Clough-Ballacolla 3-13 Portlaoise 2-7
Laois Shopping Centre U-21 HC Round 1
Clough-Ballacolla were beaten after a replay in last year’s U-21 final but they made a good start to this year’s campaign when they proved too strong for Portlaoise in the LOETB Laois GAA Centre of Excellence this evening.
With a nice spread of senior players, including county senior Lee Cleere at centre back, they led 2-8 to 1-3 at half-time, their goals coming from the very lively Mark Hennessy and John Dwyer.
Jordan Walshe got a third goal for Ballacolla early in the second half and while Portlaoise hit back instantly the result was never in doubt.
The win sets Ballacolla up for a quarter-final clash with champions Rathdowney-Errill, a game that is currently pencilled in for this coming Saturday.
The winners of that game will advance to meet The Harps in the semi-final. Camross are already through to the other semi-final where they are awaiting the winners of Na Fianna (Ballyfin-Mountmellick) and Abbeyleix.
The U-21 championship is scheduled to be run off over the next couple of weekends with the semi-finals down for Saturday, December 15, and the final a week later on Saturday, December 22.