Camross 1-18 Borris/Kilcotton 2-13
ACHL Division 2 Final
Camross are ACHL Division 2 champions this evening following a hard-earned win over Borris-Kilcotton in Shanahoe.
This game was abandoned a couple of weeks ago and with championship fixtures taking precedence since it only got its slot in the calendar this evening – and even at that had to be moved to Shanahoe from Mountrath due to an unplayable pitch.
They were pushed all the way by Borris-Kilcotton in an entertaining game that ebbed and flowed with the standard of hurling fairly high considering the horrible conditions.
The first score came from Borris-Kilcotton’s Bill Meade from play before David Mortimer drew the sides level.
John Wall and Emmet Jones from a free was quickly followed a Mortimer free on the halfway to level things up.
In the 11th minute Oisin Bennett’s point put Camross ahead for first time. But a great run from midfield by Eoin Fitzpatrick who went 40 yards with the ball before passing to Stephen Campion who calmly slotted it in the net for the game’s first goal.
Borris-Kilcotton were dominating the game by now and in the 21st minute Emmett Jones took advantage of some weak tackling to score his side’s seconnd goal, followed quickly by a pointed free. At thie stage Borris-Kilcotton led 2-7 to 0-4.
Camross were on the ropes by now but the excellent David Mortimer knocked over three great frees and Oisin Bennett tagged on another point in the 26th minute to leave a seven-point gap.
Then the game turned on its head as the industrious Kevin Lawlor finished off a great move with a goal and another Mortimer point from a free ended the first half with a 2-9 to 1-9 score in favour of Borris-Kilcotton.
Camross started the second half looking a lot hungrier for the ball and scores. They scored the next seven points, five coming from the hurl of David Mortimer including a ’65 with Kevin Lawlor and Oisin Bennett getting the other two.
By now it was 2-9 to 1-15 in favour of Camross and the losers hadn’t scored for 22 minutes by now.
Bill Meade scored a point from play to stop the rot followed by two frees from Emmett Jones.
Tadhg Doran brought off a brace of excellant second half saves to keep his side ahead by the narrowest of margins.
John Wall popped over a point to bring the sides within a point. Emmett Jones missed a goal chance in the 28th minute with the ball skidding just wide. David Mortimer scored a brace to wrap up the game.
The sides could yet meet again in the intermediate county final – with both already through to the semi-finals after winning their first two games.
SCORERS – Camross: David Mortimer 0-14 (six frees, one ’65), Kevin Lawlor 1-1, Oisin Bennett 0-2. Borris-Kilcotton: Emmet Jones 1-7 (seven frees), Stephen Campion 1-0, John Wall 0-2, Bill Meade, Eoin Fitzpatrick, Oisin Fleming, Willie Abbott 0-1
CAMROSS: Tadhg Doran; Micheal Phelan, Daniel Breen, Craig Delaney; Eoin Dowling, Damien Keenan, Malvin Maloney; David Mortimer, Mathew Collier; Odhran Phelan, Joseph Ryan, Oisin Bennet; Kevin Lawlor. Subs: Patrick Burke for T Drennan (16) Robert Delaney for K Lawlor (54) Cian Delaney for M Maloney (58)
BORRIS-KILCOTTON: Mark Hanlon, Gary Shepoard, Ben Quinlan, Enda Parlon, Ciarran Finlay, Bill Meade, David Scott, DJ Kelly, Eoin Fitzpatrick, John Wall, Willie Whelan, Willie Abbott, Oisin Fleming, Stephen Campion, Emmett Jones.