Admin Login

Laois sink the Royals to book Leinster Final Spot

By Chris Colhoun Thu 11th Jul

Laois sink the Royals to book Leinster Final Spot
Laois sink the Royals to book Leinster Final Spot

Laois 1-13

Meath 0-7

Laois had nine points to spare over Meath in O’Moore Park to book their place in the Leinster U-20 football final against Dublin on July 19.

It will be the first time for Laois to contest a provincial final in the U-20/21 grade since they lost the 2009 decider to a Jim Gavin-managed Dublin outfit.

Boosted by the return of Sean O’Flynn and Mark Barry following the elimination of the county’s senior team in the All Ireland Qualifiers, a classy Laois side laid the foundations for their win in an impressive opening quarter.

A 10th minute goal from Alan Kinsella set the home side on their way as he took a pass from big full-forward Dan McCormack to finish smartly past Meath keeper Andrew Beakey.

Barry, Diarmuid Whelan, Colin Slevin and McCormack all added points and Laois led 1-8 to 0-3 at the break.

Laois continued to impress after the break and were 1-11 to 0-4 clear with 15 minutes still to play.

Meath battled on but the result was never in doubt and Laois easily advanced to the Leinster final.

Laois: Matthew Byron; Michael Dowling, Seamus Lacey, Alex Mohan; Colin Slevin (0-1), Sean O’Flynn, Dean Brophy; Robert Tyrell, Eoin Dunne; Ronan Coffey (0-2), Michael Doran (0-1), Mark Barry (0-4 (three frees)); Alan Kinsella (1-1), Dan McCormack (0-1), Diarmuid Whelan (0-2).

Subs: Jack Owens (0-1) for Doran (41), Niall Dunne for Tyrell (45), Jason Maher for McCormack (51), Mikie Dempsey for Coffey (53, inj), Kevin Byrne for Brophy (61), Bernard Wheatleyfor Barry

Meath: Andrew Beakey; Sean Ryan, Robbie Clarke, Cathal Hickey; Eoin Harkin, John Keane, Oisin Martyn; Liam Byrne, Cian McBride; Matthew Costello (0-1), Cian Swaine, Daithi McGowan (0-1,f); Jordan Morris (0-1), Connell Ahearne, Luke Mitchell (0-2, 2f).

Subs: Sean Bannon for Clarke (21, black card), Aaron Lynch (0-2) for McBride, Danny Dixon for Swaine and Cathal Finnegan for Mitchell (all ht), Luke Kelly for Martin (41), Conor Frayne for Costello (53, inj)

Referee: Patrick Maguire (Longford)

By Chris Colhoun Thu 11th Jul

Related News

View All

Main Sponsor

Our Sponsors

Laois Shopping Centre