Thursday 18 January 2018

Scully sparks Laois rally

Laois 3-18 NUI Galway 0-22 Walsh Cup

Laois man PJ Scully Picture: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Laois man PJ Scully Picture: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Laois recovered from a nine-point deficit to see off NUI Galway in Rathdowney yesterday.

It was a debut win for manager Eamonn Kelly, but few of those present would have predicted it after NUIG dominated the opening exchanges. With Adrian Helebert leading the charge, the students raced into a 0-11 to 0-2 lead.

Paddy Purcell's point with half time approaching finally shook Laois to life, and they finished the opening period strongly. PJ Scully pointed twice before Ben Conroy cut in from the wing to score a fine goal, and they had cut the lead to 0-13 to 1-9 by the break.

Laois were kept in the dressing-rooms for a good while at the interval, but whatever new manager Kelly imparted to his young side had the desired effect, as they were by far the better side on the restart.

Sean Downey opened the scoring before Scully rattled off three in a row to level the scores, and Laois were on their way.

Willie Dunphy then stroked home a goal from close range after Aidan Corby's strike hit the post, as Laois now hit the front.

Dunphy then turned provider as he set Ross King up for Laois' third goal, and there would be no way back for NUIG from there.

SCORERS - Laois: PJ Scully 0-12 (5fs), W Dunphy 1-2, R King 1-1, B Conroy 1-0, A Corby, S Downey, P Purcell 0-1 each. NUIG: A Helebert 0-10 (7fs, '65'), S Conlon 0-3, I Fox, G Forde 0-2 each, C Ryan, C Cleary, G Hennelly, S Barrett, J Commins 0-1 each.

LAOIS - E Fleming; E Doyle, C Phelan, P Purcell; R Mulaney, L Bergin, S Downey; P Whelan, A Corby; E Lyons, B Conroy, PJ Scully; W Dunphy, N Foyle, R King. Subs: P Keating for Foyle (48), A Dunphy for Corby (55), S Bergin for Lyons (60), E Killeen for Whelan (62).

NUIG - C Tuohy; B Fitzpatrick, F Killeen, G Forde; C Ryan, C Cleary, M Connelly; I Fox, O Donnellen; C Smyth, S Conlon, G Loughnane; G Hennelly, A Helebert, S Barrett. Subs: G Fennelly for Killeen (42), S Whelan for Fitzpatrick (60), J Commins for Loughnane (63)

Ref - G Quilty (Kilkenny)

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