The Laois footballers will face Offaly in Round 3 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 are now just one step away from reaching the stage just before the Super 8s once again.
This game is scheduled to take place on Saturday June 29 and Laois are due to be in at home to Offaly but this will be confirmed by the CCC on Tuesday.
Laois last played Offaly in Round 4 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers in O’Moore Park in 2006 which Laois won 1-9 to 0-4.
Offaly were beaten by Meath in Round 1 of Leinster but have since enjoyed wins over London and Sligo in the Qualifiers thus far.
Laois were originally drawn away to Westmeath but because the teams had already met, that could not happen again, so Westmeath were drawn against the next side out, Clare, instead.
Laois and Offaly already met in Division 3 this season where goals from Evan O’Carroll and Paul Cahillane helped Laois to a 2-12 to 0-15 win in Tullamore.
The Laois footballers recorded a thrilling win away to Derry on Saturday to book their place in Round 3 of the All Ireland Qualifiers.
In front of a packed stand in the Derry Centre of Excellence, John Sugrue’s side eked out a 1-13 to 0-12 win to progress.
Laois squandered a litany of goal chances in the second half and when Derry struck the front in the final ten minutes, it looked like the game was getting away from Laois.
But up stepped substitute Eoin Lowry and he found that killer touch that saw Laois advance to the next round.
The winners of these games will be drawn against one of Galway, Meath, Cavan or Cork with the winners of that advancing to the Super 8s.
The Round 3 draw in full is as follows:
Mayo v Armagh
Kildare v Tyrone
Westmeath v Clare
Laois v Offaly