Kilbeggan 2- 1 Portlaoise.
Portlaoise travelled to Kilbeggan for their final league game if the season. Having already secured second place and with no chance of claiming top spot Portlaoise rang the changes.
Tobi Olaoye took up an unfamiliar berth in the heart of the defence and looked every inch a top class centre half from the first whistle. Portlaoise started strongly, causing the Kilbeggan defence headaches through Cameron Carlyle and Brian Brennan on the wings. Charles Agha’s pace unlocked the home defence on numerous occasions only for him to see his efforts well saved by the home keeper.
The scoring was opened with ten minutes to go to the half when excellent work down the right by Brian Brennan found Roady Dempsey in the box. His strike was well saved but rebounded to Agha who made no mistake from close range. Harry Whalley nearly made it two after a superb turn and shot in the box was again well saved. Jack Pedro was called upon just before half time to turn a fantastic strike around the post at full stretch.
The second half saw Kilbeggan begin to capitalise on Portlaoise mistakes as their decision making at crucial moments let them down. They drew the game level with fifty minutes on the clock with a fantastic strike from outside the box after Portlaoise failed to clear their lines. Portlaoise were exerting a lot of pressure but between some very good last ditch tackling and excellent goalkeeping they couldn’t add a second. Kilbeggan on the other hand could as they scored a very similar goal to the first after some shoddy defending again.
Portlaoise threw everything at the home team for the last ten minutes but couldn’t find the net. Kilbeggan will be delighted with the win that reflected their efforts and teamwork from start to finish. Portlaoise will have to improve if they are to reach a cup final with two semi-finals to play in the coming weeks.
Portlaoise were well served by Tobi Olaoye, Roady Dempsey, Harry Whalley, Brian Brennan and Charles Agha. Man of the match goes to Cameron Carlyle after some fantastic touches and through balls that few players are capable of.
Portlaoise; Jack Pedro, David Mulhall, Adam Kingston, Tobi Olaoye, Anto Brennan, Harry Whalley, Roady Dempsey, Brian Brennan, Kevin Plesea, Charles Agha, Cameron Carlyle, Cillian Friel, Byron Mc Guirk, Martin Mc Donagh, Robbie Farrell.