They didn’t go quietly, but the Laois senior hurlers eventually made the drop to Division 2 on Sunday afternoon, as a spirited display against Wexford wasn’t enough to see Teddy McCarthy’s charges pick up a first league win of the year.
Depending on your point of view, this game was either a reason to be hopeful for the future, or else a reason to despair it. On the positive side of things, Laois hit 0-19 and were competitive for most of the game, and but for a missed penalty, they could have brought the game right to wire. They created their fair share of goal chances too, and with a bit more purpose in attack, Laois could have been a lot closer to Wexford.
With Tommy Fitzgerald returning from injury, Cahir Healy making his first appearance of the year and Neil Foyle seeing some action in the second half too, there were other positive notes from the game for Laois. With Stephen Maher also due back from injury, there is cause for optimism, but it can only be cautious optimism at the moment.
On the down side of things, Laois shipped five goals, making it nine goals conceded in their last two games. Wexford didn’t have to work too hard for their goals either, and they were able to get them at times when they really needed them. Ten of Laois’ scores came from placed balls too, compared to just three of Wexford’s, and the long-standing problem of not being able to create or finish off enough scoring chances in open play remains prevalent for this team.
See this Wednesday’s Leinster Express for full report, reaction and analysis of Laois’ league campaign.