Laois 'won't be looking any further than the next round,' insists Sugrue
Laois 1-13 Derry 0-12
Laois manager John Sugrue wasn't getting carried away after guiding his side to a hard-fought win over Derry at Owenbeg.
"We are into Round 3 of the qualifiers and we won't be looking any further than that," he said after his team's four-point victory.
"We have beaten Derry and no disrespect to Derry but they found themselves in Division 4 this season. We were in Division 4 last year and found out what it is like when you take the step up."
Donie Kingston scored four points before a black card brought his participation to an end, but it was Eoin Lowry's 66th-minute goal that finally swung the game in Laois' favour.
"Yes, but we could have done with one earlier and we had the chances but Eoin took the goal very well and it was a reasonably well-constructed goal. We probably deserved to get that goal and get the win."
Derry drew first blood when Ryan Bell dissected the points after just two minutes of play. A Shane McGuigan free soon after doubled their lead as Damien McErlain's men threw down an early gauntlet.
Accepted The visitors accepted the challenge and a Colm Murphy point opened the Laois account in the sixth minute, with Evan O'Carroll levelling matters a minute later.
A Daniel O'Reilly point left his side trailing by one at the break, with Derry 0-8 to 0-7 up.
Derry opened the second half scoring through captain Chrissy McKaigue. However, back-to-back Kingston frees brought Laois level at 0-9 each as the sides refused to blink. Kingston's third of the second half cancelled out Bell's free, before he edged his side ahead 0-11 to 0-10 after 48 minutes.
Eoin Lowry's 66th-minute goal would prove to be the game's crucial score and finally put daylight between the sides. And when Kieran Lillis kicked a 70th-minute point, it confirmed the Laois victory.
"I was confident that we could play better than we did in the Meath game," concluded Sugrue. "The effort in that game was high but the end product was poor."
Scorers - Laois: E Lowry 1-1; D Kingston 0-4 (3f); C Murphy 0-3; E O'Carroll 0-2; T Collins, D O'Reilly, K Lillis 0-1 each. Derry: S McGuigan 0-4 (3f); R Bell 0-3 (2f); B Heron 0-2; C McKaigue, C McFaul, E Lynn 0-1 each.
Laois - G Brody 7; S Attride 7, D Booth 7, G Dillon 7; T Collins 7, R Piggot 8, P O'Sullivan 7; J O'Loughlin 7, K Lillis 8; D O'Reilly 9, C Boyle 7, D Kingston 8; P Kingston 7, C Murphy 6, E O'Carroll 7.
Subs: S Byrne 6 for D Booth (h-t), M Scully 6 for P Kingston (49), E Buggie 6 for P O'Sullivan (53), E Lowry for 8 E O'Carroll (63), M Barry 6 for D Kingston (BC, 63) S O'Flynn 6 for R Pigott (BC, 64).
Derry - T Mallon 8; K McKaigue 7, B Rogers 7, L McGoldrick 6; J Rocks 6, C McKaigue 7, N Keenan 7; C McAtamney 6, C McFaul 7; J Doherty 6, B Heron 7, P Cassidy 6; S McGuigan 7, R Bell 6, E Lynn 6. Subs: E Concannon 6 for L McGoldrick (h-t), P Coney 6 for J Rocks (44), C Doherty 6 for J Doherty (55), C Bradley 6 for R Bell (56), S F Quinn 6 for E Concannon (58).
Ref - J Henry (Mayo)