Offaly up next for Laois minor hurlers

The Laois minor hurlers will look to bounce back from their defeat at the hands of Kilkenny last Saturday night as they travel to O’Connor Park to face Offaly this weekend.

The Laois minor hurlers will look to bounce back from their defeat at the hands of Kilkenny last Saturday night as they travel to O’Connor Park to face Offaly this weekend.

Laois are unlikely to welcome back full-forward Joe Campion for the game, as the broken hand he suffered in the first outing against Westmeath is likely to see him out of action for the foreseeable future.

On the plus side, Laois came through Saturday’s game with Kilkenny without picking up any new injuries, and they will now turn their focus to an Offaly side which had just two points to spare over Meath in O’Connor Park on Saturday evening.

While Laois are unlikely to assume the favourites tag for the game, they can travel in confidence after giving the Cats a right scare themselves, with the final eight point winning margin flattering in the extreme for Kilkenny.

If Laois can quickly turn their focus to this game then they can go to Tullamore with confidence, and manager Seamus Plunkett has every faith in his side. “Anyone who has been at any of our sessions over the last number of weeks would see that there is quality in Laois hurlers.

“I’ve said this a few times but if you get that spirit together and that sense of Laois-ness together, it’s surprising where that will carry you. We certainly have the quality, we showed that there tonight, we probably just need as little bit more composure on the ball, a bit more slickness, maybe a little bit more work rate off the ball.

“I’m not faulting anybody, I’m just looking for the edges that we can get here and that’s what we’re going to have to do, probably a bit more quickness in our hurling as well, and I think if we get that we’re going to push on here.”

Elsewhere in minor intercounty matters, the minor footballers exited the championship last Wednesday night after a disappointing campaign, as they lost by three points to 14 man Longford.