Wednesday 17 January 2018

Laois eyeing vital points

LAOIS will be without the services of Ross Munnelly and John O'Loughlin for Saturday's clash with Kildare as they look to preserve their Division 2 status for 2011, writes Donnchadh Boyle.

Munnelly could feature in the league again this year but O'Loughlin is not expected to play until the Leinster championship opener against either Meath or Offaly on June 13 after breaking a bone in his hand while on Fitzgibbon Cup duty with UCD.

Westmeath look certain to drop to Division 3, but second-from-bottom Tipperary are just a point shy of Laois, who have managed just two wins from five outings.

And with Tipperary welcoming Westmeath to Thurles in their last league match, the pressure is on the O'Moore men to deliver on their home patch.

"We feel that we probably need to get six points to be safe from relegation," selector Dermot Murphy said. "So getting two points against Kildare is vital for us."

Meanwhile, Tadhg Kennelly has described himself as "physically absolutely fantastic" ahead of Sydney Swans' testing first-round AFL tie with St Kilda on Saturday at the ANZ Stadium.

Six months after winning an All-Ireland title with Kerry, the Listowel native is ready to resume his Aussie Rules career. Cork's Setanta O hAilpin has been named in Carlton's full-forward line ahead of their round-one clash with Richmond Tigers.

Irish Independent

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