Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Div1 Rd 5
St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix 0-10
By Pat Delaney
FOR the second Sunday in a row Borris/Kilcotton had a stroll as they sit on the top of the Division 1 table as they fielded several of their second string. Is the competition losing its appeal and are the strong getting strong and the weaker getting weaker?
On Sunday the game was played in Knockaroo in ideal conditions and in the opening half the visitors worked hard. But short several first choice players they struggled to put scores on the board.
Borris/Kilcotton had several players that played against Rosenallis a week earlier then several lined out at a lower level on Wednesday against Clonad but on Sunday they were hungry for more.
None more so than Daire Quinlan who scored two early points from frees, then stepped up to a line ball and with a perfect shot he found the roof of the visitors net.
Points were added by John Wall, Joe Campion and Bill Meade to push the home team in front by eight points but Abbeyleix responded with points from Eoghan Fennelly and Jamie Coffey. Late points from Daire Quinlan and Dean Carey left the half time score 1-12 to 0-5.
Abbeyleix opened the second half scoring with a point by Eoghan Fennelly from a free but at the other end Daire Quinlan replied with a brace. Fennelly added his second of the half but Abbeyleix needed a goal and they never threatened a solid full line of defence where Brian Stapleton was excellent and he was replaced in the final quarter.
John Wall and Aaron Carroll traded points but then a brace by Emmett Jones and Daire Quinlan stretch their advantage to 12. In the blink of an eye the Abbeyleix challenge was killed off when in the space of three minutes when Bill Meade won possession in midfield, soloed past defenders and hammered into the left half corner of PJ Corby’s goal. From the puck out he repeated the feat and now the deficit was eighteen points.
The closing minutes were pedestrian. Donnagh Egan and Eoghan Fennelly posted points for the visitors but so too did Joe Campion and Daire Quinlan.
These two sides will also meet in the championship but Abbeyleix manager Kieran Delaney will welcome back players from exams and injuries but a lot of work still to do.
The home management will be happy as they head straight to the league final which will be decided when they challenge Clough/Ballacolla away in their final game.
BORRIS/KILCOTTON: Mark Hanlon; Noel Delaney, Brian Stapleton, Jim Fitzpatrick; Pat Whelan, Stephen Phelan, Dan Fitzpatrick; Bill Meade (0-1), Conor Kilbane (2-0); John Wall (0-3), Joe Campion (0-3), Daire Quinlan (1-8); Dean Carey (0-1), Stephen Dunphy, Emmett Jones (0-3).
Subs: Owen Drennan for Stapleton (42m), Chris Jones for Wall (44m)
ST LAZERIAN’S ABBEYLEIX: PJ Corby; Enda McWey, Oisin Carroll, Barry Walsh; Declan Phelan, Liam Delaney, Cian Doyle; Ronan McEvoy, Mark Cahill (0-1); Ciaran Carroll, Aaron Carroll (0-2), Jamie Coffey (0-1); Conor Bergin, Eoghan Fennelly (0-6), Calum Mullen.
Sub: Donnagh Egan for Mullen (47m)
Referee: Ronan Devanney (Camross)