Rathdowney-Errill of Laois thrash Offaly’s St Rynagh’s
Good times continue for Laois hurling with Mark Kavanagh on fire at O’Moore Park
Mark Kavanagh inspired Rathdowney-Errill to victory over St Rynagh’s. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
Rathdowney-Errill 4-16 St Rynagh’s 0-10
The good times continue for Laois hurling as Rathdowney-Errill recorded their first ever Leinster club championship win thanks to an impressive triumph over Offaly champions St Rynagh’s in O’Moore Park.
The scoreline in the end may have been harsh on the Banagher club but they collapsed after the sending off of wing-back Paul Quirke, as Rathdowney-Errill finished with a flourish to eventually have 18 points to spare at the final whistle.
Mark Kavanagh was in top form in the opening half as he hit seven points from placed balls - including two delightfully struck sideline cuts from either side of the field.
St Ryanagh’s upped their game early in the second half but failed to take their chances and Rathdowney-Errill settled after points from James Ryan and Shane Dollard.
Quirke got his marching orders midway through the half for a strike on Paddy McCane and Rathdowney-Errill powered on from there with Ross King hitting two goals, James Ryan one and a Mark Kavanagh penalty bringing his tally to 1-10.
They now go forward to play Carlow champions St Mullins in two weeks time.
Rathdowney-Errill: D Madden; J Corrigan, B Campion, J Purcell; J Fitzpatrick (0-1), J Kelly, E Killeen; P Purcell (0-2), J Keane; E Bourke, S Dollard (0-1), J Ryan (1-1); P McCane, R King (2-0), M Kavanagh (1-10, 1-0 pen, 0-7 frees, 0-2 sidelinecut, 0-1 ‘65). Subs: B McGinley (0-1) for Bourke (HT), S Madden for McCane (47 min), R Bowe for Dollard (55), K O’Dea for Corrigan (55).
St Rynagh’s: C Clancy; S Wynne, C Hernon, D Shortt; M Moloney, B Conneely, P Quirke; G Kelly, J O’Connor; S Dolan, C Flannery, S Quirke; A Treacy (0-6, five frees), G Conneely, A Kenny. Subs: L O’Connor for Flannery (42 min), O Hickey (0-1) for S Quirke (50), G Scales (0-1) for Treacy (55).
Referee: Gearoid McGrath (Wexford).