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Six Laois hurlers selected on GAA hurling team of the week following Antrim win

Six Laois senior hurlers have been named on the GAA’s hurling team of the week.

The lads have been chosen following a dramatic encounter with Antrim on Saturday. 

Enda Rowland has been named in goals with Donnchadh Hartnett and Jack Kelly in the full back line.

Podge Delaney is at half back with Paddy Purcell in midfield and PJ Scully named in the full forward line.

Before Saturday, Cheddar Plunkett’s men had lost every game they played this year but two Paddy Purcell goals, one in either half, proved crucial as they pulled off a great win.

They had to play for the final 20 minutes of the game with 14 men and see an 11 point lead almost evaporate but they managed to hold on.

Laois played with the breeze in the first half and unlike in all of the games this year, they actually made a really good start.

Podge Delaney, Ross King and PJ Scully were all on the scoreboard as they took a 0-11 to 0-4 lead at the water break.

Willie Dunphy, Jack Kelly and Ciaran Collier joined the scoreboard and then Paddy Purcell scored an absolute bullet of a goal to give Laois a 1-17 to 0-10 lead at half time.

Laois lost Sean Downey to a sin bin and then Ross King to a second yellow as two Eoghan O’Neill goals brought Antrim back to within two points at the second water break – 1-21 to 2-16.

But Laois stepped it up again in the third quarter and went on to win by six points in the end.

Their reward for this win is a trip to Nowlan Park on Saturday to take on Waterford at 2pm in the All-Ireland Qualifiers.

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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.