Laois relegated after defeat to clinical Down

In the end, there could be no complaints. Laois knew what they needed to do before Sunday’s game with Down, but they just couldn’t come up with the victory they needed. Down were too clinical, Laois weren’t good enough, and the joy of promotion last April was quickly followed by the bitter sting of relegation.

In the end, there could be no complaints. Laois knew what they needed to do before Sunday’s game with Down, but they just couldn’t come up with the victory they needed. Down were too clinical, Laois weren’t good enough, and the joy of promotion last April was quickly followed by the bitter sting of relegation.

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1

Laois 0-10

Down 2-11

In the end, there could be no complaints. Laois knew what they needed to do before Sunday’s game with Down, but they just couldn’t come up with the victory they needed. Down were too clinical, Laois weren’t good enough, and the joy of promotion last April was quickly followed by the bitter sting of relegation.

When Laois get to analyzing this game, which Justin McNulty and his back room team will do in time, there will be some familiar problems staring back at them. Not ruthless enough in front of goal and, at times, too generous in defence, Laois fell to their fifth defeat in the same manner they fell to many of the others.

The first half was a case in point of the differences between the two teams, as Laois dominated possession but could do little with it, while Down had little possession but reaped huge rewards from what they had.

Lead by full-forward Brendan Coulter, they created ten scoring chances in the first half and scored 1-5, seeing a goal chance blocked and hitting two wides. Laois, on the other hand, created over 15 scoring chances, but only scored 0-5.

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