Borris Kilcotton got off to a perfect start in the 2013 Laois senior hurling championship on Saturday night with a commanding if uninspiring win over The Harps.
Racing into an early five point lead it looked like The Harps would be put to the sword by the interval but to their credit they crept back into the match and trailed 0-9 to 0-5 at half time.
A similar pattern emerged in the second half with Borris Kilcotton getting out of the traps quickest with two early points. A speculative goal by Harps early in the second looked like it might turn the game on its head.
Borris Kilcotton had no such ideas and regained their composure to rattle off seven points without reply and put the game to bed on the scorched O’Moore park turf. Although The Harps did find the net again Borris Kilcotton had plenty to spare and ran out comfortable winners to set up a winners round tie with reigning champs Rathdowney-Errill
Both teams were slow to get started initially and it took seven minutes for Borris Kilcotton to register the first score of a game when Patrick Whelan whipped over form 30 yards.
Once started Borris certainly made up for lost time with four more points in the next five minutes. Kevin Finlay, Ciaran Comerford, PJ Scully all rose white flags, the pick of this scoring flurry coming from full forward Joe Campion who played a neat one two with Scully before splitting the posts.
Scully and Campion’s interplay up front was a feature of Borris Kilcottons play and they were a thorn in the Haps defensive division throughout the hour.
The Harps finally got on the score board after twenty minutes with a pointed free from Mick Lanigan who pointed again a minute later with another converted free after a needless foul by Kevin Finlay on Sean Burke. A fine point by John Brophy made it three in a row for The Harps in the 23rd minute and the games momentum looked to be shifting.
Borris Kilcotton had no intention of giving up their first half dominance and points from Paul Drennan and an excellent 70 yard free from centre back Matthew Whelan opened up a three point gap.
The Harps struck back with one of the scores of the game, a 40 yard effort was flashed over right from the touchline by Harps wing back Gavin Dunne but Borris Kilcoton scored the final two points of the first half through with efforts from Ciaran Comerford and Stephen Finan to leave Tommy Buggy’s men leading 0-9 to 0-4 at the break.
Borris Kilcotton started the brightest in the second with two early scores and they looked home and hosed. However, The Harps found the net in the 36th minute when a speculative long ball into the square from corner back Shane Phelan, seemed to catch Borris Kilcotton keeper Trevor Moore by surprise and trickled into the net under duress from Sean Bourke.
This setback reawakened Borris Kilcotton who rattled off seven points without reply over the next 20 minutes, an excellent score from Paul Drennan following a deft pass from Ciaran Comerford the pick of these. The Harps did find the net again when Mick Lanigan kicked home from 5 yards in the 53rd minute but Borris Kilcotton were in cruise control by this stage and saw the game home.
Borris Kilcotton were dominant throughout and the slick inter play of their forwards was a constant feature. The Harps two goals did put some respectability on the score line but in truth they never really threatened and it was Borris Kilcotton who deservedly took the spoils.
SCORERS - Borris Kilcotton: Ciaran Comerford 0-6 (0-4 frees), Joe Campion 0-3, Paul Drennan and PJ Scully 0-2 each, Patrick Whelan, Kevin Finlay, Matthew Whelan, Stephen Finan, Robert Jones and Danny Fitzpatrick 0-1 each. The Harps: Michael Lanigan 1-7 (0-6 frees), Shane Phelan 1-0, Eoin Clancy and Brian Dunne 0-1 each.
BORRIS-KILCOTTON: Trevor Moore, Jim Fitzpatrick, Eoin Bergin, Noel Delaney, Brian Stapleton, Matthew Whelan, Stephan Finan, Kevin Finlay, Colm Stapleton, Patrick Whelan, Paul Drennan, Ciaran Comerford, PJ Scully, Joe Campion, Robert Jones.
Subs: Danny Fitzpatrick for P Drennan (50mins), Eric Abraham for J Fitzpatrick (56 mins)
THE HARPS: Kevin Galvin, Shane Phelan, Packie Flynn, Barry Dunne, Brian Galvin, Conor Dunne, Gavin Dunne, Ronan Delahunty, Shane Donohoe, John Brophy, Eoin Clancy, Brian Dunne, Mick Lanigan, Ross Young, Sean Burke. Subs: Pa Walsh for B Dunne (40mins)
Referee: Liam Dunne (Clough-Ballacolla)