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Lillis and O’Carroll going in search of ‘icing on the cake’

Kieran Lillis and Evan O'Carroll gearing up for a big final
Kieran Lillis and Evan O'Carroll gearing up for a big final

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Laois are set to take on Carlow this weekend in the Division 4 football final in Croke Park.

And ahead of that, two of their stand-out players from their six game winning streak spoke to the media.

Having played the majority of his inter-county career in defence, Portlaoise’s Kieran Lillis has operated at midfield for Laois so far.

And he revealed that after injury hampered him for much of 2017, he is really enjoying his football so far.

He said: “Yeah it is very enjoyable so far this year and it is a very competitive panel.

“I’m happy to play wherever I am selected. It is tit-for-tat out there on the training pitch and everyone is picked accordingly.

“So I am very happy to be given a chance but I know there are lads breathing down my neck and that is great for the team.”

Lillis, who has won numerous honours at club level, has only got the one Laois medal to his name – something he hopes to change on Saturday.

He said: “Silverware is always lovely. In relation to playing with Laois, I’ve only got one cherished medal.

“That was a Leinster minor medal in 2007. So at the end of the day, you want to get silverware because that is what you are here for.

“You are training night in night out with the lads and there is great camaraderie there so it really would be the icing on the cake if we cold go and win something.”

Looking back at the game from last week, Evan O’Carroll was one of the many Laois forwards who were starved of possession by a very defensive Carlow team.

But the Crettyard man doesn’t think it will be any different this time either.

O’Carroll said: “It will be a big test at the weekend to try win again and that is what we have to focus on.

“Croke Park might make a difference but it is the same for both teams. We will have to adapt our game too and so will Carlow.

“I reckon it will be a similar enough game. We found it very hard to break them down and we expect the same again.

“Carlow are very well set up but the main thing is to stay patient. It mightn’t be the best to watch but maybe putting a few men forward might help us.”

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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.