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Laois defeat Carlow once again as Quigley returns in style

Brendan Quigley's return from injury will be a big boost to the Laois footballers
Brendan Quigley

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Laois 1-15 Carlow 1-12
Allianz Division 3 Football League Round 7 

Laois defeated Carlow for the fourth game running as Paul Cahillane and Brendan Quigley inspired them to a brilliant victory.

Cahillane orchestrated everything for start to finish as he pulled the strings in a Laois attack that functioned very well against a Carlow mass defence.

Brendan Quigley was introduced after 30 minutes of the game for his first appearance since 2017 and he won kick-out after kick-out in an amazing show of fielding.

What the win means for promotion and relegation we will work out in a separate article as the other games have yet to finish up.

Laois were hit with injuries before the game started as Colm Begley, John O’Loughlin and Benny Carroll were all ruled out through injury with Denis Booth, Kevin Meaney and Marty Scully in in their place.

The game began with Paul Broderick and Paul Cahillane exchanging points before Carlow scored their first goal in their fourth attempt against the O’Moore men.

Corner back Conor Lawler broke through and played a one-two with Benny Kavanagh which took out Graham Brody and he palmed the ball to the net.

But Laois’s response was emphatic as they replied with a goal over their own. A brilliant Paul Cahillane ball saw Donie Kingston wrestle for it ahead of his marker and although keeper Robert Sansom initially saved his effort, the Arles-Killeen man drilled the rebound to the net.

The sides then traded points with Evan O’Carroll and Eoin Lowry seeing scores wiped out by Paul Broderick before Laois regained the lead at the midpoint of the half through O’Carroll.

Laois were then reduced to 14 men for ten minutes after 21 minutes when Eoin Lowry was shown a black card and Carlow capitalised on this with points from Jordan Morrissey and Broderick.

Laois manager Sugrue introduced Brendan Quigley for his first appearance for Laois since 2017 and the home side finished the half strongly with him disrupting the Carlow kick-out.

O’Carroll, Kieran Lillis and Stephen Attride all pointed to give Laois a 1-8 to 1-5 lead at half time.

Laois extended the lead on the resumption of play through Paul Cahillane but Carlow replied through Broderick.

But Laois were playing well at the start of the second half and two more Evan O’Carroll frees extended the lead to five after 40 minutes.

Laois were then reduced to 14 men for a second time when Brendan Quigley was shown a black card for a foul on Brendan Murphy.

Carlow cut the deficit again with a long range Eoghan Ruth point but Evan O’Carroll’s seventh point left the score at 1-12 to 1-7 with 17 minutes to play.

Darragh Foley cut the gap again and Laois then had a great goal chance when Donie Kingston picked out Conor Boyle but Carlow keeper Robert Sansome spread himself brilliant to smother his effort with Daniel St Ledger there to pick the ball off the line.

Conor Boyle hit back but Paul Broderick’s fifth free left three between them again.

Evan O’Carroll regained Laois’s four point lead but Broderick’s first score from play made it 1-14 to 1-11 with ten minutes to go.

Carlow sub Conor Crowley narrow it to two after 65 minutes but Carlow lost two players to black cards and a Ross Munnelly free put three between them in the fourth minute of injury time.

SCORERS – Laois: Evan O’Carroll 0-8 (six frees), Donie Kingston 1-0, Paul Cahillane 0-2 (two frees), Eoin Lowry 0-1, Kieran Lillis 0-1, Stephen Attride 0-1, Conor Boyle 0-1, Ross Munnelly 0-1 (one free) Carlow: Paul Broderick 0-6 (five frees), Darragh Foley 0-3 (two frees), Conor Lawlor 1-0, Jordan Morrissey 0-1, Eoghan Ruth 0-1, Conor Crowley 0-1

LAOIS: Graham Brody; Mark Timmons, Denis Booth, Stephen Attride; Gareth Dillon, Robbie Pigott, Trevor Collins; Kevin Meaney, Kieran Lillis; Eoin Lowry, Conor Boyle, Marty Scully; Evan O’Carroll, Paul Cahillane, Donie Kingston. Subs: Brendan Quigley for Meaney (28), Ross Munnelly for Lowry (58), Sean O’Flynn for Booth (60), Colm Murphy for Kingston (68), Paddy O’Sullivan for O’Carroll (73)

CARLOW: Robert Sansom; Chris Crowley, Shane Redmond, Conor Lawlor; Benny Kavanagh, Eoghan Ruth, Ciaran Moran; Brendan Murphy, Sean Murphy; Jordan Morrissey, Sean Gannon, Darragh O’Brien; Paul Broderick, Darragh Foley, Daniel St Ledger. Subs: Conor Crowley for O’Brien (46), John Murphy for Moran and Shane Clarke for Kavanagh (60)

Referee: Martin McNally (Monaghan)

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.