Sunday 21 January 2018

Keogh goal ends Laois comeback

Dublin 1-18 Laois 0-12

A David Keogh goal eight minutes from time ended the contest Stock photo: Sportsfile
A David Keogh goal eight minutes from time ended the contest Stock photo: Sportsfile newsdesk

Dublin are through to the semi-finals of the Leinster MHC after a comfortable nine-point win over Laois in O'Moore Park.

Dublin got off to a bright start, as a brace of Johnny McGuirk frees and a point from Colin Currie had them three ahead after five minutes.

Laois settled into the game after that, as Mark Dowling and Aaron Dunphy (free) narrowed the gap, but Dublin held the upper hand for most of the half, with McGuirk was a constant source of scores from frees.

By half-time, McGuirk had hit eight points and Dublin led 0-11 to 0-6.

A James Keyes point seconds after the restart gave Laois a boost they needed, but it didn't last long.

Dublin responded with four points in a row to wrestle back control of the game, and there was no way back for Laois from there.

Aaron Dunphy landed a couple of frees to close the gap to six, but a David Keogh goal eight minutes from time, when he collected a loose ball in the square to hammer the ball to the net, ended the contest.

Scorers - Dublin: J McGuirk (9f, 65) 0-11; D Keogh 1-1; D Gray 0-2; C Ryan, C Dowling, C Burke, C Currie 0-1 each. Laois: A Dunphy 0-7 (7f); S Dunphy 0-2; C Comerford, J Keyes, M Dowling 0-1 each.
LAOIS - O Bennett; J Geaney, E Peters, B Quinlan; E Killeen, J Cranny, L Cleere; L Delaney, L McDonald; S Dunphy, J Walshe, C Comerford; B Corby, A Dunphy, M Dowling. Subs: J Keyes for Dowling (29), A Bergin for Corby (32), S Fitzpatrick for McDonald (43), C McEvoy for Walshe (54, inj).
DUBLIN - D de Poire; D Ryan, P Smyth, J O'Neill; J McVeigh, C O'Sullivan, E Foley; C Ryan, D Keogh; C Burke, J McGuirk, D Gray; R Hayes, C Currie, C Dowling. Subs: C Byrne for Smyth (ht), M O'Keefe for McVeigh (54), S Currie for Hayes (54), B Coffey for McGuirk (59), P Feeney for C Currie (59).
Ref - B Redmond (Wexford).

Irish Independent

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