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Your guide to Laois’s Round 3 Allianz Football League clash in O’Moore Park v Sligo

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Laois take on Sligo in Round 3 of their Allianz Football League Division 3 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

John Sugrue named his team on Friday night and there are a lot of switches.

Sugrue has made a massive eight changes to the side who suffered their first-ever league defeat under his helm last week for the game against Sligo today.

There are first league starts of the year for Colm Begley and Donie Kingston at wing-back and centre-forward respectively, a league debut for Mark Barry from O’Dempsey’s and Marty Scully from Ballyroan, a first start for Kevin Meaney in two years, for Paul Cahillane in three years and for Danny O’Reilly since last year’s league after he missed all of the championship because of a horror head injury following an assault in Carlow.

Evan O’Carroll also returns to the side after being left out last week and his busy schedule of games continues between his Laois commitments and his Sigerson Cup duties with UCD.

With Kieran Lillis suspended following a straight red card against Louth, Meaney is named to start in midfield, having not even featured among the match-day 26 prior to this.

Those to miss out from last week’s starting team are Adam Campion, Robbie Pigott, Lillis, Damien O’Connor, Sean Byrne, Ross Munnelly, Colm Murphy and Paul Kingston.

There are also a host of positional switches with captain Stephen Attride moving to centre-back, Gareth Dillon moving to corner-back and Conor Boyle switching to wing-forward.

LAOIS: Graham Brody (Portlaoise); David Seale (Portlaoise), Shane Nerney (O’Dempsey’s), Gareth Dillon (Portlaoise); Marty Scully (Ballyroan-Abbey), Stephen Attride (Killeshin), Colm Begley (Stradbally); John O’Loughlin (St Brigid’s), Kevin Meaney (Arles-Kilcruise); Danny O’Reilly (Graiguecullen), Donie Kingston (Arles-Killeen), Conor Boyle (Portlaoise); Paul Cahillane (Portlaoise), Evan O’Carroll (Crettyard), Mark Barry (O’Dempsey’s)

Sligo have not yet named their starting team.

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

Sligo have to be one of the most consistent teams in the country.

Since 2015, they have finished in either fourth or fifth position in Division 3. So for the last four seasons, they have neither contested for promotion or been threatened with relegation.

They have lost their first two matches this season though and another loss here will leave them in relegation trouble.

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

Laois’s last meeting with Sligo was in 2017 when Peter Creedon’s side travelled to Connacht for a Round 4 clash. 

It wasn’t a happy trip either as a Kevin Meaney red card just before half time cost them as they went down by two points – 2-10 to 0-18.

You have to go back to 2011 for the next meeting with Sligo and this was once again in Markievicz Park.

Laois won that Division 2 game by 1-14 to 2-8 and went on to defeat Donegal to secure promotion to Division 1.

Who’s the referee?

Fergal Smyth from Offaly will be the man in the middle.

What other Division 3 games are on this weekend?

Down defeated Westmeath last night to move top of the Division while Offaly face Louth and Carlow take on Longford in the other games.

What are the odds?

Laois are favourites at 2/7 with Sligo at 10/3 and the draw at 8/1. On the handicap betting, Laois (-4) is 11/10 while Louth (+4) is 10/11. In other words, the bookies think Laois will win handy.

How much is it to get in?

Adults are €10 while U-16s go free. Students/OAPs are €5

Is there a curtain raiser?

There isn’t.

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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.