Thursday 23 November 2017

Cahillane strike turns the tide

Laois 1-16 Carlow 1-9

Laois's Kevin Meaney in action against Carlow's Murtough Ware at O'Moore Park. Photo Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Laois's Kevin Meaney in action against Carlow's Murtough Ware at O'Moore Park. Photo Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Carlow's Brendan Murphy clashes with Laois's Martin Scully during the sides Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup match. Photo Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Carlow's Benny Kavanagh in action against Laois's Donie Kingston, at O'Moore Park. Photo Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Laois overcame a jittery first-half period to make it two wins from two in the O'Byrne Cup at a rain-soaked O'Moore Park.

Laois started brightly with early points from John O'Loughlin and Donie Kingston, but Carlow took over after that. Brendan Murphy and Darragh O'Brien drew them level before O'Brien and then edged them in front.

The first goal arrived after that when a Daniel St Ledger '45 was fumbled and John Murphy bundled it home. Ed Finnegan added a point to put Carlow five up, but they didn't score for the rest of the half.

Laois got back into the game thanks to a brilliant goal from Paul Cahillane as they rattled off 1-7 without reply to lead by five at half-time, 1-9 to 1-4, with Kingston adding three more points. The torrential rain got even heavier during the half-time interval, and the pace of the game slowed. Subs Kevin Meaney and Ruairí O'Connor stretched Laois' lead, and they were never in any real trouble.

Alan Kelly's missed goal chance was as close as Carlow got, with three second-half points from Gary Walsh seeing Laois safely over the line. It's UCD up next for Carlow, while Laois travel to face Meath.

SCORERS - Laois: G Walsh 0-5 ('45), D Kingston 0-4 (1f), P Cahillane 1-1, J O'Loughlin 0-2, A Farrell, E Costello, K Meaney, R O'Connor 0-1 each. Carlow: J Murphy 1-0, G Kelly, D O'Brien, D Lunney (fs) 0-2 each, B Murphy, E Finnegan, J Kennedy 0-1 each.

LAOIS - G Brody; T Collins, M Timmons, P Cotter; A Farrell, D Strong, G Dillon; J O'Loughlin, D O'Reilly; N Murphy, E Costello, M Scully; P Cahillane, D Kingston, G Walsh. Subs: D O'Connor for Scully (h-t), K Meaney for Murphy (h-t), R O'Connor for O'Reilly (45), T Connolly for Dillon (51), S Murphy for Cotter (57), J McDonald for Brody (62).

CARLOW - C Kearney; BJ Molloy, D St Ledger, H Hegarty; G Kelly, D Hayden, B Kavanagh; B Murphy, M Ware; E Finnegan, D O'Brien, A Kelly; C Blake, J Murphy, D Moran. Subs: D Lunney for Moran (42), JJ Smith for Ware (47), J Kennedy for O'Brien (49), P Broderick for Blake (59), G Power for Kavanagh (62), G Dunne for Hegarty (65).

Ref - N Ward (Westmeath)

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