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Classy Kildare prove far too strong for Laois

Fergal Conway in action against Colm Begley during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final
Fergal Conway in action against Colm Begley during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final

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Laois 1-7 Kildare 1-21

Leinster Senior Football Championship Quarter Final

Laois’s Leinster Championship campaign is over after they were comprehensively beaten by Kildare in O’Connor Park this afternoon.

Laois scored a goal with their first attack but Peter Creedon’s men couldn’t capitalise on that fine start and went almost 50 minutes without scoring a point from play.

Kildare ran at the Laois defence at will and the O’Moore men had no answer to it – Kildare finishing the game with twelve different scorers.

But Laois did make a simply incredible start. Evan O’Carroll blocked down Ollie Lyons and handed the ball to Donie Kingston on the Kildare 21.

He burst past the tackles of three Kildare defenders before planting a shot low beyond Mark Donnellan to give Laois the best possible start.

Kildare were playing with the aid of the breeze and Kevin Feely, Cathal McNally and Mark Donnellan quickly wiped out Laois’s lead with long range efforts in the first five minutes.

And the Lillywhites had the lead after seven minutes when a defensive mix up between Padraig McMahon and Denis Booth gave McNally the score his second of the afternoon.

After that initial scoring blitz from Kildare, Laois needed a score to settle them and it came in the shape of a Donie Kingston free to level matters after 14 minutes.

Laois had Alan Farrell and Pádraig McMahon rotating in the sweeper role during the first half and the former made a telling interception to a Daniel Flynn pass which was intended for David Slattery and would have produced a certain goal chance.

Laois lost Niall Donoher to injury and Daniel Flynn put Kildare in front again but Evan O’Carroll landed a monster free to level the game again after 22 minutes.

But Laois wouldn’t score again for the remainder of the half while Kildare landed the next seven points.

Laois coughed up possession too easily in their next three attacks with Kildare punishing them each time thanks to a brace from Daniel Flynn and another via Ollie Lyons to move 0-8 to 1-2 ahead as we entered the final ten minutes of the first half.

It was all Kildare now with Tommy Moolick and Keith Cribbin kicking what was Kildare’s fifth consecutive point to move them five clear with five minutes to play in the first half.

Laois were struggling to even register an attempt at goal by this stage and Niall Kelly became their eight different scorer before Paul Cribbin became their ninth to leave the scoreboard reading 0-12 to 1-2 at half time to Kildare.

David Slattery became Kildare’s tenth different scorer on the resumption of play before Donie Kingston stemmed the flow with a free from a very acute angle after 38 minutes.

Johnny Byrne became Kildare’s eleventh different scorer after popping up from wing back while Niall Kelly moved Kildare nine clear after 45 minutes and things were looking very bleak for Laois.

The O’Moore’s were in big trouble and the game was over by the 48th minute. Niall Kelly slotted a point before Daniel Flynn rammed home a goal to put thirteen between the teams and send Laois fans streaming out of O’Connor Park.

Alan Farrell grabbed Laois’s first point from play after 49 minutes but David Slattery hit straight back for Kildare.

Gary Walsh kicked a 45 but Laois trailed by 12 points as we entered the closing ten minutes and needed a miracle.

And it didn’t come as Kildare piled on the misery upon Laois with Fionn Dowling and Kevin Feely raising white flags, Dowling their twelfth different scorer of the day.

Paul Cribbin and Eamonn Callaghan added further points for Kildare before Gary Walsh scored what was Laois’s second point from play.

Gary Walsh registered the game’s final score but Kildare ran out 14 point winners as Laois head for the qualifiers.

SCORERS – LAOIS: Donie Kingston 1-2 (0-2 free), Gary Walsh 0-3 (0-1 45), Evan O’Carroll 0-1 (0-1free), Alan Farrell 0-1 KILDARE: Daniel Flynn 1-3, Niall Kelly 0-3, Cathal McNally 0-3, Kevin Feely 0-2 (0-2 frees), Paul Cribbin 0-2, Mark Donnellan 0-1 (free), Ollie Lyons 0-1, Tommy Moolick 0-1, Keith Cribbin 0-1, David Slattery 0-1, Johnny Byrne 0-1, Fionn Dowling 0-1, Eamonn Callaghan 0-1

LAOIS: Graham Brody (Portlaoise); Darren Strong (Emo), Denis Booth (The Heath), James Kelly (St Joseph’s); Eoin Buggie (Stradbally), Pádraig McMahon (Ballyroan-Abbey), Damien O’Connor (Timahoe); Brendan Quigley (Timahoe), Colm Begley (Stradbally); Evan O’Carroll (Crettyard), John O’Loughlin (St Brigid’s), Niall Donoher (Courtwood); Alan Farrell (Ballylinan), Donie Kingston (Arles-Killeen), Paul Kingston (Arles-Killeen) Subs: Ambros Doran (Graiguecullen) for Donoher (18mins, inj), Gary Walsh (Ballylinan) for O’Carroll (41mins), Ross Munnelly (Arles-Kilcruise) for P Kingston (52mins), Kevin Meaney (Arles-Kilcruise) for Quigley (64mins), David Conway (Arles-Kilcruise) for Doran (64mins), James Finn (Ballyfin) for Kelly (66mins)

KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Mick O’Grady, David Hyland, Ollie Lyons; Johnny Byrne, Eoin Doyle, Keith Cribbin; Kevin Feely, Tommy Moolick; Fergal Conway, Niall Kelly, Paul Cribbin; David Slattery, Daniel Flynn, Cathal McNally. Subs: Eamonn Callaghan for Conway (53mins), Fionn Dowling for Moolick (56mins), Chris Healy for McNally (56mins), Peter Kelly for O’Grady (64mins), Emmet Bolton for Flynn (64mins)

Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.