Leinster U20 Football Semi-Final: Laois book Leinster final spot with convincing 1-13 to 0-07 win over Meath

Laois 1-13 Meath 0-07 

Laois put in a solid performance against Meath on Tuesday when the sides met at Portlaoise. The O’Moore County men were convincing 9 points winners, winning 1-13 to 0-07. Laois will now face Dublin in the provincial final possibly week. The date and time will be confirmed.

Laois started the game well as scores from Ronan Coffey, Diarmuid Whelan, and Alan Kinsella helped them into a narrow lead as two Luke Mitchell frees kept Meath in touch. Laois had senior stars Mark Barry and Sean O’Flynn in the starting line-up and it was that duo that drove the side on. Laois got the only goal of the game after 10 minutes when taking a pass from his O’Dempsey’s club teammate. Laois led by 8 points with 22 minutes on the clock. Meath failing to score now for 19 minutes, which isn’t going to win inter-county matches. Colin Shelvin, Dan McCormack, Diarmuid Whelan and Mark Barry all registering points. Meath would get a score after 27 minutes with a free from Daithi McGowan. The gap was down to 7 points, Ronan Coffey though got his second point of the game and closed the scoring for the half as Laois went in ahead 1-08 to 0-03.

Laois hit a couple of wides on the resumption. Michael Doran, however, got on the scoreboard to stretch the lead out to 9 points. Jordan Morris responded for Meath before the sides once again hit a couple of wides each. Meath then had a goal chance after 42 minutes through Jordan Conway, but Matthew Byron pulled off a smart save. You may recognise the name he is the son of former Laois keeper Fergal! That meant Meath had a 45 but it was missed. Mark Barry scored to break the scoring duck of 13 minutes without a score for both sides. The gap was out to 1-11 to 0-04 when Jack Owens pointed. Aaron Lynch pointed for Meath before Mark Barry raised his third white flag of the night. The gap was still at 9 points when Matthew Costello pointing. Barry pointed another free for Laois, 6 minutes of additional time was announced. Poor shooting once again came to prominence for both sides before Aaron Lynch kicked over a late free, but the game was well an truly up for Meath.

LAOIS: Matthew Byron; Michael Dowling, Seamus Lacey, Alex Mohan; Colin Slevin (0-1), Sean O’Flynn, Dean Brophy; Robert Tyrell, Eoin Dunne; Mark Barry (0-4, 3f), Michael Doran (0-1), Ronan Coffey (0-2); Alan Kinsella (1-1), Dan McCormack (0-1), Diarmuid Whelan (0-2). Subs: Niall Dunne for Eoin Dunne (Blood 29-HT); Jack Owens (0-1) for Doran (41); Niall Dunne for Tyrell (47); Jason Maher for McCormack (51); Michael Dempsey for Coffey (54); Kevin Byrne for Brophy (61); Bernard Wheatley for Barry (64)

MEATH: Andrew Beakey; Seán Ryan, Robbie Clarke, Cathal Hickey; Eoin Harkin, John Keane, Oisín Martin; Liam Byrne, Cian McBride; Mathew Costello (0-1, 1f), Cian Swaine, Daithí McGowan (0-1, 1f); Jordan Morris (0-1), Connell Aherne, Luke Mitchell (0-2, 2f). Subs: Seán Bannon for Clarke (Black Card 22); Aaron Lynch (0-2, 1f) for McBride (HT); Danny Dixon for Swaine (HT); Cathal Finnegan for Mitchell (HT); Luke Kelly for Martin (42);

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