Peter Creedon saw his reign as Laois manager get off to a winning start in Crettyard yesterday.
After a sluggish start, his Laois team got the better of Dublin IT, with Donie Kingston the star of the show as he scored 1-7, his 66th-minute goal rounding off the win.
DIT had started brightly, with Mayo star Conor O'Shea pointing twice in the opening 15 minutes to see them go 0-3 to 0-1 in front.
Laois were listless early on but eventually found their rhythm. Kingston stroked over a free before debutant Sean Moore curled over a brilliant equaliser.
Moore then edged Laois in front with his second point, and there was just no catching them after that.
Kingston added three more points before half time, two from frees, as Laois moved 0-7 to 0-4 in front by the interval.
Moore then pulled his team further ahead with his third point within a minute of the restart, and the four-point gap remained between the sides until Laois moved through the gears.
Ambrose Doran hit three brilliant long-range points for the hosts before Moore slipped away from Aran Waters to set Kingston up for the only goal of the game late on.
Scorers - Laois: D Kingston 1-7 (4f); A Doran, S Moore 0-3 each; B Daly, C Begley 0-1 each. DIT: C Madden 0-3 (45); C O'Shea 0-2; C Kavanagh (f), M Farragher, E Cummins 0-1 each.
Laois - G Brody; J Kelly, D Booth, E George; S Attride, A Farrell, C Begley; K Meaney, J Finn; C Murphy, A Doran, S Ramsbottom; D Kingston, B Daly, S Moore. Subs: S Nurney for Kelly (25 inj), A Carroll for Booth (48), D Luttrell for Finn (48), J Baldwin for Ramsbottom (54), B Byrne for Daly (66).
DIT - K Grimes; K Gillespie, C McGill, L Hughes; G Guilfoyle, A Waters, G O'Reilly; T Corcoran, C Kavanagh; N Hughes, C O'Shea, C Thompson; C Madden, M Farragher, K O'Gara. Subs: D Sheehy for Hughes (ht), D McLoughlin for Farragher (42), S Walsh for O'Gara (48), M Byrne for Thompson (59), E Cummins for O'Reilly (59), D Grehan for Corcoran (64), C Compton for Kavanagh (64).
Ref- F Kelly (Longford)