It was a very good day for the various Laois based players representing the Midlands and Carlow at the Kennedy Cup.
This is the premier soccer tournament for U-14 boys in Ireland and is taking place in Limerick this week.
Friday is the final day of the competition and the Midlands have a final to prepare for.
The Midlands, managed by Mountmellick’s John Nelson, finsihed second in their group which sent them into the Bowl section of the tournament – the second tier.
Yesterday, they took on South Tipperary in the quarter final where they emerged victorious following a penalty shoot out.
And that set up a semi final clash with another Munster outfit, Clare, today.
In a very tight encounter, an own goal from a Midlands corner was the difference as they progressed to the final.
And it will be a local derby in the decider as Kilkenny will provide the opponents at 12pm tomorrow.
The Midlands will be looking to regain the cup that they captured last year after being edged out in 2016.
Meanwhile, the Carlow soccer league qualified for the 21st/22nd place play-off after defeating Sligo/Leitrim this morning.
Trailing 1-0 at half time, St Fiacc’s Scott Roycroft drew them level before goals from Slaney Rovers Brandon Kelly and New Oak Boys Kieran Nolan sealed the win.
They went on to play the South Dublin Football League this afternoon and came out on top again.
Two goals did the trick and Carlow now finish in 21st place overall.