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Remember the Game: Laois Minors grind out a memorable 2009 Leinster Championship result against Dublin

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Laois 1-9    Dublin 1-6 
Leinster Minor Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

Laois head to Wexford this weekend for the opening round of the Leinster MHC, but for this week’s Remember the Game we have decided to take a look back at the time the Laois minors slogged it out to defeat Dublin the 2009 Leinster Quarter-Final.

The game wasn’t a pretty spectacle, largely down to the horrendous conditions. Wind, rain and muck all combined to prove difficult for the scoring talent on the field.

On the day, Paul Harding was on fabulous form, and partnered with the impressive captain Andrew Dowling in the midfield, it gave Laois a serious platform for attack and defence through the game.

Up front, Neil Foyle was in great form, especially from the deadball, slotting six frees and seven points in total. Beside him, Willie Dunphy put in a good display, and his second half goal boosted the Laois side when it seemed as though Dublin were about to pull away.

They trailed 1-2 to 0-3 at the break, but it was a great second half display of grit and heart broke down a confident looking Dublin side and landed a famous victory for Tony Ryan’s side.

Ultimately that was as good as it got for the Laois minors that year, going on to lose to Wexford in the semi-final by 12 points, but that game was the start of a good run for underage hurling in Laois.

LAOIS SCORERS: Neil Foyle 0-7 (0-6 frees), Willie Dunphy 1-1, Darren King 0-1

LAOIS: Barry Wall (Borris-in-Ossory); Dale Bergin (Shanahoe), Pakie Flynn (The Heath), Conor Hyland (Clonaslee St Manmans’s); John Finnane (Clough Ballacolla), Willie Campion (Kilcotton), Gearoid Gaughan (Castletown); Andrew Dowling (Rathdowney-Errill), Paul Harding (Castletown); Robbie Foyle (Timahoe), Tony Ryan (Colt), Gearoid Burke (Camross); Willie Dunphy (Clough Ballacolla), Neil Foyle (Borris-in-Ossory), TJ Lalor (Ballinakill). SUBS: Darren King (Rathdowney-Errill), Darren Gilmartin (Kyle), Patrick Carroll (Rathdowney-Errill).

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