Laois SHC final: 'Picky' inspires Clough to comeback win

September 27, 2015

Laois' Stephen Maher. INPHO

Clough-Ballacolla 0-20

Camross 1-14

Stephen 'Picky' Maher split the posts 11 times as Clough-Ballacolla staged a stirring second half comeback to win their eighth Bob O'Keeffe Cup at Camross' expense in O'Moore Park.

The county star was unerring as Clough-Ballacolla recovered from a 0-6 to 1-9 half-time deficit to land their first title since 2011.

Dwayne Palmer's 21st minute goal propelled the Zane Keenan-led Camross into a 1-7 to 0-4 lead, with Maher accounting for all of the winners' first half tally.

Clough-Ballacolla scored seven points without reply, including an equaliser from defender Mick McEvoy, before closing out the win with late scores from Maher and his county team-mate Willie Hyland.

Clough-Ballacolla - D Hanlon; C Coonan, D Maher, E Doyle; J A Delaney, M McEvoy (0-1), L Cleere; R Broderick, T Delaney; S Maher (0-11, 9f, 1'65), S Hanlon, W Hyland (0-4); A Corby (0-1), W Dunphy (0-1), R Phelan (0-1). Subs: S Bergin (0-1) for A Corby, D Bergin for S Hanlon.

Camross - T Doran; M Phelan, M Maloney, J Phelan; D Palmer (1-0), G Burke, D Keenan; D Dooley, C Delaney; A Mortimer, T Burke, C Collier; D Delaney (0-2), A Collier (0-2), Z Keenan (0-9, 0-3f, 0-2'65). Subs: N Holmes for D Palmer, M Burke for M Phelan, D Gilmartin (0-1) for A Mortimer, A Moore for C Delaney.

Referee - B O'Reilly.

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