What you need to know as Laois minor hurlers aim for Leinster quarter final place v Westmeath

first_imgHome Sport GAA What you need to know as Laois minor hurlers aim for Leinster… SportGAAHurlingLaois Minor Hurling Team TAGSLaois minor hurlers Facebook Pinterest What you need to know as Laois minor hurlers aim for Leinster quarter final place v Westmeath GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Twitter GAA WhatsApp Facebook Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 24th May 2019 WhatsApp The Laois minor hurlers take on Westmeath in Round 2 of the Leinster championship this evening.Here we guide you through what you need to know:When, where, what time?Laois take on Westmeath 7.pm on Friday May 24 in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise.Team newsLaois minor hurling manager Enda Lyons named the starting 15 for this weekend’s clash yesterday.Manager Enda Lyons has made three changes and a number of positional switches from the side which hammered Antrim last time.Into the side come twins Cian and Cathal O’Shaughnessy along with Rathdowney-Errill’s Dylan Carroll.They are in in place of Brian Bredin, Padraig Rafter and Dan Delaney with a number of positional changes.Noah Quinlan reverts to the half back line with captain Tadhg Cuddy going to wing forward and his midfield place being taken by the aforementioned Carroll.Cathal O’Shaugnessy forms part of an all new half forward line alongside Rosenallis’ Daviud Dooley and Cuddy.While the ever-present Adam Kirwan is joined in the full forward line by James Duggan of The Harps and Ballinakill’s Cian O’Shaughnessy.LAOIS: Darragh Lyons (Ballyfin); Lawson Obular (St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix), Danny Brennan (Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe), Ian Shanahan (Ballinakill); Cian Conroy (Clonaslee St Manman’s), Fionan Mahony (St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix), Noah Quinlan (Borris-Kilcotton); Tomas Keyes (Camross), Dylan Carroll (Rathdowney-Errill); Cathal O’Shaughnessy (Ballinakill), David Dooley (Rosenallis), Tadhg Cuddy (Castletown); Adam Kirwan (Mountrath), James Duggan (The Harps), Cian O’Shaughnessy (Ballinakill).Westmeath have not yet named their team.What way does this competition work?The championship was initially split into three tiers. The top two Tier 1 teams head for the semi finals and the bottom two go qualify for the quarter finals.The Tier 2 and Tier 3 teams then play each other for positions in the Round 1 and Round 2 stage.After wins over Kildare, Westmeath and Antrim, Laois finished top of Tier 2 and will play in Tier 1 next year.This meant they went straight into Round 2 of the Leinster championship.Fixtures:Round 1: Laois 2-21 Westmeath 0-7Round 2: Kildare 2-10 Laois 1-14Round 3: Antrim 0-14 Laois 6-20Knock Out Stages (Round 1) – May 18A. Kildare 7-35 Down 0-5B. Antrim 2-12 Meath 3-12c. Westmeath 2-13 Carlow 0-181st in Tier 2 Laois (bye)Preliminary Qt-Finals (Round 2) – May 25Laois v WesmeathKildare v MeathQuarter-Finals – June 8Seeded DrawBowl 1 – Offaly and WexfordBowl 2 – 2 Winners from Round 2Semi-Finals – June 15SeededKilkenny v Lowest place qualifierDublin v 2nd lowest placed qualiferFinal – June 29What have Laois been like at this grade in recent seasons? Last year was the first time that the minor grade introduced a new age limit of U-17 instead of U-18.The format of the competition also changed in Leinster with the province being divided into three tiers.Laois were in Tier 1 last year alongside Wexford, Dublin and Kilkenny. They began away to Wexford and put in a great performance but went down by 1-21 to 0-18 in the end. Next up was a home clash with eventual Leinster champions Dublin who won by 2-21 to 0-7. Laois’s final group game was against Kilkenny where they also lost by 1-26 to 1-12. However, all Tier 1 teams qualified for the Leinster quarter finals and Laois now squared up against Offaly who topped Tier 2.But Laois would go down in that game by 2-19 to 1-14 to end the 2018 campaign without a victory.Laois have begun their 2019 campaign well with a comfortable 2-21 to 0-7 win over Westmeath in O’Moore Park.It was a much tighter and there was much more uncertainty as  to whether or not Laois will pull out a win against Kildare last weekend.They narrowly pulled off a point victory against the home side to stay in the top spot of tier 2.And Laois completed the Tier by thrashing Antrim. What have Westmeath been like at minor level?Westmeath have never reached a Leinster minor final.They began their campaign with big beatings from Laois and Kildare but a win over Antrim left them third in Tier 2.That set up a Round 1 clash with Carlow where a last minute Evan Scally point put them through to face Laois again.SEE ALSO – LISTEN: Our GAA Podcast returns as we look ahead to football championship opener Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, May 23, 2019Next articleRange of options available in Anti Wrinkle and Filler Clinic in Portlaoise Alan HartnettStradbally 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. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img

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