly behind the defender, Tiernan swivelled, took a touch before coolly drilling the ball to the net from 15 meters. Brian Smith had a firm shot smartly saved by Alan Colgan after getting on the end of another Hogan cross. Darragh Kelly did really well to cut out an excellent centre from Rhys Massey. Moments later Kelly repeated the dose on the dangerous Steven Cleary. Athletic again threatened through Tadgh Nolan and Cleary on the left but Josh Hogan and Kyle Enright cleaned up the danger. Just on half time scorer Cahill had a close range shot well smothered by Jack O’ Donnell after Darragh Kelly had got a head to a good Ben Dempsey corner. If Portlaoise dominated the first half, the second most definitely belonged to Athletic. They pinned Portlaoise in their final third. Steven Cleary shot wide of the target having been set up by Tadgh Nolan. Then Warwick Kirby turned the ball back out of the Portlaoise box for Jack O’Donnell to shoot wide of the mark from 25 meters. Jack Costello shot wide after 13 minutes into the half. Luke Dunne O’Connor was introduced for Tiernan Cahill. Athletic won three successive corners in as many minutes. All of which were repelled through excellent defending from the imperious Darragh Kelly and powerful Kyle Enright. Warwick Kirby shot wide with a free from the left of the Portlaoise penalty box. A rare Portlaoise foray through Brian Smith was averted by the hard grafting Ben Shaw. Brian Smith then set up Samuel Emmanuel to cross for sub Luke Dunne O ‘Connor to stroke wide of the far post. Portlaoise were a threat on the break but had to continue to work hard to keep Mullingar scoreless. Athletic then pushed their skilful left full Jake Costello into attack on the left wing. He threatened several times before forcing a free kick on the edge of the Portlaoise box, 10 meters from the endline. The Portlaoise full backs defended the free from their goal line thus allowing Athletic to crowd the six yard box. Massey’s floated free went all the way to the net giving Athletic a deserved equaliser for their second half dominance. Within three minutes Athletic could have been in front when a good pass from Jack O’Donnell was deftly flicked into the path of the in running Warwick Kirby by Massey only for Rowney to bravely dive at his feet and get the block and then react quickest to smother the loose ball. Jason Horan linked well with Aaron Brennan and then Brian Smith in successive attacks as Portlaoise started to play some more of the game in The opponents half. A long Darragh Kelly free to the far post was turned away for a corner by Athletics defender with Brian Smith ready to pounce behind him. Athletic then strove for a winner in the last five minutes but Portlaoise held their nerve. Portlaoise took charge from the start of extra time. The tireless Samuel Emmanuel linked with the skilful Daryl Ntumba who shot wide. Brian Smith then turned provider for Samuel who had his shot well saved by Colgan. Josh Hogan blossomed and turned in two excellent crosses off either foot in quick succession. Aaron Brennan headed wide from the latter. Jake Costello shot wide from distance for Athletic. With 7 minutes Aaron Brennan won yet another tussle wide on the left, drilled a low diagonal cross into the path of Ntumba who held off the challenge and diverted the ball to Jason Horan who allowed the ball to run across his body before neatly guiding the ball back across the goal into the bottom left corner to give Portlaoise the lead for the second time. In the second period of extra time Portlaoise managed to push the tiring Athletic on to the back foot through the valiant efforts of the excellent Samuel Emmanuel, Aaron Brennan and Michael Culliton. On the final whistle the joy of the Portlaoise boys was matched by the despair of Athletic who had done their coaches Stephen O’Donnell, Sean O’Riordan and club really proud. Meanwhile; a wonderful double had been secured by Pat Horan, Shay Preston and Mickey Dempsey’s young charges. Portlaoise Town Conall Rowney, Jamie Preston, Darragh Kelly, Kyle Enright, Michael Culliton, Ben Dempsey, Aaron Brennan, David Olubowale, Samuel Emmanuel, Brian Smith, Tiernan Cahill, Josh Hogan, Jason Horan, Daryl Ntumba, Luke Dunne O,Connor. Mullingar Athletic Alan Colgan, Jack O’Donnell, Darren McWade, Jack Geoghegan, Jake Costello, Ben Shaw, Daithi Martin, Tadg Nolan, Andrew Cunningham, Steven Cleary, Warwick Kirby, Rhys Massey, Darra McLoughlin, Danny McCarton, Oliver McNamara.
Some pics from MSL under 14 Stokes Cup Final Portlaoise AFC v Mullingar Athletic
Nice piece from Leinster Express Sport on our title win this week
Portlaoise Golf Club
PORTLAOISE GOLF CLUB OPEN WEEK 2017 A small selection of prizes on offer over open week. Booking available online at www.portlaoisegolfclub.com or you can call us on 05786 61557 and we can make a booking over the phone for you.
