The Laois senior footballers will take on Offaly at 7pm this Saturday, June 29, in O’Moore Park in Round 3 of the All Ireland Qualifiers.
The details have been confirmed by the GAA following this morning’s draw on RTE Radio 1.
Laois ensured their place at this stage of the championship thanks to their win away to Derry last weekend.
Laois were drawn out of the hat first and so were entitled to home advantage. The two counties have an alternate home-and-away arrangement in the Leinster championship but that doesn’t apply to when they meet in the Qualifiers.
The last time they met was in 2006 in Round 4 of the Qualifiers in O’Moore Park when a Padraig Clancy goal helped Laois to a 1-9 to 0-4 win.
Laois were later beaten by Mayo after a replay in the All Ireland quarter-final which brought the curtain down on Mick O’Dwyer’s four-year spell in charge as manager.
Offaly were also beaten by Meath in the Leinster championship before recording wins over London and Sligo in the Qualifiers.
The sides met in Round 6 of the Allianz Football League this year when Laois recorded a narrow win en route to promotion to Division 2.
Should Laois beat Offaly they will progress to Round 4 for the second year in succession and be just one game away from reaching the Super 8s.
The potential opponents for Laois in Round 4 are beaten provincial finalists Cork, Galway and Cavan. Laois couldn’t be paired with Meath as they have already met in the Leinster championship.
The Round 4 games will be played on the weekend after next, July 6/7, at a neutral venues.
And the Super 8s will begin a week a later on July 13/14 where the Round 4 winners will be away to one of the provincial champions.
There will be a round of Super 8 games in Croke Park on July 20/21 with the teams that come through the Qualifiers having a home game in the final round of the group stages on August 6/7.
All Ireland Qualifiers Round 3
- Laois v Offaly – O’Moore Park, 7pm
- Mayo v Armagh – Castlebar, 7pm (Live on Sky Sports)
- Kildare v Tyrone – Newbridge, 5pm (Live on Sky Sports)
- Westmeath v Clare – Mullingar, 6pm
All Ireland Qualifiers Round 4
Beaten provincial finalists – Meath, Cork, Galway, Cavan
Round 3 winners – Laois/Offaly, Mayo/Armagh, Kildare/Tyrone, Westmeath/Clare
- Connacht Runner-Up/Round 4 Winner
- Leinster Runner-Up/Round 4 Winner
- Munster Runner-up/Round 4 Winner
- Ulster Runner-Up/Round 4 Winner
- Super 8 Round 1 – July 13/14
- Super 8 Round 2 – July 20/21
- Super 8 Round 3 – August 3/4