Laois do enough to see off Carlow to advance to face Monaghan

Laois senior footballers got their season just about back on track on Saturday night, as they battled to a four point win over Carlow in O’Moore Park.

Laois senior footballers got their season just about back on track on Saturday night, as they battled to a four point win over Carlow in O’Moore Park.

Laois 1-10

Carlow 0-9

It certainly wasn’t a game to live long in the memory, as neither side could lay claim to playing anything in the line of attractive football, but in a game where only the result counted, Laois just about did enough. For long spells they looked ponderous and insipid against a spirited Carlow side, but they eventually got the scores they needed for a four point win.

In many ways this was a no-win situation for Laois, who were expected to comfortably see off Carlow’s challenge. If they did, they were only doing what was expected of them, if they didn’t then it was an extension of the performance against Longford.

There were elements of that second half showing against Longford here, as Laois were slow on the attack and managed just 1-5 from play over the course of the game, but at least they got away with it here. The level of performance on display here certainly won’t be good enough to secure a second championship win of the year when Monaghan come calling in ten days time, so Laois will have to really up their level of performance.

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