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Duggan and Cuddy on fire as Laois annihilate Antrim to march in Leinster U-20 quarter finals

Laois 4-27 Antrim 0-7 
Leinster U-20 Hurling Championship Round 2

Ollie Hally’s Laois U-20 hurlers are through to the Leinster quarter finals following a massive win over Antrim in Navan this evening.

As with last week, Laois built up a huge lead by half time – but this time they did not throw it away.

James Duggan was class again – scoring two more wonderful goals to add to his collection.

While centre forward Tadhg Cuddy was flawless from frees and play – finishing the game with 14 points.

Laois played against the wind in the first half but they took the lead early on through Tadhg Cuddy from a free.

Ciaran Magill and Niall O’Connor responded for Antrim but another Cuddy free after ten minutes levelled the game.

Then Laois scored two goals in as many minutes to go into a commanding lead.

The first came when a long range shot from Allan Connolly came back off the upright and who else but man of the moment James Duggan reacted first – controlling the ball on his hurl before lashing it to the net.

And with Laois’s next attack, Thep Fitzpatrick drove in a ball that hung in the air with Mark Hennessy leaping up and getting two flicks to the sliotar to divert it into the net.

Gearoid Lynch, Duggan and Cuddy added points and Laois could’ve had more goals too as Ciaran Byrne hit the crossbar and Mark Hennessy had a shot saved by Antrim keeper Paul Doherty.

Conal Bohill landed Antrim’s third point but Laois led 2-5 to 0-3 at the water break.

Tadhg Cuddy added a free on the resumption but Antrim almost had a goal when Bohill got in one-on-one with Laois keeper Lorcan Fitzpatrick but he made a stunning save.

And Laois went straight down the other end where their third goal arrived. Mark Hennessy caught a high ball and laid it off to Gearoid Lynch who steamed through and shot low to the net.

Declan McCloskey hit back but that would by Antrim’s final point of the half as Laois would go on to build up a 20 point lead.

Tomas Keyes was the provider for the fourth goal for Duggan who rounded his man and slammed in his fifth goal in one and a half games.

Duggan landed a brace of points, with Cuddy and Padraig Brennan also scoring to leave Laois 4-12 to 0-4.

After last week’s second half collapse, Laois returned to the field and reeled off three points in as many minutes – Cuddy slotting two frees and Tomas Keyes adding another.

Keyes slotted a second before Antrim ended their 17 minute scoring drought with a Rian McMullan free after 40 minutes.

Cuddy nailed two more frees to leave Laois 4-18 to 0-6 ahead at the second water break.

The game was well and truly over now but Laois kept scoring as Eddie Critchley, Ciaran Byrne, Niall Coss and Cuddy all knocked over scores to leave 32 points in it at the finish.

Laois will now progress to play either Kilkenny or Offaly next Tuesday evening.

SCORERS – Laois: Tadhg Cuddy 0-14 (ten frees, one 65), James Duggan 2-4, Gearoid Lynch 1-1, Mark Hennessy 1-0, Tomas Keyes 0-2, Eddie Critchley 0-2, Ciaran Byrne 0-2, Padraig Brennan 0-1, Niall Coss 0-1 Antrim: Conal Bohill 0-2, Rian McMullan 0-1 (one free), Ciaran Magill 0-1, Niall O’Connor 0-1, Declan McCloskey 0-1, Dara Delaney 0-1

LAOIS: Lorcan Fitzpatrick; Ian Shanahan, Allan Connolly, Danny Brennan; Padraig Brennan, Ciaran Burke, Niall Coss; Thep Fitzpatrick, Tomas Keyes; Cathal Murphy, Tadhg Cuddy, Gearoid Lynch; Ciaran Byrne, Mark Hennessy, James Duggan. Subs: Bryan Bredin for Burke (43), Eddie Critchley for Murphy (45), Dan Delaney for Lynch (46), Conor Walsh for Hennessy (50), Lawson Obular for Coss (54)

ANTRIM: Paul Doherty; Donal Kearney, Rory McCloskey, Conor Henry; Enda McGarry, Niall O’Connor, Declan McCloskey; Ciaran Magill, Cormac Donnelly; Daire Murphy, Conal Bohill, Dannan McKeough; Rian McMullan, Michael McGarry, Seanie McIntosh. Subs: Caoimhn Heaney for Kearney (26), Diare Stephenson for McKeough (36), Anthony Gallagher for Murphy (45),Dara Delaney for McGarry (48), Aidan Scullion for McMullan (53)

Referee: Kevin Brady (Louth)

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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.