Wednesday 13 December 2017

Keenan leads Camross to glory

Laois SHC Final: Camross 2-12 Borris-Kilcotton 1-12

A Zane Keenan-inspired Camross side secured a record-breaking 24th title.

A Zane Keenan-inspired Camross side secured a record-breaking 24th title.

Keenan scored 0-7 from midfield in a virtuoso display. Borris-Kilcotton started well, with points from Ciaran Comerford and Colm Stapleton putting them two ahead inside of the opening two minutes.

Camross hit back with a pair of frees from Keenan.

The Camross talisman later sent a long ball into the Borris-Kilcotton full-back line, which broke kindly for Dwane Palmer, who powered past Eoin Fleming for the opening goal. Another Keenan free had Camross 1-6 to 0-3 up after 20 minutes.

Aaron Moore and Dean Delaney struck in the last minute of the half for Camross; they lead 1-9 to 0-6 at the break.

Borris-Kilcotton got an early point from Patrick Whelan after the restart and were then gifted a goal when Tadgh Doran fumbled a long ball in from Stapleton, and Robert Jones pounced to bundle the ball over. A Comerford free soon after made it a one-point game.

That would be as close as Borris-Kilcotton would get, however, as Keenan pointed a free to settle some frayed Camross nerves, and then he set up their second goal.

A sideline cut from the right wing by Keenan was flicked to the net by Andrew Collier, and that would be the vital score.

Borris-Kilcotton battled to the final whistle, but the goal they needed never came as Camross held on for the win.

Man of the Match: Z Keenan (Camross)

SCORERS – Camross: Z Keenan 0-7 (6fs), D Palmer 1-1, A Collier 1-0, A Moore 0-2, D Delaney, C Collier 0-1 each. Borris-Kilcotton: C Comerford 0-7fs, R Jones 1-0, P Whelan 0-2, C Stapleton, B Stapleton, N Foyle, 0-1 each.

CAMROSS – T Doran; M Phelan, M Moloney, P Guilfoyle; M Burke, G Burke, D Keenan; Z Keenan, M Collier; A Collier, T Burke, C Collier; A Moore, D Palmer, D Delaney. Subs: O Dowling for M Collier (33), M Delaney for A Collier (51)

BORRIS-KILCOTTON – E Fleming; S Finan, O Bergin, N Delaney; B Stapleton, M Whelan, J Fitzpatrick; P Whelan, K Finlay; PJ Scully, P Drennan, C Stapleton; J Campion, C Comerford, R Jones. Subs: N Foyle for Campion (33), D Fitzpatrick for Drennan (46)

Ref – A Stapleton (Rathdowney-Errill)

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