Laois hit their long range target
LAOIS 0-21 ANTRIM 1-16 All-Ireland SHC Qualifier THE ability of Laois to pick off long-range points under pressure was the secret of their two-point All-Ireland SHC Qualifier victory at Casement Park on Saturday.
"We are happy with the way we played but, naturally, disappointed with the result," commented Antrim captain Jim Connolly.
"We have restored some pride in the Saffron jersey after our poor performances against Limerick and Galway and we have now a fortnight to get our heads down and prepare for Offaly."
Antrim shot into the lead after 17 minute when Johnny McIntosh fired the sliotar to the net after 'keeper Patrick Mullaney knocked down a hanging lob in the goalmouth to push Antrim 1-3 to 0-5 clear.
The game was all-square at the break (1-7 to 0-10) before James Young pointed Laois in front two minutes after the restart.
Laois jumped into a 0-14 to 1-9 advantage by the 49th minute but Karl McKeegan lofted over the second of his three '65s' with Michael Herron brining the sides level in the 51st minute. It was then that Laois turned on the power to hit six points to Antrim's one over the next eight minutes. Despite a late surge of four points Antrim fell short.
SCORERS - Laois: J Young 0-8 (6f, 1 '65'), L Tynan 0-3, J Walsh, J Rowney, M Rooney 0-2 each, J Phelan, T Fitzgerald, C Healy, C Brophy 0-1 each. Antrim: J McIntosh 1-7 (0-3f), K McKeegan 0-3 (3 '65'), J Connolly, M Herron, P Richmond, A Delargy, B Quinn, J Scullion 0-1 each.
LAOIS - P Mullaney; J Walsh, P Cuddy, M McEvoy; J Fitzpatrick, P Mahon, S Dwyer; J Walsh J Phelan; J Rowney, L Tynan, J Young; T Fitzgerald, M Rooney, D Culleton. Subs: C Healy for Mahon (43), E Meagher for Phelan (43), C Brophy for Walsh (58), P Russell for Rowney (67).
ANTRIM - DD Quinn; M Kettle, K Kelly, A Ó Cairealláin; G Cunningham, J Campbell, C Herron; M Scullion, J Connolly; K McKeegan, M Herron, K Stewart; J McIntosh, P Richmond, A Delargy. Subs: C Cunning for Kelly (1), J Scullion for Ó Cairealláin (10); B Quinn for Delargy (53).
REF - P Greene (Galway).