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Laois hurlers looking to build on Offaly success as they face Carlow

Eddie Brennan made a winning start to life as Laois hurling boss last week and will be hoping that continues this afternoon.

Laois defeated Offaly in Birr in Round 1 of the Walsh Cup last Sunday by 2-16 to 1-16 with Portlaoise ace Aaron Bergin’s second half goal proving crucial.

They take on Carlow at 2pm in O’Moore Park this afternoon and know that a win here will, in all likelihood, set up a winner takes all clash with Dublin after Christmas.

The Offaly game saw Brennan give starting debuts Camross’s Andrew Mortimer as well as Portlaoise’s Aaron Bergin.

Meanwhile, Daniel Comerford and Eoin Gaughan were both brought in off the bench for the last game and a number of different faces are starting in the first 15 against Carlow.

There are six changes in total with Rathdowney-Errill’s Mark Kavanagh back in action for the county while there are changes to the goalkeeping position as well as in the half-back line, half-forward line and corner forward positions.

Eoin Fleming, Jack Kelly, Eric Killeen, Eanna Lyons and Stephen Bergin are all in to start with Enda Rowland, Podge Delaney, Andrew Mortimer, Cha Dwyer, Aaron Dunphy and Paddy Keating dropping out.

One face we won’t see coming in is that of last year’s captain Ross King’s – who has stepped away from the side for 2019.

LAOIS: Eoin Fleming (Borris-Kilcotton); Donncha Hartnett (Mountmellick), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton), Leigh Bergin (Shanahoe); Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), Eric Killeen (Rathdowney-Errill), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown); Colm Stapleton (Borris-Kilcotton), PJ Scully (Borris-Kilcotton); Aaron Bergin (Portlaoise), Eanna Lyons (Ballyfin), Stephen Maher (Clough-Ballacolla); Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Errill), Willie Dunphy (Clough-Ballacolla), Stephen Bergin (Clough-Ballacolla)

Carlow defeated Laois in the Joe McDonagh Cup earlier this year but they began their Walsh Cup campaign away to Dublin on Wednesday night.

They lost 2-21 to 1-16 and must defeat Laois here today if they are to have any chance of topping the group and making the semi finals.

You can follow all the action as it happens on our Live Blog.

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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.