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Laois and Wexford begin campaigns with victory

The Walsh Cup got under way today with the O’Moore side and Model men prevailing in their respective clashes.

Laois manager Seamus Plunkett.
Laois manager Seamus Plunkett.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

LAOIS AND WEXFORD are off the mark for 2016 with victories in their respective Walsh Cup battles today.

Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett’s Laois side saw off Antrim by 3-17 to 1-19 in an entertaining contest.

Laois scored two early goals and that ultimately proved the difference as they maintained a buffer over Antrim throughout this Group 2 clash.

Antrim managed to stay in touch until the end but couldn’t get close enough to the men from the O’Moore County.

Dublin face UCD on Friday in the group’s next fixture. Three days later Antrim host the Dubs and Laois will welcome UCD.

In Group 3, the Model County were never in too much trouble against IT Carlow following Cathal Dunbar’s goal on 8 minutes, as they ran out 2-17 to 1-13 winners.

They led by eight points at the interval and a second-half goal from Shane Tompkins ensured their victory.

Wexford did have a couple of wobbles however, which included conceding a goal early in the second period, losing Matthew O’Hanlon to a straight red card.

Meath take on Carlow in tomorrow’s other Group 3 fixture. Wexford travel to Navan next weekend to face the Royals and Carlow IT host Carlow.

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