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This brilliant goal in the final seconds denied Portlaoise a 10th consecutive Laois SFC title

A first crown for Stradbally since 2005 by the narrowest of margins.

Source: SportsTalk TV/YouTube

STRADBALLY ARE SENIOR football champions in Laois for the first time in 11 years and their wait for a title ended in the most dramatic of circumstances in yesterday’s final against nine-in-a-row winners Portlaoise at O’Moore Park.

Trailing by 1-12 to 1-10 as the two minutes of added time were about to expire, Stradbally regained possession just inside their own 21. They patiently moved the ball up the field, displaying admirable composure in spite of the pressure of the situation and the enormity of what was at stake.

Gary Comerford, who had already chipped in with 1-5 for Stradbally, eventually delivered a pass from the left corner forward position into the centre towards Jody Dillon, who had managed to find space just outside the Portlaoise 13.

Dillon’s finish was perfect, as he held his nerve to send the ball into the top corner beyond the despairing reach of Portlaoise goalkeeper Graham Brody.

Less than 30 seconds later, the final whistle was blown and Stradbally were champions again for the first time since 2005, when they also defeated the same opposition by a point. In the process, the prevented Portlaoise from winning the title for a 10th year in a row.

The only thing more entertaining about the video above is the commentary from the man holding the camera.

“IT’S OVER! BLOW IT UP, YA… YEEEEEAAAAAHHH! YEEEEEAAAAAHHH!”

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