Two young soccer players from Laois have been named on the Kilkenny League side which will take part in the Kennedy Cup this summer.
Durrow Lions AFC duo Bobby Murphy and Ciaran Flynn have both made the panel for the competition.
The defenders, who also play hurling and football for The Harps, will take their places amongst the best soccer players of their age from around the country in June.
The UMBRO Kennedy Cup Tournament is the most prestigious underage soccer competition in Ireland.
It is held annually in Limerick University and attracts scouts from all over the world who come to pick out potential talent.
Each of the 32 affiliated Leagues enters a squad of twenty U-14 year-old players to compete over an entire week with additional competitions for those teams which do not progress to the latter stages of the Kennedy Cup itself.
The Midlands and Carlow Leagues have yet to confirm their squads but we would expect more Laois lads to be involved with those teams also.
Meanwhile, three young Laois players have signed contracts with League of Ireland clubs for the coming season.
Former Portlaoise AFC players Evan Hewitt and Conor Brown will both line out for Athlone Town in the U-15 Airtricity League which begins next month.
While former St Aengus player Kelvin Burke will play for St Patrick’s Athletic having signed a contract in the summer.
Best of luck to all!