Saturday 24 June 2017

Magnificent Model heap more misery on Laois

Wexford 7-18 Laois 2-10

Leinster U-21 HC SEMI-FINAL

Wexford made it a dismal week for Laois hurling as they handed the visitors a real mauling in this one-sided clash at Wexford Park yesterday evening.

The hosts opened impressively, moving into a 1-4 to 0-1 lead as early as the fifth minute, with the goal coming from full-forward James Breen.

Even at this stage Laois looked in real difficulty as they were been outhurled all over the pitch, but they were given a brief respite when Neil Foyle pointed an eighth-minute free.

Wexford were sharp and aggressive in attack as Liam Og McGovern cracked home a ninth- minute goal.

It was going to take something impressive from Laois to bring them back into the game, but all they had to offer was the accurate point-taking of centre-forward Foyle, whose efforts left nine points separating the sides -- 3-4 to 0-4 -- after 13 minutes of play, with the home side's third goal coming courtesy of Padraig Doran one minute earlier.

Laois were always playing catch-up as they allowed Liam Og McGovern through for his second goal of the game at the end of the opening quarter.

And by half-time the home side had raced into a 4-11 to 0-5 lead, and for Laois it was just damage limitation on the resumption.

The visitors tried to up their game on the resumption, responding with a Foyle pointed free inside two minutes.

But the Wexford dominance was to continue as they responded immediately with a Shane Tomkins goal, before going on to add further goals through Paul Morris and Breen, although Laois' Daniel Lalor reduced the deficit with a 48th- minute goal.

But by this stage, the home side led 7-14 to 1-7 as they cruised to victory in a total mis-match, with Foyle's second goal from a free proving a consolation score.

Wexford now await the winners of Dublin and Offaly in the final.

SCORERS -- Wexford: E Kent (3f), H Kehoe (1f) 0-5 each, J Breen 2-1, P Doran 1-3, S Tomkins 1-1, L Og McGovern 2-0, P Morris 1-1, D O'Keeffe, I Byrne 0-1. Laois: N Foyle 1-7 (5f), D Lalor 1-0, B Reddin, E Reilly (1f) N Unwin 0-1 each.

Wexford -- M Fanning; W Devereux, M O'Hanlon, E Moore; J Gahan, M O'Regan, S Murphy; E Kent, R Sludds; S Tomkins, H Kehoe, L Og McGovern; P Morris, J Breen, P Doran. Subs: P Donnelly for O'Regan (30), D O'Keeffe for Kent (44), I Byrne for Breen (48), Michael O'Hanlon for Morris (48), J Reck for McGovern (54).

Laois -- E Reilly; B O'Mara, P Flynn, L Hegarty; G Gaughan, N Unwin, W Campion; G Burke, B Dunne; J Corrigan, N Foyle, T Ryan; P Keating, W Dunphy, B Reddin. Subs: C Kavanagh for O'Mara (23), D Lalor for Gaughan (35), D Shanahan for Keating (42).

Ref -- A Lagrue (Kildare).

Irish Independent

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