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Welcome to today’s live coverage of the All-Ireland SHC preliminary quarter-finals. First up we’ve got Westmeath v Cork at 3pm, before Laois v Dublin at 4.15pm.

Here’s how Dublin and Laois will line-out:


1. Alan Nolan (St Brigid’s)

2. Paddy Smyth (Clontarf)
3. Shane Barrett (Na Fianna)
4. Cian Hendricken (Naomh Mearnóg)

5. Chris Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields – captain)
6. Seán Moran (Cuala)
7. James Madden (Ballyboden St-Enda’s)

8. Seán Treacy (Cuala)
9. Tom Connolly (St Vincent’s)

10. Conal Keaney (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
11. Danny Sutcliffe (St Jude’s)
12. Cian Boland (St Oliver Plunkett’s-Eoghan Ruadh)

13. Oisin O’Rorke (Kilmacud Crokes)
14. Ronan Hayes (Kilmacud Crokes)
15. Eamon Dillon (Naomh Fionbarra)


1. Enda Rowland (St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix)

2. Lee Cleere (Clough-Ballacolla)
3. Matthew Whelan (Borris-in-Ossory-Kilcotton)
4. Joe Phelan (Camross)

5. Jack Kelly (Rathdowney Errill)
6. Ryan Mullaney (Castletown)
7. Pádraig Delaney (The Harps)

8. John Lennon (Rosenallis)
9. Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill – captain)

10. Aaron Dunphy (Borris-in-Ossory-Kilcotton)
11. Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Errill)
12. Stephen Maher (Clough-Ballacolla)

13. Willie Dunphy (Clough-Ballacolla)
14. Charles Dwyer (Ballinakill)
15. Ross King (Rathdowney-Errill)


Here are the Cork and Westmeath teams:


1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk) 

2. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. Niall O’ Leary (Castlelyons) 

5. Christopher Joyce (Na Pairsaigh)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Mark Coleman (Blarney) 

8. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
9. Tim O’ Mahony (Newtownshandrum) 

10. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
11. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)
12. Shane Kingston (Douglas) 

13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)
15. Seamus Harnedy (St Itas – captain)



One late change for Westmeath: Paul Greville replaces Conor Shaw.

Westmeath 0-1 Cork 0-2

4 mins – Alan Cadogan and Patrick Horgan land early scores for Cork, either side of one from Killian Doyle.

Westmeath 0-1 Cork 0-3

4 mins – Bill Cooper slots over Cork’s third.


Westmeath 0-2 Cork 0-4

Westmeath are playing with two sweepers to try and cut out the ball into Horgan. Seamus Harney meanwhile doubles the Rebels lead.


Westmeath 0-2 Cork 0-6

Horgan slots over one from play to stretch Cork’s lead to four.


Cork’s performance coach Doug Howlett watches on from the sideline.

Doug Howlett Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO


Westmeath 0-2 Cork 0-9

Tim O’Mahony shows wonderful skill and sets-up Darragh Fitzgibbon for a score. The gap continues to widen. The handicap before this game was set at 17 points, will Cork beat that?


Westmeath 0-4 Cork 0-10

Horgan puts over a great effort, but Killian Doyle pops over a point in response.


Westmeath 0-4 Cork 0-13

Fitzgibbon races forward and takes his score. Westmeath are making plenty of unforced errors in possession and they’re being punished by John Meyler’s team. Horgan points a free for his fifth score of the afternoon.


Westmeath 0-4 Cork 0-14

Horgan with another free for Cork.


Westmeath 0-4 Cork 0-16

Harnedy slots over the latest for the visitors. Westmeath boss Joe Quaid has a difficult team talk on his hands at half-time. 


Westmeath 0-6 Cork 0-16

Eoin Price and Robbie Greville pick off a score apiece for the hosts.


Westmeath 0-7 Cork 0-20

Fitzgibbon and Harney tag on efforts.


Westmeath 0-8 Cork 0-23

Paul Greville sends over a long-range score.


Cork make two half-time changes: Robbie O’Flynn and Damien Cahalane come in for Mark Coleman and Bill Cooper.


Westmeath 0-10 Cork 0-26

Shane Clavin points for Westmeath, before Cork hit back with scores through O’Flynn and Harnedy.


Another Cork sub: Jamie Coughlan comes in for Alan Cadogan.


Westmeath 0-10 Cork 1-27

Lehane fires over another point for Cork. They’re putting up a huge score here.


Westmeath 0-12 Cork 1-27

Clarke pulls back a point for the Lake County.


Westmeath 0-14 Cork 1-28

O’Flynn has been in good scoring form since his half-time introduction, he adds another to bring his tally to 1-3 so far. Doyle converts a chance in response for Westmeath.


Westmeath 0-15 Cork 1-31

Lehane and Shane Kingston point for Cork while Ciaran Doyle responds for the home team.


Two late changes in the Laois-Dublin game.

Darragh O’Connell in for Cian Hendricken for Dublin, Eanna Lyons replaces Stephen Maher for Laois.


Westmeath 0-18 Cork 1-32

Jack Galvin and Lehane trade points.


We’re underway in Portlaoise.


Westmeath 0-18 Cork 1-34

Still 10 minutes to go here and Cork are up by 19 points.


