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Phelan returns from long injury lay-off as Laois hurlers go down to Tipp

Conor Phelan
Tipperary 3-27 Laois 0-12

Senior Hurling Challenge

Castletown’s Conor Phelan made his first appearance for the Laois hurlers since tearing his cruciate knee ligament last year as they went down to Tipperary in a challenge game this afternoon in Kiladangan, the home club of Laois manager Eamon Kelly.

Tipperary were comfortable winners as their mix of experienced names and new faces proved too strong for Laois in what was their second match of pre-season having beaten Kerry last weekend in a challenge game in Limerick.

2017 Laois minors James Keyes from Colt and The Harps’ Padraig Delaney got further game time while Borris-Kilcotton’s Colm Stapleton is back in the mix now too and the likes of Brian O’Mara (Ballinakill) and James Ryan (Rathdowney-Errill) were also involved.

Laois play Westmeath this coming Friday in another challenge game in Portlaoise, their last outing before they take on Kildare (away) in the Walsh Cup on December 30.

Their other group game in that competition is against Kilkenny a couple of days later – a midweek game at a home Laois venue.

TIPPERARY: Paul Maher; Alan Flynn, Tomás Hamill, Donagh Maher, Joe O’Dwyer, Barry Heffernan, Tom Fox, Jason Forde, Seán Curran, Conor Kenny, Paul Shanahan, Michael Breen, Ger Browne, Mark Russell, Niall O’Meara. Subs: Justin Cahill for Jason Forde, Seán O’Brien (Newport) for Donagh Maher, Séamus Kennedy # for Conor Kenny.

LAOIS: Enda Rowland; Lee Cleere, Leigh Bergin, Podge Lawlor; Colm Stapleton, Liam Delaney, Eric Killeen; James Ryan, Paddy Purcell; Éanna Lyons, Jack Kelly, Cian Taylor; Aaron Bergin, Charles Dwyer, Willie Dunphy. Subs used: James Keyes, Padraig Delaney, Stephen Bergin, Brian O’Mara, Conor Phelan, Aidan Corby

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