Two of the big guns of Laois hurling came face to face in the U-21 quarter final in Kilcotton on Saturday afternoon.
In what was a game of real quality it was Borris-Kilcotton who just did enough, thanks to a strong second half performance to claim the spoils on a scoreline of 0-19 to 0-17.
Borris-Kilcotton dominated the early proceedings and were deservingly ahead 0-3 to 0-1 by the ten minute mark. The scoring abilities of Rathdowney Errill’s Ross King were put to good use both from play and the placed ball ,seeing the teams level four a piece on the quarter hour.
Rathdowney Erril hit three in a row to lead 0-10 to 0-5 as the first period drew to a close but Borris Kilcotton hit back with their own hatrick of white flags, full forward John Wall’s neat turn and dispatch the pick of these to reduce his sides arrears to two at the interval, Rathdowney Erill going to the break 0-10 to 0-8 in front.
Borris-Kilcotton’s Willie Whelan continued the fight back inside the first minute of the second period closing the gap to one. Rathdowney-Errill passed up the perfect opportunity to raise a green flag a minute later when Ross King’s penalty was saved superbly by Borris Kilcotton’s net minder Eoin Fleming.
Borris Kilcotton were buoyed by this and hit another hatrick of unanswered points seeing the men in red and green take the lead for the first time in the 47th minute.
Rathdowney-Errill matched this in the following three minutes as this tit for tat game continued to ebb and flow.
PJ Scully added a superb sideline cut to tie up matters fifteen a piece as the game entered the last ten minutes. Ross King and Joe Campion traded scores before Scully put Borris-Kilcotton in front, and Colm Stapleton sealed the win late on.
SCORERS - Borris Kilcotton: PJ Scully 0-10 (0-5 frees,0-2 65s), Joe Campion 0-3, Willie Whelan, Colm Stapleton 0-2 each, John Wall, David Quinlan 0-1 each; Rathdowney-Errill: Ross King 0-7 (0-6 frees),Tadgh Dowling 0-4, Eoin Burke 0-3, Patrick Purcell 0-2 (frees), Matt Meehan 0-1
BORRIS-KILCOTTON: Eoin Fleming; Bill Meade, Des Daly, Conor Quinlan; Steven Finan, Jim Fitzpatrick, Eoin Quinlan; Patrick Whelan, Colm Stapleton; David Quinlan, PJ Scully, Joe Campion; Willie Whelan, John Wall , Ciaran O Brien. Subs: Patrick Guidera for C O’Brien (38 mins), Jamie Dooley for W Whelan (56 mins)
RATHDOWNEY-ERRILL: Jamie Fox; Jack Kelly, Patrick Bergin, Niall Delaney; Nathan Unwin, Patrick Purcell, Shane Clear; James Ryan, Tadgh Dowling; Michael Bowe, Eoin Burke, Ross King; Patrick Carroll, Matt Meehan, Ray Bowe. Subs: Shane Madden for M Meehan (28 mins)