There were seven games down for decision tonight as the Junior ‘B’ and Junior ‘C’ hurling championships got underway.
The pick of the Round 1 Junior B games was the meeting of Rathdowney-Errill and Park Ratheniska-Timahoe which went to extra time.
Liam McEvoy scored 2-2 for the victors who also had fine performances from Kieran Delaney and veteran Dinny Brennan as they advanced to the winners section.
They will be joined there by Camross, Colt and last year’s Junior ‘C’ champions Portlaoise who also won tonight.
The Round 2 Losers Sections will comprise of Mountmellick, Mountrath, Ballinakill and the aforementioned Rathdowney-Errill.
In Junior ‘C’, Rosenallis defeated Trumera while Clonad saw off Graiguecullen in an unusual pairing.
Meanwhile, PJ Fitzpatrick led Clonaslee to a six point win over Borris-Kilcotton to also advance to Round 2.
LAOIS SHOPPING CENTRE JUNIOR “B” HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP Round 1(Extra time if necessary)
Mountmellick 1-6 Portlaoise 3-11
St Fintans Mountrath 0-10 Camross 4-19
Ballinakill 4-11 Colt 5-17
Rathdowney Errill 1-23 Park Ratheniska Timahoe 3-20 AET
LAOIS SHOPPING CENTRE JUNIOR “C” HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP Round 1(Extra time if necessary)
Clonaslee St Manmans 0-14 Borris in Ossory Kilcotton 0-8
Graiguecullen 2-8 Clonad 6-17
Rosenallis 3-26 Trumera 1-5