Camross 1-20 Clonaslee 3-9
Laois Shopping Centre Premier IHC
Camross are through to the semi-final of the Laois Premier IHC following a commanding second-half performance against Clonaslee in the Portlaoise GAA grounds in Rathleague this evening.
Though the club’s senior team were knocked out of the championship two weeks ago, their second team have a decent spread of quality and they played very smart hurling to win what was a straight knockout game.
Having only won the ordinary intermediate grade in 2019, Camross now go forward to the semi-final of this competition in two weeks time, where they will play the losers of Portlaoise and Slieve Bloom who meet tomorrow.
They played against the wind in the opening half but they actually led for long stretches of it before Clonaslee hit the last three points to lead 0-8 to 0-7 at the break.
But the wind was strong and they needed to be more than one point up. To make matters worse, the talented young DJ Callaghan was forced off injured late in the first half with injury. He had scored four of the eight first-half points from frees.
Yet they got the first half off to a dream start when Bob Downey did really well to make a chance for himself and fire past Tadhg Doran from close range.
Darren Gilmartin hit back straight away for Camross but John Rowney cancelled it out with a free. Clonaslee were four up.
But Camross completely took over, hitting 11 points in a row.
Daniel Delaney was excellent from frees and Niall Holmes scored a fabulous points from distance. With Gilmartin on target too, Camross led 0-13 to 1-9.
And they didn’t let up thereafter either. Sub Mossy Keyes hit a couple of lovely scores and Holmes and Gilmartin pointed from play too as well as couple more frees from Delaney.
Rowney pulled back a goal late on for Camross but Darren Drennan instantly cancelled it out at the other end.
Clonaslee then struck for another goal from Diarmuid Conroy but by then it made little difference.
Camross are safely through. Clonaslee’s hurling season is over.
Meanwhile, in the other game in this group The Harps, who were already assured of topping the group, were massive 4-34 to 2-6 winners over a Mountrath side that were already in the relegation playoff.
The Harps will play the losers of Portlaoise-Slieve Bloom in the semi-final while Mountrath will meet the losers of Colt-Shanahoe v Ballyfin in the relegation final.
SCORERS – Camross: Daniel Delaney 0-7 (five frees, two ‘65s), Darren Gilmartin 0-5, Darren Drennan 1-0, Tomas Burke 0-2, Tomas Keyes 0-2, Niall Holmes 0-2 (one free), Matthew Collier 0-1, David Mortimer 0-1. Clonaslee: John Rowney 1-2 (0-1 free), DJ Callaghan 0-4 (all frees), Diarmuid Conroy 1-1, Bob Downey 1-0, Niall Corbet 0-1, Conor Hyland 0-1
CAMROSS: Tadhg Doran; Cian Delaney, Martin Burke, Michael Phelan; Robert Tyrell, Daniel Delaney, Craig Delaney; Joe Ryan, Matthew Collier; Niall Holmes, Tomas Burke, Darren Gilmartin; Kevin Lalor, Darren Drennan, David Mortimer. Sub: Tomas Keyes for Lalor (41)
CLONASLEE: Conor Gorman; Jack Owens, Will Young, Mark McEvoy; Conor Hyland, Liam Senior, Rory Conroy; Diarmuid Conroy, DJ Callaghan; Niall Corbet, John Rowney, John Rigney; Bob Downey, Michael Hyland, Daire Hogan. Subs: Oisin Murray for Callaghan (injured – 28), Cian Barrett for Hogan (HT), Tommy Tynan for McEvoy (injured – 40), Ciaran Hyland for M Hyland (52)