Laois beat Meath by three points, they should of win by far more.
Laois 1-15 1-12 Meath, Tullamore Full Time
Will history be repeated or can the curse of the six-day turnaround be abolished once and for all? Meath are coming into this clash on the back of a provincial loss while Laois luckily defeated Leitrim, a division four team, who with three minutes to go looked like they were going to push for extra time.
Séamus McEnaney has opted to tweak his line up with Kevin O’Reilly coming in as full back despite being substituted in the Leinster Final due to an Achilles problem and Cian Ward will take the place of corner forward Stephen Bray. Laois seem to have a full bill of health.
The sides last met in the 2010 championship with Meath emerging convincingly on top following a replay, the score that day was 2–14 to 0-10.
The four previous meetings up to the 2010 clash saw Laois beat Meath in the All Ireland Qualifiers in 2006 and in the Leinster Semi-Final in 2004 while in 2002, Meath were victorious in a round three qualifier game.
The Royals though have had tougher games this year having played six in comparison to Laois’ four and this may stand to them on Saturday.
They were dead and buried against Dublin but they found their strength and reduced the score deficit to within three points in the 68th minute of the game. But it should also be said that Laois showed courage and tenacity to not crumble under the pressure they were under in Carrick-on-Shannon last Saturday.
However, the eighteen wides will need to be improved upon if the O’Moore County men are to impress on Saturday.
Thrown in is at 3.30pm in Tullamore on Saturday.