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Two changes for Laois hurlers ahead of relegation clash with Antrim

Laois senior hurling manager Eamonn Kelly has made two changes to his side to face Antrim in Dunloy on Sunday.

Eric Killeen, who was taken off early against Offaly and Dublin in recent matches, has lost his place on the half back line which goes to clubmate James Ryan.

He has switched there from midfield which is where Slieve Bloom’s Ben Conroy has gone to make way for Borris-Kilcotton’s PJ Scully.

The forward was impressive when he came on against Dublin and after an injury ravaged couple of years, this will be his first start in almost two years.

The other change to the team comes in the full forward line where Clough-Ballacolla’s Stephen Bergin gets the nod.

He replaces Rathdowney-Errill’s Mark Kavanagh who was also substitute early against Dublin.

Laois already defeated Antrim in O’Moore Park in the Round Robin stages of the league when Ross King shot 16 points.

This was Laois’s only win though and Antrim will be buoyed after they defeated Offaly last week.

The trip to Dunloy is a must win for Laois as defeat will mean relegation to Division 2A for next year.

LaoisToday will be in Antrim on Sunday and the match will throw in at 2pm.

LAOIS TEAM: Enda Rowland (Abbeyleix); Joe Phelan (Camross), Leigh Bergin (Shanahoe), Lee Cleere (Clough-Ballacolla); Podge Lawlor (Ballinakill), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton), James Ryan (Rathdowney-Errill); Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill), Ben Conroy (Slieve Bloom); PJ Scully (Borris-Kilcotton), Cha Dwyer (Ballinakill), Willie Dunphy (Clough-Ballacolla); Ross King (Rathdowney-Errill), Neil Foyle (Borris-Kilcotton), Stephen Bergin Clough-Ballacolla)

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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.