Laois SHC final: Hyland's efforts all in vain as Camross reign supreme

September 24, 2017

Camross' Zane Keenan in action for Laois.
©INPHO/Dan Sheridan.

Camross 3-14

Clough-Ballacolla 1-19

Camross survived a late scare to claim their 25th Bob O'Keeffe Cup at Clough-Ballacolla's expense in O'Moore Park.

In a pulsating final, Willie Hyland shot 0-15 for Clough-Ballacolla, but still finished on the losing side as Willie Dunphy's superb injury-time goal proved to be a case of too little, too late.

Camross couldn't have asked for a better start when Niall Holmes and Dwane Palmer scored goals in the opening 10 minutes. Clough-Ballacolla replied with five unanswered points, including four from Hyland, but the black and ambers still held sway, 2-7 to 0-9, at half-time.

With Hyland in sparkling form, Clough-Ballacolla edged ahead with nine minutes remaining, but Dean Delaney quickly levelled before Zane Keenan (from a sideline) put Camross back in front. A late goal from substitute Mark Dowling left Clough-Ballacolla with too much ground to make up.

Camross - T Doran; M Phelan, M Burke, J Phelan; D Dooley, G Burke (0-2), D Keenan (0-1); T Burke, D Duggan (0-1); A Collier, Z Keenan (0-6, 3f, 1sl), D Delaney (0-2); N Holmes (1-1), D Palmer (1-0), C Collier (0-1). Subs: M Dowling (1-0) for C Collier, D Gilmartin for A Collier.

Clough-Ballacolla - D Hanlon; J A Delaney, D Maher, E Doyle; R Broderick, M McEvoy (0-1), L Cleere (0-1); T Delaney, A Corby (0-1); C Coonan, S Hanlon, R Phelan (0-1); S Bergin, W Hyland (0-15, 9f, 1sl), W Dunphy (1-0). Subs: B Corby for S Hanlon, B McEvoy for M McEvoy.

Referee - A Stapleton.

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