Rathdowney-Errill 1-17 Clonad 1-12
Laois Shopping Centre IHC Round 1
A fine adult debut from Paddy Hassett and a scoring burst that yielded 1-2 from Jordan Kavanagh helped Rathdowney-Errill to a deserved five-point win over Clonad in the opening round of the Laois IHC in Errill this evening.
Hassett scored 12 points in a fine performance while Kavanagh struck for the game’s decisive goal midway through the second half to put some daylight between the sides.
Rathdowney-Errill could have won by more had their shooting been better as they hit a mountain of wides and they needed to show cool heads late on after a James Whelan goal reduced the gap to two points nearing the end of normal time.
But two late points from Hassett and one from influential centre forward Eoin Burke helped them get the job done.
Hassett and Fionn Holland traded frees for most of the first half as the sides battled with a heavy downpour as well as each other and were level 0-7 each at the break.
James Whelan and Mick Kerr also pointed from distance for Clonad while Holland almost had a goal on another occasion.
The sides were level 0-9 each by the 40th minute before the home side made a burst for it with Kavanagh scoring nice points from play either side of a smashing goal.
That gave them a five-point cushion and with plenty of experience dotted around the field – including goalkeeper Noel Brennan, full-back Brian Campion and Alan Delaney, Ray Bowe and Eoin Bourke in attack they assumed control.
Clonad did give themselves a chance with a well-taken goal from James Whelan after great work from Ray Killeen but Rathdowney-Errill got the last three points of the game to see it out.
Rathdowney-Errill now play Trumera in the second round while Clonad host Ballypickas. Trumera beat Clonad in the other game in this group earlier in the week.
SCORERS – Rathdowney-Errill: Paddy Hassett 0-12 (nine frees, one ’65), Jordan Kavanagh 1-2, Eoin Burke 0-2, Alan Delaney 0-1. Clonad: Fionn Holland 0-9 (seven frees), James Whelan 1-2, Michael Kerr 0-1
RATHDOWNEY-ERRILL: Noel Brennan; Patrick Wright, Brian Campion, Dylan Delaney; Willie Delaney, Darragh Carroll, Kevin O’Dea; Adam Loughman, Paddy Meehan; Jordan Kavanagh, Eoin Bourke; Shane Bowe; Paddy Hassett, Alan Delaney, Ray Bowe
CLONAD: Shane Cahill; David McEvoy, James Ging, Daniel Goode; Gareth O’Brien, PJ Daly, Dean Delaney; Paul Ging, Fionn Holland; Cillian Duff, Sean Egan, Mick Kerr; James Whelan, Ray Killeen, John Noonan. Sub: Peter Ging for Goode (50)
REFEREE: Adrian McCarthy (Clough-Ballacolla)
Borris-Kilcotton 0-16 Clough-Ballacolla 0-15
Laois Shopping Centre IHC
Last year’s beaten intermediate finalists got the better of neighbours Clough-Ballacolla this evening in the other group in the Laois IHC.
Having beaten their neighbours Camross in the opening round of the senior on Thursday evening, this continues a good week for Borris-Kilcotton.
They led 0-8 to 0-5 at the break and though Clough-Ballacolla drew level on a couple of occasions in the second half, Borris-Kilcotton did enough to win.
SCORERS – Borris-Kilcotton: Sean Fitzpatrick 0-5 (four frees), Eoin Fitzpatrick 0-4 (three frees, one ’65), Noel Delaney and John Wall and, Scott Pearson 0-2 each. Clough-Ballacolla: Chris Rafter 0-6 (all frees) Shane Hyland 0-2, Evan Hawkes 0-2, Jim Doyle, Ciaran Finane, Aidan Doyle, Shane Hanlon and Kevin Mulhall 0-1 each
BORRIS-KILCOTTON: Mark Hanlon; Ben Quinlan, Keilan Kelly, David Scott; Ciaran Finlay. Niall Coss, Chris Jones; Noel Delaney, Eoin Fitzpatrick; Oisin Fleming, John Wall, Scott Pearson; Sean Fitzpatrick, Willie Whelan, Jamie Dooley
CLOUGH-BALLACOLLA: Tommy Nolan; Matthew Bergin, John Keane, Finbar Conway; Jim Doyle, Brendan McEvoy, John Doyle; Johnny Finane, Ciaran Finane; Evan Hawkes, Damien Bergin, Aidan Doyle; Shane Hyland, Shane Hanlon, Chris Rafter
Saturday’s Laois GAA Results
Laois Shopping Centre SHC
Laois Shopping Centre IHC
- Borris-Kilcotton 0-16 Clough-Ballacolla 0-15
- Rathdowney-Errill 1-17 Clonad 1-12
Laois Shopping Centre JHC ‘B’
- The Harps 4-16 Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe 1-5
- Portlaoise 1-12 Mountmellick 0-7
Laois Shopping Centre JHC ‘C’
Colt-Shanahoe 2-17 Ballyfin 1-4