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Two changes to Laois minor team for Kildare clash

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Ciaran Comerford was excellent for Laois in Newbridge today
Ciaran Comerford was excellent for Laois in Newbridge today

Laois manager Noel Delaney has made two changes to his minor team for their clash with Kildare tomorrow afternoon.

Portarlington’s Colin Slevin, who started the previous two games, has been replaced on the half back line by Ballyroan-Abbey’s John Rogers.

This will be Roger’s championship debut having not featured for Laois so far this year.

The second change sees Emo’s Cian Langford make his first start of the year.

He replaces Portlaoise’s Michael Dowling who also started in the win over Meath two weeks’ ago.

This is a repeat of last year’s Leinster final where the Lillywhites had far too much for Laois and manager Delaney will be hoping for a different outcome this time.

Kildare have appeared in the last four Leinster championship finals so Laois will certainly go into the game as underdogs.

Both teams have taken very different routes to get to the last eight stage of the competition. Kildare’s was much more straight forward.

They faced Carlow in round one and despite struggling to get the better of their opponents for long periods, they pulled away in the final ten minutes to win by 2-13 to 0-9 – Jack Barrett’s goal proving crucial.

Laois entertained Louth in round one in O’Moore Park a month ago and what a contest it turned out to be.

The O’Moore men were much the better team in this one but they hit seventeen wides and the game went to extra time. In the end, Louth won by 2-11 to 0-15 and that sent Laois heading for the Qualifiers section.

They were drawn away to Meath, away, in what appeared to be the toughest possible draw that they could have got.

The Royals had let a ten point lead slip against Dublin in Round 1 and then went on to lose by 1-15 to 1-13 after extra time.

However, with less than twenty minutes to go in Navan two weeks ago, Meath led Laois by 0-10 to 0-5 and it looked like Laois’ campaign was over.

But Laois, led by the exploits of Diarmuid Whelan, Ciarán Comerford and Alan Kinsella found a way to get back level before Whelan kicked the winning score in added time.

This win set up tomorrow’s tie where once again Laois will go into the clash as overwhelming underdogs.

But, with this being the last ever year of minor football before the age changes to U-17, both sides will be up for the game as there are no more second chances and defeat here will mean the end for one of the teams.

And we will be there to bring you all the action as it happens with our Live Blog from St Conleth’s Park at 3pm.

LAOIS TEAM:

1. Thomas McCann (Ballyroan Abbey)
2. Cian Langford (Emo)
3. Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood)
4. Daniel Comerford (The Harps)
5. John Rogers (Ballyroan Abbey)
6. Seamus Lacey (Ballylinan)
7. Gary Saunders (Portlaoise)
8. Robert Tyrell (Camross)
9. Diarmuid Whelan (Ballyroan Abbey)
10. Alan Kinsella (Courtwood)
11. Niall Dunne (Courtwood)
12. Ronan Coffey (Portarlington)
13. Mark Barry (O’Dempsey’s)
14. Ciaran Comerford (The Harps)
15. Dean Brophy (St Joseph’s)

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