Laois Schools 6-10
Dublin North Schools 0-8
Leinster Schools Juvenile Hurling ‘A’ League
Heywood’s Lee Maher helped himself to a hat-trick as Laois Schools junior hurlers ran out comfortable 20 point winners over Dublin North Schools in the Laois Training Centre this afternoon.
Ciarán Muldowney’s side dominated the game from start to finish and were rarely troubled by their opponents from the capital.
Laois raced into an early two point lead thanks to Adam Kirwan and Noah Quinlan. The former then had the ball in the net for the first time after five minutes when he latched on to a long range pass from James Whelan and fired home from an acute angle.
Dublin were granted a perfect opportunity to get back in the game when Daire Tobin fouled Eoin Wilde in the penalty area but Conor Murray fired the resulting placed ball over the bar.
Laois grew in confidence with DJ Callaghan, Kirwan and Lee Maher all pointing before they Heywood full forward grabbed his first goal after a mistake from the Dublin keeper.
Dublin Schools hit two more points before half time but Laois were relentless as DJ Callaghan set up Lee Maher for his second goal before helping himself to another point to leave the half time score reading 3-6 to 0-3.
Dublin rallied on the resumption with three unanswered points on the resumption of play by Laois quickly stamped out any talk of a comeback thanks to a brace from Adam Kirwan before Maher completed his hat-trick after a brilliant pass from Conor Goode.
Kirwan added another two frees and Laois finished the game with their sixth goal from substitute Paddy Hosey as they made a convincing start to their Leinster league campaign.
SCORERS: Laois – Lee Maher 3-1, Adam Kirwan 1-6 (4frees), Paddy Hosey 1-0, DJ O’Callaghan 0-2, Noah Quinlan 0-1
David Sheeran (Heywood CS)
David Dooley (Mountmellick CC)
Daire Tobin (Mountrath CS)
James Whelan (Heywood CS)
Aodh Bowes (Clonaslee VS)
Eamon Fitzpatrick (Heywood CS)
Aaron O’Dea (Heywood CS)
Darragh Hogan (St Fergals VS)
Fionan Mahony (Heywood CS)
Conor Goode (Portlaoise CBS)
Noah Quinlan (Mountrath CS)
DJ Callaghan (Clonaslee VS)
Adam Kirwan (Mountrath CS)
Lee Maher (Heywood CS)
Taidhg Cuddy (Mountrath CS)
James Keegan (St Fergals VS) for Cuddy (20mins)
Paddy Hosey (Portlaoise CBS) for Maher (42mins)
Mark Ramsbottom (Heywood CS) for Hogan (42mins)
DJ White (Portlaoise CBS) for Kirwan (50mins)
REFEREE: Brochan O’Reilly (Portlaoise)