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Tailteann Cup Round 3 Preview: Laois vs Fermanagh

By Laois PRO Fri 31st May

Tailteann Cup Round 3 Preview: Laois vs Fermanagh
Tailteann Cup Round 3 Preview: Laois vs Fermanagh

Written by Laois PR Team


Tailteann Cup Group 3 Round 3: Laois vs Fermanagh, Saturday June 1st at 3.45pm in Pearse Park, Longford.

Tickets 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

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

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

Changes to the team that started against Wicklow: Dylan Kavanagh, Mikie Dempsey and Niall Dunne replace Eoin Buggie (injured), Damon Larkin and Paul Kingston.

Bench changes: Niall Corbet replaces Eoin Buggie and Aaron McEvoy replaces Cormac Murphy.

The Laois team lines out as follows:

Knockout Permutations for Laois: A win for Laois will guarantee a home quarter final. A draw for Laois will guarantee a home preliminary quarter-final. Defeat for Laois will also guarantee a preliminary quarter-final but whether this will be a home or an away fixture for Laois , will depend on the result of Carlow vs Wicklow.

Group finishers and qualification:

1st place = home quarter-final

2nd place = home preliminary quarter-final

3 of the best 3rd place finishers and New York = away preliminary quarter-final

Lowest ranked 3rd place finishers and all 4th placed = eliminated from the competition

Current Tailteann Cup Table Standings:

Recent Laois Stats:

vs Wicklow in Round 2 on May 19th:

Evan O’Carroll scored his 80th championship point ever.

Evan O’Carroll’s fourth point against Wicklow was his second from play in the game and his 50th from play in his SFC career.

He’s the 9th Laois footballer to reach the mark after Chris, Bill & Noel Delaney, Willie Brennan, Mick Lawlor, Beano, Ross & Donie.

Brian Byrne made his 50th overall appearance.

Kevin Swayne made his 30th overall appearance.



Eoin Lowry made his 75th Lge & Cship app.

Seamus Lacey made his 20th Lge & Cship app.

Two players have scored cship debut goals this year – Rioghan Murphy & Shaun Fitzpatrick. It’s the first time since 1990 that two players have done it in one year – John O’Connell & Mick Turley vs Offaly.

Mark Timmons & Evan O’Carroll have become just the third Laois footballers to make their 5th championship apps against Wicklow (John O’Loughlin).

It was Laois’ 137th ever championship win, but only our 18th where we were down by two points or more at HT.


Round 2 Recap: Wicklow vs Laois in Echelon Park, Aughrim on Sunday May 19th

Laois: 0-11
Wicklow: 0-10

Laois scorers: Evan O’Carroll 0-4. Killian Roche 0-2. Rioghan Murphy 0-1. Mark Barry 01. Brian Byrne 0-1. Kevin Swayne 0-1. Paul Kingston 0-1.

Goalkeeper Killian Roche was named on’s Tailteann Cup Team Of The Week on May 20th as a result of his performance vs Wicklow. Roche scored 2 frees, his 2nd one which was crucially Laois’ last scored that earned them a hard fought 1 pt win in the end.


The defensive set up for Laois in the game vs Wicklow was particularly impressive and the following players put in a great shift: Full back James Kelly, left corner back Mark Timmons and left half back Simon Fingleton, who’s defensive work rate was vital for Laois coming away with their first win of the Tailteann Cup campaign this year.



Fermanagh: Previous results

Round 1: May 11th in Brewster Park

Fermanagh: 3-16
Wicklow: 0-9

Round 2 : May 18th in Dr Cullen Park

Carlow: 0-13
Fermanagh: 1-13

As current table toppers after a 16pt comprehensive victory over Wicklow in the opening round and followed up by a 3pt win over Carlow last time out, if Wicklow win vs Laois, they will secure a home quarter final as 1st place finishers. A defeat to Laois will still see Fermanagh progress for a home preliminary quarter-final as the lowest Fermanagh can finish is 2nd place, regardless of other results as they currently have 4 pts.

The standout players for Fermanagh so far have been: Conor Love, who came on as a substitute vs Wicklow in Round 1 had an immediate positive impact on the game as he
scored 2 goals from play, the 1st goal which came after only 3 minutes of his introduction. Callum Jones also done very well. In the Round 2 win over Carlow, substitutes again came to the fore as Jonathan Cassidy and Darragh McGunn made important contributions in the 2nd half.

Laois vs Fermanagh:

Previous meeting in the Tailteann Cup

Tailteann Cup Preliminary Quarter-Final on June 10th 2023 in Brewster Park, Enniskillen.

Laois: 1-11
Fermanagh: 1-9

Laois scorers: Mark Timmons 1-1. Evan O’Carroll, Mark Barry and Paul Kingston 0-3 each. Colm Murphy 0-1.

Fermanagh scorers: Ryan Lyons 0-3. Sean Quigley 1-0. Shane McGullian 0-2. Luke Flanagan, Conor McGee, Brendan Horan and Che Cullen 0-1 each.

By Laois PRO Fri 31st May

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