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U21 football championship round-up

Updated: Wednesday, 09 Mar 2016 22:02 | Comments

Evan O'Carroll shone for Laois in their comeback victory
Evan O'Carroll shone for Laois in their comeback victory

There were wins for Laois, Derry, Kerry and Cork in the Eirgrid U21 football championship on Wednesday night.

Laois trailed Wicklow for much of their meeting in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, but staged a second-half comeback to see off the men from the Garden County.

Two first-half goals saw Wicklow lead by 2-6 to 0-7 at halftime, but scores from substitute Evan O'Carroll and Sean Moore were enough to see Laois home by 0-20 to 3-9.

They will face Dublin in a Leinster semi-final in Parnell Park on Saturday 19 March.

In Munster, Kerry did enough to defeat Tipperary in Austin Stack Park in Tralee.

A goal and a point from Liam Casey helped Tipp to a two-point lead after 20 minutes, but the sides entered the dressing rooms on level pegging at 0-6 to 1-3.

A Jack Savage free early in the second half helped the Kingdom into a one point lead and while Tipperary drew level twice, three points in three minutes gave Kerry the breathing room to hold on for a 0-11 to 1-7 victory.

Cork had an easier task against Clare at Cooraclare, eventually running out easy 0-23 to 0-10 winners.

The sides were level on two points apiece after ten minutes, but from there the Rebels pulled clear and were good value for their win.

Kerry advance to face Limerick in a semi-final in Tralee, while Cork will face Waterford in Dungarvan. Both matches are scheduled to take place next Wednesday.

In Ulster, Derry made home advantage count against Antrim in their preliminary round clash.

Three points within the first three minutes gave the Oak Leaf men an early lead which they stretched out over the half to lead by 0-12 to 0-3 at halftime.

Antrim staged a comeback of sorts in the second period, but the damage had been done in the first half as Derry ran out 0-16 to 0-11 winners.

They will now face Donegal in a quarter-final in Ballybofey next Wednesday.

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