After a two-day delay, the Laois U-20 footballers are set to face Westmeath this evening in the quarter final of the Leinster championship this evening.
The game, originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, was called off after the pitch in MW Hire O’Moore Park became unplayable due to a
deluge of rain prior to throw in.
Here is all you need to know about the game:
When, where, what time?
This Monday evening, February 17, at 7.30pm in MW Hire O’Moore Park.
How much is it to get in?
Adult: €10; Student/Senior Citizen: €5; U-16s: FREE
What is the Laois team?
Laois U-20 manager Eddie Kinsella named his starting 15 for the Leinster quarter final against Westmeath on Friday – and it did not include senior players Mark Barry or Sean O’Flynn.
Both of them played yesterday for the Laois seniors in their defeat to Cavan and it is unlikely they will appear here tonight.
This is a further blow to Kinsella’s charges who were already without the services of Niall Dunne (injured) and Colin Slevin (suspended) from the team that reached the Leinster U-20 final last year.
That said, the starting 15 still contains eight players who played a role in that Laois team who reached the decider in 2019 where they were defeated by Dublin.
Matthew Byron is in goals while Michael Dowling, Dean Brophy, Jack Lacey and Alex Mohan, who made his senior debut in the O’Byrne Cup this year, are all back this year.
Neil Keane and Gary Saunders are newcomers in defence while Barry Howlin comes into midfield with Damon Larkin a new face on the half forward line.
Midfielder PJ Daly, centre forward Jack Owens and captain Ronan Coffey were all on the team last year but it is a brand new full forward line.
Portarlington duo Sean Michael Corcoran and Darragh Galvin are joined here by St Joseph’s Josh Lacey – younger brother of wing back Jack.
LAOIS: Matthew Byron (Courtwood); Michael Dowling (Portlaoise); Alex Mohan (Portarlington), Neil Keane (The Heath); Dean Brophy (St Joseph’s), Gary Saunders (Portlaoise), Jack Lacey (St Joseph’s); PJ Daly (The Heath), Barry Howlin (O’Dempsey’s); Ronan Coffey (Portarlington), Jack Owens (Emo), Damon Larkin (Portlaoise); Sean Michael Corcoran (Portarlington), Darragh Galvin (Portarlington), Josh Lacey (St Joseph’s)
Subs: Niall Gorman (Emo), Sean O’Neill (The Rock), Ross Bolger (Killeshin), Cian Doyle (Courtwood), Damien McCaul (Annanough), Seth Mooney (Courtwood), Bernard Wheatley (St Joseph’s), Dylan Kavanagh (The Heath), Killian Horgan (Annanough)
What do we know about the Westmeath team?
Last year, these sides met at the same stage of the competition in Mullingar where Laois needed extra time to get by the challenge of the Westmeath men.
Westmeath named their team for the game last Saturday also and it contained seven players who faced Laois last year.
Jordan Nugent, Eoghan Bracken, Eoin Mulvihill, Adam Flanagan, Sam McCarten, TJ Cox and Stephen McGonagle all lined out – with Flanagan and Cox the most impressive of them.
WESTMEATH: Trevor Martin; Ciaran Daly, Charlie Drumm, Stephen McGonagle; Eoghan Bracken, Eoin Mulvihill, Darragh Seery; Adam Flanagan, John Tumelty; Jack Murtagh, Shane Allen, Sam McCartan; Sam Maxwell, TJ Cox, Jason Nugent
What happens after this?
At the weekend, there were wins for Dublin, Meath and Kildare over Longford, Wexford and Offaly respectively.
The semi finals are scheduled for this coming weekend with Dublin facing Meath in one and the winners of tonight’s game playing Kildare.
If Laois defeat Westmeath, they will be at home to Kildare on Saturday.
What are the odds?
In terms of betting, Laois are favourites at odds of 4/7. Westmeath are priced at 7/4. The draw is 13/2.
Where can I follow the action?
It’s not on TV. As always, LaoisToday will be live blogging the entire game.