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Laois manager says his side will be ‘up against it’ when they face Westmeath on Sunday

Billy Sheehan
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Laois senior football manager Billy Sheehan says that his side will be firmly up against it when they face Westmeath on Sunday.

Laois have enjoyed a positive start to 2022 – winning four of their six games to date.

Sunday’s Division 3 Round 2 encounter against Westmeath will be the seventh Leinster team that Laois have faced this season.

But Laois’s last meeting with Westmeath was not pleasant as they went down by 16 points in Tullamore.

And looking ahead to the Westmeath game, there may be only seven of the team that started the Leinster quarter final defeat last summer who could start on Sunday. 

Paul and Donie Kingston are injured while Seamus Lacey, who began the game at full back that day is out for the year with a knee injury.

Colm Begley, Sean Byrne and Colm Murphy are not part of the panel this year while Niall Corbet and Danny O’Reilly, who started in goals and wing back respectively in that game, were not in the starting line up for the Louth game.

Manager Sheehan is under no illusion as to the task that lies ahead in O’Moore Park on Sunday.

He said: “You were all in Tullamore last year and you saw that Westmeath were light years ahead of Laois and won the game comprehensively.

“We probably only have seven or eight of that team playing now.

“I looked at the Westmeath team and you have John Heslin, Ronan O’Toole, Kevin Maguire – they are very strong.

“They are a top team and we are going to be up against it but we’ll see what will happen.”

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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.