Camross 2-16 Ballinakill 0-17
Laois Shopping Centre SHC Round 3
Camross recorded their first win of this year’s Laois SHC when they got the better of Ballinakill in O’Moore Park this afternoon – but they were made to work hard for it in what was a really good honest championship battle.
Though both sides were out of the championship, the losers would have to go into a relegation playoff against Castletown.
And while Camross had five points to spare at the finish, this one went right down to the wire – with Dean Delaney’s injury time goal eventually make sure of the win.
Ballinakill played against the very stiff breeze in the first half and kept it very tight for long stages. Sean Downey played as a sweeper and Evan Dunne came back from attack with Seamus Dwyer playing essentially in a one-man full-forward line for most of it.
And for a while Camross struggled to break them down and struggled to figure out the wind. At the water break they only led by 0-3 to 0-1 and Ballinakill drew level shortly after.
But for all Ballinakill’s honest hard work, they were guilty of overplaying it out of defence. Oisin Bennett pointed from one such turnover and then Mark Dowling showed his eye for goal after a great dispossession by Joe Phelan.
Eamon Jackman pointed a couple of frees for Ballinakill but with them conceding the short puckout, Camross began to make hay and they pointed a number of efforts from distance.
Indeed it was notable that four of their backs – Dwane Palmer, Andrew Mortimer, Gearoid Burke and Darrell Dooley – and both midfielders – Craig Carroll and Eoin Gaughan – all scored from play in the first half. At half time they led 1-10 to 0-6 and Ballinakill had been dealt a blow with Gearoid Lynch going off injured.
With that wind, would it be enough for Camross?
Keenan got a couple of frees and one nice effort from play but Ballinakill were patient and Cha Dwyer and Jackman kept nibbling away at the lead.
At the water break it was 1-13 to 0-12. Ballinakill kept plugging away but despite getting back to one point on a couple of occasions they couldn’t get level. And a draw would have saved them.
Sub Cian O’Shaughnessy brought it back to one as the game ticked into injury time but Camross made sure of it when Dean Delaney got their second goal after Paul Simms had initially saved a shot from Mark Dowling.
Zane Keenan then added the icing on the cake with a fine point from play.
Camross survive. Ballinakill go on to play Castletown in the relegation decider in two weeks time.
SCORERS – Camross: Zane Keenan 0-7 (five frees), Dean Delaney 1-0, Mark Dowling 1-0, Eoin Gaughan 0-2, Joe Phelan 0-1, Oisin Bennett 0-1, Darrell Dooley 0-1, Andrew Mortimer 0-1, Gearoid Burke 0-1, Craig Carroll 0-1, Dwane Palmer 0-1. Ballinakill: Eamon Jackman 0-8 (seven frees, one ’65), Cha Dwyer 0-6 (two frees), Seamus Fitzpatrick 0-1, Seamus Dwyer 0-1, Cian O’Shaughnessy 0-1
CAMROSS: Thomas Dunphy; Dwane Palmer, Andrew Collier, Andrew Mortimer; Darrell Dooley, Gearoid Burke, Darragh Duggan; Eoin Gaughan, Craig Carroll; Ciaran Collier, Mark Dowling, Odhran Phelan; Joe Phelan, Zane Keenan, Oisin Bennett. Subs: Liam Delaney for Carroll (42), Dean Delaney for Duggan (injured – 46), Lorcan Burke for
BALLINAKILL: Paul Simms; Ryan Shanahan, Podge Lalor, Michael Moran; Lir McDonald, Sean Downey, Brian O’Mara; Eamon Jackman, TJ Lalor; Gearoid Lynch, Cha Dwyer, Dan Bergin; Evan Dunne, Seamus Dwyer, Seamus Fitzpatrick. Sub: Cian O’Shaughnessy for Lynch (injured – half time), Cathal O’Shaughnessy for Bergin (44), Eddie Dwyer for TJ Lalor (injured – 50)
REFEREE: Alan Doheny (Castletown)