Laois 1-11 Galway 3-31
Allianz National Hurling League Division 1B
An injury hit Laois side were put to the sword by a rampant Galway in Salthill this afternoon.
Eamon Kelly’s team were hit by an injury crisis during the week which ruled out a number of the players who had starred in the win against Offaly two weeks’ ago.
Stephen Maher, Cha Dwyer, Matthew Whelan and Podge Lawlor were just some of the high profile names who were absent and Laois simply couldn’t cope without them.
The Tribesmen, who were reeling after suffering defeat to Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford in the previous round, flew out of the blocks and went nine points up inside the first seven minutes.
The home side were playing with the wind and they used it well as Daithi Burke, David Burke, Cathal Mannion, Jason Flynn and Joseph Cooney were amongst the scorers as Galway raced into a commanding lead.
Aidan Corby, a late call-up to the starting 15 after Cha Dwyer was ruled out through illness, got Laois off the mark after 8 minutes with what was the O’Moore County’s first shot.
Paddy Purcell and Ross King added further scores but Galway were relentless and Aidan Harte and Cathal Mannion got in on the act to put Galway 0-14 to 0-3 ahead after 20 minutes.
There was no let up from Galway before half time with Thomas Monaghan, Conor Cooney and Paul Flaherty all raising white flags to ensure that each of the six starting Galway forwards had a score to his name before the break.
Laois headed for the dressing room trailing by 0-20 to 0-5 at the break and they really had a mountain to climb in the second period.
Laois needed to start the second half well if they were to have any hope and they did grab the opening two scores through Ross King and Patrick Purcell.
However, Galway kicked again and a Daithi Burke goal in the 42nd minute knocked the stuffing out of Laois.
Galway went 1-28 to 0-8 ahead by the 55th minute before the O’Moore men struck for a consolation goal via substitute Stephen Bergin.
But this seemed to only drive Galway on further and they hit back instantly with their second goal from the penalty spot thanks to substitute Joe Canning.
Laois did their best to keep the scoring difference down as Ross King and Conor Dunphy got on the scoreboard but Galway added a third goal through Conor Whelan as Laois suffered a 26 point defeat.
Enda Rowland (Abbeyleix)
Dwane Palmer (Camross)
Leigh Bergin (Shanahoe)
Cahir Healy (Portlaoise)
Seán Downey (Ballinakill)
Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney Errill)
Ryan Mullaney (Castletown)
Cian Taylor (Portlaoise)
Ben Conroy (Slieve Bloom)
Eanna Lyons (Ballyfin)
Aidan Corby (Clough-Ballacolla)
Paddy Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton)
Ross King (Rathdowney-Errill)
Neil Foyle (Borris-Kilcotton)
Willie Dunphy (Clough-Ballacolla)