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Battling Laois lose out to Dublin as Walsh Cup campaign ends

Podge Delaney
Podge Delaney of Laois

Laois 0-17 Dublin 1-28
Walsh Cup Round 3

Laois’s Walsh Cup journey is over for 2020 as, despite a battling performance from Eddie Brennan’s men, they were beaten by Dublin in Parnell Park tonight.

Laois caused the shock of the decade back in July when the sides met as they triumphed 1-22 to 0-23 in O’Moore Park in an All-Ireland Hurling Championship Preliminary Qualifier game and the home side got some small bit of revenge here.

Dublin started with eight of the team that began that day while just Enda Rowland, Jack Kelly, Ryan Mullaney, Aaron Dunphy and Ross King took to the field for Laois again as they did six months ago.

There was also a first appearance of the season for Paddy Purcell who came on as a second half substitute.

Laois lost by 14 points in the end with a John Hetherton goal ten minutes from full time making the scoreline look more one-sided than it really was.

Dublin began the game on the front foot and found themselves 0-5 to 0-1 ahead after ten minutes.

But goalkeeper Enda Rowland and full forward Ross King landed a brace each to bring Laois back to within with one with 15 minutes on the clock.

But that is as close as the O’Moore men would get to Dublin who, with Oisin O’Rorke, Tom Connolly, Ronan Hayes, Cian Boland and Eamon Dillon all on the scoresheet, stretched into a fine lead.

Ross King and Jack Kelly tagged on late first half scores for Laois but they trailed 0-13 to 0-7 at the break.

Aaron Bergin and Tom Connolly exchanged points on the resumption but O’Rorke, Connolly and Donal Burke moved Dublin 0-17 to 0-8 ahead after 40 minutes.

Laois then enjoyed a purple patch and they scored the next four points thanks to Aaron Dunphy, James Ryan and two from King to cut the margin to five.

Marc Howard and David Keogh drove Dublin on again but Laois were on top in this period with King, Bergin and substitute Colm Stapleton all raising white flags to leave Laois 0-19 to 0-15 behind with 51 minutes on the clock.

But that would be as good as it would get for Laois as they would only manage two more points through King and substitute Stephen Bergin in the time that remained.

Attentions will now turn to the National League where Laois have their first Division 1 match at home to Wexford on Saturday January 25 at 7pm.

SCORERS – Laois: Ross King 0-8 (four frees), Enda Rowland (two frees) and Aaron Bergin 0-2 each, James Ryan, Jack Kelly, Colm Stapleton and Stephen Bergin 0-1 each Dublin: Oisin O’Rorke 0-7 (four frees), John Hetherton 1-3, Tom Connolly 0-5, Fergal Whitely 0-3, Eamon Dillon and Marc Howard 0-2 each, Ronan Hayes, Cian Boland, David Keogh, Chris Crummey, Alex O’Neill and Lorcan McMullan 0-1 each

LAOIS: Enda Rowland (Abbeyleix); Liam Senior (Clonaslee), Frank Flanagan (Portlaoise), Donnacha Hartnett (Mountmellick); Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown), Daniel Comerford (The Harps); Fiachra C-Fennell (Rosenallis), Ciaran Comerford (The Harps); Aaron Bergin (Portlaoise), Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton), James Ryan (Rathdowney-Errill); Paddy Keating (Rosenallis), Ross King (Rathdowney-Errill), James Keyes (Colt). Subs: Podge Delaney (The Harps) for Senior and Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill) for Keyes (both ht), Colm Stapleton (Borris-Kilcotton) for Mullaney (46), Stephen Bergin (Clough-Ballacolla)

DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; Andrew Dunphy, Paddy Smyth, James Madden; Cian Boland, Daire Gray, Jake Malone; Rian McBride, Tom Connolly; Fergal Whitely, John Hetherton, Ronan Hayes; Cian O’Callaghan, Oisin O Rorke, Eamonn Dillon. Subs: Mark Howard, Lorcan McMullan, Chris Crummey, Donal Burke, David Keogh, Kevin Burke, Alex O’Neill

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