Laois 0-23 Dublin 2-31
Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Laois’s 2020 Leinster senior hurling campaign is over as they were well beaten by Dublin under the lights in Croke Park tonight.
Eddie Brennan’s men could not repeat the heroics of last year as they just couldn’t live with the scoring power that Dublin possessed.
1-28 was scored in the first half, but unfortunately Dublin scored 1-16 of it and their corner forward Donal Burke was on fire.
He didn’t play in the championship game that Laois won last year but he was undoubtedly the difference in the opening period as he contributed 1-9.
He would finish with 1-16, 1-4 from play, as Dublin actually completed the game with eleven different scorers.
Dublin made a fast start but Laois were competitive in the opening 15 minutes with Ross King, Stephen Maher and Aaron Dunphy all on the scoresheet.
In the absence of the injured John Lennon, Sean Downey operated as a sweeper but Dublin shot from distance the majority of the time and led 0-10 to 0-6 at the water break.
A few minutes after that, Dublin grabbed the half’s only goal. A loose ball fell to that man Burke and he surged through before finding the net.
Dublin had the chance of a second goal soon after but keeper Enda Rowland did brilliant to thwart Rian McBride from close range.
Laois picked off points through Ryan Mullaney, James Ryan and Paddy Purcell after that but they also lost defenders Lee Cleere and Ronan Broderick before half time.
And when we got to that point, Dublin led 1-16 to 0-12.
Dublin picked up in the second half where they left off as Donal Burke landed three successive frees and Danny Sutcliffe also scored.
Jack Kelly, Podge Delaney and Sean Downey responded for Laois, and while Burke took his tally to 1-13, points from King and Dunphy left Laois 1-22 to 0-17 behind after 50 minutes.
But Laois rallied a bit after that as keeper Enda Rowland contributed two long range frees to leave the score reading 1-23 to 0-20 at the second water break.
But unfortunately Dublin re-established their dominance after that as the goals Laois needed never came and instead it was Dublin who got one through Eamon Dillon.
They now go forward to meet Kilkenny in a few weeks time. Laois will head into the All-Ireland Qualifiers.
SCORERS – Laois: Ross King 0-10 (nine frees, one 65), Stephen Maher 0-2, Aaron Dunphy 0-2, Paddy Purcell 0-1, Ryan Mullaney 0-1, James Ryan 0-1, Jack Kelly 0-1, Sean Downey 0-1, Podge Delaney 0-1, Enda Rowland 0-2 (two frees), Fiachra C-Fennell 0-1 Dublin: Donal Burke 1-16 (nine frees, two 65s), Cian Bolan 0-2, Danny Sutcliffe 0-2, Conor Burke 0-1, Riain McBride 0-2, Chris Crummey 0-3, Sean Moran 0-1, Eamon Dillon 1-1, Davy Keogh 0-1, Conor Burke 0-1, Mark Schutte 0-1
LAOIS: Enda Rowland; Lee Cleere, Sean Downey, Donnacha Hartnett; Ronan Broderick, Podge Delaney, Ryan Mullaney; Fiachra C-Fennell, Paddy Purcell; Aaron Dunphy, Willie Dunphy, James Ryan; James Keyes, Ross King, Stephen Maher. Subs: Jack Kelly for Cleere (33), Ciaran McEvoy for Broderick (37, inj), Mark Kavanagh for Keyes (ht), Conor Phelan for Mullaney (51), Eoin Gaughan for Maher (67)
DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smith, Eoghan O’Donnell, James Madden; Conor Burke, Daire Gray, Cian O’Callaghan; Sean Moran, Rian McBride; Cian Boland, Chris Crummey, Danny Sutcliffe; Donal Burke, Davy Keogh, Ronan Hayes. Subs: Eamon Dillon for Hayes (50), Liam Rushe for Crummy (55), Jake Malone for Gray (60)
REFEREE: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow)