The Laois senior footballers took Meath in Navan this afternoon where they lost out by 10 points.
Mike Quirke’s charges suffered their second loss of the O’Byrne Cup after they went down to Offaly in Round but beat Wexford with Mark Barry’s last minute free before Christmas and now, they’re out of the competition.
But today marked the return of Ballylinan’s Gary Walsh who played his first inter-county game in a year and a half.
Walsh was dropped from the panel by former manager, John Sugrue, before the league last year but Quirke brought him back into the set up for the 2020 season.
Sugrue confirmed he had cut the Ballylinan forward in 2018 which brought to an end a tumultuous year for him that was packed with highs and lows – from scoring a total of 4-41 in the Division 4 league to causing social media outrage after a tweet saga.
Today, however, he was back after being introduced in the 57th minute.
Walsh played a huge role for Ballylinan this year as they overcame Courtwood in Round 3 of the Laois SFC where he popped over 11 points to see his side advance.
This was just after his return from America for the summer where he lead Donegal Boston to victory scoring 1-7 to defeat Aidan McAnespies in dramatic circumstances in the Boston Senior Football Championship.
Given the influence he has had in the last few months with the teams he’s played with, it is not too much to assume he could have a good impact on this Laois squad given the absenence of the Kingstons.