Camross 2-15
Rathdowney-Errill 0-19

Camross were crowned Laois SHC winners for the 26th time in O'Moore Park as they recovered from a slow start to eventually get the better of Rathdowney-Errill.

Goals in either half - from Eoin Gaughan and Mark Dowling - laid the foundation for Camross to retain their title, the first team to do so since Castletown in 2003.

But it was a controversial row in the 25th minute that proved the game's main turning point. At the time Rathdowney-Errill led 0-8 to 0-5 despite playing into a stiff breeze.

But a skirmish led to Laois captain Ross King being forced off with a facial injury - and referee John O'Brien opting to hand out just a couple of yellow cards. Camross then hit the next three points to level the game and on the stroke of half time Eoin Gaughan struck for the game's first goal and they led 1-8 to 0-8 at the break.

A kicked Mark Dowling goal nine minutes into the second half helped stretch them eight clear and although Rathdowney-Errill battled on, they were left to rue a couple of bad wides. They did manage to close the gap to two thanks to the unerring free-taking of Mark Kavanagh and points from play from Tadhg Dowling and Paddy Purcell.

But Camross settled the ship and held on for their latest championship triumph.  

It’s their first time to put titles back to back since 1993-1994 and they now go forward to play the Wexford winners in the Leinster championship in early November.

Camross: Thomas Dunphy; Andrew Mortimer, Malvin Moloney, Joe Phelan; Lorcan Burke (0-01), Andrew Collier, Martin Burke (0-01); Darrell Dooley, Tomas Burke (0-01); Ciaran Collier (0-03), Niall Holmes, Zane Keenan (0-07, 0-05f); Mark Dowling (1-01), Dean Delaney (0-01), Eoin Gaughan (1-00).

Subs: Dwane Palmer for Dooley (HT), Matthew Collier for M Burke (50), Oisin Bennett for Holmes (57), Darren Gilmartin for T Burke (61)

Rathdowney-Errill: Noel Brennan; Alan Delaney, Brian Campion, Jimmy Corrigan; Eric Killeen , Joe Fitzpatrick, Jack Kelly; Shane Dollard, John Purcell; Paddy Purcell (0-01), Tadhg Dowling (0-03), James Ryan; Paddy McCane (0-01), Ross King (0-01), Mark Kavanagh (0-12, 0-10f).

Subs: Daithi Poynton for Dollard (injured - 25), Brandon McGinley (0-01) for King (injured - 25), Dan Bourke for Poynton (52), Ray Bowe for McCane (57)

Referee: John O'Brien (Portlaoise)