Conal Keaney’s first-half goal sent the Dubs into a 1-9 to 0-6 half-time lead and they went 10 points clear on the restart. However, a Zane Keenan penalty and a red card for Michael Carton edged Laois back into it. They cut the lead down to four but ran out of steam as Eamonn Dillon’s goal put the seal on Dublin’s win.
Scorers for Dublin: D Treacy 0-9 (0-8f, 0-1 65), C Keaney 1-3, E Dillon 1-2 (0-1f), P Kelly, B Quinn, C McBride, N McMorrow 0-1.
Scorers for Laois: Z Keenan 1-3 (1-0pen, 0-3f), S Maher 0-2f, M Whelan 0-1f, W Hyland, T Fitzgerald, PJ Scully, N Foyle, J Purcell 0-1 each.
LAOIS: E Reilly; JA Delaney, C Healy, C Dunne; J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, J Campion; D Palmer, S Maher; W Hyland, T Fitzgerald, J Purcell; PJ Scully, N Foyle, B Conroy.
Subs: Z Keenan for Purcell (ht), J Walsh for Palmer (ht), T Delaney for Maher (44 mins), B Reddin for Conroy (62), C Stapleton for Fitzpatrick (69)
DUBLIN: G Maguire; N Corcoran, M Carton, P Schutte; J McCaffrey, P Kelly, S Barrett; B Quinn, C McBride; C Keaney, E Dillon, M Schutte; N McMorrow, L Rushe, D Treacy.
Subs: C Murphy for Corcoran (ht), R O’Carroll for McBride (ht), D Sutcliffe for McMorrow (54)
Ref: Patrick Murphy (Carlow)