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Your guide to Laois Ladies’ round 4 clash with Clare

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Caoimhe Simms of Laois in action. Photo by Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

Laois Ladies take on Clare this weekend in round 4 of the national league in division 2.

Here’s what you need to know before the game:

When, where, what time?

Laois are making the trip away to Doonbeg to face Clare this Sunday, March 3 at 2pm.

Team news

Laois will be hoping to get their first win under the belt over fellow intermediate side Clare this weekend. After suffering losses to Armagh, Tyrone and Kerry, David Gibson’s side now turn to Doonbeg in the hopes of getting their first points on the board of 2019.

No starting team has been finalised as of yet but the half-back line of Ellen Healy (Portlaoise), Clodagh Dunne (Ballyroan), Anna Healy (Park-Ratheniska) has been there from the beginning of the league.

What have Clare been like so far this season?

So far, James Murrihy’s charges have drawn two and lost one game in division 2. They shared the spoils with Kerry and Wexford and lost out to Cavan by three points.

The 2016 beaten All-Ireland intermediate finalists made it to the same stage as Laois in last year’s intermediate championship – the quarter-final. However this was where the journey ended for the Banner as they were defeated by Meath 2-11 to 1-10.

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

Last year Laois suffered a disappointing defeat to Clare in the opening round of the national league.

Following relegation to the intermediate championship the previous year – they got their league season off to a slow start and trailed by six points after 15 minutes. And while they battled hard for the remainder of the game, they were always playing catch up and Cavan eventually pulled away to record a 10-point win.

In 2017, Laois recorded a resounding victory over Clare in the league – battening down the hatches early on and scoring 2-14 to Clare’s 0-12.

Who’s the referee?

The man in the middle for this game is John Devlin (Tyrone).

What other Division 2 games are on this weekend?

Other division 2 games taking place this Sunday see Wexford travelling to Kerry while Waterford play Cavan in Cavan.

Tyrone host neighbours and top of the table side Armagh on Saturday evening.

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