Corden Cup (U/20 Football) Rd 2
By Gavin Cooper
IN a game where the first half was very competitive, the Laois U/20 football team pulled away in the second half to win their second successive game against a tough Tipperary team in O’Moore Park on Saturday.
Laois got their first score of the game after Ronan Coffey was fouled and Diarmuid Whelan tapped over the resulting free. Whelan got his second point after good patient build-up.
Tipperary’s Adam McGrath earned a penalty after being hauled down by Matthew Byron and Sean O’Connor slotted it down the middle to give his side an early lead. Adam McGrath extended Tipperary’s lead after he tapped over a free.
Whelan supplied full forward Dan McCormack with a sublime pass and the O’Dempsey’s man raised the white flag. Tipperary were looking dangerous on the counter-attack and almost had their second goal only for Cian O’Sullivan’s shot to hit the bar. O’Connor tapped over the rebound. Shane Doyle scored a point to extend the lead to three.
The big full forward was causing havoc in the square and scored a fine goal after Whelan’s shot went across the square and McCormack was there to tap it home.
Tipperary responded with a fine score Mark O’Meara before Laois got their second goal courtesy of Michael Doran having been assisted by a wonderful hand-pass from Michael Dempsey. O’Connor hit back with a free to leave Tipperary trailing by one.
Laois responded well and scored four unanswered points as they began to take control of the game. Laois almost had their third goal only for the width of the post denied Owens. Doran tapped over the rebound. Whelan was immaculate from frees and tapped over another free.
O’Connor pointed another free to keep the scoreboard ticking. The final score of the first half was a thing of beauty as Colin Slevin kicked a high ball into McCormack who hand passed to Owens who pointed to give Laois a five-point lead at the break.
Doran opened Laois’s account in the second half. He then raised the green flag for the second time after a great run by Owens through the Tipperary defence. Coffey tapped before PJ Daly raised the white flag.
McCormack got his second goal after a long ball in by Dean Brophy. He then completed his hat-trick after Eoin Dunne passed across the goal for him to bury it in the net. Owens got Laois’s sixth goal after he turned his man and fired to the net.
O’Connor tapped over three frees for the away side as they offered very little in the second-half. Brophy raised the white flag before Doran and Dempsey pointed to complete the rout.
LAOIS: Matthew Byron (Courtwood); Kevin Byrne ( Ballylinan), Seamus Lacey (Ballylinan), Alex Mohan (Portarlington); Colin Slevin (Portarlington), Jack Lacey (St Joseph’s), Dean Brophy (0-1 St Joseph’s-); PJ Daly (0-1 The Heath), Eoin Dunne (Rosenallis); Michael Dempsey (0-1 St Joseph’s), Michael Doran (2-3 Killeshin), Ronan Coffey (0-1 Portarlington); Jack Owens (1-2; 0-1f Emo), Daniel McCormack (3-1)(O’Dempsey’s), Diarmuid Whelan (1-4; 0-3fs Ballyroan Abbey)
Subs: Eoin Kennedy (Portarlington) for Byrne (33m), Bernard Wheatley (St Joseph’s) for Coffey (41m), Jack Owens (Clonaslee/St Manman’s) for Mohan (50m), (Barry Howlin (O’Dempsey’s) for Dunne (50m), Sean Condon (Clonaslee/St Manman’s) for Whelan (54m), Paddy Walsh (Killeshin) for Owens (54m)
TIPPERARY: Kuba Beben; Liam Cleary, Jack Harney, Darragh Bolger; Mark O’Meara, Darragh O’Leary, Eanna McBride; Kevin Gorgan, Luke Fogarty; Kevin Hayes, Cian O’Sullivan, Tommy McDonagh; Adam McGrath (0-1;0-1fs), Shane Doyle (0-1), Sean O’Connor (1-6;0-5fs)
Subs: Cormac Maher for McDonagh (38m), Brian Quirke for Beben (40m), Conor Fahy for Darragh Bolger (40m)