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Laois footballers learn Leinster championship opponents for 2020

The Laois footballers will play Longford or Louth in the Leinster championship in 2020.

The provincial draw was made this morning on RTE Radio 1 and sees Laois drawn to play the winners of Longford or Louth in the quarter-final.

Laois last met Longford in the opening round of the 2017 Leinster championship when two goals from Paul Kingston helped Laois to a big win.

Laois’s last meeting against Louth was in 2013 when Louth beat Laois in O’Moore Park.

Because of reaching this year’s Leinster semi-final, Laois were one of the seeded teams along with All Ireland champions Dublin, Meath and Kildare and were so granted a bye to the quarter-finals.

Laois were beaten by Meath in that Leinster semi-final having beaten Westmeath in the opening round. They later recovered to beat Derry and Offaly in the Qualifiers before losing to Cork in Round 4.

Manager John Sugrue stepped down shortly after that defeat, bringing an end to his two-year spell in charge.

Former Kerry player Micheal Quirke has been chosen as the new Laois football manager though his appointment awaits ratification at next week’s full meeting of Laois County Board.

Quirke is in the process of assembling a backroom team and he should be officialy in place ahead of next Sunday’s Laois SFC final and opening round of the Divisional football competition which gets underway on Saturday evening.

The draw in full is:

Round 1

  • Carlow v Offaly
  • Wexford v Wicklow
  • Louth v Longford

Quarter-finals

  • Kildare v Carlow or Offaly
  • Meath v Wexford or Wicklow
  • Laois v Louth or Longford
  • Dublin v Westmeath

The semi-final draw will be made after the quarter-finals are completed next summer.

Meanwhile, Laois are also awaiting confirmation of their 2020 Allianz Football League Division 2 fixtures. Laois will be up against Westmeath, Kildare, Armagh, Cavan, Fermanagh, Roscommon and Clare with the opening round of games scheduled for the weekend of January 25.

Elsewhere, there is no draw for the Leinster hurling championship which is now played on a round robin format including the five competing teams.

The exact schedule hasn’t been announced yet but Laois are due to be away to Kilkenny and Dublin and at home to Galway and Wexford.

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