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Your guide as Laois Ladies face Clare in rescheduled round four battle

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As the cold snap and snow took hold of the country at the start of the month, Laois saw their round four clash with Clare being called off a mere half hour before the game.

Now, they are ready to meet the Banner County again in this round four rescheduled fixture.

Here is all you need to know before the game.

When, where, what time?

Laois face Clare in Doonbeg, Clare, on Sunday March 31 at 2pm.

What has Clare’s form been like this season?

Clare are currently third from the bottom of the table, above Tyrone and Laois. They have played five matches; winning one, drawing two and losing two.

They drew with Kerry 4-8 to 1-17 in their league opener after the Kingdom landed a late free to take a share of the spoils from Doonbeg. Another draw followed when they faced Wexford in round two on Sunday 10 February.

Their first defeat came at the hands of Cavan in round three, where they lost 2-11 to 2-8. Armagh defeated the Banner county  3-11 to 2-10 while they recorded their first win in the league over Tyrone, winning 1-12 to 1-11.

Who’s managing Clare and what players should we watch out for?

Managing the Clare ladies panel is James Murrihy. Murrihy was appointed manager at the end of 2017.

Murrihy has an extensive background in management. He guided Corofin to the Clare Intermediate Football title while he was also part of the Kilmurry backroom team for their 2016 county championship win.

O’Connor Cup winning University of Limerick manager DJ Collins is on board as coach with the Banner County.

Among Clare’s big names are Niamh O’Dea and Laurie Ryan – who have both tasted their fair share of big days with both their county and college, University of Limerick.

Ryan was named the inaugural winner of the WGPA Young Leader Award for 2018.

Ireland Hockey international Naomi Carroll was dealt a huge blow when she sustained cruciate knee ligament damage during last year’s TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate quarter-final against Meath.

However is on course to make her return later in the year, in time for the 2019 championship.

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.

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

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.

Who’s the referee?

The man in the middle for this game is Eamonn Moran from Kerry.

What other Division 2 games are on this weekend?

There is one other game being played in division 2 this weekend, another rescheduled fixture.

Third place Kerry take on Wexford in Mallow at 1pm for their round four clash.

How much is it to get in?

It’s €10 to get in for adults and €5 for students and senior citizens.

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Siún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.