A run of six unanswered points in the final ten minutes helped Laois overcome Offaly in a high scoring and entertaining O’Byrne Cup encounter in O’Moore Park on Wednesday evening.
O’Byrne Cup Round 2
First half goals from Conor Meredith and Martin Scully, which capitalised on mistakes in the Offaly defence, put Laois 2-6 to 1-7 up at the break with Offaly’s goal coming from Ciaran Hurley.
In wet and cold conditions in front of an unseasonably large crowd in Portlaoise, both sides had periods of dominance in the second-half with Laois eventually prevailing.
Offaly went in front with the first three points of the half but five in a row to move back into the lead. After the sides exchanged points, Offaly hit four in a row to get back on level terms before Laois finished the game strongly with Billy Sheehan scoring three of the last six points.
Laois now face UCD at the weekend with Offaly hosting Wexford. All four teams have one win apiece meaning they can all still reach the semi-final.
Scorers: Laois: Conor Meredith 1-3 (0-3f); Donie Kingston 0-5; Billy Sheehan 0-4; Martin Scully 1-0; Mark O’Halloran 0-2; John O’Loughlin 0-1; Eoin Lowry 0-1. Offaly: Peter Cunningham 0-3; Ken Casey 0-3 (0-2f); Ciaran Hurley 1-0; Nigel Dunne 0-2; Conor McNamee 0-2; Johny Moloney 0-1; Niall Geraghty 0-1; Ruairi Allen 0-1; Niall Darby 0-1f; Graham Guilfoyle 0-1