A much improved display by Laois was still way off the mark on Sunday afternoon, as Clare cantered to an eight point victory at O’Moore Park to consign the home side to a third successive loss in Division 1B of the National Hurling League.
After a couple of spiritless displays there was certainly more passion about this Laois performance, and had they availed of a number of golden goal opportunities then the result could have been much closer.
Yet again their appeared a huge gulf in class against a Clare team that are but a shadow of more recent Banner sides, and it was the simple things coupled with an obvious lack of fitness and physicality that once again Laois were found lacking in.
They certainly hurled with more spirit than in the pervious games and got a good start on this occasion as well, but the attack were again, with one exception, beaten in their positions and were outhurled for most of the game. The odd man out was Neil Foyle who showed a real return to top form when selected at full forward, and he grew into the position as the game progressed, scoring a goal and a point and setting up many scoring opportunities for colleagues, the majority of which they were unable to deliver.
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