A 60th minute goal from Carlow senior star James Doyle snatched the win from Laois in the BGE u21 hurling championship in Netwatch Cullen Park last night.
Carlow were first out of the starting blocks in the first half hitting 0-2 in five minutes without reply. Laois eventually weathered the storm and started to gain their own momentum hitting three points in four minutes. Mark Kavanagh causing all the damage for the Laois men.
Laois lead the scoreboard right up until the 57th minute until St.Mullin’s hurler James Doyle blasted the ball to the Carlow net putting the nail in the coffin for Laois u21 2016 campaign.
Laois will be very disappointed with the loss given their supremacy throughout the game, in saying that they will continue their losing streak at u21 level still awaiting their first win since 2012.
Carlow continue to improve at this level. Last year the barrowsiders also marginally lost out on a Leinster final spot to Kilkenny by two points and will be aiming for a Leinster final.
Carlow now take on Offaly on June 22nd in the LHC u21 semi-final.
Carlow: K.McDonald 0-9 (8fs), J.Doyle 1-4, E. Redmond, L. Galway, S. Brennan, O.Roberts
Laois: M.Kavanagh 1-9 (7fs), G. Dunne, S. Downey, E. Fennelly, L.Bergin, R. Mullaney , S. Bergin 0-1.
Carlow: Barron; P. Coughlan, G. Coady, M. Malone; E. Redmond, S. Whelan, A. Dunne (J.Murphy 53); K. McDonald, A. Amond (J.Whelan 35); J. Doyle, S. Brennan, C. Foley; L. Galway, J. Kelly (O. Roberts h/t), T. Joyce.
Laois: Rowland; D. Palmer, C. Phelan, R. Broderick; C. McEvoy, L. Bergin, R. Mullaney; G. Dunne (A. Mortimer h/t), S. Downey (K.Freeman 56); K. Duggan, S. Bergin, A. Corby (R. McEvoy 49); M. Kavanagh, J. Lennon, E. Fennelly (D. Quinlan 47).