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Ballyfin save their status as Colt-Shanahoe to face relegation battle against Mountrath

Ballyfin 1-15 Colt-Shanahoe 1-11
Laois Shopping Centre Premier IHC Round 3

Ballyfin have secured their place in next year’s Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship after a hard earned victory over Colt-Shanahoe in the LOETB Laois GAA Centre of Excellence today.

Ballyfin took the lead early on and never let up as they were relentless in attack.

Ballyfin begun the game with a free from Eamon Duff before Colt-Shanahoe got in for goal after five minutes.

Henry Keyes unleashed a rasping effort into the top corner to give his side the early edge.

Ballyfin fires back with two scores courtesy of midfielder Darragh Connolly and another free from Eamon Duff.

Henry Keyes took his tally to 1-1 with a point from play. Ballyfin once again fired over two without reply as George Lonham and a third free from Eamon Duff.

Rhian Bergin opened his account with a great score from play. Darragh Connolly got his second and third points of the game with two back to back as Ballyfin led by two points at the water break.

Half-back James Finn scored a monster point from way out the field at the resumption of play. Eamon Duff pointed another free and a 65’ with Bergin also splitting the posts with a free.

Ballyfin led by four points at the break and were looking good for the victory. They had responded well to the early goal and were on top in the game.

Bergin opened the second half proceedings with a free while David Connolly raised a white flag after a stupendous effort. Bergin tacked on another two points from frees.

Eamon Duff and Bergin then traded frees as Ballyfin still held an advantage of three points. Bergin reduced it to one within a minute as he pointed a free and one from play.

A superb catch from David Connolly set up Lonham to get his second point of the game to take it to the water break. Ballyfin still ahead by two points going into the final quarter.

Colt-Shanahoe were almost in for goal only for the stick of Sean Lowry as well as the crossbar to deny Mark McDonald a goal.

Bergin put one between the sides with another free before substitute Gary Hoffmeister made an instant impact with a score from play.

Jack Delaney and Eamon Duff (free) traded points before Bergin tapped over his ninth free to leave one between the sides with five minutes left.

Another Ballyfin substitute worked a treat as Adam Walsh drilled the ball into the back of the net to make sure of the win.

Ballyfin can now focus on the football side of things where they’re in the quarter finals while for Colt-Shanahoe, they now face a relegation decider against Mountrath.

SCORERS – Ballyfin: Eamon Duff 0-7 (six frees, one ’65), Darragh Connolly 0-3, Adam Walsh 1-0, George Lanham 0-2, James Finn, Gary Hoffmeister and David Connolly 0-1 each. Colt-Shanahoe: Rhian Bergin 0-9 (seven frees), Henry Keyes 1-1, Jack Delaney 0-1

BALLYFIN: Sean Lowry; Ciaran Rowney, Richard Downey, Cillian Rowney; Max Connolly, James Finn, Alan Connolly; David Connolly, Darragh Connolly; Eamonn Duff, Dermot McGill, Sean O’Neil; Louis Duff, George Lonham, Darragh Lyons. Subs: Garry Hoffmeister for Lyons (HT), Adam Walsh for L Duff (37), Brendan O’Neill for McGill (45), Shane Conroy for S O’Neil (61)

COLT-SHANAHOE: Darragh Hiney; Eoghan Brennan, Brian Guilfoyle, Gerard Doolan; Aaron McGowan, Dayle Bergin, Shane Bowe; Robbie Delaney, Jack Delaney; Henry Keyes, James Keyes, Cian Mofitt; Mark McDonald, Brian McDermott, Rhian Bergin. Subs: Dylan Cuddy for Mofitt (55), Owen Joyce for J Keyes (61), James Keyes for McDermott (67)

REFEREE: Anthony Stapleton (Rathdowney-Errill)

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