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Two changes to Laois team for O’Byrne Cup final against Dublin

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The Laois team to play Dublin in Saturday’s O’Byrne Cup final shows two changes from the side that started against Kildare in Wednesday’s dramatic penalty shootout win.

Graiguecullen goalkeeper Danny Bolger – who has played only 35 minutes in the four games so far after picking up an injury against Meath – is named in goal instead of Matthew Byron while Mark Barry from O’Dempsey’s starts at corner forward instead of Ross Munnelly.

Barry has been juggling county and college commitments with Laois and DCU in recent weeks with this his eighth outing in 19 days though he hasn’t played a full game on any of those occasions.

Other than that, the team is the same as what started against Kildare.

While manager Billy Sheehan has used 34 players in all, Saturday’s game continues an incredibly busy spell and is their fifth O’Byrne Cup game in 15 days.

Dublin under Dessie Farrell have used 39 players in their wins over Offaly, Longford and Louth. They begin their Division 1 league campaign against Croke Park against Armagh next Saturday while Laois are away to Louth in their Division 3 opener.

Tomorrow’s O’Byrne Cup final takes place in Dr Cullen Park in Carlow and throws in at 3pm.

It will be live on TG4.

The Laois team in full is:

  1. Danny Bolger (Graiguecullen)
  2. James Kelly (St Joseph’s)
  3. Trevor Collins (Graiguecullen)
  4. Alex Mohan (Portarlington)
  5. Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood)
  6. John O’Loughlin (Rosenallis)
  7. Gareth Dillon (Portlaoise)
  8. Kieran Lillis (Portlaoise)
  9. James Finn (Ballyfin)
  10. Brian Byrne (Graiguecullen)
  11. Eoin Lowry (Killeshin)
  12. Paddy O’Sullivan (Portarlington)
  13. Mark Barry (O’Dempsey’s)
  14. Evan O’Carroll (Crettyard)
  15. Sean Moore (Ballyfin)

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