Laois hoping for first u21 win in four years

Laois will cross the border to Netwatch Cullen Park this evening to take on Carlow in the Leinster BGEU21 hurling championship quarter-final.

Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow (7.30) – Carlow v Laois

In a repeat of last year’s quarter-final, this game is set to be a very exciting tight affair. Laois will be on the hunt for revenge for last year’s defeat while Carlow will be hoping to make it 2-0 in the battle of the Barrow neighbours.

Carlow will be very optimistic going into this game as they almost caused a massive upset in last year’s championship against next-door neighbours Kilkenny in the semi-final. A win in this game would also lift the county’s hurling spirits as there senior team were relegated to Christy Ring this year. 

On the other hand Laois are deperate for a win at this level. The last time Laois won a Leinster u21 game was in 2012 but given their senior counterparts success this might just cary the O’Moore county over the line. 

Both sides have current Fitzgibbon stars on their team which line out for IT Carlow. Palmer, Rowland of Laois and Doyle of Carlow all won the Independent.ie league with IT Carlow last December.

Carlow will also have to keep their fouling to a low as Laois keeper Enda Rowland can point from placed balls from up to 90 yards from goal.

Teams:

Carlow:

Jack Barron, Pádraic Coughlan, Ger Coady, Michael Malone, Eoin Redmond, Seán Whelan, Adam Dunne, Kevin McDonald, Aaron Amond, James Doyle, Sean Brennan, Conor Foley, Liam Galway, James Kelly, Ted Joyce.

Laois:

Enda Rowland, Dwane Palmer, Conor Phelan, Ronan Broderick, Ciaran McEvoy, Leigh Bergin, Ryan Mullaney, Gavin Dunne, Sean Downey, Kevin Duggan, Stephen Bergin, Aidan Corby, Mark Kavanagh, John Lennon, Eoghan Fennelly.

Other quarter-finals taking place tonight: 

TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar (7.30) – Kilkenny v Westmeath

St Conleth’s Park Newbridge (7:30pm) – Kildare v Offaly

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