Cork prove too strong for Laois

Updated: March 10, 2012

Laois 0-10 v 2-14 (0-20) Cork FT

Live commentary:
Full time: Thats it, a dominant first half from Cork that included saw Cork run out 10 points winners over Laois in O’Moore Park. Laois made a good start but the gulf in class became apparent after the opening exchanges. Cork were reduced to 14 men when Pierce O’Neill was sent off but despite Laois seeing plenty of ball they couldn’t find the scores they needed. Cork head into their clash with Kerry in good spirits after an impressive win.
69min There will be one minute of added time.
68min Tierney makes no mistake this time, Laois in double digits.
67min Munnelly fouled there giving Tierney another chance of a score.
66min Tierney has a chance to take Laois into double figures but his free goes wide.
64min Cotter has been immense the last ten minutes for Cork, clears the danger there again as Laois went for goal.
63min Laois need goals now not points. They have about 9 minutes with added time to rescue something here.
61min Free to Cork – they play it short but Laois win it and Munnelly breaks forward, kick goes over the line. Cork line ball.
56min Good play for Cork, but it goes wide. Hard to know who has the 15 men and who has the 14
54min Colm O’Neill and Aidan Walsh with two nice scores to put Cork in control again. 11 points the difference.
50min Its been all Laois so far this half, but Cork threatened there. Laois break it up but Cotter with some defending clears the danger
49min A wide for Cork there, O’Connor with the effort, shouts for a 45 but that was overruled. Twenty minutes to go.
46min Tierney get’s another point back for Laois, there is nine between them
43min John O’Loughlin with Laois’ 3rd point of the half.
42min Cotter with a fine point, the corner back doing a forwards job and get the rebels first score of the score half. Cork now 2-12 to Laois 0-07
39min Begley gets Laois second point of the half – can they come back?
38min Tierney doubles the punishment as he scores the free.
RED CARD Cork down to 14 men, Pierce O’Neill sent off for a 2nd bookable offence.
37min Pierce O’Neill with a wide there for Cork. Laois make two changes.
36min Second half underway – Laois have a free straight away.
Half time: Cork are running rampant in the Midlands, two first goals as seen them take a 12 point half time lead.
35min O’Neill with a lovely goal, unmarked as he finishes for Cork’s second goal.
34min Kerrigan with a wide for Cork. Two minutes of added time.
32min Two scores in a minute as first Goold and then Walsh again.
31min Brilliant point from Aiden Walsh, four minutes to half time.
30min GOAL in the Tyrone v Westmeath clash its now 1-06 to 0-01 to Tyrone
29min Munnelly steadies the ship again, used that term a lot already but Cork are rampant.
28min Westmeath are off the mark. O’Neill with his second in a matter of minutes – 0-04 to 1-08 in Cork’s favour.
26min Goold another point, a fine effort from distance. 6 points in it.
25min O’Neill gets another point for Cork. Westmeath have yet to score against Tyrone and are six points down.
23min O’Neill misses the 45, let off for Laois.
23min Culleton with a great save from O’Connor. 45 to Cork
22min Great defending by the Laois defence, bodies on the line stuff there. Cork line ball.
21min Munnelly atones for his earlier miss with a Laois, point, their first since the early exchanges.
20min Tierney again with a missed free, they have missed a couple now in the last few minutes, Munnelly also guilty of a miss.
18min Free to Laois, Bedgley takes it short.
18min Score updates Tyrone v Westmeath here Click here for live score updates
16min O’Neill with a wide for Cork, they look very threatening going forward. Laois in trouble.
15min Tierney with a wide from a free there, Laois need a score to steady the ship.
12min Cork cut through the Laois defense there with Kinsella scoring a point.
12min O’Connor with a free putting Cork four ahead. Cork has settled well after a strong Laois start
10min Cork go two points ahead Goold with the point there, could have been a goal there. Sheehan responds with a wide for Laois
8min GOAL!!!! Colm O’Neill with a goal for Cork, great response.
7min Tierney puts Laois a point ahead after Cork had levelled matters through Kerrigan
3min Laois have doubled their lead – nice start by the home side.
2min First score of the night is to Laois
1min The Game is underway now
0min Tierney and Kelly in for Quigley and Clancy for Laois, three changes from the side named by Cork
0min 20 minutes to go here, earlier in the day Limerick had a routine win over Kilkenny in Division four. The scoreline there was 1-30 to a solitary point. Ireland still winning, no score in the second half so far.


Laois – E Culliton; P O’Leary, K Lillis, C Healy; D Strong, K Meaney, C Boyle; A Kelly, J O’Loughlin; R Munnelly, C Begley, D O’Connor; P Cahillane, MJ Tierney, B Sheehan.

Cork- A Quirke; R Carey, E O’Mahony, E Cotter; N O’Leary, G Canty, P Kissane; A O’Connor, F Goold; P Kerrigan, P O’Neill, P Kelly; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, A Walsh


Cork make the trip to the midlands on Saturday evening for a division one clash with Laois looking to build on a less than impressive start to the new football season.

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An opening day draw with Armagh was followed by a convincing win over Down on week two before their unbeaten run came to a crashing end with a four point loss to Donegal last weekend.

The Rebel’s have yet to taste victory on the road so far this season and face their third trip up the country, this time to O’Moore Park in Portlaoise, as a result of incidents in the clash with Armagh.

Those incidents led to Central Hearing committee’s stripping Cork of home advantage for the clash and with it the loss of some much needed revenue as well as additional travel costs that will be incurred.

Laois meanwhile sit second bottom of the table after one win so far, a surprise 2-09 to 2-06 away win over Donegal. Last weekend’s home defeat to Dublin saw them earn plenty of plaudits but no reward and Justin McNulty will be hoping from more of the same this weekend from his players.

Team news:

Laois are sweating on the fitness of Padraig Clancy with the player set for a three week lay-off following the hamstring injury that saw him forced off against Dublin last weekend.

David Conway will return to the side after missing the loss to Dublin.

Cork meanwhile makes one change from the side that lost to Donegal last weekend with Alan O’Connor’s coming in for Aidan Walsh.

Laois team – TBC

Cork team- K O’Halloran; R Carey, E O’Mahony, E Cotter; N O’Leary, G Canty, P Kissane; A O’Connor, F Goold; P Kerrigan, M Collins, P Kelly; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, B O’Driscoll.

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