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Carroll return welcome for Laois footballers following extended injury lay off

Laois football manager Mike Quirke was impressed with the impact that Benny Carroll made from the bench in the defeat to Cork last week.

This was the Portlaoise forward’s first appearance for Laois for 15 months – his last as a sub in the defeat to Kildare in March 2020.

After playing for his club last season, Carroll picked up an injury which kept him out of Laois’s championship campaign at the end of last year.

He entered the fray for the last ten minutes against Cork last week and look extremely lively – with manager Quirke suggesting afterwards that he was probably Laois’s best substitute.

He said: “Benny was lively and once he stays healthy and fit, he brings plenty of pace out there.

“If you are bringing on seven subs, you need to have that impact from the bench.

“You need guys with pace that bring something different and he was probably one of our better guys coming off the bench.”

Laois face Kildare in their final Division 2 South fixture on Sunday and they need a bit of a miracle to avoid the relegation playoff.

For a start, Laois have to win to have any chance and their record against Kildare in the last decade is not good.

But if they do manage to defeat Kildare, they must do it by at least eight points to move ahead of them in the table.

The problem for Laois though is that their fate is also in the hands of Clare.

They need the Banner to defeat Cork by 11 points – or one less should for every point Laois above eight that Laois defeat their neighbours by.

The probability of those two things happening are highly unlikely.

So therefore, a meeting with either Down or Westmeath in the relegation playoff on the weekend of June 12/13 most likely awaits.

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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.