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All you need to know as the Laois footballers face Fermanagh and hurlers take on Dublin

There are two huge games involving the Laois footballers and hurlers today.

Below, we will bring you all the information that you need to know ahead of both games:

Allianz National Football League Division 2 Round 7 – Fermanagh v Laois 
In Brewster Park, Enniskillen at 2pm

Team News

Laois football manager Mike Quirke has named his team for Saturday’s must win clash with Fermanagh.

The Kerry native has named the same team that was named to start against Westmeath – but ultimately didn’t.

Mark Timmons and Colm Begley were both injured prior to the commencement of the game and were replaced by Denis Booth and Sean O’Flynn.

So it remains to be seen if both players have now recovered in time for this game.

It is believed that Paul Kingston and Paddy O’Sullivan are back in contention for this game after missing the Westmeath loss last Saturday.

Kingston was unavailable due to a clash with his sisters wedding while O’Sullivan was still quarantining after returning from Syria with the Defence Forces.

Laois: Niall Corbet; Trevor Collins, Mark Timmons, Robbie Pigott; Alan Farrell, Colm Begley, Eoin Buggie; Kieran Lillis, John O’Loughlin; Gareth Dillon, Mark Barry, Brian Byrne; Diarmuid Whelan, Evan O’Carroll, Gary Walsh

Ryan McMenamin has made three changes to his side from the one that started in the Clare defeat last week.

Johnny Cassidy, Darragh McGurn, Lorcan McStravick are in for Richard O’Callaghan, Cain McManus and Conall Jones.

Fermanagh: Sean McNally; Jonny Cassidy, Kane Connor, Luke Flannagan; Josh Largo-Ellis, James McMahon, Declan McCusker; Eoin Donnolly, Ryan Jones; Ciaran Corrigan, Paul McCusker, Daragh McGurn; Lorcan McStravick, Tomás Corrigan, Stephen McGullion

What’s the recent history between the sides?

Laois’s last league encounter with Fermanagh is not a happy memory as they were hammered in Brewster Park in 2016.

Tomas Corrigan hit 1-11, including 1-8 in the first half, as
Fermanagh eased to a 1-17 to 0-10 win over Laois.

Visitors Laois were second best throughout. Donie Kingston’s
personal haul of 0-6 (4f) was scant consolation after a poor
display which left them in the drop zone.

And Laois would go on to be relegated to Division 2 as defeats to Meath and Cavan followed.

From the Laois team that played that day, just Mark Timmons, Colm Begley, John O’Loughlin, Kieran Lillis, Paul Kingston, Gareth Dillon, Danny O’Reilly and Alan Farrell are still on the panel now.

Laois: Graham Brody; Robbie Kehoe, Mark Timmons, David Seale; Darren Strong (0-1), Colm Begley, Damien O’Connor; John O’Loughlin, Brendan Quigley; Kieran Lillis, Niall Donoher, Donie Kingston (0-6, 4f); Paul Cahillane, Conor Meredith, Paul Kingston (0-2). Ruairi O’Connor for Donoher (34), Shane Murphy for Seale (35), Danny O’Reilly for D O’Connor (HT), Alan Farrell (0-1) for Begley (53), Gareth Dillon for Lillis (56), Evan Costello for Cahillane (58)

How did the two teams get on in the earlier rounds?

Fermanagh are already relegated as they have just one win from their previous six games – and that came at home to Roscommon who are odds on to win the Division now.

Laois drew with Roscommon in their opening game and then beat Armagh to get off to a good start. They then lost to Cavan, beat Clare and lost to Kildare – before losing in Westmeath in the most recent game.

If Laois are to stay up, they must win this game and hope that one of Cavan, Kildare or Clare loses.

What other Division 2 games are on this weekend?

All games are at 2pm today. Kildare host Westmeath, Armagh travel to Clare and Cavan host Roscommon.

Who’s the referee?

Fergal Kelly of Longford is the man in the middle for this game. He officiated Laois’s U-20 Leinster semi final win over Kildare back in February.

What are the odds? 

Fermanagh are slight favourites for this game at 10/11 while Laois are 5/4. The draw is 13/2.

When, where and how much?

