Eddie Brennan’s first competitive game in charge of the Laois senior hurlers resulted in a 2-16 to 1-16 Walsh Cup victory over neighbours Offaly in Birr today.
The O’Moore County overturned a three-point half-time deficit (0-8 to 1-8) to take the spoils.
Sean Dolan’s goal separated the sides at the break but second-half three pointers from Stephen ‘Picky’ Maher and Aaron Bergin were key ingredients in the visitors’ winning formula.
Maher (1-3) shared the scoring honours with PJ Scully who was responsible for six points of his team's winning tally.
Dolan also registered 1-3 for the Faithful County.
Laois - E Rowland; A Mortimer, L Bergin, D Hartnett; M Whelan, R Mullaney (0-1), P Delaney; C Stapleton (0-1), PJ Scully (0-6, 3f, 1‘65, 1sl); S Maher (1-3), P Keating, A Dunphy (0-1); C Dwyer, W Dunphy (0-1), A Bergin (1-0). Subs: C Comerford (0-1) for C Stapleton, E Lyons (0-2) for C Dwyer, J Kelly for L Bergin, D Comerford for A Mortimer, S Bergin for A Bergin, E Gaughan for P Keating.
Offaly - E Cahill (0-1f); D Healy, B Conneely, P Rigney; E Grogan, M Egan (0-1), C Taylor; D Nally (0-2), S Kinsella (0-2); A Treacy (0-3, 2f, 1'65), S Dolan (1-3), P Guinan; O Kelly (0-1), J Gorman (0-2), K Dunne. Subs: D Murray (0-1) for K Dunne, T Spain for P Rigney, C Egan for A Treacy.
Referee - B Nea.