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Football: Minor Update and Senior Tailteann Cup Round 2 Preview

By Laois PRO Sat 18th May

Football: Minor Update and Senior Tailteann Cup Round 2 Preview
Football: Minor Update and Senior Tailteann Cup Round 2 Preview

Written by Laois PR Team


Inter County Football: Minor Update and Senior Tailteann Cup Round 2 Preview


Laois Minor Footballers: were in action this afternoon, Saturday May 18th at 2pm in Hunterstown Rovers GAA, Ardee Co.Louth vs Antrim for the preliminary quarter final of the new Tier 3 All Ireland Minor Football Championship.

Well done to the Laois Minor Footballers who are now through to a quarter final with opponents and fixture details TBC in due course, after Laois defeated Antrim on a scoreline of:

Final Score:

Laois: 4-16
Antrim: 1-9


There was a lot of talent on display for Laois Minor Footballers , and lots of positives to take forward in the next step of this competition.

In defence: full back Ben O’Connor (Portlaoise) was excellent and very good at man marking Antrim’s biggest attacking threat, full forward Jj Higgins.

Hugh Connolly (Portarlington) at right half back was a great link between defence and attack for Laois as he won a lot of possession in defense and set up attacks.

Callum McElroy (Arles Kilcruise) was in firing form and scored a hat trick of goals from play.

The introduction of 2nd half substitutes Paddy Murray and Sean Michael Ward both from Portarlington, made a lively impact on the game.

Laois scorers were: Calum McElroy 3-1, Ultan Dunne 1-4 (0-3 frees), Ennae Byrne 0-3 (one mark), Conor O’Callaghan 0-2 (one free), Paddy Murray 0-2, Jack O’Dea 0-1, Sean Rowan 0-1


Senior Football: Tailteann Cup Round 2 Preview: Wicklow vs Laois.

On Sunday May 19th at 3pm in Echelon Park, Aughrim.


Next Fixture: Group Stage

Round 3: Weekend of June 1st/2nd: Laois vs Fermanagh in a neutral venue. Details TBC.

Tickets for the Round 2 game vs Wicklow can be purchased both online and in person using the following options below:

Tickets can be purchased online here:

Tickets can be purchased in person via selected participating SuperValu stores:

SuperValu Stradbally
Breslin’s SuperValu Rathdowney
McConville’s SuperValu Mountmellick
McLoughlin’s SuperValu Portarlington
Mulhall’s SuperValu Portlaoise
SuperValu Abbeyleix
SuperValu Parkside Portlaoise

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

Live Stream: The game will be available to purchase and live stream on GAAGO here:

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

Manager Justin McNulty has named the following side to face Wicklow:

With no changes to the starting 15 from the Carlow game.

There is one change amongst the substitutes: James Kelly comes onto the bench in place of Liam Knowles.

The Laois Team lines out as follows:


Recent Laois Stats:

Congratulations to Mark Timmons on becoming just the fourth Laois footballer to make 50 senior championship appearances.
Mark Timmons was also the 26th Laois footballer to make 4+ championship appearances against Carlow. Eight of those players made five apps.
Only two players made six – Martin Dempsey & Ross Munnelly.


Mark Barry scored 1-6 vs Carlow last week.
It’s only the 23rd time that a Laois footballer has scored 9+ points in a championship match. Barry has accounted for the last three times. Mark Barry’s goal came from a penalty and he is the both the 20th and 21st known SFC penalty goal scorer for Laois. (2023 vs Down and 2024 vs Carlow)

Rioghan Murphy is only the 11th known Laois footballer to score 5+ points on his cship debut. The last before him was Donie Kingston (2008).

Round 1 Recap: Laois vs Carlow on Sunday May 12th in Laois Hire O’Moore Park

Laois have a quick turnaround and now hope to bounce back from their draw result vs Carlow when they travel to Aughrim to take on Wicklow.

In the draw vs Carlow, the standout players for Laois were: Mark Barry was awarded a place on’s Football Team of The Week as a result of his great performance scoring 1-6.

Rioghan Murphy on his Championship debut, was fantastic and scored 1-2 from play.

Simon Fingleton also impressed on his Championship starting debut after making great runs forward with the ball and had plenty of pace when he was in possession, adding a point from play to his tally also.

Dylan Kavanagh had a good game in defence for Laois.

Other Laois scorers were: Evan O’Carroll 0-4. Kevin Swayne 0-1. Conor Heffernan 0-1. Brian Byrne 0-1. Eoin Buggie 0-1.

Wicklow: are also hoping to bounce back in Round 2 vs Laois, after a disappointing result in Round 1 (a defeat to Fermanagh by 16 pts).
Prior to the Tailteann Cup campaign, Wicklow were relegated from Div.3 but went on to get a brilliant win over Westmeath (by 1pt) in Round 1 of the Leinster SFC. They were unlucky to be defeated (by 1pt) by Kildare in the Leinster quarter final after Wicklow produced an excellent performance that day vs Kildare too.

Standout players: Oisin McGraynor, Dean Healy and John Paul Nolan have all been very lively in attack.

Wicklow vs Laois: Previous meeting in Aughrim.

Leinster SFC Round 1 on April 24th 2022 in Echelon Park, Aughrim.

Wicklow: 5-15

Laois: 4-12

Laois scorers: Gary Walsh 2-2. Paddy O’Sullivan 1-1. Mark Barry 0-3. Paul Kingston 0-3. Sean O’Flynn 1-0. Evan O’Carroll 0-2. Brian Byrne 0-1.

Wicklow scorers: Kevin Quinn 3-0. Mark Kenny 0-5. Eoin Darcy 1-2. Padraig O’ Toole 1-1. Mark Jackson 0-3. Dean Healy 0-2. Andy Maher 0-1. Darragh Fitzgerald 0-1.

By Laois PRO Sat 18th May

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