Brennan shuffles his deck for Westmeath clash in last round of the Joe McDonagh Cup

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Brennan shuffles his deck for Westmeath clash in last round of the Joe McDonagh Cup

As we approach this Saturday's last round fixture of the Joe McDonagh Cup against Westmeath, Laois hurling manager Eddie Brennan has named his first fifteen.

Laois will welcome Joe Quaid's team to O'Moore Park safe in the knowledge that they'll be heading to Croke Park for the Joe McDonagh Cup final, regardless of Saturday's result following last weekend's victory over Kerry in Tralee. Brennan's charges secured their place in the final with a game to spare and the Kilkenny man has shuffled his deck ahead of Westmeath's arrival.

Brennan has brought six players into the team and made a host of positional switches to coincide. Lee Cleere and Eric Killeen come in to the full-back line alongside captain Joe Phelan, Cleere replacing Donnacha Hartnett in the corner and Killeen filling the full-back role as Matthew Whelan moves to centre-back. 

Colm Stapleton enters the team at half-back, while Castletown's Conor Phelan comes in to partner John Lennon in midfield with Cha Dwyer dropping out. Ross King, Neil Foyle and Stephen 'Picky' Maher, last weekend's full-forward line, shift out to the half-forward line with Camross' Mark Dowling and Clough-Ballacolla's Stephen Bergin filling the two corners.

Laois will play Westmeath in Round 5 of the Joe McDonagh Cup in O'Moore Park at 3pm on Saturday (15 June).

LAOIS

Team: Enda Rowland (St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix); Lee Cleere (Clough-Ballacolla), Eric Killeen (Rathdowney-Errill), Joe Phelan (Camross); Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton), Colm Stapleton (Borris-Kilcotton); John Lennon (Rosenallis), Conor Phelan (Castletown); Ross King (Rathdowney-Errill), Neil Foyle (Borris-Kilcotton), Stephen Maher (Clough-Ballacolla); Mark Dowling (Camross), Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton), Stephen Bergin (Clough-Ballacolla).