Clough-Ballacolla overturned a one point half-time deficit to claim a hard-fought draw against Camross in a bitterly tight clash in Ballacolla on Wednesday night.
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The draw confirmed their place in the semi-final while Camross were left waiting for other results to determine whether they had secured a place in the last four.
Camross opened the scoring with just a minute and a half on the clock with Dwane Palmer picking out the oncoming Darren Gilmartin who fired low past Danny Hanlon for the first goal of the day. Clough-Ballacolla steadied the ship almost immediately with Aidan Corby splitting the posts.
Dwane Plamer and Gilmartin lifted the white flag in quick succession, before Damien Bergin pulled one back for the home side. Camross went straight back on the attack and went five points clear thanks to points from James Palmer and Ciaran Collier.
Clough-Ballacolla pulled three back through Damien Bergin (2) and Mick McEvoy, but Aaron Moore and Gilmartin replied to keep the gap at four points. With six minutes remaining in the half, Ballacolla took off on a scoring spree as they notched 1-2 in two minutes, with Damien Bergin bagging 1-1.
Camross closed out the half on a high with two long-range efforts from centre-back, Gearoid Burke, to see them hold a narrow one-point advantage at the interval.
Camross picked up where they left off with Gilmartin, Damien Keenan, Tomas Burke, Ciaran Collier and James Palmer adding points, while Damien Bergin (2), Mick McEvoy and Aidan Corby kept Ballacolla in touch.
Camross took a four point lead approaching the final ten minutes through Gearoid Burke and Damien Keenan, but Ballacolla battled back to within a point thanks to points from Aidan Corby (2) and Willie Dunphy.
Camross extended their lead to two points through Tomas Burke with three minutes left to play, but two late frees from Damien Bergin ensured that the points were split in Ballacolla on Wednesday night.
SCORERS - Clough-Ballacolla: Damien Bergin 1-8 (0-6 frees), Aidan Corby 0-4, Mick McEvoy 0-2, Jim Doyle and Willie Dunphy 0-1 each. Camross: Darren Gilmartin 1-3, (0-2 frees), Gearoid Burke 0-3 (0-1 free), Ciaran Collier, James Palmer, Damien Keenan (0-1 free) and Tomas Burke 0-2 each; Aaron Moore and Dwane Palmer 0-1 each.
CLOUGH-BALLACOLLA: Danny Hanlon; Johnny Finane, Darren Maher, Jim Doyle; Canice Coonan, Tom Delaney, Ronan Broderick; Pat McEvoy, John A Delaney; Aidan Corby, Mick McEvoy, Damien Bergin; Ciaran Finane, Willy Dunphy, Stephen Bergin. SUBS: Shane Hanlon for Johnny Finane; Brendan Doherty for Tom Delaney; Eoin Doyle for Canice Coonan.
CAMROSS: James Delaney; Kevin Lalor, Martin Burke, Craig Delaney; Andrew Collier, Gearoid Burke, Damien Keenan; Aaron Moore, Andrew Mortimer; Ciaran Collier, Tomas Burke, Darren Gilmartin; Moirty Delaney, Dwane Palmer, James Palmer. SUBS: Dan Lalor for Moirty Delaney.
REFEREE: Anthony Stapleton