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LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as the Laois U-20 hurlers take on Kilkenny in Leinster quarter final

Nowlan Park

For the third time in the last month, we are back in Nowlan Park to watch a Laois hurling team.

Ollie Hally’s Laois U-20 hurlers are back in action this evening at 7.30pm as they aim to take a place in the Leinster semi final.

Nowlan Park is the destination for a clash with Kilkenny and the bookies have the home side priced at 1/20.

But if the events of the last 14 days are anything to go by, this group of players are anything but predictable.

In Round 1, Laois were 15 points ahead of Westmeath at the start of the second half but threw it all away and needed a last gasp point to force extra time.

When the game went there, they conceded an early goal and looked in real trouble again only to stage a remarkable comeback and win the game.

James Duggan top scored with 3-5 while Mossy Keyes showed nerves of steel at crucial times as Laois advanced by six points in the end.

Last week, Laois took on Antrim in Round 2 in Navan and this game was far less dramatic.

As with the Westmeath, Laois built up a huge lead by half time – but this time they did not throw it away.

James Duggan was class again – scoring two more wonderful goals to add to his collection.

While centre forward Tadhg Cuddy was flawless from frees and play – finishing the game with 14 points as Laois won 4-27 to 0-7.

Should Laois advance, they will play either Galway or Dublin in the semi finals next week.

With a restricted crowd due at the game, we will bring you all the action as it happens via our Live Blog.

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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.