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Laois minor footballers announce panel, captain and vice-captain

Laois minor football manager Donncha Phelan has named his 31-man panel for the upcoming season.

Donncha and his managerial team have spent the last number of months finalising their panel.

A total of 14 clubs are represented in total with Portlaoise leading the way with five players.

Stradbally and Ballyroan-Abbey both provide four each while Graiguecullen come next with three.

The boss has also named his captain for the year ahead with Emo’s Sean Greene being bestowed the honour.

He was on the team last year and the experience he gained from those games will undoubtedly prove vital.

Greene will be assisted by Arles-Killeen’s Oisin Byrne who will act as vice-captain.

He is set to miss the remainder of the year however after suffering a serious knee injury in a recent challenge game against Wexford.

A high contingent of the panel were on the Knockbeg College team that reached the U-16 All-Ireland final as Lee Byrne, Jamie Kelly, Orrie Doran, Ciaran Burke, Oisin Hooney and Oisin Byrne all featured.

The panel also includes a number of players who were on the panel last season.

Captain Sean Greene, Conor Goode, Eamonn Delaney, Brian Whelan, Paul O’Flynn, Nathan Little, Jamie Kelly, Rioghan Murphy, Oisin Byrne, Orrie Doran and Ciaran Burke all have experience of playing at this level from last season’s team which reached the Leinster semi final where they were beaten by eventual champions Meath.

Kilkenny are taking part in the championship this year so three groups of four have been drawn with Laois placed in Group 1 alongside Carlow, Longford and Westmeath.

The top two teams in each group will advance to the quarter final while the best two third placed teams will also join them.

Laois begin away to Carlow on Tuesday April 23 before hosting Westmeath and then concluding the group away to Longford.

LAOIS MINOR FOOTBALL PANEL 2019

Michael O’Connell (Portlaoise)
Eddie Critchley (Portlaoise)
Jack O’Connell (Portlaoise)
Ben Brennan (Portlaoise)
Kevin Swayne (Portlaoise)
Conor Goode (Stradbally)
Ciaran O’Neill (Stradbally)
Darragh Carolan (Stradbally)
Eamonn Delaney (Stradbally)
Shaun Fitzpatrick (Ballyroan Abbey)
James McWey (Ballyroan Abbey)
Brian Whelan (Ballyroan Abbey)
Davin McEvoy (Ballyroan Abbey)
Lee Byrne (Graiguecullen)
Kian Lawler (Graiguecullen)
Conor Kelly (Graiguecullen)
Nathan Little (Courtwood)
Paul O’Flynn (Courtwood)
Sean Greene (Emo) (Captain)
Patrick Hosey (Emo)
Jamie Kelly (St. Joseph’s)
Oisin Hooney (St. Joseph’s)
Oisín Byrne (Arles Kileen) (Vice-Captain)
Colin Dunne (Arles Kileen)
Rioghan Murphy (Portarlington)
PJ Ward (Portarlington)
Mark Keogh (Spink)
Orrie Doran (Killeshin)
Darragh Scully (Clonaslee St. Manman’s)
Simon Fingleton (Park Ratheniska)
Ciaran Burke (Crettyard)

Electric Ireland Leinster G.A.A. Football Minor Championship 2019
Group 1: Carlow, Laois, Longford, Westmeath
Group 2: Offaly, Wexford, Meath, Dublin
Group 3: Kilkenny, Kildare, Wicklow, Louth

Fixtures:
Round 1: Carlow v Laois April 23 in IT Carlow 7.30pm
Round 2: Westmeath v Laois May 8 in O’Moore Park 7.30pm
Round 3: Longford v Laois May 18 in Pearse Park 7.30pm
Quarter-Finals – June 1
Semi-Finals – June 22
Final – July 3/6

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