Donal Burke and Ronan Hayes help steer Pat Gilroy’s Senior Hurlers to a Quarter Final Berth.

Gilroy's Dublin Senior Hurlers

Laois 0-17 Dublin 3-23
O’Moore Park, Portlaoise

Dublin’s Senior Hurlers have avoided the ominous relegation battle with Antrim after a very strong and convincing performance over Laois in their last Allianz League Division 1B Round game.

The season to date has been greatly disappointing for new boss Pat Gilroy, losing to Offaly, Limerick and Galway, and only narrowly beating Antrim in Round 2.

Sadly for Laois, they now stare relegation head on, with their division safety in the balance.

From the very opening of the game the result was rarely in doubt, with Paul Winters goal attempt going to the right and wide of Laois keeper Enda Rowland. The resulting puck out though was caught by Donal Burke, who immediately sent it over to get Dublin on a run of five unanswered scores.

Cha Dwyer’s 9th minute score got Laois up and running by they had no hold on the proceedings whatsoever as Burke, Fiontan McGibb (2) and Danny Sutcliffe all chalked points on the board before Ryan O’Dwyer found the left corner off a wonderful touch from Ronan Hayes to get Dublin’s first of three goals.

Moments later, Paul Winters was denied again, but the resulting ’65 was despatched again by Burke putting Dublin 0-11 clear with 15 to go in the half.

On the half hour Laois had scored 0-03 unanswered thanks to Neil Foyle, Rowland and Dwyer, but Burke (2) and Hayes responded, leaving Dublin 0-12 clear going into Half Time on a score of 1-15 to 0-06.

The hosts registered the first two scores of the second half, but Burke (2), Hayes and O’Dwyer responded emphatically before Laois would score another 0-05. Paul Ryan entered the frey, replacing Winters and with his first touch got Dublin back in the groove.

Ronan Hayes’ first goal, a ball he pulled on after it broke from McGibb, put 0-12 between the sides with 8 minutes of normal time still to play. Two minutes later Burke made it 0-13 before a spirited Laois responded with a converted free.

Unfortunately for the O’Moore county, things were about to get worse as Hayes, once again, won possession on the edge of the square and rounded Rowland to tap the ball into an empty net. Game over.

One more point each saw the game go into 3 minutes additional time, but the damage had been well and truly done as Dublin walked off the O’Moore Park pitch, knowing they had saved their season and will now face Tipperary next weekend in the League Quarter finals. For Laois, it’s a date with Antrim to play for the Division 1B safety.

Laois Scorers:
PJ Scully 0-06 (4f)
C Dwyer 0-03
R King 0-03 (2f)
N Foyle 0-02
E Rowland 0-01 (1f)
B Conroy 0-01
P Purcell 0-01

Dublin Scorers:
D Burke 0-11 (6f, 1 ’65’)
R Hayes 2-04
R O’Dwyer 1-01
F McGibb 0-02
C Keaney 0-01
D Sutcliffe 0-01
J McCaffrey 0-01
P Ryan 0-01
C McBride 0-01

E Rowland
J Phelan
L Bergin
L Cleere
P Lawlor
M Whelan
E Killeen
J Ryan
P Purcell
B Conroy
C Dwyer
W Dunphy
R King
N Foyle
M Kavanagh

Laois Subs:
C Stapleton for Cleere (20 mins)
PJ Scully for Kavanagh (33 mins)
C Taylor for Killeen (33 mins)
E Lyons for Purcell (69 mins)
C Phelan for J Phelan (69 mins)

A Nolan
P Smyth
B O’Carroll
E O’Donnell
S Barrett
C Crummey
J McCaffrey
C Costello
F McGibb
D Burke
C Keaney
D Sutcliffe
R Hayes
R O’Dwyer
P Winters

Dublin Subs:
J Madden for Barrett (24 mins)
C O’Sullivan for O’Dwyer (47)
P Ryan (0-1) for Winters (58)
R McBride for Keaney (63)
C McBride (0-1) for Costello (67)