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Previewing all of Thursday’s GAA action as the football championships roll on

There are five games down for decision tonight, with a big senior clash in O’Moore Park, a clash of two favourites in the intermediate championship and three tight battles in the Junior ‘A’ grade.

This week marks the round two clashes in the top three tiers, with a total of eight senior game, four intermediate games and another eight junior ‘A’ games up for deciding over the week.

Here is the preview to Thursday nights action.

Crettyard Gaels v Ballyfin Gaels in O’Moore Park at 7.45pm
Laois Shopping Centre SFC Round 2 – Qualifier

A battle between two first round losing Gael’s teams, this game will be deciding of both team’s seasons. A win for either side will spring them back into the championship proper, while the loser will be dragged into a relegation battle with three of the other qualifier round losers.

Crettyard Gaels endured a two point loss to last year’s county finalists Ballylinan, while Ballyfin Gaels were put to the sword by the champions Portlaoise by seventeen points. Ballyfin are again without their go to forward Seán Moore, who is abroad, while Crettyard should be in full strength with Evan O’Carroll leading the attack.

Prediction: Crettyard Gaels

Courtwood v Timahoe in Ratheniska at 7.15pm
Laois Shopping Centre IFC Round 2 – Winners

Courtwood were one point victors over Mountmellick Gaels in the opening round of the Intermediate championship, carrying their impressive league form through. Timahoe were also one point winners, against the newly promoted St Joseph’s.

While Courtwood seem to have all the form on paper, Timahoe have been somewhat of a stumbling block for Courtwood in recent times, with the league game going in Timahoe’s direction despite Courtwood’s flying form.

If Timahoe manage to recall two key players in Brendan Quigley and Sean Ramsbottom then you might just fancy Timahoe to cause a form upset, but going by current form it would sway towards Courtwood to win.

Prediction: Courtwood

Annanough v Graiguecullen in Annanough at 7.15pm
Laois Shopping Centre JFC Rd 2 – Winners

Annanough made a winning start to life in Junior ‘A’ and were impressive for most part. Leading 2-10 to 0-3 at half time, they seemed to content with a thirteen point lead and eased off the gas in the second half, still running out eleven point victors.

Graiguecullen were impressive winners over Spink, winning by twelve points. They have a solid team with a mix of youth and experience and they will pose a sterner test for Annanough. When these two met in the opening round of the league, Annanough ran out nine point victors, but both side’s have improved since then so it will be interesting to see who books their spot in the quarter-final.

Prediction: Annanough

Portlaoise v Ballyroan Abbey in Rathleague at 7.15pm
Laois Shopping Centre JFC Rd 2 – Winners

Portlaoise’s third choice side will look to back up an impressive victory over a good Portarlington side in the first round by beating Ballyroan Abbey’s second side. Portlaoise ran out 6-8 to 1-10 winners, displaying their goal scoring credentials, Fergal Fennell notching three of those goals.

Ballyroan Abbey were also convincing winners, with a 3-14 to 1-6 win over Stradbally. This game is a close one to call, but if Portlaoise manage to repeat the clinical form they showed the last day out then it could be their day again.

Predictions: Portlaoise

Stradbally v Killeshin in Stradbally at 7.15pm
Laois Shopping Centre JFC Rd 2 – Qualifier

Stradbally were very disappointing against Ballyroan Abbey, but that can be pointed towards the loss of some key players from their league campaign. They still have some quality sprinkled throughout, and will be well able to cause an upset.

Killeshin lost out to Ballylinan by a point in the first game, and were unlucky not scrape the win. Against Stradbally they will face another good footballing side but they could be equipped a Strabally side that performed so poorly against Ballyroan Abbey.

Predictions: Killeshin

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