Laois 1-6 Dublin 0-14
Damien Reid U-15 Football Final
A fine second half comeback from the Laois U-15s just fell short in the LOETB Centre of Excellence this afternoon as Dublin claimed the Damien Reid title.
This Leinster competition, played in honour of the late Damien Reid who represented Louth and Mattock Rangers as a player and coach until his sad passing in 2008, was due to conclude back in September.
But the game was called off back then and with a range of finals taking place in Laois and Dublin in the period since, today saw the game taking place in Portlaoise.
Dublin, playing with the breeze in the first half, built up a six point lead by the break but Laois came back to within one of the lads from the capital as we entered the final quarter.
However, they failed to score in the time that remained as Dublin scored the last four points to claim victory.
Laois started well and matched Dublin in the opening ten minutes with defenders Simon Fingleton and Cian Lawler winning everything that came their way.
Colin Dunne and Oisin Hooney scored two great points for Laois too in that period which were matched by Dublin scores from Ross Keogh and Sean O’Brien.
Unfortunately for Laois though, they would only get one more first half point, via PJ Ward, as Dublin scored seven more to take a 0-9 to 0-3 lead at the break.
Laois moved Ward to midfield at the start of the second half with Colin Dunne going to centre forward and the switch almost immediately paid off as Laois nearly had a goal from the throw in with Dunne forcing a fine save from the Dublin keeper.
Conor Kelly also went close for a goal but Laois continued going forward and edged their way back into the game thanks to a free from Davin McEvoy before they finally got their goal.
The excellent Colin Dunne turned over the ball in the Dublin defence and found substitute Odhran Delaney who beautifully curled the ball over keeper Sean Downey and into the net.
Ross Keogh responded for Dublin but Laois followed that with points from Conor Kelly and Davin McEvoy to make it 1-6 to 0-10 after 45 minutes.
However, the steam seemed to go out of Laois and Dublin kicked the final four points of the contest to claim the title.
SCORERS – LAOIS: Odhran Delaney 1-0, Davin McEvoy 0-2 (both frees), Colin Dunne, Oisin Hooney, Conor Kelly and PJ Ward 0-1 each DUBLIN: Ross Keogh 0-4 (all frees), Matt Lynch and David Keane 0-3 each, Sean O’Brien, Lewis Nugent, Conor Dolan (one free) and Max Nugent 0-1 each
LAOIS: Lee Byrne (Graiguecullen); Simon Fingleton (Park-Ratheniska), Daire Scully (Clonaslee), Cian Lawler (Graiguecullen); Ben Reddin (Portlaoise), Adam Delaney (St Joseph’s), Sam Birrane (Portlaoise); Sam Krebbs (Courtwood), Colin Dunne (Arles-Killeen); PJ Ward (Portarlington), Davin McEvoy (Ballyroan-Abbey), Oisin Hooney (St Joseph’s); DJ White (Portlaoise), Conor Kelly (Graiguecullen), Ross Meredith (Emo). Subs: Odhran Delaney (Ballyroan-Abbey), Lee Day (Barrowhouse), Padraig Rafter (Rathdowney-Errill), Conor Heffernan (Arles-Killeen), Josh Hogan (Portlaoise), Josh Kelly (Crettyard), Dylan Murphy (Portarlington), Ben Dempsey (Portlaoise), Conor McWey (Ballyroan-Abbey), Luke Kelly (Stradbally), Charlie Friel (Rosenallis), Iarlaith Galvin (Portarlington)
DUBLIN: Sean Downey; Sean O’Driscoll, Ben Jones, Rob O’Shea; Johnnie Quirke, Alex Gavin, Sean O’Brien; Daniel Sutton, Lewis Nugent; Seamus Smith, Matt Lynch, Conor Dolan; Max Corcoran, Ross Keogh, David Keane. Subs: Kevin Mullarkey, Timmy Akinleye
Referee: JJ Kirby (The Heath)