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LIVE BLOG: Follow all of the action from O’Moore Park as the Laois footballers take on Cork

The Laois footballers continue their 2021 season when they take on Cork in the second round of the National League.

Because of the shortened season, all divisions have been split into two groups, with Laois now in Division 2 South alongside today’s opponents Cork as well as Clare and Kildare.

The top two teams in each group will go through to the semi-finals with the bottom two in each playing off in relegation games that will decide who will drop to Division 3.

Mayo, Meath, Down and Westmeath make up Division 2 North.

This evening’s game will be the 13th meeting of Laois and Cork in the National Football League with Cork leading the way with eight wins to Laois’s four.

They last met in the league in 2012 when Cork were 2-14 to 0-10 winners in their Division 1 clash in O’Moore Park.

Laois’s last win in the fixture was in November 1993 when they recorded a 1-9 to 1-8 win in Division 2.

This is a must-win game for both Laois and Cork as the loser will go into the relegation playoff in three weeks time.

You can follow all the action as it happens on our Live Blog below.

We will also have a match report on site after the game as well as reaction from Laois manager Mike Quirke and some of the game’s main talking points.

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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.