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Your guide to Laois’s Round 2 Allianz Hurling League clash v Waterford

Laois and Waterford

Laois take on Waterford in Round 2 of their Allianz Hurling League Division 1B campaign this afternoon.

Here we guide you through what you need to know:

When, where, what time?

The game throws in at 2pm in O’Moore Park.

Team news

Eddie Brennan named his team on Friday night and it showed one change from the side that lost to Galway last week.

Ballinakill’s Sean Downey goes in at wing-back instead of Padraig Delaney.

Other than that, the team lines out as per last weekend’s setup – which means that interestingly there is still no place for Cha Dwyer.

LAOIS: Enda Rowland (Abbeyleix); Joe Phelan (Camross), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton), Donnacha Hartnett (Mountmellick); Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown), Sean Downey (Ballinakill); Conor Phelan (Castletown) PJ Scully (Borris-Kilcotton); Eanna Lyons (Ballyfin), Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Errill), Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill); John Lennon (Rosenallis), Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton), Stephen Maher (Clough-Ballacolla).

The Waterford team shows four changes to the one which defeated Offaly by 2-28 to 0-7 last weekend.

Shane Fives, DJ Foran, Brian O’Halloran and Shane Bennett drop out of the team to be replaced by Patrick Ryan, Jack Prendergast, Colm Roche and Stephen Roche.

WATERFORD: Billy Nolan; Shane McNulty, Conor Prunty, Noel Connors; Mark O’Brien, Tadhg de Burca, Michael Walsh; Kevin Moran, Stephen Roche; Colm Roche, Michael Kearney, Jack Prendergast; Thomas Ryan, Stephen Bennett, Patrick Ryan

What have Waterford been like in the last couple of seasons?

Waterford were relegated from Division 1A last year and it will be between themselves and Galway to see who will win this division this year.

They were in the All-Ireland final as recently as 2017 where they were defeated by Galway – so that will tell you all you need to know about how good they are.

How did Waterford get on in pre-season?

Waterford competed in group B of the Munster Hurling league this year.

They got off to a great start with a win over Cork but a narrow one point loss to eventual champions Clare meant they failed to progress from their group.

What’s Laois’s recent history like against Waterford?

You have to go back to 2015 for the last competitive meeting between Laois and Waterford which was also a Division 1B league match.

It was a mauling for Cheddar Plunkett’s men in Dungarvan as Waterford won by 3-21 to 0-12 – Pauric Mahony scoring 1-14.

The sides met the previous year in an All-Ireland Qualifier where once again the Deise came out on top on a scoreline of 2-22 to 1-15.

Who’s the referee?

Antrim referee Colum Cunning will be the man in the middle.

What other Division 1B games are on this weekend?

Offaly face Dublin and Carlow host Galway in the other two games.

What are the odds?

Unsurprisingly, Waterford are overwhelming favourites with the bookies. They are 1/20 while Laois are 9/1 and the draw is 20/1.

How much is it to get in?

It’s €20 for adults. Children U-16 go free.

Is there a curtain raiser?

Yes there is actually.

The First Year hurling final between Mountrath CS and St Fergal’s Rathdowney will take place at 12.15pm.

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