League Final Success for Portroe

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May 25, 2023

Junior B League Final

Portroe 2-11

Gortnahoe Glengoole 0-04


Having been beaten in last years Junior B county final Portroe gave a real statement of intent for this year’s championship with an impressive display and victory over Goirtnahoe Glengoole. The final score didn’t reflect the game as a whole as Gortnahoe who unfortunately were down a number of starters enjoyed plenty of possession but failed to make it count on the scoreboard while Portroe finished with a flurry with 2-01 in the final 5 minutes of normal time. Portroe looked the stronger of the sides from the outset and had the opening 3 points of the game on the 4th, 8th and 12th minute – two Trish O’Halloran frees either side of a Leila Madden score from play. Grace Campion who always looked dangerous on the wing when in possession got Gortnahoe’s first score of the game a minute later but this was quickly cancelled out but Grace Mulrooney at the opposite end. Moments later a lovely pass from Grace Campion found Eimear Power and she took a shot on goal which was brilliantly saved by Nessa O’Driscoll in the Portroe goals. Gortnahoe could have really done with raising a green flag as they only managed one more score in the half a point from Eimear Power. Scores were coming easier for the North Tipp side and with Trish O’Halloran dominant at centre back her long clearances were yielding plenty of scoring opportunities with Rosie Staunton and Leila Madden (2) keeping the scoreboard ticking in their favour. At half time Gortnahoe trailed by 5 points, Portroe 0-07, Gortnahoe Glengoole 0-02.

The opening 20 minutes of the second half was keenly contested as both teams traded points. The excellent Leila Madden and Grace Mulrooney were on target once again for Portroe with Ciara Gleeson and Eimear Power raising white flags for Gortnahoe.  With the clock ticking down Gortnahoe went on search of a much needed goal and created a number of chances that they failed to convert. Despite a period of dominance for Gortnahoe it was Portroe who struck for a goal with Sophia Madden finding the net on the 54th minute. Two minutes later Portroe were on the attack again and won themselves a penalty with the experienced Trish O’Halloran coming up from centre back to take making no mistake. She finished the scoring with a pointed free 2 minutes later to leave the full time score 2-11 to 0-04. Along with the aforementioned others to impress for the winners were Jenny O’Halloran at full back and Michelle O’Halloran in midfield. For Gortnahoe Kate Laffan worked tiredlessly throughout while Grace Campion, Ciara Gleeson and Eimear Power were most dangerous in attack.

Portroe: Nessa O’Driscoll, Amy Murphy, Jenny O’Halloran, Grace Kennedy, Toni Kennedy, Trish O’Halloran(1-03, 1 penalty, 3 frees), Sarah Murphy, Michelle O’Halloran, Katie Ryan, Grace Mulrooney(0-02), Yasmin Madden, Rosie Staunton(0-01), Alanna Freeman, Leila Madden(0-05), Sophia Madden (1-0)

Gortnahoe Glengoole: Aoife Lanigan, Eimeaar Nolan, Kalyan Burke, Rachel Slattery, Niamh Lanigan, Kate Laffan, Chloe Barnaville, Ciara Hogan, Sarah Coady, Grace Campion(0-01), Therese Rochford, Ciara Gleeson (0-01), Aine Power, Eimear Power (0-02), Ellen Campion.