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LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Laois footballers take on Down in opening round of league

The Laois senior footballers are in Newry this evening as they take on Down in the opening round of their Allianz Football League Division 3 campaign.

It’s a meeting of a Laois side promoted from Division 4 last year and Down outfit that dropped from Division 2.

But the sides are the joint favourites for promotion and a tight game is expected.

The Laois side named by manager John Sugrue shows seven changes from the team knocked out of last year’s championship by Monaghan – and three league debutants in Sean Byrne and Colm Murphy (both Portarlington) and Adam Campion (St Joseph’s).

There is also a return to the Laois jersey for Portlaoise’s David Seale and Conor Boyle after a spell away and for Port’s Robbie Pigott at centre-back.

Down are under the management of Paddy Tally who is in his first inter-county managerial job after impressive spells in a coaching role with Mickey Harte’s Tyrone and Kevin Walsh’s Galway.

The game throws in at 7pm in Pairc Esler and we’ll be live blogging every minute of the action.

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