Park bank on Fingleton
PARK RATHENISKA created history on their home ground when they became the first Laois team to win both a Leinster hurling and football club championship by defeating Parnells in a thriller.
Goals win matches and Park Ratheniska got two at crucial stages. The first came in the dying seconds of the first half when Sean Tynan set up Darragh Nolan, who sent a blistering shot to the net to give his side a 1-6 to 0-4 half-time lead.
On the restart, Parnells hit back with a Colm McDonald point and then Darragh Curley Fagan shot a terrific goal to leave just a point between the sides, but three minutes later Barry Fingleton cut in from the left and sent an unstoppable shot to the net.
Two Eamon Cooke points put the Laois side seven points clear, but Parnells fought to the finish and hit three unanswered points and were denied when Benny Dowling saved a point-blank shot from McDonald as his side held out for victory.
Scorers -- Park Ratheniska: D Nolan 1-1, E Cooke 0-5, Barry Fingleton 1-0, Brendan Fingleton 0-2, S Tynan, P Kelly 0-1 each.
Parnells: C McDonald 0-5, L Fogarty 0-3, D Curley Fagan 1-0.
Park Ratheniska -- B Dowling; K McCormack, D Brennan, B Conroy; G Tynan, D Larkin, M Delaney; G Ramsbottom, Brendan Fingleton; Barry Fingleton, S Tynan, P Kelly; D Nolan, F Phelan, E Cooke. Subs: M Carroll for Phelan, B Greene for Kelly, P McEvoy for Conroy.
Parnells -- D Renehan; D Sweeney, P Reilly, A Jameson; G George, R Burke, J Watson; D Coyle, M Liddane; C McDonald, K Mulligan, D Curley Fagan; L Fogarty, A Hurley, T Kelly. Sub: J Moloney for Liddane.
Ref -- G Quilty (Kilkenny).