Laois 1-13 DCU 1-14
2009 O’Byrne Cup Round 1
Sean Dempsey’s reign as Laois senior football manager didn’t start off the way he would have liked at McCann Park in Portarlington in 2009.
Laois did have several household names in their ranks as did DCU.
Mark Timmons and Ross Munnelly are the only two players still involved with Laois this year.
AFL star Zach Tuohy, Donie Brennan and Padraig Clancy all started in this game for Laois.
2006 All-Star, Conor Mortimer of Mayo, 6-time All-Ireland winner, Paddy Andrews of Dublin and 2012 All-Ireland winner, Michael Boyle from Donegal were all starters for DCU on the day.
Laois only led once in the game when Colm Kelly and Peter O’Leary pointed early on after Conor Mortimer opened the scoring.
The college side were leading by three at the half way mark, 0-7 to 0-4.
Billy Sheehan and Ross Munnelly pulled Laois back to within one point early in the second half but could never draw level.
A Martin McIlroy goal pushed DCU four ahead after a mix-up in the Laois defense.
After swapping points, Donie Brennan’s well taken goal brought Laois within one point yet again, but like earlier in the encounter Laois couldn’t tie the game up.
LAOIS: Michael Nolan (Portlaoise), Cathal Ryan (Portarlington), Mark Timmons (Graiguecullen), Rory Stapleton (Annanough), Peter O’Leary (O’Dempseys), Ger Reddin (Mountmellick), Padraig McMahon (Ballyroan-Abbey), Padraig Clancy (Timahoe), Michael Hand (Graiguecullen), Billy Sheehan (Emo), Donie Brennan (Arles-Killeen), Zach Tuohy (Portlaoise), Michael Tierney (Ballyroan-Abbey), Colm Kelly (Stradbally), Ross Munnelly (Arles-Killeen). Subs: Brendan Quigley (Timahoe) for Hand, Ambrose Doran (Graiguecullen) for Kelly, Damien Murphy (Stradbally) for Timmons, Darren Strong (Emo) for McMahon, Jason Horan (Ballyfin) for Clancy, Chris Bergin (The Heath) for Munnelly.
DCU: Michael Boyle (Donegal), Declan Walsh (Donegal), Ciaran Walsh (Westmeath), Hugh Gill (Dublin), Barry Waters (Cavan), Paddy Andrews (Dublin), Ronan Flanagan (Cavan), Kevin Reilly (Meath), Ray Cullivan (Cavan), David Keenan (Roscommon), Michael Lyng (Cavan), Rory Maguire (Meath), Conor Mortimer (Mayo), Brian Sheridan (Meath), Martin McIlroy (Monaghan). Subs: Chris Guckian (Dublin) for Gill, Martin McIlhinney (Donegal) for Lyng, Cathal Cregg (Roscommon) for Waters, Willie Mulhall (Offally) for Keenan, Brian McArdle for Mortimer.