Three changes for Laois

Laois manager Brendan Fennelly has opted to make three changes in personnel for Saturday's All-Ireland SHC qualifier against Cork in Portlaoise (throw-in 3pm).

Laois manager Brendan Fennelly has opted to make three changes in personnel for Saturday's All-Ireland SHC qualifier against Cork in Portlaoise (throw-in 3pm).

Full-back Brian Campion and centre-forward Ger Reddin come back into the team after being named in the original starting line-up to face Antrim in mid-May. Hand and ankle injuries forced their withdrawal that day.

Campion returns to the full-back line along with Conor Dunne, who was a half-time substitute in the 1-21 to 3-12 Leinster Championship defeat to the Saffrons. Brian Smith and Brian Stapleton both make way.

Reddin links up in the half-forwards with Noel Costelloe, who moves to the right wing, and Willie Hyland, the leading scorer in the Antrim game with 1-04. The player to lose out is Owen Holohan.

Saturday's clash is the first major meeting between the counties since the 1984 Centenary Cup final which Cork won by 2-21 to 1-09. They have not met in the Championship since Laois, represented by Ballygeehan, won the 1915 All-Ireland final.

The winners of the O'Moore Park encounter will move on to host Offaly in the first phase of the qualifiers on Saturday week.

LAOIS (SHC v Cork): Patrick Mullaney; John A Delaney, Brian Campion, Conor Dunne; Joe Fitzpatrick, Matthew Whelan, Brian Galvin; James Walsh, Sean Burke; Noel Costelloe, Ger Reddin, Willie Hyland; Brian Dunne, Neil Foyle, John Brophy.

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