Inaccurate Laois suffer hurling league defeat to Offaly

first_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMoment in Time: Throwback to the St Fergal’s Debs 2010Next articleOur pick of the Top Stories of the Week Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. By Alan Hartnett – 25th February 2018 Twitter Brought to you in association with Telfords PortlaoiseOffaly 1-21 Laois 1-16Allianz National Hurling League Division 1B Council Inaccurate Laois suffer hurling league defeat to Offaly Laois suffered defeat at the hands of Offaly in Tullamore this afternoon and are now facing a real battle to keep their Division 1B status.Eamonn Kelly’s men were exposed physically around the field and they never got going in front of goal, firing 13 wides in comparison to Offaly’s five. There was just 12 seconds on the clock when Laois, playing with the wind, took the lead via a point from midfielder Paddy Purcell.Laois were two up after three minutes when Enda Rowland pointed a free from his own 45 – giving an indication of the strength of the breeze.Offaly were level after 12 minutes via Paddy Delaney and Shane Dooley before Laois grabbed their first goal of the National hurling league.Some good play between Ross King and Paddy Purcell results in the latter slamming the ball to the corner of the net from near the end line.But Offaly took the concession of that goal well and shot the next four points to take the lead for the first time by the 19th minute via Shane Dooley, Tommy Geraghty and Joe Bergin and Cillian Kiely.Laois were wasteful in the first half, shooting six wides in total but Podge Lawlor, Ross King and Willie Dunphy all split the posts either side of a Shane Dooley effort to give Laois a slender lead as we entered the final ten minutes of the half.Shane Dooley tied the game again and we were still level after 31 minutes when David O’Toole and Paddy Purcell swapped efforts.The bulk of Offaly’s scores were coming from poor Laois turnovers all over the field and they ended the half with a one point lead.Shane Dooley took his tally to five while Tommy Geraghty cancelled out Willie Dunphy’s leveller to leave it 1-7 to 0-11 at half time.Laois made a great start to the second half with Ross King converting a free and Mark Kavanagh slotting a sideline moments after being introduced at half time.However, Offaly got the next five scores to take a commanding lead. Joe Bergin, David King and Shane Dooley all pointed before Joe Bergin caught a high ball and rammed it past Enda Rowland after 42 minutes.Laois responded via Neil Foyle and King but Offaly kept the pressure on with Joe Bergin taking his tally to 1-4 before Shane Dooley hit his seventh.Dooley then took his tally to nine with a point from play and a 65 to make it 1-20 to 1-11 as we entered the final quarter of the game.Paddy Purcell, Cha Dwyer and Ross King tried to bring Laois back into it but they continued to rack up the wides and trailed by six points with seven minutes to play.Shane Dooley and Ross King swapped frees while Laois had a goal chance but Enda Rowland’s 21 metre free was stopped on the line.Laois kept going and Mark Kavanagh made it a five point game as we enetered five minutes of second half injury time.But that would be it and Laois must now beat Dublin in O’Moore Park next weekend to have any chance of avoiding a relegation final.SCORERS – Laois: Enda Rowland 0-1 (free), Ross King 0-5 (four frees), Paddy Purcell 1-3, Willie Dunphy 0-2, Podge Lawlor 0-1, Mark Kavanagh 0-2, Neil Foyle 0-1, Cha Dwyer 0-1 Offaly: Shane Dooley 0-10 (six frees, one 65), Paddy Delaney 0-1, Joe Bergin 1-4, Cillian Kiely 0-1, Tommy Geraghty 0-2, David O’Toole 0-1, David King 0-1, Dan Currams 0-1LAOIS: Enda Rowland (Abbeyleix); Donncha Hartnett (Mountmellick), Leigh Bergin (Shanahoe), Lee Cleere (Clough-Ballacolla); Podge Lawlor (Ballinakill), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton), Eric Killeen (Rathdowney-Errill); James Ryan (Rathdowney-Errill), Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill); Ben Conroy (Slieve Bloom), Cha Dwyer (Ballinakill), Willie Dunphy (Clough-Ballacolla); Ross King (Rathdowney-Errill), Neil Foyle (Borris-Kilcotton), Ciarán Comerford (The Harps). Subs: Colm Stapleton (Borris-Kilcotton) for Hartnett (22mins), Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Errill) for Comerford (ht), Conor Quinlan (Kyle) for Killeen (42mins), Cian Taylor (Portlaoise) for Dunphy (59mins), Paddy McCane (Rathdowney-Errill) for Foyle (68mins)OFFALY: Eoghan Cahill; Tom Spain, Seán Gardiner, Ben Conneely; David O’Toole, Pat Camon, Paddy Delaney; David King, Tommy Geraghty; Joe Bergin, Shane Dooley, Colin Egan; Cillian Kelly, Conor Mahon, Dan Currams. Subs: Oisin Kelly for Kiely (51mins), Damien Egan for Egan (55mins)Referee: Justin Heffernan (Wexford)SEE ALSO – LIVE BLOG – Follow the Laois hurlers, footballers and ladies footballers in action Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Pinterest Twitter Facebook Facebook Community WhatsApp WhatsApp Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste TAGSAllianz Hurling League Division 1BLaois v Offaly Rugby Home Sport GAA Inaccurate Laois suffer hurling league defeat to Offaly SportGAAHurlinglast_img

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