As another busy round of the Junior Hurling Championship got underway during the week, it was a case of joy for some, and despair for others as some favourites triumphed and some fell.
Goals were the key for Borris in Ossory/Kilcotton as they eased past Rathdowney Errill with a score line of 5–9 to 1–7. Barry Wall, Colm Stapleton and Bill Meade were the three men stood out from the crowd showing some fine hurling and adding scores on the board to for their team. That win leaves Borris in Ossory/Kilcotton second in the group behind Ballypickas who breezed past the Harps last week.
On the opposite side of the group, Portlaoise’s visit to Castletown-Slieve Bloom was one to forget as they fell short of the home side on a score line of 0–10 to 1–9. The game was over shadowed by a Portlaoise red card during the match, which paid dividends for Castletown-Slieve Bloom as the score line reflected.
In the same side Clough-Ballacolla didn’t have to do much to get the better of Kyle. A 2–14 to 0–7 score line said it all for the victors as they now head towards a home tie against Portlaoise next week, while Kyle will host tricky visitors St Fintan’s Mountrath.
As the junior C championship was progressing, Ballylinan had the difficult task of having two games in the space of five nights. While some teams such as Clonaslee St. Manmans had already completed two of their games, Ballylinan hadn’t even started. The only boost they had going into their two games, both were with home advantage which was set to be a factor they would take advantage of.
Their first game saw the visit of St Lazarians Abbeyleix. A strong performance from their attack saw them run out ten point winners with an impressive tally of 3–17. That win led them to their second match on Friday night which was another impressive performance against Timahoe. Another victory came their way and they would be more than happy for a few nights work.
Perhaps the most anticipated match-up coming in the next few weeks will be the replay of the Junior B championship final between Camross and Moutmellick. Any replay is exciting, but the fact that it’s a championship final makes the game even more riveting for supports from both clubs looking onwards. The JHC has an exciting few weeks in store as we draw close and closer to the end of the season.