Laois retain Division 1B status and send Kerry packing to the third tier in epic clash

Antrim and Meath also sealed league hurling honours today.

Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

EXTRA-TIME WAS needed to separate these teams, but nobody was complaining such was the quality of hurling on offer.

Laois’s 1-30 to 4-20 victory over Kerry consigned the Kingdom to Division 2A hurling in 2017, but you’d suspect hurling came a close second to Laois in the winning stakes at O’Moore Park.

It was a remarkable contest. Laois suffered a huge blow early on when lost Neil Foyle to a red card inside the opening five minutes. Cha Dwyer’s goal left them 1-12 to 1-4 in front at half-time, with Jordan Conway hitting the net for Kerry.

Paddy Kelly and Padraig Boyle raised green flags for the away side in the second-half, but they still trailed by three entering the final seconds of the game.

Then stepped up Paddy Kelly, who netted with the last puck of the regulation 70 minutes to force extra-time.

The afters were equally dramatic, but a flurry of scores from Roddy King were vital as Laois came out on top.

Simon McCrory lifts the trophy Source: Presseye/John McIlwaine/INPHO

Antrim earned the Division 2A crown and sealed promotion to 1B with a 2-12 to 0-15 win over Carlow in Páirc Esler, Newry.

First-half goals from Eoghan Campbell and Neil McManus (penalty) sent the Saffrons onto a four-point half-time lead.

Marty Kavanagh and Paul Coady helped Carlow back to within two points on 68 minutes, but Antirm held out to seal the league honours

In the Division 2B decider, Meath enjoyed a 4-24 to 2-15 win over Wicklow at Parnell Park.

Mark O’Sullivan bagged a brace of first-half goals for Meath, with three-pointers from George O’Brien and Andy O’Brien left Wicklow trailing by 2-9 to 2-6 at the interval.

Meath kicked on in the second-half and O’Sullivan completed his hat-trick before Neil Heffernan netted Meath’s fourth.

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Hurling results

Division 1B relegation playoff
Laois 1-30 Kerry 4-20

Division 2A final
Antrim 2-12 Carlow 0-15

Division 2B final
Meath 2-24 Wicklow 2-15

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