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BREAKING: Laois senior football team named for All-Ireland Qualifier against Offaly

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Laois senior football boss John Sugrue has named his team for Round 3 of the the All-Ireland Qualifiers against Offaly.

Laois face their neighbours in a championship match for the first time since 2006 at 7pm on Saturday June 29 in O’Moore Park.

Ahead of the game, the manager has made two changes from the team that defeated Derry in Dungiven last week.

Sean O’Flynn is in at wing back for Trevor Collins while Damien O’Connor returns to the team in place of Conor Boyle.

Mark Timmons (broken hand) and Colm Begley (Achilles) are not named to start once again on Saturday.

The pair missed the Leinster semi final defeat to Meath three weeks ago having picked up the injuries in the quarter final win over Westmeath.

The Laois team actually shows seven changes from the side that defeated Offaly in the league earlier this year.

As well as the aforementioned Begley and Timmons, Trevor Collins, Marty Scully, Eoin Lowry, Benny Carroll and Ross Munnelly all started that day.

We will be in O’Moore Park on Saturday evening where we will bring you all the action as it happens on our Live Blog.

If Laois can win this game, they will go into the Round 4 draw where they will meet either Galway, Cavan or Cork.

They cannot play Meath if they reach this round having already met them this year in the Leinster semi final.

LAOIS: Graham Brody (Portlaoise); Stephen Attride (Killeshin), Denis Booth (The Heath), Gareth Dillon (Portlaoise); Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood), Robert Pigott (Portarlington), Patrick O’Sullivan (Portarlington); John O’Loughlin (St Brigid’s), Kieran Lillis (Portlaoise); Daniel O’Reilly (Griaguecullen), Donie Kingston (Arles-Killeen), Damien O’Connor (Timahoe); Paul Kingston (Arles-Killeen), Colm Murphy (Portarlington), Evan O’Carroll (Crettyard).

Meanwhile, Offaly have also named their team for the game and it is an unchanged one from the side which defeated Sligo last weekend.

From Laois’s meeting with Offaly in the league back in March, there are a number of positional switches but just one in personnel as veteran Niall McNamee is there instead of Paul McConway.

McConway started that game at wing back, a place now filled by Niall Darby. Cathal Mangan played midfield that day but he is in at wing forward with Peter Cunnigham moving to midfield and Anton Sullivan coming out to centre forward.

OFFALY: Paddy Dunican; Declan Hogan, Eoin Rigney, David Dempsey; Cian Donohoe, Johnny Moloney, Niall Darby; Eoin Carroll, Peter Cunningham; Shane Horan, Anton Sullivan, Cathal Mangan; Bernard Allen, Niall McNamee, Ruairi McNamee

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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.