Wednesday 21 February 2018

O'Moore boss Doran urges players to prove Dublin win 'no fluke'

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

LAOIS U-21 manager Tony Doran has demanded that his players prove their shock win over Dublin was "no fluke" ahead of tonight's Bord Gais Energy Leinster U-21 hurling semi-final clash with Carlow (7.30).

Laois ousted All-Ireland champions Dublin thanks to Ben Reddin's last-minute goal to set up tonight's clash with Carlow in Dr Cullen Park.

"That win didn't surprise me in the least after the work we have done in the last few months. But we have to prove it was no fluke and get to the final," said Doran.

"The lads have put in a lot of hard work, but we can't take our eye off the ball now. We have to push on."

Carlow have never made the provincial decider, while Laois haven't been there since 1990.

"It's a great opportunity for both sides to let the so-called weaker counties get a taste of a final. It's good for hurling too," added Doran.

concentrating

"Carlow are a good side. They have nine fellas on the senior panel, so they are no bad side and we are concentrating fully on them."

Meanwhile, two heavyweights clash when Kilkenny and Wexford meet in the other semi-final in Nowlan Park tonight (7.30).

The Slaneysiders came out on top when they met last year and they have the advantage of a game under their belts, having comprehensively dismissed the challenge of Offaly.

The Cats have a new man in charge in Richie Mulrooney, who previously guided the county's minor side to All-Ireland glory.

Carlow -- B Tracey; B Lambe, C Lawlor, L Kinsella; J Corcoran, D English, J Doyle; A Kenny, C Wall; R Smythers, J Nolan, A McDonald; K Roberts, M Kavanagh, P Shaw.

Laois -- TBC

Kilkenny -- D Walsh; J Corcoran, W Phelan, A Lyng; L Harney, R Doyle, B Kennedy; G Brennan, O Walsh; C Kenny, P Walsh, C Buckley; G Aylward, W Walsh, K Kelly (capt).

Wexford -- TBC

Kilkenny U-21 v Wexford U-21,

Live, TG4, 7.30

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