The Laois footballers will face Derry in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers following this morning’s draw on RTE Radio 1.
Laois did not enter the Qualifiers last year until Round 4 but now do so two stages earlier following yesterday’s exit from the Leinster championship.
This game is scheduled to take place on Saturday June 22 and Laois are due to be in away to Derry in Celtic Park but this will be confirmed by the CCC on Tuesday.
Laois last played Derry in Division 2 of the league in 2016 where despite conceding five goals, they managed to get a draw.
While the last championship meeting between the teams was back in 2007 where Derry dumped Laois out of the Qualifiers in Round 3 on a 1-18 to 2-11 scoreline a week after Dublin had beaten Laois in the Leinster final.
Not for the first time in the history of Laois football, Meath proved too strong for Laois in Croke Park yesterday.
In GAA Headquarters, they recorded a 3-13 to 0-11 win over John Sugrue’s side to book a Leinster final place in two weeks time and send Laois into the All Ireland Qualifiers.
Laois competed well with the Royals over the course of the 70 minutes but they struggled to turn their possession into scores.
Meath led 2-6 to 0-7 at half time and despite Laois having four decent goal chances in the second half, they couldn’t get the goal they needed.
And Meath made sure of the win when midfielder Bryan Menton got their third goal with ten minutes remaining.
The Round 2 draw in full is as follows:
Westmeath v Limerick
Longford v Tyrone
Antrim v Kildare
Clare v Leitrim
Down v Mayo
Derry v Laois
Offaly v Sligo
Monaghan v Armagh