Donegal 2-6 2-9 Laois

Donegal's Paddy McGrath closes in on Laois opponent Ross Munnelly
Donegal's Paddy McGrath closes in on Laois opponent Ross Munnelly

Donegal's shaky start to their Division One campaign continued as they were well beaten by Laois at Letterkenny.

The Ulster county would have fallen to a heavy deefat but for two goals in a minute late in the second half through Anthony Thompson and Neil Gallagher.

In the first half Ross Munnelly scored a penalty and Padraig Clancy netted a second goal as Laois stormed into a massive 2-9 to 0-4 advantage.

Donegal face another tough game on 3 March when they play Cork.

Without Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden, Donegal's attack looked toothless and it would have been much worse but for the contribution of Kilcar teenager Patrick McBrearty who landed most of their points.

McBrearty got Donegal's opening two points but Munnelly matched that before adding a third after David Connolly had edged Laois ahead.

Munnelly scored his penalty after Neil McGee had upended Portlaoise dangerman Paul Cahillane.

The second goal came when Darren Strong's long ball to the edge of the square found Clancy who side-stepped Paul Durkan before finding the net.

With nine minutes to go, Thompson scrambled Donegal's first goal although there was some dispute over whether the ball had fully crossed the line.

Gallagher quickly added a second but Laois went on to record a fully deserved victory.

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