man of the match
Brendan Quigley (Laois)
The Timahoe man gave an exhibition at midfield, dominating in the air and using the ball well when in possession. His midfield partner John O'Loughlin also impressed with 0-3, while Donie Kingston was in good form up front as well.
What good will this game have done for either side? Laois were never really tested and Carlow were never really competitive. It makes you wonder how feasible the provincial championships are.
Donie Kingston's goal in the second half was a touch of class, as he jinked onto his right foot 20 yards out and an unleashed a daisy-cutter into the bottom corner.
Paddy Neilan was in charge, and despite a couple of odd decisions, he did well overall in a game that was not too hard to handle.
Laois 13 (6, first half)
Carlow 6 (4)
Laois 12 (5)
Carlow 18 (11)
Laois 0 Carlow 0
Laois 3 (B Quigley, D Kingston, D O'Connor) Carlow 2 (K Nolan, S Gannon)
For Laois, they now face another derby against Kildare on June 6 in O'Connor Park, while Carlow will enter the first round of the qualifiers, which will be played in late June.