Laois 0-12 Offaly 2-18
Leinster Minor Hurling Championship Round 1
The Laois minor hurlers are out of the Leinster championship after they were well beaten by Offaly in Birr this afternoon.
Liam Dunne’s charges went down by 12 points in the end with the excellent Lochlan Quinn hitting 15 points for the victors.
Charlie Mitchell landed a goal in either half too while keeper Mark Troy saved Cillian Dunne’s penalty at a crucial time in the second half too.
With no back door this year, this is a disappointing end for this Laois team.
Laois made a positive start to the game with captain Padraig Brennan dissecting the posts in the opening minute of the half.
However, Lochlan Quinn converted his first free of the game soon after to keep the sides level in the opening minutes.
Laois played with the wind in the first half but they were unable to take advantage of this as Offaly began to dominate the aerial battles all over the field.
Cillian Dunne converted a free to give Laois a one point lead but Offaly scored three points in a row through Cormac Egan and a brace from Quinn before the water break to give themselves a two point lead – 0-5 to 0-3.
Offaly then scored their first goal of the game just after the break.
Cormac Egan went on a super solo run along the touchline and found Luke Carey in space. Carey Stormed past the the Laois defenders and passed the ball to Charlie Mitchell on the edge of the square. Mitchell made no mistake and he smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
Offaly began to nudge further ahead with Quinn continuing to be devastating from placed balls.
Laois battled back into the game and scored three points in a row just before the interval to give themselves a hope of a comeback. Points from Colin Byrne, Noah Quinlan and Padraig saw four points separating the sides at the break – 0-8 to 1-9.
Laois began the second half with two points in quick succession via Brennan and Dunne but yet again Quinn was on hand to convert multiple frees to maintain Offaly’s lead.
With just eight minutes gone in the second half Laois won a penalty as Dunne was fouled in the area.
Dunne stepped up and drove the ball straight down the the middle but goalkeeper Mark Troy was on hand to deny him a chance of putting Laois ahead.
This moment had a huge bearing on the rest of the game as Quinn lodged over a brace of frees before Mitchell sealed the game with another goal.
A high ball was played into the box and Laois goalkeeper Finnan Cuddy spilled it and it fell to Mitchell. He buried the ball into the back of the net to give Offaly an eleven point lead with ten minutes remaining.
Offaly saw the game out well with Quinn lodging over two more frees giving him an impressive tally of 0-15.
They progress to play Kildare or Antrim in the quarter final while Laois are out.
SCORERS – Offaly: Lochlan Quinn 0-15 (twelve frees), Charlie Mitchell 2-0, Luke Carey 0-2, Cormac Egan 0-1 Laois: Ciliian Dunne 0-4 (all frees), Padraig Brennan 0-3 (one free), David Dooley 0-1, Diarmuid Dooley 0-1, Noah Quinlan 0-1, Colin Byrne 0-1, Daniel Bowe 0-1
LAOIS: Finnian Cuddy (Trumera), Jack Phelan (Camross), Aodh Bowes (Rosenallis), Lochlainn Conway (Clough-Ballacolla); Philip Tynan (Borris-Kilcotton), Aaron Phelan (Castletown), Lawson Obular (Abbeyleix); Padraig Brennan (Clough-Ballacolla), Cathal Murphy (The Harps); Diarmuid Dooley (Rosenallis), David Dooley (Rosenallis), Tom Fennelly (Rosenallis); Noah Quinlan (Borris-Kilcotton), Cillian Dunne (Clough-Ballacolla), Cody Comerford (The Harps). Subs: Colin Byrne for Phelan (22), Padraig Rafter for Fennelly (35), Cian Conroy for Murphy (46), Daniel Bowe for A. Phelan (46), James Keegan for Dunne (57).
OFFALY: Mark Troy; Patrick Taaffe, Charlie Bracken, Oisin Kilmartin; Luke Watkins, Sam Burke, Ruairi Dunne;Colin Spain, Cathal King; Cormac Egan, Eoin Murphy, Lochlan Quinn; Luke Carey, Charlie Mitchell, Lee Hogan. Subs: Daniel Burke for Murphy (35), Barry Egan for Hogan (54), Andrew Coakley for Mitchell (58).
REFEREE: Cayman Flynn (Meath)
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