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Previewing all of Friday’s GAA action with a busy night of football ahead

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It is a busy Friday evening of GAA action, with a big game down for decision in the senior championship, and four games to be played in the Junior ‘A’ championship.

We see the clash of the champions and one of the chasing pack in O’Moore Park in the senior, while the Junior championship will begin to take shape after tonight.

Check out the previews below.

Portlaoise v Graiguecullen in O’Moore Park at 7.45pm
Laois Shopping Centre SFC Round 2 – Winners

This is probably the biggest clash of the weekend, with the champions looking to book their spot in the quarter-finals yet again.

Graiguecullen had a very impressive win over league champions O’Dempsey’s in the opening round and won’t lack any confidence heading into this game.

Portlaoise had plenty to spare over Ballyfin Gaels in the opening round, but they will look to improve on the 2-8 they conceded against what could be considered an under-strength Ballyfin attack.

Nonetheless, they looked effortless in their approach and it will take something special for an upset to be caused.

Graiguecullen were underdogs going into their game with O’Dempsey’s, after a mixed league and without of their key men Danny O’Reilly, it was hard to disagree.

They’re always one of the sides that get relatively close to Portlaoise, and there was only four points between the sides when they met last year in the semi-final, albeit after Portlaoise had built up a big early lead.

Expect a similar result this evening.

Prediction: Portlaoise

Camross v Park-Ratheniska in Camross at 7.15pm
Laois Shopping Centre JFC Rd 2 – Winners

Camross have a quick turn around from their last game on Monday, where they had a good win over an Errill, last year’s Junior ‘B’ champions.

Camross will certainly will cause a lot of teams problems in this grade and Park-Ratheniska are forewarned having drawn with Camross this time last year.

Park, however, are considered as one of the teams that can challenge for the Junior ‘A’ crown, and a win tonight will book their place in the quarter-finals and set them on the right path.

They had a good win over O’Dempsey’s second team in Round 1 and while they will face a different type of opposition tonight, they should have enough to win.

Prediction: Park-Ratheniska

Errill v The Harps in Errill at 7.15pm
Laois Shopping Centre JFC Rd 2 – Qualifier

A clash between two first round losing teams, and two traditional hurling strongholds.

Errill, like Camross, face a quick turnaround having only played last Monday and take on a Harps side that improved as the game went on against Annanough in Round 1 and have a bit more football played.

Predictions: The Harps

The Heath v Portarlington in The Heath at 7.15pm
Laois Shopping Centre JFC Rd 2 – Qualifier

The only meeting of two second teams on the night but it will be the third of the round and this is perhaps the closest one to call. It is a repeat of the Division 3 final, which The Heath claimed by four points.

Both sides have lost a number of players since and it will be a matter of who can cope better. The Heath went down by ten points to Kilcavan, while Portarlington had a very disappointing display against Portlaoise, going down on the scoreline of 6-8 to 1-10.

The Heath might just have enough.

Prediction: The Heath

Spink v O’Dempsey’s in Spink at 7.15pm
Laois Shopping Centre JFC Rd 2 – Qualifier

Another clash between two sides that lost the first round and it should play out to be a tight game.

Spink were overturned by Graiguecullen and had four players line out with Crettyard Gaels in the senior last night. That’s a quick turnaround, especially when you consider that they all played hurling last week as well.

O’Dempsey’s were defeated by Park-Ratheniska in Round 1 but missed an amount of chances, particularly in the first half.

Spink narrowly won last year’s game between the two and they could edge this one too.

Prediction: Spink

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