Keenan the star as Laois rout Derry
An understrength Derry side were well and truly beaten at Celtic Park by a rampant Laois as GAA president Liam O'Neill watched intently from the stand.
Derry took the lead from a Paddy Henry free but without first-choice players Liam Hinphey and Oisin McCloskey they fell further and further behind in the first half as all six Laois forwards managed to get on the scoreboard. A Tommy Fitzgerald goal in the 24th minute eased Laois to a deserved 1-13 to 0-4 interval lead.
Six minutes into the second half, top scorer Zane Keenan (1-3) squeezed the sliotar to the net from a tight angle and the O'Moore County went on to run out comprehensive 18-point winners.
Man of the match: Z Keenan (Laois)
Scorers – Laois: Z Keenan 1-3, S Maher 0-5, W Hyland 0-5, T Fitzgerald 1-1, M Whelan 0-2, B Dunne, N Foyle, PJ Scully and C Dwyer 0-1 each. Derry: P Henry 0-5 (4fs), K Hinphey 0-2 and B Rodgers 0-1.
Laois – E Riley 7; B Stapleton 7, B Campion 8, JA Delaney 7; J Fitzpatrick 7, M Whelan 8, G Burke 6; C Healy 7, B Dunne 7; S Maher 7, Z Keenan 9, W Hyland 7; C Dwyer 6, T Fitzgerald 6, Neil Foyle 6. Subs: PJ Scully for C Dwyer (45), A Collier for T Fitzgerald (52) B Guilfoyle for G Burke (52), C Dunne for B Dunne (61). B Conroy for S Maher (61).
Derry – D McDermott 7; M Warnock 5, C Quinn 6, J McCloskey 6; R McCloskey 5, M Kirkpatrick 5, P Kelly 5; C Convery 5, K Hinphey 5; B Rodgers 8, A Grant 6, P Henry 5; P Cleary 5, T McCloskey, S Farren 5. Subs: N Farren for M Kirkpatrick (h-t), D McCloskey for R McCloskey (h-t), M O'Hagan for T McCloskey (45), D McAlary for P Cleary (53), B Quigley for K Hinphey (65).
Ref – O Elliott (Antrim)