Laois senior footballers gave a timely reminder of the heights they can reach, as they turned in one of their best performances in the last 12 months to see off the challenge of Donegal in Letterkenny.
Sunday’s victory was built on a platform of hard work, but the more impressive aspect of the display was how much the team improved in the space of seven days.
Tackling was more robust yet it yielded better results, as Laois broke down Donegal attacks or slowed their momentum time and again because of good defensive work and tackling. When possession was won, it was moved out of defence much quicker and more directly, with the forward line prospering thanks to the supply of quick ball from defence.
Brendan Quigley and John O’Loughlin continue to forge an impressive midfield partnership too, with both in excellent form here. Padraig Clancy stole the show at full-forward, scoring a well deserved goal and, like he had done against Mayo, causing havoc when they ball was kicked in his direction. With more support on this occasion, it was a more effective Laois team in operation, and more of this will be required throughout the remainder of the league.
See this week’s Leinster Express (January 15) for full report