The Laois U-20 team to face Meath in Saturday’s John Kerins Cup game shows a number of changes from the side beaten by Kildare last week.
Manager Eddie Kinsella continues his preparation for the knockout Leinster championship in February by using his panel. The game takes place in the LOETB Centre of Excellence at 2pm on Saturday.
Niall Gorman starts in goals instead of Matthew Byron while Portlaoise’s Michael Dowling starts at corner-back with Alex Mohan moving to full back and Jack Owens from Clonaslee missing out.
Senior player Sean O’Flynn has been switched from midfield to wing-back with PJ Daly going from centre-back to wing-forward and Gary Saunders coming in to centre-back.
Darragh Galvin and Damien McCaul, who both started against Kildare in attack last week, aren’t included on this occasion with Ross Bolger and Dean Brophy selected.
While Laois lost 2-17 to 1-7 to Kildare last weekend, Meath were 2-13 to 2-11 winners over Dublin.
Laois will complete the group stages of this competition next weekend with a home clash against Dublin.
Laois face Westmeath at home in the Leinster championship quarter-final on February 15 and if they win that they will have a semi-final meeting with Louth, Offaly or Kildare a week later.
LAOIS: Niall Gorman (Emo); Michael Dowling (Portlaoise), Alex Mohan (Portarlington), Neil Keane (The Heath); Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood), Gary Saunders (Portlaoise), Jack Lacey (St Joseph’s); Barry Howlin (O’Dempsey’s), Sean Michael Corcoran (Portarlington); Dean Brophy (St Joseph’s), Colin Slevin (Portarlington), PJ Daly (The Heath); Damon Larkin (Portlaoise), Ross Bolger (Killeshin), Jack Owens (Emo)