Saturday 17 February 2018

Laois hit dramatic winner to edge past Wexford

Laois 0-18 Wexford 0-17

Billy Sheehan of Laois in action against Wexford's Michael Furlong
Billy Sheehan of Laois in action against Wexford's Michael Furlong

A late point from Niall Donoher that sailed high over the black spot proved to be the decisive score as Laois held on for a 0-18 to 0-17 win over Wexford in a thrilling encounter in Wexford Park to keep their latest odyssey through the qualifiers on course.

Wexford looked to be in the driving seat as the game entered the final furlong as the Model County led 0-17 to 0-15 with six minutes.

However two points from frees from sub MJ Tierney along with Donoher's last minute strike snatched the victory for Laois.

The game was played at a frantic pace from start to finish with both sides taking turns to attack. There was only a point between the teams at the end of a wide open and free flowing first-half with Laois going to the break holding a 0-11 to 0-10 lead.

In a keenly fought-affair there was little between the teams until Laois made a barnstorming finish to snatch victory.

Scorers for Laois: John O'Loughlin 0-4; Donie Kingston 0-4 (0-3f); Niall Donoher 0-3; MJ Tierney 0-2f; Colm Begley 0-1; Conor Meredith 0-1; Ross Munnelly 0-1; Damien O'Connor 0-1; Kevin Meaney 0-1

Scorers for Wexford: Ciaran Lyng 0-5; Ben Brosnan 0-4 (0-2f, 0-1f); PJ Banville 0-3; James Holmes 0-1; Paddy Byrne 0-2; Graeme Molloy 0-1; Robert Tierney 0-1.

LAOIS: Graham Brody; Padraig McMahon, Denis Booth, Peter O'Leary; Robbie Kehoe, Paul Begley, Colm Begley; Kevin Meaney, John O'Loughlin; Conor Meredith, Billy Sheehan, Stephen Attride; Ross Munnelly, Donal Kingston, Niall Donoher. Subs: Damien O'Connor for Denis Booth (19mins); MJ Tierney for Damien O'Connor (BC) (53mins)

WEXFORD: Shane Roche; Robert Tierney, Graeme Molloy, Conor Carty; Michael Furlong, Brian Malone, Adrian Flynn; Daithi Waters, Paddy Byrne; Tiarnan Rossiter, PJ Banville, James Holmes; Ciaran Lyng, Ben Brosnan, Kevin O'Grady. Subs: Michael O'Regan for Tiarnan Rossiter (47mins)

Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow)

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