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Here’s your guide to the Laois U-20s Leinster final clash with Dublin

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We’re back in O’Connor Park tonight as the Laois U-20 footballers take on Dublin in the final of the Leinster championship.

Here we guide you through what you need to know:

When, where, what time?

The game throws in at 7.30pm in O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

Team news

Laois U-20 football boss Billy O’Loughlin named his starting team to face Dublin on Thursday.

Unsurprisingly, the manager has named an unchanged team from the side that defeated Meath in the semi final last week.

LAOIS: Matthew Byron (Courtwood); Michael Dowling (Portlaoise), Seamus Lacey (Ballylinan), Alex Mohan (Portarlington); Colin Slevin (Portarlington), Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood), Dean Brophy (St Joseph’s); Robert Tyrell (Camross), Eoin Dunne (Rosenallis); Ronan Coffey (Portarlington), Michael Doran (Killeshin), Mark Barry (O’Dempseys); Alan Kinsella (Courtwood), Dan McCormack (O’Dempsey’s), Diarmuid Whelan (Ballyroan-Abbey)

And like Laois, Dublin have also named the same 15 from their semi final win over Wexford.

DUBLIN: David O’Hanlon (Na Fianna); Darren Maher (St Patrick’s, Donabate), Daire Newcombe (Lucan Sarsfields), Eoin O’Dea (Na Fianna); Kieran Kennedy (Ballyboden St Enda’s), Neil Matthews (Erin’s Isle), Seán Lambe (St Vincent’s); Peadar O Cofaigh Byrne (Cuala), Donal Ryan (Na Fianna); Niall O’Leary (Kilmacud Crokes), Karl Lynch Bissett (Naomh Mearnóg), James Doran (Na Fianna); Brian O’Leary (Na Fianna), Ciarán Archer (St Maur’s), Ross McGarry (Ballyboden St Enda’s).

How did both teams reach this stage?

Laois had to take part in a preliminary round where they face All-Ireland and Leinster champions Kildare in Newbridge two weeks ago.

Billy O’Loughlin’s charges trailed by a point at half time but led by captain Diarmuid Whelan they turned it around to win by three in the end.

He kicked ten points of Laois’s total with only a last minute Kildare penalty making it look a little closer than it was – 0-17 to 1-11.

Up next for Laois was Westmeath last week where they received an almighty shock and needed a late Alan Kinsella free to force extra time where they triumphed. 

Last week’s semi final against Meath was far more comfortable with an Alan Kinsella goal helping Laois to wrap things up by half time.

The game finished 1-13 to 0-7 in the end as Laois booked their place in a first provincial decider at this level in 10 years.

As for Dublin, they received a bye to the quarter final stage where they absolutely trashed Longford by 4-21 to 0-7.

Up next in the semi final was a rather defensive Wexford side but once again Dublin had little trouble as they won 1-17 to 0-6.

When did Dublin and Laois last meet at this level?

Laois’s most recent meetings with Dublin at this level have not been happy affairs.

Their last clash came in 2012 in Parnell Park when Ciaran Kilkenny ran riot as Dublin won their quarter final clash by 2-21 to 0-4.

Before that, you have to go back to the 2009 Leinster final where a Jim Gavin managed Dublin defeated Laois in O’Moore Park by 0-12 to 0-9. 

What do we know about this Dublin team?

Laois played Dublin in a Leinster U-17 football championship semi final and the main scorer on this team was in action that night.

Ciaran Archer, who has scored 3-6 in his two games so far, kicked 1-10 that night as Dublin ran out 1-16 to 1-14 winners to advance to the Leinster final. 

He is the only Dublin player that played that night who is in the starting 15 this evening while Michael Dowling, Seán O’Flynn, Alex Mohan, Colin Slevin, Dean Brophy, Ronan Coffey and Mark Barry all played for Laois two years ago.

This Dublin team have scored 5-38 and conceded just 0-13 in their two games to date (wins over Longford and Wexford). Ten players have contributed to their scoring tally.

Scoring Chart: Ciarán Archer 3-16 (1-0 pen, 0-12f), Ross McGarry 0-6 (0-2f), Harry Ladd 1-2, James Doran 0-4, Brian O’Leary 0-4, David Lacey 1-1, Niall O’Leary 0-2, Karl Lynch Bissett 0-1, Mark Lavin 0-1, Conor Kinsella 0-1

What will happen after this game?

If Laois win, they will face Galway next weekend in the All-Ireland semi final and that will lead to a postponement of the club championships here as a result.

What are the odds?

Dublin are clear 1/4 favourites while Laois are 7/2. The draw is 10/1,

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