Monday 25 September 2017

Laois secured their NHL Division 1 status after an epic contest with Kerry

John Lennon of Laois in action against Tom Murnane of Kerry during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Relegation Play-Off match between Laois and Kerry at O'Moore Park, in Portlaoise. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
John Lennon of Laois in action against Tom Murnane of Kerry during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Relegation Play-Off match between Laois and Kerry at O'Moore Park, in Portlaoise. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Rory Delaney

Laois secured their NHL Division 1 status after an epic contest with Kerry in O'Moore Park on Saturday night.

The game started in a whirlwind, with both teams pointing inside two minutes before Neil Foyle was red-carded for Laois.

A fortuitous goal for Cha Dwyer helped Laois into a 1-15 to 2-6 lead at half time in normal time, Jordan Conway and Patrick Kelly with the goals for Kerry,

Laois were comfortable for most of the second half until Mikey Boyle rattled a free to the net for Kerry. Then, with the last act of the game, Boyle's tame shot was fumbled over the line by Enda Rowland, the game finished level.

In extra time, Laois took control in the opening period and clung on for a dramatic victory.

SCORERS - Laois: R King 0-13 (7f), W Dunphy 0-3 (1 sl), P Purcell 0-3, C Dwyer 1-0f, 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; L Cleere, L Bergin, C Healy; L O'Connell, C Dwyer, R Mullaney; R King, P Purcell; C Taylor, J Lennon, B Conroy; W Dunphy, N Foyle, P Maher. Reps - C Collier for O'Connell (42), A Dunphy for Conroy (57), P Whelan for Lennon (63), S Downey for Mullaney (67), A Corby for Cleere (70 mins), S Bergin for Maher (72), E Lyons for Dunphy (78, inj), S Maher for Taylor (83), J Kelly for King (93, inj)

KERRY - M Stackpoole; J O'Connor, T Murnane, S Weir; D Collins, B Murphy, D Dineen; P O'Connor, J Buckley; S Nolan, P Kelly, M O'Leary; J Conway, P Boyle, J Goulding. Reps - M Boyle for Goulding (41), C Harty for O'Leary (46), K Carmody for Nolan (54), M O'Connor for Conway (56), P Lucid for M O'Connor (87)

Ref - Paud O'Dwyer (Carlow)

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