Powerful Paddock Boys rule in Poleberry

Bohs Dean Hayes tackles Portlaw’s Shane Power in the first half.                   Photos : Noel Browne

Bohs Dean Hayes tackles Portlaw’s Shane Power in the first half. Photos : Noel Browne

Division 1A

Bohemians 1
Portlaw United 3

Portlaw have moved to within three points of the leaders Dungarvan United following this victory in Ben Wadding Park on Sunday.

They came away from the Poleberry venue with all three points courtesy of an excellent second half display.

Shane Power scored a brace for the Paddock Boys and they will go level with the Old Borough team if they win their game in hand away to Johnville on Easter Saturday.

Andy Phelan had the first shot on target after 18 minutes but Thomas Wall in the Portlaw goal pulled the ball down from underneath his crossbar.

Portlaw took the lead on 21 minutes. Paul Power sent in a free kick from just inside the halfway line. Eoin Galvin headed the ball forward but when it came back off the Bohs defender Luke Browne, Shane Power was in the right place to crack the ball past Adam Carroll from 10 yards.

The host club got back on level terms on 41 minutes.

Jeremy Goldsmith got space out on the left and he picked out David Barrett who scored with a delightful glancing header.

The Portlaw management team brought on Jim Gilman after 56 minutes and the evergreen servant slotted into defence. That allowed Paul Power switch to midfield and as a result the entire course of the contest changed because the visitors took control of proceedings.

Mark Morahan was put clear by Power on 58 minutes but Adam Carroll advanced to save superbly.
The pressure continued to mount on the Bohemians goal and just after the hour mark Mark Morahan struck the crossbar with a header after he had moved forward to meet a cross from Shane Power. The Paddock Boys regained their lead on 64 minutes. Gary Morahan sent over a corner kick from the right and Paul Power ran to the near post and headed powerfully past Adam Carroll.

The visitors were really on fire at that stage and Shane Power scored his second goal on 72 minutes when he finished off a free flowing move which involved Gary Morahan and full-back P.J.McGrath.

Mark Morahan had a glorious chance to get his name on the score sheet two minutes from full time but he headed wide in front of goal after meeting a left wing cross from Luke Duggan. It made no difference whoever because the points had been well and truly secured at that stage.

Bohemians: Adam Carroll, Eamon Kennedy, Conor Gannon, Dean Hayes, Luke Browne, Andrew Reid, Robbie Bourke, Gary Wallace David Barrett, Jeremy Goldsmith, Andy Phelan.

Subs: David Ohenmiwen for Kennedy (67 mins) Callum O’Neill for Gannon ( 73 mins) James Grogan for Wallace (87 mins)

Portlaw United: Thomas Wall, Richie Fitzpatrick, P.J.McGrath, Eoin Galvin, Paul Power, Frank Galvin, Gary Morahan, Robert Allen, Shane Power, Mark Morahan, Mark Driscoll.

Subs: Jim Gilman for Allen (56 mins) Luke Duggan for Driscoll (71 mins) Stephen Barnikel for Shane Power (74 mins)

Referee: Richie Brazil.

Matt Keane

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