The Leinster U-21 Hurling Championship final has been switched from Nowlan Park in Kilkenny to O'Moore Park in Portlaoise.

The decider between Kilkenny and Laois will go ahead on 11 July.

The game was originally set for Nowlan Park but Kilkenny officials have conceded home advantage, which means there will be a 7.30pm throw-in at O'Moore Park on the night.

The match is also going to be broadcast live on TG4.

Laois chairman Brian Allen says he is "absolutely thrilled" with the venue switch as the O'Moore men prepare to contest their first final at this level in 22 years.

The Cats last won the Leinster U21 hurling crown in 2009, while Laois have to go back to 1983 for their last success in this competition.

Breakingnews.ie has reported Mr Allen as saying: "We are absolutely thrilled to have the final in O'Moore Park.

"It's down to the co-operation of the Kilkenny GAA officials and we are hugely appreciative of their support to grant us a home venue."

It will be the Midlanders' first Leinster final appearance since 1990. On that occasion they were beaten by the Cats.

The Laois senior team bowed out of Championship action for this year when they were heavily beaten by Limerick last Saturday.

But despite their struggles at the highest level, Allen insists they are doing their best to improve the underage talent coming through.

"Our minors were in a Leinster semi-final on Sunday, and our Under-21s of course are in a Leinster final. It's all progress in the right direction," Allen said.

"While it has been disappointing for the players at senior level, it's good to see that there are positives coming through from our teams at underage level and hopefully we can build on that in the next few years."