Laois minor footballers missed out on the chance to book the county a first Leinster MFC semi-final appearance since 2010 on Saturday afternoon, as they slumped to a ten point defeat to Meath.
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Having opened their campaign in the Leinster championship in impressive fashion against Longford a month earlier, Laois offered little on this occasion. The team work and heart which were on display in that first round win were unfortunately lacking on Saturday, where Laois trailed for the entire game and never looked like changing that.
The result here only further highlights Laois’ decline as a provincial and national power at this level. Laois haven’t been in a Leinster minor football final since 2007, with just one semi-final appearance (2010) in the last six years.
Played in conditions not too dissimilar to Laois game against Longford, the home side had wind advantage in the first half but trailed 1-6 to 0-4 at half time, Laois needed to show some of the fighting qualities they so admirably displayed in the opening round, but it was Meath who scored first.
It wasn’t until the tenth minute of the half that Laois got their first score, through Evin Keane, and Dean Cullen added another soon after to get Laois within four.
Unfortunatley for Laois, that would be the closest they would get. Meath hit two points in quick succession and then a goal that saw them go 2-9 to 0-6 ahead.
If Laois were to salvage anything from this they needed to make a strong play quickly, but it never arrived. The team kept moving forward, but a combination of poor play and good Meath defending meant they never made the breakthrough they needed to.
See this Tuesday’s Leinster Express for full report and analysis.