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Laois senior hurling team named for Joe McDonagh Cup clash with Offaly as King returns

Ross King in action for Laois

Laois senior hurling manager Eddie Brennan has named his starting team to face Offaly in Round 1 of the Joe McDonagh Cup.

And the team shows five changes from the one that faced Limerick two months ago in the National League quarter final.

Most notably is the instant inclusion of former Laois senior hurling captain Ross King who returns to the team.

John Lennon is in in midfield in place of Sean Downey while Cha Dwyer comes in for the injured Aaron Dunphy.

Willie Dunphy, Eanna Lyons and Ross King come into the team in place of Mark Dowling, Neil Foyle and Stephen Bergin.

LAOIS: Enda Rowland (St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix); Joe Phelan (Camross), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton), Donnacha Hartnett (Mountmellick); Lee Cleere (Clough-Ballacolla), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown), Padraig Delaney (The Harps); Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), John Lennon (Rosenallis); Cha Dwyer (Ballinakill), Willie Dunphy (Clough-Ballacolla), Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill); Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Errill), Eanna Lyons (Ballyfin), Ross King (Rathdowney-Errill)

The game throws in at 7pm on Saturday May 11 in Tullamore.

This is the first of four Joe McDonagh Cup games that Laois will play.

This will face Antrim and Westmeath at home either side of an away trip to Kerry.

You will be able to follow all of the action as it happens over on our Live Blog on Saturday evening.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.