Dwyer on fire as Laois comfortably see off Westmeath to retain Division 1B status
Laois 0-23 Westmeath 0-16
The scoring exploits of Charles Dwyer helped Laois retain Division 1B status for 2017 with a battling win over neighbours Westmeath in O'Connor Park.
Dwyer gave an exhibition of score-taking over the 70 minutes as he sent over six points, each one better than the last, as the O'Moore men avoided relegation and maintained their progress under Seamus "Cheddar" Plunkett.
Niall O'Brien was in scintillating form in the opening half hitting six points from play as Westmeath held a deserved half-time lead, 0-12 to 0-11, with Tommy Doyle controlling affairs in defense for Michael Ryan's side.
But with Cahir Healy putting the shackles on O'Brien in the closing 35 minutes, and Dwyer and Neil Foyle on song in attack, Cheddar's side powered to a convincing seven-point win.
The loss will be a bitter pill to swallow for the Lake county as Laois' first league win consigns them to the third tier for another season despite beating Carlow in the Division 2A final two weeks ago.