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Lowry goal the killer blow as Derry exit

Derry 0-12 Laois 1-13

By Sean Canning

Derry's championship summer came to familiar early conclusion at Owenbeg on Saturday, losing to Laois by four points.

Eoin Lowry's goal late in the game was the key score as John Sugrue's men progress to round three of the qualifiers.

Donnie Kingston scored four points before a black card brought his participation to an end after 60 minutes.

The Oakleaf County drew first blood when Ryan Bell dissected the points after just two minutes of play. A Shane McGuigan free soon after doubled their lead as Damien McErlain's men threw down an early gauntlet.

The visitors accepted the challenge and a Colm Murphy point opened the Laois account in the sixth minute, with Evan O'Carroll levelling matters a minute later.

A Benny Heron point returned Derry's lead as both sides battled for first quarter supremacy. Colm Murphy's second of the half pulled Laois level at 0-3 apiece, before the same man handed Laois the lead for the first time in the game after 22 minutes.

Shane McGuigan once again brought parity to the scoreboard with a 23rd minute free.

An inspirational Ciaran McFaul run and point once again edge the Oakleafers ahead.

A well worked Benny Heron handed Derry a two-point lead, but the O'Moore County had the last say of the half when Daniel O'Reilly left his side trailing by one at the break.

Derry opened the second half scoring through captain Chrissy McKaigue.

However, back to back Donnie Kingston frees brought Laois level at 0-9 each as both sides refused to blink.

Kingston's third of the second half cancelled out Ryan Bell's free, before the same player edged his side ahead 0-11 to 0-10 after 48 minutes.

Derry pulled level through Shane McGuigan and they went ahead when McGuigan converted his own free.

However, Eoin Lowry's 66th minute goal would prove to be the game's crucial score and finally brought daylight between the sides.

And when Kieran Lillis pointed in the 70th minute it confirmed the Laois victory. A final Lowry point deep in injury time gave Laois a four-point final cushion.

Derry: T Mallon, K McKaigue, B Rogers, L McGoldrick, J Rocks, C McKaigue 0-1, N Keenan, C McAtamney, C McFaul 0-1, J Doherty, B Heron 0-2, P Cassidy, S McGuigan 0-4 (0-3 fs), R Bell 0-3 (0-2fs), E Lynn 0-1

Subs: E Concannon for L McGoldrick (HT), P Coney for J Rocks (44), C Doherty for J Doherty (55), C Bradley for R Bell (56), S F Quinn for E Concannon (58),

Laois: G Brody; S Attride, D Booth, G Dillon; T Collins 0-1, R Piggot, P O'Sullivan; J O'Loughlin, K Lillis 0-1; D O'Reilly 0-1, C Boyle, D Kingston 0-4 (0-3 fs); P Kingston, C Murphy 0-3, E O'Carroll 0-2.

Subs: S Byrne for D Booth (HT), M Scully for P Kingston (49), E Buggie for P O'Sullivan (53), E Lowry for E O'Carroll (63) 1-1, M Barry for D Kingston (63 BC) S O'Flynn for R Pigott (64 B C)

Referee: Jerome Henry (Mayo).

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