A superb second-half performance from Clough NS saw them edge out Cullohill NS to claim the Boys Division 1 title last Thursday evening.
Clough NS 2-12
Cullohill NS 2-5
With this being the Division 1 final, the standard was always going to be high, and it was going to be close, and so it proved.
Justin Deegan and Eoghan Delaney scored two cracking points for Cullohill to start the game, but Clough showed their class by fighting back to take the lead, as Thomas Brennan hit three points in a row.
A free from Liam Kirby tied the scores once again, but Cormac Hogan edged Clough NS back in front with a nice point.
Their lead was soon wiped out, however, by a goal from Liam Kirby, as Cullohill took the lead again in an exciting half of hurling.
Credit to Clough NS though, they never showed a hint of panic, and Thoms Brennan pointed twice, the second a wonderful score from play, and the teams were tied again at the break, 1-3 to 0-6 the score.
However, Clough NS moved through the gears after that, with Thomas Brennan racking up the points, and Cormac Hogan and Frank Hyland getting the crucial goals. Cullohill battled to the end, with Liam Kirby getting a late goal from a free, but Clough had done enough for the win.
Scorers: Thomas Brennan 0-9 (0-7 frees), Cormac Hogan 1-1, Frank Hyland 1-0, Gary Whelan (free), Joseph Pearson 0-1 each.
Team: Peter Rafter; Jim Hyland, Gary Whelan, Seán Hayes; Joseph Pearson, Colm Brennan; Thomas Brennan, Kevin Meade, Cormac Hogan. Subs: Frank Hyland
Scorers: Liam Kirby 2-3 (1-3 frees), Justin Deegan, Eoghan Delaney 0-1 each.
Team: Martin Drennan; Cormac Dunne, Jack Dunphy, Donal Deegan; Will Duggan, Justin Deegan; Eoghan Delaney, Liam Kirby, Ross Deegan. Subs: James Brennan.
Referee: Brochan Reilly (Portlaoise)
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