Camross 1-19 Clonaslee 2-7
Laois Premier IHC Round 2
Camross haven’t enjoyed the most positive start to the 2021 local hurling championship season with three losses in their first three outings for their top two teams.
But things picked up in O’Moore Park this afternoon as their second team put in a very impressive second-half performance to get the better of Clonaslee in this second round Premier IHC.
Dan Delaney led the way with 0-12 in a fine performance while Tomas Keyes’s goal early in the second quarter put the game beyond Clonaslee’s reach.
Having trailed by a point at half time, it was all Camross in the second half as they finished with nine points to spare. Clonaslee failed to score from play in that period with only a Liam Senior penalty stemming the flow and a late DJ Callaghan free was merely cosmetic.
The result doesn’t change a huge amount in the group with Clonaslee already on two points following their first round win over Colt-Shanahoe, though Camross are now off the mark following their first win against Portlaoise.
Three teams qualify from the group of four with Clonaslee facing an unbeaten Portlaoise side in their final game and Camross taking on a Colt-Shanahoe side that have lost their two games.
Clonaslee got off to the better start with the long-serving John Rowney putting them a point up early on with Patrick Hyland soon getting the game’s first goal by capitalising on a long ball into the square.
Dan Delaney (free) and Tomas Keyes responded with points for Camross only for Bob Downey to reply for Clonaslee.
Matthew Collier hit back for Camross but a fine Liam Senior effort from play had it 1-3 to 0-3 at the water break.
Senior (free) and DJ Callaghan stretched Clonaslee five clear on the resumption but Camross hit the next three – two from Niall Holmes and one from Darrell Dooley with Camross’s experienced men getting them back into contention.
Senior’s third score pushed Clonaslee two up again but two Dan Delaney frees finished out the first-half scoring and Camross only trailed by a point at the break, 1-6 to 0-8.
Tomas Keyes and Delaney got early points on the restart to put them ahead for the first time and they could well have had a couple of goals too, only for Greg Cuddy and Keyes to see chances go astray.
Clonaslee went back ahead when Senior cracked home a penalty after Cian Conroy was hauled down but it was a rare bright spark in a poor second-half showing.
Camross responded by hitting five points in a row, four from the outstanding Dan Delaney and one from Kevin Lalor. By the second water break they were three points up, 0-15 to 2-6.
And the game was as good as settled when Camross hit the net soon after the action started again.
A good pass from Niall Holmes set Greg Cuddy free and he selfishly passed across the square to Tomas Keyes who finished to an empty net.
SCORERS – Camross: Dan Delaney 0-12 (seven frees, two ’65s), Tomas Keyes 1-2, Niall Holmes 0-2, Darrell Dooley 0-1, Matthew Collier 0-1, Kevin Lalor 0-1 Clonaslee: Liam Senior 2-3 (1-0 penalty, 0-2 frees), Patrick Hyland 1-0, DJ Callaghan 0-2 (one free), Bob Downey 0-1, John Rowney 0-1
CAMROSS: Cillian Tiernan; Cian Delaney, Daniel Breen, Thomas Palmer; Robert Tyrell, Eoin Dowling, Craig Delaney; Colin Palmer, Jack Phelan; Niall Holmes, Matthew Collier, Darrell Dooley; Dan Delaney, Kevin Lalor, Tomas Keyes. Subs: Greg Cuddy for Dooley (25), Robert Delaney for Lalor (55)
CLONASLEE: Tommy Tynan; Mark McEvoy, Will Young, Daire Hogan; Rory Conroy, John Rigney, Conor Hyland; Diarmuid Conroy, Bob Downey; Liam Senior, Niall Corbet, Cian Conroy; John Rowney, Patrick Hyland, DJ Callaghan. Subs: Michael Hyland for Rowney (37), Paddy Purcell for M McEvoy (48), Cian Barrett for Corbet (48), Willie Murray for C Hyland (50), Daire Scully for Downey (58)
REFEREE: Alan Doheny (Castletown)