Dublin were seven scores clear before John Hetherton found the net and killed tonight’s Walsh Cup clash

John Hetherton - Walsh Cup

Dublin 1-28
Laois 0-17
Parnell Park

John Hetherton returned to Dublin action in style scoring 1-03 to ultimately take the game away from Laois in Parnell Park, sending Dublin into the Walsh Cup Semi Final against Galway. Laois pushed the Dubs close on a few occasions, but as we’ve witnessed in the last two round robin games, the second half strength and drive once again saw the over the line in style.

Mattie Kenny’s side made the most of the opening exchanges with some pressure from their opponents. Before the 10th minute mark the home side were four points clear at 0-05 to 0-01. An Oisin O’Rorke free got the first light on the board followed quickly by a Tomás Conolly point.

A Laois converted free was by three unanswered scores. Ronan Hayes put a lovely score over off his left. Cian Boland sent one in from under that stand side of the ground, and a well placed pass from Jake Malone set Eamonn Dillon up for his first of the game.

Three Laois frees over a four minute spell saw the men from the O’Moore County close the gap again to a solitary score, but Dublin would score the next five on the bounce.

A foul on Rian McBride gave O’Rorke an opportunity to convert his second free. Fergal Whitely opened his account from a Cian Boland pass. Three minutes later O’Rorke found Connolly in space and he made no mistake. Dillon sent a lovely score over from the terrace sideline. And John Hetherton got too a breaking ball to score thirteenth score and their last of the half. Laois got the last two, one from play and free to end the half trading Dublin by 0-13 to 0-07

Hedgo finds the net and ends Laois’s chances

Dublin struck first after the break when Tomas Connolly took a neat lay off from James Madden. He struck again from the sideline to stretch out Dublin’s lead to nine points. Half time sub Donal Burke made that a ten point lead when Jake Malone played the Na Fianna man on. Dublin had to endure five Laois scores before Marc Howard stopped the run with a great catch and turn score. Immediately after Alan Nolan found David Keogh in Midfield and he despatched the ball between the uprights.

With Laois closing the gap to four, Oisin O’Rorke was fouled and he quickly converted his own free. Connolly followed quickly with an up and over to keep the scoreboard ticking in Dublin’s favour.

John Hetherton made his presence felt in a three minute spell, first scoring two points and then leathering the net to raise a green flag and put the game out of the reach of the opponents. Chris Crummey, Alex O’Neill, O’Rorke, Lorcan McMullan and Marc Howard put the icing on the already baked cake to see Dublin run out clear fourteen point winners and the Semi Final slot secured against Galway, winning all three of their round games.

Scorers For Dublin

John Hetherton 1-03
Oisin O’Rorke 0-05 (4f)
Tomas Connolly 0-05
Eamonn Dillon 0-03
Fergal Whitely 0-03
Mark Howard 0-02
Ronan Hayes 0-01
Cian Boland 0-01
Donal Burke 0-01
David Keogh 0-01
Chris Crummey 0-01
Alex O’Neill 0-01
Lorcan McMullan 0-01

Scorers for Laois:

Ross King 0-07 (0-4f)
Aaron Bergin 0-02
Aaron Dunphy0-02
James Ryan 0-02
Patrick Keating 0-01
Stephen Bergin 0-01
Enda Rowland 0-01 (0-1f)
Ciaran Stapleton 0-01

Dublin:

1. Alan Nolan
2. Andrew Dunphy
3. Paddy Smyth
4. James Madden
17. Cian O’Callaghan
6. Daire Gray
7. Jake Malone
10. Fergal Whitely
12. Ronan Hayes
8. Riain McBride
25. Cian Boland
9. Tom Connolly
13. Oisín O’Rorke
22. John Hetherton
15. Eamonn Dillon

Dublin Substitutes:

Chris Crummey for Gray (HT)
Marc Howard for O’Rorke (HT)
Kevin Burke for Smyth (HT)
Lorcan McMullan for Whitely (HT)
Donal Burke for Boland (HT)
David Keogh for Hayes (41)
Paul Crummey for O’Callaghan (47)
O’Rorke for Dillon (47)
Alex O’Neill for McBride (52)
Luke Corcoran for Malone (55)
Enda O’Donnell for Connolly (60)
Tomas Connolly for Madden (68)

Laois

1. Enda Rowland
2. Liam Senior
3. Frank Flanagan
17. Daniel Comerford
5. Jack Kelly
4. Donncha Hartnett
6. Ryan Mullaney
8. Fiachra Fennell
9. Ciaran Comerford
11. Aaron Dunphy
22. James Keyes
12. James Ryan
13. Patrick Keating
14. Ross King
12. Aaron Bergin

Laois Substitutes:

Paddy Purcell for Keyes (HT)
Padraig Delaney for Bergin (HT)
Colm Stapleton for Mullaney (47)
Stephen Bergin for Keating (47)
Eoin Gaughan for Comerford (55)
Mark Hennessey for Ryan (67)