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All you need to know ahead of the Laois hurler’s clash with Dublin

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The Laois hurlers continue their 2021 Allianz Hurling League campaign this afternoon when they host Dublin in O’Moore Park.

This game is the second of five games in six weeks – ending next month when they travel to Belfast to face Antrim.

After last week’s 19 point defeat to Wexford, Cheddar Plunkett and his side will be hoping for better against the men from the capital.

Below, we bring you all the information you need to know prior to the game.

When, where, what time?

This afternoon (Saturday, May 15) at 5pm in O’Moore Park.

What’s the team news?

Laois have named the same team that started last week against Wexford – but don’t be surprised to see a number of changes announced before throw in.

The Dublin team named shows just one change from the side that lost to Kilkenny last week with regular goalkeeper Alan Nolan coming in for Sean Brennan.

LAOIS: Enda Rowland; Lee Cleere, Sean Downey, Donnchadh Hartnett; Jack Kelly, Podge Delaney, Ryan Mullaney; Fiachra C Fennell, Paddy Purcell; Aaron Dunphy, Ciaran Comerford, Ciaran Collier; PJ Scully, Cha Dwyer, Ross King.

DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smith, Eoghan O’Donnell, Andrew Dunphy; Daire Grey, Liam Rushe, Sean Moran; Conor Burke, James Madden; Danny Sutcliffe, Chris Crummey, Ronan Hayes; Donal Burke, Eamon Dillon, Davy Keogh.

What have Dublin been like this season?

Well we’ve only had one game to judge it off – and they didn’t fare too badly in that.

They lost 1-20 to 0-18 to Kilkenny in Round 1 last week but they stuck with the Cats for most of the game.

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

Mattie Kenny took over from Pat Gilroy in November 2018 and remains in charge. 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, Donal Burke, Danny Sutcliffe, David Treacy, Eamon Dillon and Paddy Smyth.

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

This will be Laois’s seventh time to play Dublin in the last three years.

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 2019’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.

2020s games took 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. But they also managed to follow that in the championship too – 2-31 to 0-23.

Who’s the referee?

The man in the middle for this game is Paud O’Dwyer from Carlow.

The Askamore man refereed the championship match between the two last year.

What are the odds?

Dublin are still the hottest of 1/12 favourites with Laois 15/2 and the draw at 16/1. Dublin are -8 on the handicap betting.

Where can you watch, listen and follow the action?

While no spectators can attend, the game is available to watch on GAAGO.

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.