Camross retained their Laois SHC title thanks to a hard-earned 2-15 to 0-19 final victory over Rathdowney-Errill in O’Moore Park today.
Goals from Eoin Gaughan and Mark Dowling were instrumental in the club’s 26th county title success while Rathdowney-Errill lost the services of the influential Ross King to a facial injury following a row which broke out in the 25th minute.
Gaughan’s goal was the difference between the teams at the half-time whistle – 1-8 to 0-8.
Dowling’s three pointer arrived in the 39th minute and parachuted the Danny Owens managed side into an eight point lead.
Rathdowney-Errill mounted a late comeback but they had left themselves too much to do and Camross held on for a two-point win.
Camross - T Dunphy; A Mortimer, M Moloney, J Phelan; L Burke (0-1), A Collier, M Burke (0-1); D Dooley, T Burke (0-1); C Collier (0-3), N Holmes, Z Keenan (0-7, 5f, 1'65); M Dowling (1-1), D Delaney (0-1), E Gaughan (1-0). Subs: D Palmer for D Dooley, M Collier for M Burke, O Bennett for N Holmes.
Rathdowney-Errill - N Brennan; A Delaney, B Campion, J Corrigan; E Killeen, J Fitzpatrick, J Kelly; S Dollard, J Purcell; P Purcell (0-1), T Dowling (0-3), J Ryan; M Kavanagh (0-12, 10f, 1'65), R King (0-1), P McCane (0-1). Subs: B McGinley (0-1) for S Dollard, D Poynton for R King, E Bourke for D Poynton, R Bowe for P McCane.
Referee - J O'Brien.