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Laois U-20s to ‘throw kitchen sink’ at Galway in tonight’s Leinster clash

Enda Lyons Laois U-20 manager

Laois U-20 manager Enda Lyons says his side plan to ‘throw the kitchen sink’ at Galway in tonight’s Leinster championship quarter final.

Laois, who got the better of Carlow six weeks ago, face the Tribesmen in MW Hire O’Moore Park at 7.30pm tonight.

And they will be under no illusions as to what is ahead of them as this Galway team come here with serious pedigree.

They have won the last three minor All-Ireland titles in a row and since they were permitted entry to the Leinster U-20 championship in 2018, they won one of their two attempts in the province.

But speaking before the game, manager Lyons says his side are well aware of how good this Galway team but that they intend to throw the kitchen sink at them.

He said: “Well what I do know is they have, obviously they have 3 years backed up on top of each of other of which two of them are All Ireland winning minor teams, that’s what we do know.

“So they can hurl. And when the opposition is like that, you are probably better off focusing on yourself because it’s the only sensible thing to do. So that’s what we have done.

“So they are going to come with a good hurling team and good luck to them. So we just want to throw the kitchen sink at them Friday night and see where it takes us.”

This Laois team played in one of the last underage championship games before action was called to a halt back in October as the country entered Level 5.

And manager Lyons explained what his side has done since then.

He said: “We gave the boys their hurling, running and S&C programmes. And the only thing we could say to them was, that when they came back we would do a fitness test as soon as we came back.

“And the plan was to organise a game. So I was onto Offaly and they said that that would suit them down to the ground.

“But obviously when we were allowed back we were told that there was to be no challenge games.

“So what we did was, we trained on the Tuesday, and we told the boys we would go on the Friday and then we would have a 15 on 15 on Sunday and we would pick the team based on the 15 on 15.

“And that’s what we have done. So the lads played, blues against whites at the weekend, tore into each other in fairness, a good game.

“And we picked the team based on what we saw that day, which is all we can do. So that’s what we did.”

After missing the Carlow win due to Covid, Rosenallis’ John Maher and Clonad’s Fionn Holland are available – but the game has come too soon for Allan Connolly and Conor Delaney.

Lyons said: “We have just got the two injuries. So unfortunately Conor Delaney pulled up with a hamstring and Allan Connolly hasn’t recovered quick enough.

“He’s actually on the mend, he’s not a million miles away, but he’s probably still a month too early. So listen we have to be responsible to Allan and his club (Ballyfin).

“He has a senior football semi final down the road. And he is part of the Laois senior hurling panel. So he’s a great kid, but the timing is wrong on this one.

“Other than that presently we have no Covid incidents or close cases. So we are assuming that we are ok, but that can change because that can change within 24 hours.

“So at the moment we have two injuries but everybody else is injury free and Covid free as we speak at this moment in time.”

Laois face Galway tonight and you can follow the game on our Live Blog or you can watch it on the TG4 YouTube page.

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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.