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Your guide to Laois’s Round 4 Allianz Football League clash in Mullingar v Westmeath

Laois take on Westmeath in Round 4 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 2.30pm in Cusack Park, Westmeath.

Team news

Laois senior football manager John Sugrue named his team to face Westmeath on Friday night.

Following on from the win over Sligo two weeks ago, manager Sugrue has made two changes to the starting team.

Timahoe’s Damien O’Connor comes in for Graiguecullen’s Danny O’Reilly on the half forward line.

While The Heath’s Denis Booth is also in for his first appearance of the year at full back in place of Shane Nerney.

That means that Kevin Meaney keeps his place in midfield ahead of Kieran Lillis who has just returned from suspension.

LAOIS: Graham Brody; David Seale, Denis Booth, Gareth Dillon; Marty Scully, Stephen Attride, Colm Begley; John O’Loughlin, Kevin Meaney; Damien O’Connor, Donie Kingston, Conor Boyle; Paul Cahillane, Evan O’Carroll, Mark Barry

Westmeath manager Jack Cooney has also named his starting team for the game.

It shows seven changes from the side that played Laois in the quarter final of the Leinster championship last summer.

WESTMEATH: Eoin Carberry; Killian Daly, Ronan Wallace, Boidu Sayeh; David Lynch, Frank Boyle, James Dolan; Sam Duncan, Denis Corroon; Ger Egan, Callum McCormack, Jamie Gonoud; Luke Loughlin, Kieran Martin, Ronan O’Toole

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

Westmeath have been on something of a tour of the National Football League in the last five years.

Back in 2014, they were in Division 1 but they lost all seven games and were relegated.

That sent them on a tail spin where they suffered three more relegations and ended up in Division 4 in 2017 which they won.

They finished third in Division 3 last year.

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

Laois met Westmeath three times last year. They played home and away in the O’Byrne Cup with Westmeath winning both games.

The sides met again in the quarter final of the Leinster championship where Paul Kingston scored a hat-trick as Laois recorded a brilliant win on the way to the Leinster final.

Who’s the referee?

Sean Hurson from Tyrone is the man in the middle.

What other Division 3 games are on this weekend?

There are three other Division 3 games set to take place on the day.

Leaders Longford host Down at 2pm, bottom side Sligo travel to Louth at 2.30pm while Offaly face Carlow at 3pm.

What are the odds?

Laois are the bookies favourites at 8/11 while Westmeath are 11/8. The draw is 15/2.

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 is. The Westmeath hurlers face Meath in Division 2A of the hurling league at 12.30pm

SEE ALSO – Arles-Killeen and St Joseph’s advance to Kelly Cup final

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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.