Kelly: playing Laois again is not ideal

January 03, 2018

Colin Kelly as Louth manager.
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Westmeath manager Colin Kelly has admitted that he would rather see his charges face a different side than Laois this weekend.

Having faced and beaten the O'Moore County last Saturday afternoon, the Lake County now have to turn around and play Laois again in the O'Byrne Cup this Sunday.

The way the draw worked for the early season competition sees only eleven counties playing with one group consisting of two teams (Westmeath and Laois).

They play each other twice and Westmeath have already got one up on their opponents, but they must do it all again this weekend with aggregate score being taken into account.

Kelly told the Westmeath Independent that he would far rather face different opposition as the former Louth manager feels that it would be more beneficial to do so.

"It's not ideal. We would prefer not to be playing Laois again next week, as we would like to play a different team and see what what they are playing. A little bit more thought might have been put into it, rather than having a home and away tie with aggregate scores counting."

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