Laois hold out for crucial victory over Armagh

Laois picked up two precious points in the battle against the drop on Sunday afternoon in O’Moore Park, but they rode their luck at times and were aided by a bizarre red card in poor but compelling game against Armagh.

Laois picked up two precious points in the battle against the drop on Sunday afternoon in O’Moore Park, but they rode their luck at times and were aided by a bizarre red card in poor but compelling game against Armagh.

Laois 1-15

Armagh 1-10

The victory sees Laois tie with Dublin, Mayo and Donegal on four points in the Division 1 table, but they are more than likely going to need one more victory against either Kerry or Down to be sure of Division 1 football for 2013. A tall order awaits, but they can at least enjoy this victory, their second of the campaign, and thank Eoin Culliton for producing a fantastic display of shot-stopping to keep Armagh at bay.

Culliton’s performance was one of the main reasons Laois won this game, as he made three goal-denying saves to frustrate Armagh.

The Timahoe shot-stopper wasn’t the only source of frustration for the northern side, however, as referee Michael Duffy drew the ire of Armagh management, players and supporters alike. His decision to issue Ciaran McKeever with a straight red card just before play resumed for the second half bewildered the majority of supporters in O’Moore Park. It later transpired that McKeever had been reported by a linesman for an incident which happened in the tunnel, and he initially refused to leave the field, standing in the centre-back position before members of the Armagh backroom team ushered him off the field.

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