King points the way as Laois go distance to send Kerry down
Laois 1-30 Kerry 4-20
Laois manager Eamonn Kelly hailed the work rate of his players after an incredible win over Kerry on Saturday night.
It took extra-time to separate the teams, after Laois threw away a three-point lead with virtually the last action of the game at the end of normal time, when Enda Rowland mishandled a tame shot and allowed it into the net.
In spite of that, Kelly was proud of his charges for finally getting over the line.
"There was nobody we took off tonight because they were playing badly, they worked themselves into the ground and we can ask for no more," he said.
"We've a lot of talking done in the last couple of weeks and it was time we put our words into action. I think they did that to a certain extent."
Laois were eight points up at one stage in the first-half, but Kerry eventually reeled them in.
Ross King, the Laois captain, hit four points in extra-time to get his team over the line.
"It was an incredible game of hurling" said Kelly. "There were parts of it where our work rate was very good, we fought hard and our commitment was great, but it was difficult that we had to bring it to extra-time."
It is off to the Leinster Round Robin series now for both sides, with their first games to be played on April 23.
SCORERS - Laois: R King 0-12 (7f), C Dwyer 1-1, (1-0f) W Dunphy 0-3 (1 sl), P Purcell 0-3, S Maher 0-2, L Bergin, R Mullaney, C Dwyer, A Corby, E Rowland (f), P Whelan, J Lennon, L O'Connell, C Collier 0-1 each.
Kerry: P Boyle 2-3 (1-2f), P Kelly 1-4, C Harty 0-5, S Nolan 0-4 (3f), J Conway 1-0, D Collins, J Goulding, J Buckley, K Carmody 0-1 each
LAOIS: E Rowland 6; L Cleere 6, L Bergin 7, C Healy 8; L O'Connell 6, C Dwyer 7, R Mullaney 7; R King 10, P Purcell 8; C Taylor 6, J Lennon 7, B Conroy 7; W Dunphy 8, N Foyle 5, P Maher 6. Subs: C Collier 7 for O'Connell (42), A Dunphy 6 for Conroy (57), P Whelan 7 for Lennon (63), S Downey 6 for Mullaney (67), A Corby 7 for Cleere (70 mins), S Bergin 6 for Maher (72), E Lyons 6 for Dunphy (78, inj), S Maher for Taylor (83), J Kelly for King (93, inj)
KERRY: M Stackpoole 6; J O'Connor 7, T Murnane 6, S Weir 6; D Collins 7, B Murphy 7, D Dineen 6; P O'Connor 7, J Buckley 7; S Nolan 6, P Kelly 8, M O'Leary 6; J Conway 7, P Boyle 6, J Goulding 6. Subs: M Boyle 7 for Goulding (41), C Harty 8 for O'Leary (46), K Carmody 6 for Nolan (54), M O'Connor 6 for Conway (56), P Lucid for M O'Connor (87)
Ref: P O'Dwyer (Carlow)