Borris-Kilcotton 3-19 The Harps 1-15
Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 1 Round 4
Borris-Kilcotton have made their place at the top of the division 1 table after a 10 point win over The Harps in O’Keeffe Park tonight.
The Borris-Kilcotton full-forward line gave an exhibition on how to play hurling in the first half, with PJ Scully, Aaron Dunphy and Stephen Dunphy racking up a total of 2-15 between them.
While The Harps hit 1-9 in the second half, primarily through Michael Langian, the damage was already done by Eoin Brislane’s side in the first half, who went 3-4 ahead of their opponents after just 10 minutes.
Scully slotted over his first of 11 points just 50 seconds after the throw-in to raise the white flag for the first time in the game.
Richie Saunders replied with a free for The Harps, while Scully and Neil Foyle edged Borris-Kilcotton two ahead.
A Scully free and Stephen Dunphy point came before Colm Stapleton soloed through The Harps defence for a goal. With no catches left, he smashed the ball off the hurl for the first of Borris-Kilcotton’s goals.
Aaron Dunphy came shortly after with their second goal, while sweeper Tommy Moore put in a huge block to deny a third for the Borris-Kilcotton men.
Moore went off shortly afterwards with a nasty finger injury, leaving Padraig Delaney to slip back in front of the pacy Borris-Kilcotton full forward line.
Aaron Dunphy lapped up space in front of him, turning easily to convert 1-2 while Scully tapped over two closeb range frees.
Credit must be given to The Harps goalkeeper Peter Walsh, as he denied two rockets to keep the goal tally at three from numerous shots.
The Harps saw their second point come off the stick of Saunders again, while hard work from Colm Stapleton to send the sliotar in quickly saw Borris-Kilcotton earn three more points from Scully, Aaron Dunphy and a shot at midfield from wing-back Stephen Phelan saw them go in with 3-12 at half-time.
The Harps managed to gather four more points before the interval, with Michael Lanigan stepping forward on frees and Eoin Clancy adding his name to the scoreboard to leave with six points from the opening half.
It was Lanigan who raised the white flag for the first time in the second half, with Scully and Lanigan trading frees moments afterwards.
The game was marred by a fight involving most of both players on each team, which was resolved by referee Michael Cleere saying he would abandon the game if anything further continued.
Lanigan and Scully once again traded points while Joe Campion stepped forward with a fine shot from the wing while Lanigan once again hit back from a free and from play.
John Brophy capitalised on a mistake from Borris-Kilcotton when clearing the ball to put The Harps at 12 points to Borris-Kilcotton’s 3-15.
Conor Kilbane set up PJ Scully to make it 3-16 while a brilliant block from The Harps goalie Peter Walsh denied Scully a goal in the 55th minute.
The Borris-Kilcotton man did add three further points while Padraig Delaney and Brophy raised the white flag for The Harps.
Richie Saunders excellent 61st minute goal which soared through the top of the net would be the last puck of the game as Borris-Kilcotton finished eventual 10 point winners – 3-19 to 1-15.
SCORERS – Borris-Kilcotton: Aaron Dunphy 2-3, PJ Scully 0-10 (0-5 frees), Neil Foyle 0-1, Stephen Dunphy 0-1, Colm Stapleton 0-1, Stephen Phelan 0-1, Joe Campion 0-1 The Harps: Richie Saunders 1-2 (0-2 frees), Michael Lanigan 0-9 (0-8 frees), John Brophy 0-2, Padraig Delaney 0-1, Eoin Clancy 0-1
BORRIS-KILCOTTON: Eoin Fleming; Noel Delaney, Jim Fitzpatrick, Bill Meade; Daniel Fitzpatrick, Paddy Whelan, Stephen Phelan; Colm Stapleton, Conor Kilbane; Neil Foyle, Joe Campion, Daire Quinlan; PJ Scully, Aaron Dunphy, Stephen Dunphy. Subs: John Wall for S Dunphy (half-time) Enda Parlon for B Meade (46 minutes), Dean Carey for J Campion (46 minutes)
THE HARPS: Peter Walsh; Conor Brophy, Daniel Comerford, Shane Fitzpatrick; David Doheny, Pat Walshe, Ronan Delahunty; Ciaran Comerford, Eoin Clancy; Richie Saunders, Padraig Delaney, Michael Langian; Darren Maher, John Brophy, Tommy Moore. Subs: Conor Deegan for T Moore (11 minutes, injured)