Hyland points the way as Laois hammer Kerry

LAOIS walloped their Kerry hosts in this meaningless Allianz National Hurling League Division Two game, played in brilliant sunshine at Austin Stack Park yesterday.

Laois finished in mid-table while Kerry boss John Meyler will be pleased to have maintained their Division Two status and given more game time to his younger players ahead of next weekend’s Christy Ring Cup opener against Kildare.

Laois were always in control of this contest with man-of-the-match Willie Hyland, who posted 0-9, leading by example.

The Midlanders led at the break by 2-7 to 0-6 with Garry Reddan and midfielder Sean Bourke hitting their goals.

Aidan Boyle re-ignited Kerry’s hopes , with a tremendous goal strike five minutes into the second half, but Laois refused to panic.

Goals from Bourke and Owen Holohan completed a comprehensive victory for the Leinster men.

Scorers for Laois: W Hyland 0-9 (0-5 frees); S Bourke 2-2; G Reddan 1-1; O Holohan 1-0; B Dunne, N Costelloe, J Rowney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: D O’Connell 0-6, (0-5 frees), J Egan 0-4; A Boyle 1-0; S Nolan 0-2; J Flaherty 0-2; P O’Keeffe 0-1.

KERRY: JB O’Halloran; B Brosnan, J Godley, C Harris; J Casey, M Conway, T Murnane; D Fitzell, D Dineen, M Boyle (captain), G O’Brien, S Nolan; J Egan, A Boyle, D O’Connell.

Subs: James Flaherty for D Fitzell, Aidan Royle for A Boyle, R Casey for D O’Connell, P O’Keeffe for D Dineen, B Murphy for J Flaherty.

LAOIS: P Mullanney, J A Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton; J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, B Galvin; N Costelloe, S Burke, B Dunne, G Reddan, W Hyland; O Holohan, N Foyle, J Brophy.

Subs: S Dollard for G Reddan, J Prior for J A Delaney, J Rowney for N Foyle.

Referee: G O’Connell (Cork).

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