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“They Had A Few Pints On The Night & Had A Few More On Monday”


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There is no doubt that the result of the summer was Laois claiming victory over Dublin on Sunday in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. 

The O’Moore County ripped up the script by claiming a shock 1-22 to 0-23 victory over the Dubs to send them crashing out of this year’s championship and to set up a Croke Park meeting with Munster finalists Tipperary on Sunday.

This was Laois’ third game in as many weeks after they clinched the Joe McDonagh Cup against Westmeath last weekend and selector Niall Corcoran couldn’t hide his delight when he spoke to the media after the game.

“It was super. Especially with the six-day turnaround. What can you say about it? Just pure ambition and pure hunger to win that game,” Corcoran said.

Niall Corcoan and Eddie Brennan

“Full credit goes to that group of players from one to 33 and the way they’ve applied themselves throughout the week to win the Joe McDonagh Cup and to get their feet back on the ground and prepare for today. It’s days like this that they deserve and they’ve earned. Fair play to them.”

Corcoran admits that the players celebrated in the days after their Joe McDonagh triumph but later in the week, the players were questioned whether they wanted more and they answered that on Sunday with a resounding yes.

“They had a few pints on the night (Sunday) and they had a few more on Monday. There was a bit of black smoke at training on Tuesday and Wednesday. I guess the question was posed to them, it was, what was their ambition? What’s the group’s ambition? Is it the Joe McDonagh Cup or do they want more for themselves?

“Because, as a management group, we saw the ability that they do have, they’ve huge hurling, they showed it there today. It was about the ambition and if they wanted to go a step further. I think they answered that today on the pitch. I think it was just phenomenal and (I’m) so delighted for them.”

The Laois journey will go on for another week at least but it doesn’t get any easier as they face a wounded Tipperary who will be desperate to right the wrongs of their 12-point loss to Limerick in the Munster final.


For Corcoran and his players, it’s a huge task but one that they are relishing.

“Tipperary now. Another huge challenge. We’ll have to get our feet back on the ground but you’re looking at a squad who have huge confidence now after today. A very, very young squad and why not give it a go?

“It’s in Croke Park, we’ll be underdogs again but why not give it a go? They showed today that they can hurl their way out of trouble and hurling is what it’s all about and think our way out of trouble. That’s everything we’ve worked on since last October.

“These are the games you want. The Joe McDonagh was great but these are the games you want. You want to be in Croke Park. You want to be playing the Tipps, the Dublins, the Kilkennys, the Galways – that’s what the group wants and finally, next Sunday we’re getting there.”


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Author: Sean McMahon

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