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Experimental Laois set to conclude O’Byrne Cup campaign away to Wicklow

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Donie Kingston is back in action for Laois this evening

This evening, the Laois senior footballers will bring the curtain down on their latest O’Byrne Cup campaign.

John Sugrue’s men travel to Bray Emmett’s to face their hosts in a game that is a dead rubber for both teams.

Laois lost both of their opening games to Wexford and Meath while Wicklow went down to Wexford and Louth – meaning neither can qualify for the semi final regardless of the result.

So with that in mind, manager Sugrue has once again reshuffled his pack with 12 changes from the Wexford game.

What it all means is that when the ball is thrown in on Saturday evening, 41 different players will have pulled on a Laois jersey this season.

The team for this game sees first starts for stalwarts from 2018 Donie Kingston and Trevor Collins while Portlaoise players also make appearances for the first time.

David Seale and Conor Boyle are in to start and both have been away from the county scene for a number of years.

Seale, who was named Portlaoise player of the year at their awards night on New Year’s Eve, last played for Laois under Mick Lillis in 2016.

While you have to go back to 2015 for the last time that Conor Boyle pulled on a Laois shirt which was under Tomas Ó Flatharta.

After this game, Laois are scheduled to play challenge matches against the likes of Tipperary and Kerry before the National League gets underway.

That begins on Saturday January 26 and Laois face the long away trip to Newry to take on Down in Division 3.

But before all of that, this game will throw in at 6pm this evening.

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