Laois’s goals proved decisive in the Gerry Reilly Leinster U16 Shield Final
Laois 2-8 Wicklow 0-7
Laois claimed victory in the Gerry Reilly Leinster U16 Shield Final played in Millbrook, Oldcastle on Saturday afternoon with a blitz in the last quarter which saw them score 2 crucial goals.
Laois had the strong wind advange in the first half, but it was Wicklow had the first scoring chance when their goal attempt was deflected for a 45. Laois got the first score when Colin Dunne pointed. Joe Mills equalised for Wicklow, But Colin Dunne put Laois ahead with 2 points(1f). Wicklow’s, Joe Mills second point before DJ White pointed from a free to leave 2 between the sides at the break
H/T: Laois 04 Wicklow 0-2
Wicklow now had the wind and went on to lead for the first time with 4 points added to Laois’s single point.
But then when Colin Dunne got Laois’s first goal in the final quarter, they got on top and Wicklow seemed to tire. Wicklow never gave up, but the result was put beyond any doubt with Adam Burns second goal for Laois as time ran out.
Laois’s Captain, Colin Dunne was presented with both the Gerry Reilly Shield Trophy & the ‘Man of the match’ award by Martin Blake (representing the sponsors of the tournament, Briody Bedding)
Scorers for Laois: Colin Dunne (1-4,2f),Adam Burns (1-0),Oisin Hooney (0-2), Ross Merdith & DJ White(f) (0-1) each
Scorers for Wicklow: Joe Mill (0-3,1f), Daniel Cooney, Joe Prendergast, Ross Quinn & Niall O’Connor (0-1) each
Laois: Josh Kelly Crettyard, Sam Quinn BallyroanAbbey, Kian Lawler Graiguecullen, Dan Daly The Heath, Ben Dempsey Portlaoise, Simon Fingleton Park Ratheneska, Padraig Rafter Rathdowney, Ben Reddin Portlaoise, Oisin Hooney St Josephs, Josh Hogan Portlaoise, Brian Smith Portlaoise, Ross Meredith Emo, DJ White Portlaoise, Colin Dunne ArlesKileen, Odhran Delaney BallyroanAbbey
Subs/Panel: Sam Birrane Portlaoise, Adam Burns Portarlington, Conor Heffernan Clonaslee St Manmans, Lee Day Barrowhouse, Darragh Scully Clonaslee St Manmans, Eoin Culleton Ballyfin, Dylan Murphy Portarlington, Lee Byrne Graiguecullen, Conor Kelly Graiguecullen, Sean Fitzpatrick BallyroanAbbey, Adam Delaney St Josephs, Jack Tobin Portlaoise, Kai Byrne Mountmellick, Finn Culleton Mountmellick, Davin McEvoy BallyroanAbbey, PJ Ward Portarlington.
Wicklow: Sean O’Neill Eire Og, Mark Evans St. Patrick’s, Ross Quinn Rathnew, Jean Luc Morris St Kevins, Matt Nolan An Tochar, Luke O’Brien Blessington, Shane Collins Kilcoole, Daniel Cooney Blessington, Joe Prendergast Eire Og, Liam O’Neill Coolkenno, , Micky O’Rourke St Nicholas, Niall O’Connor Baltinglass, Joe Mills St Nicholas, Eoin Doyle Rathnew, Noah Sheridan Ashford
Subs/Panel: Daniel Silke Featherson Blessington, JP Nolan An Tochar, Hugh O’Toole Baltinglass, Cormac McGraynor Avondale, Cian Timmons An Tochar, Andrew Nolan An Tochar, Oisin Morrissey Michael Dwyers, Rory O’Dare Tinahely, Shane Arthur Derry Gaels, Sean Harmon Michael Dwyers, Ryan Kavanagh St Patricks, Conor Murphy Bray Emmet, Ewan Cultbert Rathnew, Patrick Murphy Tinahely, Stephen Connolly Baltinglass, Sam Bishop Ashford, Oisin Gorman Tinahely, Brandon Hanlon AGB, Calum Mutton Tinahely, Mickey O’Toole Blessington, Ryan Delamere An Tochar, Conor Byrne Derry Gaels, Niall Sheehan An Tochar, Kevin Leonard Barndarrig, Neil O’Galloighoir Blessington .
Ref: Padraig Boylan (Meath)