Home Hurling Club Hurling Shock specialists Rosenallis strike again to down Borris-Kilcotton and top their group

Shock specialists Rosenallis strike again to down Borris-Kilcotton and top their group

John Lennon in action for Rosenallis during their win over Camross in the Laois SHC last weekend. Picture: Carmel Dunne

Borris-Kilcotton 1-13 Rosenallis 2-12
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Rosenallis have done it again! Two weeks after knocking Camross out, they have now beaten Borris-Kilcotton to seal top spot in the group.

Both teams advance to the semi finals but this is a serious win for Rosenallis and one they fully deserved.

There were colossal displays all over the field from sweeper John Maher to all the C-Fennells at the back along with John Lennon in midfield and Brian Fitpatrick, John O’Loughlin and Paddy Keating in attack.

They only managed two points in the second half of the game but their first half display, with the wind at their backs, was sublime. Their shooting deserted them somewhat in the second period but they defended for their lives and held Borris-Kilcotton out.

As previously mentioned, Rosenallis had the wind at their backs in the first half but the opening quarter was actually largely even.

PJ Scully scored three early points for Borris with John Lennon and Paddy Keating matching them for Rosenallis before they took over.

Keating got three more in a row before John O’Loughlin scooped one over to leave them 0-7 to 0-3 ahead at the water break.

They continued to dominate on the resumption and scored two brilliant goals too.

The first was all about the industry of John Lennon who had a shot saved by Eoin Fleming, who also saved the rebound from Brian Fitzpatrick, but then Lennon got there to finish it off.

And minutes later, Rosenallis turned over a Borris-Kilcotton puck-out with Paddy Keating racing away before finding Fitzpatrick at the back post who rattled the net.

Borris-Kilcotton were rattled and relied on Scully for scores but Rosenallis scored again through Conor Cosgrove and Keating to take a 2-10 to 0-6 lead at half time.

Borris-Kilcotton turned with the wind and tore into Rosenallis on the resumption of play.

PJ Scully, Aaron Dunphy and Stephen Phelan all scored as they halved the deficit in ten minutes.

Rosenallis were guilty of a lot of wides against the wind and went 18 minutes without a score before Jack Conroy registered to leave it 2-11 to 0-11 at the water break.

But a couple of minutes later, Borris-Kilcotton won a free on the 14 metre line and PJ Scully smashed it into the top corner of the net to leave three in it.

That could’ve rattled Rosenallis but they steadied themselves after that and John Lennon scored a monster from midfield to put four in it again.

Stephen Dunphy and PJ Scully cut the deficit to two as we entered four minutes of injury time but Rosenallis held on.

SCORERS – Borris-Kilcotton: PJ Scully 1-8 (1-7 frees), Aaron Dunphy 0-1, Stephen Phelan 0-2, Colm Stapleton 0-1, Stephen Dunphy 0-1. Rosenallis: Paddy Keating 0-6 (four frees, one 65), John Lennon 1-2, Brian Fitzpatrick 1-0, Conor Cosgrove 0-1, John O’Loughlin 0-1, Jack Conroy 0-1

BORRIS-KILCOTTON: Eoin Fleming; Stephen Finan, Enda Parlon, Jim Fitzpatrick; Paddy Whelan, Stephen Phelan, Matthew Whelan; Stephen Dunphy, Conor Kilbane; Aaron Dunphy, Joe Campion, Colm Stapleton; PJ Scully, Neil Foyle, Emmet Jones. Subs: Brian Stapleton for P Whelan (35, blood, reversed 42), Brian Stapleton for Kilbane (55), Dean Carey for Jones (56)

ROSENALLIS: Stephen Kelly; John Maher, Marcus Redmond, Ruaidhri C-Fennell; Fiachra C-Fennell, Cathal C-Fennell, Conor Cosgrove; Tommy Keating, Jack Conroy; Donnagh Callally, John O’Loughlin, Ronan Murray; Paddy Keating, Brian Fitzpatrick, John Lennon. Subs: Jack Friel for Conroy (62)

REFEREE: Anthony Stapleton (Rathdowney-Errill)

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.