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Your guide to Laois’s Round 5 Allianz Football League clash v Longford

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Laois take on Longford in Round 5 of their Allianz Football League Division 3 campaign this evening.

Here we guide you through what you need to know:

When, where, what time?

The game throws in at 7pm in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise.

Team news

Laois senior football manager John Sugrue named his team to face Longford on Thursday night.

Following on from the loss against Westmeath last weekend, manager Sugrue has made six changes to the starting team.

There are first appearances of the season for Portlaoise’s Benny Carroll and Graiguecullen’s Mark Timmons.

Carroll has not played since injuring his quad playing for Portlaoise last year and this will be his first game since then.

Meanwhile, Timmons was named to start in the first game against Down but suffered an asthmatic attack the night before and has been sidelined ever since.

Portarlington’s Sean Byrne, who went off injured in the first minute of the Round 2 loss against Louth, also returns to the side while Ross Munnelly, who top-scored in that defeat to Louth, is also in from the start.

Robbie Piggot is also back after his injury lay off too while Kieran Lillis comes back into midfield.

Out of the team go Mark Barry, Denis Booth, Kevin Meaney, Damien O’Connor, Paul Cahillane, and the injured David Seale.

LAOIS: Graham Brody; Stephen Attride, Mark Timmons, Gareth Dillon; Marty Scully, Robbie Pigott, Colm Begley; John O’Loughlin, Kieran Lillis; Conor Boyle, Benny Carroll, Sean Byrne; Ross Munnelly, Donie Kingston, Evan O’Carroll

Longford have not yet named their team.

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

Longford have been in Division 3 since they got promoted from Division 4 in 2015.

Back then, they defeated Offaly in the final in Croke Park and they have remained in Division 3 ever since.

They went close to promotion last year but ended up third behind Armagh and Fermanagh.

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

Laois and Longford met twice in 2017 when Laois were under the guidance of Peter Creedon.

And Laois emerged victorious on both occasions. They defeated Longford by 1-13 to 0-13 in Division 3 before ultimately losing to Offaly and being relegated.

And Laois repeated the trick in the championship later that year as Paul Kingston inspired them to a 4-15 to 0-16 win in Round 1 of Leinster. 

Who’s the referee?

Conor Lane from Cork is the man in the middle.

What other Division 3 games are on this weekend?

There are two other Division 3 games set to take place on the evening.

Leaders Down host Offaly at 7pm while Carlow take on Louth at the same time.

On Sunday, Sligo will face Westmeath.

What are the odds?

Laois are the bookies favourites at 4/7 while Longford are 7/4. 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?

No there is not.

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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.