Friday, December 18, 2020

Laois manager Mark Bates has named an unchaged starting 15 for the game against Meath

By Denis J. Croke

LAOIS minor football manager Mark Bates has named an unchanged starting 15 for tomorrow’s Leinster semi-final meeting with Meath in Navan.

Bates has kept faith in the 15 that started in the defeat of Carlow but has made a number of positional changes.

In defence Josh Hogan moves to the full back line with Darragh Slevin switching to wing back while team captain Simon Fingleton will be on the other wing.

Conor Kelly will combine with Conor Heffernan in midfield.

Oisin Hooney moves to corner forward with Ballyroan Abbey’s Shaun Fitzpatrick moving up to wing forward.

While the last positional switch sees PJ Ward stationed at full forward and Colin Dunne moving out to centre forward.

It is four years since Laois last reached a provincial minor final when they beat Offaly in the semi-final before losing to Kildare in the decider.

The game in Pairc Tailteann will throw in at 12.30pm and will be available to watch on with thanks to @SportTG4.

LAOIS: Sam Krebs (Courtwood); Ben Reddin (Portlaoise), Josh Hogan (Portlaoise), Ben Dempsey (Portlaoise); Darragh Slevin (Portarlington), David Dooley (Rosenallis), Simon Fingleton (Park/Ratheniska); Conor Kelly (Graiguecullen), Conor Heffernan (Killeshin); Shaun Fitzpatrick (Ballyroan Abbey), Colin Dunne (Arles Killeen), Ross Meredith (Emo); Kieran O’Donnell (Portlaoise), PJ Ward (Portarlington), Oisin Hooney (St Joseph’s).

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