Doyle the Carlow hero
Carlow 1-17 Laois 1-15
For the second year in a row Carlow hurlers dumped Laois out in the first round.
Mark Kavanagh shot five points in a row to put Laois in command, but James Doyle and Kevin McDonald helped cut the gap to 0-12 to 0-9 at the break.
Five minutes into the second half the sides were level thanks to two frees by McDonald and a point from substitute Owen Roberts.
Laois lost Ryan Mullaney who picked up a second yellow card, with Carlow pointing the resultant free, but then Kavanagh fired a goal.
Carlow responded well with two points from McDonald, but again Kavanagh converted a free for the visitors.
With Carlow trailing by two points, Doyle ran at the Laois defence and rifled a goal past Enda Rowland. With five minutes left Carlow tails were up and they finished strongly with another Doyle point.
Scorers - Carlow: K McDonald 0-9 (8fs), J Doyle 1-4, E Redmond, L Galway, S Brennan, O Roberts 0-1 each. Laois: M Kavanagh 1-9 (7fs), G Dunne, S Downey, E Fennelly, L Bergin, R Mullaney , S Bergin 0-1 each
Carlow - J Barron; P Coughlan, G Coady, M Malone; E Redmond, S Whelan, A Dunne (J Murphy 53); K McDonald, A Amond (J Whelan 35); J Doyle, S Brennan, C Foley; L Galway, J Kelly (O Roberts h/t), T Joyce.
Laois - E Rowland; D Palmer, C Phelan, R Broderick; C McEvoy, L Bergin, R Mullaney; G Dunne (A Mortimer h/t), S Downey (K Freeman 56); K Duggan, S Bergin, A Corby (R McEvoy 49); M Kavanagh, J Lennon, E Fennelly (D Quinlan 47).
Ref - K Jones (Kildare)