Ryan Mullaney attacks for Laois against Edward Byrne, Carlow
Game at a Glance
Starting at wing-back, Ryan Mullaney ended up as Laois' top scorer from play, with 1-3, in one of his best displays. Joe Phelan also deserves a mention for a good performance, in tough conditions, at corner-back.
It almost beggars belief that Laois could get to this stage of the season with their first touch and appetite so poor. The buck ultimately stops with management, and they haven't ensured this team were ready.
Carlow's start to the second half won them the game. Laois were luckly to be level at half time, but didn't kick on as Carlow blew them away in a whirlwind start to the second half.
Cathal McAllister didn't really do Laois any harm, but was a little slow off the draw with a couple of decisions.
Ryan Mullaney's goal late in the second half was as good as Laois managed on a forgettable day.
Pretty much the entire second half was a bit of a horror show.
Teams and Scorers
Scorers: Stephen Maher 0-8 (0-5 frees, 0-3 65s), Ryan Mullaney 1-3, Enda Rowland 1-0 (penalty), Willie Dunphy, Neil Foyle, Cian Taylor, Mark Kavanagh 0-1 each.
Team: Enda Rowland; Joe Phelan, Leigh Bergin, Colm Stapleton; Padraig Lawlor, Matthew Whelan, Ryan Mullaney; James Ryan, Cian Taylor; Patrick Purcell, Neil Foyle, Ben Conroy; Ciaran Comerford, Stephen Maher, Willie Dunphy. Subs: Paddy McCane for Comerford (half time), Cha Dwyer for Taylor (55 mins), Mark Kavanagh for Foyle (65 mins), Aidan Corby for Purcell (70 mins), Jack Kelly for Mullaney (70 mins).
Scorers: John Michael Nolan 0-6 (0-1 sideline cut), Denis Murphy (frees), Chris Nolan 0-5 each, Edward Byrne 1-1, Paul Coady 0-3, Diarmuid Byrne 1-0, James Doyle, Jack Kavanagh 0-2 each, Kevin McDonald 0-1 each.
Team: Brian Tracey; Alan Corcoran, Paul Doyle, Michael Doyle; Diarmuid Byrne, David English, Richard Kelly; Jack Kavanagh, Kevin McDonald; John Michael Nolan, Paul Coady, Edward Byrne; James Doyle, Denis Murphy, Chris Nolan. Subs: Ross Smithers for Murphy (55 mins), Seamys Murphy for C Nolan (70 mins), Eoin Redmond for English (72 mins).
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)