Mixed fortunes for Laois sides in Ennis

The Laois Senior hurlers and footballers had mixed fortunes in the sunshine in Ennis on Saturday evening in the qualifiers.

The Laois Senior hurlers and footballers had mixed fortunes in the sunshine in Ennis on Saturday evening in the qualifiers.

In front of a packed house in the summer sun, the hurlers had to endure a 20 minute delay before their game with Clare due to fans being unable to access the ground in time. The delay was caused by the fact that just one ticket van was outside to cater for a crowd in excess of 7,000.

When the game did get underway, Laois hung with Clare in the opening stages but the home side pulled away as the half went on building a 0-17 to 0-8 lead. Despite their best efforts, a brave Laois side couldn’t close the gap and Clare cruised to a 1-32 to 0-15 win.

The football encounter was a carbon copy of Laois’ game with Carlow the previous week. After a slow start that saw them trail 0-6 to 0-2 to Mick O’Dwyer’s Clare side, a goal from John O’Loughlin sparked Laois into life and they were 1-7 to 0-6 ahead at the break.

They continued to pull away in the second-half with further goals from David Conway and Ross Munnelly as they eased to a 3-17 to 0-10 win.

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See this week’s Leinster Express for full reports on both games plus analysis and reaction