Laois brush aside Kildare to keep Joe McDonagh Cup hopes alive

May 06, 2023

Laois' James Keyes Credit ©INPHO/Evan Treacy

Laois kept their hopes of a place in the Joe McDonagh Cup final alive with a dominant 1-23 to 0-11 win over neighbours Kildare in Portlaoise this afternoon.

Mossy Keyes’ goal late in the first-half shot the hosts towards a 1-10 to 0-4 lead at the break and they wouldn’t look back from there as they went on to deal the Lilywhites their fourth consecutive defeat.

The points of Stephen Maher, Ross King and Stephen Bergin helped to build-up the O’Moore men’s 0-9 to 0-3 lead before a superb strike from Keyes saw them moving nine clear in the 33rd minute.

Declan Flaherty and David Qualter (free) pulled back points for the visitors early in the restart but Willie Maher’s men got motoring again via scores from Maher and King and more from Martin Phelan (2), Maher and James Duggan would round off the 15-point win.

Next Saturday sees Laois travelling to Tralee to take on Kerry as they look to stay in the hunt for a final berth in the competition.

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