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LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as the Laois U-20 footballers face Wicklow in Aughrim

Aughrim

The Laois U-20 footballers begin their Leinster championship against Wicklow this evening.

Eddie Kinsella’s charges are in Round 1 action from 7.30pm in Aughrim.

Laois are seeking to reach the provincial decider at this grade for the third successive year.

They were defeated in 2019 and 2020 by Dublin – with Kinsella in charge for the latter of those defeats.

Despite all of that, Laois actually go into this game as underdogs.

That is largely down to how these two sides performed at minor level.

That competition was ran on a group stage with the 11 competing teams split into two groups – with the top two advancing to the semi finals.

Wicklow were in a group containing eventual champions Meath and Dublin – with them managing to defeat and knock out the latter.

Laois defeated Wexford and Longford, lost heavily to Kildare but drew with Carlow to reach the semi finals.

There, Laois were well beaten by Meath. But on the other side, Kildare required a replay to get the better of Wicklow.

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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.