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AHL Div 1B Relegation playoff: LAOIS 1-30 KERRY 4-20 2017-04-01 23:27:00

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B relegation play/off

LAOIS 1-30 KERRY 4-20

By Rory Delaney at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise Courtesy of GAA.ie

Laois came through an epic extra time showdown with Kerry to secure their Allianz Hurling League Division 1B status at O'Moore Park on Saturday night.

The game could hardly have started in a more dramatic fashion, with both teams pointing inside two minutes before Laois were reduced to 14 men. Neil Foyle was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball clash with Tom Murnane, with the home side facing into practically the entire game at a numerical disadvantage.

If they were worried they didn't show it, as they hit the next three points through Leigh Bergin, Ross King and Paddy Purcell to surge ahead. Kerry responded through Patrick Kelly and Jack Goulding, before King got his second for Laois, from a free.

With the wind at their backs, Laois went three ahead, but that lead was soon wiped out, however, when Jordan Conway fielded a high ball, turned his marker and fired past Enda Rowland for a Kerry goal, 1-4 to 0-7 now after 18 minutes.

The Laois response was impressive, as Paddy Purcell and Ross King (2) sent them in front once more, before Cha Dwyer's long range free crept over the line for a goal.

Buoyed by that fortuitous major, Laois piled on the pressure, and King, John Lennon and Ryan Mullaney all pointed to see them go eight in front. They couldn't hold that lead to the break though, as Patrick Kelly lashed a loose ball in the Laois penalty area to the net.

Laois cancelled out that goal by rattling off three points without reply when play resumed, and they were comfortable for most of the half until Kerry came roaring back. Padraig Boyle rattled the net with a 21 yard free and then, with the last act of the game he scored another goal making it 4-14 to 1-23, and extra time was needed.

Captain Ross King came to the fore in the extra time for Laois, hitting four points to help his side into a three point lead at the midway point.

Kerry got back level late on, but Aidan Corby and Paddy Purcell struck for Laois to see them to a famous win.

Scorers for Laois: Ross King 0-13 (7fs), Willie Dunphy 0-3 (1 sl), Patrick Purcell 0-3, Cha Dwyer 1-0 (f), Stephen Maher 0-2, Leigh Bergin, Ryan Mullaney, Cha Dwyer, Aidan Corby, Enda Rowland (f), Paddy Whelan, John Lennon, Liam O'Connell, Ciaran Collier 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: Padraig Boyle 2-3 (1-2fs), Patrick Kelly 1-4, Colum Harty 0-5, Shane Nolan 0-4 (3fs), Jordan Conway 1-0, Daniel Collins, Jack Goulding, John Buckley, Keith Carmody 0-1 each.

LAOIS: Enda Rowland; Lee Cleere, Leigh Bergin, Cahir Healy; Liam O'Connell, Cha Dwyer, Ryan Mullaney; Ross King, Patrick Purcell; Cian Taylor, John Lennon, Ben Conroy; Willie Dunphy, Neil Foyle, Stephen Maher.

Subs: Ciaran Collier for O'Connell (42), Aaron Dunphy for Conroy (57), Patrick Whelan for Lennon (63), Sean Downey for Mullaney (67), A Corby for Cleere (70 mins), Stephen Bergin for Maher (72), Eanna Lyons for Dunphy (78, inj), Stephen Maher for Taylor (83), Jack Kelly for King (93, inj).

KERRY: Martin Stackpoole; James O'Connor, Tom Murnane, Sean Weir; Daniel Collins, Bryan Murphy, Darren Dineen; Paudie O'Connor, John Buckley; Shane Nolan, Patrick Kelly, Michael O'Leary; Jordan Conway, Padraig Boyle, Jack Goulding.

Subs: Mikey Boyle for Goulding (41), Colum Harty for O'Leary (46), Keith Carmody for Nolan (54), Maurice O'Connor for Conway (56), Philip Lucid for M O'Connor (87).

REFEREE: Paud O'Dwyer (Carlow).

Kerry Senior Hurling Team V Laois – Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Relegation Play-off - O’Moore Park Portlaoise Saturday Apr 1st 2017 

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Laois in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Relegation play-off in O’Moore Park Portlaoise on Saturday (7pm)  shows two changes in personnel from the side defeated by Offaly in Round 5. Brendan O’Leary and Mikey Boyle come into the side with Shane Nolan and Jordan Conway the players to make way.

The team captained by Daniel Collins of Kilmoyley is as follows:


1 Martin Stackpoole              Lixnaw

2 James O’Connor                Abbeydorney

3 Tom Murnane                    Kilmoyley

4 Sean Weir                                       Crotta O’Neills

5 Daniel Collins         (C)       Kilmoyley

6 Bryan Murphy                   Causeway

7 Darren Dineen                    St Brendans

8 Paudie O’Connor               Kilmoyley

9 Jack Goulding                    Ballyduff

10 Brendan O’Leary             Abbeydorney

11 Patrick Kelly                     Clarecastle

12 Colum Harty                     Causeway

13 John Buckley                    Lixnaw

14 Mikey Boyle                      Ballyduff

15 Padraig Boyle                   Ballyduff


Fir Ionaid:

16 Aiden McCabe                Kilmoyley        

17 Keith Carmody                Causeway

18 James Godley                   Kilmoyley

19 Tomás O’Connor             Crotta O’Neills

20 Shane Nolan                     Crotta O’Neills

21 Michael O’Leary              Abbeydorney

22 Philp Lucid                       Ballyheigue

23 Maurice O’Connor          Kilmoyley

24 Jordan Conway                Crotta O’Neills

25 Jason Wallace                   Lixnaw

26 John Geiffin                     Lixnaw

27 Paud Costello                    Ballyduff

28 Rory Horgan                     St Brendans


Bainisteoir: Fintan O’Connor

Coach: Brendan Cummins


Treanálaí: Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)


Róghnóir: Ian Brick (Kilmoyley)


Extended Panel for Saturday’s Game


Daniel O’Carroll                   Ballyduff

Darragh Shanahan               Lixnaw

Liam Mullins                         Lixnaw

Fionán Horgan                      Ardfert

Tommy Casey                        Causeway

Darragh Ryan                       Crotta O’Neills

Ronan O’Donovan                Abbeydorney

Stevie O’Sullivan                   Abbeydorney


Unavailable – Rehabbing from Injury

Jason Diggins                          Causeway

Stephen Murphy                     Causeway

Kerry take on Laois in Allianz Hurling League Div 1B Relegation Playoff

This result against Offaly on Sunday last unfortunately means that Kerry must now face a relegation play off where they will meet Laois once again. 

Under the rules of the competition, Laois will have home advantage because they have only played two home matches thus far in the League whereas Kerry have played three – the reverse of the situation last year when Kerry had home advantage in a similar situation.

 The game will go ahead at Portlaoise on Saturday at 7pm. 

Kerry have had the measure of Laois in recent time winning the Round 1 games played both last year and this year and also getting the better of the midlanders in the relegation playoff last year.