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Gilroy praises opponents' courage

Dublin manager Pat Gilroy paid tribute to courageous Laois as "the best team we have played this year" after his All-Ireland champions scraped home with just three points to spare in a ferociously contested All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park.

The Dubs made it through with a 1-12 to 0-12 win to face Mayo, but they were less than impressive, particularly in their finishing.

A fortuitous first-half goal from Michael Darragh Macauley was what separated the teams at the end, as courageous Laois made a heroic exit from the championship series.

Macauley's 27th-minute deflected goal edged the Dubs in front after the sides had been level six times, and they led by 1-6 to 0-7 at the break.

Ross Munnelly (0-6) and Colm Kelly (0-3) kept Laois in touch right to the end.

But Dublin were able to keep their noses in front, and clinched their place in the last four when goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton converted a stoppage time '45, his third score of the game.

Dublin's semi-final opponents will be Mayo, who comfortably saw off Down by 3-18 to 2-9.

Jason Doherty's early goal was cancelled out by a Kalum King strike, but Mayo dominance was rewarded with a second goal from Michael Conroy, sending them in with a 2-7 to 1-4 interval lead

Conroy grabbed his second goal early in the second half, and there was no way back for Down, as the Connacht champions piled on the punishment, with Cillian O'Connor (0-7) and Alan Dillon (0-4) on target, before Benny Coulter pulled back a stoppage time goal.

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