The old adage of a good start being half the battle held up here as Borris-Kilcotton took the 2012 Palmer Cup without ever really being troubled by a lacklustre Clough-Ballacolla side in Saturday evening’s decider in Shanahoe.
The new champions led from start to finish and despite never setting the world on fire themselves in what was a very scrappy affair, they had more than enough to withstand a second half comeback of sorts from the beaten Clough-Ballacolla men.
Borris-Kilcotton weren’t by any means perfect up front either, but certainly in that opening period it would be hard to replicate the outstanding shift put in by their entire back line. To a man they defended so doggedly that Clough Ballacolla were denied the time and space to create any scoring chances, and with their defence playing out of their skins, the forwards started to pick off the scores that would open up a six point lead at the break.
Early points from Kevin Finlay and Ciaran Comerford suggested that Borris-Kilcotton were going to embarrass their opponents but a fortunate goal that must be credited to Tom Delaney got the Clough-Ballacolla heads up and they managed to make some inroads into the Borris lead without ever really looking likely to overturn it altogether.
See this Wednesday’s Leinster Express for full report and photographic coverage