Laois eased into Round 2 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers on Friday night thanks to a ten point win over Carlow.
All Ireland Senior Football Qualifers
Justin McNulty’s side had to overcome a sluggish start, as Carlow lead by 0-4 to no score after just five minutes, but a Padraig McMahon wonder-goal just before half time swung the game in Laois’ favour, although they still trailed by a point at half time, 1-4 to 0-8.
They quickly moved ahead in the second half though as goals from David Conway and Colm Kelly set Laois on their way to a comfortable win in the end.
Laois will play Clare in the next round on Saturday in a double header with the hurling
See Tuesday’s print edition of the paper for full report, reaction and analysis.
SCORERS - Laois: David Conway, Colm Kelly 1-1, Donie Kingston (three frees), Ross Munnelly (two frees) 0-3 each, Padraig McMahon 1-0, Darren Strong 0-2, Kieran Lillis, John O’Loughlin, Padraig Clancy 0-1 each; Carlow: Brian Murphy (three frees), Jack Kennedy, Brendan Murphy 0-3 each, Darragh Foley 0-2 (one free), John Murphy 0-1
LAOIS: Eoin Culliton; Paul Begley, Mark Timmons, Paul O’Leary; Darren Strong, Kieran Lillis, Padraig McMahon; John O’Loughlin, Padraig Clancy; Billy Sheehan, Conor Meredith, Colm Begley; Ross Munnelly, Donie Kingston, David Conway. Subs: Colm Kelly for Kingston (49 mins), Denis Booth for P Begley (54 mins - injured), Conor Boyle for Clancy (59 mins), Niall Donoher for Sheehan (66 mins), Stephen Attride for Strong (66 mins)
CARLOW: Trevor O’Reilly; Barry John Murphy, Conor Lawler, Benny Kavanagh; Kieran Nolan, Shane Redmond, Tony Bolger; John Murphy, Darragh Foley; Paul Reid, Eoghan Ruth, Sean Gannon; Brian Murphy, Jack Kennedy, Brendan Murphy. Subs: William Minchin for Foley (46 mins), Martin Doyle for Nolan (48 mins), Ciaran Moran for Reid (58 mins), Con Murphy for Bolger (66 mins), Shane Mernagh for Redmond (66 mins)
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)