Borris-Kilcotton make history
Borris-Kilcotton 1-18 Rathdowney-Errill 2-10
Borris-Kilcotton claimed their first Laois SHC title thanks to a six-point win over Rathdowney-Errill in O'Moore Park yesterday.
After the drama of the drawn game, which ended 2-26 each, Borris-Kilcotton got off to the perfect start with a goal from Neil Foyle in the first minute.
Rathdowney-Errill were slow to get going but sprung to life in the seventh minute when John Purcell flicked a long ball to the net.
Borris-Kilcotton led by two at half-time, 1-7 to 1-5, and with wind advantage to come they were the strong favourites.
They pulled three clear midway through the second half only to see Rathdowney-Errill come roaring back. Paddy Purcell's shot hit the post and rebounded to him, and he scrambled the ball over the line.
Borris-Kilcotton showed character after that though, going back in front through a PJ Scully free.
They then rattled off five points in a row, as Scully, Danny Fitzpatrick and Colm Stapleton hit the target to claim a famous win.
SCORERS - Borris-Kilcotton: PJ Scully 0-12 (12f), N Foyle 1-0, J Campion 0-2, P Whelan, D Fitzpatrick, C Stapleton, A Dunphy 0-1 each. Rathdowney-Errill: R King 0-9 (7f), P Purcell, J Purcell 1-0 each, J Corrigan 0-1.
BORRIS-KILCOTTON - E Fleming; N Delaney, B Stapleton, S Finan; J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, C Stapleton; P Whelan, D Fitzpatrick; S Dunphy, J Campion, D Quinlan; N Foyle, A Dunphy, PJ Scully. Subs: E Fitzpatrick for Quinlan (46).
RATHDOWNEY-ERRILL - N Brennan; J Creagh, B Campion, A Delaney; J Keane, J Fitzpatrick, E Killeen; P Purcell, D Poynton; J Ryan, L O'Connell, T Dowling; J Kelly, R King, J Purcell. Subs: S Dollard for Poynton (29), E Bourke for Kelly (h-t), J Corrigan for O'Connell (42), E Meagher for J Purcell (52), P McKane for Dowling (57).
REF - B O'Reilly (Portlaoise).