Portlaoise Shamrocks News
Portlaoise Shamrocks News
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Portlaoise Shamrocks came away from Portarlington with a point but probably should have had all three.
On a lovely morning for playing ball the away side started better and forced the home side back winning the midfield battle.
Kevin Fitzpatrick had an early chance but he just failed to connect with a back heel flick after good work on the right hand side involving Shane O’Loughlin and Fearghal Fennell.
Then a Brian Farrell Corner caused problems in the home defence but the ball was cleared off the line in a scramble from Brendan Lacumbre.
Lacumbre who was working very hard on the left wing and won a Philip Kehoe clearance in the air. It landed in Stephen O’Loughlin’s path but he didn’t connect properly with a spectacular overhead kick and the defender cleared before Molloy closed in.
Good work by Shane O’Loughlin again found Molloy his pass landed at Stephen O’Loughlin’s feet he set up Brian Farrell but he couldn’t keep the shot on target.
At the other end Christopher Lynch had little to do but showed good handling when he was tested by a well-struck free kick.
Shamrocks took the lead on 25 minutes Mark Ryan found Fennell on the right he played a neat one two with Ronan Molloy ,the cut back found Brian Farrell who kept his composure and smashed the Shamrocks into a well-deserved lead. It was a lovely team goal.
A team is always at their most vulnerable when they score as the old saying goes and this was the case yesterday as the home side equalised nearly straight away.
A ball broke in behind the Shamrocks defenders on the left and was whipped in along the 6 yard box where the home striker slid in to make it 1-1.
Just before half time Port Town were then reduced to 10 players. There seemed to be a slight scuffle in the middle of the pitch and the referee was clear in what he saw. The midfield player clearly saw the writing on the wall as he was already walking to the touchline before the red card was shown.
The second half started with the Shamrocks pressing home their man advantage having most of the play but despite LaCumbre testing the home keeper and Farrell firing a volley over they lacked a clinical finish to their good play.
On the 58th-minute mark however they broke clear as Port tried to mount an attack. It was 3 v 2 and as Kevin Fitzpatrick squared the ball for what looked like a Tap in it struck the defender’s hand. The resulting penalty was duly dispatched.
It was 3-1 after 62 minutes as Lacumbre took Anthony Quigley’s pass and was fouled out on left wing. From the ensuing free; a superb Brian Farrell effort, Kevin Fitzpatrick nodded in the third.
It looked like there was going to be more goals for the Portlaoise side. Enda Kelly added fresh legs to the Shamrock’s left flank. Kelly and Kevin Fitzpatrick linked well to find Lacumbre but his shot was tame and the keeper grabbed it.
Against the run of play Port got a goal to get them back into it. A long clearance from the keeper took an awkward bounce and a bit of hesitancy by the Shamrock’s keeper and defenders allowed the Port striker to nod into the net.
It was now game on it. The goal gave the Port side extra legs and to be fair to the home side they put the pressure on and pushed back the Shamrocks team winning a lot of free kicks in dangerous positions.
In the 79th Minute they made one of those free kicks count to get back level. It was a superb strike that left Chris Lynch with no chance in the Shamrock’s goal.
Port seemed happy with a Point then and invited the Shamrocks on for the last 10 minutes. Enda Kelly was fouled out on the left wing again but Farrell’s free kick was scrambled away as Ronan Molloy closed in.
Right at the death late substitute Barry Linden was fouled on the edge of the area but Ronan Molloy’s curling effort flew just over the bar.
The ref blew for full time it ended 3-3.
The Shamrocks will be annoyed they let a two-goal lead slip but Port are top of the table for a reason and it’s not an easy place to go and get a result.
The Shamrocks played some nice football on the day with Farrell, Molloy, Fitzpatrick and Steo O’Loughlin linking well especially in the first half on a pitch was not conducive to playing a passing game.
Brendan Lacumbre worked his socks off throughout and Enda Kelly was an impressive sub. Right back Shane O’Loughlin gets the nod as man of the match. He never gave the left winger a kick and won nearly every ball he went for. He was also very composed going forward keeping the ball for the away side.