It was a disappointing day for the Laois footballers in Croke Park as Westmeath won the Division 3 league final in Croke Park on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-13.
While there wasn’t the same excitement as there was for last year’s league final against Carlow or the Leinster final against Dublin, there was still a reasonable number of Laois supporters hanging around Jones Road.
Many of the supporters made a day of it – getting to Dublin early and hanging around the pubs and watching the big races from Aintree.
But the game itself was a disappointment – with Laois kicking 16 wides in total, eight in each half.
Those wides were crucial in the end as Laois’s failure to convert their chances kept Westmeath in it early on.
Laois led 0-2 to 0-0 after 15 minutes but Westmeath grew into the game and were 0-7 to 0-5 up at the break.
Laois made a burst for it early in the second half and moved 0-8 to 0-7 ahead by the 38th minute and were then 0-10 to 0-9 up by the 48th minute.
But Westmeath settled and with Ger Egan very impressive and John Heslin influential too, they got back on top and a 60th minute goal from Egan was the deciding score as Jack Cooney’s men moved six clear.
Laois battled on and scored the last three points but it wasn’t enough as Westmeath held on.
The sides now meet again in the Leinster championship quarter-final on May 26.
Our photographer Julie Anne Miller was in Croke Park and she got a selection of supporters photos before the game.