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Laois hurlers to face Dublin in All-Ireland Qualifiers

Neil Foyle scored 1-1 for Laois against Carlow in OMoore Park in the All-Ireland Qualifier Preliminary Round clash yesterday
Neil Foyle scored 1-1 for Laois against Carlow in OMoore Park in the All-Ireland Qualifier Preliminary Round clash yesterday

The Laois hurlers have been drawn to face Dublin in the first round of the All-Ireland Hurling Qualifiers.

The men from the capital were drawn first from the bowl which means that the prospect of a double header with the Laois footballers appears to be over.

This will be Laois’s first clash with Dublin since 2015 and with the Laois footballers set to face Clare on the same weekend in O’Moore Park, a clash of fixtures may now occur.

Eamonn Kelly’s men reached this stage after two injury time points saw them get the better of Carlow in O’Moore Park yesterday.

Laois played much of the game with 14 men after captain Ross King was sent off after 10 minutes.

But they stayed in the game and a Neil Foyle goal put them three clear as we entered the final ten minutes.

However, Carlow, who themselves had been reduced to 14 men by this stage after Martin Kavanagh had been sent off, battled back and took the lead in the first minute of injury time.

Keeper Enda Rowland tied the game with a free from inside his own half before Neil Foyle won it with a minute to go.

But the game came at a cost for Laois. Captain King will be suspended for this weekend’s game while the like of Cha Dwyer, Stephen Maher, Willie Dunphy and John Lennon seem certain to miss out with injury.

DRAW IN FULL:
Dublin v Laois
Kilkenny v Limerick
Offaly v Waterford
Tipperary v Westmeath

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.