Farrell calls for expanded Leinster SHC after Laois' famous win

July 08, 2019

Laois' Willie Dunphy celebrates a score against Dublin. ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Cyril Farrell believes the Leinster SHC should be expanded to six teams following Laois' sensational All-Ireland SHC preliminary quarter-final victory over Dublin.

The O'Moore County will replace Carlow in the five-team provincial round-robin series next year after winning the Joe McDonagh Cup eight days ago, but speaking on The Sunday Game last night, Farrell contends that an extra place would aid the development of teams just below the top tier.

"Maybe there isn't as big a gap as people think (between the tiers)," the former Galway All-Ireland winning manager said. 

"When Galway only beat Carlow by six points, everyone was saying they should have beaten them by a lot more. But they weren't able to beat them by a lot more. The gap is closing. There should be the six teams in Leinster, so it'll give teams a chance (to develop). 

"It's up there with Antrim beating Offaly and Kerry beating Waterford years ago. On a wider issue, it shows that there should be six counties - whether it is Laois, Carlow or Westmeath - in Leinster.

"It doesn't take away any Sundays and it leaves you with an even number of teams."

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