Allianz NHL Division 2 – Clare 2-12 Laois 1-11

Laois came close to causing a big upset at Portlaoise before they eventually lost out to Clare on a 1-11 to 2-12 scoreline in a thrilling Allianz GAA Hurling National League Division Two clash. Niall Rigney’s charges let two precious league points slip as they relinquished a 1-10 to 1-9 lead in the last five minutes. Alan Markham came on as a second half substitute and hit the back of the net 64th minute before the Banner scored three late points to add a coat of gloss to the win.

Clare grabbed the first goal of the game in the 25th minute, when Laois’s Conor Dunne made a mistake which allowed Colin through on goal to fire past Patrick Carroll. However, Wille Hyland landed a couple of late points and John Rowney also hit the target as Laois trailed 1-5 to 0-6 at the break. Laois then hit the back of the net in the second half when Hyland fired home a penalty after John Brophy had been fouled. The O’Moore men led going into the final stages before Markham grabbed the match-winning goal with six minutes left.

From the GAA.ie web site