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Preview of the Ladies Senior football final

There will be a feast of ladies football action in Annanough with two county finals set to take place there on Sunday.

Timahoe and Sarsfields will meet for the first time ever in a final at the U-14 grade at 3.45pm before Portlaoise and Sarsfields seniors do battle at 5.30pm.

This will be the second year in a row that Sarsfields and Portlaoise will meet in the senior final.

Sarsfields took home the cup last year and are hoping to achieve an incredible five-in-a-row.

The Mountmellick side are in their twelfth final in a row and have taken home the title in 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Players like Jenny McEvoy, Tracey Lawlor, Laura-Marie Maher and Aileen O’Loughlin will all prove pivotal at the showdown on Sunday.

But Portlaoise will certainly be raring at the chance to become county champions and will prove a tough challenge on the day.

The chance to win their first ever senior title will certainly be at the forefront of the minds of Ellen Healy, Aisling Kehoe, Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald and other leaders on the team.

Championship form

Portlaoise have certainly had a strong run in this year’s championship. They defeated St Conleth’s on a scoreline of 2-9 to 0-6 and just lost to Sarsfields and Timahoe in the round stages.

Sarsfields went through the round stages without a defeat and had a comprehensive victory over Timahoe in the semi-final winning 1-17 to 1-5.

The final probably feels like a long-awaited day for both teams as the decision of who would play in the semi-finals was up in the air for some time.

The positioning of the top four teams was in dispute as St Brigid’s argued that they did not know it was based on score difference.

Their objection to Laois county board was turned down but when they appealed to the Leinster Appeals Committee it was upheld.

But the placings decided by the Laois Fixtures Committee were returned to their original positions when the county board ruled that St Brigid’s had played an unregistered player in their match against Timahoe.

After all the waiting and uncertainly the two teams will be itching to get out onto the pitch and show the footballing skills they have.

We wish the best of luck to both teams.

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