Laois 0-1 Dublin 0-0

The hosts take an early lead through Cha Dwyer.


Westmeath 0-19 Cork 1-35

Horgan makes it double scores once again.


Laois 0-2 Dublin 0-2

Oisin O’Rorke slots over a free for Dublin to draw them level.

Westmeath 0-20 Cork 1-35

Eoin Price with another fine effort.


Laois 0-3 Dublin 0-2

Purcell sends Laois in front with a great run and score.

Flag 9Mins

GOAL! Aaron Dunphy bags an early goal to leave Laois 1-3 to 0-2 ahead of Dublin.


Laois 1-4 Dublin 0-2

Mark Kavanagh pops over his second free of the game. Laois are five ahead.

Flag 11Mins

RED CARD! Westmeath’s Gary Greville picks up a second yellow card in the closing stages.


Westmeath 0-20 Cork 1-39

Jamie Coughlan and Declan Dalton add to the Cork lead.


Laois 1-5 Dublin 0-3

Aaron Dunphy and O’Rorke swap scores.


Joe Phelan and Cian Boland Joe Phelan puts pressure on Dublin's Cian Boland. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

John Lennon and Oisin O'Rourke Oisin O'Rorke tackles John Lennon. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO


Laois 1-7 Dublin 0-7

Eamonn Dillon catches and pops a nice score over.


About 23 minutes gone here in Portlaoise, Dublin have started to draw Laois in but the home side have made an admirable start to this game. Still three in it.


Long-distance free by Sean Moran tails wide for Dublin, Conal Keaney had been off target before then.


Laois 1-8 Dublin 0-7
Éanna Lyons is dragged down by James Madden after a long booming puckout by Laois netminder Enda Rowland. Mark Kavanagh steps up and taps over the free.


Dublin’s shooting not working so far, Danny Sutcliffe the latest one to see a strike go astray of the posts.


Laois 1-9 Dublin 0-7
This is super stuff from Laois. Really tenacious in defence and Ross King avails to float over a point. Willie Dunphy then misses a really good chance to extend the lead.


Laois 1-9 Dublin 0-8
Oisin O’Rorke slips over a point from a free but Dublin could have stole in for a goal there, Eamon Dillon shooting under pressure but Enda Rowland had got out to make the block and a free for an earlier foul was given.


Laois 1-11 Dublin 0-8
This is brilliant from Laois! They go six clear thanks to points from Mark Kavanagh and Jack Kelly.


Laois 1-12 Dublin 0-8
Now Charles Dwyer gets in on the scoring act for Laois, seven in it.


Laois 1-12 Dublin 0-9
Badly needed point for Dublin from Danny Sutcliffe.


Laois 1-12 Dublin 0-10
And then another for Dublin courtesy of Conal Keaney.


Five in it after a really interesting first-half in O’Moore Park and it’s Laois in the ascendancy. Can they maintain it against favourites Dublin? We’ll see as the second-half action unfolds.


We’re back underway for the second-half.


Laois 1-12 Dublin 0-12

Conal Keaney is fouled and O’Rorke converts the free. Cian Boland then follows it up with one of his own.


Laois 1-12 Dublin 0-13

Boland again and Dublin have the gap down to two points.



Laois 1-13 Dublin 0-14 

O’Rorke lands a pressure free in response to Willie Dunphy’s point.


Laois 1-14 Dublin 0-14

Aaron Dunphy nails an excellent point.


Laois 1-15 Dublin 0-14

Kavanagh slots over a nice free to extend Laois’s lead back to four.


SAVE! Enda Rowland does really well to deny Danny Sutcliffe from close-range before O’Rorke slots over the resultant 65.


Laois 1-15 Dublin 0-16

Sutcliffe with a massive score for the Dubs after a brilliant run. 


Laois 1-16 Dublin 0-18

O’Rorke nails a free to draw the Dubs back on level terms. Willie Dunphy responds immediately for Laois after great work by O’Dwyer.


Laois 1-18 Dublin 0-18

Laois lead by two again after Kavanagh’s latest free. Conal Keaney is replaced by Paul Ryan for Dublin. Then Dunphy lands a point as Laois press three clear.


Cha Dwyer hits a wide and the Dubs have a wide of their own at the far end.


Laois 1-19 Dublin 0-20

Rowland slots over a booming point for Laois, but the Dubs fire back through an O’Rorke free. Laois’s fouling is allowing the favourites back into this.


Laois 1-20 Dublin 0-20

Three points in it with six minutes left in the game. Are Laois about to pull off a huge shock?


Laois 1-21 Dublin 0-20

Mark Kavanagh bombs over a free as Laois move four clear again.


Laois 1-21 Dublin 0-21

O’Rorke puts over a close-range free.


Laois 1-21 Dublin 0-22

Paul Ryan with a great free and it’s a two-point game after 68 minutes. Dublin win another free immediately from way out the field and Ryan drops it short.


We’re into three minutes of stoppage-time as Laois attempt to hold onto a famous victory.


Laois 1-22 Dublin 0-22 

Rowland lands another incredible free from distance. Laois are going to win this! 


Laois 1-22 Dublin 0-23

Sean Moran takes a close-range free and puts it over the bar. Laois lead by two.


What a result for Laois! They’ll take on Tipperary in the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final after pulling off one of the upsets of the summer.

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