Late Dowling strike buries Wexford
Laois 2-7 Wexford 1-8 Leinster MFC
LAOIS managed to withstand a last quarter barrage before eventually emerging with a two point victory over Wexford at Wexford Park on Saturday.
Wexford somehow let Laois off the hook as their failure to turn chances into scores came back to haunt them in a game in which they looked the superior side for the most part.
Laois picked off two early points through Tom Shiel (free) and Aaron Dowlin, but the home side recovered for points from Tony Smith and Tom Byrne, but a well executed Colm Murphy goal sent the visitors in leading 1-4 to 0-6 at the interval.
A single point separated the sides as David Ashton ('45') and Tom Byrne exchanged scores, but Laois got the boost in the 44th minute when Aaron Dowling found the net for his side's second goal.
Wexford's challenge re-ignited in the final quarter as Shane Doyle drove home a fine goal, but it was too little too late.
Scorers – Laois: C Murphy, A Dowling 1-1 each, T Shiel 0-4 (3fs), D Ashton 0-1 '45'. Wexford: S Doyle 1-0, T Byrne 0-3 (3fs), I Carty, N Hughes 0-2 each, T Smith (f) 0-1.
Laois – D Bolger; L Knowles, B Lowry, C Behan; P O'Sullivan, G Weldon, T Collins; D O'Reilly, B Daly; C Murphy, T Shiel, B Byrne; E O'Neill, D Aston, A Dowling. Subs: E Buggle for Behan; J Ward for O'Neill; R O'Grady for Ashton; S Whelan for Byrne; D Luttrell for Lowry.
Wexford – E Cummins; S Lyne, S Donohoe, D Redmond; J Stafford, S Doyle, B O'Connor; D Barden, N Hughes, I Carty, T Byrne, A Swan; S Casey, G Malone, T Smith. Subs: B Cowman for Carty; N Rossiter for Malone; P Devereux for Stafford; G Browne for Smith.
Ref – B Cawley (Kildare).