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Keenan points the way as Camross claim Palmer Cup

Zane Keenan and his Camross side have gone to battle with Rathdowney-Errill many times over the years and they face into another huge battle this afternoon

Camross 0-15 Shanahoe Gaels 0-11

Palmer Cup Final

Camross came out on top against Shanahoe Gaels in a closely fought battle in the Palmer Cup final in Shanahoe on Saturday evening.

Eight points from Zane Keenan went a long way to helping Camross secure victory.

Shanahoe Gaels flew out of the blocks in the first half and dominated Camross for the opening ten minutes. They struck four points in the first five minutes of play, one each for Darragh Cripps and MJ Lalor, whilst Daire McWey knocked over two. Darren Drennan hit one for Camross in that period.

The visitors then settled and went on a run of six unanswered points, starting with a Zane Keenan free. Mark Conroy then scored another before Darragh Hiney made an excellent save on a shot by Drennan.

Keenan then hit three of his own in a row, two ‘65s and a long range free. He then gave an excellent pass to Niall Holmes who duly rose the white flag.

Rhian Bergin ended a barren spell of 17 minutes for Shanahoe Gaels as he split the posts twice, one of those coming from play.
Keenan rose to catch a ball on the left wing and popped it the bar.

The final score of the first half came from Gearoid Burke when he drove the ball over from within his own ’65.

Keenan kept to his form as he opened the second half with a successful ’65. Tomás Burke quickly followed with a point of his own from a long way out.

Rhian Bergin gave Shanahoe Gaels a bit of hope when he knocked over two frees to reduce the gap to three points with twenty minutes left.

Cripps was one of Shanahoe Gaels’ best players on the day and he got his second point as he leapt to catch a ball on the left wing, took it on the run and struck it over. Paddy Bogan followed up with a point and there was then just one between the sides.

The game was levelled with seven minutes left when a shot from Cripps hit the crossbar and bounced over.

Camross looked determined not to let it slip away and Keenan scored a point from long distance before Burke followed with another.

Keenan hit over his third free and substitute Tomás Brickley scored the final point of the game to give Camross a four point victory.

SCORERS – Camross: Zane Keenan 0-8 (three frees, one ’65), Tomas Burke 0-2, Gearoid Burke, Niall Holmes, Tomas Brickley, Mark Conroy and Darren Drennan 0-1 each; Shanahoe Gaels: Rhian Bergin 0-4 (one free), Darragh Cripps 0-3, Daire McWey 0-2, MJ Lalor and Paddy Bogan 0-1 each

CAMROSS: Tadgh Doran; Michael Phelan, Darrell Dooley, Oliver Conroy; Martin Burke, Gearoid Burke, Joe Phelan; Niall Holmes, Tomás Burke; Darren Gilmartin, Zane Keenan, Damien Keenan; Darren Drennan, Lorcan Burke, Mark Conroy. Subs: Dean Delaney for Gilmartin (48 mins), Tomás Brickley for M Conroy (55 mins)

SHANAHOE GAELS: Darragh Hiney; Tim Cass, Cillian McEvoy, Patrick O’Toole; Aidan Delaney, Jack Delaney, Liam Lalor; Anthony Kirwan, Gerard Whelan; Timmy Carroll, MJ Lalor, Paddy Bogan; Darragh Cripps, Daire McWey, Rhian Bergin. Subs: Killian Breen for Whelan (40 mins), Kieran Bowe for Kirwan, Ben Brennan for Carroll

REFEREE: Anthony Stapleton (Rathdowney-Errill)