Senior Footballers exit O'Byrne Cup 2018-01-07 19:34:00

Laois 1-13, Westmeath 3-16

O'Byrne Cup Round 2

Westmeath were far too strong for John Sugrue’s experimental Laois side as a hat-trick from corner forward Callum McCormack led them to a nine point win in Stradbally this afternoon.

The Laois team showed 15 changes to the side which lost out by a point last week and one of them, veteran Ross Munnelly, began the scoring in the first minute.

The O’Moore men almost had a goal when Eoin Lowry raced clear and unleashed a thunderbolt which came back off the underside of the bar and eventually fell to Munnelly who began his sixteenth season by raising a white flag.

Laois did stage a bit of a rally though by the 27th minute as, thanks to a brace from Lowry and another from Munnelly, they reduced the gap to four points.

But Westmeath kicked on again as centre forward Loughlin once again added two more while Callum McCormack took his first half tally to 1-3.

Ross Munnelly converted a close range free on the half time whistle which left Laois trailing by 1-9 to 0-6 at half time.

Laois were six points down at half time in Mullingar last week and came back but there wouldn’t be a repeat here as points from Loughlin, Martin and substitute Alex Gardiner extended the margin to nine on the resumption.

But Laois enjoyed their best period of the game after that. Only a Luke Loughlin point broke up the Laois scoring as Lowry, Munnelly, Niall Donoher and substitute Ronan Murray all split the posts to make it 1-13 to 0-11 as we entered the final quarter of the game.

However, Westmeath ran riot with Munnelly's goal only putting a small gloss on  the board.

SCORERS – LAOIS: Ross Munnelly 1-4 (0-2 frees), Eoin Lowry 0-6 (0-5 frees), Niall Donoher, Ronan Murray and Aaron Forbes 0-1 each 

LAOIS: Eoghan Keogh; Stephen Attride, Shane Nerney, James Kelly; Robbie Piggott, Kieran Lillis, Colm Begley; Danny Luttrell, Colm Coss; Ciarán McEvoy, Evan O’Carroll, Niall Donoher; Ross Munnelly, Aaron Forbes, Eoin Lowry. Subs: Chris Finn for Kelly (22mins), Daniel O’Reilly for Begley (ht), Ronan Murray for McEvoy (45mins), Aaron Dowling for Luttrell (45mins), Brian Glynn for Coss (50mins), Finbarr Crowley for Donoher (55mins), Robbie Donoher for Piggott (60mins), Seán Moore for Nerney (70mins, black card)

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