Laois senior hurlers produced a fantastic team display in O’Moore Park on Sunday, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to dethrone reigning Leinster champions Galway.
Written off across the board coming into the game, Laois played superbly, going four points ahead after just seven minutes. They held the lead up to half time, going in 0-8 to 0-7 up at the break.
Galway launched a comeback in the second half and eventually took a two-point lead, but Laois stunned them when Tommy Fitzgerald fired home a goal with 13 minutes left.
Galway hit back with a goal of their own within 30 seconds thanks to Davy Glennon, and another from Aonghus Callanan edged the Tribesmen home after a thrilling game.
For a full report and reaction from Seamas PLunkett, see this week’s print edition of the Leinster Express, out on Tuesday morning.
SCORERS - Laois: Matthew Whelan 0-5 (0-4 frees), Zane Keenan 0-3, Tommy Fitzgerald 1-0, Stephen Maher 0-2 (0-1 free), Joe Fitzpatrick, Willie Hyland, Brian Dunne 0-1 each; Galway: Joe Canning 0-11 (0-7 frees), Davy Glennon, Aonghus Callanan 1-0 each, David Burke, Damien Hayes 0-2 each, Niall Burke, James Regan 0-1 each
LAOIS: Eoin Reilly; Brian Stapleton, Darren Maher, John A Delaney; Joe Fitzpatrick, Matthew Whelan, Gearoid Burke; James Walsh, Brian Dunne; Stephen Maher, Zane Keenan, Willie Hyland; Cahir Healy, Tommy Fitzgerald, John Brophy. Subs: Bill Duggan for Whelan (blood sub, 27 to 29 mins), Conor Dunne for Burke (46 mins), Neil Foyle for Brophy (49 mins), Bill Duggan for Dunne (66 mins), PJ Scully for Fitzgerald (68 mins)
GALWAY: James Skehill; Fergal Moore, Kevin Hynes, Shane Kavanagh; Aidan Harte, Johnny Coen, Joseph Cooney; Iarla Tannian, Andy Smith; David Burke, Niall Burke, Cyril Donnellan; Davy Glennon, Joe Canning, Conor Cooney. Subs: Damian Hayes for Donnellan (29 mins), James Regan for Smith (half-time), Aonghus Callanan for N Burke (53 mins), James Grealish for D Burke (67 mins)
Referee: James Owens (Wexford)