Joe McDonagh Cup: Laois v Offaly - Commentator's Preview

Jack Nolan and Joe Troy looks forward to the championship opener.

This weekend's Joe McDonagh Cup midlands derby is too close to call, according to the Midlands 103 commentators.

The two counties met at the same stage last year with Offaly running out three point winners in Tullamore.

This year, O'Moore Park plays host to the fixture with Laois coming off the back of winning the Division 2A title while Offaly impressed many observers in battling Division One opposition.

Jack Nolan says Laois will have to sharpen up defensively.

He looks forward to the championship opener with David Hollywood:

Joe Troy believes the league form can be discounted ahead of what he expects to be an entertaining game.

He tells David there's no room for error:

Throw in in Portlaoise is set for 2pm on Sunday.

Elsewhere in the competition, Westmeath welcome Kerry to Cusack Park.

The action in Mullingar also gets underway at 2pm on Sunday.

While Down host Meath in Ballycran in the opening fixture tomorrow at 2pm.

Our coverage of Laois against Offaly is with thanks to Leahy Auctioneers.

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