Browne brace puts Lilies on top
Kildare 5-10 Laois 1-6
Second-half goals from Nick Jackman, Tom Browne (2) and Drew Costello put Kildare on top of Group 2 in the Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship.
With both teams almost certain to reach the Leinster semi-finals, last night's game was about two teams vying for top spot.
Kildare took an early lead through Aaron Kennedy's goal after 11 minutes.
Ross Bolger responded with a point for Laois but it proved to be their only score of the half.
After Kildare took a 1-3 to 0-1 lead at half-time, Laois opened the second half with aplomb when substitute Josh Lacey and half-forward Daragh Galvin had a point apiece inside the opening minute.
Sean Corcoran and Mark O'Connell points then helped Laois close the margin to two points (1-4 to 0-5) in the 36th minute.
But Kildare responded well by scoring an unanswered 3-4 in the next 12 minutes.
Jackman's 39th-minute goal, followed by green flags from Browne and Costello, saw Kildare surge into a 4-8 to 0-5 lead in the 49th minute.
Damon Larkin pinched a late Laois goal but Browne soon cancelled that out with his second of the night and Kildare claimed a comprehensive victory.
SCORERS - Kildare: T Browne 2-0; M Curtin 0-4 (2fs); N Jackman, A Kennedy, D Costello 1-0 each; P McDermott, M McGovern 0-2 each; L Broderick, J Smyth (f) 0-1 each. Laois: D Larkin 1-0; R Bolger 0-2 (2fs); S M Corcoran, D Galvin, J Lacey and M O'Connell 0-1 each.
KILDARE - J Ball; J Lynch, S Hill, J Hamill; N Jackman, K Kelliher, P McDermott; L Broderick, M Kiely; T Browne, A Beirne, M McGovern; M Curtin, A Kennedy, S Morrissey. Subs: J Smyth for Morrissey (h-t); D Costello for Kiely (46); D Caulfield for McDermott (51); D Higgins for Beirne (54); S Englishby for Jackman (57); P Wall for Broderick (60).
LAOIS - T Wright; S Greene, M Bennett, C Byrne; N Carey, C Bennett, S Burns-Mooney; B Conroy; S M Corcoran; D Galvin, D Larkin, C Doyle; S Farrelly, S O'Neill, R Bolger. Subs: J Lacey for O'Neill (16 mins); M O'Connell for Farrelly (h-t); E Delaney for Galvin (40); C Donlon for Mooney (46).
REF - F Pierce (Offaly).