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Manager Sugrue reveals clean bill of health ahead of Carlow clash

John Sugrue - Photo Paul Dargan

The Laois senior footballers take on Carlow in the Leinster semi final on Sunday and virtually every player in the squad will be available for election.

Manager John Sugrue confirmed that aside from the two long term absentees, Timahoe’s Brendan Quigley and Graiguecullen’s Daniel O’Reilly, everyone else is fully fit.

That means that Killeshin’s Eoin Lowry, who missed the wins over Wexford and Westmeath, and Portlaoise’s Brian Glynn, who was only fit enough for the bench against Westmeath, are now fully recovered.

Sugrue said: “Eoin Lowry is back running and kicking ball, thank god. It was an unfortunate injury for Eoin, he has been fantastic for us this year.

“He showed fantastic energy for us at the start of the year and probably one or two niggles and injuries, and the Sigerson Cup, probably affected his momentum, but he came in for the league final and did a great job for us, so it’s great to see him back.

“He’s a good honest lad and he’s well capable of playing ball, so he’s going to add a small bit more to our preparations in terms of pushing other fellas around him.

“Brian Glynn is back training, he’s had a quad injury for a while, and he has a lot of work done on that, a lot of time spent on his own, which is tough, but he’s coming through the far side of that and hopefully with a bit of consistent training, we’ll see where he gets to.”

Laois face Carlow for the third time this year on Sunday and Sugrue knows exactly what his men will face.

He said: “Carlow have been developing this technique of playing over the last two years and have become very efficient at doing that.

“They are probably at a further stage of development than we are in this moment in time, but in saying that we’re developing in our own sense and we’re going to try be as efficient as we can be, to some degree, when we come up against them, but without a shadow of a doubt a very stiff test lies ahead.”

The game against Carlow in Dr Cullen Park was a very low scoring affair with Laois winning 1-6 to 0-8.

The final in Croke Park was more open and by the scores Carlow put up in their two Leinster championship games to date, it seems they have adopted a slightly more attacking approach

Sugrue said: “Whether they modified their tactic or not, we don’t know, we’re not standing inside in their dressing room with them, so they have a little bit of ability to be adaptable, and they will put you under pressure at different phases in the game, in different ways.

“Watching their game with Kildare the last day, they were very impressive in the way that, at times, they would transition from one way of doing things to another. They are by no means one-trick ponies.”

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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.