The scenario is a very simple one for the Laois minor hurlers on Saturday against Offaly in Tullamore.
Enda Lyons’ young side must win to reach the Leinster semi final and anything less than that will see them out.
Laois were placed in Tier 1 of the revamped Leinster hurling championship which saw them in a group with Wexford, Dublin and Kilkenny.
They competed well against Wexford but were overpowered against Dublin and Kilkenny as they lost all three games.
But they still reached the last eight and will play the side who finished top of Tier 2 – Offaly.
The Faithful won all of their games and will come in on a high so it will be a difficult task for Laois.
Laois’s must recent game was at the end of May in a 14 point defeat to Kilkenny and manager Lyons has made two changes from that game.
Portlaoise’s Niall Carey and Abbeyleix’s Ciaran Byrne come into the team in place of DJ Callaghan and Shane Farrell.
The game throws in at 1pm on Saturday and we will be there to bring you all of the action as it happens from O’Connor Park.
Laois: Lorcan Fitzpatrick (The Harps); Keilan Kelly (Borris-Kilcotton), Danny Brennan (Park-Ratheniska), Ben Shore (Castletown); Fionan Mahony (Abbeyleix), Conor Cosgrove (Rosenallis), Thep Fitzpatrick (Rathdowney-Errill); Tadhg Cuddy (Castleown), Niall Carey (Portlaoise); Mark Hennessy (Clough-Ballacolla), Allan Connolly (Ballyfin), Evan Hawkes (Clough-Ballacolla); Adam Kirwan (Mountrath), Cathal O’Shaughnessy (Ballinakill), Ciaran Byrne (Abbeyleix)