THREE second-half goals inspired Laois to a 10 point win over Wexford in this EirGrid Leinster U21 FC opening round game at Enniscorthy last night.
Wexford moved into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead inside the opening 11 minutes through points from Pádraig Conway, Paudie Barden and John Tubritt, two, one free, before Laois scored after 13 minutes via an Alan Farrell point.
Laois got a crucial breakthrough against the run of play after 16 minutes when Tom Sheil punched a Paul Kingston high cross to the net, leaving it 0-5 to 1-1. The sides went in 0-9 to 1-6 at the interval.
Laois resumed in impressive fashion with three quick points from Paul Kingston (2) and Tom Shiel, free, but Wexford struck back with points from Jamie Carty, free, and John Tubritt, while Pádraig Conway goaled after 39 minutes to put the homeside 1-11 to 1-9 in front.
Laois adding goals through Shel, on 48 minutes and sealed the tie with further goals from Evan Keane and Evan O’Carroll in the closing five minutes to run out comfortable winners.
Laois scorers: T Shiel 2-2, 0-2 frees, E O’Carroll 1-1, E Keane 1-0, P Kingston 0-4, 2f, J Moore 0-3, N Mullen, A Farrell 0-1 each.
Wexford scorers: P Conway 1-1, J Tubritt 0-4, 2f, J Carty 0-2 frees, P Curtis, S Byrne, P Barden, J White 0-1 each.
WEXFORD: L Rafter; R Vaillejo, J Rossiter, P Curtis; N Rossiter, D Barden, G Staples; S Byrne, J White; E Nolan, J Tubritt, S Donohe; P Barden, J Carty, P Conway.
Subs: N Hughes for Staples (41); E O’Byrne for Byrne (49), E Roche for Nolan (58), J Connors for Vaillego (60).
LAOIS: A O’Reilly; L Knowles, K Lennon, C Dunne; P O’Sullivan, C Hogan, R Dowling; D Cullen, A Farrell; P Kingston, J Moore, N Murphy; E Keane, E O’Carroll, T Sheils.
Subs: N Mullen for Cullen (20); A Campion for Dowling (ht); D O’Reilly for Murphy (50); C Maher for Moore (54).
Referee: K Kelly (Carlow).