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Leinster final defeat for Laois again as Dublin claim U-20 glory

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Laois 0-8 Dublin 0-18
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The Laois U-20 footballers have suffered back to back Leinster final defeats after they were beaten by Dublin in Netwatch Cullen Park tonight.

Eddie Kinsella’s charges battled right to the end but they couldn’t live with a rampant Dublin who just had too much scoring power.

Laois missed a penalty late on but it mattered little as Dublin ran out ten point winners in the end.

Laois made a brilliant start to the game as they started like a train.

Ronan Coffey landed two frees and keeper Matthew Byron slotted another as Laois led by three points after five minutes.

Dublin, who had arrived late after their bus got delayed on the way down, soon got going.

They took over in midfield and pinned Laois back for the remainder of the half as they robbed them of primary possession.

Two points from wing back Lee Gannon cut the deficit and then the deadly Ciaran Archer slotted his first free to level the game after 11 minutes.

Dublin almost had a goal in that time too but Laois keeper Matthew Byron pulled off a point blank save to deny Kieran McKeon from close range.

Matthew Byron regained the lead for Laois with his second free after 13 minutes but Laois would not score for 15 after that as Dublin kicked seven without reply.

Archer, Rory Dwyer and Luke O’Dell were among the scorers as Dublin moved 0-10 to 0-5 ahead as we approached the end of the half.

Dublin almost had a goal then when corner back Alan Murphy found space but his effort hit the crossbar.

Laois went down the other end and Ronan Coffey scores their first point from play but Dublin ended the half with an Archer 45 to lead 0-11 to 0-5 at half time.

Laois needed to start the second half well and they did with Coffey’s fourth point.

Kieran McKeon hit back for Dublin and then wing back Rory Dwyer put seven in it after 40 minutes.

Jack Owens kicked Laois’s third point from play but Conor Kinsella made it 0-14 to 0-7 as we entered the final ten minutes.

Matthew Byron and McKeon traded points but it was goals Laois needed now and they were given a penalty with five minutes to play.

Dublin made a mess of a short kick out and Jack Owens got the ball to Mark Barry who was fouled. However, he dragged the resulting spot kick wide and any chance Laois had of mounting a comeback was over.

They had another goal chance in the time that remained but Alex Mohan dragged a shot wide as Dublin saw the game out with scores from Archer and McKeon.

SCORERS – LAOIS: Ronan Coffey 0-4 (two frees), Matthew Byron 0-3 (all frees), Jack Owens 0-1 DUBLIN: Ciaran Archer 0-6 (three frees, two 45s), Kieran McKeon 0-4, Lee Gannon 0-2, Rory Dwyer 0-2, Sean Foran 0-1, Luke O’Dell 0-1, Conor Kinsella 0-1

LAOIS: Mathew Byron (Courtwood); Michael Dowling (Portlaoise), Alex Mohan (Portarlington), Neil Keane (The Heath); Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood), Gary Saunders (Portlaoise), Jack Lacey (St Joseph’s); Barry Howlin (O’Dempsey’s), PJ Daly (The Heath); Ronan Coffey (Portarlington), Jack Owens (Emo), Damon Larkin (Portlaoise); Colin Slevin (Portarlington), Darragh Galvin (Portarlington), Mark Barry (O’Dempsey’s). Subs: Dean Brophy (St Joseph’s) for Howlin (27), Sean O’Neill (The Rock) for Daly (42), Ross Bolger (Killeshin) for Lacey (47), Josh Lacey (St Joseph’s) for Galvin (50), Sean Michael Corcoran (Portarlington) for Larkin (53)

DUBLIN: Josh O’Neill; Alan Murphy, Adam Rafter, Josh Bannon; Rory Dwyer, Adam Widdick, Lee Gannon; Killian McGinnis, Evan Caulfield; Mark Lavin, Lorcan O’Dell, Sean Foran; Ciaran Archer, Luke Swan, Kieran McKeon. Subs: Aaron Fearon for McGinnis (41), Padraig Purcell for Foran (45), Conor Kinsella for Bannon (47), Stephen Braiden for O’Dell (54), Conor Tyrell for Murphy (60)

Referee: Patrick Maguire (Longford)

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.