Down are left with plenty to ponder
Laois 1-13 Down 0-10
Laois had six points to spare over Down in this re-scheduled NHL Division 2 clash in O'Moore Park, as a good second half display saw them claim victory.
Laois had the better of the opening half, despite playing into the stiff breeze as James Young scored three points to see them lead by that amount at half time.
The first half ended on a sour note for Laois though, as Young picked up a yellow card a tackle on Michael Ennis, and was forced out of the game.
The second half went pretty much score for score, with Simon Wilson pointing frees for Down and John Rowney getting the pick of the scores for Laois.
The game was hanging in the balance until, midway through the half, Laois struck for the games' first goal.
Good work from Dayne Peacock on the right wing saw him centre to the in-rushing John Walsh, and he thumped the ball home.
Down did their best to get back into the game, but the elements as well as an improving Laois were against them, and the home side held on for a six point win, their second in a week.
Scorers: Laois: Zane Keenan 0-4 (3f), James Young 0-3 (one free), John Walsh 1-0, John Rowney 0-2, Mick McEvoy, Willie Hyland, Jason Phelan, O Houlihan 0-1 each
Down: Simon Wilson 0-3 (both frees), Andy Savage, Paul Braniff 0-2 each, Ciaran Coulter, Michael Ennis, Eoin Clarke 0-1 each