Laois Ladies are getting their All-Ireland campaign on the road today as they face off against Longford in Clane at 1.30pm.
This comes as Kevin Doogue’s side were crowned Intermediate Leinster champions following a hard-fought victory over Wicklow in Netwatch Cullen Park three weeks ago.
With the new championship format, Laois have been placed in a group with two other teams vying for the All-Ireland title.
Group 1 consists of Laois, beaten Connacht finalists Sligo and beaten Leinster semi finalists Longford.
The team who tops the group will play the runners up from Group 2 in the quarter final with second place playing the team who finishes first.
Group 1: Laois, Sligo, Longford
Group 2: Tyrone, Wicklow, Offaly
Group 3: Clare, Down, Kildare, Wexford
Group 4: Roscommon, Fermanagh, Meath
Laois’s first Group match is today, Sunday July 22, against Longford. Their second group game against Sligo is on Sunday, July 29.
There are no fresh injury concerns for Laois heading into the match today. The starting team line out as follows: Sinead O’Rourke; Ciara Hughes (Sarsfields), Jenny McEvoy (Sarsfields), Alison McEvoy (Sarsfields); Amy Potts (St Brigids); Mags McEvoy (Sarsfields); Anna Healy (Park-Ratheniska); Jane Moore (St Brigids), Eva Galvin; Erone Fitzpatrick (Park-Ratheniska), Ciara Burke (Sarsfields), Caoimhe Simms (St Brigids); Emma Lawlor (St Paul’s), Sarah Walsh, Meaghan Dunne (Sarsfields).
Where will it be on?
The match takes place in the neutral venue of Clane with kick-off at 1.30pm.
What has Longford’s season been like so far?
Longford were beaten in the Leinster semi-final by Wickow on a scoreline of 3-13 to 0-4. They have already played their first group match against Sligo, where they were beaten 2-12 Longford 0-8. In the league, they finished second bottom in Division 3 ahead of Leitrim.
The referee for the game is Barry Redmond. The Wexford man is well-known in GAA circles and this year refereed the All-Ireland Post Primary School Senior ‘A’ final match between Loreto, Clonmel, Tipperary and Loreto, Cavan.
Where can I follow the game?
We’ll be live-blogging the game on LaoisToday.ie as well as giving some updates on the LaoisToday Instagram account. We will also have a full report on site after the match.