AIB Leinster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship q/f
Bray Emmets 0-17
St Lazarian’s Abbeyleix 0-16
A LATE pointed free from Bray’s Christy Moorehouse knocked Laois champions St Lazarian’s Abbeyleix out of the AIB Leinster Intermediate hurling championship after a cracking quarter-final in Echelon Park Aughrim on Saturday afternoon.
The accuracy of Moorehouse was key to this victory as the sharpshooter fired over 12 of his side’s points with his last one the crucial score after St Lazarian’s Abbeyleix had clawed their way back to level pegging from 0-16 to 0-14 down, although the Laois men will rue three wides in the closing stages that would have more than likely secured a dramatic victory.
The visitors had overturned a three-point deficit at the break to lead by 0-13 to 0-11 after 10 minutes of the second half with outstanding goalkeeper Enda Rowland bookending the five-point rally with two exceptional scores from distance.
However, a number of substitutions and an improved Bray Emmets approach resulted them opening up a 0-16 to 0-14 lead.
Abbeyleix substitute Adrian Dunne fired over to make it a one-point game after 54 minutes, but the Laois champions missed the next three chances before the superb Eoghan Fennelly levelled the game with the hour almost up.
Requiring a solid puck-out, Peter Reilly picked out Padraig Doyle. He fired long to Ronan McMahon who fed Ben McCormack who was deemed fouled by Kildare referee Conor Daly.
Up stepped Moorehouse who had shocked the Bray Emmets supporters when missing a relatively straightforward free in the opening half, but the talented attacker made no mistake as he rifled over.
Would St Lazarian’s Abbeyleix manage to pull it out of the bag? Rowland fired yet another superb restart down the field, but it came off a hurl and over the sideline and when Padraig Doyle struck the sideline ball the final whistle sounded, and the Bray Emmets roar went up.
In truth, either side could have won this game, that’s how close it was all the way through. Both camps will be aware of how they underperformed in parts.
St Lazarian’s Abbeyleix will look to their wide tally of 10, eight in the second half, as part of the reason for their downfall. Bray Emmets had one more but registered six of their total in the first, five in the second.
Bray Emmets: Christy Moorehouse 0-12 (0-11fs), Mikey Boland 0-2, Cian Lohan, Eoin McCormack and Ronan McMahon 0-1 each
Abbeyleix: Eoghan Fennelly 0-7 (0-4fs, 0-1 65), Enda Rowland 0-3 (fs); Shaun Fitzpatrick and Aaron Brennan 0-2 each, Colm Byrne and Adrian Dunne 0-1 each
BRAY EMMETS: Peter Reilly; Ben Kearney, James Anders, Sean Maloney; Cian Lohan, Padraig Doyle, John Henderson; Diarmuid Masterson Luke Maloney; Marc Lennon, Brian Nesbitt, Eoin McCormack; Mikey Boland, Christy Moorehouse, Davy Maloney.
Subs: Ronan McMahon for D Maloney (47m), Ben McCormack for Lennon (52m), Shane Lohan for Boland (56m), Cathal Ó Dualacháin for Nesbitt (63m)
ST LAZARIAN’S ABBEYLEIX: Enda Rowland; Mark Cahill, Oisin Carroll, Liam Delaney; Cillian McEvoy, Lawson Obular, Aaron Carroll; Shaun Fitzpatrick, Fionan Mahony; Aaron Brennan, Ciaran Carroll, Eoghan Fennelly; Colm Byrne, Declan Phelan, Ciaran Byrne.
Subs: Liam Doyle for McEvoy (h/t), Eamon Fitzpatrick for Delaney (h/t), Adrian Dunne for Phelan (45m), Colm Walsh for Carroll (52m)
Referee: Conor Daly (Kildare)