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Clough-Ballacolla and Castletown draw in thriller as Camross move top of Division 1A of the hurling league

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Clough-Ballacolla 2-16 Castletown 2-16
ACHL Division 1A Round 3

Clough-Ballacolla and Castletown shared the spoils in their ACHL Division 1A encounter this evening in Ballacolla in a very entertaining contest.

An upset was on the cards as Castletown led for almost the whole game right up into injury time when a goal from Cillian Dunne with the last puck of the game levelled it for the hosts.

Stephen Bergin was on fire in front of the posts as he racked up nine points, including five from play, whilst Brendan Reddin and Shane Phelan were dangerous for the visitors, scoring 1-5 from play between them.

Joe Corby opened the scoring with a point from play but Clough-Ballacolla would go scoreless for the ensuing 10 minutes. Two points for Ciarán McKelvey and one each for Shane Phelan, Conor Walsh and Brendan Reddin put Castletown into a four point lead.

The sides would trade points before Reddin put Castletown into a healthy lead with the opening goal.

Shane Phelan found him with a pass and after a deft touch and a swivel the space opened for Reddin to hit the net. Martin Phelan and Dylan Conroy added a point each but Clough-Ballacolla kept the half-time deficit at a goal after a series of frees from Bergin and one for Ronan Broderick.

Joe Corby again opened the scoring after the restart and McKelvey immediately replied with two for Castletown.

Points for Bergin and Padraig Brennan were cancelled out by two excellent efforts from Shane Phelan in midfield, which were added to by three frees from Tadgh Cuddy.

Castletown’s second goal came shortly after when Shane Cuddy managed to get a flick on a free launched in by Gearoid Gaughan from the Castletown 21, giving them a nine point lead with six minutes to go.

John Dwyer won the ball from the resulting puckout and found Cillian Dunne who connected with a one handed swing and found the net.

The deficit was still six heading for injury time. Stephen Bergin pointed two from distance and Joe Corby added a third.

Deep into injury time Bergin charged through the middle of the field before finding Cillian Dunne in space who made no mistake in scoring the equaliser just before the final whistle.

SCORERS: Clough-Ballacolla: Stephen Bergin 0-9 (four frees, one 65), Cillian Dunne 2-0, Joe Corby 0-4, Ronan Broderick (free), Mark Hennessy and Padraig Brennan 0-1 each Castletown: Brendan Reddin 1-2, Ciarán McKelvey 0-4 (three frees), Shane Phelan and Tadgh Cuddy (all frees) 0-3 each, Shane Cuddy 1-0, Dylan Conroy (free), Conor Walsh, Conor Doran and Martin Phelan 0-1 each

CLOUGH-BALLACOLLA: Cathal Dunne; Lochlann Conway, Ronan Broderick, Eoin Doyle; Padraig Brennan, Lee Cleere, Finbarr Conway; Kevin Mulhall, Brian Corby; Joe Corby, Stephen Bergin, Canice Coonan; Mark Hennessy, John Dwyer, Cillian Dunne. Subs: Darren Maher for Broderick (44), Chris Rafter for Coonan and Darragh Hogan for Conway (both 50)

CASTLETOWN: Gearoid Gaughan; Aaron Gaughan, Eoin Peters, Killian Cuddy; Dylan Conroy, Daire Tobin, Aaron Phelan; Shane Phelan, Tadgh Cuddy; Matthew Peters, Conor Walsh, Brendan Reddin; Ciaran McKelvey, Martin Phelan, Conor Doran. Subs Mick Cuddy for A Phelan (22, inj), Shane Cuddy for McKelvey (39, inj), Joe McCormack for M Peters (45)

Referee: John Lalor (Shanahoe)

Camross 1-17 The Harps 0-11
ACHL Division 1A Round 3

Camross continued their fine start to 2022 with a routine nine point win over The Harps this morning.

The home side built up a lead in the first half and they extended that in the second.

David Mortimer grabbed the game’s only goal in the tenth minute and that would prove to be a crucial score.

Camross keeper Tadhg Doran, a selector with the victorious Laois minor hurlers yesterday, showed no ill effects to any celebrations as he pulled off a fine save shortly after.

Micheal Lanigan and Cody Comerford were The Harps’ only scorers in the first half.

Dan Delaney was faultless for Camross on the opposite side while Tomas Keyes, Ciaran Collier and Mortimer also pointed as they led 1-7 to 0-4 at the break.

It was more of the same in the second half with Delaney and Lanigan doing the bulk of the scoring.

Aaron O’Grady and Cody Comerford also pointed for The Harps but their efforts were in vain.

Camross will look to continue their winning ways away to Abbeyleix in two weeks’ time while The Harps host Clough-Ballacolla.

SCORERS – Camross: Dan Delaney 0-9 (five frees), David Mortimer 1-2, Tomas Keyes and David Cuddy 0-2 each, Ciaran Collier and James Cuddy 0-1 each The Harps: Micheal Lanigan 0-8 (five frees, one sideline), Cody Comerford 0-2, Aaron O’Grady 0-1

CAMROSS: Tadhg Doran; Darragh Duggan, Dan Breen, Joe Phelan; Eoin Dowling, Andrew Collier, Gearoid Burke; Ori Phelan, Ciaran Collier; Eoin Gaughan, Tomas Keyes, Ciaran Collier; Dan Delaney, David Mortimer, James Cuddy. Subs: Craig Delaney for Duggan, Matthew Collier for Keyes, Greg Cuddy for Mortimer, David Cuddy for Gaughan

THE HARPS: Peter Walsh; Tiernach Doheny, Conor Dunne, Eoghan Doheny; Rian Edwards, Darragh Doheny, Cathal Phelan; Aaron O’Grady, Richie Saunders; Cody Comerford, Ciaran Comerford, Micheal Lanigan; James Duggan, Pat Walsh, Jim O’Connor. Subs: Mikey Monaghan for O’Connor, Brian Clancy for Pat Walsh

Referee: Padraig Dunne (Colt)

SEE ALSO – Check out all our ACFL Division 1A coverage here

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