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Rathdowney-Errill lay down championship marker as strong second half sees them past Camross challenge

Ross King

Camross 1-17 Rathdowney-Errill 0-28
Senior Hurling Championship Group B Round 1

Championship favourites Rathdowney-Errill are off to a winning start in this year’s SHC following an eight point win over Camross in O’Moore Park this evening.

Shane Keegan’s charges were level at half time but a blistering second half saw them flex their muscles.

Ross King topped scored with 13 points while Brandon McGinley and James Ryan were also prominent throughout.

Camross showed glimpses of what they can do and actually created three goal chances – only managing to take one.

Rathdowney-Errill threatened to run away with the game in the opening stages as they built up an early five point lead.

Ross King, Brandon McGinley and Paddy McCane were all on the scoresheet as they took 0-5 to no score lead after six minutes.

Daniel Delaney ended Camross’ scoring drought and they slowly built their way back into the game from there.

The gap was down to two points by the first water break – 0-8 to 0-6 – and we were level after 19 minutes following a monster score from Gearoid Burke.

Brandan McGinley pushed Rathdowney-Errill three points clear again but Camross, led by the exploits of Delaney, drew level by the break- 0-11 apiece.

Camross took the lead for first time on the resumption of play through Craig Carroll but Rathdowney-Errill came back at them via Ross King and James Ryan.

Camross almost had a goal then following a lovely move involving Darren Drennan but Ciaran Collier’s flick just went over the bar.

But Rathdowney-Errill continued to pull away with James Ryan slamming over two more and King steady on the frees to leave it 0-19 to 0-14 at the second water break.

Shane Madden extended the advantage to six on the resumption as the Camross challenge began the fail.

But they did give themselves some hope three minutes from the end when a strong Ciaran Collier run set up sub David Mortimer who rattled the net.

However, Rathdowney-Errill never panicked and saw out the game with Ross King, Darren King and Jack Kelly all finding their range before full time.

SCORERS – Camross: Daniel Delaney 0-7 (four frees, one 65), David Mortimer 1-1, Ciaran Collier 0-3, Craig Carroll 0-2, Gearoid Burke 0-1, Andrew Collier 0-1 (one free), Liam Delaney 0-1, Eoin Gaughan 0-1 Rathdowney-Errill: Ross King 0-13 (one 65, eleven frees), James Ryan 0-3, Brandon McGinley 0-3, Paddy Purcell 0-2, Darren King 0-2, Jack Kelly 0-2, Paddy McCane 0-1, Shane Madden 0-1, John Keane 0-1

CAMROSS: Tadhg Doran; Dwane Palmer, Lorcan Burke, Joe Phelan; Darragh Duggan, Andrew Collier, Gearoid Burke; Craig Carroll, Eoin Gaughan; Ciaran Collier, Mark Dowling, Darren Gilmartin; Daniel Delaney, Liam Delaney, Darren Drennan. Subs Odhran Phelan for L Delaney (38), Martin Burke for L Burke (42), Oisin Bennett for Gilmartin (45), David Mortimer for Drennan (48), Andrew Mortimer for Duggan (50, inj)

RATHDOWNEY-ERRILL: Damien Madden; John Purcell, Kevin O’Dea, Jimmy Corrigan; Jack Kelly, Liam O’Connell, John Keane; Shane Dollard, David Poynton; Paddy Purcell, Dylan Carroll, James Ryan; Paddy McCane, Ross King, Brandon McGinley. Subs: Shane Madden for Dollard (43), Thep Fitzpatrick for Poynton (50), Darren King for McCane (61)

Referee: John Lalor (Shanahoe)

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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.