Camross 2-24 Ballypickas 1-6
Laois Shopping Centre IHC Round 1
Camross were only narrowly beaten in last year’s intermediate hurling final but they have made an impressive start to this year’s campaign thanks to a comprehensive 21-point win over Ballypickas in Durrow today.
Camross had a team mixed with youth an experience but there was plenty of quality dotted around the field – with seven of their starting team having featured in at least one senior county final in the last two years.
David Mortimer and Craig Carroll did the hulk of the scoring between them, hitting 1-13 over the course of the 60 minutes.
Carroll was particularly impressive in the first half with his 1-4 tally all coming from play in the opening 30 minutes.
Tadhg Doran – playing full-forward – hit 0-4 from play while Oisin Bennett, Odhran Phelan and Eoin Dowling impressed too and the half-back line of Michael Phelan, Damien Keenan and Malvin Moloney is as experienced as you’ll get at this level.
Camross played against the breeze in the first half but they made light work of it and were 1-9 to no score up after 15 minutes.
A couple of MJ Lalor frees got Ballypickas off the mark and he fired a nice goal past Thomas Dunphy to reduce the deficit heading to the break. Paddy Boggan also hit a fine point from play but Camross still lead 1-13 to 1-4 at the break.
The second half was a routine affair. Mortimer continued to add to his tally with a selection of fine points from frees and play while Eoin Dowling added their second goal after good work from Doran.
Lalor hit back with a couple of frees for Ballypickas but Camross outscored them by 0-12 to 0-2 in the second half to ease to a big win.
Camross will probably lose a handful of players from this team to their seniors in the next couple of weeks – but they’ve a decent side that will go a long way in this competition.
They now go forward to the winners Round 2 while Ballypickas will play one of the other Round 1 losers.
SCORERS – Camross: David Mortimer 0-9 (seven frees), Craig Carroll 1-4, Tadhg Doran 0-4, Eoin Dowling 1-1, Oisin Bennett 0-2, Matthew Collier 0-2, Odhran Phelan, Darren Drennan 0-1, Ballypickas: MJ Lalor 1-5 (0-5 frees), Paddy Boggan 0-1
CAMROSS: Thomas Dunphy; Tadhg Drennan, Daniel Breen, Craig Delaney; Michael Phelan, Damien Keenan, Malvin Moloney; Odhran Phelan, Craig Carroll, David Mortimer; Darren Drennan, Tadhg Doran, Oisin Bennett. Sub: Ollie Conroy for Collier (45)
BALLYPICKAS: Sean O’Dea; William McDonald, Paddy Gorman, Tim Cass; Brian Lalor, Liam Lalor, Declan Cahill; Micheal Downey, Paddy Boggan; Colin Kinsella, Kieran Bowe, Daire McWey; Thomas Whelan, Paddy Boggan, MJ Lalor. Subs: Jamie O’Dea for P Boggan (injured – HT), Sean Foyle for B Lalor (55)