Portlaoise under 14s traveled to the highly fancied NDSL League leader in the last 32 of the SFAI Cup. In atrocious weather conditions it was Corduff who started the better of the two sides but created very little thanks to some magnificent defending by Portlaoises defenders Gavin Skehan, Kevin Swayne, Patryk Solecki and Daniel Philips.
It was Portlaoise who had the best chance in the first half with an Eddie Critchley free kick finding David Samuel who’s neat back heel went inches wide. All square at the break Portlaoise started to take over and dominate the game from midfield thanks to outstanding Performances in midfield from Eddie Critchley, Ben Brennan, Washington Hamisi, Victor Oladapo and James White, It was James White who scored first for Portlaoise with a dazzling run from the wing and an unstoppable effort from outside the box sailed into the bottom corner to give the visitors a deserved lead.
Moments later Corduff broke away but the brilliant Michael O Connell kept Corduff at bay in the Portlaoise goal. David Samuel caused Corduff all sorts of problems with his pace and skill and it was his defense splitting pass who set up James White again to finish superbly past the Corduff keeper.
Corduff pushed to try get back into the game but Portlaoise stood firm and defended magnificently throughout the game and came out deserved winners to advance to the last 16 of the SFAI Cup. This is a tremendous achievement for this group of players and the team is looking forward to a trip down to Cork in the next round to face College Corinthians. Congratulations to Gavin Skehan who was named Referees Man of the Man for an outstanding individual display at right back for Portlaoise.
Portlaoise AFC Squad: Michael O Connell, Gavin Skehan, Patryk Solecki, Kevin Swayne, Daniel Philips, Victor Oladapo, Washington Hamisi, Ben Brennan, Eddie Critchley (Captain) James White, David Samuel, Daniel O Brien, Josh Mulhall, Kevin O, Jack O Connell (injured) Eoin Naughton (injured)