The Laois minor hurlers have received a boost today with the news that Enda Parlon’s inter-county transfer has been approved.
The defender had played for Laois in the Leinster minor hurling league despite being a Roscrea clubman and he was deemed ineligible to play against Offaly in round one of the championship just 48 hours before throw in.
He subsequently missed Laois’s round 2 loss at the hands of Dublin but his transfer from Roscrea to Borris-Kilcotton has now been approved and manager Christy Walsh revealed to LaoisToday that he will be available to face Meath in the quarter final next weekend.
He said: “There’s something in the rules that he has to play a club game as well before he is eligible.
“But that will happen next week which means he will be available to us then for the Meath game.
“For young fella to have something as convoluted as that happen to him wasn’t right. But it has been put right now which is good for him and good for us.”
Laois put up a hell of a display in Parnell Park against Dublin last weekend and were desperately unlucky not to beat the reigning Leinster champions.
Dublin had a man sent off in the second half but Laois, although they led at that time, failed to score in the final ten minutes and lost by three points in the end.
Looking back on the game now, Walsh admits that he was very happy with how his team performed and says that their lack of physicality cost them in the end.
He said: “We performed very well, especially after a poor start which saw us go down by five points to no score while playing with the wind.
“After a start like that you’d be worried about what way it was going to go. But they dug in well, got level and then went ahead.
“Physically, we are not as strong as Dublin and that was the difference in the end. Our hurling ability is as good as anyone else but physically we are not.
“To match them for size and strength is hard and they will wear you down in the end which is more or less what happened.
“Even though we had the extra man we just couldn’t get the ball up the pitch in the latter stages of the game when playing against the wind and we couldn’t score as a result.”
Laois now look ahead to a Leinster quarter final clash in O’Moore Park against a Meath side who thumped Westmeath in round 2.
For all of Laois’s good work against Dublin, Walsh says it will count for nothing if they don’t beat the Royals and reach the semi finals next Saturday.
He said: “It’s all been very positive since but it will all count for nothing if we don’t beat Meath next weekend.
“I don’t think Liam Delaney will be back fit for that and we will hope that the dual players come through the footballers game tomorrow unscathed too.
“Laois needs everyone so hopefully we will be able to field our strongest team possible.”