Almost three weeks after claiming back-to-back Laois Senior hurling championships, Clough-Ballacolla are back in action this weekend.
Declan Laffan’s charges will face Raparees of Wexford in the Leinster club championship quarter finals in O’Moore Park.
The game throws in at 5.30pm on Saturday evening and the RTE cameras will be in attendance.
At the start of the month, Clough-Ballacolla came back from seven points down at half time to claim back-to-back Bob O’Keeffe Cups.
Declan Laffan’s men won two senior championships in a matter of months having sealed the delayed 2020 title during the summer.
Borris-Kilcotton were their opponents in that game too but they put up a far better opposition this time and were desperately unlucky not to emerge as winners.
Clough-Ballacolla had fine performances from the likes of Stephen Maher, Willie Dunphy, Lee Cleere and Aidan Corby which led them to victory.
Borris-Kilcotton began the game like wild animals – they flew into every single tackle and dirty ball, bringing an intesnisty that Clough-Ballacolla just couldn’t live with.
Six unanswered points followed in the opening seven minutes with PJ Scully, Aaron Dunphy, Daire Quinlan and Joe Campion all on target.
The gap was seven at half time but Ballacolla kept chipping away and only took the lead for the first time in the 57th minute through Willie Dunphy.
Dunphy and Neil Foyle traded efforts before PJ Scully tied the match again as we headed for the final minute of normal time.
Lee Cleere then lifted the roof off the stand as he put the defending champions back ahead as three minutes of injury time were signalled.
PJ Scully’s free from in front of the terrace briefly drew Borris level again but Maher’s 14th in the 62nd minute put the champions ahead again.
Borris-Kilcotton desperately searched for the equalising score but it failed to come as Clough-Ballacolla claimed a famous win.
Unlike when they won the 2020 championship, Clough-Ballacolla will now get the opportunity to represent Laois in the province this weekend.
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