Laois 1-8 Dublin 1-11
Leinster Minor Hurling Championship Round 2
The Laois minor hurlers missed the chance to advance straight to the semi-finals of the Leinster championship when they lost out to a 14-man Dublin side in Parnell Park this afternoon.
Laois played with the aid of the breeze in the first half but only took a one point lead into the interval and that ultimately cost them.
Having said that, they were given a brilliant chance when Dublin were reduced to 14 men with a quarter of the game to play and although Laois held the lead at that point, they failed to score in the final ten minutes and must make do with a quarter final place instead.
Laois ended the first half with a one point lead but you would never have said that after watching the first twelve minutes.
Dublin opened the scoring in the first minute through corner forward Seán Currie and then they struck for the game’s first goal when full forward Kevin Desmond found the net.
Laois replied thanks to a free from Oisin Bennet but the home side quickly took over with two more points from Liam Murphy and Eoghan O’Neill.
However, Christy Walsh’s men showed they were made of stern stuff in their win over Offaly and they battled back.
Oisin Bennett hit a point and then expertly finished a goal from close range before centre back Pádraig Delaney landed a monster point to level the game after 16 minutes.
James Keyes and Oisin Bennett pushed Laois in front but Dublin responded through Seán Currie.
Dublin almost gad a second goal but keeper Cathal Dunne was equal to Currie’s effort and Laois took a 1-6 to 1-5 lead into the half time break.
Laois made a great start to the second half as Oisin Bennet took his tally to 1-5 but Dublin kept within one thanks to Seán Currie.
The same player then equalised for Dublin before they were then reduced to 14 men after Kevin Burke was sent off with just ten minutes to play.
Oisin Bennett restored Laois’s advantage from a free in the 51st minute, but Dublin, despite having a man less, hit the next three points through the excellent Seán Currie to move 1-10 to 1-8 ahead with five minutes to play.
Dublin kept scoring though and when substitute Jason Byrne found the target from range, it put three between the teams and Laois needed a goal.
Sadly, it never came. However, Laois’ involvement in the Leinster championship isn’t over yet.
They are now in the quarter final where they will play Meath, who got the better of Westmeath, or Offaly who had six points to spare over Kildare.
SCORERS – Laois: Oisin Bennett 1-7 (3 frees), James Keyes and Pádraig Delaney 0-1 each Dublin: Seán Currie 0-8, Kevin Desmond 1-0, Liam Murphy, Jason Byrne and Eoghan O’Neill 0-1 each
LAOIS: Cathal Dunne (Clough-Ballacolla); Daniel Breen (Camross), Diarmuid Conway (Clough-Ballacolla), John Maher (Rosenallis); Ryan Murphy (Galmoy), Padraig Delaney (The Harps), Eoin O’Connor (Portlaoise); PJ Daly (Clonad), Liam Senior (Clonaslee-St Manman’s); Ciaran Comerford (The Harps), Joe McCormack (Castletown), Daniel Comerford (The Harps); James Keyes (Colt), Oisin Bennett (Camross), Joe Phelan (Castletown). Subs: Brandon McGinley (Rathdowney-Errill) for Phelan, Cathal Duggan (Portlaoise) for McCormack, Eoin Gaughan (Camross) for Liam Senior, Cormac Rigney (Portlaoise) for PJ Daly
DUBLIN: Conor O’Donohue, Andrew Dunphy, Ben McHugh, Thomas Glynn; Kevin Burke, Luke Walsh, Mark Grogan; Ben Coffey, Diarmuid O’Floinn; Eoghan O’Neill, Emmet Allen, Michael Murphy; Liam Murphy, Kevin Desmond, Seán Currie. Subs: David Keogh for Murphy, Jason Byrne for Allen, Enda O’Donnell for O’Neill, Billy Ryan for Murphy