Keenan on the mark to help Laois squeeze past Saffrons
Laois 1-18 Antrim 1-14
Zane Keenan bagged nine points as Laois leapfrogged Antrim at the bottom of the Division 1B table yesterday.
The impressive Keenan and Ross King put the O'Moore men two points ahead, but Antrim restored parity through PJ O'Connell and Paul Shiels.
By the 22nd minute the visitors led by 0-7 to 0-3, with Keenan adding five more scores. The one blot on his copybook was a missed penalty in the 18th minute after Neil McManus had fouled Tommy Fitzgerald in the square.
The game was becoming a battle of the free-takers with Shiels and Keenan again exchanging points, before Willie Hyland finally provided a score from play.
In the 31st minute Antrim catapulted themselves back into the game a close-range goal from Shiels.
The O'Moore men replied immediately through Charlie Dwyer, who also added the last score of the half to give his side a 0-11 to 1-5 lead at the break.
On 63 minutes Dwyer slotted over his third of the day to put Laois five to the good.
Three unanswered scores from Shiels, Niall McKenna and Michael Bradley brought Antrim to within two points but Paddy Whelan and PJ Scully tacked on insurance scores for the visitors.
Man of the Match: Cahir Healy (Laois)
Scorers - Laois: Z Keenan 0-9 (7fs, 1 '65'), P Purcell 1-0, C Dwyer 0-3, W Hyland 0-2, R King, B Conroy, PJ Scully 0-1 each. Antrim: P Shiels 1-7 (0-7fs), C Clarke, M Bradley 0-2 each, PJ O'Connell, N McKenna, S McNaughton 0-1 each.
Laois - E Rowland 6; J Delaney 7, C Healy 9, B Stapleton 7; J Fitzpatrick 7, M Whelan 8, J Walsh 8; P Whelan 8, P Purcell 8; W Hyland 8, Z Keenan 8, C Dwyer 8; R King 7, T Fitzgerald 7, N Foyle 7. Subs: P Whelan 8 for Foyle (29), B Conroy 8 for Fitzgerald (47), PJ Scully for King (65).
Antrim - R McGarry 7; R McCambridge 8, N McAuley 7, A Graffin 7; S McCrory7, C McKinley 6, M Bradley 7; N McManus 7, Ciaran Johnston 6; E Campbell 6, D McKernan 7, P Shiels 7; PJ O'Connell 6, N McKenna 7, C Clarke 7. Subs: Conor Johnston 7 for Campbell (33), M Donnelly 6 for McKernan (ht), S McNaughton 6 for O'Connell (43), C Carson for Ciaran Johnston (61), T O Ciarain for N McManus (65).
Ref -T Carroll (Offaly)