Wednesday 23 October 2019

Sugrue pleased to end 78-year wait

Laois 2-12 Offaly 0-15

Laois football manager John Sugrue. Photo: Sportsfile
Laois football manager John Sugrue. Photo: Sportsfile

Laois scored two second-half goals to secure a first away League win over Offaly since 1941.

The result keeps their promotion hopes very much alive; at the opposite end, an Offaly win against Sligo next week will only keep them up if Laois can see off Carlow.

Offaly led by 0-8 to 0-5 at half-time but facing into the breeze in the second half, they were rocked by goals from Evan O'Carroll and Paul Cahillane.

Laois manager John Sugrue was reasonably satisfied, saying: "Our quality wasn't what it needs to be, but the lads showed a lot of character.

"It was disappointing going in three points down. We started quite well, but we started to slow up the ball a bit at times. We could have been a lot closer at half time if we stuck to what we were doing."

Offaly boss John Maughan believes his troops have been very unlucky so far in the league.

"It's really disappointing. I wish we could start this league again because this was a game we could easily have won. We played exceptionally well for long periods; we did leak two bad goals but it was a very manly performance."

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