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In Pictures: A selection of great images as Clough-Ballacolla celebrate going back-to-back

Clough-Ballacolla celebrations

The Clough-Ballacolla GAA club have experienced incredible times over the past decade or so.

In 2009 they claimed a first ever senior hurling triumph under that name though the area has a rich hurling heritage and Ballygeehan were lords of all they surveyed in the 1910s.

But since that breakthrough in 2009, they’ve established themselves firmly at the top table of Laois club hurling.

On Sunday they won the Bob O’Keeffe Cup for the fifth time in 12 seasons and, thanks to the various Covid lockdowns, for the second time in three months.

And what a way to do it. Seven points down at the first water break and at half-time, three points down at the second water break, they only took the lead for the first time with five minutes remaining.

And in an absolute epic of a game, Borris-Kilcotton twice drew level in the closing stages after Willie Dunphy and Lee Cleere had put Clough-Ballacolla ahead.

In the end it fell to captain Stephen ‘Picky’ Maher to fire over the winner in the 62nd minute.

John Lalor’s final whistle brought the curtain down on a pulsating game and Clough-Ballacolla’s celebrations afterwards were in keeping with an historic triumph.

For Borris-Kilcotton it was despair. A third county final loss in a row and the tag of being the team that lost two county finals in the same year.

They played their part in a classic and nobody would have begrudged them a draw.

Photographer Paul Dargan was on hand afterwards to capture a selection of great celebration photos.

You can check them out in full below.

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