Laois drop Munnelly and Tierney

Following a misfiring evening against Longford last weekend, Laois forwards Ross Munnelly and MJ Tierney have been dropped to the substitutes bench for tomorrow's GAA Football All-Ireland qualifier against Down in Portlaoise (throw-in 7pm).

Following a misfiring evening against Longford last weekend, Laois forwards Ross Munnelly and MJ Tierney have been dropped to the substitutes bench for tomorrow's GAA Football All-Ireland qualifier against Down in Portlaoise (throw-in 7pm).

Munnelly was off colour in the first round qualifier win, raising just one white flag, while Tierney converted only three frees.

For tomorrow's second round clash, Laois boss Liam Kearns has made four changes in personnel - two of which see Billy Sheehan and St. Joseph's attacker Colm Kelly preferred to Munnelly and Tierney.

Sheehan slots in at left-half forward, with Barry Brennan moving to the right wing and Brian McCormack re-positioned to centre-forward.

In the full-forward line, Colm Parkinson moves to the right corner, with Kelly coming in at full-forward beside Donie Kingston on the other wing.

Kingston crowned his senior championship debut with a crucial goal in the O'Moore men's 1-10 to 0-11 victory over Longford.

Meanwhile, 2003 All-Star Joe Higgins in back in the Laois defence for the visit of Down.

Higgins takes over in the full-back line from Cathal Ryan.

Pauric Clancy also returns from injury to partner Brendan Quigley at midfield, with John O'Loughlin losing out.

This will be the first ever championship match between Laois and Down.

The midlanders lost in the third round of last year's All-Ireland qualifiers, going down to Derry by 1-18 to 2-11.

LAOIS (SFC v Down) - M Nolan; C Healy, D Rooney (capt), J Higgins; P O'Leary, T Kelly, P McMahon; P Clancy, B Quigley; B Brennan, B McCormack, B Sheehan; C Parkinson, C Kelly (St. Joseph's), D Kingston.

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