Sport Hurling

Saturday 24 March 2018

Laois suffer blow as Campion set to miss Tribes showdown

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

LAOIS hurlers look likely to be without defensive ace Brian Campion for their historic Leinster semi-final with Galway in a fortnight's time.

The Rathdowney full-back, who captained the county last year, was forced off after just eight minutes of the defeat of Carlow last weekend. He is awaiting the results of a scan he had yesterday but it is believed that Campion has torn his groin, which will necessitate a longer rest than two weeks.

It is a bad blow for the O'Moores, who are enjoying their best championship run in years under new manager Seamus 'Cheddar' Plunkett. Victories over Antrim and Carlow have propelled them into the Leinster semi-finals for the first time in eight years.

They haven't got this far since they beat Dublin with a barrage of goals in 2005, but Plunkett says they will not fear defending Leinster champions Galway.

"You've got to put this into context of where we are and who we're going to play next," he said.

"Galway beat the best team that a lot of us have ever seen and drew with them and had a great chance to beat them the third time.

"We will not fear anybody. We will attack Galway and we will be going for a win."

Irish Independent

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