The Laois men aren’t the only team vying for Leinster glory in the next few weeks.
The Laois Ladies are out in the intermediate Leinster semi-final against Wexford this Sunday in Bellefield GAA Complex, Enniscorthy, at 2pm.
We spoke to manager Kevin Doogue ahead of his side’s second test in the Leinster championship.
The Laois team has a clean bill of health ahead of the match, besides a cruciate ligament injury picked up by Aoife Kirrane after the quarter-final against Offaly two weeks ago.
LAOIS: Fiona Kelly (Park-Ratheniska); Mags McEvoy (Sarsfields), Jenny McEvoy (Sarsfields), Alison McEvoy (Sarsfields); Amy Potts (St Brigid’s), Ciara Hughes (Sarsfields), Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely); Jane Moore (St Brigid’s), Anna Healy (Park-Ratheniska); Erone Fitzpatrick (Park-Ratheniska), Ciara Burke (Sarsfields), Meaghan Dunne (Sarsfields); Clare Conlon (Sarsfields), Emma Lawlor (St Paul’s), Maggie Murphy (Timahoe)
Where will it be on?
The match will be played in Bellefield GAA Complex in Enniscorthy, something which manage Doogue says they can have no complaints about.
“The pitch in Bellefield is top-class, and we should be able to move the ball well on the day,” he said.
What has Wexford’s season been like so far?
Wexford have had a stellar season so far. The won the division 3 against Meath on a scoreline of 3-10 to 1-12 and only lost one match in the run up to the final.
Wexford also know the taste of defeat on big match days. They came agonisingly close to defeating Tipperary in the All-Ireland intermediate quarter-final in 2017, who went onto win the title against Tyrone.
They now join Laois in division 2 next year, but Laois do have the benefit of having played against tougher teams in the lead up to the championship.
What Wexford players should we watch out for?
“All of them, from 1 to 15,” said Doogue. “There will be a number of key battles all over the field. They have a couple of good forwards, a strong full-back and the come out and move the ball with pace,” he added.
Caitriona Murray is an obvious key attacking threat for Wexford, having scored 3-5 of Wexford’s 3-10 in the league final.
The referee for the match is John Murphy from Carlow.
Where can I follow the game?
We’ll be live-blogging the game on LaoisToday.ie and will have full match report on site after the match.