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Courtwood 3-14 Timahoe 1-8
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Courtwood set the stall for a comprehensive victory over Timahoe right from the off, with a Conor Hogan goal in the first minute of play laying down the marker for the rest of the game.
Strong displays from the likes of Alan Kinsella, Niall Dunne, Sean O’Flynn and Danny Luttrell may have even caught the eye of the Laois manager football John Surgue, who was in attendance at his home pitch.
Hogan swooped in after a shot from Alan Kinsella hit the post to nicely deliver the ball into the back of the Timahoe net. Sean O’Flynn had another excellent game for Courtwood in defence and even managed to tag on a point in the second minute.
Kinsella and Niall Dunne proved to be quite the duo in the Courtwood full-forward line, with Kinsella laying off the ball to Dunne, who then palmed it into the back of the net for Courtwood’s second goal. Dunne then replied the favour for Kinsella a mere two minutes later, setting off the ball to his full-forward for Kinsella to get the goal.
Dunne added to this shortly after and it wouldn’t be until the 12th minute of play that the ever-influential Ruairi O’Connor kicked over Timahoe’s first score from a free.
His opposing number, Rory Doyle, added a point from play off the right boot and Courtwood led 3-4 to 0-1 after 15 minutes.
Matthew Kelly and Robbie Foyle traded a point a piece before O’Connor stepped up again for Timahoe – this time with a goal that lashed the top of the net after a failed Courtwood kickout.
Courtwood came down the field in droves throughout the match, and Niall Donoher made his mark in playmaking, finding Cian Doyle who passed it to Kinsella – who then made no mistake in putting it over.
O’Connor got his second goal chance for Timahoe after working his way to go one-on-one with the keeper before Matthew Byron deflected the shot over the bar. Tiamhoe threatened again, and O’Connor was pulled down in front of his chance on goal, which resulted in a black card for Courtwood’s Barry Donnolly.
O’Connor struck over a third free to leave the sides Courtwood 2-6 Timahoe 1-4 at half-time.
Five minutes passed before a score in the second-half, with two points in quick succession from Kelly and Donoher.
Both teams then suffered massive blows with the sending off of Conor Whelehan for Timahoe and Robbie Flynn for Courtwood. Danny Luttrell then tapped over a free to add to Courtwood’s lead. Donoher slotted over two points before Kinsella did extremely well to block the ball, earn possession and neatly deliver Courtwood’s 12th point.
Timahoe got their first score of the second half from another Ruairi O’Connor free. He pointed a second before Robbie Foyle got his second point on the board.
Niall Dunne replied with a high, sailing point at the other end of the field before adding to this a minute later to leave the final score at Courtwood 3-14 Timahoe 1-8.
SCORERS – Courtwood: Niall Dunne 1-3, Alan Kinsella 1-2, Conor Hogan 1-0, Niall Donoher 0-3, Danny Luttrell 0-2 (0-2 frees), Matthew Kelly 0-2, Sean O’Flynn 0-1, Rory Doyle 0-1 Timahoe: Ruairí O’Connor 1-6 (0-4 frees), Robbie Foyle 0-2
COURTWOOD: Matthew Byron; Barry Donnolly, Andrew Mulhare, Mark O’Halloran; Sean O’Flynn, Robbie Flynn, Colm Wilson; Danny Luttrell, Conor Hogan; Cian Doyle, Niall Donoher, Rory Doyle; Niall Dunne, Alan Kinsella, Matthew Kelly. Subs: Andrew Flynn for Barry Donnolly (black card), Paddy Wilson for M Kelly (black card), Jake Doyle for R Doyle (52 minutes), Andrew Flynn for C Wilson (53 minutes)
TIMAHOE: Eoin Culliton; Paschal Foyle, Andy Daly, Jimmy Whelehan; Conor Whelehan, Joe O’Connor, Joe Foyle; Michael Kerr, Sean Ramsbottom; James O’Connor, Damien O’Connor, Ruairí O’Connor; Micheál Kennedy, Martin Bergin, Robbie Foyle
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