IT was home from home for Tom McKittrick on Sunday afternoon. He returned to Swords to guide Laois to a 5-15 to 1-7 victory over Dublin in the Aisling McGing U21 Championship.
Tom played for Fingallians. He managed them too. And now he has steered Laois into the All-Ireland U21 semi-final.
On a bright, mild afternoon at Lawless Memorial Park, Dublin had to win to stay in the competition. Laois led by 2-6 to 0-3 at half-time. Dublin's goal came from Maria Kenny four minutes into the second period at the scoreboard end. It was a Ballinteer belter.
Sarah O'Brien hit five frees for the Dubs, with a Lucy Collins gem and an Oonagh Whyte free making up the capital's tally. Visiting 'keeper, Ciamh Dollard, foiled Rachel Newell and Claire King of first-half goals.
The hosts knew they were in for a testing afternoon when Laois produced two goals within the opening ten minutes from Mo Nerney and Aisling Kehoe.
A brisk move concluded with Sinéad Doogue hitting their third goal ten minutes into the second half, and stoppage time goals from Ciara Moore and Doogue's second filled their purse to overflowing.
Laois shot some picture points, including Sarah Quigley's four fabulous efforts, while Laura Dunne, at full-forward, contributed three points, and a lot more besides.
Dublin: Ciara Trant (St Finian's, N); Caroline O'Brien (Ballinteer St John's), Shannon Huggard (Cuala), Claire King (Ballyboden St Enda's); Lorna Colgan (St Margaret's), Lucy Collins (Na Fianna), Jenny Ward (Ballyboden St Enda's); Rachel Fitzsimons (Ballinteer St John's), Jessica Wall (Croi Ró Naofa); Chloe Dillon-Coote (Na Fianna), Martha Byrne (Cuala), Becky Davey (Skerries Harps); Maria Kenny (Ballinteer St John's), Rachel Newell (Thomas Davis), Sarah O'Brien (Ballyboden St Enda's). Subs used: Oonagh Whyte (Clann Mhuire), Aisling King (St Brigid's), Laura O'Curry (Ballinteer St John's), Amy McDonald (O'Dwyer's), Gráinne Barrett (Clann Mhuire).