The Laois minor footballers continue their Leinster championship campaign this evening in O’Moore Park against Westmeath.
This is the second of three group games and if Laois can win the remaining two and top their group, they will go straight through to the semi final.
Laois began two weeks ago away to Carlow and were very lucky to emerge with a draw.
They trailed by three points as we headed for the final stages by Brian Whelan and Rioghan Murphy dug them out of a serious hole.
Whelan kicked the levelling free in the sixth minute of injury time to snatch a draw.
Westmeath defeated Longford by 2-8 to 0-8 in Round 1 and they know a win here will all but guarantee them a place in the semi finals.
Ahead of the game, Laois have made three changes to the team that started against Carlow – as well as a number of positional switches.
Nathan Little, Paul O’Flynn and Ciaran Burke (concussion) drop out of the starting 15 with their places going to Orrie Doran, PJ Ward and Kevin Swayne.
Killeshin’s Doran forms part of a brand new full back line alongside captain Sean Greene and Jamie Kelly with Simon Fingleton and Eddie Critchley promoted to the half back line with Mark Kehoe.
Portlaoise’s Kevin Swayne comes into midfield with Stradbally’s Conor Goode moving into the full forward line.
Portarlington’s PJ Ward is on a half forward line with clubmate Rioghan Murphy and Oisin Hooney while Colin Dunne moves from centre forward to corner forward.
Laois are still without Oisin Byrne (knee) and Eamonn Delaney (ankle) while Ciaran Burke (concussion) and Ciaran O’Neill (broken toe) have now joined them on the sidelines.
The game takes place at 7.30pm in O’Moore Park on Wednesday night.
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