Sunday 22 September 2019

Kingstons point the way for O'Moore

Laois 0-20  Offaly 0-15

DELIGHT: Graham Brody. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
DELIGHT: Graham Brody. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

LAOIS are a game away from the big time after this handsome win over neighbours Offaly at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise on Saturday night.

They will be in the Super 8s if they can beat whichever of Cork, Cavan and Galway is presented to them in today's draw.

However, that will be much more difficult than this challenge.

John Sugrue's charges faced an Offaly team that was game but never really threatened to get the goal that would blow this game wide open.

Once it stayed a matter of kicking points, brothers Donie and Paul Kingston were Laois's highway to Round Four of the qualifiers

The brothers got ten points between them in a fine effort.

With sub Evan O'Carroll chipping in with a brace, and the evergreen Ross Munnelly also scoring two (one free), Laois had the firepower to prevail.

The sides were level 0-10 each at the break thanks to a fine Niall McNamee point for the Faithful County before the break.

Crucially the home side restarted the better with Paul Kingston on target, this ignited Laois' best passage of the game as Donie Kingston tagged on three points with Colm Murphy and Eoin Lowry also on target to see their side move 0-16 to 0-11 clear.

Offaly had their moments and John Maughan's team put up a fight.

But three of their 15-point tally came from frees by their goalkeeper Paddy Dunican and they just lacked that cutting edge that not even the great Niall McNamee could give them.

SCORERS - Laois: D Kingston 0-6 (0-3f), P Kingston 0-4 K.Lillis, R Munnelly (0-1f), C Murphy, E O'Carroll 0-2 E Lowry, R Pigott 0-1 each. Offaly: R McNamee 0-4, N McNamee (0-1f), B Allen, P Dunican (0-3f) 0-3 each, A Sullivan, J Moloney 0-1.


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