Portumna travelled to Villa Park on Sunday last to take on Roscrea Town in their opening Division One match of the season.
Portumna started very strongly and had two very good chances only for David Fogarty and Patrick O’Sullivan to miss the target in the first five minutes following very good play from Peamonn McEntee on both occasions. Portumna were given their just desserts on twelve minutes when a shot from Chris Fogarty was fumbled by Brosnan in the goal and D.Fogarty was on hand to tap the ball home to put the away side ahead. Portumna stayed pushing forward and nearly made it 2-0 on 36mins when McEntee ran through and passed neatly to Ronan O’Meara and he blazed over after very good work from the home custodian. It was eventually 2-0 on 41mins when a defensive mix up seen C.Fogarty run clean through roll the ball home past Brosnan to double his sides lead. Two became three on 43mins when D.Fogarty latched on to a long ball from McEntee and he rounded Brosnan to tap into an empty net and end the game as a contest.
The second half started as the first ended when C.Fogarty went through and hit the post after another defensive mix up.on 64mins Roscrea started to get a foothold and Joe Callaghan found space down the right and he squared the ball to Micky Ryan who missed the target when he should have scored. On 68mins Roscrea pulled one back when a superb pass from John Pio Fitzpatrick found Callaghan who finished low to the bottom right, a very good finish. Roscrea pushed further but couldn’t create the chance needed and on 76mins Portumna were awarded a penalty following a handball but the penalty was saved by Brosnan much to the disappointment of D.Fogarty. The last chance of the game came from David O’Meara who hit the post with Brosnan well beaten following great work from D.Fogarty.
A well deserved win from the away side. The man of the Match award was a straight duel between McEntee & D.Fogarty for Portumna but we at www.stoppagetime.ie feel that McEntee was dominant throughout.
Ref Watch: P. Horgan 7.5/10
An easy game to officiate and only the dreaded and impossible offside calls eluded him at times, solid as a rock.