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Crettyard appoint former Laois minor manager as they seek intermediate football glory in 2022

Crettyard Noel Delaney

Crettyard have turned to Ballyroan man Noel Delaney to guide their football fortunes in 2022 as they seek to return to the senior ranks.

Delaney, who was Laois minor manager in 2017 and won senior championships with Ballyroan in 1992 and 2006, takes over from Kildare man Sean Murphy who was in charge for the past two seasons.

He will be assisted by recently-retired players Ciaran Hosey and Jimmy Brennan who will act as selectors.

Relegated from senior in 2019 after a 14-year stay, Crettyard were beaten in the 2020 intermediate final by Clonaslee-St Manman’s and by Arles-Kilcruise in the 2021 quarter-final. 

2021 was a severely injury-disrupted season and they will be among the favourites for the intermediate in 2022.

As well as Laois senior joint captain Evan O’Carroll, they also have Cormac Murphy and U-20 player Ciaran Burke on the Laois senior panel.

They were also recently boosted by the decision of former Laois hurler Podge Lawlor to transfer to the club from Spink.

Crettyard will play in Division 2 of the league in Laois (the third tier) where they will be joined by Ballyfin, Mountmellick, Park-Ratheniska, Timahoe and the second teams of Portlaoise, St Joseph’s and Portarlington.

The draws for the 2022 championships will be held next Thursday, February 24.

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