Laois hurling manager Eddie Brennan starting 15 for the Joe McDonagh Cup Final has been announced this evening.
The countdown to the Laois senior hurlers’ first appearance in Croke Park since 2005 and the first final appearance in GAA HQ since 1985 is almost complete.
Laois booked their final place with a game to spare thanks to wins over Offaly, Antrim and Kerry.
It meant their final group game against Westmeath didn’t matter and they fielded a much-changed side and earned a draw.
Mark Kavanagh has been named to start after missing the two past games between Kerry and Westmeath, while Lee Cleere makes a start in the full-back line.
LAOIS: Enda Rowland (St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix); Lee Cleere (Clough-Ballacolla), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton), Donnacha Hartnett (Mountmellick); Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill) Ryan Mullaney (Castletown), Padraig Delaney (The Harps); John Lennon (Rosenallis) Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill); Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton), Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Errill), Stephen Maher (Clough-Ballacolla); Willie Dunphy (Clough-Ballacolla), Charles Dwyer (Ballinakill), Ross King (Rathdowney-Errill)