Keenan gives Camross derby day win while Ballinakill overhaul Rathdowney-Errill

Zane Keenan helped Camross to a six point victory over local rivals Castletown-Slieve Bloom on Sunday evening to give Camross their first win of the campaign.

Zane Keenan helped Camross to a six point victory over local rivals Castletown-Slieve Bloom on Sunday evening to give Camross their first win of the campaign.

Keenan’s accuracy proved to be a key difference between the sides in the second half. Both team were evenly matched in the opening half, with County minor Ben Conroy, fresh from a match-winning display the day before against Westmeath, and Keenan trading points in the first half.

The teams were level at half time, but Camross moved through the gears in the second half, and Castletown-Slieve Bloom couldn’t live with them. Keenan kept tagging on the points, and when Andrew Collier shot for goal midway through the half, they had opened up an unassailable lead.

Castletown-Slieve Bloom won’t have long to wait before getting another crack at Camross, as they teams are scheduled to meet each other this weekend in the Palmer Cup.

In the other game played on Sunday, Ballinakill had substitute Damian Cartner to thank for their one point win over Rathdowney-Errill.

It was two wins from two for Ballinakill, as they showed their win over Camross, in Camross, in the opening round was no fluke. Rathdowney-Errill started strongly and were in front for most of the first half, but Ballinakill reeled them in during the second period, with goals from TJ Lawlor and Carter the key scores.

There were two games played last Wednesday night, one of which saw a re-match of last year’s Laois SFC final, with Clough-Ballacolla taking on Portlaoise. In a typically well-fought game between the teams, there was a sense of deja vu about if for Portlaoise, as Mick Dunphy, scorer of a goal against them in last year’s final, got the crucial score again. He doubled on a long ball into the danger area to provide the final score in a 3-10 to 2-12 victory.

On the same night, Abbeyleix produced a stunning second half to blitz Ballyfin and claim a well deserved 0-22 to 1-8 win. There had been just one point separating the teams at half time, with JJ McHugh’s penalty keeping Ballyfin in touch at 1-5 to 0-9, but it was almost total domination from Abbeyleix in the second half to claim a deserved victory.