Tuesday 20 August 2019

Match reports: Leinster MHC tier 2

Kildare 2-19 Antrim 0-7

'Laois recorded a comfortable win over Westmeath in the opening round of the Leinster MHC in Portlaoise on Saturday.' (stock image)
'Laois recorded a comfortable win over Westmeath in the opening round of the Leinster MHC in Portlaoise on Saturday.' (stock image)

David Qualter led the way with 1-5 as Kildare eased past Antrim in the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown.

The Lilywhites made light of a strong crossfield wind to open with six unanswered points, and Rossa Stapleton's goal gave them a nine-point half-time advantage.

But manager Cathal Fenton felt they should have been further ahead, although he did concede "the weather conditions made it a difficult game".

The second half continued in the same vein, with Qualter's goal standing out amid a flurry of scores.

Scorers - Kildare: D Qualter 1-5 (0-4fs); D Melville 0-5; F O'Sullivan 0-4; R Stapleton 1-0; C McCabe 0-2; J Higgins, C Boran, C O'Donovan 0-1 each. Antrim: S McAuley 0-4 (3fs); R McMullen 0-2fs; C McDonnell 0-1.

Laois 2-21
Westmeath 0-7

Laois recorded a comfortable win over Westmeath in the opening round of the Leinster MHC in Portlaoise on Saturday.

Laois took the lead with a goal from Dan Delaney in the second minute. Three frees from Conor Murphy meant Westmeath were still in it at the break, 1-5 to 0-5 the score.

However, Laois took control after half-time, and two points in the opening two minutes of the half set the tone for what was to come.

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James Duggan and David Dooley added further scores before Cathal O’Shaughnessy fired in their second goal.

SCORERS – Laois: A Kirwan 0-6 (5f); D Delaney 1-2 (1f); T Keyes, D Dooley, J Duggan 0-3 each; C O’Shaughnessy 1-0; T Cuddy, DJ Callaghan 0-2 each. Westmeath: S Williams C Murphy 0-3f each; D Hill 0-1.

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