Best of luck to the ladies playing at Portlaoise Golf Club in the Ladies Challenge Cup Newbridge Vs Abbeyleix Best of luck to all involved
Best of luck to all the Gents involved in the Pierce Purcell Shield which is being played in Athy Golf Course Portlaoise V's Tulfarris Best of luck to all.
PORTLAOISE GOLF CLUB OPEN WEEK 2017 Booking available online at www.portlaoisegolfclub.com or you can call us on 05786 61557 and we can make the booking over the phone for you.
Portlaoise Kenpo Karate
Master Downey's black and brown belt class at this year's Kenpo camp.
Well done to our junior and teenage students who tested yesterday. It was a tough exam with everyone involved putting in a great effort. The examining panel of Mr.Mahony, Mr.Whelan and Mr.Lawlor were unanimous in their decision that it was an excellent test with everyone doing really well. Congratulations to all involved, keep up the good work
We don't do terms in Portlaoise Kenpo, we run classes all year round, just in case you are thinking of checking us out in September when most activities start up again after the summer. So, get ahead of the curve and come try a class now. Your not too old, too out of shape or too short on time, these are just excuses. Give us the time and we'll take care of the rest. First class is free so you've nothing to lose.
PLEASE NOTE that the studio will be closed next Saturday the 20th due to our instructors attending the European Kenpo Camp for the weekend.
Portlaoise athletic club
5 runners in Enfield tonight: Tony Reilly . 15.56. 9th, and 1st M45 James Hamm 16.16. 18th. Cyril Cuddy 16.31. 31st ,5th M40 Colm Fitzgerald 17.02 53rd. Richie Reid 58th 17.12. Well done all.
Great days, gone now...
Looking for a pb, maybe this is for you.
More food for thought.
Portlaoise GAA Club
Teenage Disco 13 - 16 year olds only Strictly No Alcohol Tickets now available from Boscos Gala Store Grattan Street, Browns Gala Store Dublin Road Colgans Sports Shop Main Street
Our Minor Footballers play in the League Semi Final this evening vs Ballyroan Abbey Gaels. Game in Mountmellick at 7.30pm #CmonTheTown 💚 https://t.co/fbptCMemQ5
Well done to the Laois Senior Footballers today in O'Moore Park.
Good Luck to Laois Senior Footballers today vs Longford including our own Graham Brody in goals. #ProudTownies https://t.co/n2msxkOARC
Portlaoise Panthers Basketball Club
Now that the business end of things have been dealt with, it's time for all our club members to let their hair down and celebrate yet another super year. The place to be this Friday night is the Manhattan Mixer for our senior awards night at 8:30pm. (over 18s only) While on Sunday our juvenile awards presentations will also be held in the Manhattan Mixer from 3-5pm. Come join us for a boogie and a beverage (or two).
Anyone looking for a great nights entertainment?? Two of our club members will be taking to the stage tonight in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise at 8pm as the Portlaoise Musical Society presents its very own 'Strictly Come Dancing'. It's promised to be a super night. If you can, get down and support the two boys. Best of luck to Mark and Sean and their dance partners from all the Portlaoise Panthers crew 💃🏼🍀
No winner of tonight's lotto draw. Jackpot €15,300 next week 🔥🔥🔥
Sure we're all over the news again. Oisin Rice is the talk of Tullamore right now!
Portlaoise Camera Club
Great crack at.Portlaoise Camera Club this week, where we tried to recreate a famous image from the past , well done to Paul Gibney for his work on this image.. the members were photographed sitting on tables and the final image was put together in photoshop by Paul .. not an easy task, if you have an interest in photography the club meet every Wednesday at 8 pm to 10pm in the parish centre. . New members always welcome.
Congratulations to Pat Guilfoyle who received his Licentiateship from the Irish Photographic Federation in Mullingar yesterday. It's a fabulous panel and very well deserved. Well done Gilly.
Congratulations to Pat Gilly Guilfoyle who received his LIPF today in Mullingar. Panel to follow.
Portlaoise Rugby Club
Well done Sean and well deserved
Hard luck to our U16s tonight who lost 11-5 to Athy. Tough 2 weeks losing 2 finals but it takes a great team to get to two finals. Once again lads you did the club proud and never gave up.
Portlaoise Book Club
Thanks a million to Tom for all the info on the bees. Looks like Laline Paull did her research!! Should have said that Andrea's talk next month (June 7th, 6.30pm at the library) is open to all, so feel free to pass the word around..
Andrea Carter has very kindly offered to join us for the last meeting of the year. Grub afterwards to mark the Summer Break...