2pm on Saturday, October 24 in Brewster Park, Enniskillen. The game is behind closed doors so fans are not permitted.

Where can I follow the game?

We’ll be live-blogging the game on LaoisToday.ie. You can also watch the game on GAA Go while Midlands 103 will have commentary.

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Final – Dublin v Laois 
In Croke Park at 6pm

Team news

Eddie Brennan has handed three Laois players their first championship start for this evening’s Leinster championship quarter-final clash with Dublin in Croke Park.

Clough-Ballacolla’s Ronan Broderick starts at wing-back, Fiachra C-Fennell from Rosenallis in midfield and Colt-Shanahoe’s James Keyes at corner-forward.

There is also a return to the Laois colours in championship action for Sean Downey from Ballinakill, Clough-Ballacolla’s Stephen Maher and Rathdowney-Errill’s James Ryan, all of whom either missed last year’s championship campaign or the league earlier this season.

Lee Cleere also returns to the senior county team after missing all the league through sickness.

From the team that won last year’s Joe McDonagh Cup, there is the likes of Jack Kelly, Matthew Whelan and John Lennon don’t start while Eanna Lyons is recovering from injury, Joe Phelan opted off the panel at the start of 2020 and Cha Dwyer wasn’t recalled after initially opting to go travelling this year and not being called back in after the club campaign.

Laois: Enda Rowland (Abbeyleix); Lee Cleere (Clough-Ballacolla), Sean Downey (Ballinakill), Donnchadh Hartnett (Mountmellick); Ronan Broderick (Clough-Ballacolla), Podge Delaney (The Harps), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown); Fiachra C Fennell (Rosenallis), Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill); Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton), Willie Dunphy (Clough-Ballacolla), James Ryan (Rathdowney-Errill); James Keyes (Colt-Shanahoe), Ross King (Rathdowney-Errill), Stephen Maher (Clough-Ballacolla)

Dublin have not yet named their team.

What has Dublin’s form been like this season?

Dublin were in the same Division as Laois earlier in the year and did defeat both Laois and Carlow.

However, they also lost to Clare, Wexford and Kilkenny to leave them fourth in the table.

The league was left incomplete however due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Who’s managing Dublin and what players should we watch out for?

Mattie Kenny took over on a three year term from Pat Gilroy in November 2018. Previously to this, the Galway native enjoyed back to back All-Ireland club titles in 2017 and 2018 with Dublin club Cuala.

Chief among this power and pace for the capital are the likes of Chris Crummey, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe, David Treacy, Eamon Dillon and Paddy Smyth.

What’s Laois’s recent history like against Dublin?

This will be Laois’s sixth time to play Dublin under Eddie Brennan – and while they lost five of those, they won the only championship encounter between the teams.

In January 2019, Eddie Brennan’s men gave a spirited performance against the light blues in the Walsh Cup – losing out by two points in the end, 1-18 to 1-16.

In March of that year, a dreary snow-filled day saw Laois take on Mattie Kenny’s side in division 1B where Dublin won 0-13 to 0-11. 

Those results meant that Laois went in as underdogs for last year’s Preliminary All-Ireland clash – six days after Laois had won the Joe McDonagh Cup.

In a stunning game, Laois won 1-22 to 0-23 to seal a first All-Ireland quarter final place in 40 years.

This years games have once again taken the same pattern with Dublin winning both the Walsh Cup and Division 1 encounters.

Dublin won 1-28 to 0-17 in the Walsh Cup and followed that with a 4-18 to 2-17 league win in February.

Who’s the referee?

The man in the middle for this game is Paud O’Dwyer from Carlow. The Askamore man has not officiated a Laois game before to our knowledge.

What are the odds?

Dublin are still the hottest of 1/8 favourites with Laois 6/1 and the draw at 14/1. Dublin are -7 on the handicap betting.

Where can you watch, listen and follow the action?

While no spectators can attend the game is being shown live on Sky Sports Mix, which is available to all Sky customers, even those who don’t have a Sky Sports subscription.

Sky Sports Mix is available in approximately 900,000 homes in Ireland, on Sky channel 416 and Virgin channel 409.

We will also be live blogging the game as usual.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.