A huge task awaits Laois as they strive to make life difficult for Dublin in this afternoon's Leinster final.

The midlanders' year up to now has been a successful one after promotion from Division 4 and championship victories over Wexford, Westmeath and Carlow. 

And now manager John Sugrue is relishing the opportunity of taking on a side who are seeking an eight provincial title on the spin.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "This game is a big challenge for our fellas. It's a Leinster final and such games don't come around too often. 

"We've been building a little bit of momentum and a little bit of progress and we'll hopefull see more of that.

"Unfortunately, Laois slipped into Division 4 last year and we went about rectifying that this year. We did that and we now would like to think there's more in the team than what Division 4 says.

 John O'Loughlin and Shane Nerney celebrate the semi-final win over Carlow

"Dublin are the standard bearers in the country, there's no denying that but that's why these games are played - to see can we get close and can we compete with them."

And in terms of competing, the Kerry native added: "It's going to take a huge effort from our boys in terms of both mental and physical intensity, concentration and trying to stick to your principals. If we do achieve that and deliver a performance I'd like to think we can be competitive.

"Many have tried different approaches against the Dubs and we will come up with our approach.

"We have a way of playing the game and we are going to have to modify that to some degree, but only to some degree. We've been playing a game throughout the year that we understand in an individual and team sense.

"In the case of two weeks it's not a case of reinventing it, it's a case of tweaking it as best we can for the challenge that lies ahead." 
 

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