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LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Laois face Westmeath in Leinster football quarter final

We're live from O'Connor Park today

The Laois senior footballers go in search of their first win of 2021 in today’s Leinster quarter final against Westmeath.

Laois have won their last two championship encounters with Westmeath – both in this venue.

But they have lost their last three league meetings – so there is very little between the sides.

In terms of championship history, Laois defeated Westmeath in 2018 and once again in 2019.

Before that, we have to head back to 14 years ago when Laois and Westmeath played a two-part thriller Leinster Final, which saw Laois lose their crown and Westmeath claim their first Leinster title ever under the guidance of Paidie O Sé.

That game was the build up of almost 10 years of rivalry where Laois and Westmeath battled for Leinster minor and U-21 titles.

Most of those games were played out in Tullamore as well, and on those occasions Laois came out on the losing side, a theme which Laois reversed the last two occasions and will be hoping to do again.

If Laois win, they progress to the Leinster semi finals for the fourth successive year.

If they lose, they are out and their season is over for 2021.

The game throws in at 1.30pm and you can follow all the action as it happens below:

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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.