Laois 0-18 Wexford 1-21
Leinster Minor Hurling Championship Tier 1 Round 1
The brave Laois minor hurlers were just edged out in Wexford Park this afternoon.
Enda Lyons’ young side hurled brilliantly for long periods but a second half Owen Whitty goal was the difference in the end.
The first half was a thoroughly enjoyable affair. AJ Redmond gave Wexford the lead after three minutes but Laois actually held it for the majority of the half.
Tadhg Cuddy and Adam Kirwan gave Laois the advantage and although Redmond hit back, Laois pushed on again through Ciaran Byrne, Mark Hennessy and Cathal O’Shaughnessy.
Redmond kept Wexford’s side of the scoreboard ticking but a brace from the impressive Hennessy left Laois 0-8 to 0-5 up at the midpoint of the half.
Redmond cut the gap again but a monster score from centre back Conor Cosgrove from inside his own half drew applause from the crowd.
Allan Connolly added another but Wexford were level after 25 minutes thanks to Paddy Whitty and Jack Kehoe.
And Laois almost had a goal two minutes before half time as Ciaran Byrne raced onto a loose ball but his shot just whistled over the bar.
Wexford took a two point lead into half time though as AJ Redmond fires over two frees and Zac Firman hit another to leave it 0-13 to 0-11.
That man Redmond extended Wexford’s lead with a 65 on the resumption of play and he soon added his tenth point from a free.
Adsm Kirwan reduced the deficit to three points with Laois’ first score of the second half in the 35th minute.
Cosgrove edged Laois closer with another long range score and the gap was down to one after 41 minutes thanks to Tadhg Cuddy.
A minute later Laois were level but it could have been a goal as Mark Hennessy’s shot just whistled over the bar.
AJ Redmond regained the lead for Wexford but Adam Kirwan left it 0-16 each as we entered the final quarter.
But disaster then struck for Laois. They looked to have snuffed out a Wexford attack but Thomas Murphy eventually forced the ball to Owen Whitty and he slammed it to the back of the net.
Laois responded well with a point from Ciaran Byrne but Wexford restored their three point lead via Thomas Murphy as we entered the final ten minutes.
Conor Cosgrove nailed his third long range point but Wexford kept three ahead as AJ Redmond got his twelfth.
Laois needed a goal but it wouldn’t come as Wexford ended the game with points from Redmond, Thomas Murphy and Cian Molloy.
SCORERS – Wexford: AJ Redmond 0-13, Richie Lawlor 0-1, Jack Kehoe 0-1, Thomas Murphy 0-3, Paddy Whitty 0-1, Zac Firman 0-1, Owen Whitty 1-0, Cian Molloy 0-1 Laois: Adam Kirwan 0-4, Mark Hennessy 0-4, Cathal O’Shaughnessy 0-1 Ciaran Byrne 0-3, Tadhg Cuddy 0-2, Conor Cosgrove 0-3, Allan Connolly 0-1
WEXFORD: Darragh Hayes; Shane Walsh, Rory Scallan, Noel Rowesome; Eanna Doyle, David Codd, Billy Dunne; Zac Firman, Richie Lawlor; Jack Kehoe, Thomas Murphy, Owen Whitty; AJ Redmond, Jack Kirwan, Paddy Whitty. Subs: Cian Molloy for Kirwan (37mins), Dylan Doyle for Furman (52mins), David Cantwell for P Whitty (54 mins), Feidhlim Roche for Dunne (59mins)
LAOIS: Locran Fitzpatrick (The Harps), Ben Shore (Castletown), Danny Brennan (Park-Ratheniska), Killian Kirwan (Mountrath); Keilan Kelly (Borris-Kilcotton), Conor Cosgrove (Rosenallis), Thep Fitzpatrick (Rathdowney-Errill); Fionan Mahoney (Abbeyleix), Fionn Holland (Clonad); Ciarán Byrne (Abbeyleix), Allan Connolly (Ballyfin), Tadhg Cuddy (Castletown); Mark Hennessy (Clough-Ballacolla), Cathal O’Shaughnessy (Ballinakill), Adam Kirwan (Trumera). Subs: Evan Hawkes (Clough-Ballacolla) for K Kirwan (37mins), Niall Carey (Portlaoise) for Kelly (47mind), Gearoid O’Neill (Trumera) for Shore (52mins inj)