A thrilling game was witnessed by all in Rathdowney on Thursday evening as it took extra time to separate the sides, with Borris-Kilcotton emerging five point victors.
From the off it was evident the result would go right down to the wire, within ten minutes of the throw-in seven scores had already been registered to - Castletown-Slieve Bloom leading four points to three.
Loughlin Hegarty slotted a brace, while James Hooban and Ben Conroy made up the four points. For Borris-Kilcotton, Ciaran Comerford opened their account after four minutes with a free, before Matthew Whelan landed two long range points from play to keep them within a point.
Castletown-Slieve Bloom claimed two points in quick-succession from James Hooban and David Cuddy, but Borris-Kilcotton were to go a step further and land three-in-a-row with Jim Fitzpatrick, Bill Meade and Dan Fitzpatrick all splitting.
Borris-Kilcotton closed out the half strongly with Matthew Whelan slotting two frees, while James Hooban claimed his third point of the day for Castletown, to see Borris hold a narrow one point advantage at the break.
Within ten minutes of the restart Castletown-Slieve Bloom had out-shot Borris-Kilcotton three points to two, thanks to a brace from Seamus Lyons, to level the game yet again. The teams continued to match each other until Borris-Kilcotton stole the lead thanks to Rob Jones’ goal in the fifty-sixth minute to put them three points ahead.
A dramatic conclusion to the sixty minutes was on the cards, with an injury time leveler from James Hooban sending the game to extra time.
Jim Fitzpatrick registered the first point of extra time with mere seconds on the clock, before substitute Tadhg Dooley equalised five minutes later to see the teams level at the interval once again.
The second half of extra time proved too much for Castletown-Slieve Bloom as they failed to register a score, while Borris-Kilcotton pushed on to slot five and seal the win.
SCORERS - Borris-Kilcotton: Ciaran Comerford (frees) and Matthew Whelan (0-3 frees) 0-5 each; Rob Jones 1-1; Jim Fitzpatrick, Kevin Finlay 0-2 each; Bill Meade, Dan Fitzpatrick, Joe Campion, Colm Stapleton, and PJ Scully 0-1 each; Castletown-Slieve Bloom: Seamus Lyons (frees) and James Hooban 0-4 each; John Gaughan (frees), Paul Cuddy, Ben Conroy and Loughlin Hegarty 0-2 each; David Cuddy and Tadhg Dooley 0-1 each.
BORRIS-KILCOTTON: Trevor Moore; Jim Fitzpatrick, Owen Bergin, Noel Delaney; Paul Drennan, Matthew Whelan, Steven Finane; Kevin Finlay, Bill Meade; Ciaran Comerford, Dan Fitzpatrick, PJ Scully; John Wall, Daire Quinlan, Rob Jones. SUBS: Colm Stapleton for Bill Meade; Joe Campion for John Wall; Frankie Cullinane for Daire Quinlan; Eric Abraham for Dan Fitzpatrick; Rory Moore for Paul Drennan.
CASTLETOWN-SLIEVE BLOOM: Ger Cuddy; Paddy Mullaney, Geraoid Gaughan, Enda Conroy; Ryan Mullaney, Paul Cuddy, Declan Keenan; Kevin Conroy, John Gaughan; Loughlin Hegarty, Ben Conroy, David Cuddy; Evan Cuddy, Seamus Lyons, James Hooban. SUBS: Barry McKelvey for Loughlin hegarty; Paul Harding for David Cuddy; Tadhg Dooley for Evan Cuddy; David Cuddy for Paul Harding.