Saturday 18 November 2017

Supreme King secures replay

Rathdowney Errill 1-11 Clough B'colla 2-8 LAOIS SHC FINAL

Ross King hit a dramatic late point to earn Rathdowney-Errill a replay after a frantic finish to a thrilling match.

King struck in injury-time from the left wing to level the game, which Rathdowney-Errill seemed destined to win with just three minutes left.

But Clough-Ballacolla staged a late rally, scoring 1-3 in four minutes, before King's score.

Rathdowney-Errill raced into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead after 10 minutes, with King getting all four points. Clough-Ballacolla then hit three-in-a-row, but a goal from King left Rathdowney 1-4 to 0-4 up at half-time.

Willie Dunphy goaled midway through the second half to put a point between the teams, but King hit three points, with Patrick Purcell and Liam Tynan also scoring, to put Rathdowney five ahead.

In a madcap finish, Stephen Maher scored three frees and Willie Dunphy got his second goal to put Clough a point up with a minute of injury-time left, but King forced a replay.

SCORERS -- Rathdowney-Errill: R King 1-9 (6f, 1 '65'), L Tynan, P Purcell 0-1 each. Clough-Ballacolla: S Maher 0-6 (3f, 2 '65s'), W Dunphy 2-0, W Hyland 0-2 (2f).

RATHDOWNEY-ERRILL -- N Brennan; L Mahon, B Campion, A Delaney; J Fitzpatrick, P Mahon, J Corrigan; S Dollard, J Ryan; E Meagher, J Purcell, P Purcell; O Houlihan, R King, L Tynan. Subs: J Phelan for Ryan (48), D King for Meagher (52).

CLOUGH-BALLACOLLA -- D Hanlon; JA Delaney, D Maher, R Broderick; D Bergin, B Duggan, B McEvoy; S Hanlon, M McEvoy; C Coonan, W Hyland, T Delaney; W Dunphy, S Maher, M Dunphy. Sub: A Doyle for T Delaney (58).

Ref -- B O'Reilly (Portlaoise).

Irish Independent

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