The Laois senior footballers kept their chances of reaching the Super 8s alive following a hard-fought win over Derry in Owenbeg yesterday evening.
In front of a packed stand in the Derry Centre of Excellence, John Sugrue’s side eked out a 1-13 to 0-12 win to progress.
Laois squandered a litany of goal chances in the second half and when Derry struck the front in the final ten minutes, it looked like the game was getting away from Laois.
But up stepped substitute Eoin Lowry and he found that killer touch that saw Laois advance to the next round.
Laois now progress to Round 3 of the All Ireland Qualifiers. That draw will take place on RTE Radio 1 on Monday morning at 8.35am – with the Round 3 games all set to take place next weekend.
With the Laois hurlers in the Joe McDonagh final on Sunday in Croke Park, the Laois footballers will almost certainly be in action on Saturday evening.
After full time yesterday, the around 100 or so Laois fans that made the three and a half hour journey to Derry on Saturday spilled out onto the pitch to celebrate with the players.
We teamed up with photographer Paul Dargan to bring you some great pictures which perfectly sum up the joy and relief felt by everyone.
Check them out below: