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Trumera and Clough-Ballacolla set for IHC final while Mountrath preserve status for 2022

Clough-Ballacolla Intermediates
Clough-Ballacolla Intermediates

Trumera 0-20 Borris-Kilcotton 0-15
Laois IHC Semi-final

Trumera were the only first team left in the IHC last four but they had five points to spare over Borris-Kilcotton in this IHC semi-final.

Trumera never relinquished the lead once they got it in the first minute.

Trumera started at a much higher pace and blitzed Borris-Kilcotton, particularly in the opening ten minutes.

Frees from Niall Sinnott and Adam Kirwan were followed by further points from play by Lalor, Madden and Kirwan.

Trumera were completely dominating Borris’ long puckouts as Caolan Murphy won everything that fell his way, but in the 12th minute Brian Stapleton powered forward and was fouled. Sean Fitzpatrick converted the free to open his and Borris-Kilcotton’s account.

Hard work from Borris-Kilcotton’s forwards resulted in another score for Fitzpatrick but Niall Sinnott pounced on a loose Borris Kilcotton puckout shortly after to leave the scores at 0-7 to 0-2 at the water break.

Borris-Kilcotton had a great goal chance a minute after the water break as Stephen Campion stormed through the centre of the Trumera defence but the Trumera defence did excellently to repel Campion and two rebounded shots that resulted.

Trumera took advantage of some poor wides from Borris-Kilcotton to extend their lead as Paddy Hosey pointed his second of the day.

Niall Sinnott and Adam Kirwan struck over a free each before the half-time whistle as Trumera held a very comfortable 0-12 to 0-4 lead.

A big second half display into the breeze was needed from Borris-Kilcotton and they gave it. Eoin Fitz, now operating in the half-forward line, hit the first score of the half before Sean Fitzpatrick added a free.

Two more points in a row through Brian Stapleton and Sean Fitz had momentum firmly with Borris-Kilcotton.

Adam Kirwan showed his class however with two sublime points and this spurred Trumera on and they got the lead back out to 0-17 0-10 on 41st minute.

With the game approaching it’s final quarter Borris-Kilcotton upped their intensity once more and led by Brian Stapleton and Stephen Campion they narrowed the gap to three points with six minutes left.

Trumera stayed calm though and dropped a little deeper. This gave more room to their pacey forwards like Paddy Hosey and Dylan Lalor.

Conor Madden and the excellent Adam Kirwan hit the final two points of the game to extend Trumera’s victorious margin to five points.

Despite Borris-Killcotton rallying in the second half Trumera never looked like losing the game and they will go on to face Clough-Ballacolla.

SCORERS – Trumera: Niall Sinnott 0-7 (5 frees), Adam Kirwan 0-6 (3 frees), Paddy Hosey, Conor Madden and Cathal Brophy 0-2 each, Dylan Lalor 0-1. Borris-Kilcotton: Sean Fitzpatrick 0-6 (6 frees), Brian Stapleton 0-3, Bill Meade (1 free), Eoin Fitz and Stephen Campion 0-2 each

TRUMERA: Finnian Cuddy; James Kerwin, John O’Connor, Gearoid O’Neil; Paddy Callaghan, Caolan Murphy, Bryan Bredin; Donnacha Dowling, Rhys Murphy; Adam Kirwan, Conor Madden, Niall Sinnott; Paddy Hosey, Cathal Brophy, Dylan Lalor.

BORRIS-KILCOTTON: Mark Hanlon; Eoin Drennan, Des Daly, Jake Kirwan; Noel Delaney, Bill Meade, DJ Kelly; Keilan Kelly, Oisin Fleming; William Abbott, Stephen Campion, Brian Stapleton; Eoin Fitz, John Wall, Sean Fitzpatrick. Keelan Anderson for Abbott (HT), David Scott for Fleming (46)

Clough-Ballacolla 0-19 The Harps 1-15
Laois IHC Semi-final

Clough-Ballacolla joined Trumera in the final of the Intermediate hurling championship following a dramatic victory over The Harps.

Clough-Ballacolla were well in control by half time as they led by 0-12 to 0-5.

And they looked in control at the second water break as they held a 0-16 to 0-10 lead at that stage.

However, The Harps came roaring back as they scored a great goal and a flurry of points to level the game as we entered injury time.

Late points from Podge Brennan and Chris Rafter swung the game back Ballacolla’s way and they held on for victory.

CLOUGH-BALLACOLLA: Danny Hanlon; Finbarr Conway, John Keane, Lochlan Conway; Damien Bergin, Brendan McEvoy, Podge Brennan; Jim Doyle, Ciaran Finane; Joe Corby, Canice Coonan, Kevin Mulhall; Chris Rafter, Shane Hanlon, Shane Hyland

THE HARPS: Lorcan Fitzpatrick; Thomas Walsh, Shane Phelan, Tiarnach Doheny; Eoin O’Sullivan, Cathal Phelan, Conor Brophy; Brian Clancy, Aaron Grady; Shane Fitzpatrick, Liam Dunphy, Ross Young; Conor Delaney, Stephen O’Brien, Darren Maher

Mountrath 0-21 Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe 0-17
Laois IHC Relegation Final

Mountrath avoided a second successive relegation as they defeated Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe in Colt this evening.

Mountrath dropped from the Premier Intermediate grade last year and three successive defeats in the group phase had them staring down that particular barrel once again.

However, following a tight encounter with Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe, they came out the right side this time.

Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe led 0-6 to 0-4 at the first water break and maintained an advantage at half time – 0-10 to 0-9.

But Mountrath turned things around in the third quarter and led 0-16 to 0-14 before holding on from there to win by four in the end.

Champions of the competition in 2019, Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe return to the Junior A grade for 2022.

MOUNTRATH: Scott Hetherington; Matthew Rice, Paul Meade, Tommy Hill; James Fahy, Jimmy Hyland, James Tobin; Jack Larkin, Jake Walsh; Gavin Sydes, Michael Meade, Paul Rice; Luke Cusack, Colm Linehan, Gearoid Williams

PARK-RATHENISKA: Benny Dowling; Sean Drennan, Gavin Tynan, Jimmy O’Connor; Cathal Kelliher, Michael Brennan, Danny Brennan; Marc Ramsbottom, Paul Ruddy; Paddy Kelly, Ciaran Lennon, Sean Tynan; Robbie Foyle, Darragh Nolan, Jack Shortall

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