The premier soccer tournament for U-14 boys in Ireland is taking place in Limerick this weekend.
And there is a healthy number of Laois based players competing with both the Midlands and Carlow teams.
The group stages of the competition concluded yesterday and the Midlands finished second in Group 4 meaning they entered the Bowl stage of the competition – for teams ranked 9 to 16.
That pitted them against South Tipperary – the side who had edged out Carlow in their group to finish second.
In a game played in damp conditions, the sides could not be split in regulation time and penalty kicks were needed.
South Tipperary missed their first spot kick and when Ross Clinton, Jamie Corby, Eoin McGrath and Adam Joyce all scored, the Munster men needed to score their fourth spot kick to keep the contest alive.
But their taker blazed the ball over the bar and the Midlands were through to the semi final.
They now go forward to the last four of the Bowl where they face Limerick County who defeated Waterford.
That game will take place tomorrow at 12.30pm.
Meanwhile, there was further disappointment for Carlow who lost 1-0 to NDSL and will now face Sligo/Leitrim in a play-off for 21st to 24th place.