Laois picked up their first victory of 2012 with a fully-deserved seven point victory over Carlow on Sunday afternoon, despite playing for most of the second half with only 13 men.
Both Billy Sheehan and Peter O’Leary were given their marching orders in the second half – Sheehan on a straight red, O’Leary on two yellows – but if anything the dismissals spurred Laois on. They played their best football in the last 20 minutes as Carlow’s numerical advantage seemed a hindrance to them more than anything.
Much of that was because of Laois knuckling down and working very hard in the face of such adversity, with David Conway outstanding as the lone member of the Laois full-forward line during that period. When Laois needed someone to step up to the plate he duly obliged by scoring four points from play and setting up two more, with manager Justin McNulty singling him out for praise after the game.
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