Barrowhouse 1-11 Camross 0-5
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Barrowhouse have one foot in the quarter final of the Laois Junior Football Championship following a fine victory over Camross this morning.
Billy Delaney’s side were full value for their victory which sees them sit on top of the group with four points from their two games following their win over Errill in round one.
Camross are now in second place and can still reach the quarter finals if they defeat Errill in the last game of group stage. However, St Joseph’s also have a chance to advance to the next round if they beat Barrowhouse in their final game.
If all of these results occurred it would come down to points difference to determine the two sides that would emerge from the group as all three teams would be level on four points.
Barrowhouse opened proceedings with a goal. Emmet Malone won the throw up and stormed through the heart of the Camross defence.
He found Andrew Baldwin in space and his effort at goal was saved by Thomas Dunphy. The ball then fell out to Luke Malone and he tapped it into the net.
Barrowhouse continued to domintate in the early period of the game as points from Emmet Malone and Fergal Murphy extended their lead while Andrew Martimer replied with a point to register Camross’ first score of the game.
Robert Tyrell then converted a free to leave four between the sides at the water break. 1-3 to 0-2. After the interval the game saw very few scores as both teams became very wasteful in possession resulting in a very cagey affair.
Robert Tyrell converted a long range free with five minutes remaining in the half to give Camross hope of a comeback.
However, it was Barrowhouse who finished stronger and kicked two points in quick succession via Emmet Malone and Murphy to increase their lead over their rivals – 1-5 to 0-3.
The second half was full of energy as Camross pushed more men forward in order to reduce the deficit. Murphy opened proceedings with a point while Tyrell pointed from range.
Malone and Tyrell continued to exchange frees which saw Baroowhouse take a five point lead at the water break. Luke Malone had a chance just before the break to bag his second goal of the game but was denied it by a brilliant save by Dunphy.
After the water break Camross began to go for goals but thanks to some great saves by Darragh Phelan they were unable to score.
Camross’ efforts of a comeback became even harder when they were reduced to 14 men when Mark Dowling received a red card for an off the ball incident.
Barrowhouse were able to see the game out quite comfortably after this as they scored the last four points of the game through Sean Langton, TJ Burke and a brace from Murphy to give them their second win of this year’s championship.
SCORERS – Barrowhouse: Luke Malone 1-1, Fergal Murphy 0-4 (three frees), Emmet Malone 0-3 (two frees), James Baldwin, TJ Burke, Sean Langton 0-1 each. Camross: Robert Tyrell 0-4 (two frees), Darren Martimer 0-1
BARROWHOUSE: Darragh Phelan; Thomas McDonald, Thomas Page, Denis Brophy; Alex Robinson, Martin Murphy, Sean Langton; James Baldwin, Emmet Malone; TJ Burke, Andrew Baldwin, Fergal Murphy; Scott Flynn, Luke Malone, Martin Langton. Subs: Sean Toumey for Flynn (50), Michael Langton for M. Langton,
CAMROSS: Thomas Dunphy; Cian Delaney, Andrew Collier, Andrew Martimer; Dwane Palmer, Matthew Collier, Niall Bennett; Robert Tyrell, Darrell Dooley; Eoin Gaughan, Mark Dowling, Odhran Phelan; Darren Martimer, Tadhg Doran, Oisin Bennett. Subs: Tomas Keyes for D. Mortimer (47), Conor Doran for C. Delaney (58), Daniel Delaney for Doran (60).
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