Clonaslee-St Manman’s 4-15 Rosenallis 3-17 (AET)
Midlands Park Hotel U-17 B Hurling Championship Final
Clonaslee-St Manman’s and Rosenallis played out an enthralling U-17 B hurling championship final in the Training Centre last week.
The neighbours couldn’t be separated in normal time with the game going to extra time where Clonaslee prevailed by a point.
Both teams had fine individual performances on the night.
For Rosenallis, Conor Cosgrove was immense as he contributed 1-9 to their overall tally.
John Maher (1-5), Dan Bennett (1-0), Darragh McEvoy (0-2), Rossa Ó Dufaigh (0-1) and Jack Claffey (0-1) also played very well.
While on the Clonaslee side, DJ Callaghan was flawless on frees and ended the evening with 1-11.
Seán Dunne also grabbed a goal while Robert Downey raised the white flag on several occasions.
In the end it was a combination of two pieces of individual brilliance that won the game for Clonaslee.
Keeper Lee Fitzpatrick saved a penalty while Cian Conroy came up with the match winning goal right at the death.
However, after the game it emerged that Clonaslee had fielded an ineligible player.
In an email circulated to clubs by the County Board, it was explained that the Laois CCC decided that U-14 players were not eligible to play in U-17 grade this year.
And one of the Clonaslee players who participated in the final was indeed U-14.
Laois GAA said: “The CCC made a decision at their meeting on August 31, that for a player to be eligible to play in U-17 Competitions, that the player shall have celebrated his 14th birthday prior to 1st January and his 17th birthday on or after 1st. January 2017 (i.e. Player eligible to play U-14 in 2017 is not eligible to play U-17 in 2017.”
Rosenallis GAA have informed LaoisToday that they are not appealing the result of the game.
They have instead submitted a letter to Laois County Board to make them aware that Clonaslee fielded an U-14 player in the game.
The matter is bound to come before the CCC at some point in the future.