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Lyons to continue as Laois U-20 hurling manager for second year

Enda Lyons Laois U-20 manager

Enda Lyons will continue as Laois U-20 hurling manager for a second season.

The Ballyfin clubman was ratified for a second term in recent weeks.

This will be the fourth consecutive year that the Galway native will hold a management position with an inter-county team.

In 2018 and 2019, he managed the Laois minors before making the step up to U-20 last year.

The U-20 or old U-21 grade was one that Laois have struggled in over the last number of years – shipping defeats to the likes of Westmeath and Carlow.

But Lyons’ charges got that particular monkey off their back by defeating Carlow in Round 1 – a Mark Hennessy goal helping Laois to a 1-15 to 0-15 win.

Laois were well beaten by Galway in the quarter final and they subsequently defeated Kilkenny in the semi final.

They were due to play Dublin at the end of December but the Covid-19 pandemic saw the game postponed and it has yet to be played.

The 2021 Leinster U-20 championship is pencilled in for April – but with the current Covid-19 situation, that may well change.

Nevertheless, Lyons says he has provided the panel with individual programmes that they are working away with from their homes.

He said: “We had a very young team last year and that meant that the majority of the panel are still with us this year.

“They are a very good group and we have given them individual plans that they are working away on from their homes.

“That is all we can do for now until we receive further guidance from the GAA.”

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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.