Antrim crash and burn
Antrim 1-12 Laois 2-19
Winger Willie Hyland rifled over a dozen points for Laois as the O’Moore County were too good for Antrim at Casement Park.
The teams were level at three points apiece after eight minutes but two goals from Neil Foyle in eight minutes from the 10th were major setbacks to Antrim who then trailed by 2-5 to 0-4.
Both goals were set up for Foyle by Tommy Fitzgerald. Antrim's bid to get back into the hunt received another blow when Liam Watson, who had been showing well in attack, received a straight red card for a pull on Eoin Costello.
A criss-cross passing movement in the 42nd minute ended with the ball dropping to McManus who pulled on the sliothar and it slid surprisingly under 'keeper Eoin Reilly's caman into the net to close the gap to 2-10 to 1-9.
Reilly made up for that slip three minutes later when he brought off a flying save from Ciarán Herron's angled drive but he wasn't really bothered again.
With Laois completely on top, Hyland tossed over a series of free pucks from various angles and distances with only McManus managing to hit the target for the hone side.
ANTRIM: G McGhee; A Graffin, C Donnelly, B McFall; S McCrory, K McKeegan, C Herron; P Shiels (0-2, 0-1 free), S McNaughton (0-3); L Watson (0-2, 0-1 free), N McManus (1-5, 0-3 frees), P McGill; D Hamill, T McCann, PJ O'Connell. Subs: N McAuley for B McFall (24), C McFall for McGill (39), E McCloskey for Hamill 43), C McAllister for McCann (59). Red Card: L Watson (28).
LAOIS: E Reilly; C Dunne, D Maher, B Stapleton; M Whelan, B Campion, JA Delaney; J Walsh (0-1), M McAvoy; O Holohan (0-1), C Healy, W Hyland (0-12, 0-6 frees, 0-1 a '65'); E Costello (0-2), T Fitzgerald (0-2), N Foyle (2-0). Subs: J Purcell (0-1) for Foyle (46), B Dunne for Walsh (59), S Dollard for Holohan (68), J Prior for Stapleton (69).
Referee: G Devlin (Armagh).