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Your guide to the Division 1A and 1B football league finals

Division 1A and Division 1B league finals on tonight

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With the inter-county scene wrapped up for another year, attentions now turn back to the clubs.

And with championship season edging ever closer, we have two big games to look forward to tonight in O’Moore Park.

First up is the Division 1A final between St Joseph’s and O’Dempsey’s, a repeat of the game from 12 months ago.

And then we have the Division 1B final where Arles-Kilcruise will take on Ballyroan-Abbey.

Here we will take a look at the game’s in more detail:

St Joseph’s v O’Dempsey’s
ACFL Division 1A Final 6pm in O’Moore Park

In a repeat of the contest from 12 months ago, St Joseph’s and O’Dempsey’s will go head to head to claim top league honours in Laois.

This is the Kellyville outfit’s third straight league final and they will be hoping it is third time lucky as they have lost the previous ones to The Heath and the aforementioned O’Dempsey’s.

But Dessie Brennan men are set to be without a number of their regular starters due to injury.

Laois U-20 forward Peter Kealy is definitely out as he fractured his foot against Portarlington recently. Matty Campion and Danny Hickey are also set to be sidelined.

Meanwhile, there are concerns over the fitness of Brendan Hickey.

Things are a good deal brighter on the injury front for O’Dempsey’s, however, they will be without one key player.

Midfielder Rory Bracken, who joined up with the Laois senior footballers for their championship campaign, is out after damaging the AC joint in his shoulder.

St Joseph’s finished top of the table in regulation games, just one point above O’Dempsey’s.

When the sides clashed in May, St Joseph’s ran out 2-17 to 1-3 winners but when they met again at the end of June, it was a different story as O’Dempsey’s won by 4-14 to 1-12 – albeit that St Joseph’s were already guaranteed a league final place at that stage.

O’Dempsey’s won by 1-11 to 0-10 last year and a similarly tight encounter is expected.

Arles-Kilcruise v Ballyroan-Abbey
ACFL Division 1B Final 7.30pm in O’Moore Park 

The Division 1B final promises to be a very tight affair – if the two league games between the teams are anything to go by.

The pair clashed on the opening day with Kilcruise running out two point winners but when they met again a few months later, the game ended in a draw.

Lar Wall’s side topped the table in regulation games while Ballyroan-Abbey sealed their place following a final round win over Emo.

Kilcruise have been hit with injury and suspension problems ahead of the game, however.

David Conway is out with a heel problem sustained in their second last league game against Mountmellick.

Meanwhile, Kevin Meaney was sent off in the final league game against Arles-Killeen and is facing a mandatory one match ban.

Ballyroan-Abbey, who are managed by Liam Irwin and Padraig McMahon, are reporting no injuries concerns ahead of the game.

The loss of David Conway and most likely Kevin Meaney could swing things Ballyroan’s way.

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