Borris-Kilcotton 3-17 Ballinakill 0-13
Laois Shopping Centre SHC Quarter Final
Borris-Kilcotton became the fourth team to book their place in the semi finals of the Laois Senior Hurling championship this afternoon following a routine win over Ballinakill.
In very difficult conditions for hurling, Borris-Kilcotton opened up an advantage in the middle of the first half that Ballinakill could never recover from.
There were fine performances all over the field for the victors but sharpshooter PJ Scully really shone with his two second half goals sealing the deal.
The early exchanges saw the teams swap points with Aaron Dunphy and PJ Scully on the board for Borris-Kilcotton while Cha Dwyer and Eamon Jackman did the same for Ballinakill.
But the men in maroon would not register another score until the 19th minute and by that stage, Borris-Kilcotton were six points clear.
PJ Scully was flawless as always on the frees while Joe Campion, Daire Quinlan and Stephen Dunphy also raised white flags.
As the rain continued to pour, Ballinakill battled back with points from Sean Downey, Dwyer and Jackman to narrow the deficit to four points after 23 minutes.
But Ballinakill failed to score for the remainder of the half as Scully and wing back Danny Fitzpatrick left Borris-Kilcotton 0-12 to 0-5 ahead at half time.
The sides traded points on the resumption of play before Borris-Kilcotton opened up a ten point lead with 42 minutes on the clock when PJ Scully raced through and smashed the ball into Paul Simms’ net.
Stephen Dunphy added a point but Ballinakill came back with scores from Cha Dwyer, Eamon Jackman and Podge Lawlor to leave it 1-15 to 0-10 after 45 minutes.
Jackman reduced the arrears with a free but the game was definitely over after 50 minutes when Borris-Kilcotton keeper Eoin Fleming’s long range free was flicked to the net by the excellent PJ Scully.
Sub Emmet Jones added another goal before the end as Borris-Kilcotton ran out handy winners.
SCORERS – Ballinakill: Eamon Jackman 0-6 (all frees), Cha Dwyer 0-3, Sean Downey 0-1, Evan Dunne 0-1, Podge Lawlor 0-1 Borris-Kilcotton: PJ Scully 2-8 (seven frees), Emmett Jones 1-0, Joe Campion 0-2, Daire Quinlan 0-2, Aaron Dunphy 0-2, Stephen Dunphy 0-2, Danny Fitzpatrick 0-1
BALLINAKILL: Paul Simms; Eoin Simms, Brian O’Meara, MJ Dunphy; Podge Lawlor, John Walsh, Lir McDonald; Daniel Bergin, Eamon Jackman; Seamus Dwyer, Cha Dwyer, Evan Dunne; Michael Moran, Gearoid Lynch, Sean Downey. Subs: Eddie Dwyer for Moran (49), David Phelan for Bergin (53), Dylan Byrne Gray for Lynch (55)
BORRIS-KILCOTTON: Eoin Fleming; Stephen Phelan, Stephen Finan, Brian Stapleton; Danny Fitzpatrick, Matthew Whelan; Paddy Whelan; Connor Kilbane, Colm Stapleton; Aaron Dunphy, Joe Campion, Daire Quinlan; Stephen Dunphy, Neil Foyle, PJ Scully. Subs: Dean Carey for C Stapleton (36, inj), Jim Fitzpatrick for B Stapleton (39), Emmett Jones for A Dunphy and Bill Meade for P Whelan (both 54)
Referee: Alan Doheny (Castletown)