Laois 2-10 Offaly 3-11
Fr Manning Shield Final
The Laois U-16 footballers produced a dramatic second half comeback in Longford this morning but ultimately fell short against neighbours Offaly.
Donncha Phelan’s men trailed by 11 points at half time but pushed Offaly all the way in the second period and reduced the margin to four before ultimately running out of time.
And indeed it was some poor shooting that let Laois down in the end as they shot a whole host of wides over the course of the hour in Pearse Park.
Laois were desperately unlucky to lose out to Wicklow in Round 1 of this competition but then scored a great away win over Roscommon in Round 2.
Laois travelled to Louth for their final group game where they knew a win would see them qualify for the Cup semi final but a poor second half showing saw them defeated and they headed for the Shield.
They faced neighbours Carlow in the LOETB Centre of Excellence in the Shield semi final last week and emerged victorious in a low scoring games.
Paul O’Flynn’s goal proved crucial in a 1-8 to 0-7 victory and he scored another goal in this game as Laois went in 1-2 to 2-10 behind at the break.
Laois made a couple of positional changes at half time and they paid off as they stormed back into the game.
A Rioghan Murphy goal aided their cause but the concession of a third goal proved detrimental in the end as Laois lost out.
Nevertheless, this competition has proved highly beneficial for the Laois minor management as a lot of these players will be on the minor football team in 2019.
SCORERS – LAOIS: Rioghan Murphy 1-1, Oisin Byrne 0-3, Ciaran O’Neill 0-2, Paul O Flynn 1-0, Conor Goode, Brian Whelan, Kevin Swayne and Mark Keogh 0-1 each
LAOIS: Ruairi Nevin (Spink); Orrie Doran (Killeshin), Sean Greene (Emo), Nathan Little (Courtwood); Mark Keogh (Spink), Eamonn Delaney (Stradbally), Josh Mulhall (Park-Ratheniska); Kevin Swayne (Portlaoise), Ben Brennan (Portlaoise); Ciaran Burke (Crettyard), Conor Goode (Stradbally), Paul O Flynn (Courtwood); Brian Whelan (Ballyroan-Abbey), Oisin Byrne (Arles-Killeen), Rioghan Murphy (Portarlington) Subs: Ciaran O’Neill (Stradbally) for Whelan, Jamie Kelly (St Joseph’s) for Burke