Late scores from Fergal Whitely and Oisin O’Rourke pushed Mattie Kenny’s panel past Laois to advance

Walsh Cup - Dublin v Laois

Dublin 1-18
Laois 1-16

O’Moore Park, Portlaoise

A tasty Walsh Cup Semi Final clash between Dublin and Galway is set for next Sunday in Parnell Park, as Mattie Kenny’s Senior hurlers got over the final round fixture with a 0-02 victory over Laois away from home. John Hetherton shone again scoring 0-07 of Dublin’s tally. Eamonn Dillon adding another 1-01 to the 1-05 he’d already scored in the previous two rounds. But it was late scores from Fergal Whitely and Oisin O’Rourke that eventually seperated Dublin from their opponents.

A Hetherton converted free got the game underway. Mark Kavanagh responded at the other end, but Hetherton would be involved again immediately giving the assist to Dillon who finished beautifly to get Dublin ahead 1-01 to 0-01 on four minutes. Cian Boland and Dillon pushed Dublin’s lead out to 0-05 before Aaron Dunphy registered Laois’s second score of the game in the sixth.

Walsh Cup - Dublin v Laois
John Hetherton scored 0-07 in this afternoon’s Walsh Cup win over Laois

Dublin continued to press, and on 15 minutes were leading 1-06 to 0-03, thanks to two converted frees by Hetherton for fouls on Donal Burke and Cian Boland, and a point for Boland from play. But Laois would find their purple patch to covert 1-05 with no reply. PJ Scully pointed two frees for the home side. And in the 24th Mark Kavanagh found Stephen Maher in a good spot. Maher then set up Aaron Dunphy who placed the ball past Alan Nolan, who had already body blocked an initial chance. And with Dublin only a point the better, Dunphy equalised before Scully converted another free and keeper Enda Rowland planted a massive dead ball between the uprights to give Laois a two score lead with a couple of minutes to go.

Thankfully John Hetherton was on form, and with two quick scores form play the sides were level at the break.

Walsh Cup - Dublin v Laois
Mattie Kenny’s side are three for three in Walsh Cup action

A tight Second Half sees Dublin nick the win

Maher scored first in the second half, but substitute Chris Crummey responded. Jake Malone gave Dublin a narrow lead for three minutes before Eanna Lyons stuck one over to tie the game again. And for huge spells in the half nothing could seperate the sides. By the 14th Laois were two ahead on 1-14 to 1-12, but thanks to substitutes Fergal Whitely, Oisin O’Rourke and of course Hetherton, Dublin pulled the game over the line to clinch the win and qualification for next weekend’s Semi Final.

Scorers for Dublin:

John Hetherton 0-07 (4f)
Eamon Dillon 1-01
Jake Malone 0-02
Cian Boland 0-02
Fergal Whitely 0-02
Oisin O’Rourke 0-02
Chris Crummey 0-01
Sean Moran 0-01 (1f)

Scorers for Laois:

PJ Scully 0-07 (3f)
Aaron Dunphy 1-03
Mark Kavanagh 0-02 (1f)
Enda Rowland 0-02 (1f, 1 ’65)
Stephen Maher 0-01
Eanna Lyons 0-01


1. Alan Nolan
2. James Madden
3. Eoghan O’Donnell
4. Darragh Gray
5. Tom Connelly
6. Sean Moran
7. Shane Barrett
24. Rian McBride
9. Cian Boland
10. Jake Malone
11. John Hetherton
12. Fintan McGibb
13. Eamonn Dillon
14. Liam Rushe
15. Donal Burke

Dublin Substitutes:

19. Lee Gannon for Madden (16)
22. Fergal Whitely for Boland (30)
20. Chris Crummey for Connelly (HT)
21. Oisin O’Rourke for Burke (43)
23. David Keogh for O’Donnell (48)
17. Glen Whelan for McBride (49)
26. Caolan Conway for Rushe (53)
25. Conor Burke for Dillon (63)


1. Enda Rowland
2. Padraig Delaney
3. Matthew Whelan
4. Joe Phelan
5. Jack Kelly
6. Ryan Mullaney
7. Eric Killeen
8. Donnacha Hartnett
9. Paddy Purcell
10. Aaron Dunphy
11. Eanna Lyons
12. Stephen Maher
13. Mark Kavanagh
14. PJ Scully
15. Eoin Gaughan

Laois Substitutes:

26. Sean Downey for Gaughan (51)
19. Conor Phelan for Scully (63)
20. Jake Cranny for Killeen (68)
25. Neil Foyle for Lyons (70)