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Kelly names starting team as Laois hurlers get set to face Offaly

Laois manager Eamon Kelly hoping for one more year in charge

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Laois manager Eamonn Kelly has kept faith with the same starting 15 that beat Antrim last weekend for Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1B game away to Offaly.

Laois got their first win of the campaign last Saturday when they had five points to spare over Antrim at home and they make the short trip to Tullamore this Sunday for another crucial clash.

Kelly has named an unchanged team, a luxury he hasn’t had too often in his time in charge to date.

Last year’s minor star Ciaran Comerford is named to start once again having been a late addition the last day when he came in instead of Mark Kavanagh.

Captain Ross King, who scored 15 points, lines out in the full-forward line alongside Comerford and Neil Foyle, one of the side’s longer-serving players.

Should Laois win on Sunday then they will give themselves a great chance of reaching a league quarter-final – and avoiding a relegation playoff.

Offaly have already two points on the board having seen off Dublin in Croke Park in their opening game but have since lost to Limerick and Galway.

Laois finish up the league stages of the competition at home to Dublin next Sunday.

This weekend’s other Division 1B games see Galway at home to Dublin and Limerick away to Antrim.

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, Ciaran Comerford.

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