Carroll goal the difference
Colaiste Choilm finally made their superiority count when Eoin Carroll's goal in the second half of extra-time saw off dogged Portlaoise CBS in a dour encounter in Portarlington.
Although they trailed by 0-6 to 0-2 after 18 minutes, the Tullamore boys were the better side but struggled to make it count on the scoreboard, despite Brian Norris' well-taken penalty, which left them 0-7 to 1-3 behind at the break.
They had enough chances to win in normal time, but Portlaoise hung on and a point from Conor Murphy deep into injury-time tied the game up at 1-7 to 0-10. It all proved in vain, though, as Colaiste Choilm dominated extra-time and Carroll's goal sealed their win.
SCORERS -- Colaiste Choilm: B Norris 1-1 (1-0 pen, and 0-1f), S Keogh 0-4 (0-1f), E Carroll 1-0, D Hogan 0-2 (0-2f), S Heffernan, J Darby, M Hayes and M Halloran 0-1 each. Portlaoise CBS: G Comerford 0-5 (0-2f, 0-1 '45), C Murphy 0-3, C Nolan 0-2, L McGovern and D Cullen 0-1 each.
COLAISTE CHOILM -- D Molloy; O Wyer, D Mangan, C Sheridan; D Corcoran, M Hughes, B Corcoran; D Hogan, S Heffernan; S Keogh, B Norris, C McEvoy; J Darby, M Hayes, M Holleran. Subs: E Carroll for McEvoy (19), D Henry for Holleran (60).
PORTLAOISE CBS -- G Brody; D Nolan, R Delaney, A McGovern; D Fitzgibbon, D Mulally, J Nerney; E Masterson, C Gleeson; K Whelan, L McGovern, G Comerford; C Nolan, C Murphy, J Dooley. Subs: D Cullen for Dooley (h/t), D Clancy for Whelan (61).