By Denis J. Croke
A late Stephen ‘Picky’ Maher free denied reigning champions Rathdowney/Errill a winning start to this year’s championship in O’Moore Park on Friday night.
Clough/Ballacolla will have every right to feel disappointed with the outcome as they had led for most of the game but in the end had to rely on Maher’s accuracy from placed balls to snatch the late equaliser.
Clough/Ballacolla held a narrow 2-6 to 0-10 lead at the half time break having been six in front at the mid-point of the half.
They went on to opening up a five lead in the second half but Rathdowney/Errill showed why they are the champions as they whittled back deficit and James Ryan edged them in front for the first time in the 69th minute.
And that was how it seemed it would finish until Maher split the posts from that long range free to leave the score reading 2-13 to 1-16.
The Harps hang on
In the Premier Intermediate championship The Harps had to withstand a determined rally from Camross to hang on for the win in Colt.
The winners dominated the opening half and were leading by 0-9 to 0-3 at half time. A goal shortly after the restart had them firmly in the driving seat.
However, when David Mortimer found the net for Camross the cracks began to appear in The Harps display. Darren Gilmartin’s point had the sides level and from there to the end it was tit for tat as the Durrow outfit barely held on for a 1-14 to 1-13 victory.
See full reports in next Tuesday’s Laois Nationalist