Ollie Dowling 1-3 (1-0 penalty), James Palmer (one free), Mark Conroy 1-1 each, Damien Culleton 0-2, Mossy Burke 0-1 (free)
Michael Lanigan 0-4 (all frees), Sean Burke ('65), Aidan Galvin 0-1 each
Camross and The Harps made their debut on Saturday afternoon in the Palmer Cup, a competition that has been upgraded this year to mark 125 years of the GAA.
Both sides lined out without a few key players, with the incentive on the Camross side to impress new manager PJ Cuddy. First score went to the home side when, shortly after the throw-in, Mossy Burke scored a point from a free near the 65m line. Ollie Dowling added a brace of points to the home sides total, in between a point from The Harps’ Aidan Galvin to leave it 0-3 to 0-1 after six minutes.
The Harps had a couple of chances to equalise, before a 65m free was cleared by the Camross defence and the ball made its way to the on-rushing James Palmer, who picked his spot to make it 1-3 to 0-1 after 12 minutes. A further point by Damien Culleton meant advantage Camross in this game.
A Michael Lanigan point from a free made it 1-4 to 0-2, then a Mark Conroy goal on 23 minutes sealed the issue. To their credit, The Harps kept up the pressure and a couple of Michael Lanigan points from frees got the deficit back to 2 clear goals, but an Ollie Dowling injury-time penalty goal meant it was Camross 3-4 The Harps 0-4 at half-time.
In the second half, points from Mark Conroy, James Palmer (free), Damien Culleton and Ollie Dowling took the Camross total to 3-8, before a Michael Lanigan point and a Sean Burke '65 brought The Harps total to 0-6.
The Harps were decimated with players on inter-county duty, but Michael Lanigan was their scorer-in-chief, keeping them in the game with freetaking duties. Kevin Galvin could do nothing about the goals conceded, and their outfield players tried their best in trying circumstances.
Camross ,who now play Abbeyleix in the s/final at home next Sunday,will be pleased with this run-out after a long winter.On a bitterly cold day,with more appealing sportsviewing options elsewhere,this will be seen as the foundation for the upcoming leagues and championship year.
James Delaney ruled the goalmouth area for Camross, ably assisted by the six backs in front, and the midfield never gave up.Ollie Dowling put in a Man of the Match performance at half forward, scoring 1-3 with help from those around him such as Damien Culleton and Mark Conroy. James Palmers’ namesake may be on the cup but only time will tell.
Camross: James Delaney; Larry Cuddy, Pakie Cuddy, Martin Burke; James Doran, Mossy Burke, Peter Guilfoyle; Seamie Higgins, Fran Hogan; Mark Conroy, Ken Cuddy, Ollie Dowling; Damien Culliton, Gary Cuddy, James Palmer. Subs: Thomas Dunphy for Delaney, James Delaney for Culliton
The Harps: Kevin Galvin; Shane Phelan, Brian Galvin, Pauric Dunne; Sean Bourke, David O'Shaughnessy, Barry Dunne; Michael Lanigan, Derek Phelan; Greg Delahunty, Sean Dunne, Brian Clancy; Aidan Galvin, Fintan Deegan, Justin Brophy.