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Monday 5 December 2016

Kingston to make immediate impact

CARLOW v LAOIS

(Dr Cullen Park, Tonight, 7.0)

PAUL KINGSTON will make his senior Championship debut for Laois tonight in Netwatch Dr Cullen Park and on the face of it, there might not be a better place for a young talented forward to pass such a career milestone.

CANTER

Meath scored 7-13 there last year at a canter in the Leinster SFC quarter-final and if Laois can't quite boast that range of firepower, they're not far off it either.

Kingston will play alongside his older brother Donie and Laois under-21 team mate, Evan O'Carroll, a man with a fetish for raising green flags.

Throw in the still sprightly despite his years Ross Munnelly and the O'Moore County have themselves four men in attack with that 'natural scorer' look about them in a team otherwise designed for mobility and graft.

That defeat to a barely-interested Meath team last year prompted all kinds of split-level Championship debates but Carlow have, relatively at least, moved on a level or two since.

They subsequently beat Waterford in the qualifiers but even since Turlough O'Brien's arrival this year, they have been far more competitive in Division 4 of the Allianz League, winning one and drawing four matches of their spring seven.

ODDS: Carlow 11/2, Draw 14/1, Laois 1/7

VERDICT: Laois

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