Sunday 15 September 2019

Cantwell brace sinks Laois

Wexford 4-17 Laois 1-16

Laois rallied in the final 10 minutes and Cathal O’Shaughnessy added a late consolation goal (stock photo)
Laois rallied in the final 10 minutes and Cathal O’Shaughnessy added a late consolation goal (stock photo)

Wexford's eye for goal proved the difference as they progressed to the semi-final, scoring two goals in either half.

Laois held their own for the opening 25 minutes to draw level, Adam Kirwan hitting five frees for the home side, but goals from David Cantwell and a stunning effort from Richie Lawlor put them two goals clear at the interval.

James Shiel's side eased 10 clear within 10 minutes of the restart, with Cantwell hitting the net again.

Wexford's fourth goal arrived from the penalty spot with 15 minutes to go, sub Cian Byrne converting, before Wexford added five points through Justin Moran (2) and Conor Foley (2) to go 18 points ahead.

Laois rallied in the final 10 minutes and Cathal O'Shaughnessy added a late consolation goal.

SCORERS - Wexford: D Cantwell 2-1, AJ Redmond 0-4 (3f), R Lawlor, C Byrne (pen) 1-0 each, J Sheil, L Kavanagh, C Molloy (1f, 1 '65), J Moran, C Foley 0-2 each, P Whitty, D O'Neill 0-1 each. Laois: A Kirwan 0-7f, D Delaney 0-5 (4f), C O'Shaughnessy 1-0, T Keyes 0-2, J Duggan, T Cuddy 0-1 each.

Wexford - C Byrne; D Whelan, K Scallan, J Conroy; J Moran, C Molloy, E Cullen; J Kirwan, L Kavanagh; J Sheil, D O'Neill, R Lawlor; AJ Redmond, P Whitty, D Cantwell. Subs: C Foley for Whitty (42), C Byrne for Redmond (42), D Codd for Moran (47), C Browne for Cullen (47).

Laois - D Lyons; L Obular, D Brennan, I Shanahan; C Conroy, F Mahony, N Quinlan; T Keyes, K Mulhall; C O'Shaughnessy, D Dooley, T Cuddy; C O'Shaughnessy, J Duggan, A Kirwan. Subs: D Delaney for Mulhall (40), DJ Callaghan for Keyes (52), E Naughton for Kirwan (52), B Bredin for Conroy (54).

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Ref - J McGrath (Westmeath)

Qualter strike key in thriller

Kildare 1-23 Offaly 1-20

Despite being reduced to 14 men for the second-half, David Qualter's 67th-minute goal gave Kildare the momentum for an extra-time victory at St Conleth's, Newbridge.

Level at 0-8 apiece at half-time, Offaly only took the lead in the 45th minute with a Mark Troy free.

While Darragh Melville and Luke Nolan were the standout forwards on display, Conran Boran's second yellow three minutes into the second half began to tell as six minutes into injury-time Offaly led by three points.

Qualter's goal levelled the game in normal time and although Niall Lyons scored an 83rd-minute goal to give Offaly a one-point lead, Qualter, Aidan O'Brien, and Eoin McConnon scored the last four points to secure a first semi-final clash in the competition, where they will face Kilkenny.

Scorers - Kildare: D Qualter 1-8 (6f), C McCabe (3f),D Melville 0-3 each, A O'Brien 0-2, A Hackett (f), P Dolan, C Boran, J Higgins, D McMahon, E McConnon, A Mooney 0-1 each. Offaly: M Troy 0-7 (6f), L Nolan 0-5, N Lyons 1-0, J Screeney, L Carey 0-2 each, L Egan (f), L Wyer, S Burke, D Murray 0-1 each.

KILDARE - A Hackett; P O'Donoghue, S Conway, M Eustace; P Dolan, C Shanahan, E Kelliher; F O'Sullivan, C Boran; C O'Donovan, R Stapleton, J Higgins; D Melville, C McCabe, D Qualter. Subs: D McMahon for O'Donovan (28); E McConnon for Stapleton (42); A O'Brien for Higgins (53); A Mooney for McMahon (f/t); Higgins for Boran (f/t); O'Donovan for Dolan (74); E O'Neill for Higgins (75).

OFFALY - D Tooher; D Flynn, K Rigney, J Hoctor; J Ryan, L Egan, J Screeney; M Troy, C Hardiman; L Wyer, L Nolan, S Burke; N Lyons, D Murray, C Mitchell. Subs: L Carey for Wyer (35 mins); L Watkins for Hardiman (45); D Murray for Screeney (75).

REF - Mark Ryan (Dublin).

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