Laois under 14 hurlers put in magnificent displays to win the Tony Forrestal All Ireland B U-14 title for the third time in four years at O’Moore Park on Saturday evening.
Having played five games and come through the group stages, the quarter and semi finals with impressive displays they came up against hot favourites Westmeath in the final and after a wonderful team display of heart, determination and displaying oodles of skill they won the title with four points to spare at the finish.
It was a thrilling finale to a wonderful days hurling and the young Laois lads certainly did themselves and their county proud all day but particularly in the final when with tired limbs they took the game to the favourites and beat them with a fine brand of team hurling.
In 2009 Laois won the title in Waterford after a long break and then retained it in Portlaoise a year later and lost last years final at the same venue. In all three finals Antrim were the opposition but this year Laois had to beat Antrim on route to the final and then take on Westmeath.
Westmeath were backboned by the Raharney side that had won the last two Feile na Gael titles and that had beaten Portlaoise in this years decider.
Managed by Andy Bergin, Jack Nolan, Enda Lyons and Ollie Hally the Laois development squad had been brought together this year and months of intense coaching had moulded them into a formidable unit.
See this week’s Leinster Express for full reports on all Laois’ games and extensive photographic coverage