Dublin 3-23 Laois 1-07
Dublin have battered Laois at O’Connor Park in Tullamore as The O’Moore County look out of their depth at the top level of senior inter-county Championship hurling.
It was all too easy for the Metropolitans as they cruised through this Leinster Championship quarter final. The first half was quite impressive but Laois were appalling throughout.
Conor McCormack hit the opening point inside the first minute of the game after good work by David Treacy. McCormack added another within a minute.
Paul Ryan adds a 65 on six minutes to put the Dubs three points ahead. Goalkeeper Reilly clears the ball 70 metres up the field and Laois very nearly net a goal, but Gary Maguire blocks Neil Foyle’s shot on the goal line.
Dublin raise a green flag within a minute as Liam Rushe finishes a strong run through the Laois defence and gives Eoin Reilly no chance in goal. Laois 0-00 Dublin 1-03
Paul Ryan points a 30 metre free before Willie Hyland converts Laois’ first point to put six between the teams. That gap is halved almost immediately as a melee inside the Dublin score from an Reilly long ball which sees Stephen Maher eventually bundle the ball into the Dublin net. Laois 1-01 Dublin 1-04 - a big boost to the O’Moore men.
A cracking point from Sutcliffe who beats two men before driving over, followed by another from Paul Ryan and another GOAL, this time scored by Liam Rushe, who turns Maher before smashing the ball into the roof of the net. Laois 1-01 Dublin 2-07 - this game looks to be all over after 25 minutes.
Further points from McCormack and Paul Ryan are sandwiched by another GOAL for Dublin, this time Shane Treacy flicks a high ball from Shane Durkin into the net with Eoin Reilly losing the challenge. Laois 1-01 Dublin 3-11 five minutes before half-time and this game is well and truly over.
Further Dublin points before the interval from Kearney, Durkin and Treacy see the Dubs lead 3-14 to 1-01 at the short whistle. Even the most optimistic of Laois fans will admit that this game is finished.
HALF TIME Laois 1-01 Dubln 3-14
The second half Dublin take their foot off the pedal and empty the bench though still outscore the O’Moore men 0-09 to 0-06. Dublin march on to the Leinster Championship semi-final against Kilkenny at Croke Park in three weeks time, while Laois are headed for the qualifiers. It looks like being a very short summer indeed for Teddy McCarthy’s men if they don’t improve drastically on this performance. If their league campaign was anything to go by, then that looks unlikely.
Laois: E Reilly; C Coonan, D Maher, G Burke; C Dunne, M Whelan, M McEvoy; J Walsh, S Hanlon; S Maher, B Dunne, W Hyland; T Fitzgerald, N Foyle, D O’Mahoney.
Dublin: G Maguire, N Corcoran, P Kelly, T Brady, S Hiney, J Boland, M Carton, J McCaffrey, S Durkin, D Sutcliffe, L Rushe, C Keaney, P Ryan, C McCormack, D Treacy.
Leinster SHC quarter-finals
Laois 1-07 3-23 Dublin, O’Connor Park FT
FT Dublin win by twenty two points
6:22pm Paul Ryan hits his third wide of the second half.
6:20pm Hyland hits another point. Laois have got six of the last seven scores.
6;18pm Wille Hyland gets his first score of the second half.
6:17pm Stunning point from half way by Joey Boland.
6:15pm Amazingly Laois have four in a row. Its Whelan again.
6:12pm Whelan hits over a free, thats there in a row for Laois.
6:11pm Dunphy hits Laois second point of the half.
6:10pm Eventually Chris Murray hits a point for Laois.
6:07pm Easy free for Paul Ryan, they now lead by 27pts.
6:04pm Paul Ryan hits a score from play, he could of hit it into the back of the net.
6;02pm If Dublin start going for goals, they will better the Cork tally from last year.
6:00pm Conal Keaney hits his second point of the half.
5;58pm Shocking to see a team drop there heads so badly.
5:57pm Paul Ryan goes for a goal, he gets a 65′ which he hits over the bar.
5:55pm Sub Dotsie O’Callaghan gets his first score, they is getting very bad for Laois.
5:53pm Paul Ryan hits another score, Laois have no interest.
5:52pm Liam Rushe scores a point and is brought off, David O’Callaghan comes on.
5;48pm Second half has thrown in. Dublin get the first score.
5:45pm Its hard to know what will happen in the second half. Laois have the breeze so they may stay within twenty points.
5:36 David Tracey leaves Dublin 19pts up at half time.
5:36pm Shane Durkin leaves Dublin 18pts up at nearly half time.
5:36pm Conal Keaney moves into corner forward and hits his first score.
5;35pm Its hard to know if Dublin are playing well or Laois are completely out of their depth in the Liam McCarthy.
5:33pm McCaffrey hits over a nice point for Dublin, he could of hit a goal.
5:32pm Willie Hyland hits another wide, his head had dropped. He seems to have lost total interest.
5:31pm Shane Durkan gives Dublin a fifteen point lead.
5:30pm Poor wide from Wille Hyland for Laois.
5:28pm Paul Ryan hits over another score.
5:28pm Another GOAL for Dublin, this time it goes straight in from a free from 50 yards. Shocking stuff by the keeper and full back.
5:27pm Laois getting destroyed at midfield.
5:25pm Paul Ryan gives Dublin a ten point lead.
5:23pm Liam Rushe GOAL for Dublin.
5:21pm After 22 minutes played Dublin are well on top, but probably should be more ahead.
5:19pm Stunning save by the Laois keeper, David Tracey pucks the rebound over the bar.
5:18pm Another score for Dublin, Laois need to stop giving away easy free pucks.
5:17pm The goal for Laois seems to have settled them. But Dublin look very dangerous with the breeze.
5:15pm Both sides hit wides.
5:15pm Paul Ryan extends the Dublin lead back to four points.
5:13pm GOAL for Laois, they are back in the match now considering how strong of a breeze they are playing against. Stephen Maher gets the goal.
5:13pm Conal Keaney is having a great comeback for Dublin.
5:12pm Wille Hyland opens the scoring for Laois from a free.
5:11pm Paul Ryan extends the Dublin lead to seven.
5:09pm Laois need a score very soon.
5:07pm Great GOAL from Liam Rushe for Dublin.
5:07pm Paul Ryan makes no mistakes with the 65′.
5:06pm Dublin win a 65′, they have the breeze so Laois will hope to be within six or seven at half time.
5:03pm Another score for McCormack for Dublin.
5:02pm Conor McCormack gets the opening score for Dublin.
Laois – E Reilly; C Coonan, D Maher, G Burke; C Dunne, M Whelan, M McEvoy; J Walsh, S Hanlon; S Maher, B Dunne, W Hyland; T Fitzgerald, N Foyle, D O’Mahoney.
Dublin – G Maguire, N Corcoran, P Kelly, T Brady, S Hiney, J Boland, M Carton, J McCaffrey, S Durkin, D Sutcliffe, L Rushe, C Keaney, P Ryan, C McCormack, D Treacy.