SPORT REVIEW OF THE YEAR - Dubs dash Leinster hopes but Laois fans learn to dream again in June

Sport Editor


Sport Editor


The Laois senior footballers took centre-stage in June, as a third win of the year over Carlow secured, 0-12 to 0-8 the score this time, sealed their place in the Leinster final.

A solid first-half display saw them cause plenty of problems for Dublin, but the class of Jim Gavin's men eventually told as they ran out 1-25 to 0-10 winners.

The Laois senior hurlers won their final game in the Joe McDonagh Cup, against Meath, to secure their place in the competition for another year, but manager Eamonn Kelly resigned shortly afterwards.

The U-20 footballers nearly pulled off a shock win over Kildare before getting beaten by Meath, while the minors drew with Carlow.

The Laois ladies were celebrating a Leinster final appearance as they beat Wexford in the semis to set up a date with Wicklow in the decider.

June was also the month of the annual Féile finals, and there was success on the double for Laois camogie. The Harps got their hands on the Division 3 Cup, while O'Moore's also claimed silverware in the Division 4 Cup.

That wasn't all either, as The Heath boys and girls U-13 teams also had a successful month, while Clough- Ballacolla's handballers also claimed the All-Ireland Féile title.

The All-Ireland Special Olympics finals also took place in June with Laois to the fore, with Alan O'Hanlon and Sean Conlon among the medal winners.