Laois 2-11 Wicklow 2-3
Fr Manning Cup Group 4 Round 2
The Laois U-16 footballers have their second win in this year’s Fr Manning Cup competition as they came from behind to defeat Wicklow in Baltinglass this afternoon.
They trailed from the off and only drew level with 50 minutes on the clock before two late goals from Ross Meredith and Conor Kelly saw them run out eight point winners.
Following an opening round win over Westmeath, Laois will only need to avoid defeat against Wexford in their final game next week to reach the cup semi finals.
Wicklow were on top early on in this one and when a high ball wasn’t dealt with by the Laois defence, they nipped in to score the game’s opening goal.
Moments later, Wicklow got in again and the referee adjudged Laois keeper Josh Kelly to have committed a foul which saw him black carded and the home side then beat sub keeper Sam Krebs from the resulting penalty.
Laois’s only scorers in the first half were Conor Kelly, who landed two frees, and Ross Meredith as they headed for the dressing rooms trailing 2-2 to 0-3 at the break.
Wicklow extended their lead to six on the resumption of play but Laois were starting to get on top now with Dan Daly and Ben Dempsey winning ball in defence and Conor Heffernan putting in a huge shift in midfield.
DJ White, Dempsey, PJ Ward and Simon Fingleton all pointed to bring Laois back to within two before Conor Kelly reeled off a brace to level the game at 2-3 to 0-9 with ten minutes to play.
And then Laois finished the game with two brilliant goals from Meredith and Kelly to run out convincing winners in the end.
SCORERS – LAOIS: Conor Kelly 1-4 (three frees), Ross Meredith 1-1, DJ White, PJ Ward, Colin Dunne (free), Ben Dempsey and Simon Fingleton 0-1 each
LAOIS: Josh Kelly (Crettyard); Dan Daly (The Heath), Kian Lawler (Graiguecullen), Ben Dempsey (Portlaoise); Simon Fingleton (Park-Rateniska), Ben Reddin (Portlaoise), Sam Birrane (Portlaoise); Brian Smith (Portlaoise), Conor Heffernan (Killeshin); PJ Ward (Portarlington), Oisin Hooney (St Joseph’s), Ross Meredith (Emo); DJ White (Portlaoise), Adam Delaney (St Joseph’s), Conor Kelly (Graiguecullen). Subs: Sam Krebs (Courtwood), Colin Dunne (Arles-Killeen), Dylan Murphy (Portarlington), Padraig Rafter (Rathdowney-Errill), Daire Scully (Clonaslee), Adam Burns (Portarlington), Lee Day (Barrowhouse), Jack Tobin (Portlaoise), Odhran Delaney (Ballyroan-Abbey), Sam Quinn (Ballyroan-Abbey), Josh Hogan (Portlaoise)