Laois Shopping Centre U/20 Hurling Championship Shield s/f
The Harps 0-14
By Pat Delaney
THESE two have fought some great under age battles in recent times like last year the Harps claimed the under nineteen title after extra time but Camross claimed the last under-21 title.
The Harps scored a fantastic victory in the minor final defeating but then lost the junior and senior A finals and on Sunday they sported a number of players from all three finals.
In the opening half they looked razor sharp and Camross soon realised they were facing a far more dangerous animal at Borris-in-Ossory.
Camross fired over two early points by Dan Delaney and Odhran Phelan but minor star Conor Delaney replied in the fifth minute. Camross added the next two, Eoin Gaughan from a free and Thomas Keyes from an acute angle.
The Harps then upped a gear shooting three in a row to level matters and then went two clear with points by Ciaran Comerford and Evin Deegan. Camross drew level with points from Eoin Gaughan and a second from Odhran Phelan all square after 19 minutes.
The Harps crept back in front courtesy of Deegan but again the skilful Thomas Keyes was causing problems and he landed the equaliser. After further exchanges the Harps went to the break leading 0-11 to 0-10.
On the change of ends Camross drew level with perhaps the score of the game from play by midfielder Eoin Gaughan after thirty one minutes.
The next score did not arrive for seven minutes, again from Gaughan and when he scored again Camross led by two. However, in comparison to the opening half scores were hard to come by and the Camross defence was now totally dominating.
Similarly the Harps defence were containing the champions but after a delay for an injury to a Harps player Camross broke the impasse when footballer Rob Tyrell received a perfect pass from Niall Bennett, soloed past his marker and hammered the ball beyond the Harps keeper.
After a barren 20 minutes Evin Deegan pointed converted a free for the Harps. Camross replied with points from Gaughan and Dan Delaney restoring the five point lead. Gaughan and Deegan twice swapped points but the Harps would not score again.
In the closing minutes Oisin Bennett and Liam Delaney landed spectacular points. Tyrell then went on another solo run and when he spotted Niall Bennett he blasted past the Harps keeper. Dan Delaney closed the scoring with his third superb point.
CAMROSS: Cillian Tiernan; Thomas Palmer, Dan Breen, Cian Delaney; Rob Delaney, Eoin Dowling, Liam Delaney (0-1); Eoin Gaughan (0-10), Joe Ryan; Odhran Phelan (0-2), Rob Tyrell (1-0), Dan Delaney (0-3); Thomas Keyes (0-2), Oisin Bennett (0-1), Niall Bennett (1-0).
Subs: Dan Moore for N Bennett (58m), Dean Dowling for D Delaney (58m)
THE HARPS: Lorcan Fitzpatrick; Tiarnach Doheny, Pauric Dunne, Thomas Walsh; Ciaran Burke, Padraig Delaney, Rhian Edwards; Aonghus O’Grady, Michael Monaghan; Evin Deegan (0-10), James Duggan, Conor Delaney (0-3); Fionn Whelan, Ciaran Comerford (0-1), Gareth Singh.
Subs: Billy McEvoy for Monaghan (47m), Ben Dunphy for Burke (53m)
Referee: Adrian McCartney (Clough/Ballacolla)