Hyland the hero for Laois

Hyland the hero for Laois

Laois 0-20 Carlow 0-13

Willie Hyland tallied up 13 points as he guided Laois to a comfortable Leinster SHC first round win over neighbours Carlow.

Hyland was in razor sharp form at Dr. Cullen Park with the visitors, 0-12 to 0-7 ahead by half-time, progressing to face Dublin.

Marty Kavanagh (0-7) cut the deficit to four points but Laois kicked on thanks to scores from Eoin Reilly and James Walsh.

Both sides finished with 14 men following the dismissals of Walsh and Jack Kavanagh.

Laois fielded 10 players from the team that lost the Allianz League relegation play-off to Wexford last month. Meanwhile, Carlow boss Kevin Ryan fielded all bar two of the side that beat Westmeath that same afternoon in the Division 2A final.

Mark Brennan and Daryl Roberts returned for the Barrowsiders with Paudie Kehoe and Des Shaw the players to lose out.

Laois fired out all cylinders in the opening quarter and powered into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead after 14 minutes, with talismanic captain Hyland and Stephen Maher very much to the fore.

The Clough-Ballacolla duo claimed all of the O'Moore men's opening six scores, and key man Hyland was responsible for five of those.

Carlow struggled for possession but two players who battled hard for the hosts were St. Mullin's brothers Jack and Marty Kavanagh - the former landed their opening point in the third minute.

Carlow had to wait nine minutes for their next score with Marty Kavanagh on target from a placed ball. A second pointed free from Kavanagh cut the gap to three points in the 17th minute, but Laois continued to dictate.

Teddy McCarthy's side outscored their opponents by four points to one over the next seven minutes as Hyland and Maher impressed again in front of the posts.

Laois goalkeeper Eoin Reilly and Brian Dunne were also strongly involved in pushing Laois into an 0-11 to 0-4 lead after 25 minutes.

A succession of wides followed from the visitors, following good pressure from the Carlow defence. It was Laois' cue to up the tempo and Reilly slotted over a second free to move them eight points clear.

However, Carlow finished the opening have strongly with three unanswered points - Marty and Shane Kavanagh were both on target to cut the deficit to 0-12 to 0-7.

The sides traded points on two occasions inside five minutes of the restart, but Laois were once again able to contend with anything Carlow threw at them.

Laois midfielder James Walsh picked up the fourth yellow card of the contest in the 42nd minute after he swung his hurley around Jack Kavanagh.

Shane Kavanagh, Carlow's joint captain, missed the resulting free although the hosts looked to have been given a lifeline when Gearoid Burke brought down Mark Brennan in the square in the 46th minute.

However, once again Carlow failed to capitalise on this opportunity with Frank Foley's powerful strike expertly save by Reilly.

The Abbeyleix clubman headed up a very good defensive display by McCarthy's charges. He again showed his worth by pulling off a one-handed save towards the end of the third quarter.

Hyland was able to punish Carlow at the opposite end, pushing Laois into a double scores lead - 0-18 to 0-9 - with 17 minutes left on the clock.

Andrew Gaule reduced the arrears to eight points with his second score in the 55th minute, before both sides were reduced to 14 men.

Laois midfielder Walsh and his Carlow counterpart Jack Kavanagh were both shown their second yellow cards following an off-the-ball incident.

Carlow battled bravely late on with top scorer Marty Kavanagh pointing a number of placed balls, but Laois stood firm to set up a quarter-final clash with Anthony Daly's Dubs.

LAOIS: E Reilly (0-02, 0-02f); C Coonan, D Maher, G Burke; C Dunne, M Whelan, M McEvoy; J Walsh (0-1), S Hanlon; S Maher (0-3), B Dunne (0-1), W Hyland (0-13, 0-6f); T Fitzgerald, N Foyle, D O'Mahoney.

Subs used: P Mullaney for D Maher (44-45 mins, blood sub), C Murray for O'Mahoney (49), B Reddin for Hanlon (66).

CARLOW: F Foley; A Corcoran, E Nolan, E Coady; J Corcoran, S Kavanagh (0-2, 0-1f, 0-1 ‘65'), R Coady; J Kavanagh (0-1), A Gaule (0-2); E Byrne, J Kane, C Doyle; M Kavanagh (0-7, 0-7f), M Brennan, D Roberts (0-1).

Subs used: R Smithers for Kane (half-time), M Clowry for Doyle (55 mins), A McDonald for Roberts (58), HP O'Byrne for Gaule (68).

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)

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