O'Carroll turns the tide
Laois 0-20 Wicklow 3-9 EirGrid U21 FC
SuperSub Evan O'Carroll inspired Laois to victory as they reeled in Wicklow at Portlaoise.
Underdogs Wicklow made a blistering start. Gary Allen and Marc Lennon pointed before Michael O'Connor set up Lennon for a tap-in.
The hosts replied with a hat-trick of frees from Sean Moore, but Allen struck for a goal in the 23rd minute, and the visitors led 2-6 to 0-7 at the interval.
The gap was six points when Laois sprung senior star O'Carroll from the bench, and he turned the game on its head.
The hosts went on a 0-10 to 0-1 scoring run to take a three point lead, with O'Carroll kicking three.
Wicklow were thrown a late lifeline when Michael O'Connor was fouled for a penalty, but Lennon's effort cannoned off the bar, and Laois saw the game out, despite Ruairi Mannon's injury-time goal.
SCORERS - Laois: S Moore 0-8 (6fs), E O'Carroll, T Shiel (1f) 0-3 each, N Murphy 0-2, E Keane, B Daly, C Hogan, M Keogh 0-1 each. Wicklow: G Allen 1-6 (0-3fs), M Lennon, R Mannon 1-1 each, S McGraynor 0-1.
LAOIS - A Cooney; L Knowles, A Campion, E Buggie; A Carroll, R Dowling, T Collins; B Daly, D O'Reilly; C Murphy, N Murphy, T Shiel; S Moore, E Lowry, M Keogh. Reps: C Hogan for Carroll (29), E O'Carroll for C Murphy (33), P O'Sullivan for Campion (44), E Keane for Lowry (47), D Doyle for Keogh (52), A Brennan for Buggie (62)
WICKLOW - I Murphy; E Kelly, C McGorman, E Marsh; M Cullen, E Murtagh, C Magee; D Boothman, S McGraynor; J Callaghan, P O'Connor, G Allen; C Healy, M Lennon, M O'Connor. Reps: D Gethengs for Healy (18), P Manning for McGraynor (46), R Mannon for Allen (52, BC), P Murtagh for M O'Connor (57)
Ref - C Dwyer (Offaly)