Laois 0-16 Wexford 0-17
Leinster U-20 Hurling Championship Quarter Final
For the second successive year, the Laois U-20 hurlers have fallen agonisingly short in their quest to beat an established county.
Last year it was Kilkenny at this stage and tonight it was Wexford – with just a point between them at full time on this occasion.
Ollie Hally’s side led at half time but Wexford scored six of the first seven points of the second half to open up a gap that Laois couldn’t overcome.
They did try – and late points from Cillian Dunne and Cody Comerford in injury time cut it to the minimum but time ran out and their season is over.
The first ten minutes was all about Dan Delaney as the Camross man hit Laois’s first four points – two frees and two from play.
Wexford responded through Corey Byrne-Dunbar and then three in a row from Cian Byrne had us level after 15 minutes.
Shamey O’Hagan gave Wexford the lead for the first time soon after but Tadhg Cuddy responded and the sides traded points after that.
Darragh Carley and Delaney scored before Laois had the first sniff of a goal chance when Philip Tynan barrelled through and his shot just whistled over.
Adam Kirwan made it a two point game and then Laois were thankful to keeper Paddy Hassett who made a brilliant save to divert Corey Byrne-Dunbar’s shot over the bar from point blank range.
Laois ended the half with another Delaney free to leave it 0-9 to 0-7 at the interval.
But that slow start to the second half cost Laois as Wexford went 0-13 to 0-10 up by the midpoint of the half.
Laois recovered somewhat through subs Eddie Critchley and Shaun Fitzpatrick but the gap was still three as we entered the final minutes of injury time thanks to a monster score from AJ Redmond.
Laois did get those late scores and had one last chance but they lost the Wexford puck-out and the game was up.
SCORERS – Laois: Dan Delaney 0-7 (six frees), Cillian Dunne 0-3 (two frees), Eddie Critchley, Adam Kirwan, Shaun Fitzpatrick, Tadhg Cuddy, Cody Comerford and Philip Tynan 0-1 each Wexford: Cian Byrne 0-7 (five frees), Cory Dunbar-Byrne 0-4, Thomas Kinsella 0-2, AJ Redmond, Darragh Carley, Shamey O’Hagan and Jack Redmond 0-1 each
LAOIS: Paddy Hassett (Rathdowney-Errill); Ian Shanahan (Ballinakill), Lawson Obular (Abbeyleix), Danny Brennan (Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe); Padraig Brennan (Clough-Ballacolla), Niall Coss (Borris-Kilcotton), Philip Tynan (Borris-Kilcotton); Cody Comerford (The Harps), Tadhg Cuddy (Castletown); Dan Delaney (Camross), Cillian Dunne (Clough-Ballacolla), Cathal Murphy (The Harps); James Duggan (The Harps), Noah Quinlan (Borris-Kilcotton), Adam Kirwan (Trumera). Subs: Tomas Keyes (Camross) for Murphy (35), Shaun Fitzpatrick (Abbeyleix) for Kirwan (47), Eddie Critchley (Portlaoise) for Cuddy (54), Colin Byrne (Abbeyleix) for Delaney (58)
WEXFORD: Cian Byrne; Liam Cassin, Liam Schokman, AJ Redmond; Joe Barrett, Cian Molloy, Conor Foley; Darragh Carley, Luke Kavanagh; Corey Byrne-Dunbar, Cian Brown, Shamey O’Hagan; David Codd, Cian Byrne, JJ Twamley. Subs: Jack Redmond for Kavangh (ht), Tommy Kinsella for Twamley (50), Josh Sheil for Browne (59), Cian Doyle for O’Hagan (61)
Referee: David Hughes (Kilkenny)