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Sugrue happy the monkey is off the Laois back

Laois footballers took a while to get going, but once they did they left Westmeath in their slipstream in Saturday’s Leinster SFC quarter-final at O’Connor Park.

Paul Kingston fired home three goals as the O’Moore County eventually ran out 4-12 to 1-3 victors

Manager John Sugrue was keen to stress the importance of the win for his emerging side.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Sugrue said: “Look, we have had monkeys hanging over us all year, one of those monkeys was that Laois hadn’t won back-to-back championship matches for quite a while (nine years).

“It was mentioned lately and it’s a damning statistic for Laois. It was important for us to get the win. We are still only forming, we are only finding our feet and I don’t know where we can go to.

“Maybe there is a small bit of tentaiveness in the group. Once we found our feet we played reasonably well.”

Paying tribute to Paul Kingston, the Kerry native added: “Paul had a great attacking impetus today. I’m delighted for Paul, he has worked hard to get back from injury.

The next day somebody else might have to step up but looking at the game as a whole I was pleased that at our shape and the threat we dis possess when we found our groove.” 

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