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Laois U-20’s lose out to Kildare in John Kerins Cup opener

Laois 1-07 Kildare 2-17
U-20 John Kerins Cup

The Laois U-20’s had a tough start to 2020 this evening as they took on Kildare away where they came up short by 13 points.

Earlier on in the week, manager Eddie Kinsella named Portarlington’s Ronan Coffey as the team captain with Courtwood’s Sean O’Flynn named as vice-captain.

Both played a huge role in the 2019 U-20 team which advanced to the Leinster final where they lost out to Dublin with many players returning from last year’s team.

Kildare kicked the first score of the game after just a minute but it wasn’t long before St Joseph’s man, Dean Brophy, responded by raising the white flag.

Kildare then kicked on with a free but again, a Laois response came off the boot of Damon Larkin in the 5th minute.

Two back to back frees came from Kildare’s Shane O’Sullivan but, in what seemed to be the story of the first half, Laois had a better response in the form of a goal from Damien McCaul.

O’Sullivan didn’t shy away though and followed up his previous frees with two more to put Kildare a point ahead after Jack Owens picked up a black card and headed towards the line.

Another blow followed in the following moments as James Behan slotted the ball past Matthew Byron after 20 minutes.

The dying moments of the first half saw the home side’s O’Sullivan pop over another free before a Sean Michael Corcoran free found the target from out on the sideline.

The Heath’s U-20 Captain, PJ Daly traded points with Adam Steed to leave the half-time score at 1-8 to 1-4 in the Lillywhite’s favour.

The second half saw Kildare begin to run away with the game after they extended their lead early on thanks to scores from Behan, O’Sullivan and Cathal McCabe.

Kildare claimed the first two points of the half before McCaul popped over a free after 37 minutes.

Laois’ next score came a few minutes later from half time substitute, Ross Bolger.

After 29 minutes had gone in the half, another impact sub, Cian Doyle found the target to reduce Kildare’s lead but it was too late for a comeback.

Adam Steed’s goal for the home side was the nail in the coffin as there was too much for Laois to do.

SCORERS – Laois: Damien McCaul; 1-1 (0-1 frees), Dean Brophy; 0-1, Damon Larkin; 0-1, Sean Michael Corcoran; 0-1, Ross Bolger; 0-1 PJ Daly; 0-1, Cian Doyle; 0-1 Kildare: Shane O’Sullivan; 0-8, James Behan; 1-2, Adam Steed; 1-3, Cathal McCabe; 0-2, Aaron Browne; 0-1.

LAOIS – Matthew Byron (Courtwood); Neil Keane (The Heath), Jack Owens (Clonaslee), Alex Mohan (Portarlington); Dean Brophy (St Joseph’s), PJ Daly (The Heath), Jack Lacey (St Joseph’s); Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood), Sean Michael Corcoran (Portarlington); Barry Howlin (O’Dempsey’s), Damon Larkin (Portlaoise), Colin Slevin (Portarlington); Damien McCaul (Annanough), Jack Owens (Emo), Daragh Galvin (Portarlington) SUBS: Mikey Dowling, Cian Doyle, Ross Bolger, Ben Conroy, Sean O’Neill,

KILDARE – Matt Anderson (Athy); Eoin Curley (St. Laurences), Tony O’Connor (Two Mile House), John Lawlor (Eadestown); Sean Moore, John Collins (Two Mile House), Mark Cully (Carury); Darren McDermott (Leixslip), Mark Grehan (Clogherinkoe); Adam Steed (St. Laurences), Paudi Behan (Kilcullen), James Behan(Clane); Colm Joyce, Shane O’Sullivan (Clane), Eoin Conneff (Eadestown) Subs: Adam Conneely, Aaron Browne, Cathal McCabe, Eoghan Mulhall, Sam McCormack, Dan Coughlan

REFEREE – Chris Dwyer (Offaly)

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Aedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn't like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise's bid to 10-in-a-row.