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Laois look to old guard

EMBATTLED Laois boss Justin McNulty has recalled some of his old guard for the GAA's first ever Friday night SFC qualifier - away to Carlow.

Pádraig Clancy is restored to midfield in place of the USA-departed Brendan Quigley while Billy Sheehan is recalled at wing-forward. Conor Meredith also gets his chance on the '40' while Paul Begley and Kieran Lillis are given defensive call-ups and skipper John O'Loughlin reverts to midfield.

Westmeath have made two changes for Saturday's home qualifier against Fermanagh - but fit-again Dessie Dolan, an 11th hour hamstring injury withdrawal against Dublin, is only listed among the subs.

The personnel switches see Denis Cooroon and SFC debutant Lorcan Smyth promoted to the attack.

LAOIS (SF v Carlow): E Culliton; P Begley, M Timmons, P O'Leary; D Strong, K Lillis, P McMahon; J O'Loughlin, P Clancy; B Sheehan, C Meredith, C Begley; R Munnelly, D Kingston, D Conway.

WESTMEATH (SF v Fermanagh): G Connaughton; M McCallon, K Gavin, K Maguire; J Gaffey, P Sharry, J Dolan; D Duffy, J Heslin; K Martin, C McCormack, D Cooroon; G Egan, L Smyth, D Glennon.

CAVAN (SF v Monaghan): C Gilsenan; J McLoughlin, R Dunne, K Clarke; J McEnroe, A Clarke, R Flanagan; D O'Reilly, D Givney; C Mackey, J Brady, F Flanagan; N McDermott, M Dunne, E Keating.

WATERFORD (SH v Westmeath): S O'Keeffe; S Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; D Fives, M Walsh, P Prendergast; R Foley, K Moran; M Shanahan, P Mahony, S O'Sullivan; J Dillon, S Prendergast, B O'Sullivan.

WESTMEATH (SH): P Collins; L Varley, T Gallagher, P Fennell; D Fennell, A McGrath, A Price; E Price, J Clarke; B Murtagh, A Craig, D McNicholas; N O'Brien, R Greville, J Shaw.