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A preview of Sunday’s Laois GAA action

Portlaoise are one of three Laois teams in action today
Portlaoise are one of three Laois teams in action this Sunday

There are two big games down for decision today.

First, the second Laois U-21 football championship semi final between Graiguecullen and St Joseph’s will be played.

And then, Portlaoise will look for a place in the Leinster semi-final when they face Moorefield.

Here, we will take a look at the two games in more detail:

U-21 FC Semi Final – Graiguecullen v St Joseph’s

Venue: Stradbally
Referee: John Flynn (The Rock)

One of these teams has enjoyed a safe and reasonably simple passage to this stage – while for the other it has been a bit bumpy.

Graiguecullen began their campaign against Ballyroan-Abbey and managed to run out convincing 1-10 to 0-7 winners.

They then progressed to a quarter final tie with O’Dempsey’s where once again, led by the likes of Danny O’Reilly, Trevor Collins, Brian Byrne and Danny Bolger, they won well – 0-18 to 0-11.

St Joseph’s began against Emo-Courtwood-The Rock and although a scoreline of 3-8 to 0-6 appears a convincing win, it flattered the victors.

The amalgamated side missed a host of goal chances in the game and should have been far closer before late Joseph’s goals saw them off.

The Kellyville men then progressed to play Portlaoise where the dismissal of Benny Carroll for the Town early in the second half greatly improved St Joseph’s chances.

That said, as the game headed into injury time, they trailed by a point. Nevertheless, Brian Daly and James Kelly showed their class to kick three late points between them in a 1-11 to 1-10 win.

Seven years ago, Graiguecullen were crowned U-14 champions after beating Stradbally Parish Gaels following extra time.

And it may well be a repeat of this fixture that lies ahead of us next weekend.

Verdict: Graiguecullen

Leinster Club Quarter Final – Portlaoise v Moorefield

Venue: O’Moore Park
Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)
ODDS: Portlaoise 8/15, Moorefield 2/1, Draw 7/1

Portlaoise’s quest for an eight Leinster club football title continues today as they face Kildare champions Moorefield.

Malachy McNulty’s side breezed through Laois, collecting their tenth title in the last 11 years beating Ballylinan in the final.

They then went on to take on Offaly champions Rhode in Tullamore two weeks’ ago.

After building up a big lead, Portlaoise sat back in the second half and only scored two points but still had enough to win.

Moorefield won the Kildare championship for the first time since 2014 by two points against Celbridge.

They did it despite playing almost 40 minutes with 13 men after Daryl Flynn and David White, the captain and vice-captain of the side, received straight red cards.

With those two set to be suspended for today’s game, you’d have to fancy Portlaoise to progress.

Verdict: Portlaoise