THREE fortunate goals enabled Laois to overcome Offaly at O'Moore Park and set up a second-round date with Wicklow.
Evan O'Carroll (17) netted a brace as the Offaly rearguard failed to deal with high, probing balls. With Evan Costello punishing the visitors from frees, Laois led 2-6 to 0-7 at half-time.
Peter Cunningham tried to drag Offaly back into the game but, just as they had Laois back in their sights, Kevin McGrath pounced for a goal after goalkeeper Mark Langtry failed to deal with another high ball.
In a fiery encounter that produced nine yellow cards, Offaly captain David Hanlon was sent off late on for a second yellow-card offence.
SCORERS – Laois: E O'Carroll 2-0, K McGrath 1-1, E Costello 0-4 (4f), A Ryan, D Dunne (1 '45', 1f) 0-2 each, P Kingston, P McEvoy 0-1 each; Offaly: P Cunningham 0-6 (2f), C Hurley 1-1 (0-1f), P McPadden 0-3 (3f), D Hanlon 1-0 (pen), A McDonagh, B Cushen, S Cullen 0-1 each.
OFFALY – M Langtry; E Rigney, D Hogan, J McPadden; D Hanlon, D Kelly, P Foy; C McNamee, E Carroll; S Cullen, P Cunningham, A McDonagh; P McPadden, C Hurley, S Hannon. Subs: J O'Connor for Hogan (21), L Kelly for McNamee (25), B Cushen for S Hannon (h-t), J Maher for Cullen (40), S Doyle for McPadden (50)
LAOIS – G Brady; M Dowling, M O'Halloran, S Attride; C Lennon, P McEvoy, D Dunne; A Ryan, M Campion; A Farrell, L McGovern, K McGrath; E O'Carroll, E Costello, P Kingston. Subs: A Campion for Dowling (16), J Farrell for Farrell (50), J Brennan for Lennon (50), J Campion for O'Carroll (60), S Murphy for McGrath (60).
REF – B Cawley (Kildare).