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Humble Kavanagh hails strength of Laois panel as hurlers savour McDonagh glory

Mark Kavanagh

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Mark Kavanagh fired over 12 points for the Laois hurlers in Croke Park yesterday but the Rathdowney-Errill man was quick to point out the exploits of the whole panel.

Speaking after the win over Westmeath, Kavanagh pointed to the bench which saw Eanna Lyons, Neil Foyle and Stephen Bergin contribute 1-5 of Laois’s total in the second half upon being introduced.

Mark said: “Eanna fired over three and gave a pass to Neil Foyle for another – he really took the game by the scruff of the neck.

“It was the panel thing though that we knew coming down the last 20 minutes we had the lads to make an impact.

“You look at Stephen Bergin, that is his second goal in the championship as he came off the bench against Offaly and did the same.

“So it just proves the strength of our panel and please God it will stay growing.”

Kavanagh came into the game as a big injury doubt having not played since the win over Antrim in Round 2 of the competition.

But he said his absence gave others a chance and he also spoke about what it felt like when the final whistle sounded.

He said: “It is a bit surreal really. It is something you dream about growing up. Standing on the field with all of the panel hearing ‘Lovely Laois’ blaring out – it is something you dream of and it won’t sink in for a good while.

“I knew there were plenty of lads to come and take my place. The one thing we have is a very strong panel. We are all working for each other.

“It opened the door for someone else and they all took their opportunity. Being out is not ideal as you want to be out there but you have to look at the bigger picture.

“Thankfully I got my chance and thankfully it worked out for the best.”

Kavanagh also spoke about the impact Eddie Brennan has had on the side in turning them from relegation battlers in 2018 to winners in 2019.

He said: “The boss man had many great days in Croke Park and he gave us the belief to go out and do it.

“We were never held back and we were told to go out and enjoy it. It is all about producing the business on the big days and that’s what we did.”

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