Missed chance for Laois hurlers in Belfast

What might have been. Those four words were no doubt echoing around the minds of Laois’ players and management after Sunday’s bitterly disappointing two point loss to Antrim in Casement Park.

What might have been. Those four words were no doubt echoing around the minds of Laois’ players and management after Sunday’s bitterly disappointing two point loss to Antrim in Casement Park.

Laois 2-16

Antrim 2-18

Leading by ten points after five minutes of the second half, Laois contrived to lose a game they really should have won, to an Antrim team that they were soundly beating in most sectors of the field up for a little over half the game.

A change of tactics from Laois for this game saw Sean Bourke play as a ‘sweeper’ in front of the full-back line, and while this worked a treat in the first half, it also played its part in Laois’ downfall too. Antrim turned it to their advantage in the second half, freeing up the excellent Neil McManus to play as their free man, and he caused fatal damage to Laois as he rampaged forward at will.

In the final 30 minutes of game time, Laois were outscored 2-13 to 1-5 by Antrim, a worrying statistic from which Laois will have to learn if they are to make progress this year.

See this week’s Leinster Express for full report