Laois will face London on Saturday at 3pm in Parnell Park, Dublin for Round 3 of the 2023 Tailteann Cup Campaign.
Laois manager Billy Sheehan has named the Laois side to face London. There is 1 change to the side that started against Offaly in Round 2 with Cathal Doyle of Ballyroan Abbey coming in to replace Colm Murphy.
One’s to watch:
Emo’s Sean Greene put in an excellent defensive performance against Offaly. In his first year playing senior county football, Portlaoise’s Damon Larkin’s great performance in midfield against Offaly earned him a place on GAA.ie’s Tailteann Cup Team Of The Week on May 22nd. Clonsalee St.Manman’s and former Laois goalkeeper Niall Corbet came on as a substitute against Offaly to make his outfield debut and played brilliantly adding great pace to the game.
Previous meeting versus London:
Allianz Football League Roinn 4: March 26th 2023.
Laois 6:6 – 2:8 London
Goal scorers on the day were Evan O’Carroll, Mark Barry, Padraig Kirwan, Eoin Lowry, Brian Daly and Brian Byrne.
Laois connection to London:
Former Laois and Portlaoise senior dual player Cahir Healy (no.6) starts for London against Laois on Saturday.
Permutations for Laois:
To finish 2nd place in the group:
As it stands, Laois cannot top their group.
But Laois can still finish 2nd. With a comprehensive win over London on Saturday coupled with a Cavan win over Offaly, could see Laois take 2nd place if there is an 18-points difference swing. Offaly are currently on -9 (points) and Laois are +9 (points)
If Laois finish 2nd, they will qualify for a preliminary quarter final fixture at home to New York or the loser of Longford vs Carlow or the winner of Wexford vs Leitrim taking place next weekend June 10th/11th.
To finish 3rd place in the group:
Regardless of results elsewhere, a win or a draw against London will guarantee Laois finish in 3rd position which will make them one of the best 3rd placed teams throughout all groups in the 2023 Tailteann Cup.
Therefore Laois will qualify for a preliminary quarter final fixture away to the losers of Meath vs Down or Fermanagh vs Antrim or the winners of Longford vs Carlow taking place next weekend June 10th/11th.
Tailteann Cup 2023:
The Tailteann Cup is the annual second tier All Ireland football championship competition contested by the 16 county teams who do not qualify for the All Ireland Senior Football Championship with the winners of the 2023 Tailteann Cup going on to enter the 2024 All Ireland Senior Football Championship.
Laois played their opening Round 1 game on May 13th with a loss away to Cavan and played their Round 2 game on May 20th with a draw at home to Offaly.
Preliminary Quarter-Finals: June 10th/11th
Quarter-Finals: June 17th/18th
Semi Finals: June 24th/25th
Final: July 15th/16th in Croke Park.
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