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Mountmellick continue to show improvement as they record second win in Laois IHC

Players from 14 clubs will represent Laois at U-13 Leinster hurling blitzes

Mountmellick 2-17 Borris-Kilcotton 1-16
Laois Shopping Centre IHC Round 2

Mountmellick have made it two wins from two in the intermediate hurling championship after a top notch performance against Borris-Kilcotton.

The home side started the game as they meant to go as they fired in 1-2 in quick succession. Donnacha Hartnett pointed from play and from a 65’ and James Hilliard set up Nigel Murphy to fire past Mark Hanlon in goal.

Borris-Kilcotton opened their tally for the game with a free from Sean Fitzpatrick and a point from play courtesy of John Wall.

Hartnett got his third point of the game from a placed ball before Borris-Kilcotton got in for their goal.

A long ball into the square was kept alive on the end line and Stephen Campion pulled along the ground to leave a point in it early on.

Mountmellick responded in the best way possible as Hilliard drilled a 21-yard free into the net despite the best efforts of the Borris-Kilcotton defenders on the line.

Campion took his tally to 1-1 as he pointed from play before Hartnett got his second point from play and his fourth of the game.

John Wall and a free from Sean Fitzpatrick brought the sides closer before John Connolly replied with a well taken point from play.

Hillard added to his tally as he raised a white flag from play. Borris-Kilcotton hit back with four unanswered points to go one ahead just before the break.

Sean Fitzpatrick pointed a free while John Wall, William Whelan Jnr and another free from Sean Fitzpatrick put the away side into the lead.

Nigel Murphy added to his goal with a superb point before he turned provider to set up Peter Dunne to split the posts. Half-back Redmond McEvoy pointed a sumptuous point from way out the field with Sean Fitzpatrick replying with a free for Borris-Kilcotton.

Mountmellick went into the break ahead by one point and they never rested on their laurels in the second-half.

Just like the first-half, Mountmellick scored three scores without reply. Hilliard pointed a free while substitute Karl Donagher raised a white flag along with Nigel Murphy.

Oisin Fleming got Borris-Kilcotton’s first score of the second-half in the 37th minute with James Hilliard hitting back for Mountmellick.

Campion pointed from play to take his tally to 1-2 for the game before Hilliard pointed another free while Mick Bermingham got his first point of the game soon after.

Sean Fitzpatrick was almost immaculate on the frees as he fired over yet another placed ball. Laurence Kenny replied with a splendid score from his own half-back line.

The scoring fizzled out as Borris-Kilcotton went in search of goals to get back into the game. Sean Fitzpatrick pointed another two frees with Hilliard getting the game’s final score from a free.

The victory sees Mountmellick go top of the group with two wins from two while Borris-Kilcotton will hope that they can beat Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe in the last game and that Mountmellick beat Clough-Ballacolla in order for them to secure second-place.

SCORERS – Mountmellick: James Hilliard 1-5 (0-3 frees), Nigel Murphy 1-2, Donnacha Hartnett 0-4 (two frees, one ‘65), Laurence Kenny, Redmond McEvoy, Peter Dunne, John Connolly, Mick Bermingham and Karl Donagher 0-1 each. Borris-Kilcotton: Sean Fitzpatrick 0-8 (all frees), Stephen Campion 1-2, John Wall 0-4, William Whelan Jnr and Oisin Fleming 0-1 each

MOUNTMELLICK: Cathal Flynn; Jarlath Connolly, Bernard Rochford, Ian Fennelly; Redmond McEvoy, Laurence Kenny, David Finlay; Peter Dunne, Nigel Murphy; Barry Mangan, John Connolly, Donnacha Hartnett; Mick Bermingham, James Hillard, Sean Mangan Subs: Karl Donagher for S Mangan (Half-time), Ciaran Rochford for Connolly (45), Eddie Melia for Dunne (48)

BORRIS-KILCOTTON: Mark Hanlon; Ben Quinlan, Kellan Kelly, David Scott; Ciaran Finlay, Niall Coss, Christopher Jones; Eoin Fitzpatrick, Noel Delaney; Stephen Campion, John Wall, Scott Pearson; Oisin Fleming, William Whelan Jnr, Sean Fitzpatrick Subs: William Abbott for Finlay and Jamie Dooley for Whelan Jnr (both 35), Johnny Dywer for Quinlan (48)

REFEREE: Eoin Scully (Camross)

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