Dublin 1-18 Laois 1-16
Bord na Mona Walsh Cup
The Laois senior hurlers went down to Dublin in their concluding Walsh Cup game in O’Moore Park this afternoon – but there was plenty of positives for manager Eddie Brennan in what was a very spirited Laois display.
The result means Dublin go through to the semi-finals and Laois face a break now until their league opener against Galway at the end of January.
Laois got off to a bad start and were 1-3 to 0-1 down after just five minutes, the goal coming from Eamon Dillon after a brilliant flick across the square from centre-forward John Hetherton.
Indeed Dublin could have had another goal early on only for a good save from Enda Rowland on Dillon.
But Laois settled well after that slow start – and with Donncha Hartnett dropping back to play a sweeper role having started midfield and PJ Scully coming out from full-forward.
Three Scully frees helped Laois to get back within four and then Aaron Dunphy struck for a great goal after brilliant work from Mark Kavanagh and a pass from Stephen Maher.
An excellent point from Dunphy from way out on the wing levelled things up and frees from Scully and Enda Rowland had Laois two up in the 31st minute after hitting 1-5 on the trot.
Two points, however, from John Hetherton had the sides level at 1-8 apiece at the break.
Stephen Maher and Eanna Lyons swapped early second-half points with Jake Malone and Chris Crummey.
But Laois hit another purple patch with four fine points from play – three from Scully and one from Dunphy to move two ahead in the 47th minute.
But Dublin then hit the next four to take control again and while Laois battled hard to get it back to one, Dublin held on.
SCORERS – Dublin: John Hetherton 0-7 (four frees), Eamon Dillon 1-1, Jake Malone 0-2, Cian Boland 0-2, Fergal Whitely 0-2, Oisin O’Rourke 0-2, Chris Crummey 0-1, Sean Moran 0-1 (free) Laois: PJ Scully 0-7 (three frees), Aaron Dunphy 1-3, Mark Kavanagh 0-2 (one free), Enda Rowland (one free, one ’65) 0-2, Stephen Maher 0-1, Eanna Lyons 0-1
DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; James Madden, Eoghan O’Donnell, Darragh Gray; Tom Connelly, Sean Moran, Shane Barrett; Rian McBride, Jake Malone; Cian Boland, John Hetherton, Fintan McGibb; Eamonn Dillon, Liam Rushe, Donal Burke. Subs: Lee Gannon for Madden (injured – 16), Fergal Whitely for Boland (injured – 30), Chris Crummey for Connelly (HT), Oisin O’Rourke for Burke (43), David Keogh for O’Donnell (48), Glen Whelan for McBride (49), Caolam Conway for Rushe (53), Conor Burke for Dillon (63)
LAOIS: Enda Rowland (Abbeyleix); Padraig Delaney (The Harps), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton), Joe Phelan (Camross); Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown), Eric Killeen (Rathdowney-Errill); Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill), Donnacha Hartnett (Mountmellick); Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton), Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Errill), Stephen Maher (Clough-Ballacolla); Eanna Lyons (Ballyfin), PJ Scully (Borris-Kilcotton), Eoin Gaughan (Camross). Subs: Sean Downey (Ballinakill) for Gaughan (51), Conor Phelan (Castletown) for Scully (63), Jake Cranny (Abbeyleix) for Killeen (68), Neil Foyle for Lyons (70)
REFEREE: Michael Murtagh (Westmeath)