Dublin v Laois. Friday, 7.30pm, Tullamore, Live on TG4
This is a big game for both sides and there is not much between the teams in m opinion. The game is live on TG4 with the winner also progressing to the All-Ireland semi-finals.
The Dubs comfortable dispatched Wexford1-17 to 0-7 in their provincial semi-final at Parnell Park. Dublin never looked troubled in that game to be fair. Tom Gray and his management team will look to players like Daire Newcombe, Neill Matthews and Sean Lambe in defence. Peadar O’Cofaigh Byrne and Donal Ryan will likely continue the midfield partnership. In attack, Ciaran Archer who scored 1-08 against Wexford will be a key man once more, along with Ross McGarry and Karl Lynch Bissett.
Billy O’Loughlin with his sides progress to date and they deservedly have a place in the final. The O’Moore County men beat Kildare in the semi-final 0-17 to 1-11. This will be a tough challenge for them but they have quality players. Matthew Byron is the son of former Laois goalkeeper and all-star Fergal, Matthew will play in goal also here. Seamus Lacey, Sean O’Flynn and Colin Slevin will be key players in the defence. In attack, Ronan Coffey, Alan Kinsella and Dan McCormack will the players looking to come up with the scores.
Laois (Leinster U20FC final v Dublin): Matthew Byron; Michael Dowling, Seamus Lacey; Alex Mohan; Colin Slevin, Jack Lacey, Dean Brophy; Robert Tyrrell, Eoin Dunne; Ronan Coffey, Michael Doran, Niall Dunne; Alan Kinsella, Dan McCormack, Diarmuid Whelan
Dublin (Leinster U20FC final v Laois): David O’Hanlon; Darren Maher, Daire Newcombe, Eoin O’Dea; Kieran Kennedy, Neil Matthews, Sean Lambe; Peadar O’Cofaifgh Byrne, Donal Ryan; Niall O’Leary, Karl Lynch Bissett, James Doran; Brian O’Leary, Ciaran Archer, Ross McGarry
Dublin are 1/4 to beat Laois, but you can back them -4 at even money with most bookmakers. Laois can be backed a t4/1 to lift the title.