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Laois football team named for crucial clash with Carlow this Sunday

Laois senior footballers - Paul Dargan

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The Laois senior football team to face Carlow in Sunday’s must-win Allianz Football League Division 3 game in O’Moore Park shows three changes from the side that beat Offaly last weekend. 

Robbie Pigott, Conor Boyle and Paul Cahillane all come into the side with Marty Scully, Ross Munnelly and Colm Murphy making way.

The personnel changes also lead to a couple of positional switches with Pigott in at centre-back where he started against Down, Louth and Longford and Colm Begley moving to the wing.

Conor Boyle returns to the starting team having only come on as a sub against Offaly and he goes to centre-forward with Donie Kingston moving back into the full-forward line alongside top scorer Evan O’Carroll and Paul Cahillane.

Interestingly, Cahillane is named at full-forward with Kingston and O’Carroll in the corners.

Cahillane is rewarded with a starting position having scored a crucial goal in the win over Offaly after coming on as a sub to add to the goal he scored in the Round 1 win over Down.

Laois must win to have a chance of promotion and of reaching the Division 2 final. They also need Longford to do them a favour and beat Westmeath.

The postponed Louth-Westmeath game may need to be played next week depending on how this weekend’s fixtures go.

Carlow need a draw to avoid returning to Division 4 as a Laois win combined with an Offaly win over already-relegated Sligo would send Carlow down.

This weekend’s other games see Sligo play Offaly, Down face Louth and Longford meeting Westmeath.

The Laois-Carlow game throws in at 2pm on Sunday in O’Moore Park.

The Laois team in full is: Graham Brody; Stephen Attride, Mark Timmons, Gareth Dillon; Trevor Collins, Robbie Pigott, Colm Begley; John O’Loughlin, Kieran Lillis; Eoin Lowry, Conor Boyle, Benny Carroll; Evan O’Carroll, Paul Cahillane, Donie Kingston.

SEE ALSO – Explained: How the Laois senior football team can reach the Division 3 final and clinch promotion


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