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All Ireland SHC Prelim. Q/F Preview: Laois vs Wexford

By Laois PRO Fri 14th Jun

All Ireland SHC Prelim. Q/F Preview: Laois vs Wexford
All Ireland SHC Prelim. Q/F Preview: Laois vs Wexford

Written By Laois PR Team

Our Senior Hurlers face Wexford in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship: Preliminary Quarter-Final. Tomorrow, Saturday June 15th at 5pm in Laois Hire O’Moore Park.

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Follow live match scores and updates: on our official CLG Laois Twitter account,

Radio: The match will be broadcast live on Midlands Radio 103.

Manager Willie Maher has named the following side to face Wexford:

Changes from the Offaly game: Donnchadh Hartnett starts in place of Liam O’Connell (injured). Gearoid Lynch replaces Fiachra C Fennell. Eric Killeen replaces James Duggan.

Noah Quinlan, Cody Comerford and Stephen Bergin replace starters Donnchadh Hartnett, Gearoid Lynch and Eric Killeen on the bench.

The Laois team lines out as follows:

What’s next: The winner of Laois vs Wexford will go through to the All Ireland SHC Quarter Finals, where they will face Clare (Munster final runners up). The defeated side will exit the championship.

Previous All Ireland SHC: Prelim. Q/F Final appearances for both Laois and Wexford.

Laois: July 7th 2019 in Laois Hire O’Moore Park

Laois: 1-22
Dublin: 0-23

The day when Laois became the only Joe McDonagh side to date to win a preliminary quarter-final since the format was introduced. Laois were Joe McDonagh Cup winners that year after defeating Westmeath the week prior.

This Saturday will be Laois’ only 2nd appearance in an All Ireland SHC preliminary quarter final.

For Wexford, it will be their 3rd appearance.

Wexford: June 11th 2022 in Austin Stack Park

Kerry: 0-18
Wexford: 3-30

July 7th 2018 in Cusack Park

Westmeath: 0-16
Wexford: 2-21

Recent Laois Stats:

Paddy Purcell scored his 125th total Championship point ever in the 1st half of the Joe McDonagh final vs Offaly last week.

Laois played Offaly for the 56th time in the Championship.

The HT score vs Offaly was Laois: 0-15 and Offaly 1-13. It was the highest scoring HT score in a 1 point championship game in which Laois have ever been involved. It passes the 29pts from the 2022 round 5 game vs Westmeath.

It was the most experienced group of Laois subs ever used in Championship hurling. (160 apps).

Its only the 4th time the bench has had 100+ apps between them.

2014 vs London (100)
2024 vs Offaly (group game 118)
2024 vs Kerry (112)
2024 vs Offaly (final, 168)

Joe McDonagh Cup Final 2024

Laois: 0-26
Offaly: 2-23

Despite defeat, Laois put in a mighty and proud effort.

Standout performances for Laois: Paddy Purcell was named on’s Hurling Team Of The Week on Monday June 10th following his brilliant display versus Offaly on Saturday June 8th.

Although Paddy was named in midfield on the day, Paddy also played in centre forward and he was very effective when he switched into this position from midfield. He scored a total 0-5 from play. Paddy will now start in the half forward line at no.11 as opposed to midfield vs Wexford tomorrow, as a result of his great performance in the half forward line in the Joe McDonagh final.

Midfielder Aidan Corby capped off an already fiercely impressive Joe McDonagh campaign in 2024, with yet another immense display throughout in the final too, producing a man of the match worthy performance. He scored 4 points from play.

Ian Shanahan and Diarmaid Conway were very solid in the Laois full back line with incredible work rate and never stopped working hard for the entirety. Both players won a great amount of ball, held their Offaly markers to just 1 pt from play each. Which was no easy task as Dan Bourke and Adam Screeney are really talented and credit to Shanahan and Conway for reducing that attacking threat. Both defenders were efficient going forward too, making vital interceptions, passes and runs up the field to assist in the Laois attack.

In the Laois attack, the in form Captain Aaron Dunphy showed his leadership once again and was the top scorer of both sides on the day, with a total score of 11 points (consisting of 6 frees, 2 65’s and 3 from play).

Wexford: Finished 3rd on the table after the round robin series in the Leinster SHC campaign.

Their results were a draw result at home to Dublin in Round 1. A defeat away to Antrim by 2 pts in Round 2. Beat Galway by 8 pts at home in Round 3. Beat Carlow away by 26 pts in Round 4. In Round 5, Wexford put up a massive fight versus Kilkenny and lost in the end by just the 1pt, despite defeat Wexford deserve credit and played excellent that day, up against the 5 in a row Leinster champions.

Standout players: Captain Lee Chin has been in outstanding form scoring a huge 3-54 total in just this years Championship round robin series alone. (Total 63 pts). Chin was the overall 2nd placed top scorer in the Leinster Championship just 3 pts behind 1st placed scorer Donal Burke of Dublin.

Also very impressive for Wexford throughout their Championship campaign this year was full back Eoin Ryan, corner forward duo Cian Byrne and Rory O’Connor. Cathal Dunbar also, was very good in the game vs Kilkenny in particular.

Previous championship meeting of Laois vs Wexford:

Leinster SHC Round 3 on May 1st 2022 in Laois Hire O’Moore Park

Laois: 0-12
Wexford: 6-21

From the Laois panel involved that day in 2022, only 7 remain today and named for Saturday’s clash. Enda Rowland, Donnchadh Hartnett, Fiachra C Fennell, Ryan Mullaney, Paddy Purcell, Aidan Corby and John Lennon.

By Laois PRO Fri 14th Jun

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