Following last week’s win for the Laois Senior hurlers over Antrim, and now as they prepare for the challenge of Carlow this weekend, Division 1 returned for a round of midweek fixtures which provided wins for Clough-Ballacolla and Rathdowney-Errill, while both Borris-in-Ossory-Kilcotton and Portlaoise, and The Harps and Ballinakill proved inseparable at the final whistle.
A dramatic finale was on the cards when neighbours The Harps squared up against Ballinakill with the teams finishing up level at fulltime on a scoreline of 2-11 to 0-17.
Brian Galvin led the charge for The Harps with a tally of eight points to his name, while Eoin Clancy grabbed 1-1, Ross Young and Gavin Dunne converted points, while Pat Walshe claimed what looked to be the game-winning goal in injury time - but it wasn’t to be as Eamon Jackman secured a draw with his sixty-third minute leveller.
Having been on the backfoot for much of the game, Ballinakill slotted four unaswered points midway through the second half to draw level, before going on to slot a further four points to storm into the lead - eight consecutive points.
The ever-reliable Eamon Jackman notched six points on the day, Eddie Dwyer four points, Damien Carter three, Seamus Dwyer two, while Michael Jackman and David Phelan picked up points as the teams split the points in an evenly matched encounter.
Despite only trailing by four points at the break on a scoreline of 1-7 to 1-3, Camross went on to lose by ten points at the hands of Rathdowney Errill on Wednesday night.
Rathdowney controlled the game from start to finish as they held the lead from the first score through to the final whistle. Darran King slotted six points for the eventual winners, Ross King 1-2, Owen Holohan 1-1, Brian Bowe 1-0, Patrick Purcell 0-2, with the remainder divided among five players in a well-spread scoreline.
Despite finishing up with 2-2 to his name, Ciaran Collier still finished up on the wrong end of the scoreline. Dean Delaney converted four points for Camross, while Tomas Burke, Damien Keenan and James Doran all picked up points as Camross remain mid-table with four points.