Clough-Ballacolla 1-19 Camross 0-14
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Clough-Ballacolla continued their unbeaten run in this year’s Laois SHC as they turned the tables on Camross to top the group and book their place in this year’s semi-final.
The result brings to an end Clough-Ballacolla’s dreadful run of results against Camross – one that included a county final and two league finals – and is their first win in this championship fixture since the 2015 county final.
Both sides were already through prior to tonight’s game but pyschologically Clough-Ballacolla needed to win it, particularly with this year’s league final collapse still fresh in the memory.
They played like a side with that in their minds too, working incredibly hard from the start and putting in a couple of big hits in the opening half.
They led 1-11 to 0-7 at the break, the goal a brilliant effort from Robbie Phelan while Stephen Maher hit six points and Willie Dunphy and Willie Dunphy hit two points apiece.
Three frees from Niall Holmes kept Camross in touch with Tomas Burke, Gearoid Burke, Darrell Dooley and Craig Carroll also landing points.
Camross got the first three points of the second hald and Clough-Ballacolla would have been forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu from the league final.
Instead they took control. Maher continued to point the frees, Stephen Bergin, Dunphy and a Danny Hanlon free stretched them clear.
Holmes frees just about kept Camross on it with Tomas Burke and Darren Gilmartin pointing from play.
Ballacolla now go through to the semi-finals in four weeks time.
Camross are back in two weeks time for a quarter-final clash against Castletown or Ballinakill.
SCORERS – Clough-Ballacolla:Stephen Maher 0-9 (eight frees), Willie Dunphy 0-3, Robbie Phelan 1-0, Willie Hyland 0-2 (one sideline cut), Stephen Bergin 0-2, Brian Corby 0-1, Danny Hanlon 0-1 (free), Sean Corby 0-1, Camross: Niall Holmes 0-8 (all frees), Tomas Burke 0-2, Darrell Dooley 0-1, Gearoid Burke 0-1 (free), Darren Gilmartin 0-1, Craig Carroll 0-1.
CLOUGH-BALLACOLLA: Danny Hanlon; Diarmuid Conway, Darren Maher, Eoin Doyle; Tom Delaney, John A Delaney, Ronan Broderick; Brian Corby, Aidan Corby; Willie Dunphy, Willie Hyland, Jordan Walshe; Robbie Phelan, Stephen Maher, Stephen Bergin. Subs: Mark Hennessy for Hyland (54), Michael McEvoy for John A Delaney (58), Sean Corby for Walshe (58)
CAMROSS: Thomas Dunphy; Andrew Mortimer, Joe Phelan, Dwane Palmer; Darrell Dooley, Gearoid Burke, Lorcan Burke; Liam Delaney, Craig Carroll; Ciaran Collier, Tomas Burke, Andrew Collier; Dean Delaney, Niall Holmes, Mark Dowling. Subs: Eoin Gaughan for L Delaney (HT), Darren Drennan for L Burke (49), Darren Gilmartin for Carroll (54)
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