Hughes strike puts Wexford on their way
Wexford 2-13 Laois 1-11
Wexford continued their impressive start with a thoroughly deserved victory over Laois in their O’Byrne Cup clash in Enniscorthy.
After they overcame Louth in their opening game, Paul McLoughlin’s side are on course for a knockout place but they had to battle last night. Laois were 0-5 to 0-3 in front on 20 minutes before Robert Franey’s goal gave Wexford a 1-5 to 0-5 interval lead.
While Laois managed to stay in touch through the third quarter, it was a delightful Niall Hughes goal ten minutes from the end that helped Wexford into a 2-10 to 0-9 lead. Laois replied with a 61st-minute goal from Michael Keogh but Wexford, inspired by midfielders Barry O’Connor and Hughes, who held firm.
scorers – Wexford: R Frayne, N Hughes 1-0 each; J Bealin (2f), K O’Grady 0-3 each; B O’Connor, J Tubritt, P Curtis 0-2 each; B Brosnan 0-1. Laois: M Keogh 1-0; C Murphy 0-5 (3f); E O’Carroll 0-3 (1f); E Lowry 0-2f, F Crowley 0-1.
Wexford – C Swaine; M Furlong, G Sheehan, C Carty; G Malone, S Doyle, M O’Connor; B O’Connor, N Hughes; C Devitt, J Bealin, R Frayne; P Curtis, K O’Grady, D Shannon. Subs: T Rossiter for Carty (h-t); J Tubritt for Frayne (50); B Brosnan for Shannon (55); E Nolan for Malone (67); D Pepper for Devitt (63).
Laois – E Keogh; R C Fennell, D Booth, J Kelly; S Nerney, C Begley, F Crowley; K Meaney, R Bracken; D O’Reilly, E Lowry, M Scully; E Lowry, C Murphy, E O’Carroll. Subs: E Buggy for Kelly (h-t); S Attride for E Lowry (h-t); E Dunne for Meaney (43); M Barry for Bracken (48); R Piggott for Crowley (49); M Keogh for O’Reilly (50); R Hitchcock for Fennell (56).
Ref – J Hickey (Carlow)