After two rounds of action in the Laois SFC, the competition is now down to 16 teams.
Four teams – Portlaoise, Killeshin, Emo and St Joseph’s – are automatically through to the last eight having won their first two games while Clonaslee Gaels, Ballyfin Gaels, The Heath and Arles-Killeen must playoff to see what team makes the drop to intermediate for the 2019 season.
The remaining eight teams go into Round 3 where the winners of that phase will also go through to the quarter-finals. The losers of those games will be knocked out and their season over.
The draw for Round 3 and the relegation semi-finals were made following the second double header in O’Moore Park.
Repeat pairings in Round 3 were not permitted.
The draw is as follows:
Arles-Kilcruise v Ballyroan-Abbey
Ballylinan v O’Dempsey’s
Graiguecullen v Crettyard Gaels
Portarlington v Stradbally
The draw was also made for the relegation semi-finals.
The Heath v Ballyfin Gaels
Clonaslee Gaels v Arles-Killeen
The relegation games and Round 3 will take place on the weekend of August 23-26. The quarter-finals and relegation final will be on the weekend of September 13-16.