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Laois hurlers to the fore as Spink claim Junior ‘B’ glory

Graiguecullen 0-13 Spink 1-14
2020 Laois Junior ‘B’ Football Championship  Final

Spink claimed Junior ‘B’ glory following a fine win over Graiguceullen in O’Moore park this afternoon.

Sean Downey, Charles Dwyer and Paul Simms, their laois hurling trio, were to the fore as they ran out four point winners.

Spink gave themselves an uphill task after trailing by five points at the first water break but they edged their way back into the game before eventually taking the lead through Michael Downey.

Mark Kehoe got proceedings underway with a free before Graiguecullen had a great chance to reply with a goal.

Brian O’Rourke played a ball to Dean Malone, the latter turned and shot but his effort struck the post to flash wide.

Graiguecullen began to dominate the game and they were rewarded with four points in a row via Brian O’Rourke, Padraig Murphy (free), Peter Brannagan and Dean Malone (mark).

Graiguecullen were deadly in front of goal and they continued to pull further clear with points through Brian O’Rourke and Padraig Murphy (free) to give themselves a five point lead over their opponents at the water break – 0-6 to 0-1.

Whatever was said at the water break amongst the Spink players brought them to life as they scored two points is a row via Paul Simms and Sean Downey to reduce the deficit to three points.

Spink dominated the entirety of the second quarter as Paul Simms kicked three valuable points to reduce Graiguecullen’s lead to a single point at half time – 0-7 to 0-6.

Padraig Murphy and Paul Simms traded points in the opening stages of the second half before substitute Mark Doogue edged Graiguecullen further clear.

Padraig Murphy then converted a free but the sides were soon level when Paul Simms, Mark Kehoe and Michael Downey all pointed before the second water break – 0-10 to 0-10.

Michael Downey soon pointed after the interval to give Spink the lead for the first time in the game.

The sides then traded points through Simms and Murphy before the game saw the first goal of the game.

Aaron O’Dea picked the ball up outside the 21 metre line and he drove towards goal before unleashing a thunderbolt into the back of the net – 1-12 to 0-13

Graiguecullen pressed for a goal of their own but they could not break down Spink defensive setup.

Michael Downey and Paul Simms then rounded off a terrific comeback with a point each to see Spink clinch the Junior ‘B’ title.

SCORERS – Graiguecullen: Brian O’Rourke 0-3, Padraig Murphy 0-5 (three frees), Peter Branangan 0-2, Dean Malone 0-1 (mark), Mark Doogue 0-1, Liam Kearney 0-1 Spink: Mark Kehoe 0-2 (two free), Paul Simms 0-8 (four free), Aaron O’Dea 1-0, Sean Downey 0-1, Michael Downey 0-3

GRAIGUECULLEN: Craig Doyle; Stephen Alysbury, Wayne Humphreys, Conor Holohan; Adam Kerfah, Liam Kearney, Jamie Malone; James Bolton, Patrick Murphy; Barry Regan, Padraig Murphy, Lee Nolan; Dean Malone, Peter Branagan, Brian O’Rourke. Subs: Alan Malone for Regan (16), Mark Doogue for A Malone (38), Kevin Smith for Holohan (54), Michael Loughman for O’Rourke (58), Oisin O’Reilly for Kerfah (59)

SPINK: Rory Nevyn; James Hennessey, Kieran Bowe, Noel Duggan; Eoin Simms, Patrick Gorman, Enda Kehoe; Sean Downey, Pauric Lawlor; Micheal Downey, Charles Dwyer, Mark Kehoe; Paul Simms, Tony O’Shaughnessy, Jamie Stratford. Subs: Cathal O’Shaughnessy for Nevyn (22, inj), Aaron O’Dea for Stratford (39), Jamie Drury for Hennessey (44), Seamus Miller for T O’Shaughnessy (58)

Referee: Clifford Ward (Portarlington)

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