Borris-Kilcotton lost out to Dublin side Cuala
Borris-Kilcotton saw their dreams of Leinster Club SHC glory come to an abrupt end in Parnell Park on Sunday.
Dublin champions Cuala turned in a scintillating first half display to all but wrap up the win by the midway point. Con O'Callaghan, a late addition to the team, justified his inclusion with a first half hat-trick, as Cuala's pace, power and movement caused Borris-Kilcotton trouble throughout the game.
The Laois champions tried to keep in touch with points from Danny Fitzpatrick, PJ Scully and Neil Foyle, but Cuala were 3-11 to 0-6 up at the break.
Borris-Kilcotton improved after half time, with Scully chipping in with a three more points from placed balls, but O'Callaghan's fourth goal, in the 40th minute, kept Cuala well ahead. Paddy Whelan did manage a late consolation for Borris-Kilcotton with a goal in injury time, but Cuala ran out deserving winners.
Scorers: PJ Scully 0-6 (0-5 frees, 0-1 sideline), Patrick Whelan 1-2, Aaron Dunphy, Danny Fitzpatrick 0-2 each, Neil Foyle, Joseph Campion 0-1 each.
Team: Eoin Fleming; Stephen Finan, Brian Stapleton, Noel Delaney; Colm Stapleton, Matthew Whelan, Jim Fitzpatrick; Patrick Whelan, Danny Fitzpatrick; Daire Quinlan, Joseph Campion, Stephen Dunphy; PJ Scully, Aaron Dunphy, Neil Foyle. Subs: Conor Kilbane for Delaney (23 mins), Stephen Phelan for Quinlan (half time), Bill Meade for Finan (43 mins), Eoin Fitzpatrick for S Dunphy (43 mins).
Scorers: Cian O'Callaghan 4-3, David Treacy 0-6 (0-5 frees), Cian Waldron 0-4, John Sheahan, Colm Cronin, Colum Sheanon 0-1 each.
Team: Sean Brennan; Oisin Gough, Cian O'Callaghan, Simon Timlin; Sean Moran, Paul Schutte, John Sheahan; Jake Malone, Darragh O'Connell; Sean Treacy, Colm Cronin, David Treacy; Mark Schutte, Con O'Callaghan, Cian Waldron. Subs: Shane Stapleton for D Treacy (45 mins), Colum Sheanon for Waldron (49 mins), Ross Tierney for O'Callaghan (54 mins), Brian Fitzgerald for Timlin (54 mins), Naoise Waldron for S Treacy (59 mins).
Referee: Paud O'Dwyer (Carlow)