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5 changes to Westmeath team to face Galway as Laois hand 5 U21's debuts for Offaly game

The countdown is on to Sunday’s Leinster quarter-finals.

Westmeath boss Michael Ryan and Laois manager Seamus Plunkett take their teams in action this weekend.
Westmeath boss Michael Ryan and Laois manager Seamus Plunkett take their teams in action this weekend.

WESTMEATH HAVE SHAKEN up their team for Sunday’s Leinster quarter-final against Galway in Mullingar while Laois have turned to youth for their clash with Offaly in Tullamore.

Manager Michael Ryan has brought five players in to the Westmeath team from the side that defeated Carlow in their last round-robin game a fortnight ago.

Goalkeeper Paddy Maloney, full-back Tommy Doyle, corner-back Tommy Gallagher, and midfielders Cormac Boyle and Eoin Price are all handed starting places.

Shane McGovern and Alan McGrath make way as do the U21 trio of Michael Heeney, Darragh Egerton and Niall Mitchell – who were all involved in a shock win over Kilkenny last week.

Meanwhile Laois manager Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett has handed out debuts to five U21 players for their game against Offaly.

Goalkeeper Enda Rowland, the wing-backs Leigh Bergin and Ryan Mullaney, midfielder Colm Stapleton and right corner-forward John Lennon are the players in question.

Westmeath

1. Paddy Maloney (Castletown Geoghegan)

2. Shane Power (Clonkill)
3. Tommy Doyle (Lough Lene Gaels)
4. Tommy Gallagher (Castlepollard)

5. Aaron Craig (St Oliver Plunkett’s)
6. Gary Greville (Raharney)
7. Aonghus Clarke (Castletown Geoghegan – Captain)

8. Cormac Boyle (Raharney)
9. Eoin Price (Clonkill)

10. Alan Devine (Castlepollard)
11. Derek McNicholas (Clonkill)
12. Robbie Greville (Raharney)

13. Liam Varley (Castletown Geoghegan)
14. Brendan Murtagh (Clonkill)
15. Niall O’Brien (Castletown Geoghegan)

Laois

1. Enda Rowland (St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix)

2. Dwane Palmer (Camross)
3. Darren Maher (Clough-Ballacolla)
4. Cahir Healy (Portlaoise)

5. Leigh Bergin (Shanahoe)
6. Matthew Whelan (Borris-in-Ossory-Kilcotton)
7. Ryan Mullaney (Castletown)

8. Patrick Purcell (Rathdowney Errill)
9. Colm Stapleton (Borris-in-Ossory-Kilcotton)

10. Charles Dwyer (Ballinakill)
11. Neil Foyle (Borris-in-Ossory-Kilcotton)
12. Stephen Maher (Clough-Ballacolla)

13. John Lennon (Rosenallis)
14. Willie Hyland (Clough-Ballacolla)
15. PJ Scully (Borris-in-Ossory-Kilcotton)

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