Laois teams named for double-date with Clare

Laois senior footballers and hurlers have named unchanged teams for their games against Clare this Saturday.

Justin McNulty has kept faith with the same 15 which saw off Carlow last Friday night, with Mark Timmons at full-back, Kieran Lillis at centre-back and John O’Loughlin and Padraig Clancy continuing in midfield.

Laois senior football team to play Clare: Eoin Culliton (Timahoe); Paul Begley (Stradbally), Mark Timmons (Graiguecullen), Peter O’Leary (O’Dempsey’s); Darren Strong (Emo), Kieran Lillis (Portlaoise), Padraig McMahon (Ballyroan Abbey); John O’Loughlin (St Brigid’s), Padraig Clancy (Timahoe); Billy Sheehan (Emo), Conor Meredith (O’Dempsey’s), Colm Begley (Parnells); Ross Munnelly (Arles-Kilcruise), Donal Kingston (Arles-Killeen), David Conway (Arles-Kilcruise).

In hurling, Seamas Plunkett has also named an unchanged 15, although serious doubts remain over James Walsh, who suffered a broke toe recently. If he does not make, Cnor Dunne or Bill Duggan will battle it out to replace him for the must-win game against Clare.

Laois senior hurling team to play Clare: Eoin Reilly (St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix); Brian Stapleton (Borris-in-Ossory-Kilcotton), Darren Maher (Clough Ballacolla), John A Delaney (Clough Ballacolla); Joe Fitzpatrick (Rathdowney Errill), Matthew Whelan (Borris-in-Ossory-Kilcotton), Gearoid Burke (Camross); Cahir Healy (Portlaoise), James Walsh (Ballinakill); Stephen Maher (Clough Ballacolla), Zane Keenan (Camross), Tommy Fitzgerald (Portlaoise); John Brophy (The Harps), Willie Hyland (Clough Ballacolla), Brian Dunne (The Harps)