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Cheddar’s Laois can win easily

LAOIS boss Cheddar’ Plunkett questioned the benefits of this round-robin group but then, he’s in quite a privileged position at present.

LEINSTER SHC QUALIFIER GROUP RD 4

LONDON v LAOIS

(Ruislip, Tomorrow, 12.30)

 

A win here against London in Ruislip - where, it should be pointed out, the Exiles have already drawn with Carlow - and Laois join Antrim in the Leinster quarter-finals.

All that would remain to be decided is which of the two faces Wexford and which takes on Galway and with Laois hosting Antrim in the final round, they look the likeliest to top the group and meet Liam Dunne’s men.

Provided, of course, they do the business here.

Plunkett’s point, however, was that relegating one of the teams in the round-robin system would do no good to anyone at all.

And while his team has momentum, the qualifier group was a token gesture to those looking to make a significant leap. Conor Dunne and John Purcell come in for Tom Delaney and Cha’ Dwyer from the team that beat Carlow by 11 points last weekend.

Carlow hold edge

LEINSTER SHC QUALIFIER GROUP RD 4

CARLOW v WESTMEATH

(Dr Cullen Park, Tomorrow, 3.0)

WITH one point from three games, Carlow have suddenly been forced to recalibrate their ambitions from qualifying for a Leinster SHC quarter-final to avoiding relegation back to the Christy Ring Cup.

It would, in truth, be a far greater blow to Carlow than their recent relegation to Division 2A. For Westmeath, Eoin Price and Aonghus Clarke both return but it’s unlikely to bridge the gap.

ODDS: Carlow 1/3, Draw 10/1, Westmeath 13/5 VERDICT: Carlow


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