Kingston inspires Laois rout
LAOIS recorded an anticipated win over neighbours Carlow at Dr Cullen Park on Saturday evening, but vast improvement will be needed if either county is to make a serious impact in this year's provincial championship.
The visitors had this game in safe keeping by half-time when they led by 1-10 to 1-3. Their finishing was clinical in that opening half, while Carlow's scoring attempts were pathetic.
Laois left full-forward Paul Kingston tormented the home defence, hitting 1-5, with his goal coming from a penalty on 26 minutes after a foul on wing-forward Martin Scully. A minute later, Carlow midfielder Mark Fitzgerald shot a fine goal to give some hope to the home support.
The sides shared eight points in a more evenly matched second half as an uninspiring game petered out.
Scorers -- Laois: P Kingston 1-5 (0-3f, 1-0pen), M Campion, B Kenna 0-2 each, P Murphy, M Scully, E Costello, L McGovern, D Dunne 0-1 each. Carlow: M Fitzgerald 1-0, C Blake 0-3f, S Murphy, G Power, P Farrell, D O'Brien (1f) 0-1 each.
Laois -- G Brody; M Cahill, M O'Halloran, E George; P Murphy, P McEvoy, D Dunne; M Campion, K Bracken; M Scully, E Costello, S Attride; B Kenna, L McGovern, P Kingston. Subs: J Hearn for O'Halloran (h/t), N Mullen for Scully (45), J Campion for Attride (53), S Murphy for George (58).
Carlow -- M Hennessy; T Kenny, M Doyle, P Manning; D Hickey, M Furey, G Power; M Fitzgerald, S Murphy; C Wall, D O'Brien, B Nolan; C Blake, R Smithers, C O'Toole. Subs: P Farrell for Hickey (24), R Jeffers for Wall (h/t), R O'Brien for Blake (49), J Lowry for Fitzgerald (57), C Lalor for O'Toole (59).
Ref -- D Maher (Westmeath).