Laois 0-10 Carlow 0-10
Leinster Minor Football Championship Round 3
Brought to you in association with Telfords Portlaoise
Seán Michael Corcoran was Laois’s saviour as his two late frees snatched a draw for the Laois minors in O’Moore Park tonight.
Donncha Phelan’s men looked to be heading for defeat as they trailed by three points with ten minutes to play.
But Corcoran, who came off the bench in the first half, kicked two frees, the latter coming in the fourth minute of second half injury time to claim a draw.
It took eight minutes for our first score and it came after some quick interchange play between Damon Larkin and Seán O’Neill.
Carlow funneled men back behind the ball for most of the half and successfully frustrated Laois into firing poor wides and being turned over.
Jacob O’Brien and Colin Byrne moved Carlow ahead for the first time after 13 minutes – equalling the their tally from their first game against Kildare.
We then had a long injury delay after a nasty clash of heads between Laois captain Seán O’Neill and Carlow corner back Jonah Dunne led to both players going off – O’Neill on a stretcher.
Laois did draw level though from an Oisin Byrne free and went ahead after 25 minutes when the Carlow keeper was penalised for time wasting – the referee threw up the ball which sub Seamus Farrelly won and Damon Larkin slammed over.
But Laois then coughed up two soft frees which Jacob O’Brien scored before Richie Whelan slotted one from in front of the terrace to make it 0-5 to 0-3 as we approached injury time.
Eamonn Delaney landed a much needed free and that was the final score of the half to leave Laois one behind.
Laois made two changes at half time but it was Carlow who kicked on with Jacob O’Brien and Patrick McDonnell.
Josh Lacey replied for Laois but Carlow moved three clear via Jacob O’Brien as we approached the midpoint of the half.
Josh O’Brien was then fouled and pointed two frees to cut the gap to one but Carlow moved onto ten points after 51 minutes thanks to Paddy Regan.
But that was to be their final score. Seamus Farrelly got one back for Laois before two late Corcoran frees stole a draw for Laois.
It is a result which does not qualify them for the Leinster semi finals yet but a result against Kildare at the end of next month will.
SCORERS – Laois: Niall Carey 0-1, Oisin Byrne 0-1 (free), Damon Larkin 0-1, Eamonn Delaney 0-1 (free), Josh Lacey 0-1, Josh O’Brien 0-2 (frees), Seamus Farrelly 0-1, Seán Michael Corcoran 0-2 (frees) Carlow: Jacob O’Brien 0-6 (four frees), Colin Byrne 0-1, Richie Whelan 0-1, Patrick McDonnell 0-1, Paddy Regan 0-1
LAOIS: Tom Wright (Ballylinan); Seán Greene (Emo), Cathal Bennett (Portarlington), Ciarán Byrne (Ballyroan-Abbey); Seth Burns Mooney (Courtwood), Eamonn Delaney (Stradbally), Niall Carey (Portlaoise); Josh Lacey (St Joseph’s), Ben Conroy (Portlaoise); Daragh Galvin (Portarlington), Damon Larkin (Portlaoise), Enda McWey (Ballyroan-Abbey); Rioghan Murphy (Portarlington), Seán O’Neill (The Rock), Oisin Byrne (Arles-Killeen). Subs: Seamus Farrelly (St Joseph’s) for O’Neill (17mins), Seán Michael Corcoran (Portarlington) for McWey (31mins), Cathal Doyle (Ballyroan-Abbey) for Conroy (ht), Josh O’Brien (St Joseph’s) for Byrne (ht), Conor Goode (Stradbally) for Murphy (38mins), Mikey Bennett (Portarlington) for Mooney (44mins)
CARLOW: Kuba Budzisz; Cormac Connolly, Craig Bowden, Jonah Dunne; Patrick McDonnell, Adam Nolan, Richie Whelan; Finbarr Kavanagh; Jacob O’Brien; Mark Behan, Jack McCullagh, Luke Connolly; Paddy Regan, Colin Byrne, Ben Crotty Subs: Darragh Nolan for Dunne (17mins, inj), Conor Duffy for Byrne (38mins), Steven Metcalfe for Bowden (40mins), David Dunphy for Regan (52mins), Seán Moran for Whelan (53mins), James Cummins for McDonnell (64mins, black card)
Referee: Chris Dwyer (Offaly)