Laois  have been promoted and have a Division 3 final to look forward to after a hard-earned win over Carlow in O’Moore Park.

A first-half goal from Donie Kingston was crucial while Evan O’Carroll chipped in with eight points as Laois held on for a three-point win and Carlow were relegated to Division 4. 

Carlow got off to a dream start as corner-back Conor Lawlor came up to field to palm to the net after just five minutes.

But Laois recovered well with a Kingston goal a couple of minutes later after a high ball in from Paul Cahillane. 

With O’Carroll, Kieran Lillis, Eoin Lowry and Stephen Attride all on target, Laois led 1-08 to 1-05 at the break.

Paul Broderick, Darragh Foley and Jordan Morrissey all pointed for Carlow in that opening half. 
Laois pushed five points clear at one stage in the second half and despite a strong Carlow effort the home side held on.

Laois: Graham Brody; Mark Timmons, Denis Booth, Stephen Attride (0-01); Gareth Dillon, Robbie Pigott, Trevor Collins; Kevin Meaney, Kieran Lillis (0-01); Eoin Lowry (0-01), Conor Boyle (0-01), Marty Scully; Evan O’Carroll (0-08, 6f), Paul Cahillane (0-02f), Donie Kingston (1-00). 

Subs: Brendan Quigley for Meaney (28), Ross Munnelly (0-01) for Lowry (58), Sean O’Flynn for Booth (60), Colm Murphy for Kingston (68), Paddy O’Sullivan for O’Carroll (73)

Carlow: Robert Sansom; Chris Crowley, Shane Redmond, Conor Lawlor (0-01); Benny Kavanagh, Eoghan Ruth (0-01), Ciaran Moran; Brendan Murphy, Sean Murphy; Jordan Morrissey (0-01), Sean Gannon, Darragh O’Brien; Paul Broderick (0-06, 5f), Darragh Foley (0-03, 2f)), Daniel St Ledger. 

Subs: Conor Crowley (0-01) for O’Brien  (46), John Murphy for Moran and Shane Clarke for Kavanagh (60)

Referee: Martin McNally (Monaghan)