Dublin U 21's survive wobble to advance

SportBy Sean McGoldrick
Colm Basquel (Dublin) and Liam Knowles (Laois) in action in Leinster U-21 tie
Colm Basquel (Dublin) and Liam Knowles (Laois) in action in Leinster U-21 tie

Defending All-Ireland U-21 title holders survived a second half wobble in Portlaoise to advance to a Leinster semi-final clash against Longford on March 18.

Dessie Farrell's side were flattered by their 11 point win (2-21; 2-10) win over Laois.

Having raced into a 1-6 to 0-2 lead after just 12 minutes the Dubs were rocked by two Laois goals. They still led by three at the break (1-11; 2-5) but the home side took control early in the third quarter to hit the front.

However, after Dublin had levelled Laois kicked three wides on the spin which proved their undoing.

Dublin regrouped to hit eight points without reply before senior player Shane Carthy scored a goal in injury time to give them a comfortable win in the end.

Conor McHugh, who was Man of the Match in last year's All-Ireland final win over Roscommon, hit 0-6 while Eoghan O'Gara's younger brother Killian scored 1-3.

Longford, meanwhile, had an easy 1-17 to 1-4 win over Louth in Newtowncashel.

Meath senior player Eamon Wallace, who missed most of last season after rupturing his cruciate ligament, returned to score a vital goal for their U-21 side who edged out Westmeath 1-10 to 1-8 in Navan.

The Royals will meet the winners of the other quarter final between Kildare and Offaly.