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Second half surge crucial for Clonaslee

The victorious Clonaslee team after their win
The victorious Clonaslee team after their win

Clonaslee CS 2-12 Dunshaughlin CS 0-6

A SECOND half surge for Clonaslee proved the difference as they lifted the Leinster Senior C Hurling title in Mullingar last Thursday.

The Laois side lost out in last years’ decider to Meath opposition but they made no mistake this time, overcoming Dunshaughlin with twelve points to spare.

In a low scoring first half, the Meath side ended it with a 0-4 to 0-3 advantage as Clonaslee struggled to turn their dominance in terms of possession into points on the scoreboard.

Captain Liam Delaney receives the trophy
Captain Liam Delaney receives the trophy

However, it was all change on the resumption of play. Pat Hyland pointed two to give the Laois outfit the lead and they never looked back.

The first goal arrived with 15 minutes to go when midfielder Liam Delaney hoisted an inviting ball towards the Dunshaughlin goalmouth and corner forward Hyland got the decisive touch which deflected the ball into the net.

Hyland and Delaney hit further points before the only non-Laois based played on the team made the game safe with ten minutes to go. Conor Cosgrove went on a surging run from deep inside his own half before finding Seán Condon who rattled the back of the net from close range.

Clonaslee will now go forward to compete at All-Ireland level in the coming weeks.

SCORERS: – CLONASLEE CS: Pat Hyland 1-6, Liam Delaney 0-5, Seán Condon 1-0, Glen Shaw 0-1

Pierce Kelly (Clonaslee)
Oisin McRedmond (Clonaslee)
Donagh Callally (Rosenallis)
Shay Foynes (Clonaslee)
Conor Cosgrave (Rosenallis)
Ciarán White (Rosenallis)
Rossa O’Duffaigh (Rosenallis)
Ryan Kilroe (Clonaslee)
Liam Delaney (Abbeyleix)
Padraig Hickey (Clonaslee)
Seán Condon (Clonaslee)
Ollie Dunne (Na Fianna)
Glen Shaw (Rosenallis)
Eoin Dunne (Rosenallis)
Pat Hyland (Clonaslee)

Cian Farrell (Rosenallis) for Foynes (55mins)
Jack Friel (Rosenallis) for Hickey (56mins)

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.