Laois 0-17 Kildare 1-11
KILDARE’S reign as Leinster and All-Ireland U20 champions was ended at the first hurdle on Tuesday evening as a well-drilled Laois recorded a deserved win.
Gay Campbell’s team led 0-4 to 0-1 after eight minutes and 0-8 to 0-4 after 21 but went completely out of the game after that.
Laois scored the last three points of the first half and first four in the second as the brilliant Diarmuid Whelan led the home defence a merry dance.
The visitors extended their lead to six points during the second half before Jack Cully pulled back a point in the 60th minute.
Kildare were awarded a penalty in the fifth minute of injury time after James Burke was pushed in the back and Luke Griffin stepped up to convert but Whelan was to have the final say and his score completed the win.
With no back door in the competition, Kildare crashing at the first stage while Laois set up a quarter-final Westmeath next week.
Scorers: Laois: D Whelan 0-10 (3fs), M Doran 0-4, R Coffey 0-1, D Brophy 0-1, E Dunne 0-1’45
Kildare: L Griffin 1-2 (1-0pen, 0-2fs), D Kirwan 0-3,C Joyce 0-2, J Cully 0-2(1f), B McDonnell 0-1, L O’Flynn 0-1
Kildare: Aaron O’Neill; Niall O’Sullivan, Mark Barrett, Caolan Halpin, Evin McGovern, DJ Earley. Darragh Ryan; James Carey, James Burke; Liam O’Flynn, Darragh Kirwan, Brian McDonnell, Colm Joyce, Jack Cully, Luke Griffin. Subs: Sean Cullen for O’Flynn, 38; Paidi Behan for Carey, 40; Shane O’Sullivan for Joyce, 40; Brian Stynes for Halpin, 46b/c; Paddy McDermott for McGovern, 51; Adam Steed for McDonnell, 58.
Laois: Matthew Byron, Michael Dowling, Seamus Lacey, Alex Mohan, Colin Slevin, Jack Lacey, Dean Brophy; Robert Tyrell, Eoin Dunne; Ronan Coffey, Michael Doran, Niall Dunne, Alan Kinsella, Dan McCormack, Diarmuid Whelan. Subs: Jack Owens for McCormack, 49; Michael Dempsey for Dunne, 57; PJ Daly for Doran, 60; Jason Maher for Kinsella, 60+2; Kevin Byrne for Slevin, 60+4.
Referee: Barry Tiernan