Dublin 0-25 Laois 0-16
Dublin have advanced to a Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final meeting with Kilkenny after what was a comfortable 0-25 to 0-16 victory against Laois at Nowlan park on Sunday afternoon.
In the end, the Dubs won the game at their ease as they pulled away from their opponents, but for long periods Laois kept with
the Metropolitans before wilting in the closing stages, having had to play most of the second half with 14 men.
The strength of Dublin’s scoring spread is best indicated by the fact that their top scorer, Alan McCrabbe, scored five points, with the burden willingly shared by what was a very impressive forward division.
Dublin led by 0-10 to 0-8 at half-time, the sides level on no less than six occasions. Laois did have plenty of possession but a tally of eight wides for them – compared with one for Dublin – meant that they trailed.
McCrabbe accounted for three of Anthony Daly’s side’s scores in that opening period, Shane Durkin getting two while Willie Hyland was Laois’s main source of white flags, notching four while John Brophy scored two.
With both defences impressing, goal chances were hard to come by, but there was still all to play for as the sides
Laois suffered a blow early in the second half though when captain Brian Campion was sent off for a second bookable offence and, taking advantage of the numerical superiority, Dublin had increased the lead to 0-14 to 0-10 within 10 mintues of the restart.
The O’Moore County continued to shoot some poor wides, though Zane Keenan and Hyland both managed to find the target but Dublin were still more fluent and efficient, coming by scores more easily, Liam Rushe and McCrabbe both featuring as the lead increased by 0-18 to 0-12 with 13 minutes remaining.
Laois did pull that back to 0-19 to 0-15, but four in a row from Dublin – by Simon Lambert, Shane Durkin and Peter Kelly (two) – more or less put the outcome of the game to bed, Laois’s day getting worse when sub Colin Delaney was dismissed late on.