There is a plenty of action on the sporting scene this weekend around Laois. There is a big schedule of football and hurling club fixtures with the top divisions in both codes seeing action. There is also a full list of CCFL fixtures, as well as other Laois soccer clubs taking part in both the Kilkenny and Carlow District Leagues.
This week we have picked out the five best matches that are taking place over the weekend and would be well worth taking time to go and watch.
SATURDAY, 15TH APRIL
Leinster Football Association Youths Cup 4th Round
Emo Celtic v Nurney Villa
Venue: Emo Time: 2pm
Emo Celtic secured the CCFL Premier Division title on Wednesday night following a 8-0 against Tullamore, keeping an impeccable record of 10 wins from 10. This Saturday, they turn their focus to the LFA Youth Cup. This fixture is being replayed, following the abandonment of the original game due to a fight. They will be up in good form but it remains to be seen whether they can compete against some of the best in Leinster. Impressively, most of the team is eligible for the U-18 grade but have competed in the U-19 level.
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1 Round 3
Portarlington V O’Dempseys
Venue: McCann Park, Portarlington Time: 6.45pm
O’Dempsey’s and Portarlington is a local derby that doesn’t come around too often. Their last match against eachother was back in 2011 in the same division. On the day, O’Dempsey ran out comprehensive victors but it is likely that this weekend’s clash will be somewhat closer. Both side’s have started the year positively, with O’Dempseys sitting second while Port have only played one game, where they bet by a goal. Come championship time, both these teams will be looking to make the step towards challenging Portlaoise.
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 2 Round 3
Annanough V Courtwood
Venue: Annanough GAA Time: 7.30pm
This is one of the fiercest rivalries in Laois GAA. The neighbouring clubs were once playing together back in the 90s. It was always a regular fixture up until 2013. Courtwood played two years in the Junior championship, while Annanough have competed in higher divisions in recent years. This will be the first game since 2015 when they squared off twice, Annanough coming out on top on both occasions. They will not face each other in championship again this year with Annanough’s relegation, so there could be a big effort put into this game which is sure to be a fiery one.
SUNDAY, 15TH APRIL
Kilkenny District League Division 1
Castlewarren Celtic A v Clover Utd AFC
Venue: Scanlon Park, Kilkenny City Time: 11am
The Rathdowney based side are flying it in Division 1 of the KDL. They are currently top of the division with a six point lead, and a win this weekend would see them take one step closer to claiming the title, and if results went their way it could possibly secure the title. They have the best defence in the league, remain undefeated and have picked up 11 of their 27 points away from home so they are solid away from home. Castlewarren Celtic are currently three points from safety, but the side below have games in hand. They claimed a win last weekend against Durrow side Lions AFC, so they will be in contention to cause Clover Utd a problem or too.
Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 1 Round 4
The Harps V Rathdowney Errill
Venue: The Harps GAA Time: 2pm
The Harps face off against Rathdowney Errill this weekend in the hope of retaining their 100% record so far in Division 1. Having overcome Abbeyleix, Portlaoise and Castletown so far, this weekend’s clash will resemble a greater challenge, especially as Rathdowney Errill will be loaded with their county players. Those county men could not help defeat Camross last weekend. Rathdowney Errill will be confident they can get back to winning ways, but it’s hard to beat a team on a winning run.