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Doran hat-trick inspires Laois to second U-20 football win

Laois 6-14 Tipperary 1-9
U20 Andrew Corden Cup

The Laois U-20 footballers have continued their fine start to the Andrew Corden Cup with a 20 point win over Tipperary in O’Moore Park this afternoon.

Billy O’Loughlin’s men enjoyed a 7-15 to 1-11 win over Wexford in Round 1 last week and although this was a little closer, Laois were always firmly in control.

Killeshin’s Michael Doran helped himself to a hat-trick while Dan McCormack landed two goals with Jack Owens bagging the other as Laois’s forwards ran riot.

O’Loughlin will now be without Courtwood’s Sean O’Flynn for the remainder of the year as his appearance for the Laois seniors in their win over Westmeath in the Leinster quarter final last weekend.

While Mark Barry and Alan Kinsella were also unavailable for this game due to their senior commitments.

Laois started this game well with points from Diarmuid Whelan but Tipperary replied with a penalty from Sean O’Connor.

That seemed to rattle Laois as although Dan McCormack kicked their third point, O’Connor kicked a score while Adam McGrath landed a brace to move Tipperary 1-3 to 0-3 ahead after 10 minutes.

But Laois’s first goal arrived two minutes later through Dan McCormack and when Michael Doran added another a minute later, Laois were up and running and didn’t look back.

Diarmuid Whelan, Jack Owens and Michael Doran all added points as Laois took a 2-8 to 1-6 lead at half time.

Tipperary were reduced to just three points in the second half as Laois ran riot. Doran, PJ Daly and Ronan Coffey all fired early second half points before Doran struck for two goals to complete his hat-trick.

That was followed by a Dan McCormack goal as Laois led 5-11 to 1-6 after 40 minutes.

Jack Owens took the goal tally to six and Laois then saw out the game with points from Michael Dempsey and Dean Brophy to record a simple win.

With games against Carlow and Waterford to come, Laois are now firm favourites to win the inaugural staging of this competition.

SCORERS – Laois: Michael Doran 3-2, Dan McCormack 2-1, Jack Owens 1-2, Diarmuid Whelan 0-4, Mikie Dempsey 0-2, Ronan Coffey, PJ Daly and Dean Brophy 0-1 each Tipperary: Sean O’Connor 1-5, Adam McGrath 0-3, Kevin Grogan 0-1

LAOIS: Matthew Byron (Courtwood); Kevin Byrne (Ballylinan), Seamus Lacey (Ballylinan), Alex Mohan (Portarlington); Colin Slevin (Portarlington), Jack Lacey (St Joseph’s), Dean Brophy (St Joseph’s); PJ Daly (The Heath), Eoin Dunne (Rosenallis); Michael Dempsey (St Joesph’s), Michael Doran (Killeshin), Ronan Coffey (Portarlington); Jack Owens (Emo), Dan McCormack (O’Dempseys), Diarmuid Whelan (Ballyroan-Abbey). Subs: Bernard Wheatley (St Joseph’s) for Coffey (39), Eoin Kennedy (Portarlington) for Byrne (39), Jack Owens (Clonaslee) for Mohan (45), Barry Howlin (O’Dempsey’s) for Dunne (50), Paddy Walsh (Killeshin) for Whelan (54), Seán Condron (Clonaslee) for Owens (56)

TIPPERARY: Kuba Beban; Liam Cleary, Jack Harney, Darragh Bolger; Mark O’Meara, Darragh O’Leary, Eanna McBride; Kevin Grogan, Luke Fogorty; Kevin Hayes, Cian O’Sullivan, Tommy McDonagh; Adam McGrath, Shane Doyle, Sean O’Connor

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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.