It was lucky 13 for Willie Hyland as his magnificent scoring exploits propelled Laois to an emphatic victory over Carlow in the opening round of the Leinster SHC before a disappointing attendance at Dr Cullen Park on Saturday evening, as Teddy McCarthy’s side ended their losing sequence and qualified for a quarter-final meeting with Dublin.
Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
Laois travelled to Carlow with some trepidation having lost there two years ago and with the Barrowsiders on a high after winning division two of the national hurling league and replacing Laois in Division 1B next season. Carlow must also have had their hopes raised as Westmeath, the team they beat in that league final, had shocked Antrim earlier in the day in the opening championship clash.
All of the worries and expectations turned out to be misplaced as Laois turned in a polished performance from the throw in, and were never in danger at any time in the game, leading from start to finish with Hyland the main architect of this important victory for team and management.
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