The wait for Abbeyleix first win in ACHL Division 1 goes on after Camross recorded a six point victory on Sunday afternoon in Derrynaseera.
Early frees from Enda Rowland and Callum Mullen had the away side in front in the opening exchanges, as Zane Keenan replied for the hosts.
Stephen Thompson added another for Abbeyleix, who were looking for a repeat of their shock win over Camross in last year's championship. Again it was Keenan who responded, but Abbeyleix, playing with the wind at their backs, were enjoying the better of the first half.
They rattled off three points in a row to lead by four coming up to half time, but Camross threw themselves a lifeline when teenager Oisin Bennett rattled the back of the net.
That left just one in it at half time, as Abbeyleix lead 0-9 to 1-5.
The half time team talk worked wonders for Camross, and they stormed out of the blocks when play resumed. Bennett pounced for his second goal, and points came from Zane Keenan and Andrew Collier turned the game on its head.
Callum Mullen settled Abbeyleix back down with a free, and then the visitors gave themselves a lifeline when Jake Cranny fired in a brilliant goal with fifteen minutes left. However, Camross soon hit a flurry of points to kill the game as a contest, and they ran out six point winners in the end.
Scorers: Zane Keenan 0-9, Oisin Bennett 2-0, Mark Dowling 0-2, Matthew Collier, Andrew Collier, Dwane Palmer 0-1 each.
Team: Tadgh Doran; Andrew Mortimer, Martin Burke, Craig Delaney; Darrell Dooley, Gearoid Burke, Joe Phelan; Darragh Duggan, Matthew Collier; Mark Dowling, Tomas Burke, Zane Keenan; Niall Holmes, Dean Delaney, Oisin Bennett. Subs: Lorcan Burke for G Burke (12 minutes), Andrew Collier for D Duggan (31 mins), Dwane Palmer for D Delaney (47 mins), Eoin Gaughan for N Holmes (57 mins), Liam Delaney for M Dowling (59 mins).
Scorers: Callum Mullen 0-4, Jake Cranny 1-1, Enda Rowland 0-3, Liam Delaney, Stephen Reilly, Stephen Thompson 0-1 each.
Team: Enda Rowland; David Bonham, Oisin Carroll, Conor Bergin; PJ Corby, Alan Lynch, Jamie Coffey; Liam Delaney, Ciaran Carroll; Aaron Carroll, Stephen Reilly, Jake Cranny; Calum Mullen, Declan Phelan, Stephen Thompson. Subs: Eoghan Fennelly for S Reilly (42 mins), Donagh Egan for D Phelan (50 mins)
Referee: John Lalor (Shanahoe)
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