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Camross crowned Laois minor champions

The Camross team that were crowned Laois MFC 'A' champions in O'Moore Park this evening
Camross 2-15 Castletown-Slieve Bloom 0-16

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Camross are Laois MHC ‘A’ champions for only the second time ever – and the first since 2005 following a fine win over Castletown-Slieve Bloom in O’Moore Park this evening in a thoroughly entertaining affair.

The win ensures they go into the record books as the last minor winners at the U-18 grade – from next season on it switches to U-17.

Captain Eoin Gaughan was man-of-the-match, hitting 11 points in a near flawless free-taking performance while Oisin Bennett’s two well-taken first-half goals were also massive. Castletown-Slieve Bloom played their part in a fine game – with Joe Phelan outstanding and Conor Walsh, Aaron Gaughan and Ciaran Conroy all very involved too.

While the game was slow to come to life, once they found their feet, the first half was a gripping contest.

A free from Gaughan put Camross into an early lead but Castletown hit back with three wonderful points from play from Joe Phelan, Aaron Gaughan and Conor Walsh, three players who would have a fine first half.

Gaughan hit back for Camross but Phelan’s second and Walsh’s second either side of a nice point from Odhran Phelan has Castletown-Slieve Bloom 0-5 to 0-3 up at the end of the first quarter.

Another Gaughan free for Camross brought it back to one before Oisin Bennett – a county minor for the past two seasons – got in for his first goal of the half. Castletown responded brilliantl, however, hitting five of the next six points. Three from Gaughan (two frees) and one each from Conor Walsh and Phelan had them 0-10 to 1-6 to the good, Camross’s only response coming from Michael Doran.

And Doran was to have a big hand in their second goal too, putting Oisin Bennett in once more and he made no mistake.

Centre-back Ciaran Conroy hit back with an inspirational score and the sides went in level at the break. Castletown 0-11 Camross 2-5.

Early points from Aaron Gaughan and Joe Phelan pushed Castletown clear early in the second half but against the wind they would struggle to create enough chances.

Gaughan’s frees for Camross would win it. He hit seven frees and a ’65 from various distances and angles, most of them in a horrible sheeting rain. Castletown would briefly rally with points from Phelan and Conroy in the 48th minute but they wouldn’t score again until injury time by which it was too late. An Oisin Bennett point from a late penalty as one from Liam Delaney well as three in a row from Gaughan had them safe.

Aaron Gaughan hit back with a late free but the night belonged to Camross.

SCORERS – Camross: Eoin Gaughan 0-11 (nine frees, one ’65), Oisin Bennett 2-1 (0-1 penalty), Odhran Phelan 0-1, Michael Doran 0-1, Liam Delaney 0-1. Castletown Slieve Bloom: Aaron Gaughan 0-6 (three frees), Joe Phelan 0-5 , Conor Walsh 0-3, Ciaran Conroy 0-2 (one free)

CASTLETOWN-SLIEVE BLOOM: Michael Cuddy; Sean Nolan, Lynus Breen, Kieran Phelan; Evan Power, Ciaran Conroy, Cian Kirwan; Ben Shore, Joe Phelan; Joe McCormack, Cathal Moore, Conor Walsh; Aaron Gaughan, Tadhg Cuddy (Castletown), Tadhg Cuddy (Slieve Bloom). Subs: Darragh Tobin for D Cuddy (Castletown), Colin Bergin for K Phelan, Adam Poole for Kirwan, Killian Phelan for Walsh, Conor Breen.

CAMROSS: Cillian Tiernan; Robert Delaney, Daniel Breen, Michael O’Sullivan; Thomas Palmer, Eoin Dowling, Robert Tyrell; David Brickley, Odhran Phelan;  Joseph Ryan, Liam Delaney, Eoin Gaughan; Cian Delaney, Michael Doran, Oisin Bennett. Subs: Niall Bennett for C Delaney (40 mins)

REFEREE: John Lalor (Shanahoe)


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Steven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he's happiest when he's telling stories or kicking a point.