Laois see it out de­spite rous­ing Royal rally

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - GAELIC GAMES -

CIARAN Comer­ford scored 1-7 in the open­ing half as Laois made full use of wind ad­van­tage in their quar­ter-fi­nal clash in O’Moore Park.

The home side led 1-16 to 0-5 at the break, Comer­ford’s goal in the 12th minute a won­der­ful ef­fort after he won Cathal Dunne’s puck-out.

Meath came storming back in the sec­ond half and Brian Dowl­ing’s goal as well as points from Mickey Mullen and Adam Mur­phy had them within six as the game en­tered an ex­cit­ing last 10 min­utes.

But a cou­ple of Oisin Bennett frees helped Laois see it out and set up a semi-fi­nal clash with Kilkenny.

Scor­ers — Laois: C Comer­ford 1-7, O Bennett 0-3f, J Keyes 0-2, C Dug­gan, J McCor­mack, J Phelan, D Comer­ford, E Gaughan, P De­laney, PJ Daly 0-1 each. Meath: M Mullen 0-8 (7f, 1 ’65), B Dowl­ing 1-0, A Mur­phy, J Ryan 0-2 each, E Fitzger­ald, N Pot­ter­ton 0-1 each.

Laois: C Dunne; D Breen, J Ma­her, E Carey; R Mur­phy, P De­laney, E O’Con­nor; PJ Daly, E Gaughan; C Comer­ford, J McCor­mack, D Comer­ford; J Keyes, O Bennett, J Phelan. Subs: C Dug­gan for Phelan (26), B McGin­ley for Gaughan (49), C Rigney for Bennett (60), O Phelan for Daly (62). Meath: A Dunne; B O’Reilly, C But­ler, S Cof­fey; J Con­nolly, D McGowan, B Kelly; E Fitzger­ald, D Hen­nessy; J Ryan, A Mur­phy, J Leavey; B Dowl­ing, M Mullen, N Pot­ter­ton. Subs: T Fad­den for Con­nolly (ht), V Ward for Hen­nessy (47), D Gil­martin for Fad­den (55), C O’Far­rell for Ryan (57). Ref­eree: M Murtagh (West­meath)

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