The group stages of the Kennedy Cup concluded in University of Limerick today with all four of the teams that have Laois players involved now heading into different sections.
Carlow, who have four players from Killeshin FC and Crettyard United, are through to the Cup section of the competition after wins over Limerick Desmond and Sligo-Leitrim saw them finish as group winners today.
After a great start against Donegal yesterday, a brace of goals from Crettyard United’s Peter Grogan and another from New Oak Boys’ Jack Feehan helped them to a 3-0 win over Limerick Desmond.
Killeshin trio Ciaran Fitzgerald, James Ingram and Michael Gaffney are all part of the squad alongside Grogan and a Jack Feehan goal was enough for Carlow to secure a 1-0 win over Sligo-Leitrim in their final game and claim a Cup quarter final place.
They will now face Waterford in the last eight of the competition at 5pm tomorrow evening for a place in the last four.
After defeat to Mayo yesterday, the Midlands pulled off two great victories today to finish second behind the Connaught side and qualify for the Bowl quarter final.
Emo Celtic trio Ryan Little, Eoghan Slattery and David Costello were all in action today as the Midlands began with a 2-1 win over NECSL – an own goal and a strike from Killeigh’s Kevin Sweeney doing the trick.
They needed to win their last group game against Dundalk to secure second spot behind Mayo and a brace from Ryan Little set them on their way before Sweeney’s second of the day helped them to a 3-1 win.
They now face Wexford at 3pm tomorrow in the Bowl quarter final which is the competition for teams now ranked between 9th-16th.
After Kilkenny’s heroic draw against Drogheda yesterday, they looked set to follow that with a win against Athlone this morning as Oisin Bateman’s goal gave them an early lead.
But Kilkenny, who have Durrow Lions duo Bobby Murphy and Ciaran Flynn at the heart of their defence, conceded a late equaliser to draw their second straight game.
They were well beaten in their final game of the day by the favourites DDSL and finished third in their group which sends them to the Shield quarter finals.
Here, in this competition for teams ranked 17-24, they will take on Clare at 1pm.
Finally, North Tipp, who Laois natives Jer Quinlan and Jack Fitzpatrick represent, suffered losses to South Belfast and Inishowen to finish bottom of their group.
They face Limerick Desmond in the Trophy quarter final, for teams ranked 25-32, at 11am in the morning.