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Ladies football championship delayed following appeal

The Laois Ladies senior footballer championship has been delayed following an appeal

The second semi-final of the Laois Ladies Senior Football Championship has been delayed following an appeal.

Last night, Portlaoise defeated St Conleth’s in the first semi-final by 2-9 to 0-6 but who they will play in the final is unknown.

Two weeks ago, the final round of matches saw Portlaoise beat St Conleth’s while Sarsfields defeated St Brigid’s.

That means that Sarsfields topped the group, St Conleth’s finished second and Portlaoise came in third spot.

However, a dispute has erupted over the final two placings in the group.

Both Timahoe and St Brigid’s finished level on three points and how they are separated has caused the controversy.

The County Board say it is done on points difference which means that, under that rule. Timahoe finish fourth and face Sarsfields in the semi-final while St Brigid’s are relegated.

But St Brigid’s dispute this. They say that they had been informed at the start of the year that, in the event of a tie, the teams would be separated by head-to-head.

Under this rule, as St Brigid’s defeated Timahoe, they would be in the semi-final while Timahoe, the most decorated team in Laois Ladies football would be down.

St Brigid’s appealed their relegation to the Laois County board under the grounds that they believe the wrong rules were applied but this was rejected last Wednesday.

So St Brigid’s went further and have now appealed to Leinster Council.

That appeal is still pending and until it has been concluded, it appears that the second semi-final won’t be able to go ahead.

SEE ALSO – Portlaoise into county final after win over St Conleth’s

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.