Cheddar Plunkett’s men were six clear at half-time, 0-14 to 0-8. Tommy Fitzgerald’s goal after 47 minutes all but ending the game. Stephen Maher kept firing over points, and Laois were well clear by the final whistle, and they now travel to London next weekend.
Scorers for Laois: S Maher (0-12, 8fs), T Fitzgerald (1-0), W Hyland, C Dwyer, R King (0-2 each), J Brophy, N Foyle, P Whelan, D Palmer (0-1 each).
Scorers for Carlow: D Murphy (0-10, 9fs), C Wall, M Kavanagh, A Gaul, D Byrne (0-1 each).
LAOIS: E Reilly; JA Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton; J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, T Delaney; D Palmer, P Whelan; W Hyland, C Dwyer, S Maher; N Foyle, R King, T Fitzgerald.
Subs: J Campion for T Delaney (ht), J Brophy for Dwyer (55), B Reddin for Fitzgerald (62), C Dunne for King (66), D Maher for JA Delaney (69).
CARLOW: B Treacy; A Corcoran, P Doyle, G Kelly; HP O’Byrne, D English, R Coady; J Kavanagh, C Wall; P Coady, S Kavanagh, J Doyle; M Kavanagh, A Gaule, D Murphy. Subs: D Byrne for P Doyle (34), S Murphy for J Doyle (ht), P Kehoe for J Kavanagh (41), D Roberts for Wall (57), C Lawlor for P Coady (62)
Ref: C Browne (Galway)