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Laois forward named GAA Hurler of the week following stunning display in Antrim win

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Laois forward Paddy Purcell has been named GAA Hurler of the Week following an online poll.

On an Instagram vote, Purcell received 3,684 votes from the public ahead of Donegal’s Declan Coulter (3,257), and Derry’s Odhran McKeever (2,165).

It is just rewards for the Rathdowney-Errill man who put in a stunning performance in Laois’s dramatic win over Antrim last weekend.

The jet-heeled hurler scored 2-2 from play and caused the Antrim defence endless trouble with his surging runs from deep.

Before Saturday, Cheddar Plunkett’s men had lost every game they played this year but Purcell’s two goals, one in either half, proved crucial as they pulled off a great win.

They had to play for the final 20 minutes of the game with 14 men and see an 11 point lead almost evaporate but they managed to hold on.

Laois played with the breeze in the first half and unlike in all of the games this year, they actually made a really good start.

Podge Delaney, Ross King and PJ Scully were all on the scoreboard as they took a 0-11 to 0-4 lead at the water break.

Willie Dunphy, Jack Kelly and Ciaran Collier joined the scoreboard and then Paddy Purcell scored an absolute bullet of a goal to give Laois a 1-17 to 0-10 lead at half time.

Laois lost Sean Downey to a sin bin and then Ross King to a second yellow as two Eoghan O’Neill goals brought Antrim back to within two points at the second water break – 1-21 to 2-16.

But Laois stepped it up again in the third quarter and went on to win by six points in the end.

Their reward for this win is a trip to Nowlan Park on Saturday to take on Waterford at 2pm in the All-Ireland Qualifiers.

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