An Port Mor overcome contenders Collegeland

An Port Mor 2-7 Collegeland 0-12

An Port Mor secured a famous victory over old rivals Collegeland to progress to the last eight of the JFC.

Two goal in the final quarter helped steer the Blackwatertown men to glory, having trailed by five during the second period.

Mark Donnelly slotted home the first major in the 46th minute before setting up Ryan Gorman for the second.

Collegeland, who were one of the favourites for the crown, opened the scoring right from the throw in from Cillian Sheehan.

An Port Mor replied the sneak ahead with Gorman and Cormac Kieran slotting over close range frees.

Gorman then flicked over his second of the game before Cathair McGeary’s long ball in bounced over the crossbar.

Donnelly could have raised the game’s first green flag in the tenth minute, but for a fine stop from Scott McCann.

Collegeland then took over as Mickey Cullen levelled things up. James Kelly and Tom Murphy pointed to put them two in front.

Gorman and Kevin McNicholl traded scores just before the break as Collegeland headed into the interval with a 0-6 to 0-4 lead.

Second half

They stretched that margin to five right after the turnaround with the first three scores of the second half.

Oliver Murphy fired over two frees either side of a score from Stefan McKenna, to put them 9-4 in front.

Kieran got An Port Mor up and running for the second half with two scores coming from dead ball efforts.

But Collegeland kept their opponents at arm’s length as Oliver Murphy (free) and Kelly split the posts.

An Port Mor were handed a massive lifeline just before the water break when Donnelly buried the ball to the net.

Kieran followed it up with a fantastic score, but Collegeland kept two up with another Murphy free.

Gorman had the final say and his punched effort put An Port Mor ahead and they held on for a one-point win.

Photo Credit: John Merry