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Published: 20:35 | 4/6/16

Dublin overwhelm 14-man Laois

First half blitz too much for hosts

Dublin are safely through to the semi-finals of the Leinster Senior Football Championship semi-finals after they outclassed 14-man Laois by 2-21 to 2-10 at O'Moore Park.

Jim Gavin's side's clinical first half display ensured the game was over as a contest at the break, particularly after John O'Loughlin was dismissed for the O'Moore County for striking Michael Darragh MacAuley off the ball.

Making a rare Championship foray away from Croke Park, the visitors proved too strong for Laois, whose need for a quick start and an early lead was unfulfilled.

With only 15 seconds played the Dubs had grabbed their first goal, Dean Rock - who produced an outstanding overall performance - steering a cool finish past Graham Brody.

Although Gary Walsh quickly scored a point for the home side, Diarmuid Connolly finished a fine move to register Dublin's second goal on five minutes.

Ciaran Kilkenny was also superb and he helped the visitors to establish an unassailable 2-12 to 0-7 advantage by half time.

Laois' chances of staying with Dublin were extinguished on 28 minutes with O'Loughlin's rashness being fully punished with his removal from the field.

However, the hosts did briefly make a game of it after the restart, goals from Paul Cahillane - from the penalty spot - and Stephen Attride reducing the deficit as Dublin started the second period very slowly, Laois coming to within six points of their opponents.

But Rock and Connolly in particular steadied Dublin's ship and they outscored Laois by 0-7 to 0-2 for the remainder of the game to close out a comfortable win.

Dublin will now face either Louth or Meath for a place in the Leinster final, as they look to secure a 12th provincial crown in the last 13 seasons while Laois must regroup for the qualifiers.

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