Laois faced double disappointment when both their hurling and football teams were knocked out of the championship. Dublin accounted for the hurlers, beating them by four points, while neighbours Westmeath tasted victory over the footballers with a similar margin
In the hurling match neither team wanted a second replay, so it was always likely that there would be a winner today. Dublin were more disciplined than in the drawn march, so Laois had few frees in scoreable position. Indeed it was Laois who were guilty of giving away an advantage when they had a man sent off after twenty minutes. One of the few frees that Dublin gave away was taken by Niall Rigney, who overall had a disappointing day. He took the free on the 21 which was saved by a Dublin Defender, but was eventually forced across the line by oncoming forwards. Dublin scored two goals, both from rebounded McGrane frees. They went behind in the second half, but fought back, being spurred on when they were reduced to 14 men ten minutes from the end. Tomas McGrane proved to be a valuable asset for Dublin, pointing a total of eight frees. Sean Duignan did well in attack for Dublin and was substituted with two minutes to go, while Ger Ennis also played well up front.
In the football, Westmeath were the opposition. The teams exchanged points in the early stages, with neither team able to dominate. Westmeath took control eventually and went into commanding lead of four points. Dolan had a penalty saved on 8 minutes, with Fergal Byron well equal to it. Byron made another valuable interception on 30 minutes when Dolan looked certain to net the ball. Chris Conway missed his first free, taken from the 45 but it dropped short. Indeed Laois went on to miss several valuable opportunities, including a 21metre free, just outside the square. At the end of the 1st half, Laois had some valuable possession, but failed to capitalise. With his team down by four points, George Doyle was introduced into the Laois midfield, and had an immediate impact as he set up an early point for Dunne. The game became scrappy in with each side guilty of some niggling fouls, and while Laois closed the gap on Westmeath, they never overhauled them. Michael Lawlor of Laois and Ger Heavin of Westmeath were both sent for early showers in quick succession, both as a result of second bookable offences. Laois narrowed the gap to three points with a minute to go, but in injury time Flanagan won the ball in middle of the park and scored to leave the Westmeath men four points clear at the end.