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Laois lads to the fore as SETU Carlow claim All-Ireland Division 2 Freshers football glory

SETU Carlow 1-14 TUS Midlands 1-10
Rory O’Connor Division 2 Fresher Football Final

SETU Carlow were crowned All-Ireland Division 2 Fresher Football champions in Carlow last night.

The side, managed by former Killeshin boss Christy Bolger, defeated TUS Midlands in an entertaining final.

The home side got off to a great start and built up a lead that allowed them to withstand a fast finish from the visitors.

Portlaoise’s Kevin Swayne was named man of the match and a fantastic display at centre back.

And he laid down an early marker with two points in the first half – something he will be hoping to replicate on Saturday night.

He has been named at wing forward for Laois’s Division 4 clash with Waterford in O’Moore Park at 6pm.

He was joined in the starting 15 by Graiguecullen’s Conor Harte who operated at wing forward.

A Laois minor in 2021, Harte also kicked a point as SETU Carlow led 0-9 to 0-5 at half time.

Courtwood’s Dylan Keane and Ballyroan-Abbey’s Conor McWey made substitute appearances in the second half while Spink’s Ryan Quinlan was also on the panel.

SETU Carlow were nine points up with ten minutes to go and although TUS Midlands did get a goal before the end, SETU Carlow were champions.

SETU CARLOW: David Mac Partlin; Conor Farrelly, Dara Curran, Eoghan Byrne; Tommy Gill, Kevin Swayne (Portlaoise), Ethan Mountaine; Daniel Cooney, Kyle Nolan; Conor Harte (Graiguecullen), Aaron Waker, Cillian McGrath; Ronan Quinlan, Adam Fanning, Cormac Barker.

Subs: Jack Rodgers, Gavin Thompson, John Kenny, Dylan Keane (Courtwood), Conor McWey (Ballyroan-Abbey), Cian Casey, Alan Mahoney, Gearoid Heane, James Rocke, Ryan Quinlan (Spink), Brendan Booth, Sean Brennan, Matt Miley, Marc Courtner-Burne,
Conor O’Neill, Fionn Cooke, Cian Doran

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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.