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Dunphy points the way as Borris-Kilcotton defeat Camross to get back in semi final hunt

Borris-Kilcotton 2-24 Camross 1-21
Senior Hurling Championship Group B Round 2

Aaron Dunphy scored eight points and set up a goal as Borris-Kilcotton enjoyed a six point win over Camross in O’Moore Park this afternoon.

Ciaran Comerford’s charges will now qualify automatically for the semi finals if they defeat Rathdowney-Errill in two week’s time.

As for Camross, they could be out of the championship later today if Abbeyleix defeat Rathdowney-Errill.

But if they don’t, Camross will have to defeat Abbeyleix in two weeks or face the relegation playoff.

The game was even enough in the opening stages as both sides eased into it. Borris-Kilcotton got underway through Aaron Dunphy while Camross responded via Mark Dowling.

Noah Quinlan and Dunphy put Borris-Kilcotton ahead and although Zane Keenan responded with a free, the gap was out to four after ten minutes.

Dunphy, Noah Quinlan and Daire Quinlan all pointed but the leaders were rocked after 13 minutes when Camross struck for a goal.

A long ball caused chaos and as Borris-Kilcotton failed to clear, Ciaran Collier latched onto the loose ball and drove the sliotar home.

That left it 1-3 to 0-7 at the water break but Borris-Kilcotton recovered well from that set back in the second quarter.

PJ Scully, Aaron Dunphy, Noah Quinlan, Emmet Jones and Daire Quinlan all pointed before the excellent Noah Quinlan set up Neil Foyle for a goal.

Camross were in trouble but points from Zane Keenan, Dan Delaney and Darren Gilmartin helped them cut the gap – albeit they trailed 1-14 to 1-8 at half time.

Keenan started the second half with a free but Borris-Kilcotton replied with four more as Aaron Dunphy landed a brace while PJ Scully and Neil Foyle also scored.

And the game was over after 40 minutes as Aaron Dunphy breezed down the wing and centred for PJ Scully to drill a shot low into the corner of the net.

Darren Gilmartin tried to keep Camross alive as he took his tally to five by the second water break – but Borris-Kilcotton led 2-20 to 1-15 at this stage.

Camross got the next four scores though through Dan Delaney, David Mortimer, Keenan and Andrew Collier to cut the gap to four with 55 minutes on the clock.

But Borris-Kilcotton steadied again as Daire Quinlan, Scully and Aaron Dunphy restored their cushion and they held on.

SCORERS – Borris-Kilcotton: PJ Scully 1-6 (one 65, two frees, two sidelines), Aaron Dunphy 0-8, Neil Foyle 1-2, Noah Quinlan 0-3, Daire Quinlan 0-3, Emmet Jones 0-1, Stephen Dunphy 0-1 Camross: Zane Keenan 0-8 (four frees), Ciaran Collier 1-0, Andrew Mortimer 0-1, Mark Dowling, 0-1, Darren Gilmartin 0-5, Darren Drennan 0-1, Dan Delaney 0-2, David Mortimer 0-2, Andrew Collier 0-1

BORRIS-KILCOTTON: Eoin Fleming; Steven Finan, Enda Parlon, Philip Tynan; Matthew Whelan, Stephen Phelan, Paddy Whelan; Dan Fitzpatrick, Colm Stapleton; Aaron Dunphy, PJ Scully, Daire Quinlan; Noah Quinlan, Neil Foyle, Emmet Jones. Subs: Niall Coss for Phelan (7, inj), Stephen Dunphy for Tynan (20, inj), James Fitzpatrick for D Fitzpatrick (45), Dean Carey for Jones (53)

CAMROSS: Tadhg Doran; Michael Phelan, Joe Phelan, Darragh Duggan; Dwane Palmer, Andrew Collier, Gearoid Burke; Andrew Mortimer, Eoin Gaughan; Ciaran Collier, Mark Dowling, Darren Gilmartin; Zane Keenan, Dan Delaney, Darren Drennan. Subs: Lorcan Burke for M Phelan (32), Liam Delaney for Gaughan (35), David Mortimer for Drennan (38), Odhran Phelan for Mortimer (41), Oisin Bennett for Gilmartin (53)

Referee: Padraig Dunne (Colt)

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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.