The Laois U-20 footballers will bring the curtain down on their pre-season John Kerins Cup competition tomorrow afternoon when they welcome last year’s All Ireland finalists Dublin to the LOETB Centre of Excellence in Portlaoise.
Manager Eddie Kinsella has made a host of changes to his side from the one narrowly beaten by Meath last weekend as he continues his preparation for next month’s Leinster championship opener against Westmeath.
Kinsella has made five changes in all with Matthew Byron returning to start in goals instead of Niall Gorman with Brian Fingleton and Sean O’Neill coming into defence in place of Michael Dowling and Sean O’Flynn.
In attack, Darragh Galvin and Conor Goode start in place of Ross Bolger and Colin Slevin.
As Laois also lost their opening game to Kildare, they have no chance of making the knockout stages.
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.
A handful of the Laois U-20s are expected to be involved with Mike Quirke’s senior side who take on Roscommon in Dr Hyde Park in the opening round of the Allianz Football League on Sunday week.
LAOIS: Matthew Byron (Courtwood); Brian Fingleton (Park-Ratheniska), Alex Mohan (Portarlington), Neil Keane (The Heath); Sean O’Neill (The Rock), Gary Saunders (Portlaoise), Jack Lacey (St Joseph’s); Barry Howlin (O’Dempsey’s), PJ Daly (The Heath); Dean Brophy (St Joseph’s), Jack Owens (Emo), Damon Larkin (Portlaoise); Conor Goode (Stradbally), Daragh Galvin (Portarlington), Sean Michael Corcoran (Portarlington)