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Here’s your guide to the Laois U-20s second Leinster championship match against Wicklow

Laois U-20 team - Photo Paul Dargan

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After recent successes of the Laois minor and senior footballers, today sees the U-20s go into battle for the second time.

Billy O’Loughlin’s men are in a difficult group – with Kildare, Wicklow and Meath.

This afternoon they are in O’Moore Park to host Wicklow in what is a must win game for both teams.

With just two teams set to qualify from the group, Laois need a win here after an opening round defeat to Kildare.

But so too do Wicklow who were defeated by Meath.

Starting Teams

The teams named ahead of today’s game are:

Laois: Matthew Byron (Courtwood); James Kelly (St Joseph’s), Diramuid Bennett (Portarlington), Richie Hitchcock (Park-Ratheniska); Conor Brennan (Ballyroan-Abbey), Shane Bolger (Kileshin), Seán O’Flynn (Courtwood); Rob Tyrell (Camross), Eoin Dunne (Rosenallis); David Connolly (Ballyfin), Peter Kealy (St Joseph’s), James Phelan (The Heath); Alan Kinsella (Courtwood), Diarmuid Whelan (Ballyroan-Abbey), Evan Lowry (Killeshin)

Wicklow have not named their team yet.

What Wicklow players should we watch out for?

John Evans’ side were bested in most areas of the field over the course of the hour with the Meath men marching through for goals with worrying ease throughout the game – winning 6-16 to 1-9 in the end.

But Conor Byrne and Dan Kelly were two players who did well despite the immense pressure they were under.

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

As previously mentioned, this is both Laois and Wicklow’s second game of this brand new U-20 competition.

Both sides have suffered defeat and will need to win here to have any chance.

What’s the history between the sides?

As this is a new competition, this is the first meeting of these teams at this level.

However, Laois played Wicklow in the minor first round in 2014 where the O’Moore’s won comfortably.

What are the odds? 

Laois are overwhelming favourites for this. They are 1/33 on while Wicklow are 9/1 with the draw 20/1.

When, where and how much?

2pm on Monday, June 4 in O’Moore Park.
Adults: €10
Juveniles (U-16): Free
Students/Senior Citizens:- €5 with appropriate I.D.

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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.