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LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as the Laois minor hurlers face Offaly in Leinster decider

The Laois minor hurlers will be hoping to win their first Leinster title since 1964 when they face Offaly this evening.

The Faithful will come to O’Moore Park at 7.30pm to take on Declan Qualter’s charges.

A win for Laois would send them into an All Ireland semi-final though a loss wouldn’t mean their season is finished.

Instead they’d go into a quarter-final round robin group alongside Galway and the beaten Munster finalists Clare with two to advance to the semi-finals.

This will be Laois’s sixth game with wins over Kildare, Westmeath, Wexford and Kilkenny to date – the Offaly defeat the only blotch on the copybook.

Offaly’s journey to the final has been far more straight forward as they have won all of their games relatively comfortably.

They got the better of Kildare in Round 1 and then defeated Laois to finish top of Tier 2.

The progressed them to the quarter final where they defeated Antrim and then followed that win a win over Dublin in the semi final.

Offaly were beaten by Kilkenny in 2020 but you have to go back to 2000 for their last provincial success at this level.

Offaly are managed by former Limerick player Leo O’Connor who has former Offaly legend Johnny Pilkington among his backroom team.

As well as former Portlaoise player Martin Cashen, who served as a Garda in Laois for many years, and is currently Captain of The Heath Golf Club.

Backboned by six players from a very strong Kilcormac-Killoughey underage setup, Offaly include four dual stars in their team.

Donal Shirley, Cillian Martin, Shane Rigney and Niall Furlong were all part of the minor football team that easily beat Laois but lost to Dublin in last week’s semi final.

All told it sets up an intriguing Leinster final between the midland neighbours.

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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.