Mount Le­in­ster fend off 14-man Cam­ross

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Gaelic Games -

The All Ire­land club fi­nal­ists of 2014, Mount Le­in­ster Rangers pro­duced a flurry of late scores to get the bet­ter of Laois cham­pi­ons Cam­ross in O’Moore Park in Port­laoise.

Cam­ross were re­duced to 14 men early in the sec­ond half fol­low­ing the send­ing off of wing-back Dar­rell Doo­ley but the Laois men trailed by only a point with six min­utes re­main­ing. Mount Le­in­ster Rangers fin­ished strongly though and hit five ex­cel­lent points in in­jury time to fi­nally set­tle this con­test.

Early lead

Cam­ross played with the wind in the open­ing half and al­though they went into an early lead, Mount Le­in­ster Rangers were 0-6 to 0-5 up at the break.

They hit three quick points at the start of the sec­ond half and be­fore a straight red card to Doo­ley in the 36th minute left Cam­ross pressed on the ropes.

How­ever the loss of key for­ward De­nis Mur­phy to a ham­string in­jury slowed down the Car­low side’s charge and they saw their lead evap­o­rate in the fi­nal quar­ter.

Bril­liant sub­sti­tute

Zane Keenan, Mark Dowl­ing, Niall Holmes and Damien Keenan all found their range to drag Cam­ross back into the game, but scores from bril­liant sub­sti­tute Ted Joyce as well as Chris Nolan, Derek and Diar­muid Byrne and Paul Coady helped Mount Le­in­ster Rangers over the line.

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