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Your guide to Laois’s Round 4 Allianz Hurling League clash v Carlow

Laois take on Offaly in Round 4 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 match throws-in in Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow on Sunday, February 24 at 2pm.

Team news

Laois boss Eddie Brennan has named an unchanged side from the one that defeated Offaly last weekend.

It is unsurprising that he has kept faith with the 15 that served him so well last weekend.

LAOIS: Enda Rowland (St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix); Joe Phelan (Camross), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton), Donnacha Hartnett (Mountmellick); Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown), Jake Cranny (St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix); John Lennon (Rosenallis), Sean Downey (Ballinakill); Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton), Eanna Lyons (Ballyfin), Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill); Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Erill), Willie Dunphy (Clough-Ballacolla), Stephen Maher (Clough-Ballacolla)

Carlow forward Martin Kavanagh is rated as doubtful for the hosts but he has been named to start.

CARLOW: Brian Treacy; Alan Corcoran, Paul Doyle, Michael Doyle; Eoin Nolan, David English, Richard Coady; Jack Kavanagh, Sean Whelan; John Michael Nolan, Martin Kavanagh, Seamus Murphy; James Doyle, Ted Joyce, Chris Nolan

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

Since being relegated from Division 1B in 2014, Carlow spent every year until this year in Division 2A.

They reached the league final three times in that period but came out on the wrong side before eventually getting back up last year by defeating Westmeath.

They also won the first ever edition of the Joe McDonagh Cup last year – meaning they will play in the Leinster championship this year.

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

It has been mixed. Carlow defeated us well last year in the Joe McDonagh Cup on their way to glory.

Back in 2017, Laois defeated Carlow in an All-Ireland Qualifier in the championship.

So history would suggest there won’t be much in this.

Who’s the referee?

Cathal McAllister of Cork is going to be the man with the whistle.

What other Division 1B games are on this weekend?

At 1pm, bottom side Offaly host Galway in Tullamore. While at 2pm, Dublin will take on Waterford.

What are the odds on the game? 

The bookies cannot split these two. Laois and Carlow are both even money to win while the draw is 8/1,

How much is it to get in?

Adults are €20 while U-16s go free. Students/OAPs are €15.

Is there a curtain raiser?

There is no curtain raiser to this game.

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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.