The Laois senior footballers made a dreadful start to Division 2 campaign as they were beaten by seven points by Clare.
Mike Quirke’s charges were never at the races and after Clare scored a first half goal, they never looked like getting back into the game.
We have six talking points from a disappointing evening below:
1 – Man of the match – Paddy O’Sullivan
In what was a very poor Laois performance, there aren’t too many in the running for this.
Gareth Dillon had a decent game at corner back and did win a decent amount of ball – while so too did Robbie Pigott. But we’ve gone for Paddy O’Sullivan who charged forward as much as he could and kept going right to the end.
2 – Midfield struggles
Clare dominated the middle third of the field and that gave them the platform for victory.
Laois won just one of the Clare kick-outs in the first half and the situation didn’t improve a whole lot in the second half. Clare just seemed to dominate all of the breaking ball and Laois really had no answer.
3 – Slow build up play
Every time Laois had an attack, it seemed to be extremely slow. They tended to move the ball laterally across the field.
Laois were either then turned over or kicked possession away as Clare were able to get back behind the ball in numbers.
4 – 150 appearances for John O’Loughlin
Today was Rosenallis midfielder John O’Loughlin’s 150th appearance in the Laois colours.
While it obviously won’t be the way he wanted to mark the accolade – it is still a tremendous achievement to reach that many appearances.
5 – Results elsewhere
Kildare defeated Cork last night while in the North, Meath defeated Westmeath and Mayo had a big win over Down.
6 – What happens next
Laois face Cork next Saturday in O’Moore Park while Clare will look to seal their semi final place when they travel to face Kildare.