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Laois U-20 hurlers name starting team for Leinster opener against Westmeath

Vice-captain Mark Hennessy and captain Fionan Mahoney at the 1915 plaque in Ballygeehan

The Laois U-20 hurlers have named their starting 15 for tonight’s Leinster Championship opener.

Ollie Halley’s side are set to face Westmeath in this Round 1 clash at 7.30pm in O’Moore Park.

After years of disappointment at this grade, Laois made a bit of an impression last year by defeating Carlow in Round 1. 

They were subsequently beaten by Galway in the quarter final – with the Tribesmen losing the eventual final to Dublin.

This side includes seven players that started that Galway game.

Danny Brennan, Ciaran Burke, Tomas Keyes, Ciaran Byrne, Mark Hennessy, Thep Fitzpatrick and James Duggan.

Camross’ Daniel Delaney started centre forward against Galway but he is named on the bench while Abbeyleix’s Fionan Mahoney, who was wing back last year and is the team captain this year, misses out through injury.

This competition is once again run on a straight knock-out basis so Laois must win to advance.

If they do, they will play the winners of Antrim and Down in Round 2 next week.

We will be live from O’Moore Park tomorrow evening where we will bring you all the action as it happens.

LAOIS: Lorcan Fitzpatrick (The Harps); Ian Shanahan (Ballinakill), Allan Connolly (Ballyfin), Danny Brennan (Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe); Padraig Brennan (Clough-Ballacolla), Ciaran Burke (The Harps), Niall Coss (Borris-Kilcotton); Tomas Keyes (Camross), Thep Fitzpatrick (Rathdowney-Errill); Cathal Murphy (The Harps), Tadhg Cuddy (Castletown), Gearoid Lynch (Ballinakill); Ciaran Byrne (Abbeyleix), Mark Hennessy (Clough-Ballacolla), James Duggan (The Harps)

Subs: David Sheeran (Abbeyleix), Bryan Bredin (Trumera), Niall Bennett (Camross), Rian Edwards (The Harps), Fionn Holland (Clonad), Conor Walsh (Castletown), Padraig Rafter (Rathdowney-Errill), Eddie Critchley (Portlaoise), Dan Delaney (Camross)

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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.