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Previewing all of Friday’s championship action as hurling enters Round 3

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There is three very important games in the hurling championships up for decision tonight, four teams look to prevent a relegation dog fight, and extend their seasons and two teams battle to find out who will be making the unwanted drop to Junior ‘A’ hurling.

Check out our previews below.

Abbeyleix V Ballyfin Gaels in O’Moore Park at 7.45pm
Laois Shopping Centre SHC Group A Round 3

This game is a do or die, winner takes all clash, as the two pointless sides in Group A go head to head. Abbeyleix would have fancied themselves to get out of the group, but having failed to register a win over Ballinakill and Rathdowney-Errill, they now find themselve struggling to make the knockout stages.

Ballyfin Gaels have had a tough start to Senior hurling life, and if they fail to secure a win then they could very well be facing life back down in the Senior ‘A’ championship in 2019. Abbeyleix will head into the game as favourites but Ballyfin will be well equipped to cause an upset.

Prediction: Abbeyleix St Lazerian’s

Portlaoise V Trumera in Colt at 7.15pm
Laois Shopping Centre SHC ‘A’ Group B Round 3

Tonight’s fixtures have a real bite about them in terms of what’s on the line, and the clash between Portlaoise and Trumera is no different, as the losers will face the daunting task of a relegation play-off against the bottom team in Group A.

Portlaoise made the drop last year, and were unable to get an sort of performance going against in their last game against Clonaslee St Mamman’s. Against Rosenallis they managed to pull close but failed to get over the line.

Trumera came in the opposite direction this season, but again came up well short against Rosenallis, despite putting up a spirited performance against Clonaslee St Mamman’s. They will be going in again as underdogs and will need to be at their best to have a chance of overturning this Portlaoise side.

Prediction: Portlaoise

Rathdowney-Errill v Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe in Shanahoe at 7.15pm
Laois Shopping Centre IHC Relegation Final

These two sides would have began the championship with a lot of hope, but their seasons have pan out otherwise, as they now scrape it out in relegation fight to see who will make the drop the fourth tier of Laois club hurling.

Rathdowney’s second side reached the Division 1A final, losing out to Rosenallis but that league form would have suggested a good tilt at the intermediate but has panned out for the worst, with losses to Borris-Kilcotton and Clonad, booking their faith in the relegation final.

Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe have failed to show up to the races, despite again having a positive league display. An opening round loss to Camross was followed by defeat to Ballypickas and now this freshly joined club face the drop after one season.

Prediction: Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe

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