Teenager Jack Guiney proved an inspiration for Wexford as he struck 3-5 to help confine Laois to next year’s Allianz Hurling League Division 2A at Nowlan Park yesterday.
Laois raced into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead inside five minutes, but once 19-year-old Guiney struck for the game’s opening goal to give his side a 1-7 to 0-8 lead, Wexford never looked back.
Laois fought valiantly and six successive points left the Model County clinging to a three-point lead, 3-11 to 0-17. But an immediate response, through David Redmond’s goal, saw them secure their status for next year.
One of the first-half highlights was the superb accuracy of Laois centre-forward Willie Hyland, whose haul totalled six points, four frees and one superb sideline cut, as he inspired his side. But his side lacked penetration in front of goal despite receiving an adequate supply of ball.
Wexford responded with Jack Guiney points, one free and a 65 while Harry Kehoe hit his side’s first score from play from the sideline. A Paul Morris goal gave Wexford a 2-7 to 0-10 interval lead.
Laois only fielded six of the side that lost heavily to Wexford in their dead rubber meeting two weeks back. The Model County’s Keith Rossiter, Paul Roche, David Redmond, Paul Morris and Jack Guiney were outstanding.
Scorers for Wexford: J Guiney 3-5 (4fs), D Redmond, P Morris 1-1 each, H Kehoe, R Jacob 0-2 each, PJ Nolan 0-1.
Scorers for Laois: W Hyland 0-11 (8fs, 2 s/l), C Murray 0-3, S Bourke 0-2, J Walsh, T Fitzgerald, B Reddin 0-1.
WEXFORD: E Martin; W Devereux, P Roche, K Rossiter; R Kehoe, D Stamp, E Moore; D Redmond, M O’Hanlon; H Kehoe, D O’Keeffe, D Lyng; P Morris, J Guiney, R Jacob.
Subs: PJ Nolan for O’Keeffe, J Tonks for R Kehoe, G Sinnott for H Kehoe, S Murphy for Stamp, G Moore for Jacob.
LAOIS: E Reilly; B Smith, D Maher, C Coonan; C Dunne, M Whelan, M McEvoy; J Fitzpatrick, J Walsh; C. Whelan, W Hyland, D O’Mahoney; C. Murray, T Fitzgerald, S Bourke.
Subs: B Reddin for Coonan, S Hanley for Dunne, P Mullaney for Smith, D Peacock for Whelan.
Referee: D Kirwan (Cork).
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