Leinster Senior Hurling Championship preliminary round
Laois 3-12 1-21 Antrim, Portlaoise FT
70+2 Foyle gets a point, still a goal in it.
70+2 Stewart looks to have sealed it with a point for Antrim.
70+1 Mat Whelen gives Laois a chance with a point, there is a goal in it.
70min No mistake this time from McManus to give the Antrim team a four point lead.
69min Neil McManus misses an easy free to seal the match and put Antrim four up.
65min McCann put Antrim two up
64min Hyland hits a wide for Laois, thats their third in three minutes.
64min Karl Stewart hits Antrim in front, its been a great second half.
63min John Brophy hits a wide when he should of put Laois in front.
61min Wille Hyland hits a free to level the match.
59min C McCann gives Antrim the lead.
58min Wille Hyland has a free to give Laois the lead, but he hits it wide.
58min Houlihan gets a goal for Laois GAME ON.
56min Another free for McManus. Antrim three up
55min To be fair Antrim deserve their lead, if they had fifteen on the pitch this match would be over.
52min Two quick point form sub Armstrong, Antrim lead by two.
51min McManus misses a free that hits the post.
50min C McCann levels up the match for Antrim.
49min Silly frees are killing Laois, McManus hits another point from a placed ball.
48min Wille Dunphy gets his second point for Laois.
47min Neil McManus hits another point for Antrim, only one in it.
46min Wille Dunphy scores his first point for Laois to leave them two up.
45min Free for Laois twenty metres out, but this time its stopped on the line.
42min McManus hits another point, it would surly be Antrims night if they were not down to 14men
41min Antrim get another point form play by McManus
40min The referee has sent off Antrim player Neil McAuley for a striking offence
38min First point of the second half is for Antrim.
36min The second half is underway
35+2 Hyland hits a nice point from play.
35+2 Huge let off for Laois, Antrim looked to have scored a goal but the ref rules it out for a illegal handpass.
35+1 Hyland gets the goal, should be a great second half.
35min Laois win a free twenty five yards out they really need to score a goal.
33min Nice point form play from Karl Stewart to leave Antrim only one down.
31min Houlihan gets a point for Laois, but McCorry hits one over for Antrim.
30min Coming up half time, Laois really needed to be further ahead with breeze they have had behind them in the first half. Laois have hit nine wides
28min Neil Mcmanus gets his third point for Antrim from frees.
26min Laois get a goal, they now lead by three. Neil Foyle finishes to the net.
25min Matt Whelan gives Laois the lead but they give away a silly free and the sides are level again.
24min Laois really should be in front, they have been totally in charge for the last fifteen minutes.
21min Hyland makes up for his wide with a free from a point.
20min Another poor wide from Wille Hyland this time he is going for a goal but misses the target.
17min Nice point from a free for Wille Hyland to get Laois back to within one, he followed that with a poor wide.
15min Great chance for Laois to get a goal but Houlihan’s first touch was very poor.
13min Couple of poor wides from both teams who have both hitting three astray.
11min Jimmy Walsh brings Laois back to within two point with a nice point form play.
9min Its a free for Antrim and its easily scored to give Antrim a three point lead.
6min Goal for Antrim by S McCrory who was named on the bench but has started the match.
4min Laois get the opening point from Sean Burke
1min Match underway, Laois have the wind.
0min Its going to be a very tight encounter in O’Moore park this evening. There is a huge breeze so it will be interesting to see who plays with the breeze in the first half.
Laois (SH v Antrim): P Mullaney; JA Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton; J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, B Galvin; J Walsh, S Burke; B Dunne, G Reddin, W Hyland; O Holohan, N Foyle, J Brophy.
Antrim (SH v Laois) : C O’Connell, C McGuinness, A Graffin, K Molloy, N McAuley, M Herron, C Herron, P Shiels, B McFall, S McNaughton, K Stewart, J Black, C McCann, N McManus, K McKeegan.
Substitutes: S Hawes, D Hamill, T McCann, S McCrory, C McFall, Kieran McGourty, M Armstrong, C Carson, J McCouaig, P Doherty, M Rea.
Laois play host to Antrim in O’Moore Park on Saturday evening,in the preliminary round of the 2011 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship.
In truth,neither of these sides can have any real pretensions of winning the provincial title,so the match this weekend will have been a major target for both of them for the last few months. On paper at least,there is very little between the two sides. Both played their hurling in Division Two during the league just ended and each finished up in the top half of the table, on eight points each. When the two sides met in Portlaoise in round 3 of the competition, the home side had a narrow 0-20 to 0-16 victory.
There is unlikely to be very much between the two counties once again this weekend. Laois are able to name a full strength side, with Brian Campion and Ger Reddin shaking off recent injuries. Willie Hyland has also been named in the starting fifteen,despite having important exams midweek. Antrim have named four newcomers in their side for the game.
In what is a difficult match to predict,home advantage may just be enough to see Laois over the finishing line in front and they are given a hesitant vote to progress to the next stage of the competition.