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Your guide to Laois v Antrim in round three of the National Hurling League

Laois will be hoping to have the first win of the league this weekend, when they take on a team that they usually have enough to overcome. Antrim are also a part of the new tier two championship, and they are one of the better teams Laois could face.

Having put in two good performances against both hurling giants, Galway and Limerick, Eamonn Kelly will be looking to pick up points in the next three games, with Dublin and Offaly to follow tonight’s game, which throws-in at 7pm in O’Moore Park.

Starting Teams

Cha Dwyer and Mark Kavanagh have been named on the Laois hurling team for Saturday night’s Allianz Hurling League game at home to Antrim.They represent the two changes to the starting team from the one beaten by Galway two weeks ago.

Dropping off the team are Portlaoise’s Cian Taylor and Clough-Ballacolla’s Aidan Corby from the side that pushed Galway all the way.

LAOIS: Enda Rowland; Donnacha Hartnett, Leigh Bergin, Lee Cleere; Podge Lawlor, Matthew Whelan, Eric Killeen; Paddy Purcell, James Ryan; Ben Conroy, Cha Dwyer, Willie Dunphy; Ross King, Neil Foyle, Mark Kavanagh

ANTRIM: Chris O’Connell; Arron Graffin, John Dillon, Paddy Burke; Ryan Mc Cambridge, Neal Mc Auley, David Kearney; Joe Maskey, Conor McKinley; Nigel Elliott, Neil Mc Manus, Donal Mc Kinley; James Mc Naughton, Conor McCann, Conor Johnston.

 

What’s the history between the sides?

There is plenty of history between both sides, having competed against each other in the Leinster round-robin stages in previous year’s. The last game between the sides was in 2015 when Laois lost out by one point away in Antrim. 5-17 to 3-22 was the final score.

 

What Antrim players should we watch out for?

Their stand-out performer to date has been centre-forward, Neil McManus. He notched up a total of 16 points against Dublin, having a fine display striking frees. He grabbed ten points against Galway as well, so he’ll be the one to watch regarding Antrim’s attack. Nigel Elliot and Ryan McCambridge will also be threatening the Laois team.

 

What’s Antrim’s season been like so far? 

Antrim were unlucky in their opening round against All-Ireland champions Galway. Losing out by a goal in the end, Galway did field a team missing most of the their All-Ireland heroes. In their second game, they lost out at home to Dublin on the scoreline of 0-23 to 0-22.

Is there a curtain raiser?

There is a Laois post-primary first year hurling final before hand throwing in at 5.30pm. Mountrath CS and Heywood square off against each other in what is sure to be a good game of hurling.

 

What are the odds? 

Laois are currently 8/13 to increase the northern side’s lossing streak to three games, while Antrim are 13/8 to beat Laois. A draw 9/1.

How much does it cost to get in?

It’s €15 for adults. Children U-16 go free.

Where can I follow the game?

We’ll be live-blogging the game on LaoisToday.ie as well as giving some updates on our new LaoisToday Sport Snapchat account. For those wanting to listen to commentary, Jack Nolan will be on Midlands 103.

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