Laois U20 1-15 Carlow U20 0-15

The Laois Under-20 hurlers set up a date with Galway in the quarter-finals of the Leinster U20 Hurling Championship, after Mark Hennessy's second half goal saw them past Carlow under the new LED floodlights in MW Hire O'Moore Park.

When that game might be played remains to be seen, as all GAA action outside of senior level is parked for the next six weeks.

The game got off to a bright start despite the uncertainty around the future of the competition, with Ciaran Kavanagh landing a long range-free for Carlow within minutes of the opening whistle.

Laois wasted little time in responding as Mark Hennessy hit the target from 25 yards out, before Daniel Delaney (free) and Kavanagh traded points again soon after to leave the teams level at 0-2 each after five minutes.

Carlow seemed to get their second wind a bit quicker than Laois at that stages, and they edged ahead thanks to the impressive Ciaran Kavanagh. He landed another free before then scoring a point from play. 

Laois weren't exactly in trouble now but they needed to keep themselves ticking over, and Ciaran Byrne scored a great point to get them back to within one. Niall Bolger hit back for Carlow with a fine score from the left wing, but Laois started to get on top after that.

Daniel Delaney landed two frees before the water break to level the scores, before he added two more after play resumed to Laois go two ahead.

But Carlow got the next three scores - two from Cavanagh and one from John Doyle - to lead 0-8 to 0-7 at the break. 

Carlow struck first on the restart, as Ciaran Kavanagh's close range free hit the post, rebounded back out to him, and he fired over at the second attempt. Daniel Delaney's powerful run then set Ciaran Byrne up for his second score, and a brilliant effort from Ciaran Conroy from way out on the left wing saw the teams level for the fourth time.

Carlow were probably edging things at this stage though and they made it count on the scoreboard, as John Doyle (2) and Oisin Ryan hit the target. Laois managed just one in response, from Mark Hennessy, and at the second water break Carlow were 0-12 to 0-10 in front.

Laois needed to step things up if they wanted to get anything from this game and to their credit, they did just that. In their next meaningful attack, Mark Hennessy picked the ball up on the edge of the area and picked out the top corner for the only goal of the game.

Adam Kirwan (free) and Tomás Keyes tacked on points after that as Laois went from two down to three ahead, with the goal separating the teams. Carlow threw everything they had at Laois in the closing stages, but every time they got a score, Laois came down the other end and did the exact same.

The final act of the game was a 65 from Adam Kirwan, as Laois held on for a well-deserved win.

Laois: Cathal Dunne; Danny Brennan, Conor Cosgrove, Aaron Gaughan; Fionan Mahoney, Enda Parlon, Padraic Dunne; Thep Fitzpatrick, Joe Phelan; Fionn Whelan, Daniel Delaney 0-5 (all frees), Liam Delaney; Tomas Keyes (0-1), Ciaran Byrne 0-2, Mark Hennessy 1-2 

Subs: Tadhg Cuddy (0-1) for Fitzpatrick (half-time), Ciaran Conroy 0-2 for L Delaney (half-time), James Duggan for Whelan (35 mins), Adam Kirwan 0-2 (0-1 free, 0-1 65) for D Delaney (46 mins), Cormac Rigney for Keyes (56 mins)

Carlow: Ciaran Abbey; Eoin Kavanagh, Jack Ryan, Eoin Dowling; Paidí O'Se, Cian Doyle, Niall Bolger; Eoin Hosey, Jack McCullagh; John Doyle 0-3, Fiachra Fitzpatrick, Scott Treacy (0-1); Conor Kehoe, Ciaran Kavanagh 0-8 (0-4 frees), Fiach O'Toole.

Subs: Daire Nolan for Ryan (34 mins), Oisin Ryan 0-1 for O'Toole (40 mins), Jason Wall for Treacy (43 mins), Conor Treacy (0-1) for Fitzpatrick (56 mins)

Referee: Richie Fitzsimons (Offaly)