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A busy week of club football championship action continues in Laois this Thursday evening with games down for decision in the Laois IFC, the Laois JFC and in the Ladies SFC.
Laois Shopping Centre IFC Round 2
Courtwood v Rosenallis
Referee: Michael Tarpey (Kilcavan)
Having won their first round games, these two sides know that a place in the semi-final is the prize for tonight’s winner.
This will be the third time they’ve met this year with Rosenallis winning their regular league game back in May but Courtwood reversing that result when the met in the semi-final a couple of weeks later.
Rosenallis were hugely impressive when seeing off Timahoe in the opening round with Mark Dunne the star of the show on that occasion. Courtwood laboured a bit more in their win over The Rock but still got the job done.
They have scoring power and a decent defence and both will need to be at their best to get the better of a Rosnellis side that are improving the whole time.
A toss of a coin really, but Courtwood have beaten Rosenallis before in big games and that trend could continue.
Laois Shopping Centre JFC Round 2
Graiguecullen v Kilcavan
Referee: Michael Kealy (St Joseph’s)
Another tough one to call with both teams again coming off a win – Graigue against Ballyroan-Abbey and Kilcavan over Portarlington.
Kilcavan were relatively comfortable against Port in their first round game and their team is evolving with the likes of Michael Tarpey no longer playing and Derek O’Connell in goals.
The likes of Declan Conroy, Ollie Dixon and Michael Bermingham have all served the club well over the years too and are playing leading roles while Jason Maher and Evan Hunt bring youth and scoring power and the full-back line has former Mountmellick players David Ryan and Darren Young impressing since they transferred.
Graiguecullen won Division 3 of the league and while the likes of Stephen Aylsbury, Paul Mulready and Jamie Malone are all fine players, they’ve lost Jimmy Bolton, Ross Hennessy and Jamie Parr to their senior side.
A mid-week game and a trip to the opposite side of the county makes it tough on Kilcavan but Graiguecullen losing those three players hands the advantage back to the visitors.
St Brigid’s v Sarsfields in Arles-Kilcruise at 7.30pm; St Conleth’s v Portlaoise in Courtwood at 7.45pm
The final round of group games in the Laois Ladies SFC takes place this evening when the semi-final places will be decided. Timahoe have completed their schedule of games and are on three points, along with St Brigid’s and Portlaoise. Sarsfields, with eight points, and St Conleth’s, with six, are already through but will be keen to finish on a high and head into the knockout stages with confidence levels up.
St Brigid’s beat Timahoe on Saturday and will go through if they keep the score down against Sarsfields.
We’re going for St Conleth’s, the rising club in the county, and Sarsfields to win tonight ahead of the serious business in a couple of weeks.
Predictions: Sarsfields and St Conleth’s