John Mitchels 1-9; Portlaw 1-5
A five-star display from Micheál Downey was the catalyst for John Mitchels as they claimed the Eastern Intermediate football title after a four point win over a gallant Portlaw side in Kill last Saturday.
In the end, John Mitchels proved deserved winners and it was their and Downey’s ability in particular to pick off vital scores that proved the difference between the sides.
Despite the presence of Waterford senior star Micheál Donnelly in their forward line, Portlaw’s shooting left them down on too many occasions.
Despite playing against a strong breeze, the Fews men made the better start, taking the lead in the fourth minute when Micheál Downey fired over a wonderful point from the right hand side.
John Mitchels had obviously identified Paul Power as a potential dangerman for the Tannery Town and he came in for some special treatment in the early stages.
It was after a foul on Power that Donnelly opened the Portlaw account with a well-taken free in the 10th minute.
Then Portlaw took the lead for the first time when after a mazy run by Donnelly, John Hartley popped up to split the posts.
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