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Laois U-20 football team named ahead of Meath clash

Diarmuid Whelan

Laois U-20 football manager Billy O’Loughlin has named his team for the must win game against Meath on Saturday.

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

This afternoon they are in Pairc Tailteann to face Meath where even a win may not be enough for Laois to advance.

If Kildare defeat Wicklow in the group’s other game, Laois will either have to beat Meath by three points more than whatever Kildare win by – or defeat the Royals by 12 points.

This scenario has arisen after Laois lost by two points to Kildare and could only defeat the Garden County by one.

A tall order indeed and ahead of the game O’Loughlin has made two changes.

Ballyfin’s David Connolly returns from injury in place of James O’Connor with James Kelly swicthing back to corner back.

While Portarlington’s Jordan Fitzpatrick is in at centre forward with Peter Kealy moving to midfield and Rob Tyrell dropping out of the 15 altogether.

Laois face Meath at 2pm in Navan on Saturday.

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

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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.