Laois lose Meaney and Walsh

Laois football manager Justin McNulty will be without the services of Kevin Meaney, last year's captain, and full-forward Gary Walsh for the remainder of this year's Championship.

Laois lose Meaney and Walsh

Laois football manager Justin McNulty will be without the services of Kevin Meaney, last year's captain, and full-forward Gary Walsh for the remainder of this year's Championship.

Meaney and Walsh have informed the O'Moore county management that they will be spending the rest of the summer in New York, with Meaney, who was used as a second half substitute in last weekend's disappointing Leinster SFC defeat to Louth, set to play for the Leitrim club in the Big Apple.

Walsh donned the number 14 jersey for the midlanders' Championship opener last Sunday and converted three frees in the 1-16 to 1-6 loss which relegated Laois to the All-Ireland qualifiers, leaving them up against it if they are to match last year's achievement of reaching the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

But McNulty's charges did embark on a confidence-building run in the qualifiers last summer, beating Carlow, Monaghan, Leitrim and Meath, and they will be hoping for more of the same in the first round in a month's time.

Meanwhile, former dual player Gary Hurney has recovered from a knee injury to be named in the Waterford attack for their Munster SFC semi-final showdown with Kerry on Saturday night.

Full-forward and captain Hurney is one of the survivors from the Déise's All-Ireland exit at the hands of Wicklow last June, with corner back Tadhg Ó hUallacháin, midfielder Tommy Prendergast, who is nursing a fractured finger, and forwards Shane and Robert Aherne among the seven newcomers.

But Niall Carew's side will begin their Championship campaign at Fitzgerald Stadium (throw-in 7pm) without the injured Liam Ó Lionain (quad muscle) in addition to Ronan Cahill, David Hallahan and Gavin Nugent who have all emigrated.

WATERFORD (SFC v Kerry): Stephen Enright; Tadhg Ó hUallacháin, Niall Walsh, Thomas O'Gorman; Conor Phelan, Shane Briggs, John Hurney; Maurice O'Gorman, Tommy Prendergast; Tony Grey, Shane Aherne, Andy Doyle; Paul Whyte, Gary Hurney (capt), Robert Aherne.

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