Borris-Kilcotton 0-15 Rosenallis 1-7
Laois Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship Final
Borris-Kilcotton will have three teams in the top four tiers of Laois hurling in 2022 following Junior ‘B’ success tonight.
Eoin Fitzpatrick was their hero as his accuracy from frees was the difference in the end as he finished the game with ten points.
Rosenallis, Junior C champions in 2020, battled hard and a Darragh McEvoy goal in the second half gave them hope but they couldn’t build on that.
Borris-Kilcotton dominated the opening quarter and held Rosenallis scoreless as they built up a big lead.
Eoin Fitzpatrick was flawless on frees as he fired over five while Wille Whelan scored from play to leave it 0-6 to no score at the first water break.
Rosenallis were much improved after that though as three frees from Sean Dunne and a long range free from Enda McEvoy narrowed the deficit to two by the 24th minute.
But Borris-Kilcotton finished the half strongly as Fitzpatrick, Whelan and Willie Abbott all pointed to leave them 0-9 to 0-4 ahead at half time.
The second half began with Scott Pearson and Joe Keating trading points before the game exploded into life.
Teenager Alex Marron won a ball in his half and played it up to Billy Friel who popped it over the Borris-Kilcotton defence and into the path of Darragh McEvoy who blasted the sliotar to the net.
Rosenallis almost struck the front a minute later when Joe Keating forced a brilliant save from Michael Grehan and the rebound came to McEvoy but his shot was cleared off the line.
Borris-Kilcotton capitalised on that let off as Fitzpatrick took his tally to eight while Scott Pearson grabbed a second to leave it 0-13 to 1-5 at the second water break.
The game largely petered out from there as the sides traded frees to finish out the game.
Eoin Fitzpatrick took his tally to ten while Enda McEvoy and Sean Dunne responded for Rosenallis.
They spent the majority of the final ten minutes trying to get goals but Borris-Kilcotton stood firm to win.
SCORERS – Borris-Kilcotton: Eoin Fitzpatrick 0-10 (all frees), Willie Whelan 0-2, Scott Pearson 0-2, Willie Abbott 0-1 Rosenallis: Sean Dunne 0-4 (all frees), Darragh McEvoy 1-0, Enda McEvoy 0-2 (all frees), Joe Keating 0-1
Borris-Kilcotton: Michael Grehan; Matthew Quinlan, Des Daly, Michael Moore; Ciaran Finlay, Chris Jones, Johnny Dwyer; Keelan Anderson, Ryan Hanlon; DJ Kelly, Willie Whelan, Eoin Fitzpatrick; Willie Abbott, Colm Delaney, Scott Pearson. Subs: Liam Breen for Grehan (38), Hughie Dunne for Dwyer (40), Jack Finnegan for Abbott and Barry Wall for Delaney (both 51)
Rosenallis: Pierce Kelly; Alex Marron, Enda McEvoy, James Redmond; Paul Maher, Ronan Doolan, Nicky Dunne; Paul Lynch, Matthew Bennett; Jack Claffey, Sean Dunne, Shane Farrell; Darragh McEvoy, Joe Keating, Billy Friel. Subs: Rossa Duffy for Farrell (43), Tom Shelly for Redmond (53)
Referee: JJ Gorman (Clough-Ballacolla)