Laois 1-6 Kildare 5-10
Leinster Minor Football Championship Round 4
The Laois minor footballers hopes of reaching the Leinster championship semi finals suffered a severe blow as the lost out to Kildare in Newbridge this evening.
In sweltering conditions, with temperatures reaching the high 20s at times, Laois struggled with Kildare’s physicality and power.
Going into the game, wins over Longford and Wexford, along with a draw against Carlow, had them top of the group on five points.
Laois may now be overtaken by Longford who defeated Carlow tonight and have one further game remaining against Kildare – who are now qualified for the semi finals.
It took eight minutes for this game to produce a score. Kildare wing back Paddy McDermott kicked the half’s first point – one that Kildare would end with ten wides in.
They missed a real goal chance then when Tom Browne got through on goal but dragged his shot wide.
However, disaster struck two minutes later when a Laois sideline ball went wrong and Kildare intercepted it and Aaron Kennedy found space in front of the goal to score.
Laois went direct throughout the first half with high ball into Cathal Doyle at full forward but it only yielded one point.
That came from a Ross Bolger free and the same player was perhaps unlucky not to be awarded a penalty a short time after when he seemed to have his jersey pulled en route to goal.
Kildare got the last two points of the half via Muiris Curtin frees.
Laois needed a good start to the second half and they got it with two quick points from Josh Lacey and Daragh Galvin.
Muiris Curtin replied for Kildare but points from Sean Michael Corcoran and sub Mark O’Connell cut the gap to two.
But Laois were rocked then by the 42nd minute. Midfielder Liam Broderick scored two points either side of two more goals.
The first came following a low shot by Kildare wing back Nick Jackman and the second via Tom Browne.
Kildare has their tails up now and they punished Laois in the final quarter.
They scored two more goals via Drew Costello and Browne along with points from Muiris Curtin, Michael McGovern and Jack Smyth.
Laois kept going but a Damon Larkin goal and a second Ross Bolger point was all they could muster.
16 points separated them in the end and Laois now must hope Kildare defeat Longford next Tuesday.
But with Kildare already guaranteed of a semi final place four days later, they may not field a full strength team in that game.
SCORERS – Laois: Damon Larkin 1-0, Sean Michael Corcoran 0-1, Mark O’Connell 0-1, Ross Bolger 0-2, Josh Lacey 0-1, Daragh Galvin 0-1 Kildare: Aaron Kennedy 1-1, Drew Costello 1-0, Nick Jackman 1-0, Tom Browne 2-0, Muiris Curtin 0-3, Paddy McDermott 0-2, Liam Broderick 0-2, Michael McGovern 0-1, Jack Smyth 0-1
Laois: Tom Wright (Ballylinan); Sean Greene (Emo), Mikey Bennett (Portarlington), Ciaran Byrne (Ballyroan-Abbey); Niall Carey (Portlaoise), Cathal Bennett (Portarlington), Seth Burns Mooney (Courtwood); Sean Michael Corcoran (Portarlington), Ben Conroy (Portlaoise); Daragh Galvin (Portarlington), Damon Larkin (Portlaoise), Cathal Doyle (Ballyroan-Abbey); Seamus Farrelly (St Joseph’s), Seán O’Neill (The Rock), Ross Bolger (Killeshin). Subs: Josh Lacey (St Joseph’s) for O’Neill (12mins), Mark O’Connell (Timahoe) for Farrelly (ht), Eamonn Delaney (Stradbally) for Conroy (44mins), Conor Donlon (Annanough) for Mooney (45mins, black card), Conor Goode (Stradbally) for Galvin (50), Rioghan Murphy (Portarlington) for Bolger (59)
Kildare: John Ball; John Lynch, Sean Hill, Jack Hamil; Nick Jackman, Kevin Kelliher, Paddy McDermott; Liam Broderick, Marcus Kiely; Tom Browne, Alex Beirne, Michael McGovern; Muiris Curtin, Aaron Kennedy, Sam Morrissey