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Depleted Laois bow out of All-Ireland hurling championship

Laois full forward Neil Foyle in action against Eoghan O'Donnell of Dublin
Laois full forward Neil Foyle in action against Eoghan O'Donnell of Dublin in last year's championship

Laois 1-15 Dublin 2-28

All-Ireland Hurling Qualifiers Round 1

Brought to you in association with Hanlon Kitchens

A heavily depleted Laois hurling team suffered a 16 point defeat against Dublin in Parnell Park this evening.

Going into the game without the likes of Picky Maher, Cha Dwyer and Ross King meant that this was going to be a very tough task for Laois.

They battled bravely in the first half but went half an hour without scoring in the second half which was ultimately their downfall.

With less then ten seconds on the clock, Laois fell behind as Eamon Dillon scored but Mark Kavanagh replied instantly for Laois with the aid of the breeze.

Dublin then hit a wide before Laois took the lead for the first time thanks to a brace of Paddy Purcell from distance.

And Purcell repeated the trick in the sixth minute after some fantastic work from Cahir Healy but Dublin replied through Donal Burke.

But Laois were on top at this stage and Purcell hit his fourth from play with Ciarán Collier landing another to move them further in front.

Shane Barrett hit back for Dublin before David Treacy converted the game’s first free  and then another to leave the score at 0-6 to 0-5 after 14 minutes.

And the home side were level a minute later through midfielder Niall McMorrow after some strong running by Eamon Dillon presented him with the chance.

Laois then almost had a goal when Jack Kelly’s snapshot just went past the post but they did retake the lead when Mark Kavanagh’s long range effort went over.

Dublin were then denied a certain goal by Laois keeper Enda Rowland who denied Eamon Dillon and the visitors went down the other end where Mark Kavanagh scored from a tight angle.

Dublin reduced the margin to the minimum after 21 minutes thanks to Ben Quinn before Treacy tied the game with his third free after Ryan Mullaney was harshly adjudged to have fouled Cian O’Callaghan.

And Cian O’Sullivan then gave Dublin the lead after Leigh Bergin fumbled a high ball into his path but Laois drew level with Purcell again the scorer.

We then went six minutes without a score before Cian O’Sullivan ended a period of bad wides for both sides with a point and then David Treacy hit a free to move Dublin two clear.

Dublin seemed determined to end the half on a high and Ben Quinn moved them three clear with a point from in front of the terrace.

Laois had gone ten minutes without scoring but a Mark Kavanagh free ended that spell before Enda Rowland landed another monster from deep inside his own half to leave the score at 0-12 to 0-11 to Dublin at half time.

Dublin tore into Laois on the resumption of play but hit two bad wides and then Ryan O’Dwyer had a shot saved by Enda Rowland on the angle.

Mark Kavanagh levelled matters from a free but David Treacy got Dublin back in front with his first from play before Cian O’Sullivan moved them 0-14 to 0-12 ahead.

Laois hit back through half time substitute Cian Taylor but Dublin scored the game’s first goal from the resulting puck-out which broke to Eamon Dillon and he finished low past Enda Rowland.

David Treacy, Eamon Dillon and Donal Burke put seven between them with 50 minutes on the clock and it seemed like curtains for Laois.

Eamon Dillon took his tally to 1-4 with David Treacy landing a free and Dublin were now 1-20 to 0-13 ahead with 15 minutes to play.

Laois were struggling to get anything going in their forwards and Dublin continued to pick them off as David Treacy took his account for the day to eight points.

Laois were turning down point opportunities in search of goals and Dublin continued to add points with substitute Fergal Whitely helping himself to a brace.

Laois now hadn’t scored since the 40th minute and Dublin added three more via David O’Callaghan, Ben Quinn and David Treacy.

And Laois’s misery was compounded three minutes from time when Eamon Dillon raced clear of the defence and rifled a shot to the back of the net.

Cahir Healy then saw red after picking up a second yellow card before Matthew Whelan ended a half hour without a score for Laois with a long range point.

Laois kept trying and Enda Rowland scored a late goal from a 14 metre free in injury time but Dublin won well in the end.

SCORERS – LAOIS: Paddy Purcell 0-5, Mark Kavanagh 0-6 (0-2 frees), Enda Rowland 1-1 (1-1free), Cian Taylor 0-1, Ciarán Collier 0-1, Matthew Whelan 0-1 DUBLIN: Eamon Dillon 2-4,David Treacy 0-9 (0-6 frees), Donal Burke 0-2, Shane Barrett 0-1, Niall McMorrow 0-1, Ben Quinn 0-3, Cian O’Sullivan 0-3, Fergal Whitely 0-2, David O’Callaghan 0-2, John Hetherton 0-1 (0-1 free)

LAOIS: Enda Rowland (Abbeyleix); Dwane Palmer (Camross), Leigh Bergin (Shanahoe), Lee Cleere (Clough-Ballacolla); Eric Killeen (Rathdowney-Errill), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown); Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Erill), Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Erill); Sean Downey (Ballinakill), Cahir Healy (Portlaoise), Ciaran Collier (Camross); Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Errill), Neil Foyle (Borris-Kilcotton), Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton). Subs: Cian Taylor (Portlaoise) for Kelly (ht), Aidan Corby (Clough-Ballacolla) for Dunphy (52mins), Stephen Bergin (Clough-Ballacolla) for Downey (56mins), Donnacha Hartnett (Mountmellick) for Killeen (69mins), Podge Lawlor (Ballinakill) for Collier (69mins)

DUBLIN: Conor Dooley; Cian O’Callaghan, Eoghan O’Donnell, Fionn O Rian Broin; Sean Moran, Chris Crummey, Shane Barrett; Ben Quinn, Niall McMorrow; Donal Burke, Liam Rushe, Eamon Dillon; Cian O’Sullivan, Ryan O’Dwyer, David Treacy. Subs: Fergal Whitley for McMorrow (48mins), David O’Callaghan for O’Sullivan (57mins), Fiontan McGibb for Burke (60mins), John Hetherton for O’Dwyer (65mins), Eoghan Conroy for Moran (60mins)

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)


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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.