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Cyril Duggan Looks like getting a second bite at the Championship cherry at Croke Park on Sunday.

A regular on the Laois Gaelic football team during the National League, he switched his allegiance to hurling for the Guinness All Ireland championship.

But when Offaly sent them tumbling out of the competition with a sound Leinster semi- final beating, Duggan was facing the prospect of a long idle summer.

Now Adrian Phelan's misfortune looks like being Duggan's redemption. Phelan cracked a bone in his ankle during training for Sunday's Leinster football semi-final against Meath.

And while the vacancy has yet to be filled Duggan looks a racing certainty for the number two jersey.

"It would certainly be a great boost and I'll be in good shape if I'm called into the squad," said Duggan.

"But it's a tough break for Adrian, especially as he sustained the injury training for Sunday's game, which looks like being a cracker."

Apart from one vacancy in defence, Laois have named the side which trounced fancied Kildare in the quarter final.

And if striker Leo Turley - a two-goal hero in that one - can repeat his form even hot-shots Meath face a real battle.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Keogh, Tom
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 4, 1996
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