Wednesday 26 April 2017

Kingston inspires Laois rout

Laois 1-14
Carlow 1-7

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).

Irish Independent

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