Westmeath captain Ger Egan led his team to a convincing win over Laois in their Division 2 clash. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A strong finish enabled Westmeath to open their Division 2 campaign with what may prove to be a precious victory against Laois in Mullingar yesterday (...)

Tipperary’s Barry Grogan (left) celebrates scoring a late goal with Peter Acheson in the  All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier Series Round 3A game at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When the last tale is told of Championship 2014, make sure there’s room for a mention of a manic night in Portlaoise. Let the people know that whateve(...)

Ross Munnelly of Laois wins the ball ahead of Wicklow’s  Rory Finn at Aughrim. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Laois 0-21 Wicklow 1-11Strange how so pretty a setting can serve up something so mundane. Aughrim seems such a natural playground for football, even i(...)

Laois’s Padraig Clancy will attempt to fill a huge void in midfield in the absence of Brendan Quigley. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

GAVIN CUMMISKEYThe luck of the draw means either Carlow or Laois will stay afloat for a while yet. On the evidence of both counties opening round coll(...)