Friday 22 September 2017

O'Moore boss McNulty keeps faith ahead of tricky Leitrim assignment

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

LAOIS boss Justin McNulty has stuck with the same side that saw off Monaghan last weekend for Saturday's tricky assignment against Leitrim.

Laois have tinkered with their side for most of the summer but McNulty has handed a vote of confidence to the side that saw off the Farney men in O'Moore Park.

Kieran Lillis remains out through injury so Kevin Meaney continues to deputise at full-back, while MJ Tierney has to make do with a place on the bench -- despite impressing when introduced last weekend.

Leitrim's Wayne McKeon has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a serious ankle injury.

The Sean O'Heslin's clubman is expected to miss the next 12 weeks action after he underwent surgery on ankle ligament damage sustained in Leitrim's Connacht SFC semi-final defeat to Mayo three weeks ago.

McKeon missed Leitrim's historic qualifier victory over Wicklow last weekend because of the injury and co-manager George Dugdale confirmed there is no chance he will be back to play Laois this weekend or at any stage this summer.

CASUALTY

"Wayne is a long-term casualty, he is not going to be ready for the next day. His ankle is bothering him since the Mayo game, and we expect he will be out for 10 or 12 weeks," said Dugdale, who led his side to their first qualifier win in 11 attempts when they defeated Wicklow on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Dublin and Meath heroes from the famous four-game Leinster first-round saga in 1991 will be honoured this Sunday as Croke Park's Family Funzone opens.

On the weekend that the Leinster football final takes place, a new Family Funzone will be unveiled and it will take over the entire Davin Stand car park on the same day that the Dublin and Meath heroes of 1991 are guests of honour at headquarters.

The all-new family Funzone, which is to become a permanent installation at Croke Park for the remainder of the championships, will include the Leinster Council's inflatable playing pitch and other interactive games and activities for young players.

A number of Dublin and Meath clubs will compete on the Leinster GAA Roadshow pitch while training and coaching tips will be available from expert coaches on the day.

Later in the day, representatives of the Meath and Dublin 1991 teams will be honoured as the special guests of the Leinster Council and introduced to the crowd at half-time in the senior match.

Laois (SF v Leitrim) -- E Culliton; C Healy, K Meaney, J Kavanagh; D Strong, J O'Loughlin, C Boyle; B Quigley, C Begley; R Munnelly, B Sheehan, G Walsh; D O'Connor, P Clancy, C Kelly.

Irish Independent

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