Graiguecullen’s second-half dominance proved the difference in Crettyard on Saturday last as they claimed the title with a comfortable seven point victory over Killeshin.
Laois JFC ‘B’ Final
Graiguecullen opened the scoring with a free from Gearoid Cuddihy after three minutes to set the scoring in motion. Gavin Deering replied three minutes later to level the proceedings, before points from Cuddihy, Denis Nolan and Brian O’Rourke eased Graigue into a three point lead.
Killeshin responded with 1-2 in four minutes to take the lead for the first time in the game. David Aston converted a free, before Jack Phelan calmly stroked the ball past Don Scully in the Graigue goals. Paschal Brennan completed a stellar three minutes for Killeshin with a well-taken point.
Graigue pulled two back before the interval through Brian O’Rourke and Denis Hand, but Killeshin claimed the last point of the half with Paschal Brennan lifting the white flag to leave Killeshin up by a single point at the break.
Graiguecullen made an ideal start to the second half with Ross Hennessy claiming a goal after just two minutes, but Killeshin replied almost instantly with two successive points from David Aston to level the game.
Graiguecullen took control of the game at this point and rattled off the next eight points without reply, with Cuddihy claiming three, John O’Neill and Brian O’Rourke fired braces, and Conor Smith sent over the point-of-the-match nine minutes before the end as Graigue ran rampant in the closing half to claim the silverware.
SCORERS - Graiguecullen: Gearoid Cuddihy 0-5 (frees), Brian O’Rourke 0-4, Ross Hennessy 1-0, John O’Neill 0-2 (frees), Denis Nolan, Denis Hand and Conor Smith 0-1 each. Killeshin: Jack Phelan 1-0, David Aston 0-3 (0-2 frees), Paschal Brennan 0-2; Gavin Deering and Kealan Galligan 0-1 each.
GRAIGUECULLEN: Don Scully; David Hurley, Eoin Alsybury, Donal Hurley; Conor Smithm Anthony Walsh, Alan Malone; Denis Nolan, John O’Neill; Stephen Hurley, Ross Hennessy, Gearoid Cuddihy; Brian O’Rourke, Denis Hand, John Brannigan. SUBS: Ger Brennan for Stephen Hurley; Jason Kelly for Gearoid Cuddihy.
KILLESHIN: Shane Lowry; Brendan Shortt, Kealan Galligan, Eddie Brennan; Diarmuid Whelan, Danny Bolton, Trevor Brennan; Aidan O’Rourke, Davis Aston; Jack Phelan, Gavin Deering, Paschal Brennan; Robbie Brennan, Daniel Hickey, Aaron McGrath. SUBS: Adam Brennan for Shane Lowry; Eoin Scully for Danny Bolton; Liam Doran for Daniel Hickey; Conor Doyle for Robbie Brennan; Eddie Hand for Aidan O’Rourke.