Clancy and Conway set to return for crunch clash with Down

The Laois senior footballers have been given a double injury boost ahead of their must-win game with Down this weekend, as both Padraig Clancy and David Conway are fit to make their returns from injury.

The Laois senior footballers have been given a double injury boost ahead of their must-win game with Down this weekend, as both Padraig Clancy and David Conway are fit to make their returns from injury.

Conway pulled his hamstring in training prior to the Dublin game, while Clancy limped out of that fixture with a similar injury, and have not featured for Justin McNulty’s side since then.

Laois have struggled to fill the void in their absence, in particular for Clancy at full-forward, where a number of players have been tried but with little success.

Both Padraig Clancy and David Conway made their returns to competitive action at the weekend with their clubs in the ACFL Division 1, with Clancy scoring 0-4 as he lined out at full-forward in Timahoe’s victory over The Heath. Conway was in fine form for Arles-Kilcruise too, starting at centre-forward and pulling the strings in their victory over neighbours Arles-Killeen.

Portlaoise forward Paul Cahillane is also set to be available for Laois this weekend, having initially withdrawn from the panel due to study commitments. He is now back in the fold though and will be an option for Justin McNulty in the forward line.

The equation is a simple one for Laois this weekend, as a victory by three points or more will be needed to guarantee Division 1 football for 2012.

Laois are currently second from bottom in the table on four points, with a -17 scoring difference. Down are two points ahead of Laois with six points and a -12 scoring difference, but a Laois win by three or more would put Laois ahead of Down on the head-to-head ruling and on scoring difference, should that be a deciding factor if more than one team finishes on six points.

The other game of interest to Laois will be Donegal’s game with Armagh, with one team from that clash set for the relegation to Division 2 for next year.

Laois have a poor recent record against Down, losing on their last three competitive games against the county, while Laois have won just one of their previous four home games in Division 1. Throw in for this weekend’s game is 2.30pm, with Laois fans urged to come out in numbers for the league finale.