Laois and Wexford teams named for league tie

Laois manager Niall Rigney and his Wexford counterpart Colm Bonnar have named their respective starting line-ups ahead of Sunday's important NHL Division 2 encounter in Portlaoise (throw-in 2.30pm).

Laois manager Niall Rigney and his Wexford counterpart Colm Bonnar have named their respective starting line-ups ahead of Sunday's important NHL Division 2 encounter in Portlaoise (throw-in 2.30pm).

Rigney has opted to stick with the bulk of the side that claimed a six-point win over Down last Sunday, with just one change in personnel.

Camross clubman Zane Keenan will start his first competitive game since breaking his leg against Kerry 13 months ago.

Keenan, who came on as a substitute in the Down game, has taken John Rowney's place at centre-forward.

Rigney has opted to make a number of positional switches, with Harps clubman Conor Dunne moving from right corner back to right half-back an dual star Cahir Healy dropping back into the left corner.

Kilcotton's Brian Stapleton has switched wings in the full-back line, as does John A Delaney in the half-backs.

In attack, Joe Fitzpatrick will line out on the right side of the half-forward line, with free-taker Willie Hyland stationed on the left and Eoin Costelloe now top of the left.

Meanwhile, Bonnar has made two changes in personnel to the Wexford team that beat Kildare last time out.

In a huge boost for the Slaneysiders, Stephen Banville returns at full-forward with Peter Atkinson moving to the left corner.

Paul Morris is the player to lose out, while influential defender Keith Rossiter also returns to the Models' starting line-up.

Rossiter has been named at left corner back, where he takes over from Eoin Doyle. Willie Doran has also been shifted to centre-forward in a swap with Harry Kehoe.

LAOIS (NHL v Wexford): E Reilly; B Stapleton, D Maher, C Healy; C Dunne, M Whelan, J A Delaney; M McEvoy, James Walsh; J Fitzpatrick, Z Keenan, W Hyland; T Fitzgerald, N Foyle, E Costelloe.

WEXFORD: N Carton; P Roche, B Kenny, K Rossiter; R Kehoe, D Stamp, C Kenny; H Kehoe, C Farrell; A Shore, W Doran, D Lyng; R Jacob, S Banville, P Atkinson.

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