Laois 0-16 Kildare 0-16
Laois and Kildare couldn’t be separated and have to meet again next Saturday at O’Connor Park, Tullamore after this rip-roaring Leinster championship clash.
Kildare substitute Tommy Moolick ensured Dublin will have wait to find out who their opponents will be on June 28 when he struck in injury-time.
Eoghan O’Flaherty had kept the Lilywhites in the game prior to that, he scored five points from frees while Donie Kingston slotted eight points but it wasn’t enough for Laois.
Tomas O Flaharta’s men had a three-point lead with time running out but Kildare were brave and there was much to admire on their part after the season they have had.
Jason Ryan’s side held the 0-9 to 0-8 half-time lead after playing with the wind and showed a gritty determination to defy the odds following their relegation from Division 2 earlier in the year.
Kingston kicked Laois into a ninth minute lead and Padraig Fogarty replied but Kildare were on the back foot.
Ross Munnelly, Tom Shiel and Kingston slotted frees for Laois who lead 0-4 to 0-1 20 minutes in.
But Kildare hit the next three point – Fogarty, Eoghan O’Flaherty and Alan Smith were on target before Kingston kicked a couple for Laois.
Eamonn Callaghan and Smith added point for Kildare while Gary White found his range and O’Flaherty pushed Kildare further clear.
Darren Strong was causing problems and hit two points for Laois either side of another Fogarty effort as Kildare held a 0-9 to 0-8 half-time lead.
O’Flaherty and Emmett Bolton extended that shortly afterwards but Laois weren’t to be outdone – Munnelly, Kingston and John O’Loughlin brought them back level.
The game continued to go back and forth with Moolick and Paul Cribbin pushing Kildare clear again.
They couldn’t capitalise on that however and with Kingston and Munnelly once again finding scores Laois were back level.
Kingston put them in front and O’Loughlin slotted his second point with Kingston’s score, Laois’ fifth in a row looking to have sealed the win.
Nevertheless Kildare and O’Flaherty were stubborn, he sent over two more frees before Moolick rescued a draw for Kildare deep into injury-time.
Laois: D Kingston 0-8 (0-5f); R Munnelly 0-3 (0-3f); D Strong and J O’Loughlin 0-2 each; T Shiel 0-1 (0-1f).
Kildare: E O’Flaherty 0-5 (0-5f); P Fogarty 0-3 (0-2f, 1 ’45); A Smith and Moolick 0-2 each; E Callaghan, Gary White, E Bolton and P Cribbin 0-1 each.
Laois: G Brody; S Attride, M Timmons, C Begley; R Kehoe, D Strong, D O'Connor; B Quigley, J O'Loughlin; N Donoher, C Boyle, E O'Carroll (P Kingston 67 mins); R Munnelly, D Kingston, T Shiel (C Meredith 51, B Sheehan 64).
Kildare: M Donnellan; C Fitzpatrick, M O'Grady, O Lyons; K Murnaghan (E Doyle 59), F Conway, E Bolton; G White, P Cribbin; E Callaghan, E O'Flaherty, C McNally (T Moolick 41); P O'Neill (F Dowling 66), P Fogarty (N Kelly 56), A Smith.
Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath).