Classy Cronin helps Dublin march past Laois to semis
Dublin 1-17 Laois 1-10 - Leinster U-21 HC
Dublin advanced to the last four of this competition after a seven-point victory over Laois at Parnell Park.
Stephen Maher handed Laois the early initiative when converting two frees before Paul Winters managed Dublin's first score from a placed ball.
PJ Scully restored Laois' two-point lead, but with Sean McClelland and Chris Crummey prominent, the hosts were finding their feet and were buoyed by a superb goal by Colm Cronin in the 12th minute.
After Winters and Oisin O'Rorke had added to Cronin's score, Laois battled back and restored parity approaching the break after scores from Padraig Lawlor and Joe Campion. But Conor Robinson's point gave Dublin a narrow 1-7 to 0-9 interval lead.
Dublin assumed control thereafter with Cronin embellishing a fine showing with three glorious second-half scores. Tadhg Dowling's goal proved in vain as the Dubs cruised.
Scorers – Dublin: P Winters 0-8 (8fs), C Cronin 1-3, O O'Rorke 0-3, C Robinson, C Boland, T Devlin 0-1 each. Laois: S Maher 0-4 (3fs), T Dowling 1-0, C Collier, J Campion, C Dwyer, B Conroy, PJ Scully, P Lawlor 0-1 each.
Dublin – C Dooley; M McCaffrey, C O'Callaghan, S McClelland; E O'Donnell, R Murphy, C Crummey; G Whelan, C Robinson; P Winters, K O'Flynn, C Cronin; C Conway, A Clabby, O O'Rorke. Subs: D Gormley for Murphy (35), C Boland for Conway (41), T Devlin for Clabby (42), AJ Murphy for Crummey (51), C Mac Gabhann for O'Donnell (61).
Laois – E Rowland; M Collier, G Burke, C Dunne; D Palmer, W Young, P Whelan; C Collier, J Campion; C Dwyer, R Peacock, PJ Scully; S Maher, R King, B Conroy. Subs: P Lawlor for Palmer (22), A Moore for Scully (37), T Dowling for Conroy (53).
Referee – J Keenan (Wicklow).