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Monday 23 April 2018

Hyland revives Laois challenge

LAOIS 0-20 ANTRIM 0-16

LAOIS all but ruined Antrim's promotion hopes after victory in Portlaoise yesterday.

Brendan Fennelly's Laois impressed in this backs-to-the-wall encounter that revives their Division Two challenge but the exceptional shooting of Antrim's Neil McManus, who scored 13 points, will be remembered.

In a free-driven affair McManus was the scorer in chief but Laois had a dead- ball specialist of their own in Willie Hyland, who scored eight points.

To add insult to injury Antrim will be without Eddie McCloskey, who was sent off on a straight red card early in the second half following a collision with Sean Burke

This gave Laois the space to hurl their way out of danger through Brian Campion, John Brophy and James Walsh.

SCORERS -- Laois: W Hyland 0-8 (7f), C Murray 0-4, B Dunne, N Foyle (1f) 0-2, M Whelan ('65'), J Walsh, S Burke, J Brophy 0-1 each. Antrim: N McManus 0-13 (10f, 1 '65', K Stewart, S McCrory, D Hamill 0-1 each.

Laois: P Mullaney; JA Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton; J Fitzpatrick, M Whela, B Galvin; J Walsh, S Burke; B Dunne, W Hyland, C Murray; J Purcell, T Fitzgerald, J Brophy. Subs: O Holohan N Foyle for Purcell HT, for T Fitzgerald 50, E Costello for Hyland 60.

Antrim: C O'Connell; N McAuley, C Donnelly, A Graffin; K McKeague, M Herron, J Campbell; K Stewart, C McFall; S McCrory, E McCloskey, N McManus; D Hamill, C Carson, L Kearns. Subs: S McNaughton for Kearns 50, K Molloy for McKeague 55, T McCann for McCrory 67

Ref: C Lyons (Cork).

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