Dublin v Laois - Oisin O'Rorke

Danny Sutcliffe and Sean Moran push Dublin over the finish line against Laois in horrendous conditions

 

Dublin 0-13
Laois 0-11

It’s four wins from five games for Mattie Kenny’s first Allianz Hurling League campaign as Dublin manager, as the boys in blue dug deep in the rain and mud to clinch a win right at the death. Trailing by a score with five minutes of normal time to go, Danny Sutcliffe sent over two points in quick succession and a Sean Moran converted ’65 topped off a win to see the Dubs comfortably into the last eight of the competition.

But with the games between Waterford and Galway, plus the Division 1A games between Wexford, Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary all postponed by the bad weather, we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out who they’ll play in the quarter finals.

Certainly not a game for the purists, Laois came here to push Dublin to the limit and aid their own cause to stake a claim on a Quarter Final slot. That has been helped by Offaly securing their only win of the campaign against Carlow, meaning Laois will take the final last eight slot from the Division. But they didn’t help themselves losing Charles Dwyer to a second yellow card with 15 minutes to play today.

Laois start strong and conquer first session

Like their Walsh Cup encounter, Laois started today with a lot of aggression, powering into a 0-07 to 0-03 lead after the first 15 minutes. But between the conditions and Dublin eventually getting on top of their attack they’d only muster four more scores for the rest of the game. David Treacy produced three free conversions to see them close the gap to 0-01 as the half finished 0-07 to 0-06 in Laois’ favour.

Substitute Oisin O’Rorke got the second half underway with a beautiful score from a tight angle followed a great finish from Shane Barrett who ran right down the middle opening up Laois. Dublin kept the lead for another couple of minutes and more balls were spilled and rucks fell apart as the weather got worse.

Paddy Purcell equalised and Charles Dwyer put Laois’ noses ahead again. And by the thirteenth a Mark Kavanagh free had the visitors two ahead again. Dublin rallied once more. Cian Boland was two minutes on the pitch when he registered a score from distance, and O’Rorke again pounced to level the game. Kavanagh scored the final score for Laois on seventeen minutes just before they lost Dwyer to a red card.

It was clear both sides were struggling in pools of mud and water which stifled the action completely for the remainder of the game but Sutcliffe and Moran had enough left to carve out the win and see Mattie Kenny’s side over the line and in a great position before the quarter finals.

Scorers for Dublin:

David Treacy 0-03 (3f)
Danny Sutcliffe 0-03
Oisin O’Rorke 0-02
Sean Moran 0-02 (2f)
John Hetherton 0-01
Shane Barrett 0-01
Cian Boland 0-01

Scorers for Laois:

Mark Kavanagh 0-04 (3f)
Charles Dwyer 0-02
Sean Downey 0-01
Willie Dunphy 0-01
Aaron Dunpny 0-01
Enda Rowland0-01 (1f)
Paddy Purcell 0-01

Dublin:

1. Sean Brennan
2. Paddy Smyth
3. Eoghan O’Donnell
4. Daire Gray
17. James Madden
6. Sean Moran
7. Shane Barrett
8. Jake Malon
9. Riain McBride
10. David Treacy
11. Danny Sutcliffe
12. John Hetherton
13. Paul Ryan
14. Liam Rushe
23. Donal Burke

Dublin Substitutes:

22. Oisin O’Rorke for Ryan (HT)
20. Cian Boland for Malone (47)
15. Eamonn Dillon for Burke (47)
24. Ronan Hayes for Hetherton (53)
25. Fergal Whitely for Treacy (64)

Laois:

1. Enda Rowland
2. Joe Phelan
3. Matthew Whelan
5. Lee Cleere
4. Donncha Hartnett
6. Ryan Mullaney
7. Padraig Delaney
8. Charles Dwyer
9. Sean Downey
10. Aaron Dunphy
11. Mark Kavanagh
12. Paddy Purcell
13. Willie Dunphy
14. Neil Foyle
15. Stephen Maher

Laois Substitutes:

24. Stephen Bergin for Willie Dunphy (24)
17. Jack Kelly for Maher (52)
25. Patrick Keating for Foyle (62)
20. Conor Phelan for Downey (73)